Dear North Tawton Friends and Families,
It’s been a very important week here for our Year 6 class as they sat their Standard Assessment Tests (SATS) for Reading, Maths, Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation . They have shown increased maturity over the past months and this week showed us that they can not only focus on working hard under strict test conditions, they can also support each other.
Thank you to Miss Ruby, Mrs Jelly and Mrs Ware, all the staff who have taught and supported this class during their time at North Tawton, and to all of you at home for supporting them. They really did themselves, and all of us proud.
What have you done today to make you feel proud?
We started the week with an assembly where we considered what pride means. I asked, ‘What have you done to make you feel proud?’ This is a great question to ask your children at home, tell them what you have done that you are proud of, and what makes you proud of them. We shall be learning the Heather Small song ‘Proud’ for our Festival of Hope in July.
Trying new foods
We have an exciting new menu, but we have noticed few children choosing the new dishes. Mandy and I have been encouraging children to try new foods and have been introducing ‘tasters' at lunch time and break time. This week we offered Quesadillas (cheese and onion tortillas) and many ate raw peppers for the first time. Please encourage children to try new things at home, as I told them. they might be missing out on something delicious!
Children have missed so much school time over the past two years due to Covid 19 lockdowns and illness, we are working hard to plug gaps in learning, socialisation, and emotional wellbeing. Now we are, hopefully, over the worst of our infections rates, it is vital that children are in school every day.
If your children complain of sore tummies, please send them in! Unless they are physically ill with diarrhoea or vomiting, then they really need to be here. We will always call you if they are ill in school.
As far as possible, please arrange for medical appointments in the school holidays, or close to the beginning or end of the school day so as little learning time is lost as possible.
Holidays in term time are not authorised.
Persistent absence will be followed up with our Educational Welfare Officer and can result in a fine.
If you are struggling with attendance, please let me know and we will offer support through Early Help and social care.
Currently our attendance is below the average for Devon, and for our Trust. I would like to see full attendance for the final months of the school year to bring our attendance figures up and to give our children the very best opportunities to succeed as possible.
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
The staff have taken part in very important first aid training. Please click on the link
It’s an online CPR refresher. It is only 15 minutes long, interactive (you have your camera on so it can monitor your CPR rate) and you get a certificate at the end!
We are recruiting for a Teaching Assistant to join our team. If you are, or you know someone who would be interested in applying, please direct them to the Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust website – see the link here.
Vacancies - Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust (dartmoormat.org.uk)
Monday 6th June, school will be closed in lieu of the Queens Jubilee Bank Holiday which falls on the Thursday before during our half term week.
With very best wishes for the weekend,