Woodbury Salterton
C of E Primary School

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Seasonal changes in Class 1
13 January 2019

As part of our work thinking about the seasons, Class 1 set off early one morning to look at the changes a winter morning had brought to the village. They found lots of white, frosty leaves and grass. The children told how they had to help scrape the ice off their cars earlier that morning.

They were safely wrapped up in their coats and hats and Alice told us  that animals kept warm because they had thick furry coats. Magnus told us some animals hibernate in the winter to stay warm until the spring.

We found the first signs of new life in the Snowdrops by the brook – Dylan said because they look like snow!

Elanor could tell me that when the Spring came the birds would come back to our country from the other hot countries.

Great Observational skills from the children and lovely red noses when we got back to school!!

Core value this half term
2 January 2019

This half term we will be focusing on our core value of Courage during collective Worship. We will be learning an acrostic poem to help us understand the value in more detail:

Courage is…

Carrying on when things are difficult

Overcoming fear

Understanding and facing a challenge

Risking being out of your comfort zone

Always believing in God’s promises

Going for a goal

Empowered by encouragement

Each week in Collective Worship we will be exploring different themes including: Stepping out of your comfort zone, focusing on the story of Moses and the children setting themselves challenges; Doing the Right thing, not the easy thing; Facing a Challenge – Benjamin and Jacob’s Story; Overcoming fear – sometimes our fears can stop us having fun or trying something new and Encouraging Others – are there times when our friends need to build us up and encourage us?

As ever, we have our Home Values sheet available on our website, with suggested activities that you may wish to explore at home to support this value, such as trying to eat something you haven’t eaten before – carrots, cabbage, broccoli, pears etc; reading a book by an author you haven’t chosen before or try a new activity: jogging, swimming, tennis, walking, looking at the night sky, bird watching. You could also try researching heroes or heroines in history, who made the decision to follow a course of action that they believed to be right, rather than taking the easy option and doing nothing at all or staying silent instead of speaking out. We’d love to hear how you get on with any of these!

Home School Values Sheet – Courage

Yummy Christmas dinner!
21 December 2018

The children were treated to a fabulous Christmas lunch this week which really started to put everyone in the festive spirit. Our thanks to the catering team to Littleham who provided such a tasty Christmas lunch.

 

Well done!
21 December 2018

Our End of Term Awards assembly was a wonderful opportunity to say well done to those children who had made excellent progress in maths, reading and writing, as well as honouring some of our children as sporting heroes.  There was also the opportunity to congratulate some exceptional children who have consistently demonstrated our school values this term. Well done to all of those children who reviewed a certificate today, we are always being impressed by excellent learning attitudes and enthusiasm!

Christingle service in church
21 December 2018

It was a wonderful to have our Christingle service in church this week where the children had an opportunity to learn about the significance of the different parts of the Christingle oranges and the work of The Children’s Society. What a wonderful and special way to end the term!

Speak Out, Stay Safe NSPCC visit
28 November 2018

The NSPCC’s Speak out, Stay safe Programme is visiting our school next week to make sure our pupils have the knowledge and understanding they need to stay safe from abuse.

We’re pleased to tell you that we will be working with the NSPCC, the UK’s leading children’s charity, who’ll be delivering their Speak out Stay safe programme. This is a nationwide programme for every primary-school-aged child in the UK and Channel Islands. With the help of their friendly mascot Buddy, they’ll be presenting an assembly to the children in our school as well as a workshop for Years 5/P6 and 6/P7.

What is the Speak out Stay safe programme?

Through child-friendly, interactive assemblies and workshops their specially trained staff and volunteers will give our children information about how to keep themselves safe from harm and how to get help if they have any worries, sensitively discussing issues like bullying and sexual abuse, without using scary words or adult language.

We have studied the content of the materials and heard from other schools who have participated and are extremely confident that they are appropriate for primary-school-aged children. By the end of their visit, we’re convinced children will feel empowered – knowing how they can speak out and stay safe.

If you would like any more information about the NSPCC Speak out Stay safe programme, including frequently asked questions, you can find it on the NSPCC website nspcc.org.uk/schools or please come into speak to us in school and we can provide more information.

Talking about the Underwear Rule with your children

The NSPCC’s work in schools will help encourage conversations about staying safe – and they have a number of child-friendly materials to help you carry on the conversation afterwards. That includes ‘The Underwear Rule’, a simple way for parents to help keep children safe from sexual abuse – without using scary words or even mentioning sex.

The guide uses the rules of PANTS to teach children that their body belongs to them and them alone. You can find out more and download the free resources at nspcc.org.uk/pants

If you’d like to know more about the NSPCC’s work, or take a look at the wide range of information and advice which is available for parents and carers, please visit their website nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/

Anti-Bullying Week - Choose Respect
26 November 2018

‘Telling’ school

Last week the school focused on Anti-Bullying Week – Choose Respect and reviewed our commitment to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all of our pupils so they can learn in a relaxed and secure atmosphere.

Bullying of any kind is unacceptable at our school. If bullying does occur, all pupils should be able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively.

We are a TELLING school. This means that anyone who knows that bullying is happening is expected to tell the staff.

At our school EVERYONE has an important part to play in discouraging and preventing bullying from happening. Whenever the opportunity arises it must be made clear that we will not tolerate bullying.  Children must be encouraged to tell adults, be given strategies for self-help and staff must always be observant

During the week we talked about the variety of methods for helping children to prevent bullying, as well as what is bullying?

We believe that bullying behaviours are Several Times On Purpose and therefore need to STOP. Bullying is the use of aggression with the intention of hurting another person.

Bullying can be:

Emotional – being unfriendly, excluding, tormenting (e.g. hiding books, threatening gestures)

Physical – pushing, kicking, hitting, punching or any use of violence

Racial – racial taunts, graffiti, gestures

Homophobic – because or focusing on the issue of sexuality

Verbal – indirect or direct name-calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, teasing

Cyber – All areas of internet, such as email & internet chat room, the misuse of mobile threats by text messaging & calls etc

During the week some children made some posters too.

Football success!
22 November 2018
Our football team competed in a local tournament, along with 7 other schools, run by Primary Sports at Woodbury School. We played 3 games against Woodbury (0,0) Lympstone (1,0) and Bassett’s Farm (3,1) before competing in the semi final and winning the final against Woodbury 4-0! Team play was excellent, with fantastic passing, goal keeping and of course goal scoring! Great work team Woodbury Salterton!

Children in Need
21 November 2018

As part of our value of Compassion this half term, the school took part in Children in Need, contributing to the money raised across the country, making a difference through raising money for a good cause. Well done everyone!

Remembrance in Class 1
12 November 2018
The children have been leaning about  why we commemorate Remembrance  Day on the 11th November and why poppies are worn.  On Friday 9th November, the children wore the poppies they had made to the Remembrance Service in church, where they sat quietly and listened to Rev Sid explaining about the soldier silhouettes and in particular what we know about the soldier whose silhouette is in Holy Trinity Church.  Rev Sid then talked about the cornet and showed us some of the calls which are important to soldiers. He then played the Last Post and we observed 2 minutes silence.  The children were very proud that their artwork which was displayed in the church.