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The Half Term Harvest

And so we break for half term!

Harvest Festival was super today with so much food – thank you for all of your support. I know that the Food Bank in Exmouth will be enormously grateful. My featured image is A little snap here of one who found it all a bit much at the end of a busy half term!

This week I’ve dropped into as many lessons as possible over the last couple of days and thought I would share with you some of my observations. Even just 10 minutes here and there means I can really get a good grasp of the learning happening across the school.

I’ve seen some amazing reflective practice in art in Year 4, some mindfulness ‘strong silence’ and focused breathing in year 3 with children really listening in to their bodies, some outstanding Google Docs collaborative work in History in Year 4 and the Learning Lines in Year 2 on the Victorians are incredible. Year 1 were studying the weather and did the most wonderful ‘weather reports’ for me: their groups each had a child designated as the leader and I loved seeing the leadership skills shown in such young children.

Some children have been to see me to be awarded into the Academic Book of Excellence. Independent writing from Lucy and Ben in Reception, really tricky Maths from Ted in Year 1 and then some astonishing Flood proof house designs from Nancy, Sophie, Isla and Luca in Year 8. The engineering and design were seriously impressive as were their thoughtful explanations. What a treat to be a Head on a day like today! We break for half term and I am sure you join me in thanking the wonderful teachers here at St Peter’s who make learning so engaging as well as the operations staff who keep things running. Enjoy the break with your families.

Charlotte Johnston, Head