I hope this post finds you all well and safe? I just wanted to give you all an update on the current situation and provision that will be in place after the Easter holidays. Broadhempston will remain closed at this time, however inline with the Government agenda we will continue to offer provision to children of key workers. This provision will return to Landscove Primary School as from Tuesday 14th April. If you would like to take advantage of this provision could you please email firstname.lastname@example.org by 4pm today so that a list of attendees can be passed on. In your email please include your child/children's name(s), the days you require provision and drop off/pick up times. The Landscove hub will be open from 8am and close at 4pm on weekdays. Online learning will also restart on Tuesday 13th April via the online platform your child/children were using before the Easter break. It is imperative that children are engaging with the online lessons, as best they can, as once school starts again we will assume content has been covered. May I take this opportunity to wish you all a happy and safe Easter weekend. Mr T
At the end of that has been a very strange week I just wanted to quickly add to the updates that you have been receiving. Firstly, can I please just take this opportunity to thank you all for your help and patience during this busy and uncertain time. Although our school has closed for the time being, we are still around to offer all our families the support that they need during this difficult time.
During our period of closure we are still around! Not only will we be communicating on a daily basis with your children through their online learning platform you can still get in contact if and when you need to. Please use the following procedure:
For enquiries please email email@example.com or call the school on 07927 794985 (this line will work exactly like the normal school number). The number will be available between 8am and 4pm weekdays during term time. If we are unavailable to answer your call please leave and message. If you leave a message or email us we will always get back to you ASAP.
FOR EMERGENCIES ONLY - Mr Turner also has an emergency phone, this number will be available between 8am and 4pm daily but is to be used only for safeguarding concerns and welfare. Any other issue needs to be dealt with via email or the school number. The emergency number is 07908 024866, again if the phone is not picked up please leave a message and Mr Turner will return your call ASAP.
Out of hours helplines/websites:
KOOTH - https://www.kooth.com online help and chat for mental health and wellbeing
Childline - https://www.childline.org.uk or 0800 1111
NSPCC - https://www.nspcc.org.uk or 0808 800 5000
Devon Children and families partnership - https://www.dcfp.org.uk/training-and-resources/multi-agency-safeguarding-hub-in-devon/
A letter was uploaded to the 'Letters' section of the website (https://www.broadhempston-primary.devon.sch.uk/letters-home/) and on the App yesterday outlining who we will help Key Workers and their children during this period through 'Edu-Care'. As an academy we have opted for a hub model. Please see the letter for an outline of how this will work. If you require your child/children to access this provision we will need notice in order to arrange staffing ratios. Could I please ask that if you require this provision please email firstname.lastname@example.org by 12 noon Friday to book provision for the following week. In you email please give the name of the child/children attending, which hub you would like them to attend, category of key worker, which days and an approximation of drop off and pick up times (Hubs open 8am-4pm). If your child requires medication this will need to be sent with them on a daily basis, at present.
In what are tough times, it is very important that we consider our mental health and wellbeing. As an Academy we believe that this is a highly important part of daily life and as such have produced some, what we believe to be, extremely useful guidance on maintaining good mental health and wellbeing. I urge you all to look through these documents as they contain some fantastic resources and information for the whole family. The documents can be found below under the heading 'Mental Health and Wellbeing' as well as on our class pages.
By now you will hopefully have all seen and read our 'Working from Home' Strategy documents for each individual class. These have been sent home in bags this week and uploaded to the app and website (https://www.broadhempston-primary.devon.sch.uk/letters-home/). These letters outline how we will endeavour to provide you child/children with an education during this period of school closure. As well as having letters sent home all children in Year 1, 2 and 3 have been sent home with or have had delivered login details and passwords for Seesaw (online learning platform) as well as details on how parents can also gain access. Class 4 have been set up on Google Classrooms of which passwords and logins have been given and a help sheet of how to access sent home and uploaded to the Class 4 page (https://www.broadhempston-primary.devon.sch.uk/class-4/). EYFS will continue to use Tapestry, as they have done since September.
Within the 'Working from Home' stagey letters you will see that each class teacher has produced a timetable of what subjects will be taught and on which day. Please bear with us next week (w/c 23/03/20) as we all get used to this new system. You may find that during this week the full outlined timetable is not taught in order to allow staff, pupils and families to get used to the system. The full time table should be expected from after the Easter holidays.
The expectation of the school is that children complete as much of the work set in order to maintain pogress and be able to access the curriculum fully upon our return.
Obviously, if you feel that your child/children need more you can access a range of websites to help increase their learning.
A couple of these are:
BBC Bitesize - https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/levels/zbr9wmn
Kahn Academy - https://www.khanacademy.org
Top Marks - https://www.topmarks.co.uk
With moving the curriculum to online learning, it is as important as ever that parents/carers are up to date with Online Safety in order to make sure the children are safe. During the closure period we will continue to add new online safety information to our Safeguarding page and newsletter updates. Please take some time now to look through the information already present on this page https://www.broadhempston-primary.devon.sch.uk/safeguarding/
I have received an email from Twinkl this week highlighting the following:
As the Coronavirus spreads, we’re aware that more schools are closing and pupils’ learning is being disrupted. Parents, carers and teachers are looking for ways to ensure the continuity of education during school closures so that no children miss out on valuable learning time.
To support you during this period, Twinkl is offering every teacher in United Kingdom access to all Twinklresources with a One Month Ultimate Membership, totally free of charge. We’re also extending this to every parent and carer in your school so your pupils can still have access to high-quality learning during any periods of disruption.
Setting this up is really easy to do - go to www.twinkl.co.uk/offer and enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS
This is a fantastic platform to access good quality learning resources and worksheets to add to your child/children's education.
