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May 18, 2023

The lines are marked on the field, equipment all checked and ready to go and the sound of race practice rings out – it’s time again for sports day. Please click here for the arrangements and we hope to see as many of you as possible.

Please click here for information on football trials for girls in years 4, 5 & 6 for Plymouth Argyle or email

For safeguarding reasons we ask all visitors to our school site, inside and outside, to either hand in or turn off and store away their mobile phones. When you are on school site waiting at drop off or to collect your child please do not use your mobile phone or have it visible to comply with safeguarding requirements. Thank you.

Fingers crossed please for the weather on Tuesday and we hope you all have a lovely weekend!

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May 18, 2023

We are looking forward to Sports Day on Tuesday 23rd May. These are plans for the day and please be aware changes may be required before the day or during the day in response to unforeseen circumstances. Please note the change to previous correspondence is the shortening of the lunchbreak by fifteen minutes.

School will open at the normal time and parents can take their places on the field once their child has gone into their classroom.

Latest news – Friend of Appledore School (formerly known as the PTA) will be selling bacon rolls (+ vegetarian option currently under discussion) in the morning for parents and cream teas in the afternoons. Hot and cold drinks also available.

9.30am -11.30am: races for children in Years 1-6 will take place and parents and carers of children in these year groups are very welcome to attend. Please sit behind the roped off area. After these races all children will then go back to class for a short period of time.

12pm-12.45pm Parents and carers are invited to stay to picnic with their children from reception and years 1-6 on the field. Children in years 1&2 can be collected from their classrooms, children in Reception from the Foundation Stage Unit and children in years 3-6 will come out to meet their parents.

Please stay on the field and do not enter the wooded area.

Children in Reception and years 1&2 that do not have parents attending will eat a school dinner in the hall as per usual. Children in years 3-6 who do not have parents attending will eat their packed lunch on the playground.

12.45pm: the children are called back to class for the register

1.15pm the activities for all children from Reception to year 6 will start. Children will be placed into house teams and will take part in a number of different activities. You are welcome to move around with your child’s team and support them in their activities.

Please can children in years 1-6 come to school wearing their PE kit. If possible they can wear a t-shirt in the colour of their house instead of their usual white PE shirt. Children in Reception to wear a house colour t-shirt if possible (please see notice board outside FSU for which house/colour) and trainers. Children will also need sun hats, sun cream applied and a named water bottle.

When the afternoon activities have finished (no later than 2.30pm) all children will return to their classroom and parents and carers can collect them to take home.

Best wishes
Appledore School

May 12, 2023

A busy week that included year 6 pupils taking their Key Stage 2 SATs tests. They demonstrated resilience – fuelled by a bacon bap each morning – and showcased all their hard work to prepare themselves. Well done year 6 and a big thank you to the governors and past and present staff who volunteered their time this week to support the children.

Telegram app is proving to be a popular alternative to the likes of WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger; indeed, in some countries, it’s overtaken that pair to become the most-used instant messaging app. Telegram’s encryption, sadly, all too often encourages the app’s use as a conduit for extremist political material and illegal sexual content. Please click ask your children which messaging apps they use and if Telegram is one (it has a 17+ age advisory) and click here for a guide with tips on a number of potential Telegram risks including a lack of age verification, inappropriate content and cyber-bullying.

Wishing you all super weekend

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May 5, 2023

A sea of red, white and blue and many crowns and tiaras too!  A super day to bring in the coronation bank holiday weekend.

Please take a look at the diary dates, including an online safety workshop we have booked for parents, and what has been going on in each class by scrolling down or clicking ‘more’.

Have a lovely weekend from

Jeremy Cooper and all the children and staff

Diary Dates

  • Sarah Weston is hosting a meeting Friday 5th May @3.30pm in the hall for anyone who would like to volunteer for the parade dressed as characters in the theme of Matilda and/or for decorating the float.
  • Castle Hill Creatives Art & Crafts Spring Fair which will take place on Saturday 13th May 2023 from 10 am until 4 pm at Castle Hill Community Center in Great Torrington, EX38 8AA
  • Sports Day is Tuesday 23rd May (weather permitting!). Please click here for the details and here for a poster by the children. Please be aware that changes to this plan could be required and potentially at short notice – hopefully not though!
  • We have booked a live online safety parent workshop on Monday 3rd July at 5pm delivered by Devon County Council Safeguarding Team you will be able to access live virtually from your own device or here on a big screen. It will last for approximately one and a half hours and we have deliberately scheduled it just before the summer holidays when children typically spend more time online. You will be able access it remotely on or clicking here We will remind you nearer the time.


