Newsletter for the week ending 9th June
9 June 2017

Tag rugby, forces, drumming and much. much more, so please read on to find out…

Summer Fair Message from the PTFA
This year it will be held on Friday 7th July, 3.30pm -5.30pm.
If you are able to donate the following, please bring them in to the school office: any raffle prizes, new DVD’s and plants.
Thank you

New Summer School/Holiday Club at Appledore School
The Splodge Summer School will be running here at our school this Summer holiday for children currently in Year One to Year Six. Sessions will run from 10am until 3pm Monday to Friday. Splodge is run by Kate Harvey (our art coordinator at Appledore School) who is looking forward to lots of arty Summer fun with the children. We are now taking bookings for the weeks beginning Monday 7th August and Monday 14th August. For more information and to register your child, find us online at and follow ‘Splodge Arts’ on Facebook and instagram.

Year 6 Tag Rugby North Devon Finals
On Wednesday 7th June, year 6’s tag rugby team went to Barnstaple Rugby Club to try and win the North Devon finals to advance to Plymouth to represent North Devon in the Devon finals. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. Losing against Woolacombe, the winners in the end, by 8-1 didn’t help our confidence. From that moment, it all went completely downhill from then on. After about 6 matches of losing, we played 3 friendlies against other losers and won them all. So, all in all, it wasn’t a complete failure in the end. But, at least everyone had a smile on our faces even in defeat.


This week FSU have been designers and makers as our story has been The Elves and the Shoemaker, we have made little shoes and socks as well as large shoes and socks. We have been shop keepers and customers in our shoe and welly shop, learning about the different coins and making different amounts.
Have a lovely break and we will see you refreshed for the final part of the term.

This term we are looking at our local area, we will be studying plants, the weather and the beach. Our book that we are using for inspiration this term is Christopher Nibble, a story about a guinea pig who finds a way of looking after the last dandelion in Dandeville. We have written our own stories about looking after the last plant in the world. In Maths we have been building 2 and 3-digit numbers with Base 10, and then adding and taking away 10. We have also used stopwatches to time our friends doing little tasks, and then compared to see who was the fastest. In Music we have started composing our own rhythms on the Djembe drums.

Lundy Puffins have been writing a class story this week based on the book ‘The Dragon Machine’. We have been impressed with how well they have used everything they have been taught in their writing. Next week, they will be writing their own versions of the story. In Maths, this week they have been consolidating their knowledge of addition and subtraction and how they are linked. As part of their Victorian seaside topic, they have been publishing information books which will soon be on the writers’ wall, so look out for these. On Wednesday next week, we are having a ‘clay day’, so if your child has an old T-shirt that they don’t mind getting clay or paint on, please send it in.

Sea Hunter have been working hard in story writing this week; drafting, editing and publishing. They have demonstrated their great writing skills and enjoyed telling their stories to one another. We have been particularly impressed with drumming too. The children have learnt two songs, one West African, one Caribbean that they are singing along to and accompanying on Djembe drums. They have worked hard to keep the rhythm and work collaboratively as a group. They are looking forward to sharing their performance with the rest of the school in a few weeks time.

This week, HMS Echo have begun working on a new and unusual book A Walk in London which will link with the class’ focus on the River Torridge and what we see as we walk along the Tarka Trail next week. In Maths, we have been focusing on time graphs and pictograms. On Thursday, we had a real treat when we were entertained by our very own magician. Everyone was very impressed. Their drumming expertise is developing nicely and they are learning to record the rhythms they create in musical notation. Our Habitats science unit is almost complete as this week, we have been thinking about Food chains and what happens when the availability of food changes within a Habitat.

Year 5 have been giving presentations this week on their chosen countries; we have learnt some fascinating facts. In maths we have moved onto 2D and 3D shapes. We are trying to refine our vocabulary when describing shape properties and have noticed that we need to really learn the difference between a rhombus and a parallelogram. In science we have completed our work on forces and look forward to finding out about ‘animals including humans’. Our writing has been all about Art, in preparation for our Arts Award. Next week we have a clay day on Wednesday – please make sure children have an art shirt or apron so that they can keep clean. Friday 23rd June we have a trip to Chivenor (Armed Forces Day) and on the 28th June The Mix at Tapeley – letters are imminent.

This week in year 6 has been one with the norm, including regular activities such as: maths, English, ICT, etc. In maths we did some more on the teacher assessment namely word problems. As well as that we have changed places that we sit in. They are mixed abilities so not according to any intellectual levels. In English, we have started some work on a video clip The Piano (by Aiden Gibbons). It is a short clip about a man and his memories. In it he has visions of his dead wife, being in the war and his friend being shot and his old hobby horse. We also did ICT in which we did our last lesson on Penjee. As well as that, we learnt that we are going to be doing a bit of cookin’ in the kitchen.
By Class Reporters, William and Laurence
P.S happy general election!

Have a super weekend from Jeremy Cooper and all of the staff and children.

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