In these difficult times and with the shelves looking empty in many food stores I would like to share with you a document outlining the whereabouts of all local food banks (including contact details). Whether you use the information to donate items or require their service at this uncertain time, I just thought it important to share with you. The document can be found below under the heading 'Food Banks'
Well I think that is all the information I have for now. Please all stay safe and look out for one another.
Dear Parents & Carers,
Following the government announcement today telling all schools to close, except for some specific groups including children of key workers - NHS workers, Police and delivery drivers, we now need to know how many children we will need to open for to ensure the right staffing cover.
Can you please email the school as soon as possible so we can draw up a plan on how many of our families contain key workers. Clear guidance will come from the government later on who specifically is a key worker.
Thank you for your continued support.
Although there are no current plans to close schools amid the Covid-19 outbreak, as a school we want to be fully prepared for all eventualities. I am currently looking at ways with staff to fulfil your child/children's education should the government issue school closures.
With this in mind you will find a quick survey below (it will take less than a minute to complete) to give me and the staff an idea of what resources children have access to at home. If you could take the time to complete this survey (ASAP) it will allow for us all to effectively plan long distance learning if necessary.
A paper copy of this survey can also be requested from the school office, if required.
Again at this point there is no news from the government to suggest schools will close, this is only a precaution to allow for planning.
Thank you all for you continued support in what is an ever changing environment.
I will continue to keep you all posted as soon as new information comes to light.
As more information is released surrounding the Covid-19 outbreak, I have decided at this point to suspend all trips, extra curricular activities and swimming sessions until further notice.
Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.
Welcome to this weeks news round up.
We have ended the week on a high with our fundraising efforts in aid of Sport Relief. It was great to see so many of the children getting involved in all the fun activities we had set up at lunchtime. Thank you to the Year 6's that where in charge of setting up and running activities and also to our camera person. We all had a lot of fun raising money for this worth while cause.
In total we raised the following amounts:
We also had a guess whats in the locker competition, in which participants paid £2 to guess what mystery item was in the P.E. Locker. This is a fantastic opportunity to win £32.00. At the moment we do have 6 items still remaining on our sheet, if anyone would like to take part for £2 please see Mrs Carwithen in the office on Monday morning. As stated already the winner takes £32.00!!
As I am sure you are all aware the government has moved to the Delay phase in its fight against Covid-19. At present this does not include closing schools, something I have been asked frequently about. If this situation does change I will update you all via the school app and website.
Full details of each phase can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-action-plan
As part of the Delay phase the following information has been released:
To support the delay of the spread of the virus, the Department for Health and Social Care has asked anyone who shows certain symptoms to stay at home for 7 days, regardless of whether they have travelled to affected areas. This means people should stay at home and avoid all but essential contact with others for 7 days from the point of displaying mild symptoms, to slow the spread of infection.
The symptoms are:
You do not need to call NHS 111 to stay at home. If your symptoms worsen during your stay at home period or are no better after 7 days contact NHS 111 online at 111.nhs.uk. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.
Of course at this time we will continue to be guided by both the Department for Education and Public Health England in any decision we make.
As a quick reminder the Department for Education has set up a new helpline to answer questions regarding Covid-19, in relation to education. Staff, Parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)\
This week saw the start of our new netball club. From the feedback I have received form those taking part it was a fun and exciting experience that was thoroughly enjoyed. The club continues next Tuesday after school for you to continue to brush up on those passing skills. The club will take place in the playground or the village hall, depending on the weather. Thank you to Miss M for running this activity.
The trip to Occombe Farm on Friday 20th March is currently still taking place. We will continue to monitor the situation inline with recommendations from the Department for Education. Any updates will be sent out via the school app and website.
We are seeing and increase in the number of toys being brought into school by children in all year groups. Could I please kindly ask that toys are kept at home, as having them in school causes many issues for the children and staff alike. Thank you for your help with this.
I hope you all have a fantastic weekend and I look forward to seeing you all on Monday
Welcome to this weeks school news update. It has been another busy week at Broadhempston with lots going on behind the scenes. We hope you enjoy seeing what we have all been up to recently.
On Thursday 5th March 2020 all pupils at Broadhempston Primary School celebrated their love of reading by dressing up as their favourite character. In the afternoon all 4 classes were visited by a children's book author and got to ask their burning questions.
In line with World Book day and to highlight the enjoyment our pupils get from reading, information was sent home at the beginning of the week regarding our latest competition 'Reading in a Strange or Unusual Place'. All children are invited to submit an entry, in the form of a photo, of them reading in a strange/unusual place. We have had a number of entries so far and we hope to be able to display these pictures on our 'Love of Reading' display board. If your child/children would like to enter we will need their entry by Monday 9th March 2020, this can either be emailed to email@example.com or as a hard copy to the school office.
As a school we are closely monitoring the current situation surrounding Coronavirus in the UK. We are taking daily advice from The Department for Education and will share information as it becomes available. The key message is about washing hands thoroughly, for at least 20 seconds, and Catch it, Bin it, Kill it. A helpline has also been setup for teachers, parents and carers; details of which can be found below.
Children are washing their hands often in school and have been advised on how best to do this. I have placed a couple of PDF documents below this newsletter that gives you some extra information.
Some websites and numbers that may be of use:
On Monday, a new helpline was launched in order to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
Thank you to everyone who took part in our fundraising event before half term in aid of the British Heart Foundation. Thanks to everyone's generosity we have raised a total of £225.12!! If anyone still has any sponsorship money to hand in please do so ASAP so that we can get this great amount sent of to this extremely worthwhile cause.
