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Dear Housemartins and Swifts and your friends and families,

Happy New Year!

We hope you’ve had a lovely Christmas and New Year and not got too wet.

We’ve got a very busy and hard working term coming up. Please do read the letter below (hopefully the full version with the timetable will attach soon but something isn’t happy at present) and look at the jigsaw to find out what we shall be up to.


Miss P and Mr B




Monday 4th January 2016

Dear Children and Parents,


Happy New Year to you all, we hope you have enjoyed the Christmas break.


We are looking forward to seeing all the children on Tuesday. This half-term our topic is history based, we will be looking at the fall of the western part of the Roman Empire and the settlers who came to Britain after this – the Jigsaw on the website will tell you more about what we are doing.


Over the first few days of term the children will be having had a go at some sample test papers as mock SATs. We will keep it as ‘low key’ as possible so that no extra pressure is put on the children whilst giving them the opportunity to discover what will be expected of them in May.  As we mark the papers we will be identifying the areas that we need to concentrate on in class over the next term and a half. We will give feedback to each child, sharing how they got on and their next steps. If you have any questions about SATs then do pop in and speak to us or Mrs Wiseman.


Mr Turner will be teaching the Housemartins on Wednesday morning and teaching PE to all of Year 6 in the afternoon, Mrs D’Arch Smith will also be providing cover on Wednesday afternoons. Miss Dyer and Miss O’Leary will return to the Housemartins class and will be with us for most of the term. On Tuesday and Thursday afternoons all of Year 6 will be mixed up into 2 groups across the classes to do their music, RE and science work. New timetables are below.


A few reminders:

The children will need their full P.E. kit on Wednesday and Friday. On Fridays we will be doing hockey (weather permitting) so the children will need their gum shields and shin pads.

Numeracy homework will be set on Wednesday and will be due in on the Monday of the following week.

Literacy homework will be set on a Friday to be handed in by the following Tuesday.

Spellings will be set and tested every Friday.

Can I also take this opportunity to remind you that I expect the children to read for at least ten minutes, five times a week; I would like to think that they were reading for longer. Later this term we will be launching an exciting new project called Accelerated Reader – watch out for more details.


Dates for the diary:

Thursday 7th January – Housemartins leading Collective Worship

Tuesday 3rd February – Rotary Club Quiz at North Tawton 6.30pm

Thursday 4th February – Mrs Chapman from Okehampton College will visit

Monday 15th February – Half term week

Week beginning 29th February – Parents’ Meetings

Thursday 3rd March – Fairy Tale and Fantasy trip to Exeter to see Orchestra

Thursday 24th March – Easter Service in Church 2pm

Friday 25th March – Easter holiday begins

Monday 11th April – back to school

Monday 9th May – SATs week

Tuesday 24th May – Community Service Day

Tuesday 24th May – staff from Okehampton College visit school to meet with parents and children 6.30pm

Monday 30th May – Half term

Wednesday 15th June – Sports Day

Monday 4th July –Transition Day to Okehampton College

Tuesday 19th July – Science Day at Okehampton College

Thursday 21st July – Leavers’ Service 2pm Church

Friday 22nd July – Leavers’ Assembly 2pm school


Should you have any concerns or queries, please do not hesitate to come and speak to us. 

Yours sincerely,


Miss Deborah Philpott and Mr Lee Billinghurst