Newsletter for the week ending 15th December
15 December 2017

Happy Christmas from all teh childrne and staff at Appledore School!  Please read on to find out what has been happening around the classes and what will be happening around the village…


Northam Neighbourhood Plan
This is your chance to say what is important to you about your neighbourhood and and torridge District Council want you veiws, so please complete a short survey at or

Appledore Library Christmas Events
Saturday 16th December 10am – 11:30am: Children’s Christmas Crafts
Wednesday 20th December 2:30pm – 4pm: Lego Club with a Christmas theme
All events are free and there is no need to book, just drop in.
Many Thanks,
Appledore Library


Zumba Club
Spaces are available in thsi Monday after school club. Please click here for more information. 

Christmas Fayre
A huge thank you to the PTA for organising this event and to all of you able to come.

Term Dates
Friday 15th December is our last of day of term and the children return on Wednesday 3rd January 2018. For 2018-2019 please click here.

KS1 Nativity
What fantastic performers we have in Key Stage One! Everyone sang, acted and danced brilliantly for the Nativity performances and we are very proud of them. Thank you very much for your help with costumes, learning lines and also for generous donations for the North Devon Hospice. You raised over £220!


This week has been all about Christmas! We have written our letters to Santa, added voices to the film The Snowman and finished off our Christmas cards and presents. And of course…we performed oour play which was a huge success. Thank you to all of you that supported the event and we raised £150 for The Hospice. Have a lovely Christmas and we will see you in the New Year.

We have had a great first term in Year 1. The children have worked very hard and have made great progress so far. Thank you for all your support with their homework, helping them to learn their spellings and for reading with them at home. This week we have written our own stories based on ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’. We have also continued to learn the names of 2D and 3D shapes.

Lundy Puffins have worked hard all term and should be proud of all the work they have done. This week, they have putting the finishing touches to their topic books and completing some Science work about baby animals. They have all made a Bethlehem scene and should be taking these home to you this week. With Mrs Harvey, they have made vehicles for Father Christmas. Mrs Harvey, Mrs O’Shea and I (Mrs Stanbury) hope that you all have a fantastic Christmas and look forward to seeing you all in the New Year.

This week saw Year 3 reach the end of our topic, ‘Our Class Museum’. This included a visit to the Victorian School Room and Maritime Museum on Tuesday. The children looked amazing dressed in smart collars and pinafores, sitting in rows in the school room. They enjoyed finding out what it was like to be a Victorian child but quickly concluded that they are very happy to be at school in 2017. The cane and learning by rote definitely put them off! In the museum, they explored the different ways that things are presented to visitors and how the museum is organised, from the archives to the visitors book. They then used their research to plan and run their own class museum. They enjoyed labelling and organising before showing friends and family around the exhibits and interactive activities. They all worked so hard and enjoyed sharing the work they have completed this term. The children have had a great first term in Year 3, developing more mature attitudes to match the expectations of being in Key Stage 2. We are really pleased with their attitudes and effort and wish them all a well deserved happy Christmas holiday.

This week HMS Echo have been getting into the Christmas spirit. The children have enjoyed watching Foundation Stage and KS1’s nativities and singing Christmas songs down at the church. They all sang beautifully! In Maths, we have completed our length and perimeter work in order to start a new unit after Christmas. In English, the children learnt how to write similes linked to Hercules. The class have also made some lovely Christmas cards in our art lesson. For Topic, we looked at the legacy of Ancient Greece, focusing on influences to our language and similarities and differences in the alphabet. We have now come to the end of our topic ‘Ancient Greece’, ready to start our new topic after Christmas, ‘The Romans’. Have a lovely Christmas, see you in the New Year!

Beechcroft have been very busy completing all their work. There has been some great work produced on the Anglo-Saxons this term. I have been amazed by the helmets and shields made, and I’ve certainly enjoyed tasting the honey shortbread. Well done Y5 on all your hard work. They have worked hard to learn the words for the Christmas carol service which took place in the church today. I hope everyone has a peaceful Christmas and are looking forward to the new year when we start our topic on The Planets.

 Have a wonderful christmas from 

Jeremy Cooper and all the staff and children

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