Newsletter for the week ending 7th December 2018
7 December 2018

Please read on to find out about what happened in and around the school and what is coming up…


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.

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.

Yr 5&6 Kick Off Christmas
A treat was provided by our Year 5 and 6 children today performing a Christmas nativity, explaining local festive traditions and singing many Christmas songs both old and new in the Community Hall to a packed house. A big thank you to all who came along, the children and the teacheras who made it all happen.


Christmas Jumpers Every Friday in December
For £1 donation to PTFA funds your child is invited to wear their Christmas jumper every Friday in December (not £1 each time!)

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.

Parent Survey
If you have a couple of minutes, pelase could you complete the (short!) survey so we can have your views on the school and what it does. It’s available by visiting

Shoebox Appeal
A big thank you to all who filled a shoebox. They were collected today and there were

This week in FSU we have finished off pour kindness topic and Percy the Park Keeper stories. On Tuesday and Wednesday Percy got stuck in a maze and we had to help him and the animals get out, we then created and solved our own mazes. On Thursday and Friday Percy had a treasure hunt, we drew our own treasure maps and solved clues and then this afternoon Percy left us a letter saying there was treasure in the Jungle that we had to find.

We have had a busy week, with lots of exciting things happening. On Monday we enjoyed watching a performance of The Selfish Giant. Lily even starred in the play. On Tuesday we made a story map of The Selfish Giant and wrote the story. We have also edited our set of instructions for catching Stone Giants. In Maths we have used the < and > symbols to compare representations of numbers and to place numbers in order. On Wednesday we used the NSPCC lesson about PANTS to learn about staying safe, ask your children all about it! We have also spent time practising our Nativity, it is looking great, thanks for all your support with costumes. Don’t forget that next Wednesday is our trip to the Plough, please make sure you have sent your permission slip back.

Year 2 have had a busy week making angels for our Christmas hoop and needle felting a planet for the whole school Art textiles display. On Monday afternoon, they were treated to a performance of ‘The Selfish Giant’ by a visiting theatre company. In Maths, they have been adding 2 two-digit numbers and have moved on to subtracting a two-digit number from another two-digit number. In English, they have been finding out about the author ‘Julia Donaldson’ and have started to write a biography. This is in preparation for writing their Neil Armstrong biographies next week. The Nativity practices are well under way and everyone is working hard to remember their lines and words for the songs. They have also made a clay decoration to sell at the ‘Christmas Jolly’. On Wednesday, they had their PANTS lesson, following the NSPCC guidance. Ask your child to tell you all about it. Don’t forget next Wednesday is the trip to the Plough theatre!

This week got off to a great startin Year 3 as we went to watch a performance of the selfish Giant in the school hall. The children really enjoyed it and Max did a great job as an extra actor. In English, the children worked hard to write letters to Mr Cooper, persuading him to chenge the school uniform. They had their first go 3 weeks ago, since which time they have learnt how to use good reasons and persuasive language. Their new letters are much more persuasive and quite entertaining! In one letter, it suggests that ‘80% of fidgeting in classrooms is linked to the current uniform’. We have also been busy creating Christmas decorations including pinwheel snowflakes, some of which are now hanging on our class hoop in the corridor. They look lovely.

This week HMS Echo enjoyed watching the performance ‘The Selfish Giant’ on Monday afternoon. In Maths, the children have been practising their multilication skills particularly focusing on multiplying by 7,8 and 9 and have been working on their reaosning skills to explain their understadning.In English, we have been learning how to write complex sentences and embedded clauses. We have been busy in the art studio later in the week making snowmen for the Christmas Jolly! In Philosophy, we discussed our big question ‘If you love something should you always give it what it wants?’ The children had a great discussion about wants and needs.In Topic, the children learnt about the history of the Olympics and the types of activities which were a part of the Olympics.

This week we have been looking at the day the crayons quit. We have already started to write our own version of the book. In maths we have learnt how you multiply using long/short multiplication. We have also continued to sew our beaux tapestry and most are finished. We had a theatre come in the company was called IMAGE and they acted out the story of the selfish giant. Don’t forget about the upcoming Christmas jolly and the Christmas jumpers and Christmas dinner please pay online.

Year 6 enjoyed our film night, watching the BFG and eating fish and chips. In maths, we have started learning about mode, median, mean and range. We’ve done our end of term progress tests and we received our results from our SATS revision papers. For our Christmas play, our class have been practising our lines and acting; looking forward to the final performance on Friday afternoon. We are learning about Tudor explorers and wrote about Sir Francis Drake. We have been sewing robins as part of our textiles work and displaying these on hoops as part of the Christmas display in the main corridor.

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

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