Newsletter for the week ending 17th May
17 May 2019

Another busy week this week with much talk of dinosaurs, castles and ancient Eygptians!  Well done Year 6 for being so positive this week – you all know what I’m referring too.  Please read on to find out what has been happening in school this week and of local events such as the Carnival Disco tonight (Friday 17th May) and Appledore Green Fayre…


Appledore Village Green Fayre
So that the above event can go ahead thsi year and not be cancelled, the committee urgently needs volunteers to help on the day (Saturday 1st June) with setting up stalls and gazebos and/or spending half hour stints running stalls. If you think you can help, please contact Kathy Hancock on 07715 973877 or Dave Thomas on 07790 130708.

Carnival Queen Disco
This year it is 7pm on Friday 17th May at Appledore Social Club and it is then that the Carnival Queem will be selected. To be considered you must: live in Appledore; have or currently attend Appledore School and be available for Appledore Carnival (18th August) and Bideford Carnival (14th September). Attendants, Fairy Queens and Pirate will also be chosen at the disco.

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.


Sunny Days
It’s getting hotter, so please ensure your child comes to school with a sun hat and 12 hour suncreen applied.

Dates for the Diary – PTA run events
Wednesday 5th June, sports day. Races for Y1-Y6 9:30am-12pm, lunch for all children and parents 12pm-1pm and afternoon activities for Reception to Y6 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Wednesday 12th June, reserve day for sports day (if bad weather 5th June)
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 continued with the theme of dinosaurs. We have looked at how long and how tall they were using metre sticks and we were amazed at how tall and long they really were. We have made dinosaur biscuits, created dinosaurs that move using split pins, made dinosaur masks from paper plates and painted more pictures of them. We have sorted dinosaurs by the sharpness of their teeth and thought about why this might have been.

This week in Year 1 we have had very quiet mornings while the Year 6 children have been busy with their SATs. We have continued our work on ‘The Disgusting Sandwich’, we have reminded ourselves about the suffix ‘ed’ by writing sentences with ‘ed’ words and we have improved sentences by adding conjunctions and adjectives. Next we will be planning our own stories. In Maths we have continued learning about halves, by halving shapes and numbers. We then learnt about quarters, we have quartered shapes and next we will be quartering numbers. Our beans are growing very well, the tallest one this week was 81cm! Next week we will need to plant them out before they start toppling over! Our Philosophy session this week used the book ‘The Lion Inside’ we had a great discussion around the question ‘Why did the mouse want to change himself?

This week Lundy Puffins have been writing about knights. They wrote some information about knights and then wrote some instructions for ‘How to be a knight’. In Maths, they have been practising their times tables and will be practising their division facts next week. The personal best challenge this half term is to see how many times they can bounce a tennis ball and catch it in 30 seconds. They have practised the skill this week and will try hard next week to beat their personal best. In their topic work they have been finding out about the features of castles and then constructing castles.

Seahunter have been busy Egyptologists this week. In topic, the have produced some great work about Tutankhamun as well as Top Trumps games about Ancient Egyptian gods. In English, they have been exploring the story of the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb. They have practised using noun phrases and adverbials to create descriptive sentences. Next week, they will be planning and writing their own reports about Howard Carter, which will then be available to read on or near the writer’s wall.

HMS Echo have finished working on decimals and fractions in Maths now, and will be learning about money next week. In English, we have finished working on our own versions of the book ‘A River’. Next week, we will be recapping grammar skills and giving the children opportunities for creative writing. In the Art Studio, the children have finished painting their river drawings with water colours. They look excellent! In Topic, the class looked at the route that we will be taking on our trip next week on an OS map and prepared some questions that they would like to find out on the day.

This week, year 5 have had their own SATs week and now understand what the process is all about in preparation for next year. On the whole, they have coped well and realised just how much they already know and how they need to practice and remember what they are learning in order to move forward. Children will be sent home with some information soon, on how to support them doing this – it is always best not left until the last minute. Alongside this, in Science they worked in groups to make and test parachutes in a timed task – Mrs Mitchell was really impressed by how well they worked in their groups. In art, they have continued dot paintings and in literacy, they have created some amazing stories in the style of ‘The Ice Bear’ – these should be finished next week. Cricket is still popular on Friday and the girls also have their own session, next week, on Monday afternoon. For Music, with Mrs Smale, they are working hard on their Carmen performance as part of their Arts Award, which they will share with you towards the end of the year.

This week in Year 6 we have been taking our SATs exams which went very well. On Monday, the two papers we did were the Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation paper 1 and the spelling paper 2. On Tuesday, we did the reading paper which took a whole hour! On Wednesday, we did two maths papers; the arithmetic and one of the two reasoning papers. On the last day of SATs, we did the last reasoning paper and were happy that we had completed everything! We relaxed in the afternoons, playing rounders and eating ice cream. We have been writing a diary each day this week on how we have been keeping positive about taking the exams. Reporter: Isabella

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

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