Sports relief is on Friday 13th March and as a school we will be celebrating this in a number of different ways throughout the day.
As you will see we have a number of activities going on during the school day. As discussed at our most recent PTFA meeting (thank you to all that came and supported) Class 3 and 4 will also be holding a bake sale after school. Any volunteers for helping with this please let Holly or Vicky know.
Due to our exceptional results in Maths over the past 3 years we have been recognised and selected to take part in the Small Rural Schools Maths Project that is being run by Babcock. This is a fantastic achievement and great to see how our small school is being highlighted as having a high quality maths education for our children.
Miss M will be running a Year 4, 5 and 6 netball club on Tuesday after school until 4.30pm. The club will start on Tuesday 10th March and will run until Tuesday 5th May. The location of the club will be weather dependant (either in the village hall or playground) but children will need to be picked up from the village hall (not school). There is a limit of 12 participants for this club and those successful in obtaining a place will be told. Thank you to Miss M for sorting out and offering this opportunity to our pupils.
Thank you all for making sure your child/children are in school ready to learn all of the exciting new things we plan on a daily basis. Our current attendance stands at 96% between September and March, which is a great start towards our yearly target of 97%. A big well done to Class 3 who had the highest attendance for February of 97.9%.
On Friday 20th March 2020 Class 3 and 4 have the wonderful opportunity of heading over to Occombe Farm to cook with chocolate in their professional kitchen space. This links in with their topic of the Ancient Mayans and covers a number of key curriculum areas. As well as cooking the children will also have the opportunity to explore the woodland at Occombe Fram and make comparisons between an English woodland and the Rainforest. Letters have been sent out detailing the trip, if this has not made it to you please check your child's bag or see Mrs Carwithen in the office for a new form. Thank you to those of you that have returned forms so far, please note all forms need to be returned by Monday 16th March 2020. A big thank you to Miss Cannon for organising the trip and completing all of the risk assessments and required paperwork.
On Thursday 19th March the school nursing team will be in school conducting their annual height and weight measurements for both Reception and Year 6 children. For more information please talk to Mrs Carwithen in the school office.
Apologies for having to cancel this weeks whole school swimming session. Unfortunately, due to the local road closures the coach that transports us was unable to get into Broadhempston. We are in talks with the company at present and are keeping on eye on the works being carried out in the lanes. If the signs are to be believed work is due to finish today and we should be back to normal next week.
Just a quick reminder that this years Celebration of Music will be taking place on Tuesday the 24th March at 2pm in the Village Hall. The event will see performances from each class and also solo/small group pieces. If your child is taking part in a solo or a small group piece please encourage them to practice at home in preparation for the day. Mrs Eatwell will be compiling a list of children wanting to perform in the coming week and there will be a rehearsal on Tuesday 17th March.
With Easter fast approaching I just wanted to give you all a heads up that we will be having our annual Easter Garden competition and Easter Egg Hunt. This year the event will take place on Friday 27th March (last day of term). The event will be supported by the PTFA who will be kindly awarding the prizes for the winners of the Easter Garden competition as well as supplying the Easter eggs for our Easter egg hunt (hopefully the weather is kind this year). On the morning of 27th March all Easter Gardens will need to be placed on tables in the small playground, they will then be taken to the church during the day in order for the local community to enjoy them (gardens will be collected when we return from Easter Holidays). Could I please ask that all Easter gardens follow the following base parameters of 22x30cm (approximately the size of a regular shoe box).
The Easter egg hunt will happen during the afternoon of the 27th March and all children will be involved. We hope to be able to run this event in the large playground rather than the small one at school, however this will be weather dependant.
I know we are a little way off from the end of term but I just wanted to remind you all that the last day of term is Friday 27th March and we will be finishing at the regular time of 3.15pm. We will return to school on Tuesday 14th April, please remember that Monday 13th April is a bank holiday.
Thank you to everyone that has signed up to Easyfundraising, the PTFA has been sent a cheque this week for the sum of £75.12, this is a fantastic amount and can go towards our PTFA fundraising for the year. If you have not yet signed up and would like more information on how Easyfundraising works (doesn't cost you anything) then please visit the website below.
Thank you all for your continued support
Devon Public Health have put together a website aimed at residents which brings together all the relevant public links to information about Coronavirus.
The link is as follows: https://www.devonnewscentre.info/coronavirus-advice-from-public-health-england/
Last update from me before we break up for half term. It has been a busy term with lots going on across the school, as you can see from all of our updates.
As promised I now have the photos from last Fridays trip to the zoo to share with you. It sounds like all the children (and adults) had a great day learning about the different species, I even heard talk of a vampire crab?
A big thank you to everyone for getting behind todays fundraiser for the British Heart Foundation. It was great to see all the children turn up to school today 'Wearing Something Red', getting involved in the 'Guess The Number of Balloons'' and to all of those that took part in our school day Skipathon. They are still going as I am writing this newsletter and have been since 9.15am this morning. They have all done their part in adding their 3 minute stints together and I am sure, between them, they will complete a whole days skipping.
We are currently adding up what the children have raised today and I will update you with a figure as soon as we have it - obviously we still have the bake sale to go.
The DfE has released information for schools regarding the recent outbreak of the Coronavirus. Public information posters have been placed around the school and a letter has been produced by the CEO of The Link Academy Trust. The letter can be found on our website (https://www.broadhempston-primary.devon.sch.uk/letters-home/) and our school app. Please read as I know many of you may be looking to travel over the half term period and it contains some very important advice.
Just a quick reminder that parents evening for Year 1-6 is on the first Wednesday back after half term ( 26th February 2020). Thank you to those of you that have booked appointments so far. If anyone else would like to book an appointment with their child's class teacher(s) we do still have some appointments left and these can be made with Mrs Carwithen in the office.
