Woodbury Salterton
C of E Primary School

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Latest Information from Gavin Williamson - Education Secretary
20 April 2020

Latest government advice from the education secretary Gavin Williamson on supporting children’s education during the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19)

A new document new guidance has been published (Sunday 19 April) for parents on how best to support their child’s education and development.

This week (Monday 20 April) the BBC is launching its own education package across TV and online, featuring celebrities and some of the best teachers – helping to keep children learning and supporting parents.

Oak Academy https://www.thenational.academy/ joins a broad range of support and resources available for schools and parents. This includes a list of high quality resources recently published by the Government, as well as the existing tools and resources schools use to provide remote education.

More Ideas for Looking After Your Mental Health
20 April 2020

Here are some more ideas to help you to look after your mental health during this unusual time.

These ideas are based on the ’10 a Day’ which the children will be familiar with. Please don’t feel you have to do them all but focus on the areas that your family are struggling with.

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Food Hampers
19 April 2020

The food hampers for families eligible for Free School Meals will be delivered on Monday 20th April and every Monday from now on. We will contact parents when they are ready for collection.

Collective Worship -17/04
17 April 2020

We have gathered together to worship God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit and to learn more about Jesus, the light of the world.

This term we will be thinking together with our families about the value of joy.


Ask your child / one of your children to read the following Bible verse: John 8.12


Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”


This morning we are going to listen to a story about a girl who was looking forward to going to a gymnastics class.

Eleanor was peering through the kitchen window, feeling miserable. She had been looking forward to her gymnastics class all day. Her mum had promised that they could set off early and have a picnic in the park on the way. Eleanor loved the new park with its shiny swings and slides. But now it had started to pour with rain and she didn’t feel like getting cold and wet.
‘Are you ready, Eleanor?’ Mum shouted, making Eleanor jump.
‘No!’ she shouted back grumpily. She really didn’t want to go out any more.
‘Eleanor, it’s time to go,’ said Mum, sounding frustrated. ‘Let’s put your wellies on and get going.’
‘Do I have to?’ grumbled Eleanor. ‘It’s raining out there. I’d rather stay home and I don’t want to get wet and now we can’t have a picnic and I can’t play in the park! It’s not fair!’
‘Come on now,’ said Mum crossly. ‘We’ve got an umbrella you can use and you’ll enjoy gym class once you get there.’
Eleanor did what her mum asked. She put on her coat and wellies and got the umbrella ready. When she went outside, Eleanor shivered. She felt sad. She had looked forward to something all day and now it felt like everything had gone wrong.
Mum took hold of her hand and they set off. Somehow it felt better when they were walking. When Mum suggested that they jumped in the puddles, Eleanor forgot to be sad, but instead she laughed and laughed.

Her feet were warm inside her wellies and she felt safe and happy holding her mum’s hand. She got a little wet, but it was much better than she thought it was going to be.
When Eleanor arrived at the gym class, she had a big smile on her face.
‘Well done,’ whispered Mum, smiling, too. ‘Walking through the rain wasn’t so bad, was it?’

Explain that the story is meant to teach us an important lesson. Ask the children if they can guess what the lesson is.

Listen to a range of responses.

Point out that there is a famous saying: ‘April showers bring May flowers.’

Ask the children if they can guess what the saying means.

Explain that April is often known as a month where there are a lot of rain showers. The month following April is May. May is often sunny and lots of summer flowers begin to appear. The April rain is what brings us the most beautiful flowers. The beauty of the flowers follows the rain, hence the saying, ‘April showers bring May flowers.


Explain that sometimes, we go through difficult times in our lives. We may feel sad or lonely, or things may seem to go wrong with our families or friends. These can feel like dark, ‘rainy’, gloomy times. However, in those times, it is important to hold onto people whom we know and trust.

Eleanor, the girl in our story, didn’t want to go out in the rain. But to get to gym class, which she enjoyed, she had to go through the rain. When we go through hard times, we can know that happiness will come again. In our story, having an umbrella, wearing wellies, wearing a coat and having her mum helped Eleanor through the rain, and she was even happy at some points during the rain. In the same way, we have people and things in our life that can help us through hard times.

Ask the children for examples of people whom they can turn to in difficult times.

Remind the children that they never need to go through a hard time on their own. It is important to talk about the way they are feeling and to ask for help.

Christians believe that the Bible teaches that God is with us during the April showers as well as when we see the flowers in May. Christians believe that God is close to those who are hurting and that God gives them hope.


Let’s sing together the following hymn





  1. Give me joy in my heart keep me praising

Give me joy in my heart I pray

Give me joy in my heart keep me praising

Keep me praising till the end of day .


