Doodle Bugs display art work

Earlier in the year Doodle Bugs Art Club were asked to enter an art competition. The winning art work was displayed in the waiting room of Wooda Medical Centre, Bideford. Ten members of Doodle Bugs Art Club visited the centre and celebrated their achievements with Wooda medical staff. Afterwards the children celebrated with tea and cake in the Royal Hotel. Staff in both the medical centre and the hotel commented on how mature and well behaved the children were.

Little Tiddlers train trip

Little Tiddlers have been fundraising all year so we could go on an exciting train ride from Barnstaple to Exeter. On Wednesday 28th June the big day arrived, we got the coach to Barnstaple Station and waited on the platform for our train. The train journey was very exciting and very busy with lots of people. When we got to Exeter we met the train guard and had a big walk around the station. We even got to watch the big trains come in. We had lunch in the park and had lots of fun on the swings and see saws. On the way home we gave the train guard our tickets and then looked out the windows and counted the sheep in the fields.

Edukid Fundraiser

Children in Year 5 and 6 collected 1ps, 2ps and 5ps to make an outline of Cambodia. The children raised over £75 that will help Edukid to provide education for children living in poverty in Cambodia.

London Residential

The Year 6s had an amazing time in London exploring all the sights and museums. On the first day, we visited Buckingham Palace, which we travelled to by tube from the youth hostel. The children loved seeing the palace and trying to spot the royal family! On day 2, we visited the natural history museum, where we learnt about everything from dinosaurs to how our planet was created. We then went to the science museum where we got to try out lots of different experiments and learnt about forces, how light travels, how static is created and much more. After a busy day at the museums we went to see Wicked at the theatre; this was an amazing show and we were still singing all the songs the next day. On our last day in London, we went around the London eye where we could see all the famous landmarks in London. It was a brilliant trip !

Lifeguards from the RNLI

We were visited by lifeguards from the RNLI who delivered an assembly all about beach safety. Within the assembly, we learnt about what a lifeguard’s job involves and the different ways they help to save people (including the different equipment they use to carry out rescues). We also learnt about the dangers on beaches and especially the dangers on our local beaches – such as Westward Ho! and Woolacombe. An important explanation that the lifeguards gave us was about the different flags displayed on beaches and what each one means. Alongside this, we found out what we should do if we ever get into difficulty in the sea, as well as what we should do if we see others in trouble.

Devon Cycling Championships

Congratulations to the team who travelled to Haldon Forest on Thursday to compete in the Devon Schools Cycling Championships. All of their hard work and determination really paid off and they were again crowned champions. The children also displayed wonderful sportsmanship throughout the day, not only cheering on their own team mates, but other school teams too.

Rosemoor trip

Years 3 and 4 spent the day at Rosemoor Gardens as part of our Changing Communities topic. We learnt about how to weave and use natural dyes, as they do in Cambodia. Our favourite activity was when we acted as a human loom to weave a matt and this took all our excellent teamwork and communication skills to complete. We were amazed by the colours we could produce with everyday things, like onion skins.

Chatting Children- Speech and Language Workshop

On Tuesday 28th February and Wednesday 1st March the Early Years team ran a Chatting Children workshop for parents and children from Tiddlers, Nursery and Reception. The workshop provided parents with activities to carry out in the home that help develop speaking, listening and understanding skills. Parents went away with a home learning pack that provided them with the activities and top tips for speaking and listening. Feedback from the parents was positive saying the biggest benefit was “being given ideas of games to play and chatting to other parents” and “learning different techniques and games to encourage interaction”.

Bigger School Walk

This week, staff and pupils took on their BIGGEST challenge yet... The BIGGER School Walk. Leaving the school playground at approximately 9:15 am on Wednesday 8th February, the whole school took a walk around the local area, cheered on my some fantastic spectators! Whilst the Foundation Stage Unit and Key Stage 1 stuck to a familiar route around Broadlands, Key Stage 2 ventured on to BIGGER things, taking an extended walk up around the top of East-the-Water. Pupils were delighted to receive refreshments after their walk, which were kindly donated by Tesco East-the-Water. To top off this fantastic morning, children were able to proudly wear their golden stickers, to show everyone how hard they had worked. Well done everyone!

