A huge thank you to the community of Exminster Community Primary School. You have raised an amazing £386.45 today from the non-uniform day. You have also raised over £120 from bob-a-job so far. To this, we can add the £146 that Mrs Whalley raised from having her cake sale at home in the holidays. Our total so far is £652.45 and still people are raising more. Every single penny of this money will be spent on buying books and resources to fill our suitcases and leave at Nayamba school. Thank you!
Last Friday the school choir were invited to sing at the Memory cafe which takes place every third Friday of the month. The choir sang a medley of songs with the folk songs being particularly popular. After singing the children went and spoke to those who visited the cafe. The children shared their experiences of being in the choir and their learning at Exminster. We will be sharing more experiences with the memory cafe and also the Westbank over the coming months.
The results are in for the Tremendous Tessellation Competition, they were judged by a group of Year 6 children. We have to thank everyone who entered their design to the competition. The winners from KS2 are:
And from KS1:
Calling all budding song writers age 8-12, this is your opportunity to show off your talents and enter a national song writing competition. Details of this exciting competition are below.
Week one of our Lent challenge, where all classes are noticing random acts of kindness in one another, sees 2B as the kindest class this week. Lent has delivered his new challenges for the coming week. Keep up the good work everyone.
On Thursday afternoon, the school had a super science assembly from Astro Alice!
Astro Alice introduced the children to a range of exciting experiments that could happen within our science club this Summer Term. The children all took part in the assembly, helping to investigate how friction works all around us.
Even Mr Slingsby took part in the assembly. He had the chance to experiment with the homemade hovercraft!
On Friday, a letter was sent home with children from Year 1 to Year 6. If you did not receive a letter, please see the office for spares.
We look forward to hearing from you soon!
This week is our Maths Problem Solving Week. Throughout the week the children will be taking part in many challenges and problem solving activities in maths. We will keep you updated on some of the exciting maths throughout the week.
As part of the week, Mr Moore has set the whole school two challenges to complete at home.
Challenge 1: Tremendous Tessellations
The first competition is to design, draw and colour your own tessellation/repeated pattern, like the ones below. Hand them to your teacher or straight to Mr Moore. The best patterns in the Foundation Stage, Key Stage One and Key Stage Two will be displayed in school and put on the school website for the world to see!
Challenge 2: Times Rhymes
One example (to show you what to do) is below, but there are no strict rules. Be creative and catch the eye of the judges with something fresh and different (you could even get a parent to film you singing your song or reading your poem and send in the video or audio file, it doesn't have to be written down).
Foundation Stage: a rhyme to help you count in 1s or 2s would be perfect.
Year 6: how about impressing us with your 17x table, or your 3.1x table?!
Mrs Troy the lollipop lady sadly leaves today. She has been the school's lollipop lady for 10 years and 3 months. She will be greatly missed as she guides adults and children to the front gate with a smile on her face. Mrs Whalley held a special assembly for Mrs Troy. She had to complete some road challenges. At the end of the assembly the children sang a special song by the Spice Girls to Mrs Troy before she went to do her lollipop lady job for the last time. By Faye and Lizzie
On Friday, Exminster School Choir made the epic trip to the Genting Arena, in Birmingham, for the Young Voices concert 2017. They joined 6500 other children from across the country in an amazing concert including the Urban Striders dance group and the Beat Box Crew. It was an incredible experience and the children are still buzzing.
Have a look at some of them in action below!
This term we will be inviting parents/grandparents/carers to our games assemblies. 1MS kicked off the games assemblies; the children's special adults joined them in playing a competitive maths game. Then table groups worked together as a team on a phonics game. The adults had a chance to engage in the type of learning activities children undertake in school and everyone was able to reflect on which of our school's Rainbow Values we used.
Esme said: 'We used our potential building the words.'
Lily: 'Enjoyment because I liked making the words.'
Oliver. D: 'Inclusion, including other people to play if they really want to play.'
