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Unit 3 - Years 5 & 6.: Elgar, Rowling, Murray Classes

Dear parents/carers


I just wanted to say a huge well done to Year 6 for this week. We had a large group attend the residential at Okehampton, where their behaviour has been exemplary and in looking at the photos and having feedback from staff, the children have had a fantastic time and will have many stories to tell. Equally the pupils that have been in school have been flexible and adaptable with many not being taught by their usual teacher and have thrown themselves wholeheartedly into the learning and activities planned. 


I would also like to say a big thank you to Miss Miller, Mr Harman, Mrs Holman, Miss Naylor, Mrs Toney and Mrs Bradford for giving up their time and supporting the children whilst on residential.


Next week will be children's final week at Gatehouse, we will ensure that they have lots of fun and create even more memories.


Warm regards


Leila Naldrett

Head of School


Residential Photos - Thursday

Canoeing and Kayaking

Raft Building 

Raft Race in Progress!

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Water Games

Who can get the most people on one boat?

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Residential Photos - Wednesday

Cycling to Meldon

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Gorge Scrambling

Award winning belly-flops

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1 … 2 … 3….

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Rock Climbing

Residential Photos - Tuesday

Tuesday morning and the sun is shining.  An amazing cooked breakfast and then onto the high ropes.  What a brave bunch our Year 6 are!

Gatehouse’s own Super Woman

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Gatehouse’s own Super Woman

Tuesday's Adventures

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How high ?

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Mountain Boarding

Residential Photos - Monday

What fantastic start to our residential adventure!  After arriving at Okehampton, we settled into our rooms and headed straight out to do archery, then onto the climbing wall..

After tea, we headed out onto Dartmoor for an evening trek, returning back to the centre as the sun went down. Everyone is having a brilliant time

First to the top - Championship Final

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The girls beat the boys in the grand final. Remember climbing in now an Olympic event!

Torquay Boys Grammar School Flyer

Year 6 have arrived at the residential and eating lunch before archery this afternoon.

Weather is sunny!

Gatehouse School Office


Dawlish College Newsletter

Residential Zoom meeting for parents of the children attending - 4:30pm on Thursday 1st July 2021

If you want to find out a bit more about the Okehampton Activity Centre and the type of activities that the children will be doing on residential, or if you have any queries, join our Zoom meeting this Thursday. Please don't worry if you can not make the meeting; we will put a copy of the PowerPoint presentation on Seesaw.

Zoom link to be sent out via seesaw

Year 6 Residential

Final Numbers being confirmed to the centre today, it's not to late to let us know if you wish your child to go.

Remember full payment is required 3 weeks prior to the trip, deadline 23rd April 2021.

Year 6 Residential 2021

Year 6 Residential


We have now reached a stage where we need to make a decision about the Year 6 Residential. We are still on low numbers, only 21 out 44 children have a deposit paid to guarantee their space. It is difficult to make a decision based on these numbers, and we are now faced with choices.


A survey has been sent home via email to all year 6 parents. Please complete this by no later than Friday 12th March.


Full payment will be required by 30th April, or at least 3 weeks before the Residential.


We would like to encourage all the children to attend but completely understand that payment in full can be overwhelming or you may not wish your child to attend. In order to plan ahead for the children remaining on site and to arrange for which staff will be attending the residential ideally we would like to have a firm listing of those wishing to go.

Dear Parents & Carers

We now need to confirm final numbers to the outdoor centre for the year 6 residential in May.

It is unknown how things will develop during the pandemic however the centre will request a deposit, very soon, to hold our booking.

We would like to encourage all the children to attend but completely understand that payment in full can be overwhelming or you may not wish your child to attend. In order to plan ahead for the children remaining on site and to arrange for which staff will be attending the residential ideally we would like to have a firm listing of those wishing to go. If your child decides they would like to attend, at a later date, and is not on our listing, please contact the school office. A form has been emailed to the year 6 parents to complete. Due to the second lockdown we have decided to request the deposit from parents in January 2021. We wanted to let parents know in advance so they can plan financially.

We have contacted the centre to enquire if the booking is cancelled due to COVID and request you view their policy below.

A monthly payment plan will be offered, via parentpay. If you are eligible for free school meals and you are wishing your child to attend please contact the school office team.

Any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact us.

