Newton and Noss Network Group On Tuesday, our school hosted the Newton and Noss Network Group looking at ensuring that all residents in the Parish are IT confident and inclusive. To help the group, a number of our year 5 and 6 children were chosen to showcase some of the different IT hardware and software children use at our school. Well done to our children who were commended on their presentation, patience and knowledge during the sessions. Moving forward, the school hope to help members of the community in a number of ways to increase the number of adults who are IT confident.
Our Christmas performances
Today, we have been celebrating world book day. The children looked fantastic in their costumes – thank you for supporting the day. Voss and Yealm class were visited by author Emily Thuysbaert who shared her book, which had also been illustrated by her Mum. Emily invited the children to join in an exciting drawing competition, which is open to a number of schools, to create and draw their own book character. Most excitingly, Emily will include the winning character, which she will develop with the winning child, in her next book. Warren, Revelstoke and Cellars worked with illustrator Kev Sutherland who drew a picture of all of the children and talked about his experience of previously working for the Beano.
Seb and Iwan organised a number of activities and events for all of Drake house raising over £300. Well done to the team and all that supported Surfers against Sewage.
Drake house have gone all out in their attempt to be the house charity of the year. As well as a nautical and green mufti day, Mali and Zeb (house captains) organised a raffle, a guess the number of sweets in the jar and cake sale to raise £329.01 (so far) for the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.
We had a visit from the RNLI to explain to the whole school about the importance of staying safe by water - especially with the good weather we are due!
On the last day of term we visited Canada on one of our Virtual Visit Days. The children learnt all about the second biggest country in the world in the house groups and classes. A variety of work is displayed in the resources room in school.
Thank you to everyone who supported the children raise money for Sports Relief during the sponsored skip. The school raised a staggering £611!
It's been another busy term on Carswell Farm as every child in the school has had the opportunity to experience life on the farm. The children have taken part in a number of activities under the guidance of Mrs Sayers. The children have had a brilliant time and learnt so much.
Kidsmeet - We sent an excited group of children to the Kidsmeet at Westcliffe Primary School for a day of ICT intervention. Our children did a presentation to 105 other children across 15 other schools on ‘Unplugged’. This is a programming system which enables a computer to give instructions to a robot. Each school’s presentation was different. Some of their topics were ‘Scratch’, ‘Kodu’, ‘Coding’ and many other ICT related topics. After the presentations the children got to look at all of the other groups workshops and got to work on all of the other programmes that were being showcased. They got to experience working with Virtual Reality Goggles linked to different places/locations and interactive Aps. Thank you to Mrs Dixon and Mr Barnett for accompanying the children and transporting them on the minibus allowing them a great ICT experience, packed with fun and exciting things.
Marine Biology Trip- On Thursday, Mr Thomas and five children from Warren class spent the day at the marine biological Association in Plymouth as part of national science week. The day was split into a series of workshops aimed at explaining to children what a marine biologist does and which scientific skills he or she uses. Over the course of the morning, they looked at sustainable fishing techniques, investigated the historic marine research library, managed to locate a specific book using the library coding system and worked with children from other schools to classify a series of shells. In the afternoon there were workshops on the different types of fish the MBA works with (including some dead samples to handle), a tour of the fish pens and the opportunity to get close up to algae using some microscopes. The children were excellent ambassadors for the school and had a very interesting as well as fun scientific experience
On Tuesday 13th March, our children took part in skipping workshops throughout the day. They learnt new skills and about the benefits skipping can give you. They presented their skills in a whole school assembly. The children will be raising money for Sports Relief with a sponsored skip next Friday.
A little later than originally planned, due to the snow, Newton Ferrers celebrated World Book Day. Children dressed as their favourite book character, sent in pictures of them reading in obscure places, studied an author, read with children from other classes and took part in other reading activities throughout the day.
We welcomed David Hartley to Newton Ferrers to tell the children about the importance of the Devon Air Ambulance to our community. He shared a number of interesting facts and information about the wonderful service it offers.
Gilbert House raised over £137 for The British Heart Foundation with their mufti day and pop up shop. Well done to house captains - Joel and Sienna - for organising the day.
We made the news! Four of our year 5 children went to the Mid Devon Advertiser to see what it is like to be a journalist with other children from the First Federation. Have a look at the link to see what the children wrote for the paper: http://www.middevonadvertiser.co.uk/article.cfm?id=110810&headline=Schoolchildren%20join%20the%20team%20at%20the%20Mid-Devon%20Advertiser%20office§ionIs=news&searchyear=2018
Our children have started to use our new chromebooks in their learning. A huge thank you to our PTFA for funding them. We are aiming to have a class set by the end of Spring term!
Our children enjoyed going 'down under' as part of our virtual visit to Australia.
Newton Ferrers celebrated Christmas this week with a stunning Christmas Carol Service to cap a truely Christmassy week following Christmas performances, discos and a nativity.
Our Year 4 children were victorious in the First Federation inter-school spelling competition.
Our parents have enjoyed coming into school to taste the excellent meals on offer with their children.
Newton Ferrers children represented the school superbly at the Remembrance Service at St. Peters Church. Our Head girl and boy - Tamsin and Travis - read their individual readings clearly and calmly in front of the full church.
Cellars class celebrated Harvest at Holy Cross Church with a presentation about their experience at Carswell farm as well as singing a number of songs beautifully.
Mr Hilling has been training our year 5 and 6 leaders to play games with younger children at lunchtime.
Meet our Head Boy and Head Girl for this Autumn term
Meet the House Captains:
Key Stage 1 and 2
Fire Safety talks.
On Thursday 10th March, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 had a Fire Safety presentation.
The children all enjoyed the videos and disscussions. They have learnt some new information from the visitors.
Alice, Year 2 said, " You need to call 999 if there is an emergency. When the answer the call you need to tell them where you are, what your baddress is, what your postcode is and if there are any landmarks nearby".
William, Year 2 said, "When you roll on the floor you smother the flames. That's why you should STOP, DROP and ROLL".
Molly, Year 2 said, " Never play with matches. If you find some you should tell your Mum or Dad about them".
Jess, Year 1 said, "When you call 999, they ask you who you need".
Harry, Year 1 said, "You need to know which landmarks you are near".
Oliver, Year 1 said, "You need to tell the person on the phone where you are; you need to know the postcode".
Yasmin, EYFS said, "Smoke detectors smell the smoke, like a nose".