Bethany: 'Community, working as a team.'
Jenson's comment shows everyone was motivated, he said: 'Perseverance because we had to keep working.'
Thank you to everyone for supporting this session. Mrs Miller, Mrs Stapleton and the children really enjoyed it.☺
Today the teachers at Exminster Community Primary School performed a pantomime for the children. It was very funny and all the children thoroughly enjoyed it. Mr Mammola and Mr Slingsby were the two ugly sisters, Miss Bevan was Cinderella and Mrs Whalley was the step mother. Also Mrs Martin and Mrs Norris were the fabulous narrators of the show. All of the children were laughing and having a lot of fun. Merry Christmas to one and all.
The government have released the league tables to show school performance. Please click on the link to see the results.
Today some trainee teachers came in to our school to learn about what we do in Exminster Community Primary School. We met with them and they asked us how we became Digital Leaders and what Digital Leaders do to help the school. We(Ioan,Lizzie,Dylan and Ollie) said: "Change the paper in the printers, install computer software, print for teachers ,Sphero-a type of proggrammable robot, coding and of course blogging. They were impressed with all that we do and they want to borrow us in the future!
Lizzie and Sophie
Our Harvest celebration this year was all about Harvest around the World. Each year group chose a continent and then from there, a country.
We shared our learning in an assembly led by Rev John Williams. The children had clearly had a great time learning new facts, tasting different foods and even making a Scratch project.
Thank you to all of you who donated food for St. Petrock's Homeless charity - it was delivered on Friday morning and received with much appreciation.
Some of our Year 6 girls have been inspired by our Big Coffee morning for Macmillan. Last Friday after school Scarlett May, Scarlett, Ellie, Primrose, Maddie, Emily and Amelia had a table top sale. They sold loom band bracelets, soft toys and more. The girls raised an extra £10. Well done to all of you.
We are pleased to reveal the grand total from our Macmillan big coffee morning. As a school community we raised an incredible £437.30. Thank you so much again for all your amazing support. We had so many donations of cakes we simply couldn't sell them all so the remaining cakes were taken to the Manor residential care home in the village for the residents to enjoy.
Thank you so much to everyone who came to our big coffee morning in aid of Macmillan. We were overwhelmed with people's generosity and had so many cakes for our coffee morning and lots more for our cake stall after school. A big thank you must go to some of our year 6 girls who came into school early to help us set up. Look on our community board next week to see how much we raised.
Key Stage Two children have been given some excellent advice on how to keep safe online today through a fantastic play 'Into The Net'. Theatre company 'Alterego Creative Solutions' came to school and kept the children well entertained while giving them important messages about e-safety. The children should now be able to give you the answers to the following questions:
Is it true or false that bullying people online isn't as bad as in the real world?
What should children do if they are being bullied?
Why is it important to keep your personal information safe online?
What should you do if you get that uh-oh feeling online?
Why is it important to ask permission to do things and tell a grown up what sites you are visiting?
Why is it important to be careful when chatting to someone you've only ever met online?
What should you do if you have any concerns or questions?
Year One were surprised with the arrival of Exeter Exotics today who came to introduce them to a range of animals and talk about their habitat, diet and characteristics. The children loved meeting Razor the bearded dragon, a corn snake, Beebee the skunk, Delilah the tarantula and a baby racoon. The exciting visit launched the beginning of their topic on Deadly 60.
Key Stage Two children at Exminster Community Primary School are currently taking part in a battle across the schools in the South or England, to become 'Boss of the South'.
Children who score 150 points or more will receive a Mangahigh medal. If an individual child finishes in the top ten of all children competing across the south they will receive a £10 Love2shop voucher.
Schools are also competing directly, with the winning school being presented with a £250 Amazon voucher and those finishing 2nd-10th will receive a £100 Amazon voucher.
The children have been working hard already and, with 3 days to go, Exminster sit in 7th place. Keep up the great work!