Newsletter for the week ending Friday 18th March
18 March 2022

And there was us thinking £898 was a very generous figure to reach this time last week on our wear yellow and blue for Ukraine day. It now stands at an even more impressive £1153!

We have seen Covid numbers rise again in school. This time symptoms have predominantly included a sore throat, lethargy and a headache. If you have confirmed cases of Covid in your household, or your child is feeling unwell, please do all you can to test them before they come to school so we can do all we can to limit the spread in school. I noticed today that not wearing a mask on school premises is becoming commonplace amongst parents and carers entering the school premises as part of the school run. Whilst wearing a mask is not necessarily a requirement elsewhere, we ask that you respect our continued wish that you wear a mask on school premises, inside and out, to protect our staff and children. Thank you.

Multi-Sports activity days are being run at Bideford College over the Easter holidays. The times are 10-2pm on 19th-22nd April and for children aged 5-13 years old. For more information please click here.

Please read on to find out what has been going on around the classes, not least year 3 performing in Exeter Cathedral following their collaboration with the choristers!

We wish you all a lovely weekend

From Jeremy Cooper and all the children and staff

This week in Turtles and Dolphins we have continued learning about London. We have found out the different landmarks – Buckingham Palace, The Houses of Parliament, The Tower of London and the London Eye. We have made sculptures of these landmarks, drawn pictures of them and written about them. We have also found out the history of them and we linked it back to our learning about Guy Fawkes.

In Year 1 this week we have been inventing our own stories based on the story we have been learning, The Disgusting Sandwich. Their imaginations ran wild and they thought of some truly disgusting stories! In Maths we have been looking at ordering and comparing numbers to 50 as well as practising counting in twos. In our topic lessons the children wrote a diary entry pretending to be Samuel Pepys on the day the Great Fire of London stopped burning. They wrote about how he would have felt, what he would have seen and how they eventually stopped the fire. We have also had Outdoor Learning this week and started planting some of the vegetables we chose!

This week in Lundy Puffins we have been getting started with lots of new topics. We have started our new Science topic looking at materials and their properties, and our new RE topic looking at Easter. We have continued our topic work learning about Explorers and have learnt about Ranulph Fiennes. In English we have been researching the author Julia Donaldson and have started to write a biography together about her. In Maths we are completing our work on fractions, we have been counting in fractions, solving word problems and finding three quarters. In Art we have continued working with clay.

This week, in Maths, Seahunter have been learning how to count and compare pounds and pence, as well as how to convert between pounds and pence. In English, the class have written their invent writing and have carried out an elicitation task to start our new text week. In Science, the children have been testing whether magnets are still attracted to a paper clip through different items or objects such as paper or  ruler. In Topic, the children learnt the process of smelting and how this changed Britain thousands of years ago. The class thoroughly enjoyed taking part in a cricket session this week for P.E. They were respectful and appreciative towards the coach who came in – well done Year 3!

HMS Echo have had an amazing experience to finish off their week. After being fortunate enough to have Exeter Cathedral choristers and their teacher work with them over the past few weeks, today was the day of their performance. They joined 7 other schools from North Devon as well as the choristers to perform in the Cathedral (filmed rather than a live audience). They performed three songs collectively and one alone. They were amazing, both in their singing and their respectful behaviour. It was a very long day of rehearsing and listening to one another and they were so kind and supportive. The final performance was wonderful. The sound was fabulous and they were so enthusiastic. We were all very proud of them and we’re looking forward to the release of the film!

Beechcroft have now completed their ‘space log’ writing, having visited many new imaginary planets.  The final piece of writing was based on the ‘unknown planet’ and this showed all the skills which have been developed for this sequence.  In maths we have continued with our work on fractions (multiplying fractions and finding a fraction of an amount.)  It has been the national science week and we have completed many different experiments relating to the theme of growth.  We have grown rainbows, planted seeds, created constellations, seen fruit volcanoes and completed posters for the national competition.  It was great having some cricket coaching today; we now have some new cricketing skills.  Another group have made their window biscuits with Mrs Evans and we even managed to get some time out in the school jungle this week.  There is a planned outdoor learning session for next Friday.

Year 6 have been working on measures this week in maths and converting between different metric measures to solve problems. In literacy, they have completed their festival/celebration writing and are now delving into some J.K. Rowling texts as inspiration for their next writing tasks. In Science, they are still looking at how the digestive system works and thinking about how to keep healthy. They have enjoyed ‘Troofriend’ as the text for P4C – Do you think you could have a robot as a best friend? It has raised many questions about friendship and how important it is to us all. Some children need to consolidate multiplying and dividing fractions so it will be part of the homework this week.

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