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Newsletter W/C 16/04/18


Welcome back! I hope you and your families all enjoyed the Easter break and that everyone is ready for the summer term to begin - I'm not quite sure where the time has gone! This term is a busy one for many of the children with KS1 and KS2 SATs, phonics screening and lots of various exciting activities for them all to take part in.


Some great news!


Over the Easter period I have received a letter from the Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP who is the Minister of State for School Standards. The letter congratulates the pupils and staff on the high standard of achievement our children get in mathematics. Our current results and data put us in the top 1% of primary schools in England for our attainment in maths. I was thrilled to receive this letter and thought it important to share this information with you.


KS2 SAT's Information - Year 6


It is that time of year were SATs are just around the corner. It is your child's opportunity to show off and demonstrate their understanding of the maths and English curriculum. I know many have started revising (some have even shown me revision timetables) and that they are keen and able to do exceptionally well. At this time of the year I know the children will look to you at home for support and possibly some extra help, as they put everything into the few remaining weeks before the tests. Please see table below for dates:


Date Test
Monday 14th May English Grammar, punctuation and spelling papers 1 and 2
Tuesday 15th May English reading
Wednesday 16th May Mathematics paper 1 and 2
Thursday 17th May Mathematics paper 3
Friday 18th May No tests


KS1 SAT's information


Date Test
Tuesday 8th May Reading paper 1
Tuesday 15th May Reading paper 2
Wednesday 16th May Arithmetic
Monday 21st May Mathematics reasoning
Tuesday 22nd May Grammar, punctuation and spelling


Easter Gardens and World Book Day part 2


It was great to see all the effort the children had put into their Easter gardens and dressing up as their favourite characters on the last day of the Spring term! It was a fantastic way to end what was a very productive and enjoyable term. We also really appreciated so many of you turning up to support the event at the end of the school day. It was very obvious that a lot of time and effort had been put into designing and making the gardens and outfits!





Year 6 snowboarding


Year 6 enjoyed a day out at Plymouth ski slopes on Monday 19th March. During their day out they took part in a two hour snowboarding lesson, went on the toboggan run, had a go at Sno-tubing and then braved the awesome Viper drop. We have some real snowboarding talent in this year group - well done to all of you for trying so hard and taking part - even when things seemed a little scary!







This is still a top priority at present for our school. We are currently below our target, set out by Devon, in view of this the Governors and I have updated our attendance policy (click here to view or view document below) and would appreciate it if you could read this document fully, as it outlines our expectations. Attendance is of upmost importance in your child's education and I need your help to make sure that your child attends school on a regular basis.


Sporting activity dates


I have recently received the updated list of upcoming sporting activities for the summer term and have started booking places for our school to be represented at these events. As more are released I will continue to book these and let you know times, dates and venues. It was great to see so many of our children representing the school at the recent cross country event at Haldon forest - a fantastic location and event I am sure you will agree.



Upcoming events:


Date Event Time/Venue
Tuesday 1st May 2018 Years 3 to 6 Cross country 4pm-6pm Haldon Forest
Tuesday 15th May 2018 Years 3 to 6 Cycling 4pm-6pm venue TBC


Other events are being released on a weekly basis so I will update a list under our sports page.


New sports equipment


The school has recently bought a large amount of new sporting equipment allowing us to offer a greater variety of sports during P.E. sessions, at lunch times and after school. The children have been engaged in a number of these during lunchtimes and are really enjoying getting involved in new activities/sports. Some were so engaged that they even offered to help tidy the P.E. store and re-arrange it neatly - thank you to those individuals for their help!





Clubs for the Summer term


We are currently looking into what clubs we are going to be offering this term as well as dates/times of these. At present we have not finalised these but we are looking to offer choir, lacrosse, tri-golf and ultimate Frisbee to name but a few. I will update you on time and dates for these activities as they are finalised.


Due to its popularity Athletics club will continue for both KS2 (Monday) and KS1 (Tuesday) and we are looking to extend this offering for the remainder of the term.









Nut allergies


Could I please remind parents/carers that we are a nut free school - please help us with this by making sure packed lunches and snacks do not contain any type of nut - this does include chocolate spread.


That's it for now. Please check back soon to catch up on what we are doing and what is on offer here at Broadhempston Village Primary.


