Newsletter for the week ending Friday 8th September
8 September 2023

Welcome back everyone and welcome to Appledore School all our new families! A very busy week and the children have settled very well (and dealt with the weather very well too!)

Thank you to FOAS (Friends of Appledore School) for the amazing Matilda themed float at Appledore Carnival that won the cup.  If you are interested in becoming involved with FOAS and helping to raise money for the school, please contact the school office on and we will forward your details to the committee.

Please click here to view term dates for this year and for the 2024-2025 academic year. An email was sent out yesterday with an attachment detailing what each class will be learning this term. Additional copies are available here Overview Dolphins, Overview Year 1, Overview Year 2, Overview Year 3, Overview Year 4, Overview Year 5 and Overview Year 6.

Please keep an eye out for a gazebo in the school car park where you can leave bags of clothes you no longer need. A company collects these and then gives money  to FOAS based on the weight of clothes collected. I believe last year this raised over £250 for the school, so please donate if you can. last day for donating is 9am Tuesday 19th September. For more information please click here.

FOAS has also arranged collecting used printer ink cartridges and there is a box on the front desk in the main building for these.

On he bottom playground is a rail of second hand school clothes for you. Please help yourself and if you have any to donate to the rail please drop them into the office. Small donations for any clothes you take are welcome, but of course are not a necessity.

Bideford Rugby Club are hosting an Open Day for children to come and try out the game, even if they have never tried it before! They are looking for primary school from Year 2 to Year 6 to try out some games run by our Club Coaches and this is an ideal time for them to come along and see what it is all about. It’s all free and they also have 3 free trial training sessions too!  For more information please click here

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend

From Jeremy Cooper and all the children and staff

PS – Please read on or click more to find out what has been happening in each class this week


Welcome back everyone! This week in Turtles and Dolphins we have been busy settling in our new children. We have loved playing outside in the sunshine. We talked about our holidays and painted pictures of them. We also talked about how we were feeling about coming back or starting school. We have also made our Golden Rules and drawn pictures of them.

It has been a lovely start to Year 1 this week! We’ve enjoyed hearing all about what the children got up to over the summer holidays and have loved getting to know them better. In Maths this week we have started Place Value within 10 and in Writing we have done our elicitation task for the new book we are starting next week- Naughty Bus. This week we have also been on a hunt in the Outdoor Learning area where we drew the different animals and plants that we could see or hear. The class found lots of different animals including butterflies, woodlice, spiders and slugs.

Welcome to Year 2! We are very much looking forward to working with you all over the year. We started the new school year by working together to make our class rules: Be kind, Be helpful, Try your best. We thought about how we could work together to make our classroom a great place to be. We went into the outdoor area to make a home for an animal and then had a go at showing our writing skills to tell everyone all about it. We enjoyed a PE session with the parachute and then took part in an outdoor learning session on Friday morning. A great start to the New School Year!

Year 3 have had an excellent start to the new school year! On our first day back, we enjoyed some art and team building activities and talked about some of our goals for Year 3. Later in the week, we started our new science topic and we learnt all about light and dark. We discovered that although the moon might look like a light source it is just reflecting the light from the sun. In Maths, we recapped the place value of two digit numbers and then challenged ourselves to partition them in different ways. In English, we looked at the book ‘Lord of the Forest’ and thought about which other animals might be the lord of the forest and discussed reasons why. We also began reading the book ‘The Magic and Mystery of Trees’ in guided reading and discussed why the author might have chosen this title for the book. We were also very excited for our first PE lesson where we practised our coordination and balancing skills.

Welcome to HMS Echo (year 4)! It has been lovely seeing everyone and the children have settled into their new classroom very well. We have been busy getting to know each other and getting used to the routines in Year 4. We have started English, where we are looking at the text Meerkat Mail to inspire us with our writing. In Maths, we have begun Place Value, firstly recapping numbers to 1000 before we look at numbers to 10,000. In Geography, we have begun our topic “How can we live more sustainably?” and in Science we have also begun looking at states of matter, such as solids, liquids and gases. The children have participated in some outdoor learning where they took part in some team building activities, and we have also started PE, where we are looking at coordination and balance. It has been a busy few days!

Welcome back year 5.  You have returned to the new school year with enthusiasm and excitement.  We have now been introduced to all the new learning which will happen this half term.  This has involved checking our understanding of the vocabulary in science (materials); geography (Fairtrade); writing (The Tear Thief) and assessments in maths.  Everyone enjoyed the outdoor learning on Thursday afternoon when we worked in teams to solve different challenges and then cook and eat pizza.  The class also spent a morning with Mrs Evans doing grammar, place value and PSHE and Miss Carr doing dance, RE and French.

Swimming lessons will begin on Wednesday for the non-swimmers.  Letters about next month’s residential to St George’s House can be found in homework folders.  If you have any further questions please get in touch.

Year 6 have been thrown in with assessments this week as we are away on residential next week. They have worked really hard on this and settled well. They have also enjoyed a variety of activities: handball, including shooting and passing; art, using sketching techniques and creating portraits; science, beginning work on Living Things and Their Habits including a Kahoot quiz and a simple classification key and geography, thinking about climate change. A very busy (and hot) first week back. Please can all children meet in the hall with their luggage on Monday from 8:45am – parents can drop children off and hand in any spending money and medicines which of course will be clearly labelled. Don’t forget to put your packed lunch for Monday in your backpack with a drink and waterproof coat for easy access.  Happy packing!

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