Support for speech, language and communication needs

We hope these additional resources will be of use.

‘Speech and Language Link’ Parent Portal

‘Speech and Language Link’ have put together some games and activities for parents/carers to use at home to encourage their child’s talking and listening. The speech activities develop a child’s ability to hear speech sounds and the language activities focus on supporting understanding of language. For more information please visit:

Local resources and information

Don’t forget to also keep an eye on our local websites for further examples of activities and information about resources and support available in Devon including from Children, Family Health Devon and Babcock LDP:

Devon Local Offer- speech, language and communication

CFHD resources and information for parents/carers

CFHD preschool speech and language FB page

CFHD school age speech and language FB page

Babcock LDP resources for parents/carers/pupils

The Christmas message for St Paul’s Church

Christmas mural

Children from Year 4 have been inspired by the Christmas message to create a complex mural for display outside of St Paul’s Church in Church Street.

We’re so proud of the effort that has gone in to the hand painted mural, made of more than 60 separate pieces, each created by individual children. The artwork will be unveiled on Christmas Eve.

Demystifying SEND – free session for parents and carers

send info

Whether you are new to SEND or already on your journey, this session from DIAS is aimed at parent/carers supporting their child with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) who would like to find out more about how SEND support should work.

The sessions are aimed at parents starting their journey or part way through. Helping parents to understand how they can access information and which services may be available for them, highlighting the graduated response and the terminology around send in schools.( Universal, targeted , specialist services terminology, working with school in a plan do review type approach).

The sessions aim to signpost to information and service websites that are already out there and linked to the Devon Local offer webpage.

To book sessions:

Some people will know from birth that their child has a disability and will have information given by health professionals. For many parents the special educational needs of their child emerge over time. Wherever you are on your journey you need access to clear information and this session has been designed to get you help you find information relevant to your child.

This session is aimed at parent/carers on the journey of supporting their child with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Often parents do not know where to find the information they need to support their child or what to expect in terms of support.

This 2 hr session aims to signpost and highlight pathways for supporting SEND children and their families.

The sessions will be delivered in a varied virtual format, a combination of presentation and participation with a questions segment at the end.

If you would like to know more about the sessions please email:

send info


Guidance for returning to school in September

The following videos will help our children understand where they need to go in the new terms to access their bubbles. Start with the ‘Welcome’ video please, and please also see the document explaining what the school now looks like, to share with your children.

What does the school look like now?

How does the school look now PDF

Letter to parents and carers

This is a copy of a letter that has been sent to all parents and carers.

Start of term letter to parents 2.9.2020

Other useful documents

You may also want to read these useful information guides about how children can better understand the concept of a bubble and social distancing; helping children feel less anxious about coming back to school in these difficult times.

Back-to-school-September – ELSA story to share with children

COVID19_My Back to School Bubble


Information on returning to school in June

How does school look now?

Parents will drop of children and collect at the school gate.

No parents will be allowed in the car park

Children will be met in the car park by their teacher/TA of their bubble. Older children will be able to walk to their classroom following social distancing rules.

Different groups will start and finish at different times during the day to reduce the number of parents waiting outside the school dates

The classrooms

Classrooms will look and feel very different in order to take into effect government guidelines.

For the majority of the classrooms children and staff will see a lay out like this.

Pupils are expected to sit within the orange, or black tape.



Year 1 upwards:

The cathedral:

No longer can there be shared pots of pens and pencils to share. Each child will have their own tray of resources.


Bubbles will have their own designated space on the playground/field

Theatre Alibi – Poetry and illustrations


We know that a lot of our children have enjoyed the tasks that Theatre Alibi have set over the past few weeks. This is another fantastically fun activity.

Click on this link to hear Shaban, one of the actors from Theatre Alibi, reading aloud the poem that has been written by one of the Theatre Alibi writers, and beautifully illustrated by their designer.

And the best thing is that you can read the poem and then add to it! This funny and imaginative poem is about not being able to go out, and instead travelling around by mouth. What food adventures would YOU go on?

Can you write another verse, or two, and perhaps draw a picture to go with your verses?

Send your verses and drawings to, and they will add them to their book, and Shaban can read a few of them out. You may prefer to write your own poem from scratch or perhaps draw some pictures inspired by Daniel’s poem.

Make sure you send them to your teacher as well as to Theatre Alibi – we would love to see them!

