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Week Beginning 29th November 2021
Explorers: This week in phonics our focus has been on writing. How we can take the individual sounds and form words.  In maths we have focused on the numbers 6,7,8 and 9. Doing lots of games and activities to consolidate our knowledge.  Christmas has also arrived, we now have 2 beautifully decorated trees in our classroom and have started rehearsals for the ks1/eyfs Christmas Production. We have been creating some lovely Christmas decorations which are nearly ready to start coming home.
Pathfinders: We have had a really productive week this week with the children showing what they have learnt this term. They have all embraced the opportunity to show what they know and we are incredibly proud of them for their efforts. Well done Pathfinders! We have been very excited to learn our Christmas songs together and the children performed some fantastic percussion in their music lesson too. The Christmas spirit has really begun, particularly with the panto this week too. The children absolutely loved it!
Adventurers: What a fantastic week we have had in class this week. The Christmas elves have been in and decorated our classroom on Tuesday night. We have made our driftwood Christmas Tree and attached our own decoration of what Christmas means to us.  In our Topic; Rocky the Findosaur, we have been learning about how fossils are made and completed a biography on Mary Anning. Next week, we will be finding out about soil and matters of state (solids, liquids and gases). We have been learning about leadership in PE and cracking codes. Throughout our English lessons this week we have learnt about A WHITE BUS and FANBOYS as mnemonics to help us remember out subordinating and co-ordinating conjunctions. We have also recorded part of our contribution to the carol service and our Ukulele concert.
Navigators: What a testing week we have had! The children have carried out their assessments with such mature approach and have worked hard to show their real potential. We do appreciate their efforts and understand how tiring it can be. In their Literacy they have been writing letters to the Education Secretary to persuade him to make school uniform mandatory. I’m not sure they agreed with this, but they put their feelings aside, and argued the case well. In Science we have been carrying out investigations into burning (safely) and into the formation of rust. We found plenty of examples around the school which I’m sure will keep Mr. Sparks busy for a long time to come. We’ve ended the week with a little Christmas sing-song.
   


Staffing Updates

At the end of this term, Mr Glover and Mrs Vercoe will be leaving Charmouth Primary School. Mr Glover has secured a role in a school much closer to home and with opportunities to progress his career and Mrs Vercoe will be taking on a promoted role in a larger school. We wish them both the very best in their next steps.

Mr Foster will be teaching Adventurers full time from January; he has spent some time in school this term with the class so is familiar with our ways of working. We are currently advertising for a finance role for the school office.

Charmouth Challenge 2022 registration now open!

The PTFA has been working hard to launch the Charmouth Challenge for its 40th anniversary year and are looking forward to welcoming fell runners from across the country on Saturday 2nd July 2022.

This chip timed fell run follows a hilly, multi-terrain, 8 mile course through some of the finest coastal scenery in the South West on Dorset’s beautiful Jurassic Coast, overlooking Charmouth’s famous fossil hunting beaches with views to historic Lyme Regis.

The Challenge is for over 18s only, entries for the Fun Run will be released at a later date.

Registration is open at www.charmouthchallenge.co.uk

Covid Update

Please see the letter:  Covid update letter December 2021

PTFA 

Tickets are going home from today, please do not feel obligated to buy all of them!

Any not sold please return to school so we can make them available to others. Thank you so much for your support and Merry Christmas!!

Charmouth School PTFA

Future Dates 

Here are some of our key dates this year – please note that they are all subject to confirmation and will be reviewed in light of any changing guidance and the local situation. Further dates will be added through the year. 

