Newsletter: 26th March 2021

New Governor

We are delighted to say that Rebecca Vickerstaff has become the new Parent Governor on our Governing Board. Rebecca has a son at Sunflowers Preschool and was the only applicant for the post so an election wasn’t necessary. Just to remind you, our Governing Board is made up of the following people who give their time freely to ensure the effectiveness of the school:

Tracy Buckley Chair, Parent Governor
Ben Trevor Vice Chair, Co-Opted
Siobhan Brennan Parent Governor
Emma McGuire Parent Governor
Rebecca Vickerstaff Parent Governor
Sarah Broom Foundation Governor (ACCT)
Kathryn Bass Foundation Governor (ACCT)
Di Bennett Local Authority Governor
Sue Kersey Staff Governor
Matt Cole Ex-Officio

New Curriculum

In the hope that the worst of the Covid-related disruption is now behind us, we are forging ahead with the process of evaluating and updating our curriculum offer. This means that in line with new national guidance, our topics and themes for Key Stages 1 and 2 will be fixed on a two year rotation. Early Years will be unaffected. Whilst this means that we sadly have to bid farefell to some aspects of the “Wild Curriculum”, we will strongly retain many of its key features, such as first-hand learning, enquiry based topics and strong cross curricular links.

Next term, classes will be looking principally at the following topics:

Science Focus Humanities Focus Key Literacy Texts Maths Topics
Burscott Class Living Things and their Habitats

The United Kingdom

How did Clovelly become a tourist attraction?

Oi Frog


Here Comes Frankie

Multiplication & Division

Position & Direction

Place Value

Money, Time

Stroxworthy Class Plants: How do they grow and how do they live? Local Geography: Physical Geography

Wanted: The Perfect Pet

The Disgusting Sandwich

Here Come The Aliens

Length and Height

Position & Direction

Problem Solving

Time, Measures

Alminstone Class Living Things and their Properties Local Geography: Rivers and Streams

Little Evie & The Wild Wood

How To Invent

What Do You Do With A Tail Like This?


Time, Money



Ashmansworthy Class Living Things and their Properties Ancient Greece: How does it still influence our world?

A Walk In London




Position & Direction

Converting Units


Dress Down Thursday

Next Thursday is not only the last day of term, but also April Fools Day! That was just too good an opportunity for FOWS to miss…


FOWS have also put together a fun family quiz together to keep everyone entertained over the Easter Break. Please see the FOWS Facebook Page for more details:

ScoPay Update

In the next ScoPay update, you will only be able to book a meal for your child if you pay for it (unless you are registered on the system as receving free school meals or universal infant free school meals). Please bear in mind that once the update is applied, the kitchen won’t be informed of your meal booking if you’ve not paid for it. In emergencies, this can be overridden by Tina or Sue in the Office but we will not do this routinely.

Parkham Toy Bank

In memory of Becky Allmark, Alminstone Class have asked to organise a collection to raise funds for the Parkham Toy Bank which Becky founded. Due to current Covid restrictions, the Toy Bank is unable to take donations of actual toys at this time so Alminstone Class are asking for cash donations which we can then turn into Argos vouchers which will in turn be used to purchase toys.

If you would like to contribute, please send anything you’d like to give in a sealed envelope to the school office next week.

Thank you.

Lunch Menu

The current Lunch Menu will continue up until the May Half Term break, so please continue to order your child’s meals using the information already on the school website.

We talked about inspirational people such as Max in our assembly a few weeks ago. This weekend is his Big Camp Out to mark one year of sleeping in a tent – please support if you can!

April 23rd is St George’s Day, an important day in Scouting. 1st Woolsery Scout Group are inviting all members of Beavers, Cubs and Scouts to wear their full uniform to school on that day. This is the first Friday after we come back from the Easter holidays. Thank you for your support.

Well done to these children who have been awarded the final Headteacher’s Awards of the term:

Cranford Class: Maggi – An amazing sentence about her horse; Robyn – recognising quickly which number is more on two dice

Burscott Class: Cadey – Great Problem Solving with her measuring; Oliver – Working well as part of a team in Forest School

Stroxworthy Class: Robert and Aubri – for excellent poetry writing in English and fantastic teamwork and knot tying in Forest School

Alminstone Class: Elouise  – being really kind and caring to her classmates; Aaron – writing an amazing dragon story

Ashmansworthy Class: Bobby – trying hard and doing excellent work in English; Daisy – showing great effort when problem solving in maths

Happy Holidays!

Next Thursday, school breaks up for the 2 week Easter Holidays. Whatever you’re planning over Easter, we hope you have a great time and stay safe. There will be no Newsletter next week.

School reopens on Monday 19th April.

With best wishes

Matt Cole, Headteacher

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