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End of year report to pupils and parents – July 2016

Dear Parents,


I know that you’ve been (hopefully) well informed of what’s been happening in the school. However, I am a big believer that you should celebrate successes, so we have collated a summary of the achievements from this year.  I’ve centred them around our motto of ‘Growing together in mind, body and spirit’ as this is the essence and ethos of our lovely school.


We are very proud of our pupils. They have worked hard, been engaged in their learning and have enjoyed school.

  • They are also incredibly kind and caring children, who have made an effort to support people and animals who are less fortunate than themselves – they want to make a difference! We have raised a lot of money each term for charities such as Devon Refugees, RD&E Hospital, CLIC, and Oxfam.
  • The expectations have risen at the school. I hope you have noticed significant growth in your child this year in terms of improved progress and attitudes (despite the new levels and tougher expectations of the new curriculum).  Please look in their books to see the improved standards, or at the class scrapbooks for a log of their learning.
  • We’ve grown in number. We have had an enormous amount of new children who have  joined the school this year. In September we will have 265 pupils – which means nearly 50 children have joined this year: a reflection of our growing popularity!
  • We’ve maintained a breadth of curriculum despite the lack of time to fit in all the literacy and numeracy objectives.
    • Our unique St Peter’s curriculum makes learning fun!
    • Topics have been brought to life with lots of visits, trips and experiences – nearly 50 for the year!
    • We learn about our history, geography and science through our locality, which means our children have a growing appreciation of our wonderful community.
  • 20151106_140853We ‘liberated’ pupils and teachers from the afternoon drudgery of worksheets and videos. Instead, our topic scrapbooks show the playful, engaging and hands-on learning that the children have been doing instead.
  • We’ve encouraged children to work together more. All staff received training to ensure there is a lot of collaboration in lessons.
  • We have worked with teachers so that pupils are given clear ‘success criteria’ and marking ladders in their lessons. This also helps them to self-assess and take ownership of their learning.
  • Pupils are much better at trying new things: making mistakes and not giving up! This is our ‘growth mindset’.
  • We’ve had a massive push on handwriting – which has had a dramatic effect on standards. Thanks to parents for helping with this, especially the early development, where they need to develop gross and fine motor skills.
  • We have developed our children’s understanding in maths – helping the children making connections using maths resources.
  • We’ve been working on the quality in our books. We mark our books to show: success, and ‘not there yet’ – giving more verbal feedback and steps for improvement.
  • It has been a hugely successful year for sport.
    • Nearly every class teacher has worked with Mrs Kilburn to develop high-quality PE lessons.
    • We have lots of sports clubs!
    • And in competition we have excelled, winning the East Devon Tennis trophy,  the East Devon Rounders trophy, East Devon Aquathon, East Devon Cycling Trophy and winning East Devon medals in Y5/6 Quad Kids as well a medal at the Stockland Cross Country and winning many girl and boy football matches.  We reached the Devon School Games finals, the pinnacle of Primary School Sport,  in three different sports which is a new record for the school!
    • We also had an outstanding Sports Day, illustrating inclusive and competitive sports. Nursery children competed in a triathlon.
    • We also have some very talented children who are elite performers in rugby, cricket, tennis and football.
    • The gala week fun run was well attended by St Peter’s children!
    • We secured a cricket coach to work with some KS2 children this term.
    • Some pupils have accessed additional PE provision with Mrs Kilburn or as part of ‘Fun Fit’ sessions.IMG_0120
  • It has been a hugely successful year for music too!
    • We are still at the centre of the Otter Music Collective hub. Many of our children play in this group along with children from other local schools. The Devon Music Education Hub awarded us a grant for the Otter Music Collective of £3000 following our bid for funding in April.
    • We have massively increased the amount and range of peripatetic music teaching in the school – children can have lessons in singing, drumming, woodwind, strings, guitar, brass, keyboard and piano. We’ve gone from 20 to almost  60 children having  individual music lessons – almost a  300% increase!
    • Mrs Lewis and Mr Moger- Taylor have led music brilliantly.  We have a two year rolling music programme in place – which is unique to our school. Children in KS2 have a specialist music lesson each week. The children learn around six instruments over the course of  KS2 as part of their Wider Opportunities music provision. All the children also have a singing session each week on Thursday at the end of the day.
    • There have been increased musical opportunities, including our fantastic ‘Musical Mayhem’ concert at the end of the Spring Term, performances at care homes such as Bay Court, at the Devon County Show, local festivals and collaborations with Lympstone and Lady Sewards as well as a number of after school music clubs..
    • Song Leaders were trained as part  the ‘Singing Playgrounds’ project.
    • Mrs Broad and Mrs Parker represented the school at a prestigious music event in London.
  • We’ve held20160614_091733 our successful residentials to London, Escot and a sleepover at the school.
  • Children have benefitted from the Exeter University enrichment activities.
  • Our ECO council has been campaigning for recycling.
  • Mrs Moore has provided lots of social and life skills each term, including the Fire Safety, Friendship, Police, Fireworks, Online Safety, RNLI, Sex and Relationships education, and Healthy Eating.
  • We have continued to hold celebrations of achievements, and to use the school website and celebration assembly to highlight successes. The children are very motivated by team points and Headteacher stickers!
  • Mrs Cawthera has provided lots of support to parents and children with emotional needs.  
  • All children received training on how to stay ‘safe, strong and free’ through Devon CAP.
  • Our school meals have continued to improve thanks to feedback from parents and pupils. The take-up over the year has increased.
  • There is a strong programme of transition events into Exmouth Community College.
  • Helen Manchester has been running forest school provision for some Reception children.
  • Our Science Garden is regularly used by all the children – and visiting schools.
  • We have strengthened our links with the Church and developed our spirituality.
    • The 40 Acts for Lent showed what good Christian citizens we have.
    • Children have also completed many individual acts of kindness for tolerance. We are creating activists of the future – who will have the courage to make change.
    • The children have represented us well in church services (Women’s Day of Prayer, Celebrate Together).
    • We changed the format of Celebrate Together services, to make them more engaging.
    • We’ve had many ‘Faith days’ – including visits from the University of Exeter Islamic Society, Exeter Buddhist Society, and Christian clergy visits.
    • We developed a prayer space in each class.
    • We had a visit from Bishop Sarah Mullally.
    • The school and church meet regularly to work together.
    • We have built on and embedded our daily worship practices, which are now more collaborative – with children having a greater input.
    • The Christmas productions and performances were a delight!
  • The Year 5 and 6 production of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ at the Barnfield theatre was unbelievable! So professional for a group of 9, 10 and 11 year olds – really entertaining.IMG_4966


