Classes 2 and 3 have been busy designing and making miniature tree houses out of natural materials and string. Their houses had to be raised off the ground, consist of a ladder, veranda, roof and a doorway as part of the design. They were very creative; one even had a water slide as an extra feature!
Class 1 enjoyed a trip to Paignton Zoo as part of Science Week in school. The children were able to investigate lots of different types of feet and think about how the animals move. A real shame the tigers and lions were not allowed out to play because of the high winds, but the children were able to see lots of other amazing animals. They had a really interesting talk in the Education Centre all about how animals skin helps them to hide in their environment. They learnt about prey and predators and who likes to gobble up which animals! They showed us some real animal skins which we were able to feel and there were lots of interesting skulls and bones to look at. What a interesting day!
Friday was Wear Something Red to School day and of course several red nose were spotted too! As well as having fun, the children looked at ways money raised by Comic Relief events is used to support others. Class One decorated biscuits and sold them at playtime. They proved so popular that Kiesha, Ella, Ellie and Brook spent some of their lunch break decorating more to sell after school. The school raised in total £88.80 of which £21.20 was from the biscuit sale. Thank you for all your donations.
World Bok Day was a wonderful opportunity for everyone to be reminded of the enjoyment of books and reading. Local author Emma Richardson also paid a visit to class 1 on World Book Day. She wore a fantastic costume and was accompanied by her pet Dragon and came to share with us two great books – Winnie’s Midnight Dragon and Spells. The children enjoyed joining in with the magic spell words and loved the Spell Book ( especially the bit where they saw the handsome Prince!!). A great experience for the children. Many thanks to Mrs Richardson, and all the parents with the wonderful costumes on the day!
Once again this year, we’re encouraging everyone to take part in the daily 40 Acts challenge: 40 nudges in a generous direction. Generosity rarely “just happens” – usually it has to be planned for. This Lent, we’ll start by laying the groundwork.
Lent is usually about ‘giving stuff up’, isn’t it? What if you could add something transformational to the traditional? What if you could give up chocolate and give the money to your favourite charity? What if you could turn the TV off and spend more time helping your neighbour? What if Lent was a preparation for a lifetime of big-heartedness that reflected God’s amazing generosity? Well, that’s where 40acts comes in. Each day, we will be encouraging the whole school community to spread acts of generosity through simple daily acts of kindness.
Once again we are using an acrostic poem to help us…
Encouraging the best in each other
Enjoying helping others
Raising support for a good cause
Offering what we can
Sharing our time and talents
Inviting someone to join in
Taking care of God’s creation for future generations
You first, me last.
Keeping Safe Online
Keeping your child safe whilst online is so essential and it’s important to involve yourself in your child’s online life and a simple and effective way to this is by talking to them about their life online. Try to maintain an open dialogue with your child and find opportunities to talk to them about what they love to do online. Parents can help children access the amazing resources the internet has to offer whilst keeping them safe online at the same time.
Please see below for a useful information page warning parents about ‘The Momo Challenge’- what it is and how to keep your child safe. Momo is a new viral game that encourages players to perform a series of challenges in order to meet ‘Mother Bird’ – a disfigured character (inspired by Japanese art) with bulging eyes and untidy black hair on a chicken-like body.
Light-hearted and fun at the outset, this game experience quickly darkens, absorbing players who are encouraged to perform acts of violence and self-harm through a series of progressively risky challenges. Originating in Mexico, it is easily accessed through social media shares (predominantly Facebook and YouTube) and is rapidly spreading across the world.
Please see below for a useful advice sheet about the online video game Fortnite and how to keep your child safe when playing.
National Online Safety: Childnet: A Parent’s Guide to Fortnite
Protecting your child’s privacy online
Here’s a link to a useful guide for parents on protecting the privacy of their child online:
Snapchat have introduced a new feature called ‘Snap Map’ which allows users to see where in the country their Snapchat contacts are, allowing users to zoom into a map and see the exact location of their friends.
Here is the latest advice for parents and carers published by Childnet International, a leading organisation for online safety: Snap Map Advice Childnet
For more details about safer internet please click the link below:
Useful Online Safety Information
The following websites are full of useful information:
Useful video resources can be found at www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/topics/stay-safe.
Class 3 extended their topic work by creating volcanoes at Forest School this week. We experimented to see if we could get them to erupt. We had some explosive results! Thank you to Joanie for showing the class how your amazing home-made volcano erupted!
Class 1 have spent the week celebrating Chinese New Year. They have used their construction toys to build the Great Wall of China, had a go at Chinese writing on our chalk board and played with noddles and rice in the play tray. Each child made a paper dragon and a lantern before tasting some Chinese Food.
Elanor – ‘ Spring Rolls are my favourite.’
Charlie – ‘ I tried the rice, it was nice.’
Finley – ‘ I loved the noodles I ate loads.’
Alice – ‘ I’m going to carry my Fortune Cookie – it’s good luck.!’
Year 6 and Year 5 children took part in the Exmouth Athletics Festival at the Tennis Centre. The team represented our school brilliantly showing great sportsmanship and enthusiasm as they took part in a variety of events including sprinting, javelin, speed bounce and relay races. Well done team!
Class 3 enjoyed the outdoors as they learned about food groups and nutrition for both humans and birds. Their challenge was to create a pretend meal using all five of the food groups. Some looked good enough to eat!