This years World Book Day is on Thursday 5th March 2020. As in previous years, the children are encouraged to come to school dressed as their favourite book character on this day. We very much look forward to this day as it is always so well supported.
All that is left for me to say is have a wonderful and safe half term, thank you all for your continued support and I look forward to seeing you all on Monday 24th February.
Hi all, just a quick update from me with things that have been going on this week and upcoming events.
On Friday 7th February, Class 2 visited Paignton Zoo as part of their science lessons to increase their scientific understanding of the world we live in. During the day they got to see a number of the zoo's resident animals, catch a feeding time and take part in an activity run by zoo staff. It sounds as though they had a wonderful time and I will be updating this post with some photos as soon as I have them.
This week has been extremely busy in Class 4 with lots of learning going on. In science we are currently studying microorganisms and discussing whether all are harmful. It would be great if you could talk to your child about what they have learned, as it really did seem like a topic they were very interested in (they had lots of questions!). We are also currently studying rivers as part of our physical geography topic. They have all been sent home with homework to create a river in a bottle (worksheet went home with them at the beginning of the week). It would be great if they could bring these to school on Monday so that we can use them as we start to look at how a river forms and works. Obviously we are very privileged to live in such a beautiful part of the country, if you do get a chance to take them to a river to look at its features, i'm sure they would appreciate it.
If you ever wonder what your child is up to in school or what is coming up next for them we have lots of information on our website to guide and help you. On each Class Page you can find the current topics and learning that is going on in the form of a programme of work, these are updated at the beginning of each term. As well as a short term overview you can also look at the curriculum aspect of our website, which will give you a more detailed look at our curriculum and the skills as a whole. Obviously you can always talk to your child's class teacher as well to get up to date information.
It is that time of year again where entries for Radio 2's 500 Words can be submitted. The competition is open to children from the age of 5-13 years and is a great opportunity for them to take part in a National writing competition. I know that children in Class 3 and 4 are using the 500 words competition as part of their current English learning, either in class or as part of their homework task. I just wanted to make you all aware of the competition as I know there are many children in Class 1 and 2 that would also create some fantastic stories (maybe a half term project if you're stuck for something to do?). Please follow the link in order to find out more details about the competition and how to enter - https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/4n1HgL2GFCWDmCtq9Sx5kKB/500-words-2020
On Friday 14th February we will be raising money for the British Heart Foundation, as part of Heart Week. In order to raise money for this great cause we will be having a non-uniform day with the theme of 'Wear Something Red'. As well as this we will also have a sponsored skipping event ,at lunch time, and a bake sale after school (to be held in the small school playground). We are looking for donations of cakes, buns and cookies for the bake sale so if you are able to help by donating or helping on the stall please let the office know (this is not being run by any year group in particular).
With every new topic we do in school we like to offer the children a 'hook' activity to bring the topic to life. In view of this we are currently looking into an opportunity for Class 3 and 4, whereby they will make chocolate at Occombe Farm. More details will follow but it is just to advise parents that the trip is coming up in the not to distant future. Costing for this trip will be confirmed at a later date but will be less than £15. Please check upcoming news updates for more information.
Parents Evening for Years 1 to 6 is coming up just after half term on Wednesday 26th February. Mrs Carwithen will be happy to start making appointments for you from Monday morning. We hope to see you there in order to celebrate your child's successes during the year so far.
Another quick reminder of a date for your diaries (I know they fill up quickly). On Tuesday 24th March we will be holding our annual Celebration of Music Assembly and would love for you to join us from 14.00 in the Village Hall. If your child would like to perform a piece during the show please help them to practice, ready for the event.
It is so great to see the children in school enjoying reading on a daily basis, I have so many conversations with them about the books they are currently reading. In order to celebrate reading across the school we would like to create a display in school entitled 'Places We Read' and I am looking for photos of 'random' places the children read outside of school and am looking to you for help to put this together. So if you see your child reading and could take a photo for the board that would be great, the more random the better.
That's all for now.
Thank you all for supporting us
It is time for our next school news update and we have lots of fun and interesting things we would like to share with you all!
Last week, Class 1 visited Dinosaur World, as part of their topic, to learn more about these intriguing creatures. During their visit they got to see models of real life dinosaurs, learn about the different types of dinosaur and their characteristics, as well as how they became extinct and the evolution of new species. At the end of the visit they all completed a quiz to earn certification as a dinosaur expert. It sounds like they all had a fabulous time and it has been great hearing their stories.
Over the last few weeks we have all seen the effects of the Australian Bushfires documented on the news. Many of the children have been asking if there was anything we could do to help and thanks to Miss Cannon on Friday 31st January 2020 we held a non-uniform day in aid of the
WWF Australian Bushfire Emergency Appeal.
It has been wonderful to see how generous the children have all been in raising money for this very special cause. At our last count the children had raised £93.87 from their non-uniform day. Thank you to everyone for you support!
This money will help in many ways, some of which, can be seen below:
With the money raised, our Australia teams along with local organisations will carry out work including:
On Friday 7th February 2020 Class 2 will be visiting Paignton Zoo as part of their science learning and to give them experiences of the natural world. During their day at the zoo they will have the opportunity to look at many of the amazing animals and attend a workshop, run by the zoo keepers and educational team. I am sure it will be a fantastic and informative day.
As the trip is due to take place next Friday, could I ask that all parents/carers please return their child's permission slip (please remember to fill in the section about lunch). These need to be handed in ASAP an no later than Tuesday next week.
Thank you also to our kind volunteers for making this trip possible!
