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

Dear parent/ carers


Thank you for your responses to our Year 6 survey, this has enabled us to plan provision for Year 6 from week commencing 22nd June. I am pleased to inform you that we will be able to provide provision 2 days a week, on a Monday and Tuesday for those that have requested it. However we have had confirmed requests exceeding a bubble of 15, plus we have the existing Year 6 key worker/vulnerable children in a bubble that is at capacity, therefore we have had to be inventive in how we provide this to you, due to staffing limitations. However as a school team we very much wanted to be able to provide the requested provision and want to have as many of our Year 6's back in school as possible. Our plan has been approved by the First Federation Trust. 


The majority of the pupils will form a bubble with Miss Naylor on a Monday and Tuesday which will be in Murray classroom. The remaining 6 pupils will join Miss Millers key worker bubble in Elgar, but will be socially distanced in the adjoining classroom in Rowling with the double doors open, with Mrs Toney supporting them as an extended bubble group. All teaching provision will be the same for all Year 6 pupils. The outlined provision, with the extended bubble will also allow for Year 6 key worker provision that may be needed going forward on a Wednesday and Thursday.


Pupils in Miss Millers bubble and extended bubble will be able to be together for all outside break and lunchtimes as well as outside activities such as PE, as the risk is lower outside. The extended bubble pupils will also have their own MTA to support them whilst eating lunch in the classroom.


Year 6 pupils that will be joining the extended bubble with Miss Miller are all pupils who were previously in Miss Miller's class. 


Later today we will be sending you the details of which bubble your Year 6 pupil will be joining, along with additional details for their safe return.


We are looking forward to seeing the new Year 6's on their return to school on Monday. 


Thank you for your continued support and understanding at this time.


Best wishes


Leila Naldrett

Head of School


Leila Naldrett

Head of School

Gatehouse Primary Academy

Secmaton Lane





01626 862605

Rotary Club Technical Challenge - 30th January

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. 
Unit 3 2019/20

17.10.19 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. 

15.10.19 - 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. 

11.10.19 - 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. 

6.9.19 - 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.



Autumn Term Theme - Dawlish

What is the impact of the railway in Dawlish?

Unit 3 2018/19

Firstly, I would like to thank you for support with the production. I know the children are very proud of their performances and we are extremely grateful for all your support with costumes, props and rehearsing. We hope that the production will remain a lasting memory for the children and their time at Gatehouse.


Please find below information regarding the Year 6 Leavers.


Crealy Trip followed by BBQ/Disco – Friday 19th July

Please can you make sure that you have completed the consent form on parentpay and a £5 payment is required via ParentPay. The children will leave for Crealy at 9.30am and will return to school by 4pm. On arrival, there will be a Disco and BBQ for them to enjoy. Children should be collected from school at 5.30pm. Please complete the required slip to indicate whether you will be collecting your child or allowing them to walk home.


Year 6 Leavers’ Assembly + Water Battle – Tuesday 23rd July – 2pm start

The Leavers’ assembly will begin at 2pm and should be concluded by 3pm. The children will then be able to go onto the field to take part in the Water Battle! It is advised that children bring additional clothes for this event.  Many apologies but there will be no cream tea's at the assembly.


Furthermore, should the children also have any spare shirts that they would like their friends to sign, then we will allow for this to happen on the Tuesday – however, they will require a clean shirt for the Leavers’ assembly.


*For those children, currently on transition to TCS, the school has been contacted and we have requested that those children who wish to take part in both days are allowed to be released from school for the day.


Should you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact one of us.


We look forward to seeing you.


Kind Regards


Mr Peters and Mrs Deacon

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!

Unit 3 News 25th April

Unit 3 News 15th March 2019

Unit 3 News

Residential Bude - October 2018


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.

Autumn Topic - British Values

Unit 3 Autumn Newsletter

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.


Parents Guides to SATs 2018

Unit 3 News 8th June

Unit 3 News 7 May 18

Apprentice - Year 6

Year 6 Outdoor and Adventurous Residential Expereince.

Outdoor Adventure UK, Widemouth Bay, Bude 

What to bring:

  • Waterproof coat and waterproof overtrousers
  • 2 Towels (the centre does not supply towels)
  • Swimwear
  • Wash kit
  • Night clothes
  • Alarm clock
  • Notepad and pen
  • Plenty of T-shirts
  • A sweatshirt or similar
  • 2 thick jumpers or fleece tops
  • 2 pairs of old loose trousers/tracksuit bottoms.  Jeans are very uncomfortable when wet!
  • 2 pairs of thick socks
  • Woolly hat and gloves
  • Stout shoes or walking boots, wellies
  • 2 pairs old trainers or similar (one pair to wear in the water)
  • A small rucksack/day bag
  • Thermos flask
  • Drinks bottle
  • Torch – essential

DO NOT BRING: Sweets, electronic equipment, like Nintendo games or ipods and NO mobile phones or cameras.

Outdoor Adventure supplies wetsuits and all specialist equipment but if you own a wetsuit you are welcome to bring it.

Digital Leaders

World Book Day