Newsletter for the week ending 11th October 2019
11 October 2019

A week that has included so much learning about our environment topic this half term for all of our classes that includes plastic in our oceans, the importance of bees and everything you need to know about recycling. Please read on to find out more of what has been happening around here this week…


For children wanting to start a brass instrument
Appledore Band are offering a free starter group at St Mary’s church hall at 6pm on Wednesdays. Please contact Neil Hamilton on if interested.


Macmillan Coffee Morning
Well done year 6 for runnuing this and raising £137.60.

Parents’ Evenings
If you haven’t already signed up please take a look on the calendar on the website for the dates and sign up on the list outside the classroom or contact the school to book an appointment. If you can’t find the information, please just give us a call on 01237 474365.

Ear Rings
Please note that staff are no longer permitted to tape over a pupil’s ear rings during PE or other activities, so if a child attends school wearing ear rings that are not possible to remove any related injury is the responsibility of the parents / carers.

Please ensure that we always have your current contact details, including address, email and all telephione numbers. Thank you.


This week we have continued with the story of The Rainbow Fish but looked more at their habitats and what we can do to protect our seas. We had Sadie come and read us a story on Monday about Duffy the Sea Turtle and this sparked a lot of conversation about looking after our environment and the creatures. We also enjoyed our visit from Duncan Beedie, he read us his story Molly’s Moon Mission. Today we have fish cakes and they were delicious! We have also been busy preparing for our Harvest Festival on Wednesday, please come and join us in The Hall at 2:30 and then afterwards up in The Unit to look through our Learning Journeys.

This week we have completed our Dear Zoo books and they are now available in the Writing Gallery. The children worked really hard and their books are great. In Maths we have been writing addition number sentences. We have found all the different ways of partitioning a number and found all the different number sentences that can be made using the same three numbers. Our Philosophy session used a video about a frog and a scorpion crossing a river. We discussed the question ‘Why couldn’t the scorpion control herself?’ In the Art Studio Abby taught us how to use primary colours to make secondary colours.

This week Lundy Puffins have started their new book ‘How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth’. They have thought about what the book might be about by looking at the front cover. They have finished publishing their ‘Traction Man’ stories and these will be available on the writing display very soon. In Maths, they have started to learn about addition and subtraction and will be revising number bonds. Please practise at home if you can! In their topic work, they have learnt about some of the reasons why bees are in danger and have produced books to show this learning. In addition they have been making pom-pom bumblebees and printing using bubble wrap to make ‘honeycomb’. A busy week!

Seahunter have enjoyed working on Paddington Finds a Cure in English this week, exploring new vocabulary and learning the story map. In Maths, we have explored methods for addition and focused on which are most efficient, using place value knowledge to work with hundreds, tens and ones. In our topic work, we have explored the world of the rainforest following our Eden Project trip. We have found out about the layers and how they work together to create an ecosystem. Finally, the children took part in a multiskills festival at The Atlantic Racquet Centre on Thursday, working with children form many other schools to develop a range of sporting skills.

This week in Maths, HMS Echo have been learning how to add using the column method and have also began to subtract using the column method. In English, we have learnt some of our book through drama and have practised how to present contents pages and other information pages. In P.E, we have continued to learn tag rugby skills and have played a game of tag rugby. For Science, we looked at a range of environmental problems that affect habitats and then in computing did further research on ‘plastic pollution’ to create PowerPoints in groups.

Year 5 have been writing non-chronological reports on sea animals which are effected by plastic pollution. They have used a shared format for planning their report and then researched facts using the laptops. We managed to get outside to do our weekly session of outdoor numeracy then completed multi-step calculations back in the classroom. We have been looking at rounding and estimating numbers to help with checking strategies. In philosophy we discussed what we now knew about plastic pollution (an amazing amount of facts) and then debated who was responsible for stopping plastic getting into the oceans.

Year 6 have all been extremely tired this week after the residential last week. However, they have published their Climate Change work this week which looks fantastic. It will be on display either outside the classroom or in the corridor on the way to the hall. Following on from this, in P4C they have come up with the question: ‘How would you feel if you had to change your life permanently’ – in the context of trying to save our planet. In maths, they have revised addition and subtraction skills, applying it to problem solving which has made a few brains hurt. Science has involved micro-organisms and we will be experimenting soon – I hope they won’t be leaving too much food to go mouldy in the process! They have also begun making powerpoints about their residential experiences which we hope to share with you soon. A few children, who did not do Bikeability last year, still need to bring forms back please.

Have a wonderful weekend everybody.
From Jeremy Cooper and all the staff and children.

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