Year 6

During this week, 9th October, all of the year 6 pupils have been doing Bikeability with three professionals: Carly Jez and Sarah. We have learnt many useful skills for safety and riding on the road.

We started our course on the playground, not knowing that much, and by the end of the week we were doing circuits around South Tawton on our bikes. It's been great fun! By Alice and Lani, year 6.

On the 26th of April, year 6 had a visit from a Dartmoor ranger called Orlando. He talked to us about the John Muir award which we will be working towards this term. At 9:15, we began our walk from the school gates and eventually we got to the moorland area where we really started our walk. In pairs, we did a lot of trusting activities, including leading our blindfolded partner up the hill; they had to trust us to keep them safe. We also had a wonderful picnic down by a river. During the day, as well as walking on Cosdon, we took part in a range of activities to help us to look at and think about Dartmoor in different ways. These included walking around with mirrors on our noses, collecting materials and sticking them to a piece of card, and using the sights and sounds around us to write phrases and perform them as group poetry. After that, we returned to school; having covered about 4 miles. As a class, we thoroughly enjoyed our day and look forward to next John Muir Award day!

By Amy and Verity

Year 6 Life Skills

Thanks once again to a band of parents who volunteered to help with transport, Year 6 were able to go to Okehampton Parklands on 20th September for an afternoon of 'Lifeskills'. They visited a selection of different scenarios during the afternoon and learnt about - internet safety, safe travel, the dangers of electricity, walking on Dartmoor, fire safety, how to be responsible dog owners, recycling and beach safety. Throughout the afternoon, they behaved beautifully - asking intelligent questions and responding well when questioned by the staff. Mrs Marvin and Ms Laybourn were delighted to be accompanying such a polite and interested group of children and hope that everything they learnt will help to keep them safe and responsible in the future.

Tour of Britain

The Year 6 pupils and staff got the year off to a good start with a fantastic trip to Haytor on the 9th September to watch the finale of stage 6 of the Tour of Britain cycle race. We travelled by car to Bovey Tracey (thanks drivers!), took a bus to Haytor and then walked up to the finish line. Despite the typical Dartmoor weather which left us extremely grateful for the free hats and ponchos which were being handed out, we had a great day. All the pupils behaved beautifully, fully embraced the challenges of a wet and windy day on Dartmoor and we were in position for a great view of the cyclists as they laboured up Haytor to the finish line. I'm sure Sir Bradley Wiggins, Mark Cavendish and Steve Cummings would agree that they couldn't have done it without our cheers of encouragement