Well done to our newly formed and fabulous PTA who organised a superb pumpkin carving competition in school raising over £100 for school funds. With so many excellent entries, it was extremely difficult decision to award prizes. Well done to our overall winners!
Check out our website for the latest PTA newsletter outlining our new team and events this term including our ‘Fundraiser of the Month’. More details to follow…
On Tuesday we visited Westpoint to take part in the annual Farmwise event that
aims to connect children to the sources of their food. The event helps
children to know more about farming, how food is produced and how farming links
to the countryside. The children had a great experience of touching, feeling
and smelling farming and food production. We visited 6 of the 12 zones
including diary, beef, sheep, poultry, forestry and environment.
Tonight’s film was another huge success. ‘The Wrong Trousers’ proved very popular with all ages. Here are some of the children’s comments from the film:
- My favourite part was the end when he walked into the sunset – Harrison, Year 1
- My favourite BT was when the were on the train at the end. It was really exciting! Ella Year 3
- I enjoyed the part when the penguin was being sinister and secretly planning to steal the diamond. Joanna Maltby Year 6
- I liked to where the penguin flicked his turkey hair! Toby, Year 3
- I liked it when jam popped onto Wallace’s face! Eliza Year 3
- I liked the part when he walked outside of the window in the wrong trousers! Kayla Year 2
Lots of the children liked the ending in particular, especially when the penguin fell into the bottle. Next week we begin Curse of the Were-rabbit! Thanks to those parents who donated some biscuits for the session.
As a school we are beginning a consultation on the change of age range from 4 years to 2 years with effect from January 2017.
The objective of the proposal is to create additional spaces for children aged 2-4 years within the School and will provide 13 places. The accommodation for the additional children will be organised in a foundation Stage Unit led by existing Class 1 teacher. There will be key worker system for two year old children (max number of places available 4 spaces per session).
The Foundation Stage Unit will involve children aged 2-6 years and will be based in class 1, with additional classroom space in further unused classroom.
Suggested organisation and staffing:
- Class Teacher
- EYFS Practitioner
- Two Year old EYFS Practitioner
Net capacity of the School
The proposed FSU will not affect the PAN number for some time. Our PAN is 15 and we have current total number of 55 pupils, with a capacity of 105 children. There will be no change to the PAN. We currently have four classrooms and have the ability to use the village hall in future to support this provision, should the pupil numbers increase beyond our PAN total of 105 children.
No capital funding will be required by the School from Devon County Council. The increase will not affect the net capacity of the School, nor the Planned Admission Number and will not put pressure on existing classroom space for at least two/three years. To accommodate the FSU provision and extend the school age range we will not require any capital building projects. However the use of the Village Hall will need to be confirmed to ensure that the school has capacity to use this space if required from Year 2.
All responses to this consultation will be considered and the timetable is as follows:
- Consultation: begins 5th October
- Governing Body to consider responses received 5th November
- Proposed Implementation: 1st January 2017
Responding to the consultation
You can respond to the consultation by writing to: Clare Rooke, Chair of Governors, Pebblebed Heath Federation, Woodbury Salterton CE Primary School, Stony Lane, EX5 1XS
Contact address: 01395 232649