Safer Internet Day

Pupils in KS2 were treated to a very special event to mark Safer Internet Day 2017. They began the afternoon exploring some of the issues in their classrooms. This focused on how to become responsible digital citizens and how to practice this at home and in school. Following this they attended a performance by singer/songwriter and YouTuber, Rich Cottel. Rich was inspiring, engaging and entertaining. He drew them in by performing some hits and even had some children up singing. He was then able to give the children an important message on cyber bullying and how to make sure you don’t find yourself a victim when online. They learnt the 10 second rule, to pause for 10 seconds before you post or share anything online and to ask yourself "would I want the whole world to see this?". This message really got through to the children, who came away with a greater awareness of online behaviour from someone who has embraced social media responsibly. They were all desperate for an autograph after as well!

Viking warrior visit

Last week as part of our Viking topic, Years 3 and 4 were treated to a fantastic day with storyteller, Clive Pig. First, we were visited by a Viking warrior called Bjorni, who told us tales of Thor and Loki the Viking gods and how they journeyed to the land of the Frost Giants and competed against them. After this, Clive delivered three workshops, one with each class, in which we developed our storytelling skills through learning about how to control our voices and change characters to engage our audiences.

Panto 2017

Every year we dress up and are ready to join the fun of our school pantomime. This year M&M Productions treated us to an amazing production of Cinderella. We laughed, we sang, we boo-ed and we giggled a lot. Every adult and child dressed up as a fairy tale character and looked fantastic. Next year's pantomime will be Beauty and the Beast - can't wait!

Music Mark

East-the-Water Primary School has achieved the Music Mark for the development of our music curriculum and commitment to developing children as young musicians. To achieve this, we provided evidence of curriculum development, professional development of staff and the opportunities we provide for children in school. This year so far we have awarded scholarships for children for flute and ukulele and offer three music clubs: Recorder Club, Ukulele Club and KS2 Choir. We have also organised a successful trip to watch the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for Year 3/4 and run weekly singing assemblies.

Speech and Language Workshop

Mrs Smith and Ms Servaes ran a workshop for parents and their children in Year 1 and Year 2 in Autumn 2016. The workshop provided parents with ideas that would develop children’s speaking, listening and understanding skills. Parents were also given leaflets of activities to play at home. The children were invited into the workshop to play a variety of games with their parents. Games were set up to encourage language skills. Feedback from the parents was positive from ‘more of this surely is welcome’ to ‘I have learnt some new interesting things.’

Reception Post Office trip

On Wednesday 14th December, the reception children went on a trip to the local post office. We discussed road safety, and the children came up with their own ideas of how to stay safe when walking by the road, including holding their partners hand, and stopping by the crossing. They took it in turns to post their cards. They really enjoyed walking to the post office and posting home the wonderful Christmas cards they made.

Jumping Jacks Parent Workshop

From 16th November 2016 – 7th December 2016 Jumping Jacks met with Miss Couch on a Wednesday morning to take part in a parent and child physically active workshop. The Jumping Jacks programme provided an exciting opportunity for parents and children to engage in fun physical activities using a range of interactive resources. On Wednesday 7th December, Jumping Jacks had great fun learning about road safety and practicing what they have learned whilst out walking to the park. After that we enjoyed going on a scavenger hunt. Everybody loved finding the items on the list and talking about them with their parents and friends.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Trip

Years 3 and 4 had a wonderful trip to watch the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in concert last Thursday. We had been practising two of the orchestra's pieces, Four Elements and War and Peace, and it was an incredible opportunity for us to watch a live performance as well as join in! We loved listening to the orchestra, trying our hand a body percussion and performing in a round.

