Please visit the Head's Blog regularly for news, information and communications from Darite Academy.
We will use this blog to share the learning, fun and enjoyment that happens at Darite.
Mr Whipps, Head of School.
As part of the whole school topic, we welcomed Mitch from Dartmoor Zoological Park into school on Monday.
He gave a workshop to all classes, ably assisted by a selection of animals from the zoo’s collection. We learned so much including the fact that stick insects sway to look like leaves in the wind! They also have evolved to cover their eggs in a substance that is delicious to a certain species of ant. They eat the outside to help them hatch. The babies even look a bit like ants. This tricks the ants into looking after the baby stick insects!
Thanks to Darmoor Zoological Park for bringing learning to life!
On the 16th, some dedicated Year 4 and 5 pupils were trained on becoming Playground Leaders. They learned about leadership, organisation and managing games in the playground.
They now have a bank of activities that they can run with all children to help give more activities and choice when the children are outside.
Thanks to Arena for coming into school to help run the day.
On the 16th January, Year 2 to 6 all joined in with the live lesson that launched the 2020 500 word story. This amazing competition is aimed at all children from 5-13 across the country and encourages them to write a short story of no more than 500 words. The competition is now in its 10th year and the theme this year is all about stories that defy time and space!
The children can write stories at home or school for submitting by the story online. All the details can be found on the BBC website here.
Get writing! There are some amazing prizes on offer such as Chris Evans' height in books!!! Good luck
Congratulations to the Year 6 girls swimming team who have qualified for county level of the championships. The squad was created from volunteers in Class 3. One of the squad was 6 seconds quicker than anyone else from any school. Fantastic achievement girls, we look forward to the next race!
Welcome back to school. We all hope you had a lovely break over Christmas and are looking forward to 2020! We have a new whole-school topic based on the natural world. Each class will be looking at a different aspect to the topic. Make sure you check the class blogs for more details about the exciting learning that is going on.
The whole school visited St Cleer church on Friday to perform the Class 1 nativity, sing carols and celebrate the season.
The singing was beautiful and was supported by some very enthusiastic audience participation!
The children performed excellently and the costumes were fabulous. Thank you to all the parents and carers for helping with learning lines and costumes.
The PTA also held their hugely successful raffle for the famous hampers. Thanks to the generosity of families for their donations and purchase of the raffle tickets, we raised over £400 for the school!
Thank you to the church, PTA, staff and families for making this such a success.
The whole school got together on Tuesday for a morning of Christmas Wild Tribe. They collected sticks to create their own Rudolph and tree decorations, made dens and warmed up with fruit cooked on the fire.
All the children had a fantastic (if a bit muddy) morning. thanks to all the staff members who made the morning possible.
Everyone at Darite had a fantastic Christmas dinner on Wednesday. The turkey was moist and the potatoes were crispy! The whole school joined in with the celebration with singing songs, pulling crackers and a whole heap of Christmas cheer!
A group of Year 6 pupils visited the Village hall on Wednesday to perform at the Darite Lunch Club’s Christmas dinner.
They sang beautifully and all the club members had a great time listening. The 12 Days of Christmas was a particular hit. Thanks to Mrs Dungey and Mrs Stevens for organising and rehearsing with the children.
We are inspired by the awe and wonder of the world.
We are bold and innovative in our approach to find new solutions to the challenges we face.
We are the best we can be.
We take responsibility for our actions in an environment of mutual respect.
We overcome all barriers to reach our potential, developing a capacity to improve further.
We are passionate about learning.
Please don't forget that the Class 3 trip to Plymouth uni on the 22nd leaves school at 8.45. Please be in school early to avoid missing the bus.
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