Due to the very high level of trespassing on the tracks by young people in our area, we advise parents & carers to watch this session before more young people are seriously injured or lives are lost.

The session is lead by a safety manager from Network Rail and explains in less than15 mins why it is really important to stay safe near the track

Over 130,000 students, parents and teachers from both primary and secondary schools have already watched the safety clip. Mr R from one of the secondary schools that have recently watched the video said it was ‘An essential education video for both parents and students. Really makes you think about the possible impact of not staying safe when near the railways. Invaluable resource, albeit hard hitting.’   

Year five create Solar system.

Last week – Wednesday the 7th November – we planned to go on a trip. We weren’t sure where we were going but hoping it would be a blast! Sadly, the train was delayed for four minutes… how annoying! We were going to town and going to the Apple shop to code some Spheros. But it was not what we expected. When we got to the train station, we had to wait a while but it was definitely worth it.

The stairs in the shop where like walking up to heaven. The iPads, the phones, everywhere was just electronics galore. When we got to the apple store, we sat down on some chairs and Rob, who showed us how to code a Sphero, was putting the solar system on the huge tv and was showing us how fast – approximately – the planets go. After coding it to move – in a square –  we started changing the colours of the lights. The lights started representing the colours of planets. We made the planets go at the same – well not really but  similar –  speed while going around the sun. 

We got told why we didn’t have the moon going around the sun: because the moon is not a planet. We used an app on the iPads, which we were so excited about touching. It was awesome to code the solar system and watch all the planets orbit the sun. 

We went back to the train and we were just in time! Yay! When we got back to the Cranbrook train station we were walking back and went the wrong way! Thanks Mr Sluman! But we finally got back to school and we were so hungry that we ate our lunch inside the classroom. But it got all over the floor! Sorry Mr C!

We had a great time. Thanks Rob and all of the teachers that came with us! Would you come to the Apple store and code?

– Erin and TJ


Nasal Flu Vaccines for Year 6 – 29th November

After working with Public Health & Devon County Council, we are now able to offer the Flu Vaccine to our Year 6 students (free of charge).

If you would like your Year 6 child to be given the Flu vaccine on 29th November please complete the forms on the link below by no later than 3pm on Friday 16th November.

This is something that will be specific to St Martin’s this year and will not apply to year 6 students in other local schools.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Helen Bridle

St Martin’s Lantern Walk will quickly be upon us.  This is where we celebrate the life of St Martin who wanted to be a light in the world and do good without asking for anything in return.  If you are interested in the story of St Martin it is on our website.

On Thursday 8th November we will be asking children, parents and carers to light lanterns and walk from their homes to gather on the school playground at 5pm where we will hear the story of St Martin, sing our St Martin’s song and then enjoy hot dogs and hot chocolate.  It is always a lovely event and we look forward to welcoming everyone; those of you who have been many times before as well as those of you for whom this will be a new experience.

Reception Open Day Sessions for children starting Reception September 2019

  • Thursday 15th November 2018 9:30-10:30am
  • Tuesday 20th November 2018 9:30-10:30 am
  • Wednesday 21st November 2018 5:30-6:30pm

If you would like to attend please call the School Office on 01404 515409 or email


St Martin’s C of E Primary and Nursery School recognises the many positive benefits of pupils cycling/ scooting to and from school.

Some of the benefits of cycling/ scooting/ skateboarding to school include:

  • Improving health through physical activity.
  • Establishing positive active travel behaviours.
  • Promoting independence and improving safety awareness.
  • Reducing congestion, noise and pollution in the community.
  • Reducing environmental impact of the journey to school.

To encourage as many pupils to cycle/ scoot to school as we can, St Martin’s C of E Primary and Nursery School will:

  • Actively promote cycling/ scooting/ skateboarding as a positive way of travelling.
  • Celebrate the achievements of those who choose to cycle/ scoot/ skateboarding to school.
  • Provide cycle/ scooter/ skateboarding storage on the school site.
  • Organise Bikeability cycle training with Sustrans Active Travel Officer

We expect our pupils to:

  • Ride sensibly and safely and to follow the Highway Code.
  • Regularly check that their bicycle/ scooter is roadworthy.
  • To consider the needs of others when cycling/ scooting and behave in a positive manner.
  • Ensure they can be seen by other road users, by using bicycle/ scooter lights and wearing high-visibility clothing, as appropriate.
  • Dismount on arrival at the school site.
  • Wear a cycle/ scooter helmet correctly
  • Lock their bicycle/scooter securely and store their cycle/ scooter helmet in the correct place

For the well-being of our pupils, we expect parents and carers to:

  • Encourage their child to develop their competence and confidence in cycling/ scooting.
  • Provide their child with the appropriate safety equipment such as high-visibility clothing, bicycle lights and well-fitting cycle/ scooter helmets.
  • Ensure that the cycles/scooters ridden to school are roadworthy and regularly maintained.
  • Provide a lock to secure their child’s bicycle or scooter.
  • Investigate and agree a safe route to school with their child.
Please note:

St Martin’s C of E Primary and Nursery School cannot accept any responsibility for the safety of the bikes/ scooters skateboards being stored nor the safety of the pupil on the journey to and from the school.

