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Week Beginning 3rd May 2021
Learning this term:

Explorers:This week we have been looking at the different types and uses of wood and where wood comes from.  We looked at trees around the school and can now name the parts of a tree. We have also started planting flowers for our new garden!  We loved looking at the giant map in the hall and even found some of our houses!  The minis have also been ordering numerals to 10 and then finding the right amount of bricks to match. Great teamwork! Mr Mitchel, Mrs McDonald and Miss Bourne

Pathfinders: This week in Pathfinders we have been continuing to look at our Theme of Never Eat Shredded Wheat. This week we have been learning about Oceans and Continents and then creating our own Fantasy Islands naming and creating the physical and human made features of their Island.  In RE, we have been looking at the Jewish relationship with God and the Ten Commandments, ready to make our own Mezuzah on Monday including our own Ten Commandments. Mr Glover

Adventurers: 

Navigators Thompson: In Thompson’s this week we have been learning how to read OS maps. We have a good understanding of the symbols used and locating places using four digit grid references.  We are finding out how estate agents try to persuade people to buy houses and have used The same strategies to dissuade buyers. Rounders is going well and we have been making sure we are all ‘on the ball’. Mrs Hopson 

 Navigators Coleman: 

 

Parent Governor 

We are currently looking for a parent governor to join our governing body. If you are interested or would like to know more, please get in touch for a conversation. Our governors have a key role in supporting and challenging the school to ensure the best for our children. This week, a governor has been involved in talking to children about their learning, another has discussed EYFS and two have attended a meeting looking at data across the school and the action and impact as a result of our ongoing assessments.  

Long term strategic vision for the school 

As part of our work to ensure that we are the very best version of Charmouth Primary School, we are starting to review our long term vision for the school. We will soon be consulting with parents and families for your views to help inform our planning. Look out for more information! 

Mental Health Week 

This week is Mental Health Week so we talked about how we can stay healthy overall during our assembly this week. We shared ideas about how to look after our mental health including exercising, eating well, getting enough sleep, spending time with friends and family, talking about how we feel and spending time in nature.

Some pictures from Adventurers Beach School on Wednesday:

Covid Updates 

While there are significant updates to the general guidance in regards to the Covid response, the guidance for schools has changed very little. We continue to review our risk assessment regularly and are reflecting on how the routines that are in place throughout the school have and are impacting on our children. 

 

Upcoming dates 

Wednesday 19th May – Explorers Beach School

Monday 31st May – Half term week

Monday 7th June – Inset Day

Wednesday 16th June – Pathfinders Beach School

Wednesday 23rd June – Nav Thompson Beach School

Thursday 24th June – Year 6 taster day at Woodroffe School 

Friday 25th June – Nav Coleman Beach School

Wednesday 30th June – Adventures Beach School

Wednesday 7th July – Explorers Beach School

Friday 23rd July – Inset Day

Celebration Assembly

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

Max, Simon, Fox, Jasmine, George D, Ella, Dolly, Keavy, Edward and Adventurers Class

Times Tables Rockstars: Mega, Anna, Arran, Leia, Hugo, Issy, Rosie, Luca, Jessica, Isla, Charlotte,

Molly K, Harry, Felix, Ewan, Ivan, Alexis, Archie and Ethan

Reading Eggs Awards:  

Doodle Champions: Leia, Isla, Evie, Bailey, Molly and Teagan

Week Beginning 3rd May 2021
Learning this term:

Explorers: This week we have been investigating and exploring the uses of wood and where wood comes from. We went on a wood hunt around our classroom before heading out around the rest of the school. We were amazed at how many things are made from wood.   

The minis have also been ordering numerals to 10 and then finding the right amount of bricks to match. Great teamwork! Mr Mitchell, Mrs MacDonald and Miss Bourne 

Pathfinders: Poor Mr Glover hasn’t been feeling very well this week, but Mrs Farmer and Mrs Cornish have been making sure that they stay on track with their fantastic learning. Year has been doing some great work in maths to understand two digit numbers, while Year 2 children have been focussing on fractions. In topic, the children have been learning about the four countries of the United Kingdom ready to move onto finding out more about the World’s continents and oceans. Mrs Cornish and Mrs Farmer 

Adventurers: This week we have had a new focus on the Stone Age. We have looked at the clothing and the food they would have eaten, creating an appetising menu for a cave man along with a new outfit for the occasion. On top of this, the children have composed their own warning story and developed their own idea and characters to be part of their writing. 

Navigators Thompson: This week in Thompson we have been creating our own endings to ‘The Veiwer’: a wonderful book which has kept us guessing for the last two weeks. We have had a walk around Charmouth to help us to draw our own maps and have enjoyed improving our grilling and batting skills in rounders.  

 Navigators Coleman: As well as our two hours of PE a week, Navigators have daily active time each morning. This is us doing races. 

   

 

Free School Meals Update 

All children who receive free school meals will remain eligible until at least 31 March 2022. This also applies to any new children who are approved before this date. 

From 31 March 2022, any child receiving free school meals will remain eligible until they have graduated from that school phase – eg a child in reception on 31 March 2022 will remain eligible until they finish Primary School in 2028.
This means that between now and 31 March 2022, parents do not need to contact Dorset Council to cancel free school meals, even if they feel that their child is no longer eligible.
More information about this and eligibility for free school meals can be found on Dorset Council website.

Parent Governor 

Due to new commitments, Colin Williams has stood down from the role of parent governor. Colin was a valued and active member of the governing board; we would like to thank him for his service and wish him all the best in his endeavours. 

We are now in the process of recruiting a new parent governor to the board, so please look out for more information. If you think you might be interested, please do contact the school for more information and to arrange a meeting. 

School Trips 

Thank you to all those who completed the survey last week. It was great to see that parents are supportive of school trips returning. We are now exploring opportunities for later in the term. 

Sadly, we won’t be going on our residential trip this year due to the ongoing restrictions, uncertainty and the cost implications with short notice. We still hope to be able to provide some adventurous activities instead. 

