Dear North Tawton Families,
Another week whizzes by! It’s been great to see children returning from isolation and we look forward to seeing the rest of our friends back early next week. Covid will not dampen our Christmas spirit! Unfortunately we can not put on a live Christmas show again due to our continued Covid measures. We do have a number of exciting treats up our sleeves! Watch this space for more information next week
Children in Need
I’m delighted to announce that we raised £246.01 last Friday for Children in Need. Thank you to everyone who took part, donated money and to our School Council for counting the money!
On Tuesday I will be talking to the children about where the money goes.
This week we have looked at how to be SMART on line. The children have thought about how they use the internet at school and at home, we all agreed that the internet is great for games, entertainment and research. However, we all need to be aware of the dangers and how to be safe on line.
The SMART message is: never give personal information; never meet someone in person; don’t allow access; don’t believe everything on the internet is true and to always tell if you see something on a computer that shouldn’t be there.
Do see the poster for the details
This week Karen Tingle and Kaydee Prince, our Early Years leaders visited St James School in Okehampton to share expertise and ideas with the leaders there. This is an advantage of being part of a Trust; the opportunities to visit other schools and collaborate with other practitioners.
Next week Simon Snell a representative of the NSPCC and our Trust safeguarding leader Barbara Manning are visiting our school to audit our safeguarding procedures. We also have Trust staff Brian Simber and Adam Hill coming to see how well the children are progressing in maths across the school.
As always, please do see the class blogs to find out what children have been learning this week. Among many things, you will find out about our Mini Police, learn about constellations and recycling and see some ambitious constructions.
We have been working hard to promote oracy skills across the curriculum in school. To enhance this, each week I am going to pose a question or topic for discussion at home. We encourage children to always give reasons for their answers and give as much detail as possible. This week’s question:
What makes you happy?
Follow up for older children – is happiness your responsibility, or other people’s?
There is no need to record this, please do join in and give your answers too.
Lots of exciting dates for you diaries! More to be announced next week!
Friday 3rd December – another dress up Friday! Why not wear a Christmas jumper? Please donate £1 to FONTS
Monday 6th December – OCRA Fun Run at school – please bring a Christmas hat if you have one!
Friday 10th December – 9am FONTS meeting in the school hall – all welcome
Friday 10th December – please bring back your decorated wreaths
Sunday 12th December – 6.30 Carol Service at St Peter’s Church
Wednesday 15th December – wreath judging! Winners will be announced
Friday 17th December – Last day and a class Christmas film treat
Sunday 19th December 11am Christingle at the St Peter’s Church
Friday 24th December 4pm Christmas Eve service at St Peter’s Church
Tuesday 4th January – Staff training day
Wednesday 5th January – Children back to school.
Do look at the FONTS update for more news
All the best for the weekend,