School News Nov 2013
If you receive your school news by email, please make sure that you still pop in to check your pigeon hole as often as you can, as you may miss other important messages – and it is so lovely to see you by the office too!
27th November 2013
Dare I say that it is less than one month until Christmas Day? Probably not!
But that does mean that we only have about two weeks until our Fair on 13th December (3-6pm). Stephanie has been busy planning for this event and needs you to contact her to offer help. All parents are expected to give hours on the day to work on a stall, set up or tidy up and/or cook a yummy for the café, hosted by Mark’s class. There is a lot to do so please offer as much time as you can - see her message below and the Sign Up Sheet under the covered way to see how you can help. I know we still need more craft activities – if you have these skills, please offer them. The children would like to have a Games Room in Early Years again.
We will be having our Christmas Lunch on Monday 16th December. This will be a delicious vegetarian meal with ice-cream to follow. If your child doesn’t usually have a lunch on Monday please order and pay by 6th December.
Also on 16th December we hope to have a visit in the form of a red-suited gentleman. Please bring a “you know what” (£5 maximum) to the Quiet Room upstairs by 11th December at the latest (check with the office if this doesn’t make sense!). Early Years children who are normally here on Mondays are invited to attend at 1pm to join the party!
We will have an internal Christmas card post box in the hall from 2nd December and Mark’s class will deliver the cards. Please ensure children’s names and class names are clearly written on the front! Last post is 9am on 20th December.
Please see other important dates at the end of this newsletter.
Time to apply for a Primary School place in Devon
If your child was born between 1st September 2009 and 31st August 2010, you can apply for a primary school place at www.devon.gov.uk/admissionsonline until 15th January 2014, or call 0845 155 1019 for a First Step booklet.
If you haven’t already done so, please visit Ofsted’s websites to give your views about our school: PUPILS: www.ofsted.gov.uk/schools/for-schools/inspecting-schools/inspecting-independent-schools/independent-school-inspection/preparing-for-independent-sc
Paper copies of the pupil survey can be obtained by phoning 0300 123 1231 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
I went on a course recently about Safeguarding, and they were giving away a magazine on how to look after children in our digital age. I collected one for each family and hope you will find it useful – please retrieve it from your pigeon-hole. For older children, the website www.thinkuknow.co.uk may be useful. Please have a look at it first so you can make a good decision about how appropriate it may be for your child.
Mark’s class have been learning about poetry recently. They have read a selection of poets, including Michael Rosen and have also been writing their own poems. They even went for a sensory walk down to the river, through the woods and past the beautiful ploughed fields with clipboards, writing down interesting and descriptive phrases. The poems they wrote from this experience have been so inspiring:
|I can hear the rustle of the leaves|
like giant crisps.
The leaves are moist
like squishy sponges.
The rough,tough bark
The holly, green as grass
like emeralds. By Will
The wind rushing, flying through the crimson leaves, passing over the land, through yellow fields.
The spirit of Autumn.
The river, rushing over the rocks, flying over waterfalls, twinkling in the sunlight, glistening in the moonlight.
The spirit of Autumn.
The leaves, flying off the trees, swooping through the air, down, down, to the root of the earth.
The Spirit of Autumn. By Jacob
They looked at Onomatopoeia poems, and Adelaide and Lara wrote a poem each:
|My poem loves pinkMy poem loves writing with inkMy poem loves skipping with a ropeMy poem loves meeting the Pope
My poem eats cheese
My poem eats peas
My poem eats cake
My poem eats steak
The power of my poem is enough to make you levitate
My poem hates wasps
My poem hates red spotty tops
My poem hates fast food
My poem hates being in a bad mood
My poem likes dogs
My poem likes logs
My poem likes flowers
My poem likes cooking for hours
My poem is called Fluffy
|My poem eats sweetsMy poem easts treatsMy poem eats blue jellyMy poem eats a green welly
My poem likes pink
My poem likes cuff links
My poem likes dancing
My poem likes prancing
My poem wants the moon
My poem wants a balloon
My poem wants Mars
My poem wants jars
The power of my poem can blow up Parliament.
My poem enjoys getting money
My poem enjoys eating honey
My poem enjoys going to the park
My poem enjoys meeting Mark
My poem hates cheese
My poem hates peas
My poem hates mice
My poem hates rice
My poem is called Victoria.
The class have also been looking at how hydraulics work by creating moving toys. Do have a little play with the selection Martin has put in the main hallway.
They have been doing lots of experiments to understand how the ear works, and doing some detailed drawings of ears.
The addition, subtraction and times tables work they have covered came in handy this week when mark held an auction for things they needed to buy to survive on an island for six months (the battery operated i-phone was a top item!)
The dance sessions that were held over five weeks were a real success, with the children performing their dance titled “Unity” to their parents and to Dartington Primary School. Stephanie, who went to watch, told me that she was “very proud to watch a group work so well together and support each other”!
The class also made some stunning puppets and performed “The Gunpowder Plot” to Ben’s class and Early Years.
Ben’s class have also been writing some fun poetry, which you will find on his class wall – well worth a read!
They have been planting lots of daffodils to pot up outside the classroom, which is something to really look forward to.
They have also been studying Islam as part of the RE curriculum this term and the children have made little books.
The Early Years children have been looking at all the signs of our beautiful autumn. They have even created their own autumn art area where they can paint on the walls with all the autumn colours they can see.
All the main school children have been learning how to make rope out of wool, with Martin in the Forest School sessions, and making seaweed salt with Olya. They have also been doing lots of weeding and digging in the gardening sessions, preparing the beds for spring planting.
Polytunnel and Garden
Ben and Martin are finalising the framework ready for the polythene cover to be installed after Christmas. Lots of help will be needed so please look out for further info.
Thank you to Martin for the willow fence he put up over half term to protect the grass and bulbs leading down to the pizza oven. Please make sure your child keeps off this area, as well as all school banks, as there are flower bulbs everywhere!
Our drum teacher, James Sharp, who comes to teach on Thursdays, has a couple of 20 minute lesson slots available. In addition to the drumset, he is now offering lessons on cajon (box drum). Please contact him on 01803 414151 / 07888 898925 if you are interested.
Thank you to Heidi, teachers and parents for contributing to the Christmas Card project. The children had a lot of fun and Heidi raised just over £50 for the school. It was so well organised and carefully thought through – well done Heidi!!
Many of you will have heard that Ben will be leaving for India on 12th December, for 3 weeks. I wish him a wonderful holiday with his family. The class have one of our favourite supply teachers called Tania, who taught for six years at Park when I first arrived. I know that the children will have lots of fun with her and will meet her before Ben leaves.
Many, many thanks to Rich and Drum, who have been busy since the last school play putting together a DVD of “Narnia”. Mark’s class had ‘an audience with the director’ before the showing, where Rich explained how he had to edit what Drum and he had filmed – especially when one microphone decided to give up half way in! DVDs should be ready for Christmas.
Thank you for all the kind comments and cards that you have given to me this week, regarding my husband’s operation. I shall miss you all and I’m sure I will be in again before you know it!
Finally, we would like to welcome Luka, who joined Early Years last week and Aaron, who has returned to Park School and is in Ben’s class.
With best wishes,
Teacher in Charge