Our Reception class have been learning and acting out the Nativity Story in their very own stable. The children have loved dressing up and getting into character. We would like to thank the Littleham PTFA for their kind donation towards the Nativity costumes. The Reception children love celebrating Christmas!
The children in our Lantern Club met on Saturday to take part in the town council’s Candlelight Walk along the seafront. Despite the strong winds and rain, it was lovely to see so many families turn up to take part and amazingly all of the lanterns survived!
The town council members also invited the children to decorate a Christmas tree in the strand gardens. The children made a variety of beautiful decorations and then some of them decorated the tree on Saturday. Well done everyone!
Inspection of Devon County Council local area’s effectiveness in identifying and meeting the needs of, and improving outcomes for, children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities from Monday 10 December to Friday 14 December 2018.
Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) will carry out jointly an inspection of your local area. Under the Children and Families Act 2014, the government placed new duties on the local health, social and education services that provide for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities. The inspection will evaluate how effectively the local area:
- identifies the needs of children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities
- meets the needs of these children and young people so that their outcomes and chances of participating fully in society improve. The views of children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities, and the views of their parents and carers will be gathered during visits to a number of early years settings, schools, colleges and specialist services. These views are critical to the inspection process. During the inspection, Ofsted and CQC inspectors will be keen to speak to as many children and young people and their parents and carers as possible.
How can local children, young people, parents and carers contribute their views during this local area inspection?
- The inspection will include an online recorded webinar to allow Devon County Council parents and carers of children with special educational needs and/or disabilities to contribute. The webinar will take place from 12 noon on 3 December until 4pm on 11 December 2018. Parents and carers who would like to take part in this webinar can follow this internet link to register: http://bit.ly/LASENDDevonCountyCouncil.
- Parents and carers can contact their local Parent Carer Forum, Devon Parent/Carers Voice, to request details of how they can attend the discussions held between parents and carers and the Ofsted/CQC inspection team.
- Parents and carers can email their contributions to Lasend.email@example.com.
- Details about the local area SEND inspection will be available on your local authority’s website and distributed through the local area¡¦s Clinical Commissioning Group/s (CCGs). Information about how children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities can share their views about the local area effectiveness should be included in the local offer: www.devon.gov.uk/send
During this inspection, the inspectors will collect information about children and young people in the area. They will be looking at local area records, speaking to area officers and leaders at educational settings, and speaking to children, young people and parents or carers. No names will be recorded, but some of the information collected may be capable of identifying a particular child, young person or adult.
Ofsted and CQC will use this information to prepare their report, and for the purposes set out in their privacy notices. No information will be published that identifies any individual in the inspection report.
More information is available in the Ofsted and CQC privacy notices which can be found here:
Data Protection Officer is the Director, Digital and Information who may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. CQC Data Protection Officer is the Head of Governance and Legal Services who may be contacted at email@example.com
While we understand that many parents and carers may have views on their experience that extend before the introduction of the reforms in September 2014, it is important that this date is used as the start for gathering evidence about the impact of the reforms. We would also like parents and carers to understand that we will not be able to follow up or comment upon individual cases. The inspection team will consider all communication from parents as part of the evidence when evaluating the effectiveness of the local area.
Information on local area duties toward children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities can be found on the Department for Education website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/send-guide-for-parents-andcarers.
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The NSPCC’s Speak out, Stay safe Programme is visiting our school next week to make sure our pupils have the knowledge and understanding they need to stay safe from abuse.
We’re pleased to tell you that we will be working with the NSPCC, the UK’s leading children’s charity, who’ll be delivering their Speak out Stay safe programme. This is a nationwide programme for every primary-school-aged child in the UK and Channel Islands. With the help of their friendly mascot Buddy, they’ll be presenting an assembly to the children in our school as well as a workshop for Years 5/P6 and 6/P7.
What is the Speak out Stay safe programme?
Through child-friendly, interactive assemblies and workshops their specially trained staff and volunteers will give our children information about how to keep themselves safe from harm and how to get help if they have any worries, sensitively discussing issues like bullying and sexual abuse, without using scary words or adult language.