Headteacher special mention: Kitty T – I was delighted to read Kitty’s fabulous writing with her. She really thought about her word choices and how to engage the reader. Great job!  Thank you to B and Q in Chard and Tesco’s in Axminster for their generous donations of seeds, compost, watering cans and gardening gloves.  We look forward to seeing what Explorers Class can grow.
Upcoming dates 

Monday 31st May – Half term week

Monday 7th May – Inset Day

Thursday 24th June – Year 6 taster day at Woodroffe School 

Friday 23rd July – Inset Day

Number Day 

Throughout the school we have had lots of fun with maths today. Here are just a few photos of what we have been up to. 

 

Celebration Assembly

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

Daisy, Jude, Flynn, Ayesha, Seth, Charlie R, Oliver, Keavy, Harry and Alexis

Times Tables Rockstars

Reading Eggs Awards:  

Doodle Champions: Remy, Reggie Harry, Bailey, Lucy R, Bobby and Charlie R

Week Beginning 26th April 2021
Learning this term:

Navigators ThompsonHello from Thompson Class! We have started with a bang and are finishing our super Space topic Mission Control in the next few weeks, looking at the first lunar landings, the subsequent conspiracy theories and a recap on our learning throughout the unit. We will then be moving on to a local area study called Location, Location, Location, where we will be studying how the village has changed over time, including the coastline. We will be learning more about mapping, combining physically exploring the village and creating our own maps. Following on from our excellent basketball sessions, we will be honing our skills in rounders and on Wednesdays we will improve our athletic abilities.  Finally, we will be finishing off half term with an active week, so look out for more details about this nearer the time. – Mrs Hopson and Mr Jacobs 

Navigators ColemanHello from Coleman Class! We have begun with a bang and are finishing our super Space topic Mission Control in the next few weeks, looking at the first lunar landing and recapping our learning throughout the unit. Then we will be moving on to a local area study called Location, Location, Location where we will be studying how the village has changed over time, including the coastline. We will be learning more about mapping, combining getting out exploring the village and creating our own maps. Finally, we will be finishing off half term with an active week so look out for more details about that nearer the time. Homework has re-started and will be set on Fridays. The children will be set activities via Teams which will include a comprehension on Reading Eggspress, a Maths activity linked to learning in class as well as the expectation to continue to practice basic skills on Times Table Rock Stars. In addition, children are expected to read at least four times a week as well as practice their spelling patterns from the learning in class. (Spellings will be posted on Teams) If you have any questions or concerns, do get in contact wither via Teams, the school or class email accounts. The children have already settled back in brilliantly and we look forward to continuing our learning together this half term. – Mrs Dare 

AdventurersWe welcome all of the children back into Adventurers class and look forward to a prosperous half term with some great learning taking place. Initially, we will be finishing our Lightning Speed thematic unit, where we have been learning about the technology we use every day, how emails and other communication types are transferred and how to create simple circuits, while adding everyday household items to see if they are conductors or insulators of electricity. Following that we will spend the next 3 weeks looking at the history with a particular focus on the book “Ug!”. “Ug!” is a thematic unit, based on the sequence of Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages, with a key focus on history, we will be looking at what life was like then and comparing similarities and differences over the three consecutive periods. On the last week, we will hold an “Everybody Active Week”, where the children will attempt new sports and challenges that promote a physical, healthy active lifestyle.  We will also have Beach School on the Wednesday 12th May, so if there are any willing volunteers that would be available to assist with that it would be greatly appreciated. – Mr Cracknell 

PathfindersWelcome back after what I am sure was a chocolate fuelled start to the holidays- if your house is anything like mine, I am sure you are still working your way through the amount of chocolate the Easter Bunny left!  This term we have some exciting themes to explore as part of our Dimensions curriculum. We will be finishing our theme of Inter Nation Media Station- looking at how we communicate through broadcasting and sending messages throughout history over the first two weeks back, aiming to complete this by Friday 30th April. We will then have a three-week unit looking at Geography and PSHE through a theme of Never Eat Shredded Wheat; there is a clue as to what we might be looking at in the title! And to finish off this term we will have Everybody Active Week, for which more information will follow in due course. – Mr Glover 

Explorers: Keep an eye on Tapestry for updates.

Home Learning in key stage 1 and 2Homework has re-started and will be set on Fridays via Teams. Tasks will include a Reading Eggs or Reading Eggspress, a Doodle Maths activity linked to learning in class, as well as the expectation that they will practice basic skills on Times Table Rock Stars. In addition, children are expected to read at least four times a week as well as practice their spelling patterns, taken from the learning in class. (Spellings will be posted on Teams) If you have any questions or concerns, do get in contact whether via Teams, the school or class email accounts. The children have already settled back in brilliantly and we look forward to continuing our learning together this half term.  

School Trips 

We are exploring the possibility of some school trips later this term. This may include travelling on a coach, which would have additional covid measures in place. Before we book any trips, your feedback would be really helpful. Please complete the short survey using the link on the email with the newsfeed reminder. 

 

Everyone Active Week 

We are planning an Everyone Active Week before half term. Our focus for the week will be on encouraging engagement in active opportunities. We would really like to introduce the children to as many local opportunities as we can – can you help? If your child attends a local club or activity which may be interested in carrying out some taster sessions in school during the week beginning 17th May, please get them to contact the school office. We hope that we can not only inspire the children to get involved in local active opportunities but also support local clubs and organisations who have not been able to run fully through the pandemic.  

 Uniform: A quick reminder that school uniform is; 

  • Grey or black trousers, shorts, skirt or dress 
  • White polo shirt 
  • Royal blue jumper or cardigan 

We have relaxed the policy on footwear as part of our drive to be active; all children may wear trainers (preferably dark coloured) to school every day 

PE uniform 

  • Navy or black shorts, leggings or tracksuit bottoms 
  • White polo shirt 
  • Royal blue jumper or cardigan
Keeping Children Safe On Popular Apps and Sites 

 We are aware that many children use some key apps and websites at home. As parents, it can be hard to keep track of the different apps and the dangers they may pose. The Police Digital Security Centre (PDSC) is a not-for-profit organisation, owned by the police, and with ChildsafeVPN has created a set of useful infographics about cyber-safety aspects of the main apps and sites that young people may come across. You can download the posters here: https://www.policedsc.com/security-advice/safeguarding This link is also being added to our online safety page (add link) where there are further sources of information and advice to support us all in keeping our children safe online.  