We are now 3 weeks into our whole school swimming programme for this academic year. Thank you so much to all of you that have volunteered to help, without you we would not be able to take all of the children for this experience. Each child now has a group and they are learning/developing a number of new and old skills. With 7 weeks remaining we are always in need of volunteers to help make this possible. In order to take all children swimming we need 12 adults minimum on a weekly basis due to ratios. As you can probably gather this is not an easy exercise to arrange and organise. If you are able to help over the coming weeks could you please let Mrs Carwithen know at your earliest convenience, so that we can continue to offer this provision.
On another note, can I just thank you all for helping by parking in the Village Hall carpark on Wednesday afternoons. It makes it a lot easier for the coach driver to park, so that we can disembark safely.
7th and the 14th of February is 'Heart Week' and in light of this we will be holding a fundraising day on Friday 14th February in aid of The British Heart Foundation. As I am sure you will agree this is a fantastic cause to raise money for. We are in the early stages of planning this day so more information will follow however we do know that we will be having 'Wear Something Red' non-uniform, on this day as well as a cake sale at the end of school in the small playground. I have a few parents already sorting the cake sale aspect and they are hoping that as many people as possible would help them by donating cakes for the cause. Thank you all in anticipation of a great fundraising day for a great cause. I will firm up other details in the coming week, so please watch the app for more details.
Happy New Year and welcome back to the spring term. Here at Broadhempston the spring term is always very busy with lots of fun and exciting activities going on. Please check back regularly to find out what your children have been up to and also what is coming up in the not too distant future.
At Broadhempston we take your child's attendance seriously both for academic and safeguarding reasons. Over the next week I will be sending home attendance reports for your child/children for the autumn term as well as our attendance letter highlighting what the report shows. Our aim as a school is to make sure our attendance stays at 97%, your help with this would be greatly appreciated.
It has come to my attention that during the festive period many of our children have received mobile phones and games consoles. Due to this I would like to take the opportunity to talk to you about online safety. In school all of our children are taught about E-Safety as we feel this is very important to keep them safe online, something I am sure you all agree is important.
All online games, console games and Apps have an age rating (known as a PEGI rating) these are in place to keep children safe and make sure they are not accessing/being introduced to inappropriate material and content at the wrong age. This rating is very similar to what you would find on a movie, they are there for a reason. I urge all parents to check what their children are playing/accessing online and follow the guidelines set for age restrictions. I know this can be difficult when peers are playing certain games but if we all follow the rules this will help keep your children safe online.
Many games/apps allow children to use headsets to listen and speak to one another. Again children need to be monitored when using this function of the game/app in order to know who they are talking to and what they are talking about (is it age appropriate or what you would expect from your child?). With this in mind the advice I have been given is to setup consoles in communal areas of the home e.g. living room not in bedrooms. At least this way you can keep an eye on your child's activity.
In order to help you navigate the minefield that is online gaming/apps I have collected some information/websites that I urge you to look at as they will give you key information on keeping your child/children safe online.
https://nationalonlinesafety.com/resources/wake-up-wednesday/ - this website contains a number of quick guides for a variety of online games and apps for parents. Used by Norfolk Police for online safety training.
https://www.net-aware.org.uk/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Grant_shareaware2014&utm_term=net_aware&gclsrc=aw.ds&&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI6a3p77-N5wIVwbHtCh3CbQ-wEAAYASAAEgLStPD_BwE - allows parents to check apps and games and the age requirements as well as information of safety for use
https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers - information, guides and blogs for parents
Please help to keep the children safe online and again age limits are there fro a reason.
Could I also remind parents that we do not allow mobile phones in school. If for any reason your child needs to bring their mobile to school then it needs to be checked into the office with Mrs Carwithen as soon as they arrive on site. Any child caught with a mobile phone in school will have it taken away from them and a parent will need to pick it up from the office.
On Thursday 23rd January Class 1 will be visiting Dinosaur World as part of their topic this term. Miss Simpson asks that all forms are returned by Tuesday next week (21st January) at the latest. Without this form your child will not be able to attend. The remaining classes will all be attending trips at some point during the term and I know their class teachers are busily preparing and organising these. Please keep checking the newsletter for updates and more information.
Parents Evening dates have now been added to the school app and we will soon be asking you to make an appointment to see your child's class teacher(s). Appointments will last for 10 minutes and will allow you to gain a deeper insight into the level your child is working at and what they have been up to.
EYFS Parents Evening: Tuesday 28th January 2020 (3.30-5.30pm)
Year 1 to 6 Parents Evening: Wednesday 26th February 2020 (3.30-5.30pm)
With the success of last years Celebration of Music, Mrs Eatwell is currently organising this years celebration. This years Celebration of Music will be on Tuesday 24th March 2020 (2.00-3.15pm) in the Village Hall. More information will follow but we hope that you can keep some space in your diaries to join us on this wonderful afternoon.
Just a short update from me, as promised, with photos of lots of activities we have been part of over the last week or so. It has been a very busy week with the Christmas show, a visit from Father Christmas and the Carol Service.
It was another successful school production! This year the children performed 'The Inn Crowd' to a sell out audience. They all did a fantastic job at learning their lines and dance routines. It was great to see them all up on stage and the confidence they showed. Thank you to everyone who came and watched the show, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. A big thank you to all the staff for getting the children ready for this big event.
We had a fabulous Christmas dinner this year, the first in the Village Hall. It was a brilliant lunch, thank you to Mrs Harris for cooking such a great feast and to Mrs Jones for getting us all organised and served on time. We had crackers and Christmas music and took the opportunity to all sit down and celebrate together.