School Council - London Trip

The School Council from East -the-Water Primary School Bideford recently travelled all the way to London to deepen their learning about British Values, in particular that of democracy in Britain. After a tour of the Houses of Parliament, which included the House of Commons, the House of Lords and the historic Westminster Hall, the School Council joined Shawford Primary School's School Council for a workshop. In the 360 degree immersive chamber, the children worked together to learn about the people that work in Parliament by putting themselves into the shoes of the Monarch, Members of Parliament or Peers from the of House of Lords. Both School Councils worked well together and were a credit to their schools as they answered questions about and reflected upon the business of Parliament, including role playing traditions which have been carried out over hundreds of years. This was an exciting opportunity for the members of the School Council, some who have never traveled to a big city like London and we are very proud of them, they represented our school very well.

The BIG School Walk

On Wednesday 19th October, East-the-Water Community Primary School hosted their first ever BIG School Walk. All 448 children and staff members from the school walked the 0.6 mile route around their local area, cheered on by almost 100 family and friends. It is hoped that the event will highlight the importance of a healthy lifestyle to the children and boost the school’s “Walking Wednesdays” campaign. The school would like to extend a special thank you to the following parent of two Sean Gowans, who organised a donation of over 400 pieces of fruit and bottles water from Tesco East- the-Water, as well as four INStgr8T volunteers. We are so pleased to have such close links with the supermarket, who also support our walking to school campaign. A final thank you goes to all the friends and family, who came out to cheer on the children of our school. You made them feel really special and they are all very proud of their achievement.

Steve Cole visit

On Wednesday 12th October, as part of Appledore Book Festival, years 5 and 6 were lucky enough to have the author, Steve Cole, visit their classes. Entertaining children and adults alike, he gave a lively reading from his latest book and treated pupils to a few, unique songs, which he played on his ukulele. He kept everybody laughing from start to finish and now children can’t wait to start exploring more of his stories!

Coffee morning for MacMillan Cancer Support

Last Thursday we held a coffee morning for MacMillan Cancer Support. Generous, kind staff, parents, carers and grandparents donated delicious cakes for our lovely volunteers to sell along with a cup or coffee or tea. We would like to thank everyone who supported this event by donating cakes, staffroom games, coming to the coffee morning and all the children who bought cakes at our cake sale on the Friday. Together we managed to raise £226.96 Well done and a big thank you to all who have helped support this very worthwhile cause.

Story Birds parent workshop

On Tuesday mornings Story Birds meet Miss Lovell to take part in a parent and child reading workshop. The Story Birds programme provides an exciting opportunity for parent and child to share stories together using a range of interactive resources. On Tuesday 27th September, Story Birds had great fun retelling the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears using actions and puppets. After this, we enjoyed going on a ‘bear hunt’. Everybody loved following the clues around the school to help Goldilocks find her missing bears.

Parliament’s Education Services

The School Council had a visit from Roz Birch, an outreach worker from Parliament’s Education Services. They learned all about how Britain’s democracy system works by competing against each other in parties to make decisions for the school by leading their own manifesto campaigns. Though this was role play, the children were able to fully understand the process of a General Election in great depth. Roz then led an assembly to years 2-6 to explain how new laws are made in Britain. Children learned all about the roles of the House of Commons, the House of Lords and even the Queen.

New defibrillator

New defibrillator is installed in our main entrance Our school has purchased a new defibrillator. It is located in the entrance area to the school office. The defibrillator is available for the staff and public to use in any emergency, in the school or the wider community of East-the-Water.

Bookworms' weekly book group

Bookworms, our official book club visited Bideford Library on the 15th September to collect our first set of books. This half term we will be reading The Firework Maker's Daughter by Phillip Pullman. We will meet together each Thursday afternoon to read and discuss our novel.

