Dear North Tawton Families,
I can definitely feel Spring in the air today! The sun is shining, our school daffodils are in bloom and I certainly am enjoying lighter mornings and evenings.
It has been a very busy week here at North Tawton and a great start to the new half term.
Fabulous Art Work
I was delighted to visit the Ruth Smith Gallery on Monday and see all of the wonderful art work our community have created for the Future North Tawton exhibition. Do pop in and have a look if you have not already done so. Congratulations to all who entered and especially to our winners Rebecca Simms and her mum Philippa Simms for their winning entries.
Future North Tawton - Ruth Smith Gallery
This week we have been learning about Lent and finding out why so many of us enjoyed pancakes on Tuesday. Mr Cutler held a pancake tossing competition in assembly and told us all about the Christian significance of this time of year. Many Christians give something up for Lent and use the time to focus on prayer or reading the Bible. Children have been encouraged to take something up for the weeks ahead. We will be learning more about this as we approach Easter.
Thinking about Lent, why not have a conversation at home about things you can do as a family at this time of year, for example watch a TV programme together then turn off the TV and talk about it, or spend some time gardening or colouring together, or writing to or calling a family member. My yoga and mindfulness club children could lead a family yoga session. It would be good for us all to use this time of year to focus on mindfulness and family time.
Devon Wildlife Trust
On Thursday our Wildlife Ambassadors started working with the Devon Wildlife Trust on a well being project. We will be sharing more about this as the term progresses.
World Book Day
Please look at our class blogs to see photographs of children dressed up. They looked amazing! Each child has chosen a preloved book to keep and has decorated a t-shirt with their favourite book characters to keep as well. Many thanks to Mrs Ware for organising this and FONTs for funding the initial outlay of t-shirts and fabric pens.
It was great to have so many of you log on for our sharing assembly today. I really enjoyed seeing the children proudly present their learning. What an array of exciting knowledge and skills they displayed for us! Scientific and historic facts, songs, a poetry recital, art work, models, drama in the form of weather presenters and even Picasso dropped by! We saw some excellent home learning as well as the work children do at school. The children spoke clearly and confidently – well done to them all!
Unfortunately we were not able to share the Y3 video, but do look on Dojo to see what they were up to in Forest School!
In assembly on Monday, I spoke to KS1 and KS2 children about conflict being a normal part of human behaviour. We thought about different scenarios which could happen at school or at home where there is difference of opinion. We looked at different ways we can respond when someone has a different view to us and how we can respond to conflict. This led to a conversation about the current war on Ukraine. Older children have been watching Newsround and discussing the news with their teachers.
I led this prayer for our children:
We pray for the people of Ukraine and the people of Russia to be safe and have peace.
We pray that their leaders listen and make good decisions.
We pray for all those who are afraid; that they may feel comfort and safety.
We pray for those who choose conflict; that they will learn to make peace.
There will be an event at St Peters on Wednesday next week, which you are welcome to attend.
With best wishes for the weekend
Also known as The Paper Bag Princess!