What an event! We had signing, guitar playing and readings. Thank you to everyone who attended, it was so lovely to see so many of you there to celebrate the festive season together. The children did a fantastic job and really did get the festive season off to a great start.
All the children must have been exceptionally good this year, as we had a surprise visit from the big man himself after our Christmas dinner.
I would also like to wish Miss Nicolson good luck and all the best as she leaves us at the end of today to go on maternity leave. Both Mr T and Miss Hodgson will take over teaching Class 4 from January.
A big thank you from all staff for all of the Christmas gifts you have sent in, there really is no need but I know that it is appreciated by all.
Well as we come to the end of a very busy week all that is left for me to say is that I hope you all have a fantastic Christmas break and I look forward to seeing you all back at school on Tuesday 7th January 2020!
Thank you to all of you for your support over the last term!
Me again with another round up of what we have been doing in school recently and upcoming events. It is that busy time of year for us all and I cannot believe that we are only 2 weeks away from the end of term and the festive period.
Firstly, just a quick reminder of upcoming special dates:
Dress rehearsal - Wednesday 11th December 2019
School play matinee - Monday 16th December at 13.45
School play afternoon/evening - Tuesday 17th December at 16.30
Christmas Lunch/party - Wednesday 18th December 2019
Carol Concert - Wednesday 18th December at 18.30 in the Church
School Christmas Jumper Day - Friday 20th December 2019
On Thursday 28th and Friday 29th November the children went, with their fellow House teammates, to the new Community Orchard to help plant fruit trees. It was a wonderful experience that the children thoroughly enjoyed. It was clear that the children took real ownership for the tree that they planted and that this new community space is going to be a fantastic addition to the village. A big thank you to everyone who volunteered to help the children plant their tress.
This years Christmas production is in its final stages of preparation and the children are looking forward to performing 'The Inn Crowd' to you all. Dates and times of the show can be found above. The show is estimated to last 45 minutes and the PTFA will be serving festive refreshments before the show and during the interval. After the matinee show on Monday 16th, children will be brought back to school and dismissed as normal at 15.15. Children will bring their costumes home with them on Monday. For Tuesday afternoon/evenings show, we ask that children return to school between 16.00 and 16.15 dressed in their costumes. Staff will then walk all the children across to the village hall ready for the 16.30 start. The school will remain open between 15.15 and 16.15 for any child that needs to change, if home is too far away. For anyone wanting to watch the show, doors will open 15 minutes prior to curtain up for you to take your seats.
One big plea from me - if anyone is available on the morning of Monday 16th December from 9.15am to help setup the stage, in the village hall, it would be very much appreciated!
Our dress rehearsal for the school Christmas show will be on Wednesday 11th December - please make sure that your child/children have their costume ready for this.
Christmas lunch, this year, is on Wednesday 18th December and letters have previously been sent out regarding menu choices. Could I please ask that these are all returned by Wednesday (11/12/19) at the latest, in order for us to send the requests through to the kitchen. Thank you. If children would like to wear a Christmas jumper, hat or headband for this festive occasion, please feel free - I know I will be!
We invite you all to join us for our Christmas Carol concert in the church from 18.30 on Wednesday 18th December. The children have been practicing a range of carols during lessons and as part of their singing and guitar lessons. We would love for as many of you to join us on this festive evening, one of my favourite on the yearly calendar. Any child in the school is welcome to form part of the choir and it was great to see so many of them attend last years event. As this is a community event, we do not require the children to wear school uniform but something festive would be great to see. I look forward to seeing as many of you in the church to really start the festive season.
Many of you by now will have noticed our beautiful Christmas tree, which was kindly donated to us by Mole Valley Farmers. Connie, Sienna and Poppy helped Mrs Carwithen with the lights and Class 2 were in charge of making new decorations for the tree. Well done to everyone involved it is looking great!!
The last day of term this year is Friday 20th December and this year the day coincides with our PTFA Christmas Jumper Day. We are going to get into the Christmas spirit by wearing our Christmas jumpers and raising money for the PTFA - a voluntary donation of £1. Morning sessions will run as normal but in the afternoon children will be given the opportunity to play a board game or two with their friends. With this in mind, children are more than welcome to bring in a board/card game of their choice - please make sure this isn't a sentimental one, as we cannot accept responsibility for lost parts or damage. The school day will end as normal at 15.15.
Well done to all of you that have been busily reading over the past couple of weeks and receiving your Reading Golden Tickets. As you are probably aware we have a weekly draw for prizes. At the end of term 10 lucky members of the school will be picked from the Golden Ticket box and receive a trip to Newton Abbot Library - the more Reading Golden Tickets you have, the better your chance. Parents please make sure you sign your child's reading log as without your signature they can not obtain their Golden Ticket!!
As a school we believe that fluency in times tables is key to having a good basic understanding and grasp of taught mathematical content. Because of this the PTFA have paid for our online subscription to Times Tables Rockstars, an interactive and fun way to engage with times tables. As part of weekly homework (Year 2 - 6) children are expected to login at least 3 times a week for at least 10 minutes in order to increase their fluency in this area. All children in Year 2-6 have unique logins to this fantastic resource, if they have forgotten these login details please ask Mrs Carwithen and she will arrange for a new letter containing these details to be sent out.
In June 2020 all Year 4 children will be required take part in the National Multiplication Tables Check (MTC). This is an online assessment that will check a child's fluency in their times tables up to 12x12. Please help your child by getting them to practise their times tables regularly, it is a skill they will need for life! For more information on the MTC please see the link and subsequent video https://www.gov.uk/guidance/multiplication-tables-check-development-process.
