Newsletter: 5th June 2020

Great to be back!

It’s been absolutely lovely to hear children’s voices around the school again this week as some children have returned. The bubble groups are getting used to their new routines and everyone seems to have made the transitiion remarkably smoothly – well done everyone!

From Monday 15th June, we will be opening the Ashmansworthy Bubble in response to parental requests so far. Therefore, if your child is in Year 6 and you are thinking of returning them to school before the end of the term, that would be an ideal opportunity for you to do it. Please use the form below to inform us of your intention.

We’re very pleased that we have been able to preserve our Remote Learning package for all classes too, and as I wrote in the Update for Parents on Monday, we will continue to offer this for those who are still learning at home. Please remember, though, that if your child’s teacher is on duty here in school for the week, the amount of remote learning set and the amount of marking your child receives will change, either to activities set by other providers such as the DfE’s Oak Academy which is a virtual school created by the DfE specifically for this purpose or (more likely) to mirror what is going on here in school.

We will try to have as many school routines running as possible for children who are attending and for those at home – for example, teachers will be holding class assemblies or discussion times and I will have a whole school assembly once a week – usually on Friday mornings- which all children are welcome to access via the Google Meet link posted in their Google Classroom or by clicking on the “school assembly” link. We are also looking towards the end of term and finding ways of including our Year 6s in a Virtual Leavers’ Assembly which everyone in school (and parents, friends and relatives) will be able to join in with. I have already asked Year 6 to start thinking of how they might contribute towards that assembly so they are all included.

For families with children in Preschool, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6, please remember there is a new form for you to fill in if you are thinking of returning your child to school at some point before the end of the term. The Government’s position has not changed in this: these year groups are now “strongly encouraged” to return to school but it remains the case that school attendance at the present time is not compulsory. Please remember that we aren’t able to accept part-time attendees (other than at Preschool) because children who do return are coming back into a normal school environment, with daily teaching sequences which can’t be sustained on a part time basis. The form to let us know your child is returning can be found here:

If you are being asked to return to work and your employment forms part of the Keyworker List (also now called Critical Workers) , you can also send your child to school by filling out the form here:

Further Information for Parents

The Government has issued some detailed guidance for parents around the current educational circumstances. It is constantly updated and mirrors the advice and guidance being sent out to schools each day. The guidance can be found here. 

Sunflowers Bubble Lunches

We will once again be able to offer school meals to children in the Sunflowers Bubble (Nursery 1, 2 and Reception) from Monday. If you would like to book a meal, please use ScoPay (Tucasi). Reception children are entitles to free meals under the government scheme, but children who normally attend Preschool will be charged at £2.25 per meal.

Support and Information

Devon County Council have agreed a deal with the providers of the well-known Solihull Approach series of parenting courses and information seminars. This means that some really excellent courses and webinars are available free of charge to all members of the community aged 18+. You don’t have to be struggling with any aspect of parenting to access these courses, but if you are having difficulties, the material will certainly help. Details ar e in the two images below:

Bags to School

Please remember that despite the lockdown, FOWS are still collecting items of clothing, shoes and other fabric for the Bag2School scheme. If you have suitable items, please either hang on to them for us until school resumes or pass them on to a FOWS committee member if you can do so safely. We get paid by weight, so the heavier the fabric, the better for us!

Just as a reminder,

They accept the following ‘good quality’ items for RE-USE*:

  • Men’s, Ladies’ and Children’s clothing
  • Paired shoes (tied together or elastic band around)
  • Handbags
  • Hats
  • Bags
  • Scarves and ties
  • Jewellery
  • Lingerie
  • Socks
  • Belts
  • Soft toys
  • Household linen
  • Household curtains
  • Household towels
  • Household bedding (bed sheets, pillow cases and duvet covers)

* Bag2School reserve the right to refuse any unsuitable items

We DO NOT accept:

  • Duvets and blankets
  • Pillows and cushions
  • Carpets, rugs and mats (including bath, shower and toilet mats)
  • Soiled, painted, ripped or wet clothing
  • School uniforms with and without logo
  • Corporate clothing and workwear
  • Textile off cuts, yarns or threaded material

Amazon Smile

Speaking of Fundraising for FOWS, please remember to use instead of the regular Amazon site when you are shopping online and nominate Friends of Woolsery School as your beneficiary. Every time you ake a purchase Amazon donates a small percentage of the purchase price to FOWS. Although it might seem a tiny amount, it soon adds up, and costs you nothing. Amazon Smile is now available via the Amazon app as well.


This week, we’ve not had many photos of your remote learning sent in. Here is Ravi tending  the vegetable patch and with some produce all boxed up ready for his neighbours, and also of Chester boat building and launching for his science investigation…

Please remember to keep sending your pictures in – it’s a really important way of keeping each other in mind. Thank you.

Well done to everyone who had certificates presented in this morning’s assembly on Google Meet:

  • Cranford: Ollie R – his writing about things he wanted, with beautiful handwriting; Jacob – being so brave this week returning to school.
  • Burscott: Jack S – Good use of descriptive language whilst writing about Grandad’s Island; Rebecca – Amazing xylophone video using  bottles
  • Stoxworthy: Lola – An excellent piece of research and detailed writing about Clovelly, based on the book ‘A Walk in London’; Allan –  Fantastic research of facts about Barnstaple based on the book ‘A Walk in London’.
  • Alminstone: Finley – a great story map of the Spanish Armada; Josie – Great slideshow explaining the Spanish Armada
  • Ashmansworthy: Archie -For fully embracing his science investigation by building an irrigation system in his garden for his vegetable patch; Megan – For consistent good effort in her remote learning and always challenging herself with her maths


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