Autumn Term 

w/b 13th December – Summary reports to parents 

Wednesday 15th December (afternoon) – EYFS and KS1 Nativity 

Friday 17th December 2pm – Carol Concert 

Spring Term 

Tuesday 15th and Thursday 17th February – Parent consultations and opportunity to see children’s books 

Thursday 3rd March – World Book Day 

Friday 18th March – Comic Relief  

w/b 4th April – Summary reports to parents 

Friday 8th April – Family picnic lunch 

Summer Term 

w/b 23rd May – Everybody Active Week 

Thursday 26th May – Sports Day and Family picnic lunch 

Saturday 2nd July – Charmouth Challenge and Summer Fair 

w/b 4th July – School reports to parents 

w/b 11th July – Parent drop in consultation sessions 

Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th July – KS2 Production 

Thursday 21st July 2:30pm – Leavers Assembly 

Celebration Assembly

In our celebration assembly, we particularly celebrated the following members of the school community:  

Lucy, Rosie, Molly W, Alfred, Etty, Poppy, Willow, Remy, Thea, Joshua, Fox, George D and Adventurers Class

Times Tables Rockstars/Numbot: Jasper, Jadie, Tom, Eowen, Leia, Harry and Jasmine

Reading Eggs Awards: Harry

Doodle Champions: Bobby, Lucy, Jasmine, Charlotte, Remy, Tesni, Jasmine, George, Isla, George, Harry, Fynn and Bailey

Week Beginning 22nd November 2021
Explorers: In phonics we have been carrying on practicing blending the sounds we have learnt into words whilst adding v, y and W. Maths has been full of discussion around capacity using the terminology full, nearly full, half full, nearly empty and empty. Also weighing and balancing, comparing things and deciding whether they are heavier or lighter.  We have also designed and built models using the junk modelling we brought in.
Pathfinders: Following our investigation into the three little pigs last week we have thoroughly enjoyed reading the book ‘Wolves’ by Emily Gravett this week. We have researched facts about Wolves and learnt about the different features of a fiction and non-fiction book. In Maths we have been focusing on using our number facts to help us solve bigger number problems, such as near doubles and ‘think 10’. In Topic we have started our new unit ‘Happy Families’ by looking at our own lives in the past, present and hopes for the future. The children have loved learning about the different instrument families for music and have enjoyed creating their own family pictures.
Adventurers: We have had a fantastic week in Adventurers this week. We have become Rock Detectives and found out about the amazing stories that ricks can tell us. Along with this we have designed and undertaken scientific testing on rock samples to check for permeability and erosion. In English we have started to learn about the Myths of Romulus ad Remus, Pandoras Box and Theseus and the Minotaur. We have had fun creating story maps acting out the myths.  Maths has seen us look at subtraction of three digit numbers which the children have grasped superbly well.  We have begun to read some of Mary Anning’s diaries as part of guided reading to help us understand the pioneering work she undertook in Palaeontology as part of the Rocky the Findosaur topic.
Navigators: We have begun a new topic- In Your Element and this week we began by being scientists and carrying out a series of experiments to better understand evaporation. Next week, once we’ve gathered results, we’ll be determining if temperature or surface area affect rates of evaporation. We’ve also been learning about the effects of fire and how to stay safe around the home and this will carry forward into next week too. In English we have been preparing points to write persuasively and have been planning reasons why having school uniform should be mandatory. It’s been great practice to work on forming and understanding views differing to ours- an important life skill! Finally, we have been working hard in PE and the Year Sixes worked this week on developing their strengths where we saw some amazing planking and push ups!
 
Future Dates 

Here are some of our key dates this year – please note that they are all subject to confirmation and will be reviewed in light of any changing guidance and the local situation. Further dates will be added through the year. 

Autumn Term 

Monday 29th November – KS1 PTFA M&M Pantomime (in school) 

w/b 13th December – Summary reports to parents 

Wednesday 15th December (afternoon) – EYFS and KS1 Nativity 

Friday 17th December 2pm – Carol Concert 

Spring Term 

Tuesday 15th and Thursday 17th February – Parent consultations and opportunity to see children’s books 

Thursday 3rd March – World Book Day 

Friday 18th March – Comic Relief  

w/b 4th April – Summary reports to parents 

Friday 8th April – Family picnic lunch 

Summer Term 

w/b 23rd May – Everybody Active Week 

Thursday 26th May – Sports Day and Family picnic lunch 

Saturday 2nd July – Charmouth Challenge and Summer Fair 

w/b 4th July – School reports to parents 

w/b 11th July – Parent drop in consultation sessions 

Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th July – KS2 Production 

Thursday 21st July 2:30pm – Leavers Assembly 

Celebration Assembly

In our celebration assembly, we particularly celebrated the following members of the school community:  

