Newsletter for the week ending 8th March
8 March 2019

Please read on to find out current concerns circulating about funding for schools and what has been happening in and around our classes…

Dates for the Diary – PTA run events

Friday 29th March, children’s Easter bingo. 3.30-4.30pm. Details to follow.
Friday 21st June, summer fair. Details to follow.
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 21st June, summer fair. Details to follow.


Glidden & Squire Cross Country
The postponed final race will now be held on Sunday 17th March at West Buckland School.

West Buckland School – Senior School (Y7+) Music Scholarship Assessment

If you are interested in entering your child for the above please contact Mrs Muir at West Buckland School on 01598 760015 or email


World Book Day
Thank you for supporting your children by sending them in wearing such imaginative costumes. Teachers enjoyed visiting different classes to read a book in costume to another class. I certainly enjoyed redaing Did Dig Digging to the children in our nursery.

Year 6
This term and next are particulalry busy for our Year 6, so please do visit the school calendar to see all that is happening. Please be aware some timings are approximate and that you will recieve confirmation when more information for each event is sent out.

Disposable 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.

School Funding
Please click here to read the letter sent to all families about the concerns cuurently circulating in the media about funding levels for schools.


This week in Turtles and Dolphins we have had a focus of ourselves and we had a talk from Lola’s Mum who is a hairdresser about how she helps people and how we can look after our hair. We have made portraits of ourselves using a variety of different medium. Today we have spent the morning in The Jungle, using our senses to explore it.

Well done everyone in Yearv 1 for your fantastic World Book Day costumes. We have had a brilliant day, we all spoke about our costumes and our favourite book characters. We also got into teams to answer 20 questions about books. This week we have continued our work on The Tiger Who Came to Tea, we have thought of different words for ‘eat’ and written them into sentences. We have also thought of our own version of the story which we have called ‘The Dinosaur Who Came to Dinner’. In Maths we have been measuring; we have compared objects using vocabulary such as longer, shorter and the same and we have measured objects in the classroom. In Science we have researched animals and sorted them into groups or herbivores, omnivores and carnivores. Our Philosophy session this week used the book ‘The Dot’. We discussed the question ‘Why did Vashti think she wasn’t creative?’.

Lundy Puffins have been writing about the festival of Diwali after their celebration last week. There is some really great writing which will be made into a boon to be displayed on the writing wall very soon. In Maths, they have finished a unit of work on division and will now be looking at micrograms and block graphs. Times table practise will continue, so keep practising at home! In the Art Studio, they created minibeast designs ready for Mrs Recycle’s visit to school. Thank you for the fantastic World Book Day outfits, it was a great day sharing books.

Seahunter had a wonderful time at the Eden Project this week, training to be rainforest rangers. They used their great listening and learning skills to take on board a lot of new information and took part in the training with great enthusiasm. The day began by finding out how important rainforests are in our everyday lives; for food, clothing, building and medicines. Then came physical training; learning how sharpen a machete (imaginary!), cutting down vines, getting out of thick mud and balancing on log bridges. They then investigated how plants can be used for survival before venturing in to the rainforest biome where they identified plants for food, water and shelter. The guide praised the children for their particularly determined and focused research and they were officially presented with a Rainforest Rangers certificate. In the afternoon, we explored the rest of the Eden Project before a trip to the shop. It was a fantastic day that we all enjoyed.

This week HMS Echo have continued to work on fractions and have looked at improper fractions and placing fractions on a number line. In Literacy, we have planned our class text ‘Springs Child’ which the children have written their own versions of. In the Art Studio, the children have started to make their Roman shields by cutting, sticking and painting cardboard boxes red. They will then later be printing their shield designs onto these. For Philosophy, we read the book ‘The Dot’ and discussed our big question ‘If you draw something simple, does it mean that you’re creative?’. The children all looked fantastic in their World Book Day costumes on Thursday and enjoyed taking part in a team quiz!

In Year 5 this week, we have been learning about fractions and the different kinds that we can have: proper, improper and mixed. In English we have watched a clip about fantasy planets, practiced our skills with punctuation and now have planned our own planet which we will advertise next week. In science we have group work to complete about the planets and we will share this with you towards the end of term. In Art we did printing of space scenes. Thank you for all the returned Bristol and multi-skills letters – there are still a few outstanding. We really enjoyed sharing all our World Book Day costumes – very entertaining!

This week, year six have visited the Royal Fleet Air Arm Museum in Yeovilton and found out a lot of WW2 facts. We experienced what it was like to be on a helicopter and went on Concord- the fastest plane to ever fly from England to America in 2h and 54min. We now know a lot more about rationing and the use of gas masks. The staff at the museum commented on the good behaviour and knowledge of the class. Thank you to Mr Lawrence (Ellie’s granddad), Mr Cooper, Mrs Evans and Mrs Phillips for being with us on the trip. We have also started to write about our own type of ology( fairyology, phoenixology, unicornology and lots of others) books. Reporters: Isabella and Daisy L

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

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