Apr 28, 2023

A very busy week for all classes (see below in Around the Classes) that also included two morning visits from Devon County County. One for them to learn more about our curriculum and how we teach it and the other was also requested by us to audit our safeguarding procedures. Both were very positive and those who visited were very impressed by the all the children they met and the quality of our provision.

And significantly, Annemarie Bettis, who many (if not all of you know!), attended her last governors’ meeting this week which brought down the curtain on her 30 years plus service to this school and all its families as she retires. Annemarie has been a driving force in the school and is already greatly missed. We have a started a collection for her and if anyone would like to contribute please contact the office. If you are reading this, thank you so much Annemarie. With love from us all.

Trainers are beginning to appear and please be aware these are not school uniform. If you are unsure of the required uniform, please click here.

Please can pupils in years 3-6 bring a piece of fresh fruit to school each day for their mid morning snack. We are noticing a large number of children are eating from their lunch, eating items that don’t help their concentration and that littering is on the rise. Please can pupils in years 3-6 bring a piece of fresh fruit to school each day for their mid morning snack. We are noticing a large number of children are eating from their lunch, eating items that don’t help their concentration and that littering is on the rise. Teachers have spoken to the children and your support is needed please.No cereal/fruit bars or dried fruit please as a substitute.

Wishing you all a super 3 day weekend and we look forward to seeing you on Tuesday.

From Jeremy Cooper and all the children and staff

Diary Dates

  • Children can wear red, white and blue clothes on Friday 5th May to mark the coronation.
  • Sarah Weston is hosting a meeting Friday 5th May @5pm in the hall – meeting for anyone who would like to volunteer for the parade dressed as characters in the theme of Matilda and/or for decorating the float.
  • Castle Hill Creatives Art & Crafts Spring Fair which will take place on Saturday 13th May 2023 from 10 am until 4 pm at Castle Hill Community Center in Great Torrington, EX38 8AA
  • Sports Day is Tuesday 23rd May (weather permitting!). Please click here for the details and please be aware that changes to this plan could be required and potentially at short notice – hopefully not though!
  • For girls and boys half term football clubs in Barnstaple and Bideford, please click here



The children have been helping out with lots of jobs around the microreserve. A donation of trees from Northam Town Council has been planted around the boundary and the new pond. Year 6 have reintroduced the Flag Iris to the pond and some new species to help oxygenate the water, and provide refuge for wildlife. Over 100 Newts were returned back to their habitat along with some leeches, and pond skaters! The group have added a wetland wildflower mix to the pond edge so fingers crossed in a few months the pond will be surrounded by some beautiful and wildlife friendly species. The pond itself has been dug and relined with funding from the ANOB and funding and muscle from The Friends of Appledore has allowed a new pond dipping platform which is waiting to be installed – we are all very excited to be able to use! Hope fully you’ll agree it’s looking more open, accessible and engaging already!

Eco Rangers and ambassadors have been busy in the Polytunnel and WW2 garden getting the ground ready, weed free and planting early crops – we’ve already harvested some winter lettuce, peas carrots and early broadbeans and are looking forward to getting some produce ready to sell again in the last half term of summer.

We fired up the pizza oven at Eco Rangers this week too and enjoyed a successful wild garlic pizza bread – foraged from our own woodland! Thanks for all the help and support from everyone and if anyone has any odd seeds they don’t want anymore or half bags of compost lingering around that won’t get used- we are grateful for any donations.


This week in Turtles and Dolphins we have continued learning about castles. On Tuesday we celebrated St George’s Day. We read the story and we changed our role play areas into castles so that we could act out the story. We also made St George’s cross flag. We have painted pictures of the castles and had a go at making a tall princess hat. We also talked about whether we would like to be a knight and whether we would like to live in a castle.

In Year 1 this week the Sea Lions have been using adjectives and conjunctions in their writing to improve their sentences. We are also working really hard on our handwriting at the moment and making sure we are taking the time to form our letters correctly. In Maths we have been looking at volume and capacity and have enjoyed comparing the capacity of different containers. In topic we recapped the names of the 5 oceans and then learnt about the different layers of the ocean. The children remembered so much of this learning from Dolphins, we were so impressed! We then learnt facts about the layers and looked at some animals that might live in each layer. We have been practising some songs that we are learning for the KS1 Music Morning happening on 18th May at The Big Sheep. Miss Carr is finding out if parents can get tickets to come along to this. A letter will be sent home next week to let you know if it is possible to come along.

