Newsletter for the week ending 7th July 2017
7 July 2017

Crowd Funding, drumming, sea exhibitions and much, much more – please read to find out what has been happening around and about our classes… 


What a performance! Having learnt drumming patterns this half term, each class from reception to Year 6 performed to each other and it was very impressive (and loud!)

Appledore School crowd Funding
Our crowd funding campaign to raise money for art equipment including a new kiln, for our brand new ‘Harbour Studio’ opens today at 3:00pm. We need to raise at least £1000 by Friday 21st July (the last day of term) to be successful. The children have been really busy making clay boats as pledges and screen printing limited edition t-shirts that you can pledge on too. Pledges start at £3. Please support us to club together to create a fully equipped amazing arts space for our children and community.
To pledge please follow this link:

For Dophin Parents in Preparation for Next Year
Dear parents and carers of children who will be in Year One next year,
On Tuesday the 18th of July, we will be having a brief introduction to Year One.
It will take place in the Year One classroom from 3:45 until 4ish.
It would be great to meet you all, share some information for next year and answer any questions you may have.
Mrs Stephens

Art Studio Latest
A big thank you to Advanced Scaffolding for supplying a large amount of materials for our studio.
*Don’t forget to sign up for the Splodge Summer School at the studio to avoid disappointment , places are going fast! For more information and to register your child visit


Witten Park Vets, Northam, Open Fun Day
There will be at the event – come and try it dog agility, fun dog show, flyball demo, reptile handling (from safe haven exotics), practice tours and talks, some live music.

Events at Appledore Library
Saturday 15 July – Start of the Summer Reading Challenge, 10-11:30am followed by ZooLab Animal Handling Experience, 11.30 am –12.30pm – Booking essential
Thursday 3 Aug – Animal Themed Lego Club 10.30 – 12pm
Wednesday 16 Aug – Agent Eight Legs Craft 2-3.30pm
Thursday 24 Aug – Secret Agent Craft Activity 10:30 – 12pm
The Summer Reading Challenge runs from 15th July to 9th September. Collect your goody bag while stocks last and try the treasure hunt to be entered into a competition.


This week FSU have continued with our sea theme but moved to under the sea using The Little Mermaid as our story. We have painted ourselves as mermaids and mermen designing new tails. We have made great mermaid cakes and they were very delicious! we have also looked at different sea creatures that live in the sea and tried to group them in different ways.
Just a little reminder about our Open Day on Tuesday 18th July 11:30 and 3pm for Turtles and 3pm for Dolphins. If your child does not attend Turtles on that day please see Lucy to arrange a time to share your child’s Learning Journey with them.

This week we have focused on Maths as we completed our work on adding and taking away, and started looking at telling the time. We have looked at different ways of adding 2 digit numbers together, and then ways of subtracting 1 digit numbers from 2 digit numbers. Then we put the hands on clock faces to make them tell different times. We have worked a little on Christopher Nibble, we have thought of our own ways to change the story and have started writing our first drafts for this, we will continue with this next week. On Thursday we performed our African Drumming to the rest of the school, we have worked hard learning how to make different sounds with the drums, then composing our own rhythms and putting them together to make a final performance. Throughout the last 10 weeks of drumming we have learnt lots about listening and working as a team, as well as having fun making lots of noise!

This week, Lundy Puffins have designed the hand puppets that they will begin sewing next week – there will be lots of mermaids, mermen, sharks and fish! Thursday was a busy day! In the morning, they performed the drumming sequence they composed to the rest of the school. Well done everyone! They then took part in a trail around Appledore which involved sketching, storytelling and rockpooling. Day two of the trail is Friday, so we will let you know next week how it went. With Miss Johnston, they have been consolidating their knowledge of division. This week is Miss Johnton’s last official week of teaching practice; we have very much enjoyed having her with us and wish her all the very best for the future.

This week, Seahunter have demonstrated their poetry writing skills producing some amazing work based on pieces of art they created last week. They have used feelings, similes and metaphors to describe their artwork. They worked particularly hard to understand and write metaphors and we were amazed by the maturity of their work. Their poems will be in a book on the writing wall next week for all to read and enjoy. They also shone in their PSHE work, taking part in a class discussion about whether it is right for an Ancient Egyptian mummy to be a in a museum. They formed and justified their own opinions, accepted each other’s opinions respectfully and in some cases changed their views based on what they had heard. It was lovely to watch and listen to them being so considered and respectful. Well done, Seahunter, for a super week.

HMS Echo have continued to work hard, especially on creating their pages linked to the book A Walk in London. They have described Appledore’s attractions very knowledgeably. They have been exploring area and perimeter in Maths and investigated a range of challenges. They drummed really well to the rest of the School (and some visitors) on Thursday. They remembered to use both hands and to use both key areas of the drum to vary the pitch. In Science they are getting to grips with solids, liquids and gases.

Year 5 have been learning about the Highwayman in literacy this week – they have heard it read and watched a small film. In maths they have carried on with work on angles. They have also had their end of year maths and reading tests, they will be able to share their results with you. Spelling and grammar will be next week. They have made rainsticks as part of our topic and design technology work and hope to use these to perform. Headlice have been reported in class this week so please all check your hair. Thank you for all your residential payments received so far – there is a payment listed of £30 by 21st July.

This week has been a relatively easy week. We completed a small mathematical worksheet on a robbery in a bank. We had to decode braille, figure out Roman Numerals, look at directions on the compass and look at dates. We have also played a lot of rounders, recorded a video for our play and did a lot of work for the summer fair. We also got our SATs results!!
By Class Reporters, William and Laurence.

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