  • We’ve worked hard to grow together with parents. I hope you feel our engagement with you has increased and has been more purposeful. We’ve made teachers more accessible, worked on our communication and tried to make home learning more manageable. We’ve also used Tapestry for our children in the Foundation Stage, so parents can upload their own assessments. We’ve held family fun days and invited parents in to take part in learning – and to sometimes lead it! The mystery reader has been very popular.
  • There has been brilliant attendance at parent events – helping parents’ minds to grow! We’ve tried to give you a better understanding about how your child learns, and the language we use.  We would like to say a big thank you to parents for contributing to your child’s success.
  • Our huge army of volunteers has grown. They give invaluable help across the school – thank you to you all!
  • We have grown our links with other schools. Most important in this is our membership of the Devon Primary SCITT (the number one teacher-training course in the Country). Not only are we growing new teachers, like the wonderful Miss Gray and Mr Murray, but we also benefit from working with other high-calibre schools.
  • We have been growing the partnerships within our own community, such as: the Fairlynch Museum (which nearly every child has attended!), the Church, BUDFAS, Clinton Devon Estates, Budleigh Forest School, the Riding School, Budleigh Library, Simon Green (stone art)….and many more!
  • Th20160311_145924e PTA have – somehow – built on the quality events from last year to provide us with more fun events, fundraising and socials for the school. They are fabulous – thank you to you all!
  • www.tree.vision has been born thanks to the commitment and passion of our parents!