With Christmas fast approaching I just thought it could be a good time to reiterate that our school policy does not allow pupils to have mobile phones or personal electronic devices in school without prior agreement - this forms part of our e-safety drive in school. If for any reason a pupil needs to bring in a mobile phone, permission from Mr Turner will be needed and the mobile phone will need to be handed in to the school office upon entering the building. The mobile can then be collected at the end of the school day. Thank you for your support with this.
With an increase in the number of electronic devices available and the time being spent online I just wanted to share a couple of new documents from Vodafone and NSPCC/O2. These can be located below on on the following link https://www.vodafone.co.uk/mobile/digital-parenting and https://www.net-aware.org.uk
Swimming lessons will start in January as part of our P.E. offering. This year swimming will take place on Wednesday afternoons and will involve all children. This means that Wednesday will become everyones P.E. day, so please make sure P.E. kit is worn and that appropriate swimming items are also brought to school. More details regarding costing and how to pay will be sent out over the coming days. We will be looking for volunteers every Wednesday afternoon to help, unfortunately if we do not get enough help we will be forced to reduce the number of children that we are able to take due to the risk assessments completed.
With the success of the school meal system it is my great pleasure to announce that January will see a change in our menu. More information will follow highlighting the fantastic choices on offer for this term. Thank you to all that have ordered school dinners, the feedback from the children has been overwhelmingly positive.
That's all from me at the moment but be sure to check back next week for our Christmas show review and photos as well as more information on what we have been up to.
With it being that unpredictable time of year I just wanted to reiterate our procedure for extreme weather (snow/ice). As a school we will use our website and the school app to make you aware of any closures or changes to the time of the school day. We will endeavour to have a decision made and on our website/app by 7.30am on the morning of the closure/time change.
Another week down and more fun and exciting information/ news to share with you all.
Tree planting seems to be the word of the week at Broadhempston, with the Community Orchard and hedge planting the the park. You may have noticed some new arrivals on the bank in the park? These are some of the saplings we have received from The Woodland Trust.
Class 3 started to plant the hedge during their Forest school session on Tuesday. They did a great job planting, in tough conditions. Over the coming week, we hope to take more children across to the park to plant a sapling, which in turn will form part of the hedge.
Just a quick reminder that all children will be taking part in planting trees in the new Community Orchard. Thank you to all of you who have volunteered to help over the two days. Could I just remind you that permission slips for this event need to be handed into the office ASAP, so your child/children can take part.
After school on Monday, Class 3 and 4 had the wonderful opportunity of taking part in a Christmas Craft session, which was run by a number of our parents. It was great to see the children getting into the festive spirit and designing/producing some fabulous Christmas craft. We saw card making, decoration making and even clay models. Thank you to our parents for giving up their time to run this event, without you the children would not have had this opportunity. Christmas Craft Club continues next Monday 25th November 2019.
A massive thank you to all of you that were involved in the PTFA bake sale this week. It was wonderful to see the event supported by so many families. All the baked goods looked fantastic but I believe our best seller was the snowman buns! The event raised over £80 so thank you all!
With Christmas fast approaching I am sure many of you will be online buying books. Recently I have been looking at updating our book offering in school and noticed that The Book People are donating money to schools in the Big Book Boost (https://www.thebookpeople.co.uk/bigbookboost). If you do order from The Book People we would greatly appreciate it if you could use this link as it will allow the school to increase our reading offering.
You may be aware that a global school strike is due to take place next Friday; however, we believe that education is the key to change and that every lesson shapes lives. So, we are taking action in a different way, by holding a 'Global Climate and Eco Day' on the 29th November. Schools within our Trust have planned a variety of age-appropriate activities designed to educate our pupils about the important issues we all face. Here at Broadhempston our pupils will be inventing innovative ways of reducing our impact on the world, Class computers will be off and Linda our Kitchen Manager, will prepare lunch with minimal use of kitchen equipment. Lessons will be devoted to eco-awareness, climate change and how we can have an impact both collectively and as individuals. All children will be encouraged to make a pledge, following the idea that small changes can make a big difference. It is also great that the planting of the Community Orchard also overlaps this date meaning we can also highlight the importance of planting trees.
Have a great weekend
We have come to the end of another busy week at school and I just wanted to share with you some of the things that we have been up to recently. I hope you enjoying looking at our pictures of the experiences we have had.
Class 2 have recently had the opportunity to visit Paignton Fire Station, where they were able to experience a day in the life of our fire service. It sounds like they all had a great day looking at the equipment, sitting in the fire engine and getting to use the fire hose.
Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Open Afternoon 2019. It was a brilliant opportunity for us to open our doors and show you what the children have been working hard on so far this half term. I know the children thoroughly enjoyed showing off their work and quizzing parents/ carers and other family members. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!?
As a school we took time during the day to learn and think about those that gave their lives on the battlefield. The whole school took part in lessons, a 2 minute silence and Class 3 attend the church, where they placed our school wreath. If you get the opportunity please take a look at the wreath and what the children decided to add as their message. It was wonderful to see all the children understand the significance of the day.
A big thank you to everyone for taking part in our non-school uniform day in order to raise money for Child in Need. There were some fantastic outfits that really showed the spirit of the day. During lessons some of the children also took part in Children in Need inspired lessons.
We are currently totalling up how much you all raised and will let you know early next week.
As you may be aware from previous newsletters we were successful in our bid for 120 saplings from The Woodland Trust. Good news, the saplings arrived today and will be planted along the bank in the playground by the children. It is great that they are able to give something back to the community in which they go to school. With the help of some Year 5's we have opened the packages and stored the saplings ready to be planted.