Theatre Alibi – Story House

story house

Alibi’s Assistant Designer and maker, Ruth Webb, has created an art activity for you.

This Alibi Exchange is all about windows. So much of life is being viewed through our windows at the moment and Ruth decided to make a Story House, full of windows. To complete the theme, the Story House itself really comes to life when it’s displayed against a window.

You can find all you need to make one yourselves here:

The Heathcoat Cookery Challenge!


Do you know any quick, cheap, easy (and healthy) main meal recipes? If you do, please share them with us so that other people can get inspiration and make them too. If you follow your own recipe or someone else’s main meal recipe, please post a picture of the finished dish. We can’t wait to see what you make. Have fun recipe-sharing and cooking!

To share your recipes and pictures: use Facebook Messenger to contact the Heathcoat Primary Facebook page.

Here is a lovely main meal that we think you might like to make at home.

Delicious roasted vegetable pasta

Preparation: 20 minutes (if using fresh vegetables)
Serves 4-5 people.
Cook: 25 mins

The great thing about this recipe is you can choose any vegetables you like – and if you aren’t a big veg fan you can blitz it all up at the end with a hand blender or food processor so that you get a smooth tomato sauce and you can’t see the veg. It’s really delicious either way. If you are a vegetable fan you can leave the veg in bigger chunks – yum!


  • 300g/10½oz pasta of your choice
  • 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • Carton/bottle of passata (optional)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil or sunflower oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 tbsp freshly grated cheddar cheese or parmesan (or vegetarian alternative), to serve
  • 2 cloves of garlic – crushed/minced
  • 1 onion
  • Sweetcorn – half a tin
  • Frozen peas – 2 handfuls
  • 250g/9oz frozen roasted Mediterranean vegetables OR a selection of fresh veg of your choice. 4 or 5 mushrooms sliced, 1 courgette chopped into chunks, half a red pepper, half a yellow pepper, half a green pepper – all peppers can be torn or cut into smaller pieces, ¼ of a butternut squash – peeled and cut into small cubes, a few broccoli trees, a few cauliflower trees.  You can use up any veg that you have.


Please ask an adult to help you with the oven, boiling water for the pasta and using a knife to chop vegetables.

  • If you are roasting your own vegetables, heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Deseed the peppers, halve them and then either cut or break them up into large chunks. Wash the courgettes and trim the ends off, then cut into slices about ½cm thick. Put all the other vegetables except for onions, sweetcorn and peas onto a lightly greased baking tray (using some of the oil). Season well with the salt and pepper, drizzle with a little oil. Roast in the oven for 25 mins until lightly browned.
  • Ask a grown up to help you finely chop up the onions. In a large saucepan, gently fry the onions in some oil and add the crushed garlic. Fry for about 3 or 4 minutes, making sure they don’t go brown.
  • Add the tin of tomatoes and some passata (if using) to the saucepan. You may not want to add all the passata – see what consistency you want. If you want more sauce, add in more passata. Stir well. Bring to the boil and then simmer for 2-3 minutes. Turn off the heat and wait for your roasted vegetables to finish cooking.
  • When your roasted veg is cooked, add them to the tomato sauce. Or this is the time to add your frozen roasted Mediterranean vegetables if you are using them. Cook the tomato sauce gently for about 5 minutes.
  • Cook your pasta – check the packet for how long to cook it for.
  • Now to choose – do you want a chunky veg sauce? In which case you are almost ready to serve. Go to step 7. If you want a smooth sauce, use a stick blender (or pour sauce carefully into a food processor – take care it will be hot) and blend the sauce until smooth.
  • Add your sweetcorn and frozen peas and simmer the sauce for 4-5 minutes to cook the peas. The pasta should then be ready.
  • Take care when draining the pasta – it will be boiling. You will need an adult to help you with this. Add the drained pasta to the sauce and stir.
  • Serve topped with the cheese of your choice. Really quick and easy, very healthy and extremely delicious!

Top tips

You can add some mixed herbs or paprika to the vegetables when you are roasting them. Sprinkle the herbs on before putting the veg in the oven. Or why not try adding a chopped chilli to the tomato sauce when you add the roasted veg?

You could make it look pretty by adding a sprig of basil or parsley to the top of your finished dish.  Why not serve with some hot garlic bread.