Jasmine, Iona, Joshua, Issy, Evie, Elisabeth, Lucy, Chloe, Molly K, Darcey, Tom, Elin, Jude and Henry

Times Tables Rockstars/Numbot: Iona, Jasmine, Joshua, Issy, Evie, Elisabeth, Lucy, Chloe, Molly K, Darcey, Tom, Elin, Jude and Henry

Reading Eggs Awards: Luca, Elin and Simon

Doodle Champions: Bailey, Harry, George D, Rosie, Ethan, Iona, George H, Jasmine, Jadie, Jessie, Molly K, Remy and Elin

Week Beginning 15th November 2021
Explorers: We have really enjoyed role playing in our home corner this week. Taking turns to go shopping and to be on the till working. Lots of money exchanging hands and change being given.  This has inspired some of our maths using the language of more and less and starting to look at value. Our fantastic driftwood decorations are taking shape, and once the clay has fully dried we will be decorating our candle holders.In phonics we learned the sounds sh, j and r and using our Fred fingers carried on blending the sounds into words. On Wednesday we were lucky enough to be able to watch the recycling lorry tip all our recycling in. The glass was very noisy!!
Pathfinders: A busy week of making for enterprise week in Pathfinders with moving pictures, Christmas cards and some new structures for The Three Little Pigs! We’ve really enjoyed our design and technology tasks, even though some were a little more challenging than others. We are eager to take what we have learnt forward for our future Christmas crafts. In English we took inspiration from our design and technology tasks and reviewed the story of The Three Little Pigs; this time considering the story from the viewpoint of both the pigs and the wolf. We had a lively debate in class as to who was really to blame and created some wanted posters for the guilty characters. In Maths we have all been comparing our numbers this week; helping us to find more, less and the difference between them.
Adventurers: We have had a fantastic week writing letters to Santa to persuade him to keep us off the naughty list. We have also had great fun during enterprise week, making our very own Christmas cards with moving mechanisms in. A massive thank you to those parents that came to help us go and collect driftwood for our class Christmas Tree.
Navigators: This week we have had a focus on kindness and enterprise. There are been so many occasions where we have seen kindness in action: helping each other in class and thanking each other for little kindnesses. We have really enjoyed designing and starting to make our decorations and practice a variety of stitches. We all look forward to seeing the finished products. Navigators have written their instructions to tell others how to make them, although I think many may want to amend them in the light of actually making it. We are all looking forward to Children in need day.

Flu immunisations:  

A letter went out on Thursday with information regarding the immunisation program.

Details regarding the vaccination session for your child’s school are as follows:
School: Charmouth Primary School
Date of Session: Tuesday 30 November 2021
Unique Session Code: 3xwmnb
Please complete the online form by: Friday 26 November 2021

Please follow the link to give consent: This is an opt-in service.

hhtps://links.inhealthcare.co.uk/dorset-flu  

Home Learning

We expect children to do home learning at home; we have kept the home learning to a minimum (around 1 hour across the whole week). Our Home Learning expectations can be read using here Home learning expectations September 2021.

We have kept the homework online as research has shown this positively impacts learning; it also ensures that extra paper is not lost and wasted.

Children will be asked to complete homework in school if it’s not completed at home, but they will not miss a whole break. Children need to get into the habit of doing homework as part of their preparation for secondary school.

If you have difficulty logging on or completing the homework, please contact your child’s class teacher via the school office.

Children In Need:

On Saturday there will be a cake sale outside of Morgans from 9.30am.  This has organised by an ex-pupil of Charmouth Primary School and she will be raising money for Children in Need.

Future Dates 

Here are some of our key dates this year – please note that they are all subject to confirmation and will be reviewed in light of any changing guidance and the local situation. Further dates will be added through the year. 