Year 3 thought about something they enjoy doing in their free time and how they would feel if they had to give it up. This helped them to understand how the disciples felt when they were first called by a Jesus. They also had their first piece of whole class ensemble teaching which was linked to their work in a French. They sang frere Jacques in four parts and then learnt the fingering for the notes on the recorder so they could play the tune. Year 5 considered the meaning of the parable of the wise and foolish builders. They also began some whole class ensemble teaching and began to recognise notes on the stave. Year 6, looked at what kind of king Jesus was and continued with their unit of work on dance by finding different motifs to express the changing mood of the music

Year 2 have been working on fractions this week in Maths and have been finding a half, quarter and third of different amounts. We have been impressed with how well some children have persevered even though they found it tricky – well done! In English, they have been writing stories based on the Dragon Machine using brilliant imagination. For their Geography work, they have been looking at maps of the UK and naming England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as well as their capital cities. In the Art Studio, they have been very excited to work with clay as part of the sculpture work they are completing this half term.

Seahunter class (year 3) have had a busy week! We have planned and started writing a poem on an imaginary journey, based on the book ‘A River’. In maths, we have been learning all about mass and this week we focused on learning all about grams and kilograms. We learned that there are 1000 g in a 1 kg and used this knowledge to work out equivalent masses and also had a go at comparing different masses. In science, we designed our own experiment to find out a plant’s requirements for life and growth. In geography, we explored the journey of a river from the source to mouth. We learned lots of new vocabulary and made our own glossary of new words. We also created our own river scene out of different materials and then labelled the different features of a river.

This week in HMS Echo (year 4), we have begun our new Science topic of Electricity – it was great to see what the children already know about it and they’re very excited to build their own circuits next week. In Geography, we have looked at what it means by ‘virtual water’, and how much water is used to produce and make things, such as a piece of beef steak, which uses a staggering amount of water! We are continuing with swimming and tennis this week for PE. In English, the children have learnt about using interesting nouns and verbs, a variety of adverbials to show when, where and how and also figurative noun phrases, such as ‘a doorway of destiny’, and the children are going to apply this to writing their own circus setting description. In Maths, we are continuing with decimals, where we will be looking at partitioning decimals in different ways and ordering and comparing decimals with tenths and hundredths.

Year five have continued writing about Shackleton’s journey to the South Pole.  They have been finding out about how The Endurance became stuck on an ice floe, how the men and dogs survived the cold dark days and eventually how the ship was crushed and sunk.  In maths we have continued to measure and draw angles with accuracy, making sure we understand how to use a protractor correctly.  In science we have looked at plant life cycles and planted different beans to see if we can see the stages of growth in the classroom. Half the class have visited the Burton Art Gallery to look at the current exhibition as part of their Arts Award; the other half will visit next week.  Everyone enjoyed the tennis session and we are looking forward to starting cricket coaching very soon.  Outdoor learning will take place next Friday so please remember to send in appropriate clothing for this session.

Another busy week for Year 6. They have been refining skills and revising knowledge in Maths, Grammar, Spelling and Reading. They enjoyed the welcome break from the Brass Band on Thursday and have been earning time outside for working hard too. Dance has been going well, textiles in art is coming together and they have been writing up final copies of about half of their ‘Tempest’ stories. Homework this week has links to resources that they may find useful – sorry in advance for the songs they may burst out singing as they work on retaining knowledge.

Apr 21, 2023

Welcome back everyone! It’s great to be back and we’ve even had some sunshine.

Further to our message earlier in the week, it’s Picnic in the Park on Sunday 7th May at Anchor Park, organised by Friends of Appledore School, and all are welcome. Please click here for more information.

This year, with the hope for more suitable weather, we have scheduled sports day for Reception to year 6 pupils for Tuesday 23rd May. We hope to see as many of you there as possible and more details will follow nearer the time.

Have a lovely weekend

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Apr 18, 2023


Join the Big Lunch Picnic In The Park and connect with your community!

Anchor Park in Appledore is set to host a right royal knees up on Sun, 7th May 2023 as locals come together for a Big Lunch Picnic In The Park. Eden Project Communities is behind this nationwide initiative to bring people closer to each other in local communities, and the team behind this event are very proud to be part of it.

The lunch is open to everyone in the area, regardless of whether or not they already know each other. The aim of the day is to get to know new people, share stories, and join in on the fun with a fantastic spread of picnic foods, music and company.