  • The school premises have continued to develop thanks to the work of Mr Force, Mrs Stone and Mr Tee. We have a fabulous new classroom block.
  • We also thanked the Warm Wish group for fundraising for our amazing new swimming pool facility.  This is an wonderful facility for the school.


  • The new members of staff: Mrs Stone, Mrs Fuller, Miss Acres and Miss Pritchard have added strength to our school.
  • We have been growing the expertise of our staff. We regularly provide them with coaching and collaboration time. We have created an ethos of reflection time for staff – time where they can ‘stop and think’ about the impact of their teaching, so they make the best choices for our children.
  • We have had specific training on:
  • Formative assessment (using what your child already knows to inform teaching);
  • Maths reasoning and making connections;
  • Spelling;
  • Handwriting;
  • Grammar;
  • Reading;
  • Moderation of the new curriculum.
  • And with all the stresses in education at the moment we have been doing our best to look after them all!IMG_5601

Next year our main aims are to continue to develop:

  • Teaching;
  • Leadership;
  • Maths, including children’s reasoning skills;
  • Literacy, including a love of reading for all pupils;
  • Support staff;
  • Our unique St Peter’s curriculum;
  • Our PE specialism;
  • Our  Music specialism.

Thanks again for all your support this year. We are so lucky to have a fantastic school community at our school. Remember you can feedback on this academic year at http://goo.gl/forms/kpIUBXx02O1iKxK03

Have a happy and restful Summer!

From the St Peter’s Team.

Year 6 fraction song

Gold award for this amazing effort! Well done girls!

Sycamore Class perform to the residents of Baycourt

Pupils from Sycamore Class gave an outstanding Musical Performance at Baycourt Residential Home on Wednesday Afternoon. The performance included some original songs, Sea Shanties, Familiar Songs for the Residents and to conclude the concert – a Hebrew Round.
In addition to  singing, some of the pupils played guitars, ukulele and a violin.
The pupils not only performed well but it was mentioned on more than one occasion how well  behaved and organised they were.
So well done Sycamore Class everyone was really proud of you!
Thank you to our volunteers who helped walk the children down to and back from Baycourt and also a big thank you to Miss Pritchard and Mr Moger-Taylor.

Beech and Oak - Incarnation and Belief's in Action

Beech and Oak classes enjoyed an afternoon of putting aspects of Christian and Buddhist beliefs into action. They made sound maps, seed bombs and bird feeders and also had the opportunity to take part in meditation activities.

During this terms R.E. topic of “Incarnation and Belief’s in Action,” pupil’s have shown increased curiosity about Christianity and Buddhism and have asked some challenging questions!​
Thanks to Sarah Wilkinson, Emma Dacorsi, Clare Pearce and Helouise Goodbody for her help.

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Headteacher awards this week


Super reader


Super reader


Amazing home learning


Nice holiday diary


Super maths work - adding with blocks


Nice holiday diary


For careful artwork


Sports and enrichment awards


Stars of the week

Awards this week


GOLD for programming excellence.


For Kenya projects


For excellent maths.


For home learning challenge.


For emotional work.


GOLD for story writing.


For super writing effort.


For home learning challenge.


Super spellers!


Balloons gifts for top fund raisers!


GOLD for 40 acts.


GOLD for Devon Games brilliance.


For super maths.


For excellent learning.


For times tables practice.


For super maths.


For excellent learning.


For being a kind sister.

Singing Playgrounds Song Leaders

A huge well done to all the Singing Playgrounds Song Leaders who at lunchtime today worked with Mrs Lewis to train our wonderful playleaders. We are aiming to develop Singing Playgrounds so that sessions happen for ten minutes during lunchtimes on three days a week.
The Song Leaders demonstrated excellent leadership and teamwork skills, The playleaders and song leaders all enjoyed the session and had lots of FUN!
Our Songleaders are: Raif. Emily, Frank, Hope, Ryan, Jo Jo, James, Mia, Henry, Poppy, Fleur, Scarlett, Alida, Imogen and Callum. Well done to them all.

Earthquakes in year 5!