We have studied the content of the materials and heard from other schools who have participated and are extremely confident that they are appropriate for primary-school-aged children. By the end of their visit, we’re convinced children will feel empowered – knowing how they can speak out and stay safe.
If you would like any more information about the NSPCC Speak out Stay safe programme, including frequently asked questions, you can find it on the NSPCC website nspcc.org.uk/schools or please come into speak to us in school and we can provide more information.
Talking about the Underwear Rule with your children
The NSPCC’s work in schools will help encourage conversations about staying safe – and they have a number of child-friendly materials to help you carry on the conversation afterwards. That includes ‘The Underwear Rule’, a simple way for parents to help keep children safe from sexual abuse – without using scary words or even mentioning sex.
The guide uses the rules of PANTS to teach children that their body belongs to them and them alone. You can find out more and download the free resources at nspcc.org.uk/pants
If you’d like to know more about the NSPCC’s work, or take a look at the wide range of information and advice which is available for parents and carers, please visit their website nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/
Last week the school focused on Anti-Bullying Week – Choose Respect and reviewed our commitment to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all of our pupils so they can learn in a relaxed and secure atmosphere.
Bullying of any kind is unacceptable at our school. If bullying does occur, all pupils should be able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively.
We are a TELLING school. This means that anyone who knows that bullying is happening is expected to tell the staff.
At our school EVERYONE has an important part to play in discouraging and preventing bullying from happening. Whenever the opportunity arises it must be made clear that we will not tolerate bullying. Children must be encouraged to tell adults, be given strategies for self-help and staff must always be observant
During the week we talked about the variety of methods for helping children to prevent bullying, as well as what is bullying?
We believe that bullying behaviours are Several Times On Purpose and therefore need to STOP. Bullying is the use of aggression with the intention of hurting another person.
Bullying can be:
Emotional – being unfriendly, excluding, tormenting (e.g. hiding books, threatening gestures)
Physical – pushing, kicking, hitting, punching or any use of violence
Racial – racial taunts, graffiti, gestures
Homophobic – because or focusing on the issue of sexuality
Verbal – indirect or direct name-calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, teasing
Cyber – All areas of internet, such as email & internet chat room, the misuse of mobile threats by text messaging & calls etc
During the week some children made some posters too.
As part of our value of Compassion this half term, the school took part in Children in Need, contributing to the money raised across the country, making a difference through raising money for a good cause. Well done everyone!
Year three had a fantastic morning fossil hunting on Budleigh beach . They were inspired by the story of Mary Anning and couldn’t wait to find their own ‘curiosities.’ We then had a go at making our own fossils back at school.
The Reception children are learning to retell different stories to help them to develop their story language and understand how stories are structured. The children loved going on their very own bear hunt up on our school field. They went through the long squishy grass, the deep cold river and the thick oozy mud to discover a big brown bear living in a cave…
Please see below a list of important dates to note for December.
Tuesday 4th December – PTFA/Church Christmas fair at the leisure centre.
This is a fantastic event and good opportunity to purchase gifts and works of art and craft made by the children. We will also have a super teddy tom-bola amongst many other stalls. If you would like to donate any soft toys or teddies please hand to Mr Thomas in year 6 no later than Wednesday 28th November. Any donations of new/nearly new pre loved toys to be sold as gifts would be greatly appreciated please hand them in to reception by 28th November. If anybody is able to help please email Kelly PTFA@littleham.devon.sch.uk.
Thursday 13Th December – Reception, year 1 and 2 Christmas production at 2pm and return to school at 4.30pm for 5pm performance.
Monday 17th December – Year 1 and 2 Northcott theatre trip.
Tuesday 18th December – Children’s Christmas lunch. Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 carols by candle light at church 6-7pm.
Thursday 20th December – Star pickers assembly at 9.15am – all welcome. PTFA Family Christmas Bingo.
Friday 21st December – Service in Church at 9.15am – all welcome.
Our newly appointed school council members are feeling very proud as they make a start in their new roles. With so much official business to take care of, we were lucky to catch them for a photo! They have been busy helping to organise the WW1 day, followed by Children in Need day and next Christmas!