Newsletter for the week ending 14th June 2019
14 June 2019

Please read on to find out what has been happening in and around school this week and what is coming up.



North Devon Fringe Theatrefest
The North Devon Fringe Theatrefest is back over the weekend of 27th-30th June 2019! There are many shows across the weekend, at an affordable price, and some shows for families are ‘Pay-What-You-Will’ at the end of the show. You can see the full programme on the website: – If you search ‘family friendly’, you will see the shows that the Children’s Trail will highlight.

Surf Club
North Devon Surf School are running surf club sessions at a discounted rate in the Autumn term on Friday’s after school. For more information please contact Helena at The North Devon Surf School on 01237 474663

Cricket for Girls
On Monday, Devon cricket came into deliver cricket sessions for girls. If your daughter enjoyed the cricket and is interested in taking it up, your nearest cricket club is Bideford and Littleham Cricket Club at Westward Ho!. They run a session just for girls on a Monday evening and also sessions for boys and girls on a Friday, starting at 6pm. For more information, contact Andy Davies on 01271 314306

£5,000 of National Book Tokens for your school
Please visit for a chance to win a massive £5,000 of National Book Tokens for our school and £100 of National Book Tokens just for you.


Sports Day
Thank you once again for your understanding regarding our need to postpone to Tuesday 9th July. The details for the day are on the website and we will contact you with as much notice as possible should things have to change.

Dates for the Diary
Friday 5th July (NEW DATE), summer fair. Details to follow.

As always, please ensure we have the current email and mobile number of the primary contact because this is to whom messages will be sent.


This week IN FSU we have carried on with the theme of farming, we have looked at the jobs that farmers have to do, where different animals live on the farm and what we get from these animals. We loved the visit to the farm today, we designed a check list of things we might see and ticked things off at the farm. We have to say a big thank you to Stacey, Shaun, Millie and Edie for letting us visit.

This week has been all about Phonics! Everyone has worked very hard and did a great job reading the real words and alien words. Thank you for your help with this at home. In Writing we have started our new topic using the books ‘Big Blue Whale’ and ‘Somebody Swallowed Stanley’. We have written a letter to a turtle that was trapped in a net and written sentences about a picture of a beach covered in rubbish. In Maths we have finished our work on Position and Direction by learning about left and right and giving directions. In our Philosophy session we thought about times we have been successful and shared times we have noticed our friends being successful.

Lundy Puffins have read the book ‘The Lost Words’ which has inspired some fantastic nature poetry and art work. They looked at various hedgerow plants, sketched them and wrote acrostic poems about them. In the art studio, they created clay tiles with prints of ferns. Some of the work will form part of an exhibition at RHS Rosemoor, alongside art work from other ACCT schools. More details will be given about this soon. They have finished their Dragon writing whcih is now ready to be published so look out for it soon. For science that have each planted a pea/bean seed and a flower seed and will be taking care of these and watching how they grow in the coming weeks.
Seahunter’s week got off to a fun but messy start in the art studio, experimenting with colour. This half term’s theme is painting so they explored how to mix primary colours and alter shade using black and white. Look out for some amazing paintings coming soon! In Science, the children have enjoyed finding our about magnets and were amazed to discover the world is a huge magnet itself! They will be exploring this further, working with compasses. Yesterday, they had a great time at The Atlantic Racquet Centre taking art in a festival. They learnt new skills, met new people and represented our school brilliantly.

HMS Echo have finished their Maths unit ‘money’ and will be starting a new unit ‘statistics’ next week. For Literacy, we have focused on using correct punctuation when writing speech. In Computing, the children created their own Minion Top Trumps cards to make their own paper based data bases. In the Art Studio, the class were experimenting with colours using paint.

Year 5 have been finding out about how some animals survive in very hot or cold conditions from their new text ‘Extreme Animals’. They will now try and compare some Australian animals and write in a similar style to the book which uses humour to capture our attention. In maths they have been working on area and perimeter – making sure they understand the difference between these – they played a game in which the aim was to collect the most territory which became very competitive. In science, they have almost completed work on forces thinking about the mechanisms of levers, gears and pulleys. They have The Burton Art Gallery coming in to talk to them on Friday as they are going to be taking part in a project painting the planters outside the gallery. Please send all SOE3 forms for The Mix in as soon as possible.

This week, in maths, we’ve started to design our own Theme Parks; we have 5 million pounds to build it with on plot of land measuring 1 square kilometre. In literacy, we are writing about our chosen animal that you can find in Devon. We are writing facts about coasts and things that you would find there in our topic work. In art, we have finished our mackerel paintings with Abby. We are enjoying our weekly cricket sessions and have started tennis skills with Tom.

Reminder: Please return all SOE3 forms and payments by next week. We are going on our first trip to Oceanfest next Friday

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

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