On Monday, Mr Will Cade came into Oak Class to teach the children about the effects of earthquakes on buildings. We had already learnt about forces, as well as tectonic plates and what causes earthquakes. We had also already learnt where the fault lines are around the world. So this opportunity combined all of our learning. After recapping the causes of earthquakes, the children learnt about the effects on buildings, especially in the Kobe earthquakes of 1995. Engineers looked to improve the design of buildings so that they didn’t collapse so readily in future. Cue Oak Class! The task was to design a structure that could withstand gravity, and lateral force (force acting on the building from the side). The building materials were …. marshmallows and spaghetti. Once some of the building materials had been eaten, the rest were used to create high-rise tower blocks. They were put onto the earthquake table once they were finished and tested to see of they could stay standing under increasingly strong earthquakes. The photos of the children’s reactions sum it up perfectly – an inspirational morning that was great fun. And yes – we now have the engineers of the future!

Thanks Mr Cade!

GOLD story writing by Caity

JUNGLE HORSE by Caity (year 5)

At the beginning of time, human and animals lived together and there was no difference between them. Cat, Horse, Human and Nature, even Summer and Winter all had spirit all had soul. The ground was thick with undergrowth and always fresh to eat, the river always had clean water to drink. They stood there. Tall, proud, and majestic, manes billowing in the wind. Grey, white, brown, orange and black, pawing the ground. For years they lived in peace with the other jungle animals. The toughest of them all. Guards of the greenery that was their home.


She chased away one foal, out into the darkness, the world…  The horses reared when they found that their child was gone and tucked their one remaining child deeper into the bushes, cursing Lions name. But they never forgot.

Far away the woodcutter hurried home. He and his snakes could sense the approaching tsunami. He looked up the huge hill and towards safety. A black coarse bundle was lying there on the floor, half covered in vines. Without thinking, he scooped up the scrap of fur and carried on onwards until he was back at the cottage, perched on top of the tiny mountain.

Safe home at last they stored the wood, sang songs about his brave ventures and unwrapped the tiny blanket, cautiously.

Two eyes, jet black like the darkest horse.

Hands, fingers reaching out.

Hair, the most beautiful shade of red.

A child.

For 12 years they had longed for a child.

They made her a light coat for the summer storms.

They made her a necklace of smooth diamonds, washed up on the shores.

They sang to her songs of monkeys, lizards, jaguars and eels but most of all he loved hearing about the great horses.

For 12 years they held her close. She loved the songs and the gifts. The language of the creatures.



She barely got scared, often stayed calm. And always the tiger watched over her. It was the end of her 12th year. She saw in the mud, laying there, a small shard of ruby, and then, a meter away, another. She picked it up and as she looked she saw a trail leading further into the distance. Swiftly she followed it, grabbing each on as she went. At the end, shining red as blood, a segment of fire lounging on a tree root, the biggest and best yet. As she bent down to pick it up, in pounced the tiger and snatched it away in her teeth.

Tiger ran over the moss, the length of 4 trees, then stopped. She dropped the treasure and it lay like a miniature version of the sun on the lush grass. The girl moved to take it and in ran the tiger. It became a dance. Girl and Tiger. As if enchanted by the tiger’s game the girl let it lead her further into the jungle and away from home. It was a while before the girl looked back and realized she was further down the hill she had ever been. The tsunami was coming in. Water lapping at her feet but not stopping. She saw the ruby and made one last desperate grab.

She realized there was nothing more she wanted than to head home. Desperately she looked up into the maze of thorns, and to the top of the mountain. She headed up but had no clue where home was. She walked up still clutching her jewels.   The sun set, then rose, then set again. She walked but the trees became too similar and were impossible to tell apart. She sank onto leaves covered in water from the tidal wave. Stars started to fill the sky. She lay uncomfortably and a weary sleep came over her. It was then that they came for her.

She heard them. The hooves galloping along the uneven ground. She looked around. All around it seemed the greenery had come to life. She realized it was then she must meet her end.  She reached out and as she did her treasures spilled on the ground. As the horse breathed in her scent she heard a faded whisper “brother”.