Beach School 

We were delighted to return to our beach school sessions this week, with Pathfinders visiting the beach on the first rainy day we seem to have had in weeks! Thankfully the weather stayed dry for the afternoon and the children had a wonderful time – ‘The best beach school ever’ was mentioned! 

Longer hair (eg shoulder length or longer) should be tied up to help ensure that hair is not distracting and to also discourage ‘visitors’. 

Jewelry should not be worn, with the exception of a watch and stud earrings. 

Make up, including nail varnish, should not be worn to school. 

Number Day 

We will be taking part in Number Day next Friday. Across the school, we will be taking part in extra fun and active maths lessons as well as taking part in a Times Table Rock Star challenge through the week. Children may come to school in nonuniform (number theme optional) for a suggested donation of £1. The money raised will be split between the NSPCC and buying additional practical resources to support active learning in maths. 

Celebration Assembly

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

Billy, Eddie J, Brandon, Hector, Frank, Jasper, Riley, Alfred, Jess, Emily, Anna and Tabby

Times Tables Rockstars: Keavy, Bailey, Jess,Charlotte and Iona

Reading Eggs Awards:  

Doodle Champions: Charlie, Bailey and Lucy

Week Beginning 19th April 2021
Beach School: We will be resuming Beach school this term.  Please see the dates your children will be taking part.  Please note the children will not need a change of clothes for this.  Any parent help will be greatly appreciated with out enough responsible adults it is not possible to run beach school. 

This term, the sessions will run from 12.40 – 2.40:

Wednesday 5th May    Navigators – Thompson
Friday 7th May   Navigators – Coleman
Wednesday 12th May Adventurers
Wednesday 19th May Explorers
Wednesday 16th June Pathfinders
Wednesday 23rd June Navigators – Thompson
Friday 25th June Navigators – Coleman
Wednesday 30th June Adventurers
Wednesday 7th July Explorers

 

Celebrating Our Learning

After feedback from parents, we will be including more pictures to share some of our day to day learning:

 

Welcome back to all the children. It is lovely to start the term off with such sunny weather and happy smiling faces.  Due to the lovely weather the children have been able to spend more time outside and hopefully this will continue through the rest of the term.

This term PE will be on a Monday for the whole school.  On Wednesday the Navigators classes will have PE with Adventurers and Pathfinders having PE on a Friday.

Hand sanitizer:  Children should not be bringing in their own sanitiser unless authorised for medical reasons. This is not necessary as we have plenty of school sanitiser available for the children to use.  When children start administering their own sanitiser it is very hard for the staff to ensure it has been used and correctly rubbed into their hands.  Children are sanitising frequently through the day including before and after all breaks and when they move around any classrooms.   Sun Cream: The staff are unable to apply sun cream to children during the school day.   The children will be spending time out side (in the sun) so please remember to cover them in sun cream before they come to school.  There are some creams which advertise they last for up to 8 hours.  If your child is able to self apply then they can bring in their own cream however this must not be shared with their friends. 

Explorers concentrating on their Maths they have settled back to their learning quickly

Pathfinders had fun becoming young reporters in their Inter Nation Media Station theme this week 

Navigators had great fun this week being FBI agents investigating whether the first moon landing was real or not. They scrutinised different pieces of evidence before writing up their investigations. It was a lot of fun and we had many different verdicts!

Celebration Assembly

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

To be updated

Times Tables Rockstars

Reading Eggs Awards:  

Doodle Champions

Week Beginning 29th March 2021
Covid Updates I think we are all looking forward the the upcoming changes in the restrictions that are in place due to covid; please ensure that you do continue to follow the guidance to help keep our whole school community as safe as possible, particularly considering our staff who are working in close contact with the children every day. The Government plan, including a summary of changes, is clearly set out on their website here. All staff agreed to take part in twice weekly lateral flow testing (LFT); these are used to screen for asymptomatic cases. Families and childcare bubbles of school aged children can access these tests (details available here) and we would encourage as much use as possible. Half of our staffing team have now had their first vaccination, which is great news. As the situation continues to evolve, we are constantly reviewing our response in line with the latest guidance. We are currently planning for a hopeful return to Beach School and peripatetic music lessons. Our review of the arrangements for lunch times has been really positive so we will be continuing to provide hot school meals through Local Food Links.

Celebrating Our Learning

After feedback from parents, we will be including more pictures to share some of our day to day learning:

Pathfinders enjoying a music session

The children have all enjoyed the last day of term today.  They took part in a little egg hunt and then got rewarded with a chocolate egg each.  Thank you to Morrison’s in Bridport who, with help from their Community Champion contributed to the large number of eggs we needed.

Operation Encompass Operation Encompass is a partnership between the school and police, enabling the police to inform schools if they are called to an incident of domestic abuse at the home of any of our children. This allows us to be prepared to support the child in school. A letter has been sent informing parents and can be viewed here. If you need more information about domestic abuse, Dorset Council has a specific helpline or please contact our safeguarding team (safeguarding@charmouth.dorset.sch.uk) for signposting to advice and support. You do not need to be alone. 

