Newsletter for the week ending 14th December
14 December 2018

This week has been nothing short of brilliant!  It started with each class putting up their Christmas hoop in our main corridor and included, amongst many other great things, a barnstorming nativity by our nursery and reception class and our Christmas Jolly yesterday (big thanks PTA!), so please read on to find out what else has been happening in and around the classes this week…


North Devon Authors Book Signing
5-8pm, Sunday 16th December at the Pier House, Westward Ho! there is a book signing of local authors that includes children’s authors.


Maths Week
When we return in January, it will be maths week in school. Each class is reading a story and completing maths work related to the story. We will be looking forward to sharing our work with parents during that week, so please look out for times and dates which should be passed on soon.

Christmas Jumpers Every Friday in December
For £1 donation to PTFA funds your child is invited to wear their Christmas jumper every Friday in December (not £1 each time!)

Christmas Jolly
This was so well attended, thank you, and so far haS RAIED OVER £700

Parent Survey
If you have a couple of minutes, pelase could you complete the (short!) survey so we can have your views on the school and what it does. It’s available by visiting

PE Kit
Please make sure that your child always has their PE kit in school.

Shoebox Appeal
Over 80 shoe boxes were filled by you and are now on their way to be delivered. Thank you.

This week in FSU we have definitely been getting into the spirit of Christmas! We have read the story of Christmas and talked about how this links to our Christmas Play and why we give presents at Christmas, we have also started to design and make our Christmas cards and decorations. The children loved performing on Tuesday and we raised £197.11 for The Hospice so a big thank you to everyone that came.

All of year 1 had a great time on Wednesday, for our trip to The Plough. The play was very funny and we even got to join in. Thanks to all the parents and grandparents who came with us and made the trip run smoothly. On Thursday we wrote a recount of the Elves and the Shoemaker. We have also written instructions on how to catch Father Christmas. In Maths we have recapped on everything we have done so far this year. We have also been busy rehearsing our Nativity and making decorations to sell at the Christmas Jolly.

The highlight of the week for Lundy Puffins was the trip with Year 1 to the Plough Theatre to see a performance of The Elves and the Shoemaker. It has been a busy week of play practices and getting items ready to sell for the Christmas Jolly. Amongst all the Christmas activities, they have been learning different strategies for adding 3 small numbers and carrying out some research into Neil Armstrong ready to write their biographies next week. They are looking forward to performing their play to you next Tuesday.

This week, Seahunter have enjoyed getting in to the Christmas spirit and decorating the classroom with glitter! They created some lovely decorations for the Christmas Jolly during our art time as well as completing collages of the Battersea Shield (a bronze age artefact we have learnt about). Their shields will form part of our class museum on Wednesday morning. Year 3 parents and carers are welcome to join us from 9.30am until 10.30am in our classroom to visit the museum and share work. In English, we have enjoyed watching and developing writing skills through Mog’s Christmas Calamity. They will be planning and writing their own versions next week.

This week HMS Echo had a treat at the start of the week watching foundation stage’s Christmas play rehearsal! The class have taken some end of term tests for both reading and maths. In Literacy, the children have planned their own versions of our information book ‘Penguins’ and have also started to write up some of the pages thinking about their presentation. We have been busy practising different art skills such as drawing and painting. Towards the end of the week, the children presented what they had found out and made for their Greek home learning project! It is clear from their great presentations that the children have all worked really hard on their research. Well done Year 4!

Year 5 have had a different week, with several children taking part in Bikeability on Monday and Tuesday. We had good reports about them and they all passed, so well done! If you are in the next group don’t forget your bikes and helmets (warm clothes too) on Monday and Tuesday next week! We have been publishing work on ‘The day the Crayons Quit’ this week – there are some beautiful books to share. In maths we have refined long multiplication and begun division methods. In science we made the room smell lovely, mixing warm milk and vinegar – we created a plastic called casein. In topic, we have been organising our books, as we have lots of artwork and information to present neatly as we are coming to the end of our topic. We will be learning about Space next term. Please don’t forget that payments for the residential next year are due before the end of term. As to the aforementioned maths weeks, Year 5 will share work on Jim and the Beanstalk on Friday 11th January from 3pm.

On the Friday of last week, years five and six went down to the community hall to do a performance of our Christmas readings and songs. We really enjoyed this! In maths we have done some work on co-ordinates and started looking at the mode, median, mean and range. In our literacy, we are on the eighth out of nine pieces of writing on The Christmas Carol in which we are listening to a spoken recording to help us. In our art session, we have finished sewing our robins and painting Christmas baubles. We painted winter trees, with a poem about winter, in our where my wellie’s take me book. It has certainly been a busy week. Reporter: Isabella

Have a lovely weekend
From Jeremy Cooper and all the staff and children

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