Bideford Town Hall

On Tuesday 28th June, East-the-Water School Council members visited Bideford Town Hall. Presented by the town's Beadle, Val Morrish, children experienced a tour of the council's chambers and even had the opportunity to question the Mayor, David Howell; one of the town's councillors, Jamie McKenzie and the Town Clerk, Heather Blackburn. All the children agreed it was an insightful and interesting afternoon and are looking forward to taking the helpful advice on board in their future School Council meetings.

Year 6 London Residential

On Sunday 15th May the year 6 pupils set off on their trip to London. The children and staff had a wonderful time with experiences they will never forget, including: a trip on the London Underground; visiting Buckingham Palace; spotting Prince Harry as we drove through London; exploring The Natural History Museum and Science Museum; watching a performance of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and a cycle round The London Eye.

Mrs Recycle

On Monday 9th May Year one had a visit from Mrs Recycle. The children had great fun learning about how food waste can be recycled to produce compost. They made their own mini compost bins and talked about what they might put in to recycle. They even made a little litter bug out of a pine cone to help them!

Devon Cycling Champions!

On Wednesday 23rd March 2016, 19 children (Year 4 - 6) from East-the-Water competed at the Devon Cycling Finals. They had already fought off stiff competition from the North Devon area to qualify for the county wide event, which saw over 130 riders compete.  The cyclists training, with Mr Buckeridge and Mr Davies, most certainly paid off as they were crowned champions of Devon! All children…

Easter Gardens

On Monday 21st March all the children in year 1 made their way down to St Mary's Church in Bideford to take part in an Easter Garden Service. Each class made their own Easter gardens and talked about how they represented different parts of the Easter story. Children learnt about Christian beliefs during this celebration and got to listen to the Easter story told by the open the book team.…

North Devon Gymnastics Competition

32 children from year 1 to year 6 (who had been training hard with Mrs Moore, Miss Couch and Miss Taylor) attended the event and all performed brilliantly.

The results were:

  • Under 7 girls - 5th
  • Under 7 mixed - 4th
  • Under 9 girls - 5th
  • Under 9 mixed A - 3rd
  • Under 9 mixed B - 9th
  • Under 11 boys - 2nd
  • Under 11 mixed -…

Amazing visitor

Today we had an amazing visitor, Hughie came into school to see us. Hughie is Maddison's extraordinary pet iguana. He is a rescue iguana and is already 4 1/2 years old. Maddison and her Mum are making sure that Hughie has a safe new environment to explore. Hughie's favourite food are strawberries. We learned that iguanas are very friendly and gentle pets to keep.

Speedwell Wood

Year one ventured down to Speedwell Wood yesterday with wellie boots at the ready. The children had lots of time to explore the woodland area, looking for wild animals and searching for natural materials. They had great fun building a house for Mr Hedgehog from leaves and sticks and showed some fantastic team work skills! A huge thank you to Andy for letting us come along.

Garden Rosemoor trip

Year 3 and 4 spent the day at RHS Garden Rosemoor as part of their Treasure topic. Half of the day was spent exploring the gardens, gathering interesting artefacts and completing a scavenger hunt. For the remainder of the day, children worked with the Rosemoor staff to create a watercolour painting of the Rosemoor “Green ship”. Their artwork was inspired by “The Voyage of the Green Ship” by Quentin…

Smoothie stall fundraiser for Edukid

On Wednesday we ran our first smoothie stall in aid of the Edukid charity and it was a huge success! Children queued up at breaktime to try a delicious mango and pineapple smoothie for 30p. The flavour was a big hit and we sold just under 100 smoothies, raising £25 for Edukid. A big thank you to everyone involved. After such a successful start we are already thinking about a new flavour for…

Maths Cafe

Today we held our second Maths Cafe for year 1 and 2 parents. The focus of today's session was multiplicative reasoning, where we looked at how multiplication, division, fractions and time are taught.

Parents enjoyed exploring resources used to support development of early mathematical understandings and had an opportunity to ask our maths leadership team any questions they had regarding…

Coffee Morning

We hope to offer another coffee morning very soon. feedback shows that you found the information from so many professional a good support.