Autumn Term 

Monday 22nd November – KS2 PTFA M&M Pantomime (in school) 

Monday 29th November – KS1 PTFA M&M Pantomime (in school) 

w/b 13th December – Summary reports to parents 

Wednesday 15th December (afternoon) – EYFS and KS1 Nativity 

Friday 17th December 2pm – Carol Concert 

Spring Term 

Tuesday 15th and Thursday 17th February – Parent consultations and opportunity to see children’s books 

Thursday 3rd March – World Book Day 

Friday 18th March – Comic Relief  

w/b 4th April – Summary reports to parents 

Friday 8th April – Family picnic lunch 

Summer Term 

w/b 23rd May – Everybody Active Week 

Thursday 26th May – Sports Day and Family picnic lunch 

Saturday 2nd July – Charmouth Challenge and Summer Fair 

w/b 4th July – School reports to parents 

w/b 11th July – Parent drop in consultation sessions 

Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th July – KS2 Production 

Thursday 21st July 2:30pm – Leavers Assembly 

Celebration Assembly

In our celebration assembly, we particularly celebrated the following members of the school community:  

Jasper, Bella, Friston, Skye, Minnie, Grace, Ayesha, Frank and George H

Times Tables Rockstars/Numbot: Georgia, Charlie H, Luca, Grace, Sia, Alexis, Tom W, May, Leia, Bailey and Eowen

Reading Eggs Awards: Friston

Doodle Champions: Simon, Evie, Alexis and Bailey

Pen Award: Eowen

Week Beginning 8th November 2021
Explorers: What a great maths week it’s been. Our focus has been counting backwards from 10 and using lots of our class resources to make 10 and start to look at number bonds. We read a book called 10 wriggly wiggly caterpillars and inspired by this we went on a leaf hunt round the field and playground and then chose and stuck 10 of them onto a big piece of paper. There were so many leaves we had enough for 10 each! Using hole punches we made munchie holes in some leaves and threaded pipe cleaner caterpillars through yum yum. In phonics we learnt the sounds l, e and h, there has been a lot of lift off the top and scoop out the egg chat 🤣. Mr Mitchell,as always, has enjoyed listening to everyone read this week, well done to all the families who are doing reading at home throughout the week, they are progressing really well and the blending is getting really good. Next week is enterprise week and if you have any junk modelling materials at home please send them in for us to make some awesome creations using different construction techniques.
Pathfinders:We’ve had a great time this week finishing off our ‘Unity in the Community’ topic by writing our own Information leaflets about Charmouth. The children have done fantastically well at advertising Charmouth at its best; whilst also ensuring safety first with lots of safety warnings for cliff falls and tide times. We have been very busy readers this week also with lots of 1;1 reading, guided reading and nonsense/alien word activities. Don’t let those aliens trick you – remember to Fred talk and sound out those words. We’ve enjoyed celebrating maths week with lots of fun games on the ipads and showing what we know with games and activities based on our number bonds to 10 and 100! The children have also enjoyed making their 3D buildings from Charmouth for D/T and have been eagerly observing their cress seeds for our growing experiment in Science.
Adventurers: We have had a busy week in Adventurers class. As part of Maths week we have been doing daily times table practice and enjoying some fun Maths, Our thanks to Mrs Dare for organising the week.  In English we have been imitating the language in our model text, trying to convince Santa that Ronnie Nutbog or Truly and Utterly Snottersworth do not need to be on the naughty list! We have come to the end of our topic, looking at Law and Order from a global perspective, finding out about Amnesty International and its founder.  As part of our Armistace Day commemoration in class we have learnt about No Man’s Land and made some fantastic poppies which the children have brought home. We have also had fun in PE, playing noughts and crosses.
Navigators: We have had a more calm week this week looking at Roman villas. We have used a graphic design programme to create our own designs of buildings and objects with some children producing some fantastic gardens and houses! Our Year Five swimming sessions are going well and Mrs Hopson can see good progress. Of course there has been much fun this week in Maths where we have been striving to beat other schools in TTRS and have had some fun problem solving and finding our way out of the woods! Finally, a big congratulations is in order for Alexis, who has thrashed our goals on TTRS to come first in school as the most played TTRS pupil. Well done Alexis!
  