Kind regards

School Office

Dawlish College Newsletter

Autumn 2020 Unit 3 Curriculum Map

Favourite Memories from Previous Academic Years Learning

On Thursday 30th, a group of children were chosen to take part in the Rotary Club's Technical Challenge at Dawlish College. They were set the task of making a crane. The group had a fantastic time, coming in 2nd place for design. 

Year 6 dictionary presentation by the Rotary Club

A big thank you to the Rotary Club for coming in to present Year 6's with these Oxford dictionaries.

The dictionaries will be kept in school this year to use and then will go with them to their secondary schools to support them there as well. Thank you to the Rotary Club for their donation, they will be a massive help for the year 6's in their year ahead. 

Farmwise Trip

On Tuesday 15th October Unit 3 went to Westpoint in Exeter to learn more about the farm to fork trail and ways to ensure we have a balanced and healthy diet. This linked closely to our work about Dawlish and how we can be more environmentally aware in order to sustain our world for the future. The children set a fantastic example of behaviour and represented Gatehouse brilliantly. 

Spanish Day

Hola! This year we have changed our school language from French to Spanish and what better way to launch this than to celebrate Spanish Day?


On Friday 11th October children at Gatehouse explored Spanish traditions, cultures, artwork and common phrases whilst wearing Spanish clothes/ the colours of the Spanish flag. A great day was had by all. 

Year 6 - Torbay and Devon Civic Award

This year, it has been decided that all Year 6 pupils will work towards the Torbay and Devon Civic Award. The Civic Award does a great deal to develop children`s character. It encourages them to be compassionate and to take responsibility for positive change. It also supports them in leading purposeful and full lives and is great preparation for both secondary school and the workplace. Children who take part in the Torbay Civic Award report that it helps them learn skills of working both collaboratively and independently, skills of managing and organising events and makes them feel `grown up`. It certainly builds self-esteem. Please keep checking our school website for regular updates as to the fantastic contributions our Year 6's will be making to both the community and their chosen charity. 

Dawlish Hook Day

Unit 3 launched into our whole school Dawlish Theme with a tour of the local area. We walked through Dawlish and completed the Heritage Tour which taught us how the small village became one of England's greatest seaside resorts.  


The History of Dawlish


People have lived in this area for thousands of years, attracted by its gentle climate and fertile landscape.  The town is named after the stream that runs through it – Dawlish comes from the Celtic word Doflisc, meaning ‘dark water’. For most of its history Dawlish was a quiet village where people made a living by fishing and farming.  But in the late 18th century the first tourists began to arrive, and the village’s transformation began.


Visitors came looking for healthy bathing and sea air, and they put Dawlish on the map.  The centre of Dawlish started to look much like it does today.  But as long as the journey here was long and expensive, the number of visitors remained low. When the railway arrived in the 1840s, it changed everything. It made travelling to Dawlish much faster and more affordable, enabling ordinary people to visit for the first time. More and more visitors started spending their summer holidays here. Modern Dawlish is a Transition Town.  This means it’s at the forefront of finding more sustainable ways to live in the 21st century.   It’s a friendly place with a special atmosphere and a great quality of life.



Africa Hook Day

To launch our Summer Term topic of Africa, the children brought in masks that they created at home as well as looked at some African art, creating silhouette figures with black paper and pastels as well as using vibrant colours for their backgrounds. The children created some incredible pieces of art over the course of the afternoon and were certainly intrigued about what other learning was to come throughout the rest of the term. Well done all!

Residential Bude


Author Joffre White's Visit to Year 5

On Monday 17th September, Joffre White, author of the ‘Frog’ series came to Gatehouse Primary Academy to visit KS2. Following an exciting assembly, Joffre ran a workshop with two Year 5 classes to show the children how to start writing an exciting story. Their creativity was superb!

Chris Ames commented, ‘what an amazing start to a new school year. Joffre not only inspired the children to read for pleasure, but inspired them to be future authors.’

At the end of the day, the children were able to meet Joffre with their parents.

Cricket Tournament


Children from Key Stage 2 took part in the South Hub cricket tournament held at Blackpool school. The two teams performed brilliantly and were a real credit to Gatehouse. One of our teams finished in fourth place and the other won a closely contested final by 5 runs! Well done to all of the children that took part.


Apprentice - Year 6

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