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.

Theatre Alibi – making a dance

table mates

This week, Theatre Alibi have set a challenge for the KS1 children.

Please note that you can still watch TABLE MATES, the Theatre Alibi production that we saw in our school last year. It is being streamed for FREE for a limited time!

We hope that you take the time to watch it, and enjoy it, again.

You can find out all about “making your own dance” on their website:

Grab your mixing bowls – it’s Heathcoat Bake-off!

We are enjoying seeing the photos of all the activities that you are completing at home. As many of you are cooking, we thought we would organise a virtual bake off for anyone who would like to take part!

There is a basic cupcake recipe below or you can use your own. They then need to be decorated with a VE Day theme as we are celebrating VE day on Friday.

Please email a photo of your cakes to by 3pm on Wednesday 13th May. We will then share them all on our Facebook page. If you don’t want the photo on Facebook please clearly state this in the email.



175 g butter (at room temperature), cut into large pieces 175g butter, room temperature

175 g self-raising flour ½ tsp. vanilla extract

175 g caster sugar 3 tbsp. milk

1/2 tsp. baking powder 350g icing sugar, sifted

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

3 large eggs



175g butter, room temperature

½ tsp. vanilla extract

3 tbsp. milk

350g icing sugar, sifted



Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4. Line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cupcake or muffin cases.
Put all the cake ingredients into a large bowl and beat with an electric hand whisk or a wooden spoon until smooth and evenly mixed. Divide the mixture evenly between the paper cases.

Meanwhile, make the icing. Put the butter, vanilla extract, two tablespoons of the milk, and half the icing sugar in a large bowl and beat until smooth. Beat in the remaining icing sugar, and pour in the rest of the milk if needed to make the icing the right consistency.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the cakes are well risen and firm on top. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.


We look forward to seeing the results but will let you enjoy eating them!

Take care and stay safe

Miss Higginson

Head of School

Key Stage 2 NHS Competition

step into the nhs

Attached is information about a competition for the KS2 children to enter by 18 June 2020. The competition is to learn more about themselves, learn more about the jobs within the NHS and create either a piece of creative ARTWORK (could be painting/drawing/chalkwork or video/ performance/slideshow) or WRITING e.g. story or thank you card – something that says THANK YOU to the NHS.

There is no obligation to enter, but the winner gets a £50 Amazon voucher! All entries must come via class teachers and be in by the morning of 18th June to ensure that teachers have the time to submit them to the national competition by 19th June. This leaflet explains more: Leaflet_for_parents


1. Read the Word document which explains the competition.

2. Go to this link for the resources that you will need.

Good luck!

Resources and support from Tiverton Library

tiverton library

Tiverton Library has plenty of resources and support available during the current lockdown situation. This is their explanation of what’s available:

Online resources

A range of free resources that all library members can access online:

  • Download and stream free eBooks, eAudioBooks and eMagazines, with more than 3,500 titles on Overdrive (eBooks and eAudiobooks), including a range of ‘beginner reads’ for children in the early stages of learning to read, and 1,000 unlimited use eAudiobooks through RB Digital Devon or RB Digital Torbay
  • A selection of eMagazines are available on RB Digital Devon or RB Digital Torbay
  • A range of eAudiobooks via BorrowBox
  • Online reference resources at Devon and Torbay Libraries including AncestryUK
  • Fun online content and live streaming events via social media. Check out individual library Facebook pages for more information


Ensuring all children and families can access our online services

All children and families that already have library membership at one of our public libraries will automatically be able to access these services. If you want to try and ensure that ALL children in your school can access them we have arranged for a new way for schools to register children. Children can be individually registered by teachers on our Devon Libraries website or Torbay Libraries website . You can do this on the children’s behalf.  For under 16s it will come up with a guarantor screen, but it is absolutely fine for teachers to act as guarantors and the school address can be input as the guarantor’s address. As soon as you have registered each child you will be issued with a number which will start UNREG – the child can then use this number straight away for our online services and get access immediately. You can register as many children as you like in this way, or you can pass these details on to families for them to register themselves. If anyone has any difficulty with this please do email us and we will do our best to help.

Summer Reading Challenge

At this time of year we would normally be arranging to come into schools to tell children all about this year’s Summer Reading Challenge. The Reading Agency are currently working on plans for how the Challenge will run this year bearing in mind that we do not yet know if libraries will be open in time for the summer. What we do know is that the Challenge will definitely be going ahead but probably mainly online, and that the theme will be ‘Silly Squad’ – an opportunity to get children reading lots of fantastic funny books! We will let you know more details when we have them.

Local events from Devon Libraries

We would like to invite all teachers, parents and carers to visit and ‘like’ our facebook page at Here you can find online versions of many of our regular events such as Bounce and Rhyme and Storytimes that are being hosted by librarians from all across the county.


Children that are signed up to our BookTrack scheme to read 100 books can continue BookTrack during lockdown by emailing us the details of books they have read and what they thought of them (emails to We have digital images of all the badges ready to go for anyone who hits a milestone.

Theatre Alibi flying puppets


Theatre Alibi’s Designer, Trina Bramman, has created beautiful flying puppets for you to make at home. You can choose from various different templates – maybe a bird? A butterfly? A dragon? Or even a winged horse!

Trina has been careful to use bits and bobs that we hope you can find around the house. She’s put together a step by step guide with pictures too, to help children along the way.

Find the instructions and videos for this week’s activity here:

Theatre Alibi Mythical Creature challenge

theatre alibi

Theatre Alibi came in to school at the start of the academic year and you all watched their fantastic play, “I Believe in Unicorns”.