  

The Royal British Legion:

It is 100 years since the RBL started helping service men and women and their families.  Let’s decorate the doors and windows of Charmouth to celebrate their 100th Birthday. 

The competition will be divided into 4 groups: The Explorers, Pathfinders, Adventurers and Navigators.  

You can choose to make: 

  1. A wreath or decorate your door using recycled materials and your own artwork, (it will need to be waterproof.) 
  2. Or decorate your house window inside with a picture, display and twinkly lights if you have them. 

A judge will walk around the village on Saturday 13th November, and select the most striking and post a rosette and small prize through the door of the winner and runner up in each year group.  

If you wish to enter please tell the school office your name, age group and address. 

Why not decorate your door or window during half term to brighten up the village. It’s a good excuse to get the Christmas lights up early.😁 

Regards, Judith Howells 

 Poppies are available to buy in the school office

Future Dates 

Here are some of our key dates this year – please note that they are all subject to confirmation and will be reviewed in light of any changing guidance and the local situation. Further dates will be added through the year. 

Autumn Term 

Monday 15th November 2pm – KS2 SATs parents information workshop 

Wednesday 17th November 2pm – KS1 SATs parents information workshop 

Friday 19th November – Children in Need 

Monday 29th November – PTFA M&M Pantomime (in school) 

w/b 13th December – Summary reports to parents 

Wednesday 15th December (afternoon) – EYFS and KS1 Nativity 

Friday 17th December 2pm – Carol Concert 

Spring Term 

Tuesday 15th and Thursday 17th February – Parent consultations and opportunity to see children’s books 

Thursday 3rd March – World Book Day 

Friday 18th March – Comic Relief  

w/b 4th April – Summary reports to parents 

Friday 8th April – Family picnic lunch 

Summer Term 

w/b 23rd May – Everybody Active Week 

Thursday 26th May – Sports Day and Family picnic lunch 

Saturday 2nd July – Charmouth Challenge and Summer Fair 

w/b 4th July – School reports to parents 

w/b 11th July – Parent drop in consultation sessions 

Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th July – KS2 Production 

Thursday 21st July 2:30pm – Leavers Assembly 

Celebration Assembly

In our celebration assembly, we particularly celebrated the following members of the school community:  