I just wanted to also make you all aware of our safeguarding and e-safety section on our website. It contains lots of useful information for parents especially around the use of the internet. https://www.broadhempston-primary.devon.sch.uk/safeguarding/
I just wanted to say a huge thank you to the PTFA for all their hard work and planning for past and upcoming events. We are very lucky as a school to have such a great set of parents who really care about the future of the school and all children in it.
On Thursday 14th November 40 children attended our movie night and were treated to a movie, hotdogs and popcorn. It was a great afternoon! Thank you to Miss Simpson for organising the event and everyone else who helped make this event so memorable.
Currently the PTFA are in need of 'Jolly Jars' ready for the Christmas Fair on 30th November (10.30-14.00) in the Village Hall. Examples of these can be seen by the front door as you enter the school. Thank you to those of you that have already made and delivered your Jolly Jars.
Over the next few weeks, in the run up to Christmas, there are a number of different activities and events taking place. Staff and volunteers put a lot of time and effort in to organising all events and I am very grateful to them for this. Please see my last update for key dates, as others become available I will get them added to the school App. If anyone would like to volunteer to help out with any upcoming event please let the office know.
Thank you all again
With it being that time of year when we all start to think about Christmas shopping and preparation I have been asked to share with you a wonderful website that allows you to shop and raise money for the school at the same time - without costing you any extra.
Every time you shop through the app/website retailers make a small donation to your chosen cause. The app is available on all platforms and once downloaded all you need to do is sign up (see below) and choose Broadhempston Primary School, Totnes as your chosen cause.
The app is called easyfundraising and includes over 4000 retailers from Amazon to Tesco (even your food shopping counts) - check out the app/website to see which of your usual websites are offering to donate.
To sign up, use the following link - £5 will automatically be donated to us upon signing up as long as you use the below link!
This is a great opportunity to help the PTFA raise money for the school by simply changing your online shopping habits.
Thank you all for your support - if you would like any more information regarding easyfundraising please see their website or speak to Mr T!
Welcome back, I hope you all had a fantastic half term! I can't quite believe that we are half a term into the new school year already. The second part of the Autumn term is always very busy in school with lots going on in preparation for the festive season (sorry to mention it so early) and I wanted to take the opportunity to share with you some of the exciting events and activities that are coming up over the next couple of months, as well as sharing some of the experiences the children had in the first part of the Autumn half term.
On our last day before half term Class 3 and 4 went on an exciting adventure to the South Devon Railway in order to find out and experience what life was like as an evacuee during World War 2, as part of their topic learning. They had the opportunity to dress up and travel on a steam train in order to see what life might have been like for an evacuee as well as getting to see an Anderson Shelter. It was a fantastic day that was thoroughly enjoyed by all. The children are continuing to learn about World War 2 this half term and will use this experience during lessons.
At the start of the year Year 6 had the opportunity to go and experience Dartmoor and a range of exciting activities. During the 3 days on Dartmoor we took part in a number of activities including: team building games, rock climbing, weaselling, a night walk (up a tor in the wind and rain) and archery. The children had a fantastic time and did the school proud. Everyone got involved, even with setting the table up for dinner and sweeping the floors afterwards! At the end of the day, there was a great opportunity to relax in our own common room with hot chocolate and freshly baked cakes. Although it was a tiring three days and the weather wasn't always kind, everyone said that they would do it again!
As part of their topic learning, Class 2 will be going to visit a local working Fire Station on Friday 8th November. They are currently studying the aspects of The Great Fire of London in class and are comparing life today and in the past. We hope that the visit will inspire the children and give them an insight into the role of fire fighter today. Check back for photos and more information about this visit soon.
This year Children in Need is on Friday 15th November in order to raise money for this cause we will be doing number of fund raising activities throughout the day. We will also be having a non-uniform day on Friday 15th November with a voluntary contribution of 50p in order to boost our total!
The school have been given a great opportunity to take part in the planting of the Community Orchard. All children in the school will be able to plant a tree within the orchard over a two day period. We are planning on taking the children to the new orchard area, in house groups, on either the 28th or 29th November, as an additional Forest School activity. During the morning every child will have an opportunity to plant one of the trees and be part of the community project. We are currently looking for volunteers to help walk the children to the orchard and help them plant their trees , if you are available on either day and would like to be involved please let Mr T know. More information on which day your child/children will be attending will be sent out over the coming week.
November seems to be the month for tree planting! As a school we have been successful in our bid, through The Woodland Trust, for 120 saplings. Our plan is to plant these saplings across the bank in the community playground to create a hedgerow environment. Every child will plant one of the saplings, when they arrive. This is a great opportunity for the children to give something back to the community and watch the hedge grow during their time at our school. Currently, this is all the information I have as planting dates will need to be decided when the trees arrive (sometime between now and the end of November).
Miss Nicolson and Mrs Eatwell are currently busy planning and sorting out this years Christmas production. I have now had confirmation of the dates and times for this years play and they are as follows:
Matinee - Monday 16th December starting at 13.45pm
Afternoon/evening - Tuesday 17th December starting at 16.30pm
On Monday 16th December I am looking for volunteers to help setup the stage from 9.15am in the Village Hall, any help would be greatly received.
Our annual Carol Service will take place on Wednesday 18th December at 18.30pm in the Church. This event is always a great way to get into that festive spirit. The children will be performing a number of songs throughout the service and everyone is welcome to come and join in. Letters will be sent out nearer the time with details. We hope to see you all there for one of my favourite nights of the academic year.
Christmas lunch will be served on Wednesday 18th December further details about the menu and how order will be provided closer to the date.
As you can see there is lots coming up over the coming weeks and we hope that you can join us.
Thank you all for your continued support