Thank you all again for your continued support and please let me know if you require this newsletter in any other format.


Kind Regards


Mr Turner



Newsletter w/c 12/03/18


Well what a busy couple of weeks we have had, especially with those two snow days! It was great to be able to talk to the children about their experiences over those couple of days.


It is a very busy time in school at present with lots of activities and important dates on the horizon.


Website updates:


Mrs Carwithen and I have been busy updating different aspects of the website, making sure it is being used to its full potential. We now have a dedicated Outdoor Woodland Education page which is being updated with information and pictures of your children enjoying their time at the Beacon (click here to see this page). I have also been busy updating the E-Safety page with lots of useful information and key documents to help you keep your child/children safe online (click here to go to our Safeguarding page). We will continue to make sure the website is updated regularly with key information, in particular the latest news aspect, so please keep checking back.


E-Safety talk for parents:


On Tuesday 20th March 2018 from 15.30-16.15 Mr Turner will be hosting a 'Keeping your child safe online' talk for parents. If you would like to attend this event then please contact Mrs Carwithen.


Easter and last day of term arrangements:


It is that exciting time of year again when the sun starts to shine (hopefully) and we celebrate the Easter period. This year we will be having our Easter afternoon on Thursday 29th March 2018 but this year it will be slightly different.


As you are probably all aware Thursday 1st March was World Book Day but unfortunately due to the adverse weather we were unable to support this fantastic event. In light of this we will be incorporating World Book Day into our Easter celebration - but how I hear you ask!


On Thursday 29th March children will be allowed to dress up as their favourite character from their favourite book. We will be swapping our Easter bonnet competition for an Easter garden decorating competition.


Easter garden decorating competition rules:


  • Each child is allowed to enter one Easter garden into the competition
  • The garden must be decorated in the theme of their favourite book/character
  • Adult supervision is necessary but that does not mean you make it for them!
  • The gardens base can be no bigger than 32cmx25cm
  • The garden will need to be labelled with name and class/year group


 We will be hosting a competition for the best dressed in each class and  obviously for the best Easter garden.


Family members will be invited to join us to look at the fantastic creations and to watch the award ceremony from 14.30. Children can then be collected from school at the normal time of 15.15.



Athletics club:


As you will be aware by now athletics club starts on Monday 12th March 2018, for KS2 and Tuesday 13th March for KS1. This is a great opportunity for the children to learn and improve skills in many different areas from qualified athletics coaches. Sessions run from 15.30-16.30 in the Village Hall. Children will have a snack at school before the session and will then be escorted over by staff/coaches. We ask parents to pick their children up from the Village Hall promptly at 16.30.


Celebration of Music:


Miss Nicolson and the children have been busy organising and preparing for our 'Celebration of Music' on Tuesday 20th March in the afternoon. I will update the website and the school app with timings of this event after our practise tomorrow afternoon. All parents/family members are welcome to join us for this event.


Uniform update:


Thank you for all your help in making sure your child/children have the appropriate uniform (click here to see our uniform expectations). Please remember that you can buy uniform from our online supplier, link can be found above. We have seen a rise in the number of individuals wearing nail varnish - could I please ask that children do not wear nail varnish to school.


Attendance and late arrivals:


As from Monday 16th April 2018 our new attendance policy will be in place and a letter will be sent to you highlighting key changes. The policy will also be available to you online and I would urge you to read this important document for your information. The purpose of the policy  changes is to make sure all parents and children are treated equally. Thank you to those of you that are making sure that your child/children are in school and arriving on time on a daily basis. There is still some work to be done in this area and I would appreciate your continued support with this.


Snow days:


Thank you all for your support and I apologies for the inconvenience caused during the school closures. As I am sure you can appreciate it was a decision that needed to be made in order to keep the children, staff and yourselves safe.





All children from Year 1 to 6 had the opportunity to attend a talk on the 'Stay Safe, Speak Out' programme. It was great to see the children actively involved in the presentations and starting to realise how important it is to share their problems with a trusted adult. The Year 5 and 6 children also took part in a workshop during the day and it was clear how confident they were when talking about the topics raised.



If you require this newsletter in any other format please let me know.


Best wishes


Mr Turner