Theatre Alibi are setting you all an exciting challenge – and the opportunity to have your work read by one of the Theatre Alibi actors.  Watch the 2 minute video of Derek (one of the main Theatre Alibi actors) who is explaining the task. Can you create your own mythical creature and then draw it, or write a story about it, or create a comic strip about it?  Wouldn’t it be great for one of the actors to read your story out online for everyone to hear? Good luck!

And here is the link to the short film of Derek:

Scan or photograph your work and send it to your teachers, who will send it to Theatre Alibi by lunchtime of Monday 20th April. Who knows, you may get to see your work on the Theatre Alibi website.

Letter to parents around school provision

school rules covid-19

A letter to parents has been sent out today. Due to its importance we have duplicated it here.

Friday 10th April 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope you are all well and are keeping safe. Please say hello to your child from all the staff at school – we miss them lots.

As you are aware school remains closed for the vast majority of children. This letter contains important information for the small number of children returning to school on 14th April.

Important information:
• Children will need to wear school uniform.
• Children will be able to order a school meal. The menu will not be as advertised due to reduced staffing. Tuesday’s menu will be burger, salad and wedges with the option of a veggie burger.
• A board near the front door will direct you to the correct classrooms via external doors.
• If your child is showing any symptoms of the virus (high temperature or a new and persistent cough) please don’t send them to school and follow the staying at home guidance.
• If you or any members of the household are showing any symptoms of the virus (high temperature or a new and persistent cough) please do not come onto the school site and follow the staying at home guidance.

The government has produced guidance for schools around implementing social distancing for pupils, parents and staff in school which has meant that we have changed some of our routines and practices during the school day.
• Entrance to school will be through the car park gate only. The car park will be closed unless you have a parking permit and a member of the leadership team will be on duty to supervise the start and end of the day. The park gate and the pedestrian entrance on Broad Lane will be closed to ensure social distancing can be maintained.
• 2 metre markings will be in place outside the classrooms to support social distancing, similar to those being seen in supermarkets currently.
• 2 metre markings in the hall and cathedral will support the children in applying social distancing.
• Children will wash hands on arrival and will regularly wash hands during the day.
• We will talk to the children about social distancing and posters will be displayed in school to remind them.
• Children will not sit next to each other at the tables or on the carpet and will sit with a gap between them.
• Toys that are used will be washed daily.
• We will consider the number of children we have in each classroom to ensure we can implement social distancing.
• The minimum number of staff will be in school each day.

Thank you in advance for your understanding and support with implementing the above changes to support the guidance by the government. You may want to go through these changes with your child at home before they come to school, so they are prepared.

Just a reminder we have created an online booking form for key workers and those children requiring provision at school over the coming weeks. 
Please remember that school provision currently is the absolute last resort for families. The DfE advises that every child who can be safely cared for at home should be, and the over-riding message from the Government remains – Stay at home, Protect the NHS, Save lives.

Please click on the link below to book places for your child at school.

The home learning page will be updated on 13th April with new learning for the coming week. The teachers will be in email contact each week so feel free to ask them if you have any questions about the learning. Just a reminder that some teachers will be working in school and so may not be able to contact you until the end of the week. Keep sending us your photos of the home learning as we are enjoying seeing all the children’s hard work at home.

We will continue to keep in contact with you via email, text, the school website and Facebook page. The school office remains open during the school day.

I would like to wish you all well.
Take care and stay safe.
Kind regards,
Miss Higginson
Head of School

Ideas for a greener Easter fun!

green parent easter ideas

The Green Parent magazine has shared five great ideas for your Easter weekend – do take a look.

They have also made a list of useful Lockdown resources here.

1. MAKE Eco Easter

Why not go all-natural with your Easter crafts this year? You’ll find all you need to dye eggs in your store cupboards – red cabbage, turmeric, onion skins and more – pro tip, try to track down some white eggs. If you’re feeling a little more creative, you might try making imprints using leaves on your eggs. Or pick up materials on your walks to make a sweet bird nest, perhaps you might even put it into a tree or onto your window sill and see if anyone makes it a home. Find more ideas for Easter fun and rituals here.

2 DO Nature on Demand

The sun is shining, blossom is on our trees, there are butterflies circling the budding bushes; Spring is most certainly not cancelled. Small connections with nature are uplifting and comforting, but this year, you may be missing seeing gambolling lambs and wild flowers. The Wildlife Trust has a series of webcams that provide a direct link to birds and creatures across the country. Spot kittiwakes in Newcastle, ospreys in Wales, and barn owls and badgers in Essex. If you’re really lucky, you might even spot a chick hatching.

3 DO The Grand Tour

Missing a big Easter holiday day out? Take a virtual trip around some of the biggest draws instead. Bonus: no queues to get in, it’s free and no gift shop stress. Many galleries and museums have taken their exhibits online, and have ideas for home activities. We like the tours and demonstrations at the Science Museum, the Natural History Museum’s apps and activities that prompt you to explore the wildlife in your back garden or park, Tate’s creative ideas for art projects, gentle explorations of artists’ work and lives, and child-friendly quizzes, and Kew’s colourful digital gardens.

4 DO Find Your Space

Sunday is the International Day of Human Space Flight, celebrating the beginning of the space era for mankind. Find out about the day and find resources here. Get a closer connection to fellow humans in space by watching the ISS pass overhead – this tracker will tell you when it’s next due to fly over your town. The space station moves in a continuous, straight line, and is visible when the sky is clear.

5 RECIPE Simple Simnel

More than any other year, this Easter we have time to bake. Christians are nearing the end of Lent, a time of self-denial and simple living, so will be craving sugary treats. Try making something truly over-the-top such as this Triple Chocolate and Peanut Butter Layer Cake, a traditional Simnel Cake or get the whole clan to help make Nest Cakes. If you’re more of an Ostara family, or don’t want to attempt Bake Off-style showstoppers, why not make this super-simple Honey Cake?