Newsletter 11th March 2022
Another busy week draws to the end. Thank you to those parents who attended the forum on Wednesday. It was very helpful to hear your views, and your continuing commitment to the school is heart-warming. We have taken your concerns on board and will endeavour to address issues at every level. I will send a separate letter with more information about the Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust next week. Dan Morrow (CEO) is looking forward to coming out to talk to parents about the vision and values of the Trust and how it could benefit Milton Abbot in the very near future. I assumed all stakeholders had received more information about our involvement in the managed partnership and the nature of the Trust. As I mentioned last week we operate an open door policy and always welcome your thoughts or ideas. If you have any concerns or worries don't hesitate to come in and see us. Everyone wants Milton Abbot Primary to thrive, to ensure the children can achieve at the highest level.
Leadership Team at Milton Abbot
We feel it is very important that parents understand the nature of the leadership team and can put a name to a face. Finding a full-time suitably experienced head to lead Milton Abbot and accelerate school improvement would have taken a considerable period of time to recruit. Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust felt placing very experienced leaders with a range of expertise would be an excellent option for the school. Mrs Underwood, Mrs Stevens and myself liaise via Teams at least twice a week to ensure there is consistency across the school. We have a shared action plan and are determined to ensure every child loves school and is engaged and challenged by their learning at all times.
Early next week we will be sending home a leaflet providing more information on our Milton Abbot team, complete with photos of the people you see regularly around school.
Debbie Buckingham: I have a part-time contract with the Trust and will be in school on a Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. As I mentioned before I have been long term head of several schools and have been seconded by the Local Authority several times to support schools for short periods of time.
Elizabeth is a very experienced Headteacher and an Executive Principle in the Trust. She will be working on a Tuesday
Suzie is the Principal of St James Church of England Primary and Nursery School and an Associate to the Primary Executive Board of the Trust. She is an Early Years Lead Teacher and will bring great expertise to our early years unit. She will be in school on a Friday
Debbie Buckingham Elizabeth Underwood Suzie Stevens.
This week in Tawny Owls we have begun our investigations within our Design and Technology lessons, we explored how wheels and axles work as well as how we could make them move without us pulling or pushing the mechanism along the floor. Some great discussions were had and the children all persevered very well.
In our RE lesson, we looked at the holy book within Islam and what it means to Muslims. The class made their own mini Qur'an fact books and could recall so many key facts.
Within our History lesson this week we learnt all about Hadrian's Wall; including how it was built, why it was built and who built it. Tawny Owls loved creating their own mini walls in their books - not made out of real bricks but real facts and new knowledge!
We also enjoyed speaking to Mr Hill, Maths Lead across Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust, who visited on Tuesday, about our amazing Maths lessons. He was blown away by the children's high level of understanding, oral skills when discussing their work as well as their presentation skills.
This week we have been carrying on with our learning about Hinduism. The children have focused their learning on what ‘Atman’ is within Hinduism as well as looking at sacred texts / stories which guide Hindus towards goodness. The children learnt the story ‘The Man in the Well’ by completing some roll play / acting and which is one of the Hindu stories centred around hope and being a good human. Great acting and fun for all.
Today was Eagle Owls first ‘Forest School’ session. They had a great time in our lovely school grounds and spent the time recapping forest school rules and safety as well as playing outdoor activities and discussing shelter / den construction techniques.
It's been another great week of learning in Barn Owls!
In maths this week we’ve been continuing our work with height and length. Year 2 had a wonderful time measuring the school in metres following their previous focus on centimetres. They are now moving on to comparing measurements and solving word problems. In Year 1 we’ve been focusing on measuring with non-standardised forms of measurement and discussing the most suitable way to accurately measure objects.
Year 6 Transition
Our year 6 pupils received notification of their secondary school places this week. I hope that you were all pleased with the allocations that you received. Please respond to your offer before Tuesday 15 March 2022. We will make sure there is an effective transition programme for our Year 6 pupils.
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