Celebration Assembly

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

Ivy, Luca, Lilly, Tesni, Keavy, Thompson Class, Tabby, Tom, Mr Sparks and Coleman Class

Times Tables Rockstars: Charlotte, Bailey, luca, Amelie, Iona, Jasmine McD, Megan, Keavy, Archie and Charlie R

Reading Eggs Awards:  

Doodle Champions: Harry T, Bailey, Jessie, Anna, Iona and Charlie R

Week Beginning 22nd March 2021
Covid Updates I think we are all looking forward the the upcoming changes in the restrictions that are in place due to covid; please ensure that you do continue to follow the guidance to help keep our whole school community as safe as possible, particularly considering our staff who are working in close contact with the children every day. The Government plan, including a summary of changes, is clearly set out on their website here. All staff agreed to take part in twice weekly lateral flow testing (LFT); these are used to screen for asymptomatic cases. Families and childcare bubbles of school aged children can access these tests (details available here) and we would encourage as much use as possible. Half of our staffing team have now had their first vaccination, which is great news. As the situation continues to evolve, we are constantly reviewing our response in line with the latest guidance. We are currently planning for a hopeful return to Beach School and peripatetic music lessons. Our review of the arrangements for lunch times has been really positive so we will be continuing to provide hot school meals through Local Food Links.

Celebrating Our Learning

After feedback from parents, we will be including more pictures to share some of our day to day learning:

This week in Explorers they have been learning the story of Jack and the Bean Stalk.  They have also been keeping a close eye on their daffodils which are starting to grow very tall

In Pathfinders this week, they have been discussing fact from fiction in PSHE and working on their football skills with Mr Lee Cuff.

As well as their PE sessions with Lee each Friday, Navigators have been developing their basket ball skills on Wednesdays.

Some fantastic work, including collaboration and focus, has been happening in Year 6 Maths!

Operation Encompass Operation Encompass is a partnership between the school and police, enabling the police to inform schools if they are called to an incident of domestic abuse at the home of any of our children. This allows us to be prepared to support the child in school. A letter has been sent informing parents and can be viewed here. If you need more information about domestic abuse, Dorset Council has a specific helpline or please contact our safeguarding team (safeguarding@charmouth.dorset.sch.uk) for signposting to advice and support. You do not need to be alone.  Easter Fun! Children are invited to come to school on Thursday 1st April in non uniform and to take part in an Easter Egg hunt. A suggested donation of £1 would be very welcome; but every child will have the opportunity to take part and take home an Easter Egg! We are looking forward to rewarding their fantastic attitudes to learning, friendships and school and wishing them a Happy Easter. Eggs have been arranged for dietary requirements, but please contact the school office if you would like to check in advance.

Celebration Assembly

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

Anna, Lola, fox, Lucy M, Evie, George, Dolly, Grace, Brandon, Rex, Niya, Daniel, Olivia, Sebby and Charlie B

Times Tables Rockstars: , Lulu, Amelie, Charlotte, Eowen, Evie, Charlie R, and Keavy

Reading Eggs Awards:  Mabel

Doodle Champions: Iona, Lucy R, Jess, Bailey, Harry, and Charlie R

Week Beginning 15th March 2021
Update on our Learning  A letter was sent out yesterday with updates on learning (a copy is available here). Following on from the letter, please find links below to the WhISK (What I Should Know) sheets for each of the current class themes; 

Explorers: Tell Us a Story (no sheet – current focus on different versions of fairy tales)

Pathfinders: INTER-NATION MEDIA STATION

Adventurers: LIGHTNING SPEED

Navigators: MISSION CONTROL

As part of National Science Week last week, Navigators signed up with the British Space Agency on a mission to Mars by taking part in the interactive Robokids Space Show. This fantastic show allowed the children to learn about how crew prepare for a trip to space and make interactive decisions based on their learning. We were lucky enough to be sent this link of the show if you’d like to watch.

Vision and Attributes  This week, children have demonstrated their understanding of our school vision, ‘Growing together to be the very best version of ourselves’ by recognising how we demonstrate it through our actions. Examples given by our children include being respectful, helpful, kind, helpful and protecting each other by distancing and sanitising.  We have starting updating our entrance displays to help continue to keep the profile of our vision high; the letters here have been coloured in by children and staff across the school. Each class has a set of four attributes which they aim to develop over each two year phase. Classes have chosen one to particularly focus on over the next few weeks. The focus attributes are; 

Explorers: Co-operate 

Pathfinders: Independent 

Adventurers: Risk Takers 

Navigators: Focussed 

E-Safety  We are aware that a number of children are playing online games at home. There are great opportunities online for children to stay connected while at home, but, of course, it also raises the opportunity for upset. Please do remember to check how your children are communicating online and who with as well as how long they are spending online (some children are admitting to staying up late to play and are tired in school). There are links to many useful websites on our online safety page which promote awareness of online safety, provide information about different games and apps and enable reporting of concerning content.  
Artist of the Week  We continue to have our weekly artist of the week assemblies. This week we looked at the visual artist El Anatsui. A sculpture from Ghana, El Anatsui creates artwork using a range of resources including many materials sources from recycling centres. Why not find out more on the Tate website here. https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artists/el-anatsui-17306/who-is-el-anatsui  School Uniform for Donations  We continue to have second hand school uniform available in the foyer area for donations. This has been supplemented with some new uniform from previous stocks in school. We also have second hand books available in the foyer area. If you would like any items, you are welcome to come to the foyer, but please limit to one household at a time. 

Celebration Assembly

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

Lucilla, Reg, Pathfinders class, Rosie, Bailey, Phoebe, Jasper, Frank, Charlie L

Times Tables RockstarsHendrix, Indigo, Bailey, Luca

Reading Eggs Awards:  no awards this week – don’t forget to keep up the great work on Reading Eggs!

