Dear North Tawton Families,
With Covid restrictions easing and much better weather, it has been lovely this week to enjoy sunshiny playtimes on the field and assemblies all together. Long may both last! This week we welcomed back Lyndsay Adams and Jessica Nuthall to our staff team, both have settled in brilliantly and are enjoying being back. This is a very short half term, with the bank holiday on Monday it means we have less than 4 weeks before half term. However, we have a lot of work to do in that time! We are planning trips and a science week, and of course have new topics and learning for the children. Do check the class blogs for our latest learning and adventures and Dojo for messages from our staff.
This term beings the return of the Y1 phonics screening, Y2 and Year 6 standard assessment tests (SATS) also a new times table test for Y4. These tests will take place in school with as much preparation, but as little stress as possible!
We do ask that you support us, as always, with homework. Learning times tables in particular is something you can easily support with at home with games and apps. As always daily reading and positive attitudes towards problem solving and study will always help you child throughout their primary education and help set them up to have good learning attitudes, independence and self-discipline. Reading every day is the most important support you can give at home. Sharing books, talking about book characters and plots as well as listening to your child read is so valuable.
This is the time of year that children go out to play with coats and jumpers and then take them off and leave them all over the playground and field! (We do encourage them to hang them on the fence by the trip trail!) Please can you make sure coats and jumpers are labelled! Wellies, plimsoles and PE kits too. While we will always support children to find their lost property, we really don’t have the time to time to investigate which items belong to whom.
On PE days, children are welcome to wear their PE kit to school. Please make sure this is a full school PE kit. House colour t-shirts are available. During the winter when we had windows open for ventilation, we did allow children to wear warm jumpers with their school uniform. Now it is the summer, they should be wearing their school uniform jumpers.
Adverse Childhood Experiences - Short Course Registration Link [DMAT]
With very best wishes
Dear North Tawton Families,
It was great to have so many of you join us on line this afternoon to see children's work. Next term I hope to be able to hold assemblies, a Parent Forum and some school events in the flesh!
Well done to Year 4 for organising the Bake Sale last week. They are delighted to announce that they raised £178 for the Ukrainian emergency fund.
Easter Egg Competition
Thank you to all the children who took part in the Easter Egg Decoration Competition. As always, the children showed their creativity through their imaginative work.
The winners are:
Nursery - Henry
Reception - Emily
Year 1 - Vittoria
Year 2 - Bertie
Year 3 - Rosie
Year 4 - Tam
Year 5 - Jade
Year 6 - Harry
Thank you to FONTS for organising this and buying the prizes. All children who took part received a chocolate bunny and the winners received an Easter egg.
Farewell to Mrs Reynolds
The week we said farewell and a huge thank you to Mrs Reynolds. She first started working at the school 19 years ago! She has had various roles in the school and most recently has been running our netball club. She will be missed!
Welcome to Mrs Adams
After Easter we welcome back Mrs Adams to the school office. she will be here Monday to Thursday and Mrs Cassels will be here Fridays. As always, please contact the school office with reasons for absence, urgent messages and general enquiries.
Dojo is a wonderful communication tool; however, I do need to remind parents that teachers do not check Dojo while they are teaching. Urgent messages must go to the school office.
I have instructed teachers not to read and reply to messages in the evenings, at the weekend or in the holidays. I take their well being very seriously and want them to switch off and have time for themselves and their families. I hope you agree and support this.
The catering team are delighted that they have been given a new lunch time menu to cook for our children. We really hope that the children enjoy the new dishes. We will be asking them and letting you know!
We have a vacancy for a mealtime assistant 12.00pm to 1.30pm Monday to Friday (Term Time Only) 7.5 hours per week. The successful applicant will need to supervise, assist and encourage the children with the daily meals and undertake playground duty promoting positive relationships and play. For more details and to apply, please see the DMAT Website
Vacancies - Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust (dartmoormat.org.uk)
Hatherleigh Cricket Club would like to invite you to their open evening on 22nd April from 5:30pm onwards. We have cricket for all ages!
If you are 5-8 years old, you can come and join our softball cricket All Stars on Saturday morning between 9:30am and 10:30am. You can sign up, following this link here:
If you are 8-11 years old, you can come and join our softball cricket Dynamos on Friday evening between 5:30pm and 6:30pm. You can sign up for Dynamos, by following this link here:
Also on Friday evenings between 5:30pm and 6:30pm is hardball cricket training for Primary School age children and our newly formed women’s softball team training as well.
On Mondays between 5:30pm and 6:30pm we run girls only softball cricket.
We are a family friendly club who welcome all to our training. You will get a warm welcome with the bar open and food being served. If you would like anymore details, please contact Alex on [email protected]
Wishing you all a very happy Easter!
See you on Monday 25th April rested, revitalised and ready for the Summer term!
With vey best wishes,
Pre-loved Uniform Sale - Please visit the Friends of North Tawton School page on social media to find all of the items for sale. Everything is just £1. We are also accepting donations of any uniform in good, clean condition, with or without the school logo.
Easter Egg competition
Don’t forget to get your Easter eggs decorated and returned to school, with your £1, by next Wednesday (6th) for judging. Prizes and treats for entering will be given out at school. All eggs will then be displayed around the town for everyone to see.
Did you know you can support our school by playing a weekly lottery? It’s £1 a ticket and 50% of that will go straight to the school.
If you buy tickets before 23rd April you could win a £1000 B&Q voucher!
Simply go to seamoorlotto.co.uk and search for FONTS to support the cause.
New FONTS website
Ever wondered who FONTS are and what we do? We now have a brand new website up and running where you can find out all about us and what we’re planning to raise funds for our school. Everyone is welcome to get involved, the more the merrier 😊 We are found here www.crispva.wixsite.com/wearefonts
Thank you for your continued support
FONTS committee. Email [email protected]
Or message FONTS on Class Dojo
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Dear North Tawton Families,
It’s been another busy week at North Tawton.
Spring has Sprung!
In Monday’s assembly we welcomed Spring with Vivaldi ‘s beautiful violin concerto and talked about what we all enjoy about the season.
Vivaldi - Spring - YouTube
We agreed that the season is reflected in the uplifting, bright and happy music.
I have really enjoyed visiting classes and observing teaching and learning this week. Our teachers are working very hard to plan and deliver engaging lessons, and our children are showing excellent learning behaviour and making great progress. I am looking forward to visiting more lessons next week to complete this round of monitoring.
Do see our class blogs for weekly updates of class learning and news.
Summer Term Target Setting
Summer target setting reports will be shared with you early next week in preparation for the coming term. We will be reviewing these at the end of the year and sharing progress reports.
Don’t forget to send in your children’s Easter egg designs in by Wednesday.
We will have another on line sharing assembly on Friday at 2pm.
Thank you to FONTS for the lovely staffroom treats and card. This was very much appreciated by the staff team.
With very best wishes,