Newsletter for the week ending 23rd November
22 November 2018

Please read on to fin out about what has been going on in school this week and forthcoming events…


Northam Care Trust Family Christmas Fair & Grotto
The Northam Care Trust will be hosting its annual Christmas Fair & Grotto on Saturday 8th December 2018 from 10.30am – 2.00pm at our Rose Hill Activity Centre on Heywood Road, Bideford, EX39 3PG.There will be many festive games to enjoy, Santa will be in his grotto, plus stalls to browse and Christmas crafts & gifts to purchase. Hot homemade soup and refreshments will be available to warm you through, as well as a bountiful cake stall.

Enter and park for free, and bring the family along.

Kingsley School Art and Science Enrichment Morning
This event is for pupils in Years 5&6 and being held at 10am-12.30pm on Saturday 24th November at a cost of £10 per child. If you are interested, please contact Diane Smart at

North Devon Authors Book Signing
5-8pm, Sunday 16th December at the Pier House, Westward Ho! there is a book signing of local authors that includes children’s authors.


Christmas Fair now the Christmas Jolly
This will be held on Thursday 13th December. It will enterprise stalls selling your children’s Xmas crafts, refreshments and a visit from Santa. PTFA will ask for your best bakes nearer the time. We are hoping Santa will be able to bring his sleigh this year and he will be able to meet children from 3pm onwards. The PTFA will be in touch about how to book a slot with Santa nearer the time.

PE Kit
Please make sure that your child always has their PE kit in school.

Shoebox Appeal
Please remember to fill and return the box provided by the Rotary Club so they can be sent away to less fortunate children. We have chosen to support the Rotary Club shoebox appeal because there is no charge for the box and for sending them.


This week in Year 1 we have written our final piece of writing for ‘What do you do with a tail like this?’. We wrote about what we would need in order to do our dream jobs. We are in the process of editing this writing and publishing ready for the writing wall. In Maths we have started our new unit on Shape. We have used 3D shapes to print patterns, we have made shapes, sorted shapes and played Guess My Shape. We have also had a very exciting magic lesson, we placed 2D shapes into a magic bag, said the magic words and turned them into 3D shapes. We have learnt about another ‘Everyday Hero’ – Neil Armstrong. We pretended we were Neil Armstrong and wrote postcards from the moon. Our Philosophy session this week used the Julia Donaldson book ‘The Magic Paintbrush’. We discussed the question ‘Why didn’t Shen paint the tree for the Emperor?’

This week in English, Lundy Puffins have been looking at a new text which is a biography about Amelia Earhart. We were very impressed by how quickly they were able to learn a few of the pages. They have been looking at the vocabulary used by the author and have begun to look at how they could use some of these words in their own writing. In Maths, they have been adding a 1-digit number to a 2-digit number and looking at strategies to do this. They really needed to know their number bonds to 10 to able to do this, so please keep practising! For P4C, they looked at the book ‘Room on the Broom’ and thinking about our ‘kindness’ value for this half term, the question was: Why were the animals so kind to the witch? Our topic work has continued and we learned a bit more about Christopher Columbus and started to make a scroll to represent why he is famous. A letter went home on Wednesday about a trip to the Plough Theatre on 12th December, so please ask if you didn’t receive one.

Seahunter have been exploring bar charts in Maths, looking at how they create a clear image that can help people to understand data. They have been able to create their own tally charts and use the data to create a bar chart. In English, they have been working on using persuasive language.They have learnt the difference between begging and pleading with someone and using good reasons to persuade them. In pairs, they thought of some good reasons for changing the school uniform and will be using these to write letters to Mr Cooper. In philosophy, we have a great discussion about an image of a boy who was left out at playtime. The question was, ‘Is he being abused?’ The discussion was about how, if he wasn’t being treated nicely by other people, he night feel different and not able to join in or worried that they would also be unkind. The final though was that we should always try to help someone who seems upset because we don’t know what might be happening in their life and, even if they don’t want to talk, we can tell an adult we trust.

This week in Maths HMS Echo have been working on how to solve the perimeter of rectilinear shapes. For Literacy they have finished publishing their ‘Leon and the Place Between’ books, ready to be put on display in the corridor, and have also carried out an elicitation task for our new non-fiction unit. For P.E, we have started to learn some gymnastic skills using the mats and some apparatus. We have been in the art studio to create lollipop snowflakes and polystyrene snowballs for our Christmas hoop. In Philosophy, we read the fable ‘The Lion and the Mouse’ from one of Aesop’s fables and the class discussed our big question ‘Do you have to someone you’re brave or can you just show it?’.

In maths we have been learning how to use addition and subtraction in different ways: in columns, the bar method and mentally in our heads. In English, we have been writing up our own sagas about the Viking Gods. In art we have been painting and drawing the Bayeux Tapestry and will start sewing next. In P.E, we have been learning different balances with a partner and we did some routines on the apparatus (also with a partner or group of 3). In Science we experimented to see which materials would dissolve – we need to remember what soluble and insoluble mean! We now have enough children for Bikeability but please still return forms, if you haven’t done so, as we will keep a reserve list. Children will be allocated into a group and the dates will be given out soon.

In English we’ve started writing our autobiographies. We are continuing with coordinates in maths which involve translation and reflection. We are starting a new topic of inheritance and evolution in science and have been finding out about Charles Darwin and Mary Anning. We had a visit from Adsa and tasted a range of different fruits. Reporter: Leo

Have a lovely weekend
From Jeremy Cooper and all the staff and children

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