Doodle Champions: Lulu, Iona, Jessica, Lucy R, Isla, Charlie R, Frank

Week Beginning 8th March 2021
Return to school  We are very much looking forward to welcoming all children back to school on Monday! Although arrangements are very similar to before this lockdown, please do familiarise yourself with the information about the school day routines and procedures via the Covid page of the website https://charmouth.dorset.sch.uk/covid/ . It is hard to believe that it has been 12 months since the disruption to school started. We are very aware of the media narrative of ‘missed learning’ and a need for ‘catch up’, but we believe that children have gained in many other areas and we know that we will support the children on their return to move forward in their learning. We also recognise that children have missed out on being with their friends. We are ensuring that children will have the opportunity to play and to develop their social skills through both structured and unstructured activity. We are really looking forward to hearing about what they have been up to and working together to move forward.  Thank you for all you have done to support learning and in support of the school. 
School Uniform, including PE Uniform  When children return, we would like to see them in their uniform. We recognise, however, that they will have grown and popping to the shop to buy new uniform is not easy at the moment. Wherever possible, please wear a royal blue jumper, white polo or t-shirt and plain black or dark grey trousers/shorts/dress or skirt; this may be in a PE style. Girls may alternatively wear a blue checked summer dress. Trainers are encouraged (preferably dark in colour) to support our active time. 
Parking  We have been in contact with the Parish Council and they have agreed to trial a limited number of parking permits purchased by families in order to park at the Beach Car Park at drop off and collection times during the summer termPermits for the term will cost £7 and can be used from 8:30 – 9:15 am and 2.45-3.30 pmIf you would like a permit, please email the school office on office@charmouth.dorset.sch.uk with the subject line ‘Parking Permit’. Please ensure that if you choose to purchase and use a permit that you adhere to both the rules and spirit in which this has been made available to help promote the possibility of a permanent arrangement. 
Home Testing for Parents and Carers  As you are aware our pupils will not be asked to test at this time as primary school pupils are not being tested. This week the government has announced that households with school age children, including childcare and support bubbles, can test themselves twice every week at home as schools return from Monday 8 March. As a school we cannot give test kits to parents, carers or household members; information on how to access testing can be found via the Government website: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/rapid-lateral-flow-testing-for-households-and-bubbles-of-school-pupils-and-staff    
Road Safety Please remember as the school runs start again for all children, the roads around the school can become busy with vehicles such as cars and buses as well as children walking, biking and scooting. Please take extra care, both as a pedestrian or a driver, and be aware of the many other, very young road users around the school during drop off and pick up. We understand the pressure when dropping off and picking up children; most people are considerate when parking and understand the risks of blocking the road for other road users, but there have been a few issues in the past when emergency service vehicles have not been able to get easy access to school premises.

Celebration Assembly

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

Archie, Bella, Matthew, Dolly, Rosie, Maya, Anna, Iona, Jasmine, Megan, Hendrix, Jack 

Times Tables Rockstars: Amelie, Eowen, Esme, Darcey, Hendrix, Hector, Charlotte, Billy, Matthew, Ella, Charlie R, Indigo, Lulu 

Reading Eggs Awards: Lola, Lulu, Georgia, Tabby 

Doodle Champions: Jasmine, Charlie R, Ella, Bailey, Jessica, Harry, Sia, Fox, Iona, Hendrix, Tabby, Lulu, Georgia 

Week Beginning 8th February 2021
Remote Learning  Thank you very much to all who completed the Remote Learning Questionnaire. The feedback was largely positive and very constructive.   Quantity   The majority of responses indicated that the amount of work being set for subjects was ‘just right’, with some saying too much and others asking for more. Concerns were raised about the overall quantity of work being set across the curriculum. The quantity of work being set is in line with the expectations of a normal school day, in line with the guidance during this lockdown, and very unlike the guidance from the previous lockdown. Children in school are accessing the same remote learning offer, helping us to review accessibility, pitch and quantity constantly.   Level of Work  The majority of responses felt that work being set was ‘just right’, particularly in English, topic and other areas. In Maths, most felt that work being set was ‘just right’ but there were more responses indicating that the work was easy or challenging. Please do use teams to get in touch with teachers for additional support or challenge as needed.  Structure of Sessions  Very few responses indicated that more help was needed in the structure of lessons, with most responses saying that the structure was ‘just right’. Some comments praised particular strategies, while others found the same strategies more of a challenge.  We were concerned by a few comments indicating that some children are spending a very long time on some of the learning: an ‘exercise can take 2 hours of frustration’, ‘maths takes at least 2 hours to complete’, ‘there have been instances when her school day takes her right up to bedtime.’  The timetable on the learning at home page should give an indication of the time to spend on a lesson. The work does not have to be perfect and there may be days when it is only partially completed because the lesson time has finished before the task is complete – this is fine! Please do send messages, ideally via Teams, if work is taking too long or is a struggle. Staff are working hard to respond to difficulties as quickly as possible by uploading additional guidance or contacting individuals or groups as needed. Likewise, please do contact teachers if an additional challenge would be beneficial.  ‘When exercises have not been clear … video guidance was provided almost immediately.’  ‘Questions are answered quickly on Teams and the morning meeting gives … a better understanding of the lessons that day.’   Above all, please continue to communicate with us through Teams (or Tapestry in EYFS) or by email. As a result of the ongoing feedback, we have already made several adaptions to our remote learning during this lockdown including extending the deadlines of tasks, organising work as assignments, introducing weekly zoom sessions, providing more consistency within individual subjects, introduced additional physical activity opportunities and screen free time on Friday afternoons. Your feedback from this questionnaire, as well as ongoing feedback, will continue to shape how we support ongoing remote learning.  ‘We welcome the recent increase in varied physical activities to counteract the many hours of screen time learning.’  ‘Every time I’ve had an issue it’s been quickly resolved.’  Finally, thank you very much for the supportive and thoughtful comments. Your thoughts for the staff, who are continuing to work hard to support learning at both home and school, were very much appreciated.  ‘I think it’s been an exceptional response to this situation.’  ‘I think the school are doing really well. When we’ve asked questions we get rapid responses.’  ‘Thank you to staff for their hard work, support and feedback.’  ‘The school have done an amazing job in exceptionally difficult circumstances at the moment.’  ‘…well done guys you’re doing a cracking job.’  Next week is half term – I am sure that you are looking forward to a week away from the remote learning! I hope that the weather is kind to us so we can all take advantage of our stunning local area. Thank you for all you are doing.
Staff Training Despite having to very quickly change methods and strategies for supporting learning both at home and at school, staff have continued regular training in many areas, including around SEND, fire safety and supporting children with severe allergies.  Much of this training has had to adapt, just as our teaching and  learning has adapted, and has been online. To demonstrate being able to safely use an autoinjector, each staff member had to stand in line of the camera; leading to a few left a bit, right a bit moments!  When our fire extinguishers were checked this week, several were put out of commission, giving us an opportunity to consolidate some of the fire safety training previously completed online by letting off the old extinguishers.

