Newsletter for the week ending 18th May
18 May 2018

Please read on to find out about our appearance on Radio Devon, cross country, Africa journal writing, shipwrecks and much. much more… 


Radio Devon Shout Out
Beechcroft Class (Year 5) did us proud with the Radio Devon School Shout Out earlier this week. If you missed it, it’s available here 

House Cross Country
A beautiful day today for another Friday afternoon of sport and this time it was our House cross country run

Ofsted Report
This is now availabe to read and we are very pleased with it, because it is truely reflects the hard work of all the children, parents, staff and governors. A copy will be sent home with your child and a copy can also be found by clicking here

Tennis for Y3&4
I was lucky to take eight enthusiastic tennis players to a tournament at the Atlantic Racquets Centre, Bideford and they were mighty fine representatives of Appledore School

Summer Disco
This will be held after school on Friday 8th June. Details to follow…

Summer fayre
The date is set for the afternoon of the 6th July. Again, more details to follow…

Sports Day

The date is set for Tuesday 26th June and reserve date (should we have bad weather on 26th) is Tuesday 3rd July


Carnival Queen
With Queen Ellie’s reign coming to an end, we will be hosting our annual Carnival Queen disco on Friday the 18th of May at Appledore Social Club from 7pm.

Will you be our next queen, attendant, fairy or Pirate? 

Resident of Appledore

Have been or currently attend Appledore Community Primary School

Must be available on the days which occupies Appledore Carnival (Sunday 19th of August) & Bideford Carnival (Saturday 8th of September)
For more details please email

Apledore Library Event
Appledore Library is having an Elmer day at the Library on Saturday 26th May 10am- 12pm. It’s a free drop in with Elmer themed crafts and books to borrow


This in week in FSU we have explored shipwrecks and compared boats now to those in the past and came up with reasons as to why there were more shipwrecks in the past. We went to The Jungle on Tuesday and made our own boats. We also found out the role of a lighthouse and made our own. Today we have had a royal tea party, making banners, flags and crowns ready for the Royal Wedding tomorrow.

This week in Year 1 we have published our dragon descriptions. We used wax crayons and a paint wash to illustrate our dragons and wrote our descriptions in our neatest writing on the back. We have also written a recount of our day in Rosemoor. In Maths we have learnt about quarters, we have quartered shapes and numbers. We performed our boom whacker songs to the rest of the school. On Friday we are having an active day, with a tennis workshop in the morning and cross country in the afternoon. Our Philosophy session used the book The Smartest Giant in Town, we discussed why George the giant wanted to look smart.

Lundy Puffins have done some amazing writing this week about dragons. They are making it into a class book which will be available soon on the writing wall by the hall to have a look at. In Maths, they have been revising fractions by finding fractions of different amounts. In Science, they have looked at food chains and played a game where they had to find who they ate and who they were eaten by. For P4C, we read the book ‘The Smartest Giant in Town’. They will be using it to discuss questions next week. On Friday, they are looking forward to playing tennis and then taking part in the house cross country in the afternoon.

Another hugely busy week that ended with a great effort in the House cross country and singing of songs to parents. Thank you to those who came to hear us sing!

HMS Echo have continued to learn about solids, liquids and gases in science through a carousel of experiments. The main focus was on changing states of matter where we observed the changes of ice turning from a solid to a liquid. The children had to predict what would happen to the yellow and blue ice cubes and then draw what they could see. The class have completed their unit on decimals and carried out an elicitation on time, ready to start their learning next week. They have also planned and written up their own stories linked to ‘King of the Birds’. They will be writing these up in best next week before starting a new unit on poetry writing linked to rivers, after half tem. Later in the week, 4 children from Year 4 and 4 from 3 represented the school brilliantly at a tennis festival at Atlantic Racquet Centre!

Beechcroft have been fantastically quiet this week to allow the Y6’s get on with their SATs. They have been writing journals about an African animal which they would like to see if they went to the Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania. In numeracy they have been looking at how to translate shapes and find coordinates and finding missing angles in quadrilaterals. In ICT they have been researching an African country and producing a power-point to be shared with the rest of the class next week. Our topic work has explored the differences between rural and urban Tanzania. We read the story ‘Best of Friends’ for our philosophy session and discussed how we should appreciate and friends but also given then some privacy.

So, Year 6 breathe a sigh of relief that the week is over! We are very proud of all the children for their positive attitudes this week and for coping so well. They have enjoyed their breakfasts and odd treats in the afternoons. Alongside revision they have also been using Publisher to produce leaflets about ‘We the Curious’ at Bristol and have been learning the competition rules for rounders. Don’t forget the trip to Exeter on Wednesday – still a few forms needed!

We wish you all a super weekend,
From Jeremy Cooper and all the staff and children

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