The woodcutter followed the trail of the girl. A shift in the mud here, a mark of a footprint there. He came to the place the girl had sunk to her knees and saw the marks of chaos where the steeds had first appeared. He made a promise that he would kill the horse that had kicked his child so hard.

She clung tight to the silver white creature as they ran like the wind over the rough terrain, singed with sunlight. Above, the glossy stars shone down.

They came to a place a hill of rock. As the girl tumbled to the floor the hill raised its head. A giant of a horse. Midnight black fur, eyes dark like a piece of coal. Cuts from predators marked her face.  As she reached out a hand to touch the great mare breathed in her scent.

This was her daughter. Her stolen child. She buried her face in black fur and breathed in deep the rich scent of her mother and the memory of the herd so long ago came flooding back.


All the while the woodcutter drew closer. Maddened by sorrow he followed a trail of dropped ruby, until at last he came to the gathering. He ran into the ring of horses and raised his poison-tipped axe ready to strike a killing blow.

Near the group, Tiger growled. The girl looked up to see her farther and the axe. She flung herself between the man and the bear. Tiger’s shriek shattered the spell of bloodlust. The woodcutters axe slammed on the hard green as he scooped up the child. Around the 3, the dull horses galloped, staring, waiting for a symbol from the great she bear. But in never came. She rose, knelt before the woodcutter, and praised him for the effort he had put into to care for her daughter. Now she was home, she would stay with her people, the horse people. In turn, the woodcutter went onto his knees and thanked her for the care she had given his daughter.

The girl stood between the man and the horse, water flooding in.

She felt that her heart was torn.

She wanted to stay with the horses.

She wanted to go with the people.

The child ran a bare hand over her fur coat. “I will stay with the horses in the Winter, when the logs burn on the fire and her hands wore mittens.” Her father held back a sob in his throat, eyes hot with tears. “and I will stay with the people in the Summer” the girl said “we can go exploring together and hunt.” The horse breathed a deep breath over her daughter and she felt her shape start to change. Her hands became hooves, her legs got longer. Together they carried the woodcutter home through the watery greens.

From that day she lived as a horse through the Winter and as she grew she learnt the ways of the horses. In the Summer she lived as a human and told the humans tales as they trekked through the jungle. In the Winter his human mother would hang her coats by the fire and tell herself tales of her daughter. The horse and the human. Out in the greenery the great silver horse would raise her head and give a whinny that melted their hearts.

RNLI visit

On Thursday 2nd March, John Wood from the RNLI visited us for an assembly on water safety. He explained the role of the RNLI; about the lifeguards who save lives near the coast and lifeboats which save people out at sea.

Living so close to the sea makes knowing how to use the water safely essential for the children at St Peters. We were reminded of the flags that lifeguards use to show where its safe or dangerous to swim. Red and yellow flags indicate that there are lifeguards and that it is safe to swim between the flags. Black and white flags are used to show an area allocated to kayaks, bodyboards and surfboards.  A red flag is used to show that its too dangerous to swim. We learnt that a wind sock flies to show which way the winds blowing. If the wind is blowing strongly away from the beach, a wind sock can show us that it’s not safe to play on inflatables.

Can your child remember what to do in an emergency where someone is in danger in the sea? How would they get a lifeguards attention if they were struggling in the sea?

Year 6 dissect hearts

Last week year 6 had a fantastic experience – learning all about the heart – through dissection! Here’s what they thought:

“At first, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do the dissection, but it was so interesting I had to join in! I’m so glad I did!”
“I wasn’t really sure what it would be like, but I found it really cool, I definitely want to do it again, but maybe with different organs. I definitely learnt more from doing the dissection myself, than if I’d just watched.”
“So good! I am looking forward to doing more experiments like this at secondary school.”
The workshop was perfectly pitched for the age range, and tied in perfectly with the Science objectives in the National Curriculum. The children were fully engaged from the outset, and all participated with enthusiasm and curiosity. Whilst there were back-up activities in place for any who felt uncomfortable, by the time the dissections began every child was keen to be part of the activity. By the end of the session, each child was able to confidently identify many of the main parts of the heart, and use their dissected heart to illustrate this point. I shall certainly be planning to organise this workshop again for next years class.

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