Celebration Assembly

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

Matilda B, Ivan, Charlotte, Issy, Jess, Sam, Esme B, Leia, Hendrix,

our parents, Skye, Remy

Times Tables Rockstars: Hector, Archie, Minnie, Riley, Ivy, Amelie, Jess, Indigo, Jasmine, Kitty T, Ivan, Bailey, Darcy, Lulu, Hendrix

Reading Eggs Awards: Kitty T, Minnie, Luca, Hugo, Lola, George

Doodle Champions:Daisy, Ella, Charlie (Y3), Isla, Tommy, Lulu, Willow, Indigo, Tabby, George R, Hendrix, George, Issy, Jess, Charlotte

Celebrating Learning As well as continuing our Culture themes around Come Fly with Me…, on Tuesday we took part in Safer Internet day. We love seeing the work being completed from home and school. Thank you for all the support from home to make this possible!

           

A big well done for the resilience, perseverance, creativity and dedication throughout this half term. Enjoy the half term break!
Week Beginning 1st February 2021
Screen Free Friday afternoons  This week we have introduced an afternoon with no screen based activities. Ideas for the afternoon have been uploaded to Teams. We would like to encourage you to use this time to be creative and active, but we also know that the time may be useful to catch up with learning from the week or your own work. We would love to see photos of what you get up to in this time (or at other times), so do please send in photos so we can celebrate the wider opportunities our children may be able to access while away from school.  Remote Learning Questionnaire  You should have had a link emailed to you about the remote learning we are providing. As a staff, we are working hard to try to provide learning remotely which supports children to continue with their learning journey. We have asked for feedback throughout and the responses have helped us to adjust how we plan and set the work. Feedback at the moment is positive (thank you) but we still want to make sure that we hear how things are going so can adapt further if needed.  
Assemblies  We have tried to maintain a similar structure to our weekly assemblies.   Monday – headteacher assembly. This has included themes such as Holocaust Memorial Day, stories with a message, inspirational people and festivals. Tuesday – Picture News. We subscribe to a Picture News to help ensure a range of current affairs are included in our cycle of assemblies. During this lock down, they are sharing a recorded assembly each week and we share the link for you to watch.  Wednesday – Artist of the Week. Each week we have an artist of the week, alternating between a music artist and visual artist from a range of genre. This week, U2 was the focus.  Thursday – Celebration Assembly. We arrange these as a live session for each teacher to share some of the great work and attitudes to learning demonstrated.  Friday – We will continue a weekly zoom call with a fun activity each Friday.
Bags2School  Our fabulous PTFA have organised another Bags2School collection 17th March, so please start collecting clothes, shoes, bags, etc which are ready for a new life. Further information regarding collection and drop off to follow.  Children’s Mental Health Week  ‘Express yourself’ has been the theme of this year’s Children’s Mental Health Week. On our Monday assembly this week, we watched the National Oak Academy assembly on this topic to help us think about how we express ourselves. How do you express yourselves? 

Safer Internet Day  Next Tuesday is Safer Internet Day with the theme of ‘An internet we trust: exploring reliability in the online world’. Activities will be shared for all classes on Tuesday. Internet safety is often a concern for parents as we try to keep on top of the latest trends and information; often with the children seeming to pick it all up quicker than us! There are many websites aimed at parents to support our knowledge and understanding of the different apps, games and resources children may be accessing; we have updated our Online Safety page with links to many helpful sites.  

Support during the Pandemic (through the school, Dorset Council and other agencies) During these unprecedented times, sometimes an additional person to speak to makes a big difference to parenting. We encourage you to contact school if you are needing support of any kind so we can explore how best to support you and your family, this may include signposting or referring for financial, wellbeing or educational support. Details of some support routes were included last week (please scroll down the page) and there is now also a helpline from Dorset Council’s Educational Psychology Service, please use this link for more information. 

Celebration Assembly

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

Alex, Kitty A, Molly K, Ella, Eowen, George D, Logan, Anna, Reg, Thea, Mr Sparks

Times Tables Rockstars: Frank, Charlotte A, Ivan, Bailey, Charlie, Darcey, Hendrix, George, Esme T, Ella, Kitty T, Esme B, Luca, Indigo, Lulu

Reading Eggs Awards: Bella, Minnie, Kitty T, Issy, Luca, Anna, Indigo, Megan, Jasmine

Doodle Champions: Daisy, Esme, Ella, Charlie, Issy, Jessie, Bailey, Sia, Jadie, Georgia, Lulu, Tabby, Arran, George, Iona, Hendrix

Sharing our work: Come Fly With Me…  All classes have a Come Fly With Me theme, with Explorers focused on Asia, Pathfinders on the Arctic, Adventurers on Africa and Navigators on America. There have been some fantastic examples of children engaging with their learning and we would love to be sharing and celebrating examples here; so please keep sharing! Here are a few examples of learning from across the curriculum and beyond;                      
Week Beginning 25th January 2021

Celebration Assembly

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

Frank, Leah, Alexis, Archie, Darcey, Charlie H, Arran, Charlie TF,

Simon, Billy, Miss Morton

Times Tables Rockstars: Ivan, Archie, Lola, Bella, Phoebe, Hendrix, Ella, Ewan, Jasper, Teagan, Eowen, Maya, Charlie H, Jessica, Anna, Indigo

Reading Eggs Awards: Bella, Billy, Minnie, Kitty, Elisabeth, Ella, Iona, Fox, Jasmine, George

