Newsletter for the week ending 5th April 2019
5 April 2019

A brilliantly productive last week with many highlights, not least the transformation of our main corridor art gallery from textiles display to our focus this half term on printing and a wonderful whole school get together to sing at each others – what a way to end a short but busy term! 

This is always the term we really see the children accelerate in their learning and the assessment information I have just received from teachers certainly evidences that, so the certainly deserve their break and the chocolate this holiday brings.

Please read on to find out what has been going on in and around the classes this week and for forthcoming events…  

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.


Spring craft workshop – free.
10am – 12.30pm, Saturday 13 April, The Arts Centre, Bideford FREE. A workshop for families. Decorate a flower pot, make flowers from tissue paper and recycled materials, create a Faberge inspired egg or your very own ‘dragon’s’ egg. For further information and to book:Visit Call 01237 472462 or 0345 155 1014 Email

Appledore Library
the following activities are happening in Appledore Library over Easter:
Thursday 11th April 10-11:30am Easter Crafts
Wednesday 17th April 2:30-4pm Lego Club

Also an Easter egg hunt around the library during opening hours.
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.


Road Safety During Drop Off and Collection Times
Sadly, I am having to remind parents that not only only are they not permitted to park outside the school on Kingsley Avenue because it it is a private road that only access across is granted, but that cars ignoring this are creating too frequent near misses with predestrians and particulalry children. We all teach the children road safety awareness and continue to do so, but attempts by school to stop what is a very small minority contuining to ignore requests, including being abusive with it, are falling on deaf ears. A very small number of parents have permission due to disability, but for all the rest please, please park further away (including the car park on Odun Road for which you are entitled to a free pass, please just ask) and walk before I am having to write to you with news of a child accident or possibly worse.

A big thank you to all who attended the bingo and all involved in making such a fun event happen.

Rechargeable Cameras
With the rise in camera use for taking photos, please could you have a dig around to see if you have any rechargeable cameras you no longer use that you would be willing to donate to school. Please send any in with your child or drop them in at the school office.


This week in FSU we have started a mini topic all about Spring. We have looked at the different seasons to see where Spring fits in, we have found out about daffodils and made daffodils using a variety of different media. We also went to The Jungle to look for signs of Spring using our senses. We finished the week off by making some Easter nests. Have a lovely break everyone and we will see you in the Summer Term.

We have had a great final week of term in Year 1. We have been learning all about the Easter story and recording what we have learnt by writing an Easter book. In Maths we have been learning how to balance number sentences and find the missing number. Our Philosophy session used the book Beautiful Oops, we discussed the question Why is it ok to see mistakes differently? We have been practising for the cross country run, and will continue to practise for this after Easter. Please make sure you have PE shoes in school every day. Hope you all have a lovely Easter Holiday and we will see you back in School after Easter.

Lundy Puffins have finished writing some great stories about an animal that loses something. They’ll be published after Easter so look out for them on display. In Maths, they have continued with telling the time and are almost there with quarter past and quarter to. Please keep practising at home! The children enjoyed performing the songs and dances they had been learning with Mrs Smale – thank you for watching. We wish you and your family a relaxing Easter break.

Seahunter have been busy animators this week! They made amazing rainforest dioramas in shoe boxes at home then have worked with Stop Motion animation to create short films set in their scene. On Tuesday they read ‘The Great Green Forest’ and discussed whether there are ever good reasons to cut down rainforests in philosophy. Following this, they watched and listened to some information on deforestation and thought about how we can make changes that will help save the rainforests. They have created some fantastic posters to encourage others. The children have worked really hard this term and we are very proud and impressed with their effort and attitude. We hope you all have a lovely Easter break.

Year 4 have had a busy week carrying out end of term assessments for Reading and Maths. They have also been busy writing their own versions of ‘The Sound Collector’ poem in Literacy. We have been working hard to practise for the Roman play that we will be presenting after half term. After half term, we will be learning about our new Topic ‘Rivers’. I hope HMS Echo enjoy the much needed rest over the Easter holidays!

Year 5 had a great sleepover on Friday night and would like to say a huge ‘Thank you!’ to Mrs McMorine for all her help. This week we have been finishing our biographies in literacy and completing our unit on fractions in maths. In science we have begun thinking about forces and have tested paper aeroplanes and parachutes that we made for homework. In art we read ‘Masha and the Firebird’ and used this as inspiration to make some painted egg cards for Easter. Our homework over the Easter holidays is to find a tube to use to make an instrument next term – our topic will be Australia. We can also go over our spelling lists. Have a great Easter.

Year 6 enjoyed writing their dragon stories and printing their dragon tiles. In maths they have been revisiting angles, algebra and ratio. In history they have looked at what it would have been like during during ‘blackout’ in World War II. the class are very excited about getting their scripts for the summer production and are now all ready for a restful Easter break.

Have a wonderful Easter break everybody
From Jeremy Cooper and all the staff and children

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