Staying Safe Online

Look out for our new hand outs about staying safe online. These will go out each half term to support parents in protecting children from key risks on the internet.

The Cabin

Great news-we have decided to run our own breakfast and after school club starting on 1st February in the lunchtime club room. Clubs will run daily. Please contact Ryan Ashton, our Play Coordinator, for more information or email cabin@etwschool.com

Congratulations Isobel

We are delighted that one of our year 4 pupils has been selected to represent North Devon at the International Gymnastics Festival held in Italy in July. Congratulations Isobel!

Building update

We continue to prompt the contractors about finishing the new entrance. We hope to be able to use it very soon.

Happy 2016!

Best wishes to all our families. The staff wishes everyone a happy and peaceful 2016.

New Pedestrian Entrance

New entrance the beginning and end of the school day easier for parents. Thank you for flagging up your concerns about the new gate. This was not the gate intended and we await the arrival of a safer one before using our new entrance.

Maths Cafe

Thirty parents attended our first Maths Cafe and gave us such fantastic feedback that we will definitely hold our second cafe very soon.

Story Birds parent workshop

Well done to the 12 parents who attended this weekly parent workshop on story telling. Over the last 6 weeks. Watch out for Talking Tiddlers and Little Counters workshops over the next term.

New Car Park

The diggers have arrived and the drains are going in! 24 additional spaces are being developed for staff use. This should ease the traffic on Mines Road.

Enormous thanks!

Thanks once again to East-the-Water vets for teaching KS1 how give Henry’s dog a health check.

I believe In Unicorns

Year 5 and  6 thoroughly enjoyed listening to Michael Morpurgo’s best selling story being told at the Plough Theatre. Everyone was impressed by the special effects.

Plough commented  “We loved having the children, they were so engaged with the storyteller and very well behaved. Thanks for coming.”

What the community think of us

What the community think of us;

It was fantastic to have a tour of the whole school. It was really helpful to hear how teaching assistants support intervention, after school clubs and the playground.

 

Can I say a big thank you for your support over the last few weeks. It has been enjoyable and exhilarating, like a rollercoaster ride!…

Tom's Midnight Garden

KS1 and KS2 children were thrilled watching a fantastic production of Tom's Midnight Garden here in our school. Thank you Mrs Searle for signig the whole performance. 

Croyde Trip

Year 5 have arrived safely and are happy but exhausted after swimming all afternoon. They will sleep well tonight!

Decorating and refurbishing

Our Caretaker Rob has been busy decorating and refurbishing our reception area. A very warm welcome to East-the-Water Primary!

Level 3 Inclusion Award

The school has received Level 3 Inclusion Award from Devon county Council. This is very rare for a primary school to achieve this level. We celebrated with a special award assembly and cream teas.

Car Park

We are still waiting on permission to develop our new car park. When finished, this will provide parking for 28 cars from Mines Road ensuring risks is much reduced. We will keep you updated.

London Trip

Year 6 have returned safely. What fantastic trip to London. The children were very excited about watching Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal.

Beautiful Garden

Wow! The Early Years outside area has been transformed to a beautiful garden. Thank you to all the staff who worked hard to develop this project.

Music Scholarships

Look out for our music scholarships. We are offering to pay for flute tuition and instrument hire for 6 pupils over the next year. This will be selected on a first come basis. Good luck!

Big Thank You

Big thanks to all our hardworking TAs who have spent this week cooking breakfast for 41 children. The breakfast has been a great success with year 6 children.

New classrooms are now finished

Year 5 and 6 are on the move - our four new classrooms are now finished. Wow what amazing space and don’t they look smart. Year 5 and 6 are delighted.

Natural Play Project

Mr Reeve has launched his Natural Play Project for early years children and parents to explore being outside.

Little Tiddlers

Little Tiddlers is up and running once again in a new spacious and bright purpose built nursery classroom. Come and see!

 

Remodelling

Foundations are in!

School building works

Classrooms are coming...

Building update

The sacrifice will be worth it...