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Newsletter 5th Of November 2021

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Friday 5th November 2021

Fern Class

Fern Class have had a busy first week back and have worked very hard. In English this week the children written some brilliant, expanded noun phrases to describe Bonfire night. We have also begun our next English book – Creature Features: Dinosaurs and the children wrote some interesting fact files on things that they like, including cats, turtles and Cristiano Ronaldo! In Maths we looked at adding and subtracting 2 digit numbers. They also started to investigate melting and mixing in science and became particles for the afternoon to understand the difference between solids, liquids, and gases.

On Monday afternoon we will be going to HCC for a multi-sport afternoon so can the children bring their PE kits and school hoodies and jackets to school to change into.

A packed lunch will be needed if you have not ordered one through school.

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Lovering

Bracken Class

This week we have really enjoyed writing different styles of poetry. The children had the opportunity to create their own words for nonsense poems, identifying rhyming patterns and words to write limericks and rhyming couplet poems. The year 6’s were challenged to write narrative poems, which is a very tricky style of poetry! All of the children have done an amazing job using the different poetry styles as inspiration.

Choosing one poetry style, everyone has  written one of their very own to send  to the Royal British Legion. The children will also have a copy of their poems to share at home.

We enjoyed our first dance lesson with Miss Squire and Black Torrington Class 2. There was lots of co-operation and working together in groups with children from both schools and lots of dance techniques learnt and demonstrated.

The children have made their final mosaics this week – they look amazing! Although we have had to do a few repairs, the children thought hard with their designs and worked carefully to create them. Keep an eye for the photos on Dojo.

Have a safe bonfire weekend!
Mrs Tucker-Grant

School News

I hope you all had an enjoyable half-term and are gearing up for another busy half-term leading up to the festive fun. We are planning to hold the Christmas Production at Bradford on the 8th December and the Christmas Carol service at Black Torrington on 15th . We are trying to be fair about the venues across both schools throughout the year with many events planned for the children at both sites. The children are enjoying the opportunity to get to know each other and this is obvious during the Dance sessions with Miss Squire. Bringing both schools, and the communities together, has so many benefits. If you are struggling to manage the transport then please do get in touch. I am sure we can make this a positive experience for all involved.

Discovery School

We have been building links with the Born Free Foundation. The three schools in the Ruby Country Hub want to develop this relationship with the Discovery School in Kent and then extend this to include Olmoti Primary School in Kenya. Together, we are creating opportunities for our children to get involved with environmental and conservation projects, both in the UK and in Kenya. The work planned involves joint online assemblies, school council projects, as well as curriculum projects across the four schools. The Born Free Foundation is helping us with these projects. Currently, we are making a short video to share with them. On Wednesday 10th November we are going to hold our first joint assembly.

AWE Project Started

Work started today to re-decorate and smarten our new Creative Arts room (old Class One). Mr Derrick organised the event which will continue tomorrow at 10am. Please join us if you can. Even an hour could make a big difference. Indoors we are painting and outdoors we are installing the raised beds.

Star Learners

Fern Class

Harlan was Star of the week for taking pride in his work and really trying with his presentation.
Eden was math star this week for using her addition and subtraction knowledge brilliantly.

Bracken Class

Rowan was star of the week this week for taking on board advice and working hard to improve his spelling.
Flora was our Maths star this week for her brilliant reasoning skills and explaining solutions she has arrived at.

We also had some brilliant readers this week with two of our star learners receiving reading awards, Eden and Rowan had their first 40 reads with and adult, and Leah had her 2nd 40 reads with an adult!
Well done to all the children for another week of super learning.


Mrs Glanville

We were all saddened and shocked by the news earlier this week. Mrs Glanville devoted many years to the school, to the children and to the whole community and she will be greatly missed.

We would like to mark her life and have a lasting memory of her at the school. We would like you to be part of this special event. Please do get in touch if you have any thoughts on how to celebrate and remember Mrs Glanville. I know she loved birds and the outdoors.

Please send all donations into the office in a clearly marked envelope. I will be in touch once I hear about the arrangements.


Thank you for your continued support.

Please take extra special care if you are planning a visit to a Bonfire Night event. Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Sunita Chauhan


Dates for your Diary

AWE Project Saturday 6th November see you at 10am!

Monday 8th November – Flu Immunisations

Monday 8th November – KS1 Multi Skills at Holsworthy Community College leaving 12.15pm

Thursday 11th November – FOBS AGM – 1.30pm in school

Friday 12th November – Dentist Visit

Whole School Friday 19th November – Children in Need (Further Details to Follow)

Tuesday 7th December – School Christmas Lunch

Wednesday 8th December – Christmas Play – 6pm in the Village Hall Wednesday 15th December – Carol Service at St Mary’s Church, Black Torrington 9.30am

Thursday 16th December – Whole School Trip to Panto at Barnstaple (Further Details to Follow)

Tempest Photo Orders

If you would like to place an order for the photographs taken of your child/ren please ensure the order form and payment is returned to school by Wednesday 10th November.

Dental Visit

The children will be receiving a visit from Kim, Oral Health Educator, from Torrington Dental Practice on Friday 12th November. Please ensure that your child brings a tooth brush with them on that day. Thank you.

NSPCC Online Safety

Together, we can keep every child safe online.

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown how urgent it is for us to come together to stop online abuse. During last year’s lockdowns our helpline saw a 60% increase in contacts from people worried about children experiencing online sexual abuse. That’s why we’re campaigning for laws to protect young people online.

We all have a role to play – use our advice, tools and resources to help keep every child safe online.


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