Doodle Champions: Daisy, Minnie, Charlie, Sia, Megan, Fox, Iona, Leia, Hendrix, Lulu, Tabby, Indigo, Georgia, Willow

Latest Announcement on Reopening  I am sure you are all aware that the Prime Minister announced on Wednesday that schools will not be able to open any further until at least 8th March. As much as we would love to have all the children back in school learning and socialising with their friends, we recognise the need to ensure that contacts between households needs to remain limited to ensure that the spread of coronavirus is managed. Please continue to follow the national restrictions and support learning at home in the best way for your family. Please do get in touch with us if we can help. 
Feedback on your work in Teams When work is ‘turned in’ via an assignment on Teams, staff can see the completed work and respond. You should see a notification under ‘activity’ on the top left of the screen when you are in teams when you have feedback. Staff can leave a comment or annotate your work. Please do have a look at this feedback and let us know when you have seen it.  Tapestry  Tapestry, used by Explorers, has had an update so you should now be able to access all features that were previously only available on desk top via the App, and for Android and Fire Tablets. Please do let us know how you are getting on with Tapestry and the learning ideas being set. Staff monitor Tapestry throughout the school day, so please to log an observation even to ask a question, these will only be seen by you and staff. 
Bags2School  Our fabulous PTFA have organised another Bags2School collection 17th March, so please start collecting clothes, shoes, bags, etc which are ready for a new life. Further information regarding collection and drop off to follow.  Asymptomatic Testing of School Staff  This week we have started twice weekly asymptomatic Covid-19 testing of staff. We see this as a positive step in supporting identification of anyone with the virus as well as helping to prevent additional spreading. Should a positive test result be recorded, we may have to close to a group of children currently attending school; I am sure that you will understand that this is likely to be at very short notice. 
What is fun writing?  We have identified writing as an area to further improve across the school. A part of this has been to provide a daily opportunity for no pressure writing for every child. The writing produced is not marked, but may be shared. Children are able to develop their stamina for writing, fluency and development of ideas while also applying the skills they have been taught to different types of writing. We are keen to continue to promote this as much as possible through the lock down so that children maintain their writing skills we are therefore continuing to set a daily task, but please feel free to choose a different theme or inspiration to get writing. 
Support during the Pandemic  During these unprecedented times, sometimes an additional person to speak to makes a big difference to parenting. We encourage you to contact school if you are needing support of any kind so we can explore how best to support you and your family, this may include signposting or referring for financial, wellbeing or educational support. Details of some support routes were included last week (please scroll down the page) and there is now also a helpline from Dorset Council’s Educational Psychology Service, please use this link for more information. 
Sharing our work: Come Fly With Me…  All classes have a Come Fly With Me theme, with Explorers focused on Asia, Pathfinders on the Arctic, Adventurers on Africa and Navigators on America. There have been some fantastic examples of children engaging with their learning and we would love to be sharing and celebrating examples here. Here are a few examples of learning from across the curriculum; 
Growing together to be the very best versions of ourselves… supporting and helping our community
Mini Explorer Billy has been working hard to raise money for the Fire Fighters Charity by walking 3km every day in January! Great job, Billy! There is a Just Giving page with more information and a place to donate if you would like to support here.  Hendrix and Niya completed a very successful litter pick around the village.  Wearing their super hero capes, they certainly proved their super-powers.  Well done Hendrix and Niya! 
Week Beginning 18th January 2021

Celebration Assembly

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

Grace, Hector, Isla, Harry, George, Xanthe, Ewan, Rosie

Times Tables Rockstars: Keavy, Seth, Evie, Anna, Leia, Minnie, Ella, Teagan, Ewan

Reading Eggs Awards: Xanthe, Elin, Indigo, Elisabeth

Doodle Champions: Jasmine, Bobby, Bailey, Jessie, Dolly, Charlie R, Charlie L, May, Iona, Fox, George, Arran, Hendrix, Lulu, Tabby, Indigo

Learning at Home  We are really enjoying seeing and hearing about the learning you are completing at home. We are seeing different ways of it being shared, such as on Teams by completing it directly onto the OneNote documents or uploading a photo to the assignment, photos and comments added in Tapestry for Explorers class and via emails to the class email address. We also know that many of you are completing the work at home on paper.   Staff are working hard to ensure that learning is uploaded and ready each day, but also to support throughout the day. Please continue to use Teams, or Tapestry for Explorers, as the primary method of communication with teachers and teaching assistants, as this is being monitored throughout the day. Day to day we are answering queries, sending work in different formats, signposting to additional support materials and even arranging additional calls where needed; please get in touch whenever needed.  Thank you for the ongoing feedback about the learning being set. This week the levels of frustration with technology have started to reduce – at both home and school – and the comments of thanks and support are really helping staff to see the impact of their hard work. Please do keep letting us know what is going well and what could be even better. 
Accessing Teams Meetings  The children are quickly becoming the experts on the use of Teams and we have become aware that some of the meetings can be accessed after the meeting has ended. Please ensure that you continue to monitor your child’s computer and internet use. If they return to a meeting, there may not be a member of staff present.  Teams ‘Chat’ Channel  The children are also enjoying being able to communicate and stay in touch with their friends. We believe that it is a real benefit that children can maintain their friendships and are pleased that they are developing their online skills to support it. In order to ensure that queries linked to learning are not lost between the chats, from Monday there will be a new channel in each team (on the left) called ‘Chat’. This will allow the children to continue to interact with each other and will be monitored. Please continue to support your child to consider how what they write can be perceived and limit the timings that they are on Teams. 
Class Zoom Catch Ups  It was lovely to see many of the children via the zoom sessions this week. We will be planning these sessions weekly on Fridays, with the details of the meetings to be shared via Teams and Tapestry during the week. If your child is not sure about joining in, please do contact us so we can see if there is anything we can do to support and encourage attendance.  Online Safety  With all our children spending more time online, it is important to also be aware of the potential risks to children while online. We have an online safety section on our website (here) with links to external internet safety information. If you ever have a concern about something you see or hear online, please don’t hesitate to report it. We are more than happy to support any reporting of concerns or discuss and advise you ourselves, so please do get in contact. 
Financial Support  We know that many families are facing changed circumstances during this pandemic and this may be causing financial hardship and difficulty. There are many local organisations who are able to help and support families, including Lyme Forward Food Bank and Dorset Council help with utility bills . Other support avenues are also available through the school, so please get in touch or ask for us to contact you. Any information you share will be treated in confidence and only shared as agreed by you. 
Week Beginning 11th January 2021

