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Newsletter 12th July 2019
This week saw the publication of the year 6 SATs results across the country. I have said before that I believe formal assessment does have a place in the primary curriculum and the children in year 6 have performed admirably, with many of them exceeding their predicted outcomes. They achieved these results without any ‘booster’ sessions before or after school which are prevalent in so many other schools and while still experiencing a broad and rich curriculum. The results are a testament not only to the wonderful attitude to learning that we instil in the children but also to the excellent teaching of Mrs Letten and Mrs Lewsey. This year the year 6 children have visited Slapton Sands, had a World War Two day, been to the Bristol Science Museum, had an Egyptian day of discovery, been baking with Barbara, helped in the school garden, had sailing lessons, been on a field trip to Dartmoor, studied the River Dart around Dartington and Totnes and prepared for their SATs. I know which they will remember in the future and am proud to lead a school that offers the children so many enriching and memorable opportunities.
Of course, all of the classes have benefitted from the first full year of our ‘Five Star Pledge.’ This week, Barbara served broad beans which had been grown in our garden giving the children the opportunity to grow and eat their own food. We have reintroduced Woodland Learning across the school which is so beneficial for the children and Miss Middlebrook has brilliantly linked the Woodland Learning sessions to the classroom learning. Spiders had an amazing time testing out their shadufs and Butterflies did something great for iron age. All the classes have had a minimum of two trips this year to bring their learning to life and inspire them. I have to report comments from the Butterflies class when I was teaching them last week; many of them said how much they enjoyed writing now which was so great to hear.
I hope you were all able to access your child’s reports last week. Please do get in touch if you had any problems. Thank you to those of you who have returned the report slips with your comments. It means a lot to the teachers to receive recognition and appreciation for all their hard work and there have been some very kind comments returned already. Thank you also for your cooperation in keeping toys and other belongings at home this week. It really does make such a difference.
Our transition day went very smoothly on Thursday with all the children linking up their new classmates and teachers for next year. We started the year with a whole school enquiry around  ‘Where my Wellies take me’ and we will be finishing the year with another whole school enquiry based around the lunar landing 50 years ago. On Wednesday and Thursday morning next week, the children will be working in whole school groups of reception to year 6. They will have a carousel of lessons inspired by space and the first astronauts. It will be a lovely way to round up the learning for the year. 
Year 6 are putting the final touches to their production of ‘School Daze’. It is the same show as last year and the children were adamant that they wanted to do it. The rest of the school will get to see it early next week before the full performance on Wednesday evening at 6pm. Any members of the school community will be very welcome to watch the evening performance. We will then hold our Leaver’s Assembly on Friday at 2pm. As their final contribution to the school, the year 6 children will be running a Community Cafe on the final Monday afternoon of term starting at 2.30pm. Do come along and support them and raise money for the school which goes towards the cookery sessions with Barbara amongst other things.
And finally, on the last Monday morning of term (Monday the 22nd of July) we will be going on our annual whole school walk. We will be leaving school at 9.30 am and any parents, carers, friends, older and younger siblings etc will be very welcome to join us. We will head up School Hill and along Duncannon Lane down to the river. The route isn’t suitable for pushchairs unfortunately. I hope that you are able to join us. Monday the 22nd of July will also be a MUFTI day for the children.
I wish you and your families a restful weekend
We currently store all our woodland learning equipment in the office and staff room. However we have ordered a shed which should be delivered in the next week or so. This will be great for keeping all our equipment in one place and to hand for woodland learning. We do need a base built for the shed in the woodland learning area. If anyone would be able to help us out with this, we would love to hear from you. 

Another request for help - the hedges around the front playground are looking quite untidy and in need of pruning. If anyone would help with this, it would be very much appreciated. 
We have amassed quite a lot of lost property clothing. Please can you have a check through the items in the hall to see if you recognise anything. Next Friday we will be asking for any donations to anything not collected otherwise we will dispose of it before the end of term.  


Emerson                - Ladybirds
Wilfred and Seren - Dragonflies
Xavier and Elsa      - Butterflies
Ben and Immie       - Spiders


We have been busy in Ladybirds thinking about transition and change this week. We read a lovely story called ‘The cautious caterpillar’ which allowed children the chance to talk about any worries and concerns they may have. They then wrote about what they are good at and what they want to get better at next year. On Monday afternoon we took part in a Science experiment to see if we could make rain clouds after learning that the rainforest is the place where it rains the most in the world. We used shaving foam, water and food colouring and the children had a lot of fun. In maths we having been practising our adding, putting the bigger number in our heads and counting on to work out the answer.


What a wonderful week in Dragonflies! We have finished writing the Lune et L’autre stories making sure we have used lots of adjectives to describe the characters and many of us have started to write speech between the little girl and the moon creature. We have been playing some fantastic maths games – practising our rapid recall of doubles, times tables and number bonds. We have also been looking at the planets in our solar system and finding out lots about dwarf planets.


This week in English we have been writing lots of different poems. We loved performing the poem “Magic Cat”. Ask the Butterflies to perform it at home for you. In maths we have looked at direction, measuring liquids and weights. Butterflies enjoyed meeting their classmates for next year. With Mr Medd, we filmed our escape from Pompeii. We started posters about space and learnt about how people survive and live in space.
Written by Lillie-Mae, Angel and Robyn.


This week in Spiders we have been recording our adventures on the River Dart.  The year 6s have been practising their play, and some have been on their induction days to Kevicc this week. Year 5s have been busy with their projects. 
Written by Amelie.

Well done to Freddie for having healthy packed lunches this week!

Isla has been a wonderful lunchtime guest this week.


July Diary Dates

Monday 15th           Dragonflies’ Trip to the Beach
Wednesday 17th     Year 6 Production at 6 pm
Friday 19th              Leavers’ Assembly at 2 pm
Monday 22nd           Mufti Day
Monday 22nd           Whole School Walk at 9.30 am
Monday 22nd           Community Café at 2.30 pm
Tuesday 23rd          Change of menu
                                Fish Fingers & Chips
                                Quorn Dippers & Chips
                                Jacket Potato
Tuesday 23rd           Last day of term – finish at 2.00 pm
Premier Sports will be running clubs during the summer holiday.
Look online to find out more information.
Designated safeguarding lead 
Matthew Medd, Head of School
01803 782469

Designated deputy safeguarding lead
Katie Kerr-Brown, Class Teacher
01803 782469

Safeguarding governor 
Anna Neville
01803 762113 

Local authority designated officer 
01392 384964
For more information, please visit 
Stoke Gabriel Primary School on Facebook
Stoke Gabriel Primary School website
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Landscove Primary School
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01803 762113

Incorporating  Bearnes, Diptford, Harbertonford, Hennock, Landscove and Stoke Gabriel primary schools
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