Newsletter for the week ending 22nd September
25 September 2017

For news about the Halloween Disco, staff news and other events around and about the school, please read on…


Halloween Disco
The date for this will be Friday 13th October – more details to follow…

Swimming for Year 3
A reminder that swimming starts for Year 3 on Monday 25th September and runs for ten weeks.

Staff News

John Jefferies last day with us is Monday 25th September. John has worked very hard to make our school site an excellent environment for our children and staff, a bvaluable member of our lunchtime staff and an inspiring football coach.  We wish Joh all the very best in his new job and thank him for all he has done for us.


FSU Nursery Rhyme this week has been ‘Baa Baa Black Sheep.’ We have sung different versions of the song, painted pictures of sheep using bubbles and making sheep using pom poms. We have looked at where sheep live and why they live on a farm compared to other habitats in the world. We also enjoyed our walk to the Library to change our books

This week in Year 1 we have been mapping out and remembering some of the story of Mrs Armitage on Wheels. On Thursday we received a letter from Mrs Armitage asking us to help her design a new canoe. In Maths we have been counting forwards and backwards and finding one more and one less than a number. In P4C we read the story Giraffes Can’t Dance and discussed the question ‘How did the cricket make Gerald dance?’. In Art we drew each other using drawing pencils and different pencil skills.

Lundy Puffins have been learning all about nouns and verbs this week in English. They found verbs in sentences and wrote some descriptive sentences about dragons. This will help them next week when they will be writing their own stories. In Maths, they have been looking at place value and comparing objects and numbers using the words ‘greater than’, ‘less than’, ‘the same as’. They found out how some types of transport have changed over the years by looking at photographs and drawings. On Thursday, they spent a fantastic day in the Art Studio making model hot air balloons and collages. Our P4C question comes from the book ‘Giraffes Can’t Dance’: Why couldn’t Gerald dance at the start, but then he could at the end?

Seahunter started the week a session in the art studio. They visited the jungle to collect sticks and natural ‘treasures’ before using them with fabric, ribbon and wool to create story sticks. They enjoyed creating their stories and sharing them with one another. In maths they have continued to develop their understanding of place value, ready to apply this to tackling calculations next week. Their poetry skills have been developing and they are looking forward to dressing up next week to write ‘How to be a…’ poems. Finally, the children had a great time in P.E. on Tuesday. They worked so hard on their skills that they were able to play some mini games. It was great to see how well they worked as teams and supported each other.

This week HMS Echo have enjoyed learning more about our topic ‘Ancient Greece’ and have particularly enjoyed learning a song about Ancient Greece, ‘Living it up in Greece’. In computing, the children also researched Ancient Greece to place it on the map.
We have continued to practise our philosophy skills by reading and discussing the book ‘Willy and Hugh’ by Anthony Browne which led to our big question ‘Will they stay best friends?’. The class discussed friendship, falling out and making up within the session. In addition, the children have enjoyed carrying out shared reading with the Year 1 class and supporting each other to make sense of the text.
HMS Echo have also had fun developing their gymnastic skills in P.E, where they have been creating a sequence of movements in groups. They look forward to transferring these skills onto the apparatus in the up-coming weeks.

Y5 been really busy this week publishing their Viking Saga pop up book. Please have a look at them on display in the main building. In numeracy we have been changing decimal numbers into fractions and ordering them. We have been started our science work on changing materials and how molecules change from a solid to a liquid or gas. Our topic work has been looking at Viking homes and thinking about how these compare with our homes today. And our P4C question for this week, ‘Is it ever right to tell a lie?’

Year 6 have continued work on place value in maths with numbers up to 10 million. In Literacy they have worked on ‘the rule of 3’, colons and semi-colons linked to their text Beowulf by Kevin Crossley-Holland. In art, they designed and created Christmas Cards with Mrs Shute in the New Studio. They have been running most days and enjoyed a visit from Appledore Band on Thursday. They were able to have a go on brass instruments and there is some talent there. They were asked to contact Appledore Band if they wanted to pursue their talents. Next week they have visits from The Magistrates Court, The School Nurse and Drama with Robert Barber in preparation for their performance at Rosemoor. Don’t forget the cake sale on Friday 29th September in aid of Macmillan. cakes to be sold at break time – 50p each. Donations greatly received.

Best wishes from
Jeremy Cooper and all the staff and children

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