Dear North Tawton Friends and Families,
Welcome back to the final term of this year. The next seven weeks will be a roller coaster of learning experiences and fun, and hopefully good weather too! Brace yourselves!
A warm welcome to Lauren Bond who is joining our Early Years Team. We are really pleased to have her working with us.
Thank you to those of you who completed the survey regarding breakfast club and after school club. If you haven’t – please do so by Friday 17th as I am looking at feasibility to start clubs in September. I will update parents and carers about this at the Community Forum on Tuesday 28th June.
This term we have: Choir Ukulele Running Club and Saints. Please see Gateway for more information
Ready, Respectful, Safe
This week in assembly, we reviewed our behaviour policy. Children know that if they are being ‘ready, respectful and safe’ that they are meeting our expectations and keeping our school rules. Behaviour at our school is very good, staff rarely have an issue in the classroom, however, like in all good schools, we do have children who push the boundaries at times, particularly at play time, and some who find keeping the rules harder than others for a whole host of reasons. We have had lots of training around this, and our staff are very skilled in pre-empting issues.
In assembly I shared problem solving wheel. This is where children can make choices as how to best respond to an issue.
On occasion, children do need the support of an adult to solve an issue and to restore peace – this is called restorative practice or sometimes called restorative justice.
These are the questions adults will ask the children involved in the issue.
You will notice that the two resources encourage children to take responsibility for their actions and reflect upon their feelings and decisions.
Please do use these at home to support solving disputes!
Your views are important to us. All staff want to do the best we can for our children and community. If you haven’t already, please sign up and add your views to the Parent View here
Give your views | Ofsted Parent View
As always, if you have a concern or suggestion, please talk to class teachers at the door, me at the gate, or contact me [email protected] or via the school office.
Today I am at a LYFTA training day with Mrs Underwood. We are looking at how we can further enrich our curriculum so that our children have the widest and deepest learning experiences. LYFTA is a resource which teachers have started to use this year.
Our vision at Lyfta is that by the time a child leaves school, they will have experienced and connected with a meaningful human story from every country in the world. In doing so, they will have experienced different cultures, different languages, different jobs and perspectives. They will have seen hundreds of positive human stories modelling resilience, problem-solving, teamwork, and many other critical skills, values and competencies. By the end of their schooling, they would understand for themselves how interconnected and interdependent we are, and would have gained a deep awareness of their power and role in the world. (From the LYFTA website)
I am looking forward to coming back to school on Monday with lots of new and exciting ways to use this platform across the year groups.
Calling out for some help gardening! We really need some help to keep our garden areas weed free and tidy. Are you available on Thursdays? Leanne (Lara’s mum) would love some help developing our garden area. Please speak to her, or to me and we will set up a planning meeting. Many thanks in advance!
Tuesday 28th June 5pm – 6pm
This will be an opportunity for you to hear about our progress on our school development plans including:
I will send a questionnaire on Monday 20th June so parents have the opportunity to ask questions and raise topics for the forum.
Staffing for next year
I am in consultation with staff regarding staffing for next year. After such a turbulent few years, we want to keep things as consistent as possible for our children and where there are changes, plenty of time for them to feel ready for September.
I will let children and parents know as soon as we have finalised our plans.
Week of 20th June Y6 Activity Week – an exciting week of adventurous and cultural activities
Tuesday 28th June 5 – 6pm Community Forum
Thursday 30th June Y6 induction day at Okehampton College
Friday 1st July Rainbow Day – a celebration of inclusion
Week of 4th July is our Festival of Hope which will be a week of curriculum activities with the theme of hope. This will include:
Monday 4th July French
Tuesday 5th July Science
Wednesday 6th July Art
Thursday 7th July Sports
Friday 8th July Music
Saturday 9th July Summer Fayre
Friday 22nd July Farewell Assembly
With very best wishes