“If you’re looking for a good old-fashioned knees up, join us for a Picnic Lunch in the park,” says Jon, the organiser of the event. “It’s the party that’s right up your street, and everyone’s invited! We’ll have around half an hour to arrive, get comfy and catch up with each other over a drink. Then we’ll sit down to tuck in to a delicious lunch and celebrate the opportunity to spend time with each other.”

Be sure to bring your own food and drink, and anything else to make yourselves comfortable in the park. The organisers will provide water, napkins, rubbish bags and plenty of smiles!

There’s no need to worry if you don’t have anyone to go with, as the event is open to everyone, with the opportunity to mix and mingle with new friends.

To RSVP or to volunteer to help out with the event, go to×887691217216598000.

“The Big Lunch Picnic In The Park is a great way to connect with your local community and make friends. I am super proud to be part of something that brings people together and showcases the wonderful community spirit we have here in Appledore,” Jon added.

Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to have some fun and get to know your neighbours in Appledore. Come along to the Big Lunch Picnic In The Park at Anchor Park on Sun, 7th May 2023 at 12:00!

Mar 31, 2023

We started the last day of term with the whole school watching the final of Appledore’s Got Talent. A big thank you to our house captains and Mrs Wilkins for organising, the judges, the finalists and everybody who entered each year group auditions. Congratulations to third placed finalists from year 2 (song and dance duet), second placed year 3 (solo magician) and first placed year 6 (Gun’s n Roses tribute band).

During a school holiday children’s online activity increases, so with the Easter break now upon us now could be a good time to check all your parental controls on all the devices your children have access to. Recent conversations we have had with children indicate a significant number do access content intended for older children or adults. Here are some parent guides for YouTube Kids, YouTube, Roblox, Minecraft and Netflix that provide advice on how to ensure safe use. If there is a particular game or app you need help with, please contact and we will try and help.

Hakeford Woods Forest School is running an Easter Holiday Club 10am-2.30pm on 4th, 5th, 11th and 12th April costing £25 per child per day (limited number of reduced price places for families in receipt of Universal Credit). For more information please find them on Facebook or visit

You are invited to St Mary’s Church, Appledore, next Friday 7 April (Good Friday) for Easter crafts, Easter gardens, drinks and hot cross buns. 10.00 -12.00. This event is free of charge and fun for all the family. On Easter Sunday morning we have 3 services. Sonrise Service at 6.30am in Churchfields carpark, followed by hot drinks and bacon rolls in the church hall. Easter Family Church at 9.15am. Easter Holy Communion at 10.30am. If you’re feeling creative there will be an Easter bonnet competition at both 9.15 and 10.30 services.

For social tennis sessions for girls coming up at ARC in Bideford, please click here.

Interested in training to be a teaching assistant? If so, please click here for details on course available at PETROC.

Please click on ‘more’ to find out what has been going on in each of the classes and we wish you all a super Easter.

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Mar 24, 2023

As I write this I can hear the squeals of excitement of our reception age children in our woodland as they search for signs of the changing seasons with Sarah as part of our whole school outdoor learning provision. A sound we can never grow tired of.

Thank you for all the red and and donations last Friday for Comic Relief. You raised an impressive £225. Thank you.

A link to the Class photos has been emailed out today and please contact us if you haven’t received it.

School diary dates:

  • Spring disco Friday 21st April. Tickets available on sale on Friday 24th and Friday 31st on the bottom playground by Friends of Appledore School. Please click here for more information
  • Cake sale Friday 31st April on bottom playground after school. Donations on the day please
  • Sports day for Reception and years 1-6 is Tuesday 23rd May
  • Keep an eye out for pop up ice pop sales on the bottom playground. Details to follow prior to each one

Outside school diary dates:

  • Appledore library Easter Lego & crafts session and egg hunt during the school holidays. Please click here
  • Traditional gig rowing taster sessions taster sessions in Appledore in April (year 6 upwards). Please click here
  • Years 1-6 Bude Lifeboat Junior Run fundraising for RNLI run is Wednesday evening 14th June 2023. For more information click here
  • Wishing you all a wonderful weekend and don’t forgot the clocks change this weekend and to click more to find out what has been happening in the classes!

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Mar 17, 2023

A visit from the fire engine, but don’t panic! It was part of Year 1 learning about how the fire service has changed over the years. Please click on ‘more’ to find out what has been happening in and around all the classes.

