Welcome to Appledore School

Appledore School is located in the heart of an ancient fishing village, rich in maritime history, on the junction where the River Torridge meets the River Taw in beautiful North Devon.

We have approximately two hundred and fifty children, aged 3-11, taught in single age classes with names linked to the sea. Many are named after famous ships built in Appledore Shipyard and reflect our pupils' pride in their local heritage and community.  

Through a rich and rigorous curriculum, our pupils play an active part in their local community and learn how to be prepared for life's opportunities, responsibilities and experiences now and in the future. The creative arts are of huge importance to us, not least because Appledore is a very creative and artistic community. 

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May 22, 2017
Forest school club 17th 18th May

In these session the groups have been talking about what should be added, improved or changed in the ‘jungle’, including turning the bottom right-hand area (currently just a pile of earth and branches) it into a ‘kids’ kingdom’ by making the most of the slopes and different heights there, to create a mud slide and some scrambling areas, and also planting some willow to create places to hide. As forest school is very much about problem solving and taking responsibility, the children will be hands-on in designing the space, solving any safety or building issues, presenting the design to the headmaster and, if it is approved, helping to build it.

Some of the children have made willow stars this week. Other activities have included planting the remaining flower bed and containers, decorating the story chair with paint/clay handprints and making leaf butterflies and stick people. The children have also been painting and writing in their forest books and making improvements to dens.

With the generous help of some parents, we soon hope to be extending the jungle shed, by connecting a roofed, open-sided area to it. This will provide a space for a wider range of outdoor crafts, no matter what the British weather throws at us. A parent has also kindly offered to build us some child and adult height saw horses, which will hold wood securely, and at the correct height, when using saws. These will be ideal for the tool use area.

We are going to start contacting local businesses for donations of building materials, den thatching materials, ceramic tiles, plants etc. If you know of any business owners or managers who might look kindly upon our request, please do let us know.

Things we need for the forest (please).

Tomato plants

Pea or bean plants (any type).

If you have any queries or would like to:

* enrol your child in a session

* help to build new resources

* share a traditional skill or craft with the group

please call Jayne on 07984655688 Or email jaynewheatley2001@hotmail.com

May 19, 2017

It's been a very, very bust and exciting week, including new arrivals, our twelve values, rugby and football success, a visiting traveller and much more. Please read on to find out more...

May 15, 2017

Forest school club 10th & 11th May

This week we were doing lots of interesting things with earth and clay. We have moved soil to our new raised beds, ready to plant more herbs, vegetables and flowers. Some of the children have also planted pumpkin seeds, to care for at home. While we were moving earth, we thought about how to use spades safely and care for tools. We were excited to see that some leaves are now emerging from the recently planted potatoes (kindly donated by the headmaster).  

Thank you to John for the work he is doing on laying a path to the pond. We hope to be pond-dipping very soon!

Things we need for the forest  - could anyone spare a few veg plants?

If you have any queries or would like to:

  • enrol your child in a session
  • help to build new resources
  • share a traditional skill or craft with the group

please call Jayne on 07984655688 Or email jaynewheatley2001@hotmail.com

Please read on to find out more about our activities this week...


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