Half term has arrived! When the school closures were first announced on January 4th, I didn't predict that the six weeks of this half term could possibly go as well as they have. I'm so pleased that the pupils have managed to embrace the challenges and log into live lessons so that they can stay in touch with their teachers and classmates so well. It's wonderful for us as staff to 'see' the children each day and to be able to continue to cover the curriculum even though school is closed to the majority of pupils. Credit is also due to those pupils who are attending school, for navigating the social distancing rules, hand sanitising stations, cold classrooms and single desks with such enthusiasm and eagerness.
A very big thank you all children, parents and staff for all you have achieved over the last six weeks. Have a lovely rest over the half term break and fingers crossed it won't be too long before school is fully open again.
Please visit the class blogs to see what each year group have been covering. The photos below are some wonderful examples of Year 4's Carnival celebration and Year 3's day t o mark the end of their topic on the Ancient Greeks.
Free School meals
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Dartmoor Multi-Academy Trust newsletter for parents/carers
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National Literacy Trust
We are really looking forward to our first ever Where’s Wally? Weekender in March 2021. Don Wally's classic red and white stripes and run, walk or jog your own 1k, 5k or 10k route to help support the literacy of disadvantaged children.
We are thrilled that the dynamic author duo Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton, co-authors of the incredible Football School series, are supporting this year's event! They’ll both be taking on a 10k run and will be sharing some fun video messages for all participants ahead of the weekend.
Where’s Wally? Virtual Fun Run – Child Entry – National Literacy Trust (wlve.co.uk)
Virtual School Library
Every week a popular children's author or illustrator will provide you with free books, exclusive videos and their top three recommended reads.
Having access to a school library is really important for children. School libraries nurture a love of reading that can enrich children’s literacy skills, academic achievements and mental wellbeing. Our Virtual School Library will complement existing school libraries and will ensure that children have access to the magical world of stories all year round, whether they are learning at school or at home.
We’ve worked with brilliant publishers and inspiring authors and illustrators to ensure that the books and activities in our Virtual School Library will support children’s wellbeing through reading
Two Tennis Home Challenges from SAINTs SW
A Message from the CBBC team
I recently contacted you about Blue Peter & we’d like to inform you, we’ve also made an exciting revamp to the CBBC YouTube Channel.
We think your pupils and parents may be interested in this for entertainment at half term and outside of home-schooling hours now we’re in lockdown.
We are uploading videos to it daily that are suitable for 5-11 year olds. We have all the top CBBC brands on here, with a wide range of genres from factual shows, news, dramas, comedy to entertainment. Programmes like Horrible Histories, Blue Peter, Newsround, The Next Step, Saturday Mash-Up, Operation Ouch, the Playlist, the Dumping Ground, Heirs of the Night and Jamie Johnson. We are also welcoming back Dani Harmer in the brilliant new programme My Mum Tracy Beaker.
If you think your pupils would be interested in this, please do send this out to your parents and ask them to subscribe to www.youtube.com/cbbc - (it’s obviously completely free to subscribe!) and don’t forget to watch the CBBC live daily and on the BBC iPlayer.
Thanks so much for your time,
The CBBC team
A Message from Devon and Somerset Fire Service
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