Celebration Assembly (updated Thursday afternoon)

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

Billy, Bobby, Ethan, Esme T, Zac, Alfred, Hendrix,

Lulu, Etty, Simon, all teachers

Microsoft Teams  Thank you all for your patience and perseverance as we have moved to remote learning on Microsoft Teams. We are seeing more and more children accessing and submitting their work online, which is great to see.  Many of the children, particularly in Navigators, have enjoyed being able to keep in contact with each other by posting in the general Team area; please remind your children to think carefully about how they are using this space and the information they are sharing.  The live morning sessions took a few goes to get right, but generally seem to be working now. Although we can’t see each other, it is lovely to know that we are doing the same thing at the same time and keep some form of contact. Children have been able to mute others during the meetings or make them leave; please remind them to be respectful to each other. We are looking at how we can prevent this. 
Learning  We are constantly reviewing the learning we are providing and are grateful for any feedback. In response to feedback from parents last week, we are now more consistent with how the work is set using assignments throughout KS1 and 2. Please continue to let us know how you are getting on.  We recognise the challenge of supporting learning at home full time and encourage you to follow a routine that works best for you. As a minimum, please aim to complete the English and Maths each day. The impact on teacher’s workload of the provision has been huge and so we have reviewed the learning we have been setting to ensure a better balance while providing quality learning opportunities. As a result, the format of some of the learning will change and we have updated our timetable as can be seen in the table below. We will be continuing to set learning via assignments on Teams for KS1 and KS2. The table below is an update of the learning that will be prepared with a suggested timetable based on the timetable being followed in school.

Time  Session  Activity 
8:45 – 9:00  Early Morning Maths  This will generally be:  Timetables Rock Stars, Doodle Maths or an Interactive Online game 
9:00 – 9:05  Live Good Morning  Live Good morning session to the class. 
9:05 – 9:25  Spelling/ Phonics  A spelling pattern for the week will be set with suggested activities to complete.  A short prerecorded film will be uploaded to support development of phonics knowledge. 
9:25 – 10:25  English  We will be moving to using Talk for Writing booklets. These may be accompanied during some sessions by a prerecorded input by the teacher. Some classes will be finishing their current English unit before moving onto these. 
10:25 – 10:40  Playtime    
10:40 – 11:40  Maths  We will be returning to White Rose maths over the next week or so to ensure that we are able to provide a consistent approach. The lessons won’t necessarily be in the White Rose order as we are aiming to alaign as closely as possible to Essential Maths. Each session includes a short video as well as an activity. 
11:40 – 12:00  Reading  Monday/Wednesday/Friday – Reading Eggs task  Tuesday/Thursday – 15 minutes free reading 
12:00 – 12:40  Lunch    
12:40 – 1:00  Fun Writing  A daily writing task will be set by Mrs Cornish. These will be uploaded to Teams in a Word format. Children may like to have a go at typing their responses or even using the dictate option to get their ideas on the page. 
1:00 – 2:15  Other  We will continue to set activities linked to the wider curriculum in a similar way to the activities being set currently via Teams. 
2:15 – 2:45  Active Time  Monday/Wednesday/Friday – Joe Wicks  Tuesday/Thursday – A link or suggested activity will be provided on these days.  
2:45 – 3:00  Assembly  Monday – prerecorded assembly from Mrs Cornish  Tuesday – link to the Weekly Picture News Assembly  Wednesday – Artist of the Week powerpoint   Thursday – Live event Celebration Assembly  Friday – class zoom – the time of these will vary 

 

Early Years  Ideas for activities and learning and short videos will continue to be uploaded to Tapestry to ensure that our Reception and Nursery children are continuing to develop their learning. We are trying to use Tapestry as much as possible as this is a platform that you are already familiar with, but we may need to set some activities and videos via Teams; we will update you via Tapestry. Mr Mitchell has really enjoyed settling into Charmouth and has found all the feedback really helpful. 
Places in School  We have had a huge increase in the number of children in school during this lockdown in comparison to the previous lockdown with 25+ children attending each day. The guidance sets out that parents and carers who are critical workers should keep their children at home if they can (DfE). We therefore ask that you only continue using a space in school if you really need to. If you are not sure, please do contact the school. We would prefer children who need to regularly attend school to attend every day as this ensures consistency for children, staff and the contact bubble and the children’s learning. 
Financial Challenges  We are aware that this lockdown has had another significant impact on income levels for many families. There are different support avenues available, including 

Please do contact the school as there are further options that we can support you with if you are facing financial strain. 

Facebook closed group  Don’t forget that we have a closed Facebook group – Charmouth Primary School Closed Group. This is a place where we are able to send quick updates and reminders, parents can share ideas and resources and we can support each other. If you request to join, please ensure that you answer the three questions in order for your membership to be approved. 
Laptops, computers and tablets – a huge THANK YOU!  We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of the local community in donating their old laptops, computers and tablets as well as money towards these. We are in the process of ensuring that they are suitable for use before contacting families who will benefit from these. If you would benefit from a device, please contact the school stating the reason and we will add you to the waiting list. We will be prioritising families based on the individual needs of the family. 
Hobbies  Many of you may have started new hobbies or developed those you already had, such as playing an instrument, arts and crafts, gardening and baking. We would love to see what you are up to, so do please let your teachers know!
Zoom  We are looking at arranging zoom sessions next Friday for each class so we can all see each other. Please look out for an email with the details for each class. These will be in place of the assembly on Friday but the timings will be staggered. We hope to see lots of you there. 

    

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