St Mary’s church, Appledore,  have a Craft Workshop for children to make Mothering Sunday cards and gifts for their mums, in church this coming Saturday morning, and then a special Family Church service on Sunday morning. For more information, please click here

Chivenor Soccer School, near Braunton, are offering two fun-filled days of footballing fun for boys and girls aged 5-12 during the Easter school holiday. Please click here for more information.

It’s a sea of red here and thank you for supporting Comic Relief Red Nose Day.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend

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Mar 10, 2023

Another week draws to a close and my how time flies by!

For information on cricket coaching at Kingsley School, Bideford, over the Easter holidays please click here.

A whopping £550 has been raised over the last couple of weeks to add more reading books to our stocks! A huge thank you to Councillor Hodson, Councillor Ford and Friends of Appledore School (formerly the PTA), SO THANK YOU!
Pupils this term are learning about keeping safe and healthy this term as part of our Healthy Body Value and general safeguarding. This dovetails with aspects of our science curriculum and includes a range of age appropriate relationships, health and sex education content, including permission, consent, drugs, alcohol and managing risks. For more information please click here.
Please remember that Kingsley Avenue is a private road and that parking on it, even if just to drop off children , is not permitted. Free parking permits for Oden Road car park are available from the office. Please respect our neighbours by parking responsibily.
Please read on by clicking on ‘more’ to find out what has been happening in and around the classes and today’s other news post regarding our pond redevelopment.
Take care all
From Jeremy Cooper and all the children and staff


Mar 10, 2023

The children have created designs for a total renovation of the pond and pond area. The final design includes increasing the area of the pond, improving the quality of the liner, building decking for safe access, wildlife-friendly planting and purpose-built habitats around the pond, a solar-powered fountain, re-fencing the area (with hedgehog highways included) and planting hedging around the pond enclosure and the outdoor classroom.

  We have already started the work and on Monday Jack Woolfenden from the N D Biosphere and local councillors and maintenance staff of Northam Town Council visited to help children from years 1-6 plant mixed native hedging plants, sharing with the children their knowledge on maintaining our local parks and other green and wild spaces.

Our thanks to our hedging advisers and volunteers from Northam Town Council: Guy Langton, Deputy Town Clerk, who organised the event and sourced the hedging plants through a Tree Council Branching Out grant, Ivan Heuze and Dominic Callebaut, maintenance team, Heather McCarthy, Northam Ward Member and Peter Hames, member for Appledore. Plus our thanks to other members of the council to visited the school on a previous occasion to see the work the children are doing on establishing the school grounds as a micro reserve. The ND Biosphere and AONB have also supplied valuable funding and support.

We will be digging the pond out by hand during a weekend this term, and completing other jobs around the woods, so if you feel you need to get a bit of exercise to blow away the winter blues, and would enjoy a barbecue in the woods as a reward, please contact Jon Walton, Chair of the Friends of Appledore School (FOAS) on 07816 087609.

Work continues on our biosphere and we made the Biosphere North Devon newsletter

Mar 3, 2023

A busy week and you can find out what the week has entailed for each class by clicking on more.

Well done Minty and William who both have won a prize at The Schools art Exhibition at The Burton Gallery and we hope you like the winning entries to our photography competition om the previous post.

Safeguarding training this week included a rehearsal of our safety procedures should we ever need to secure the school at short notice.

For information on free Learn Devon maths improvement courses for adults, please click here.

Wishing you all a super weekend

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Mar 3, 2023

There were some amazing photos sent in for our House Photography competition and thank you very much to everyone who joined in. The judges found it very difficult to choose their winners! These are the top four: 1st place Eben (Y5); 2nd place Barney (Y1); 3rd place Gabriel (Y2) and 4th place Rosie (Y6)


Feb 24, 2023

Welcome back everybody and please find out what has been happening in the classes the week by reading the Around the Classes section of this newsletter.

World Book Day – Thursday 2nd March To celebrate World Book Day children in FSU and KS1 can come to school dressed in pyjamas ready for a bedtime story. Children in KS2 can choose to wear pyjamas or dress as a character from a book they have read. On Friday 3rd March there will be a second hand children’s book sale in school. Proceeds will be split between fundraising for new non-fiction books and the Disasters Emergency Committee. Books will cost 20p each and children will have an opportunity to buy a book during the morning. If you have any children’s books to donate to the sale, please leave them with Mrs O’Shea.
This week staff have received safeguarding training to skill them in recognising extremist views and potential radicalisation in our community. For a parent guide please click here.

Wishing you all a happy weekend

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