News Article
16 March 2018

Pop art, singing with local schools, cross country meet with lots and lots of mud and muh, much more, so please read on…


Another very busy week that ended with cross country against a number of local schools on Thursday for Years 3, 4, 5 & 6 and singing with a number of local school on Friday for Year 2.


After School Surf Club
The North Devon Surf School are now offering your child the opportunity to learn to surf with professional instructors at their award winning Centre of Excellence in Westward Ho!
Lessons will run on Fridays 3.45pm – 5.45pm from the Surf School in Pebbleridge Road, dates are:
Friday 20th April, Friday 4th May, Friday 18th May, Friday 8th June, Friday 15th June, Friday 22nd June, Friday 29th June and Friday 6th July
This is priced at £96 per child for the eight week surfing programme and includes wetsuit, boots, surfboards and tuition with fully qualified coaches. Children must be 7 years old and above and have a good swimming ability to join.Spaces are limited so please call Emma at The North Devon Surf School on 01237 474663 to reserve your child a place by 30th March 2018. Lesson payments to be made by cash or debit/credit card to the Surf School direct.

Burton Art Gallery, Bideford
We have submitted art by our children to the Schools Exhibition that opens 27 Jan, 2018 – 05 Mar, 2018 that is free to view.

Parent Workshops
All courses will take place at Barnstaple Library and will run from 9:30am until 2:30pm each day. Refreshments are provided but not lunch. Supporting a Child with Challenging or Aggressive Behaviour – £30 Monday 12th & Tuesday 13th March 2018 [2 day course] Understanding and supporting an Autistic Child – £30 Monday 16th & Tuesday 17th April 2018 [2 day course] Understanding & Supporting Autistic Individuals with Demand Avoidance [PDA] – £15 Monday 21st May 2018 Understanding & Supporting Individuals with Attention Difficulties [ADHD/ADD] – £15 Tuesday 22nd May 2018 There are only 24 spaces per workshop and we are expecting a good uptake so book early to avoid disappointment. To book a place go to: If you cannot book online please contact us directly on 01392 813028

Safer Internet Use
UK Safer Internet Centre is excellent at providing advice and tips for safe use and can be found at School are also due to receive a jargon-busting guide regarding children’s use of social media and we will share this when we receive it (see


As Sport Relief is around the corner we have had a healthy fitness week this week in FSU. We have looked at foods that are good for us and foods that maybe aren’t! We have talked about how and why we clean our teeth and what will happen if we don’t. We have followed Joe Wicks School Fitness week, working out every morning and completing our own work out on Friday. We have enjoyed the stories Oliver’s Vegetables and The Hungry Caterpillar. We also enjoyed walking to the Library in the glorious sunshine.
Just a reminder about our Open Afternoon. On Tuesday 27th March we would like to invite all the parents in at 3pm. Please come and hear us sing and look through our Learning Journeys with us. Any Parents of Turtles that do not attend on this afternoon, please speak to Mrs Duda to arrange a time to look through your child’s Learning Journey.

This week in Year 1 we have finished writing our own versions of ‘On The Way Home’, our published book will be available to read soon. In Writing this week we have learnt about compound words and what a prefix is. We have also found out about David Attenborough and have recorded the facts that we have learnt about him. In Maths we have compared and ordered groups of objects, and then used what we have learnt to help us compare and order numbers. We have also counted in 2s and 5s. We have checked on the beans that we have planted, some of them are growing well, lots have now grown roots, but some don’t seem to have changed at all. Our Philosophy session used the story ‘The Bog Baby’ we discussed why the children lied to their Mum and whether we would have kept the Bog Baby.

Lundy Puffins have been changing the story of Augustus and his Smile into a story about a lion who loses his roar. There were lots of really great ideas for other stories – well done everyone! Next week, they will be writing more of the story. In Maths, they have moved onto shape and have been investigating 2D and 3D shapes. See how many different shapes you can spot when you are out and about at the weekend. In Science, they had to investigate things outside that were either alive, not alive or never alive. Next week, they will move onto looking at different habitats. They are all looking forward to the singing festival this morning and I can’t wait to here all about it!

This week year 3 have been focussing on all things minibeastlike. We have been developing our grammar skills through a book called ‘Ask Dr K Fisher About Minibeasts’ as well as learning about the importance of earthworms in science. Today in art we have painted minibeasts in the style of Louisiane Saint Fleurant, an artist from the Caribbean.

HMS Echo have had a busy week! The class have worked hard to continue their knowledge on fractions, and have been focusing on showing their working out and giving their peers feedback. In English, the children have written up their explanations and drawn fanciful pictures to match them. These have been put together to make a class book ‘Until I Met Miss Goodman’. We carried out a sound investigation in Science, where we made string telephones. In pairs, the children came up with their own question they would like to find out, e.g. would the sound be quieter if the string was longer/thinner? For philosophy we listened to Aesop’s fable, The Boy Who Cried Wolf. The class came up with and discussed ‘How would you feel if somebody tried to trick you?’ In topic, the children learnt about Hadrian’s wall, located it on a map and wrote sentences comparing the area to the area we live in. Well done to all of the children for their amazing effort and determination in the cross country. The class all did great and a child came second place in the boy’s Year 4 run – great work!

Beechcroft have been busy completing their new invention designs and writing an explanation text to go along side it. In numeracy we have been looking at how to read and interpret line graphs. Space themed tiles were created in the art studio in preparation for printing next week. We worked as a team at Thursday cross-country at Moreton Park and won the first place trophy. Well done to the individual medal winners: Leo, Beatrix and Tigerlily.

These week we have been rehearsing our skills in reading, writing and maths. He have been writing about a wizardry shop for wands and potions. In art we have been creating pop art in the style of Andy Warhol and pixilation. We continue to improve our dodgeball skills and cross country against lots of local school was very muddy!

We wish you all a super weekend,
Jeremy Cooper and all the staff and children

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