Newsletter for the week ending Friday 19th May
18 May 2023

The lines are marked on the field, equipment all checked and ready to go and the sound of race practice rings out – it’s time again for sports day. Please click here for the arrangements and we hope to see as many of you as possible.

Please click here for information on football trials for girls in years 4, 5 & 6 for Plymouth Argyle or email

For safeguarding reasons we ask all visitors to our school site, inside and outside, to either hand in or turn off and store away their mobile phones. When you are on school site waiting at drop off or to collect your child please do not use your mobile phone or have it visible to comply with safeguarding requirements. Thank you.

Fingers crossed please for the weather on Tuesday and we hope you all have a lovely weekend!

From Jeremy Cooper and all the children and staffAROUND THE CLASSES

We have had a very exciting week in Turtles and Dolphins. On Tuesday we had a ‘visitor’. Someone had left a note and a giant cookie. We decided it was the giant from Jack and the Beanstalk. We hunted for more clues and found lots of different footprints, we measured these footprints and worked out whether they belonged to Jack or the Giant. We also drew maps of how we thought the giant had gotten into our classroom. We have read the story and drawn story maps. Today we visited the library to change our library books.

What a wonderful time year 1 and the key stage 2 choir had on the grass, in the sunshine at The Big Sheep! In the morning, Year 1 performed on stage to give a fabulous rendition of Touch the Sky from Brave in  two parts. All the participating schools finished the morning by flying their school kites and belting out a song from Mary Poppins – you can guess which one! In the afternoon the key stage 2 choir worked very hard with other local schools to rehearse for the evening concert. They sang sea shanties and performed the verses they had composed in their Folk workshop to live accompaniment. As the evening drew in, they gave their all to sing Shake it Out by Florence and the Machine under the stage lights. What a wonderful occasion and what a fabulous opportunity for these young people. Very well done to all our talented musicians who performed so brilliantly.

In Year 1 this week we have been looking at more slime recipes! We looked at how the instructions were commands and had verbs at the beginning. Then we had a go at writing some ourselves, making sure that they were extra bossy! In Maths we have been looking at equal and unequal groups and then had a go at adding equal groups together. We have been busy practising our songs this week and the class performed amazingly at The Big Sheep on Thursday, also showing brilliant behaviour. Well done Sea Lions! We will upload a video of us singing our songs to Google Classroom so that parents can watch at home.

Year 2 have worked hard this week with their end of Key Stage One Assessments and tried to show everything they have learned so far. In English, they have been writing information to go with the instructions they wrote last week. In Maths, they have been telling the time again. For their science work they learned how an object can change shape by pushing, pulling, twisting and bending. They played a fun game where they had to make a duck from modelling clay by pulling, pushing, twisting and bending. On Wednesday they had lovely weather for their walk around Appledore as part of their Geography work. They have looked at maps of Appledore and mapped out the route we walked. Fingers crossed for good weather next week for Sports’ Day.

Year 3 have had a great week. In science, we looked more closely at the function of the stem of a plant. We learned that the stem is important in transporting water and nutrients around the rest of the plant. After learning this, we set up an experiment to test whether the transportation of water around the plant was affected by temperature. We also took part in some science learning outdoors where we looked at a variety of seeds and thought about the different ways that they are dispersed. In maths, we have been recapping our learning on fractions and have learned how to add and subtract fractions with the same denominators. In English, we wrote a diary entry as though we were the main character from our story and recounted the events that had happened. In PE, we have really improved our tennis skills and we even managed to fit in a small practice for sports day!

In HMS Echo (year 4) this week, the children have written some beautiful stories about going to a magical place and they’ll be excited to publish them for our writing corridor display. In Maths, we are coming to the end of learning about Money, and will soon be starting Time. It will be really helpful at home to practise this, such as years, months, days and weeks, hours, minutes and seconds and telling the time both digitally and analogue, to support them in school. In Science, we tested conductors and insulators in circuits, discussed the materials of different conductors and insulators, and how insulators keep you safe. In preparation for Sports Day next week, the children have been practising races on the field, making the most of the sunshine!

Year 5 have been working on their report writing skills in English.  They can write an orientation, an eye witness account and use formal and informal language. Our maths work has focused on position and direction; correctly using coordinates and being able to translate shapes.  In history we have been looking at the Elizabethan privateers and how they helped to recover some of England’s debt in the 16th century.  The choir sang fantastically at the Big Sheep, well done to the 10 Y5’s who took part in this event.  We had our first cricket coaching session this week and all had a great time learning some new skills.

Year 6 have completed their work on ‘The Tempest’ this week. I have to say I was impressed by the language they used and the improvements that they were able to make during editing sessions. In maths, they have started a ‘Bakery’ project; so far this has involved deciding on how much of each ingredient they will need for a recipe and the cheapest cost of doing this. In our work on ‘The Last of England’, they have thought about why people emigrated to Australia for the Gold Rush and if they were going to emigrate to a new country now, what would be the important things to take with them. In art, they have created designs for screen printing. They now have parts for the Y6 play and have lines to learn so any encouragement is greatly appreciated! They had a rounders session yesterday (Thurs), and impressed me with their commitment to trying to take the many rules on board. It has been a very active day today with cricket, outdoor learning (about light) and tennis – another busy week!

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