By enrolling in St Martin’s C of E Primary and Nursery School and allowing your child to travel to school by bicycle or scooter you are signing up to this agreement.


Athletics tournament

This tournament took place at St Luke’s College, the sport captains were very excited for this trip out as they wanted to represent the school and show off what we can do.

Some quotes from the children who came:
  • “I really enjoyed the athletics tournament because it was at a different school. My favourite event was the 600m race.” Logan.
  • “I really enjoyed it as we got a day out of school as sport captains representing our school. My favourite event was the long jump.” Lexie.
  • “I found it really enjoyable, it was a challenge but one to look forward to. My favourite event was the javelin.” Erika.
  • “I liked the long jump. I enjoyed it being a small group and competing against other schools.” Katie.
  • “Tiring!” Sam.
  • “Bit of fun out of school.” Charlie.
  • “It was fun and I liked the 600m race as I came third.” Charlie.
  • “I liked the 600m race because everyone was cheering each other on.” Daisy.
Tag Rugby match

We took some year 2 children, who attend the tag rugby after school club, to St Nicholas Primary School for a tag rugby match with some of their year 2s. This was their first match out of school, and they were incredibly excited to be going. They were amazing! They played really well, listened to the ref and showed good sportsmanship.

Some quotes from the children who came:
  • “It was really fun.” Lucas.
  • “When we went, I felt a bit nervous but when I got running I still felt a bit nervous but happy.” Alfie.
  • “It was awesome.” Tamzin.
  • “I really liked passing to people.” Ethan.
  • “I liked when we did the warm up together and when we scored tries.” Isaac.
  • “I liked it when we scored lots of tries.” Michael.
  • “I liked it when I scored a try.” Freddie.
  • “When I started to play I was nervous to pass but then when I passed I felt better.” Harry.
  • “I was nervous when we got there but when we started playing I felt better.” Kody.
Netball Tournament

We took our after school netball club to a High 5 netball tournament, this was the first match the children had ever been to, however they did us proud by persevering and coping incredibly well in the hot conditions.

Some quotes from the children:
  • “At first I enjoyed it but once I hurt my finger, I didn’t enjoy it much.” Daisy.
  • “It was fun but hard.” Lauren.
  • “It was fun but scary but when I was shooter for the last couple of matches I was more comfortable and ready to play the game.” Scarlett.
  • “I felt quite anxious at the start but when I was playing I started to feel fine.” Sammy.
  • “On the way, I was really scared but after the first match felt better and it was fun.” Kaitlyn.
  • “I enjoyed the last 2 matches because we won them. I felt nervous at first but the nerves disappeared once I started playing.” Louise.
  • “It was very stressful because of the refs being different, but I still enjoyed it.” Layla.
  • “I really enjoyed it even though I got really stress and annoyed with the refs.” Julia.
  • “I got annoyed by some of the refs as they favoured their school but I still really enjoyed it and it was a really good experience.” Anaya.
  • “It was fun because we got to play other schools.” Jasmin.
  • “It was tiring!” Skie.


Football match
Some quotes from the children:
  • “I enjoyed scoring a goal.” Daniel.
  • “I liked defending.” Jack.
  • “Fun out of school.” Amelia.
  • “It was fun.” Zach.
  • “I enjoyed playing midfielder.” Danny.
  • “I didn’t enjoy playing left midfielder as I can’t kick with my left foot.” Thai.
  • “I enjoyed playing against another school.” William.
  • “It was awkward at first but once we started playing it was good.” Brooklyn.
  • “It was a great experience to play against a different team.” Finley.

Author – Spencer Akerman (CSE Analyst at South West Regional Organised Crime Unit)

This document contains apps/websites of note that have appeared in Child Sexual Exploitation or Abuse cases in the Southwest region for the month stated above. The document may also contain apps/websites that are prominent in other regions or are believed to be an emerging issue.

If you have any apps you believe may be used in the facilitation of CSE/A please send an email to the above address.

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The document below contains apps/websites of note that have appeared in Child Sexual Exploitation or Abuse cases in the Southwest region for the month stated above. The document may also contain apps/websites that are prominent in other regions or are believed to be an emerging issue.


British Science Week

Exploring the Outdoors – Brilliant Birds

Local birdwatcher Mrs Twitcher is an expert on birds’ nests. “I think birds are brilliant, but I don’t think people can build nests like birds do.” Do you think Mrs Twitcher is right?

The Sparrows were set the challenge of building a birds’ nest during forest school this week.

They started off thinking about natural materials in the forest. They discussed using leaves, sticks, twigs, feathers, grass and mud.

When they got to the forest, they worked in small teams to build a birds nest. The requirements were that it needed to be strong and sturdy. This proved to be quite a challenge, due to lots of recent wet weather! But the Sparrows persevered and created some brilliant birds nests around the forest. The Sparrows were keen to test the nest out with one of our class reading buddies ‘Blue Bird’.

The Sparrows thought about what would happen if the conditions in the forest changed. We discussed what would happen to the birds’ nests on a sunny day, rainy day, windy day and snowy day. We all agreed that the nests would need to be very strong, so they didn’t blow away!

See our report here
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