Newsletter for the week ending 7th Maty
7 May 2021

Once again, a full on week in school with much going on. Please do readthe main section of this article to find out what has been going on in and around the classes.

Bideford Youth Centre is now open and running a session for Year 6 and Year 7 children on Wednesdays 3.30-5.30pm. For more information please click here

Please can you ensure correct school uniform is worn now that non-essential shops have reopened.Trainers,leggings and bright socks are not school uniform and shoulder length hair on girls and boys is to be tied back. For full information on all uniform requirement please visit

Wishing you all a very enjoyable weekend.

Best wishes from 

Jeremy Cooper and all the children and staff 


This week in Turtles and Dolphins we have continued learning about Jack and the Beanstalk. We talked about and designed what Giant Land might look like above the clouds. We have continued to watch the magic beans grow that the Giant gave us and on Wednesday jelly beans began to appear. This made us think about whether the Giant was a kind giant or a mean giant and we wrote thank you letters to him.

We have had such an exciting week in year 1. On Tuesday some magic beans appeared in the class and the children have planted them to find out how magic they are. The children are keen to find out how their beans change over the coming weeks. On Thursday the children took part in their second session of outdoor learning. We have linked this to our science topic. This week the children have learnt about plants that you can eat and plants that you cannot. In literacy, the children have written their first new version of Jack and the Beanstalk. In maths, we have been learning about arrays and how this model will help us to understand groups.

Lundy Puffins have had a great week. Miss Turnbull has been teaching them as part of her project. They have read the book called ‘Somebody swallowed Stanley’ which is a book about a plastic bag in the sea. They learned more about the layers of the ocean and the creatures living there. There was much excitement when a turtle visited them in the classroom and asked for their help. The artwork for their collaborative maps of Appledore are coming together and they have worked hard to create detailed drawings. They finished with a P4C question using the book ‘ The Empty Pot’. The question they chose to discuss was ‘Why weren’t they honest with their actions?’

Seahunter have had a great week becoming immersed in their 2 week project with Miss Rose. They were surprised to see the room filled with plastic waste on Wednesday. It made them think about what it would be like as a sea creature to live with that all around you and they were all very pleased to clear it all away at the end of the day and have their space back! They have also completed some written work and role play activities looking at the pros and cons for using plastic. In discussion, they have explored where plastic may be essential/useful, e.g. hospital equipment and where it isn’t necessary, e.g. plastic sandwich bags. Much of their learning is based around the book ‘A Planet full of Plastic’ by Neal Layton and, over the next week, they will be writing letters to persuade people to use less plastic as well as creating their own reusable snack wraps. We are excited to see the end products and listen to the persuasive arguments for reducing pollution.

This week in Year 4 in maths the children have been ordering and comparing money, and converting pounds and pence. In English, we have recapped the skills needed for punctuating speech and learnt when to start a new paragraph. For our topic ‘water’ the children had to match items to their water usage to recognise the virtual water that we don’t see. Our big question in Philosophy this week was ‘Is if good or bad to be honest?’

Year 5 have been designing ‘Cracking Contraptions’ this week – there are many devices that you never knew you needed! Next week they will explain how they all work. In maths, they have been doing more work on decimals and are becoming better at lining up the columns and thinking about the value of the digits. In science, they looked at how to measure weight and what the difference is between weight and mass. In topic, they have still been learning about why England was in so much debt when Queen Elizabeth I came to power and in art they are making sunflowers in textiles. In reading, they are working hard on comprehension and trying to improve the way they answer questions giving evidence from the text – particularly on questions about the author’s choice of language. Keep reading at home!

In English Y6 have been writing their own Aesop’s Fables. These include some based on: The Tortoise and the Hare, The Ant and the Dove and the latest one, The Frogs Who Wanted a King.  It’s been fun learning about the morals of the stories. In maths we have been learning about things such as pie charts (ways to measure how many things did what), and the vocabulary of a circle (including circumference, diameter and radius). In topic we have been learning about the Australian Gold Rush, which took place in the nineteenth century and was one of the most important things in Australian history. In Spanish we have been learning how to say different sports that we enjoy, we have also sent letters to our Spanish pen-pals (we have just learnt they have received these!) In science we have been learning about reproduction between plants and animals, we also learnt about the life cycles of amphibians and insects. We have had an art Friday.  Half the class are working in the art studio on a collaborative project for the Appledore Book Festival and the other half are in class working on their art award.  We will repeat this again next week.  Reporters: Maxim and Ernie


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