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"The tug of war was fun - it was really challenging too as the astro turf was slippery & the rope hurt my hands."
Karon & Patrick

On Thursday 3 July, Year 5 pupils from Pondhu and Bishop Bronescombe Primary Schools, visited Poltair to see if they were cut out to be World War One soldiers. On the day, Sergeant Adams, Sergeant Marshall, Corporal Wilson and Captain Shepherd led the event which consisted of 5 different stations, each aiming at developing the following skills of the pupils; balance, agility, intelligence, communication and teamwork.

The first station was a test of speed, how fast could the pupils move through the cones? The second station was about intelligence, each pupil had to jump hurdles and commando crawl through 'No-Man's Land' to get to the enemy's trench, collect a letter to take back to the start to make long words. Each letter meant a point, each point meant an extra second in the final assault course. The third station was a test of balance; each person had to carry a glass of water across 'No-Man's Land' to the other side. To make it more difficult each person had to balance on a bench, if they fell off they had to empty their cup on the floor and go back to the start. The winner was the team who had filled their bucket with the most water at the end. The next challenge was the tyre challenge. All they had to do was get across a stretch of astro-turf, only stepping on the tyres. The penultimate challenge was to build a free standing structure to hold a large group of pupils without falling over. Elementary UK (an Outdoor Education company) came in to teach the pupils how to tie knots.

"Today will teach the students 'thinking skills' as well as providing enjoyment"
Mrs Allen
"challenging, difficult, exciting, hard."
Leah, Willow, Jessica & Nicola

After a much needed drink break, on the hottest day of the year so far, the Year 5 pupils took part in the final, most difficult challenge 'the assault course'. The assault course had to be completed carrying a cup of water in one hand and the aim was to fill up the bucket at the other end of the course. The winners were Bishop Bronescombe who received a 5 second advantage.

Thank you to Pondhu and Bishop Bronescombe for attending the event, Mr Marshall and Mr Adams for organising the day and Mrs Trevarthen for getting the drinks and biscuits.

"Today has been about team work & how tough it was to be a soldier in WW1."
Mrs Adams

Report by Ben Bassett Photographs by Holly Courtney


Year 6 Transition

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Home Learning Wonder Wall

Well done to all the excellent work students are producing please see some examples of the work completed each day during distance learning.

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Policy Review

Dear Parents and Carers

As you may be aware, the statutory guidance from the Department for Education around Relationships and Sex Education has changed. Here at Poltair School, we have worked hard to think about how to teach this to our students, making sure that our lessons are engaging and designed to suit the needs of all of our students in an age appropriate manner. Students will have a lesson called Personal Development once a fortnight, in which this and other topics will be covered. This was formerly known as Morals and Ethics.

We would like to get feedback from our community in order to finalise our policy on the delivery of this important curriculum area. Our draft policy is available on our website for your consideration, and we welcome any questions, comments or feedback via email to Clare Price ([email protected]). When we are able to open up the site to parents and carers, we will hold a review and consultation meeting at school to consider our policy and delivery further. Please send any communications by 10th July 2020 at the latest.


Policy - Relationships & Sex Education

Policy - Relationships & Sex Education

Contact during exceptional circumstances

It is important that all children, families and professionals are able to contact key staff to share information in respect of safeguarding and concerns.

Following the wider opening of all CELT schools, there is now a member of the safeguarding team on duty in school every day. Please contact the school directly and ask for the DSL if you have any concerns you wish to discuss.

The dedicated CELT e mail address is still in operation and can be used if, for any reason, you are unable to contact the school;

[email protected]

This will be monitored during office hours only, Monday to Friday.

However, you should contact the Police or Social Care if you feel that a child is at risk of immediate serious harm.

Moments in Time 2020

A reflection on the ideas, thoughts, feelings, surroundings and effects of the Corona school closures on Poltair pupils.

The Poltair Art Department have started a Poltair Pinterest page.

Students are emailing work they have completed at home to their teachers, the work is then showcased on the page.

Some fantastic work on there already:

Moments in Time 2020 - Pinterest



Free Software For Children

Following our upgrade to Office 365 we can now offer all students free licenses to use the latest version of Microsoft Office at home, this includes Microsoft Office on a Mac, and also Microsoft Office on Android or iOS.

Office 365 At Poltair

Click the link above to download your copy now!