Newsletter for the week ending 28th June 2019
28 June 2019

A week of trips here, there and everywhere and an exciting end on Friday with children spending time in the classroom they will be in next year and with the teacher they will have next year. Please read on to find out what has been happening in the classes and other events coming up in school and around the village…


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.

Surf Club
North Devon Surf School are running surf club sessions at a discounted rate in the Autumn term on Friday’s after school. For more information please contact Helena at The North Devon Surf School on 01237 474663

Experiencing Challenging Behaviour From Your Child at Home?
If the answer is yes, Bis-Net are have a podcast with advice and run a anumber of courses. All courses (click here to book) run 9.30am-2.30-pm and include:
– Supporting a Young Person with Challenging Behaviour, Thursday 4th July & Friday 5th July, £40
– Supporting an Autistic Young Person, Monday 8th July & Tuesday 9th July, £40
– Understanding Autistic individuals with Demand Avoidance [PDA] & Strategies to support them, Thursday 11th July & Friday 12th July,£50
– Understanding & Supporting young people with ADHD/ADD and developing Executive Functioning, Monday 15th July & Tuesday 16th July, £40

Cricket for Girls
On Monday, Devon cricket came into deliver cricket sessions for girls. If your daughter enjoyed the cricket and is interested in taking it up, your nearest cricket club is Bideford and Littleham Cricket Club at Westward Ho!. They run a session just for girls on a Monday evening and also sessions for boys and girls on a Friday, starting at 6pm. For more information, contact Andy Davies on 01271 314306

£5,000 of National Book Tokens for your school
Please visit for a chance to win a massive £5,000 of National Book Tokens for our school and £100 of National Book Tokens just for you.


Sports Day
Thank you once again for your understanding regarding our need to postpone to Tuesday 9th July. The details for the day are on the website and we will contact you with as much notice as possible should things have to change.

Dates for the Diary
Friday 5th July is our summer fair. Details on a previous news article on the sdchool website.

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.


To start off our African animal mini topic, FSU ‘flew to Africa’ on Tuesday and we had great fun! We had snacks and drinks on the aeroplane and then went spotting for animals, we also tried fruit from the story Handa’s Surprise and then it was time to fly back. We have talked about what a safari is and acted out a story called ‘We’re going on a Safari’ and then made up our own ending. We have painted sunset pictures, changed our role play and drawn pictures of the animals that we saw in Africa.

This week in Year 1 we have been learning to write letters. A seagull called Sidney delivered a letter to us and while we read it we identified the features of a letter. We then wrote a letter as a whale asking people to look after the oceans. Sidney also delivered a book to us, we read it and identified the interesting vocabulary. In Maths we have finished our work on place value by ordering 2-digit numbers and finding one more and one less than 2, 3 or even 4-digit numbers. We have also started looking at money and have been learning to recognise coins. In Science we looked at what materials objects are made from and discussed why they are made from that material. In our Philosophy session we used the book ‘Fantastically Great Women who Changed the World’. We discussed why Frida Kahlo was so successful.

This week Lundy Puffins have been putting the final touches to their art work. They have created beautiful watercolours with salt and metallic fern drawings and also ceramic tiles imprinted with ferns. Some pieces will be on display at Rosemoor from Saturday 29th June for 2 weeks. They created acrostic poems and watercolours to go alongside their artwork. In English, they have been identifying verbs in our Dragon Machine book and then using these to create their own piece of writing about dragons causing havoc in the classroom. In Maths, they have been solving problems involving multiplication and division. Some children are achieving some really high scores by playing lots of times tables rock stars games – well done! In Science, we have continued our focus on plants and have been excited to watch our bean and pea plants grow taller.

This week we have learnt about writing poetry from art. We also learnt about shapes in art and maths. In art we painted our regatta posters with watercolours. We are making Ancient Egyptian food booklets in topic. We had to do our own research.
By Rico and Libby

This week HMS Echo have finished their unit on Statistics in Maths and are going to be learning about Geometry next week. They have finished creating their River booklets linked to Topic for writing. In P.E, we have been learning further cricket skills with the cricket coach who has come in and have been carrying out our kilometer run for our personal best challenge. In Philosophy, we read the book ‘Egg Drop’ and one of the questions the children formulated was ‘To be successful should you always be patient?’ The class really enjoyed visiting their new class and Teacher for September on Friday 

Year 5 have been continuing their work on shape by looking at reflections, using both square grids and co-ordinates. In literacy, they have been aiming to complete and publish their ‘Extreme Animal’ texts. They have finalised designs for a project at the Burton Art Gallery and hope to visit there next Wednesday to paint some designs on planters outside the gallery. They had an action packed day at The Mix on Wednesday – listening to live music, having a go on instruments and performed the Carmen brilliantly. Subsequent tasks has involved work towards their Arts Explore Award which we hope to complete before the end of the year. They have also thought about questions to ask our Australian Cricket teacher as part of their topic work.

Its been a very busy week for Y6. Last Friday we spent the day at Croyde and taking part in the schools Oceanfest events. Well done to Tigerlily for coming first in the beach flags event. Also well done to Connor who finished in 4th place. The class have been putting the final touches to their play. We hope all parents are able to come and watch next week at either an evening or afternoon performance. Its also been transition time for most of the secondary schools. Those going to GTS have been out all week, Park School on Thursday, whilst Bideford College has been visiting on Thursday and Friday. Its certainly been an exciting time in the classroom. We are now looking forward to sailing to Lundy next week. Please look out for the letter showing the final details.

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

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