Sing hosanna, sing hosanna

Sing hosanna to the King of kings

Sing hosanna, sing hosanna,

Sing hosanna to the King.


  1. Give me peace in my heart, keep me resting,

Give me peace in my heart I pray

Give me peace in my heart , keep me resting,

Keep me resting till the end of day.


Sing hosanna, sing hosanna,

Sing hosanna to the King of kings,

Sing hosanna, sing hosanna,

Sing hosanna to the King.


  1. .Give me love in my heart , keep me serving,

Give me love in my heart I pray,

Give me love in my heart , keep me serving,

Keep me serving till the end of day.


Sing hosanna, sing hosanna ,

Sing hosanna to the King of kings,

Sing hosanna, sing hosanna,

Sing hosanna to the King.


  1. .Give me light in my heart, keep me shining,

Give me light in my heart I pray,

Give me light in my heart, keep me shining,

Keep me  shining tlll the end of day .


Sing hosanna, sing hosanna,

Sing hosanna to the King of kings,

Sing hosanna, sing hosanna,

Sing hosanna to the King


  1. Give me light in my heart



Dear God,
Thank you that when we experience hard times, there are people who want to help us.
Thank you that when we experience hard times, you are there with us.
Thank you that we know hard times will end and we will experience joy and peace again.
Please help people who are feeling sad and lonely at the moment during the coronavirus epidemic.
Please help us always to be looking for ways in which we can help to bring joy to others.
We pray for all our friends, families and school community and look forward to the joy we will experience when we can all meet again.


Welcome Back to the Summer Term
16 April 2020

Please see letter below…

Summer Term 15.4.20

A Message from the ICE Team
15 April 2020

The ICE Team – Online Resources

Greetings from the ICE team! We have been thinking of you and all of your school during the lockdown, and hope that things are going as smoothly as they can during this time. Most of all we hope that you’re keeping safe and well! We miss you and look forward to being able to say hello in person again soon.

Over the past couple of weeks, we have been considering how best we might be able to support schools during these unusual circumstances. And so we have come up with a number of online resources that parents can access for their children. We’ve made a schedule (See below) of resources that might help children to take some time out during their days to reflect, pray, do some activities and explore what Christians believe.  We hope that this will help during this time of self isolation to support their mental and spiritual wellbeing in this stressful time. We’ll be updating these activities every week day.

We have also created daily challenges on our facebook and instagram pages for parents to subscribe to and share with their children. These are: a challenge to pray for a group of people, a challenge to do something to care for the people in your house, a question to ask the people you live with to get to know them better.

You are very much on our hearts and in our prayers.

Here are the links to all of our resources:

Our ICE Youtube Channel: youtube.com/channel/UCFTtSf5BPf9ErWxtQcR5-kw

Our ICE School’s blog: icetrust.co.uk/schools-blog/

Our ICE Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ICETRUST

Our ICE Instagram feed: www.instagram.com/icetrustexeter/


Many thanks,

Sally and Anne-Marie

ICE Primary Schools Team

1 Decision at Home - PSHE Home Learning Sign Up
15 April 2020

1 Decision is the PSHE program we use in school.  Currently, you can sign up free for their home learning activities to support parents and carers.

If you would like to receive regular emails containing high quality resources to support your children further, sign up today using the link below.

1 Decision aims to provide you with easy to deliver, effective resources to support mental health and well-being, looking at topics such as feelings and emotions, staying safe, being responsible and more.


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Summer Term Home Learning
14 April 2020

Home Learning for the Summer Term is included in the links below:

If you need paper copies of your child’s work, learning packs can be available from outside school by the gate, please e-mail admin@woodbury-salterton.devon.sch.uk to let us know if you require this option.


Keep looking lower down this page for other ideas and activities.


















Time Capsule Activity

This is a lovely activity for children to create a Time Capsule of their memories from this strange period of their own history. Something they can keep and look back on in years to come.


Mental Health

‘Open Minds’ will support children with anxiety. For more information go on https://www.facebook.com/Open-Minds-UK or openmindsuk.org.uk


All children should also continue to do the following…

Set aside time for your child to read  each day.
Ask them questions about what they have read. Get them to write a summary of the
chapter, make a prediction about what might happen next, a review of the book, a
character description or find out some things about the author. Look up the meanings of
unfamiliar words and write them in a sentence of their own.

Children to practise their handwriting making sure letters are formed correctly and joined and legible if age appropriate.

Learn words from the statutory word lists (sent with the first set of home learning)


KS1 – Practise basic counting skills.

KS2 – My Maths (once a day) – all have logins that they use regularly in their reading record books
or homework books.
Times table Rockstars daily – see log-in in the red book

School Nursing March Newsletter
12 April 2020