Esmie, Maya, Sam, Sia, Noah, Tesni, Tabby, George H, Eowen, Niya and Rex

Times Tables Rockstars/Numbot: Milo, Harry, Jadie, Sia, Fox, George D and Rosie

Reading Eggs Awards: Luca, Simon and Fox Friston

Doodle Champions: Lucy, Rosie, Georgia, Remy, Iona and HarryFriston

PE Award: Friston

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Week Beginning 1st November 2021
Explorers: A fantastic, busy first week back. We have learnt three new sounds u, b and f in phonics and practicing blending using our Fred fingers. In maths our focus has been the number 5 and number bonds to 5.  We also had the fire engine visit us twice!!! On Tuesday they were called to a huge fire minutes after arriving, it was very impressive how quickly they got ready and left. On Friday they came back and we all took turns sitting in the cab and using the hoses.  We asked them how many cats they had rescued, the answer was none! They did rescue a cow which had fallen off a cliff though!
Pathfinders: The children have settled back into school really well this week; we have been really impressed with their developing listening skills, their focus and enthusiasm for learning. What a great start Pathfinders! We have spent some time this week talking about our emotions and how these can effect how ready we are for learning, and what we can do to go from feeling, for example, unsettled (yellow) to ready to learn (green). Each table now has a colour fan to help us identify this and share with each other (red = angry, blue = sad). We have focused on our key skills in English with lots of small focused tasks to develop our reading and to help us apply our phonics to our writing. In Maths in year one we have been representing number sentences using different models, and learning to use addition the addition, subtraction and equals symbols. In year two we have been reordering and rebalancing number sentences, using the number facts we know, to help us solve calculations quicker. Our topic this week has focused on History where we have studied photos of Charmouth in the past and learnt all about why we celebrate Bonfire night.
Adventurers:  
Navigators:Navigators have been having great fun this week, as we continue through our ‘You’re not Invited’ topic to do Music. They have spent the week looking at battle chants including learning the haka! Much fun was had trying to be intimidating without laughing and we had some great musical compositions. Also, the Year Fives began their swimming sessions this week and had a really positive first session gaining water confidence and improving their swimming strokes.We have sent home reading records that now include reward charts, the spelling patterns we are working on, our current learning as well as opportunity to log reading and completed homework. Please take time to complete these and encourage your child to bring them to school each day. They will no longer be taking home their orange cards, as the spellings will be written weekly into their logs. Reading records will be monitored once a week by staff. Homework has also been set and will be set weekly on TTRS, Doodlemaths and Reading Eggspress. As always, if you ever have any queries, you can contact the class teachers on navigatorscoleman@charmouth.dorset.sch.uk and navigatorsthompson@charmouth.dorset.sch.uk . Have a lovely weekend. Mrs Dare.

The Royal British Legion:

It is 100 years since the RBL started helping service men and women and their families.  Let’s decorate the doors and windows of Charmouth to celebrate their 100th Birthday. 

The competition will be divided into 4 groups: The Explorers, Pathfinders, Adventurers and Navigators.  

You can choose to make: 

  1. A wreath or decorate your door using recycled materials and your own artwork, (it will need to be waterproof.) 
  2. Or decorate your house window inside with a picture, display and twinkly lights if you have them. 

A judge will walk around the village on Saturday 13th November, and select the most striking and post a rosette and small prize through the door of the winner and runner up in each year group.  

If you wish to enter please tell the school office your name, age group and address. 

Why not decorate your door or window during half term to brighten up the village. It’s a good excuse to get the Christmas lights up early.😁 

Regards, Judith Howells 

  Poppies are available to buy in the school office

Future Dates 

Here are some of our key dates this year – please note that they are all subject to confirmation and will be reviewed in light of any changing guidance and the local situation. Further dates will be added through the year. 

Autumn Term 

w/b 8th November – Maths Week with TTRS challenge 

Wednesday 10th November (afternoon) – Supporting maths at home workshops for parents (virtual) 

Monday 15th November 2pm – KS2 SATs parents information workshop 

Wednesday 17th November 2pm – KS1 SATs parents information workshop 

Friday 19th November – Children in Need 

Monday 29th November – PTFA M&M Pantomime (in school) 

w/b 13th December – Summary reports to parents 

Wednesday 15th December (afternoon) – EYFS and KS1 Nativity 

Friday 17th December 2pm – Carol Concert 

Spring Term 

Tuesday 15th and Thursday 17th February – Parent consultations and opportunity to see children’s books 

Thursday 3rd March – World Book Day 

Friday 18th March – Comic Relief  

w/b 4th April – Summary reports to parents 

Friday 8th April – Family picnic lunch 

Summer Term 

w/b 23rd May – Everybody Active Week 

Thursday 26th May – Sports Day and Family picnic lunch 

Saturday 2nd July – Charmouth Challenge and Summer Fair 

w/b 4th July – School reports to parents 

w/b 11th July – Parent drop in consultation sessions 

Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th July – KS2 Production 

Thursday 21st July 2:30pm – Leavers Assembly 

Celebration Assembly

In our celebration assembly, we particularly celebrated the following members of the school community:

Tom, Matthew, Lucy R, Molly W, Oliver, Jasper, Arran, Rosie, Elodie, Xanthe, Beatrice and Joseph

Times Tables Rockstars/Numbot: Lucy, Chloe, Alexis, Friston and Max

Reading Eggs Awards: Indigo and Remi

Doodle Champions: Lucy, Luca, Chole, Max and Tesni

 

 

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