Newsletter for the week ending Thursday 23rd May
23 May 2024

A huge thank you to everyone who participated in, attended and organised a hugely enjoyable and family orientated Sports Day. Congratulations to Pacific (red) House for winning Sports Day and winning the House Cup for Spring Term!  We will arrange a non-uniform day and wear red day for them at some point after half term.

Let’s hope the weather holds for the Appledore Pirates and Friends of Appledore School (FOAS) Picnic in the Park on Saturday 1st June! The day includes a BBQ, Bar, Disco, Stalls, Bubbles, Games, Punch & Judy, Balloon Sculpture, choosing our Carnival Queen, Ceilidh, Tombola – the list goes on – and all profits to go to Appledore School. Thank for organising this and for more information please click here

Details of an open evening at Great Torrington School for Year 5 pupils at 5pm on Friday 5th July are available here

Once again we are participating in the NSPCC’s Speak out. Stay safe. Programme the week commencing 3rd June. This programme is for children aged 5-11 and aims to help children understand and recognise what is unsafe and constitutes abuse. Children are taught to speak out if they are worried, either to a safe adult or Childline. This child friendly programme is aligned with the curriculum and consists of age appropriate virtual assemblies and supporting classroom based activities to . The content is delivered in an engaging and interactive way with the help of the NSPCC mascot Buddy. If you would like to know more about the Speak out. Stay safe. programme visit

Atlantic Racquet Centre (ARC), Bideford, is a disability open day to encourage anyone with a disability to come along and trial different sports & activities holding on Sunday 30th. The day will consist of 3 different sessions: 10am-11am – Kids disability session; 11am-12pm – Adults with physical & learning disabilities and 12pm-1pm – Adults with physical disabilities. During the hour you will get to trial Tennis, Badminton, Squash & a Fitness session. To sign up please click here to take you to their website.

Please remember that school and breakfast club is closed tomorrow (Friday) because it is a non-pupil day and next week is half term. We wish you all an enjoyable half term and we look forward to welcoming you back on Monday 3rd June.

From Jeremy Cooper and all the children and staff


This week in Turtles and Dolphins we have continued to read the story ‘The Three Little Pigs’. We have read a slightly different version and compared them. On Tuesday we tested different materials to see which ones were waterproof. On Wednesday we went to the woods to make traps to capture the wolf. On Thursday we found out about man made and natural materials.

Year 1 have had a busy week, they really enjoyed taking part in their first full sports day. It was a super day and they showed amazing sportsmanship, cheering each other on and congratulating the winners. We completed our Maths unit on Fractions by finding half and quarter of a quantity. A new test has been put on for the children to complete if they wish. In Values, we discussed that people may come from different places and may need help to feel included. We finished the week taking part at the KS1 Music Festival at the Big Sheep. It was a super event and the children enjoyed performing with other schools to an audience. They did especially well singing and signing our individual song choice ‘Golden’. Well done, you should be really proud of yourselves! Thank you for a super first half term and enjoy the break.

Year 2 have had a great final week before the half term break. They have made their ‘Dragon Machine’ stories into books with maps and have tried hard to use their best handwriting. In Maths, they have continued to learn about time and have been looking at all the ‘past’ and ‘to’ times. Thank you to those who have been practising telling the time at home – it really does help with their learning in school. They all did amazingly well at sports day and were brilliant at supporting each other. We wish you all a relaxing half term break!

Year 3 have had a great last week of this half term! In Maths, we finished our topic on money by calculating change and then using all of our knowledge on money we discussed and answered a variety of reasoning questions. In English, we read to the end of Cinderella of the Nile and we wrote some commands to tell Rhodopis what to do when she had her red slipper stolen. In Geography, we watched lots of videos to explore the impact of flooding on different communities and different countries. We explored the floods in Bangladesh in more detail and researched the causes, impact and possible solutions. In Science, we recapped the life cycle of a plant and then learned all about seed dispersal. We found out that seeds can be dispersed by animals, water, wind or by exploding.

In HMS Echo (year 4) this week, it has been very sport focused! The children thoroughly enjoyed sports day and taking part in the races and the activities as well as spectating. They practised their swimming skills Wednesday morning as well as practising their tennis skills on Thursday. They are exhausted! I hope they have a very restful half term ready for their final half term in Year 4. A reminder that the Multiplication Tables Check will be happening on Tuesday 11th June, therefore in order to best prepare your child over the half term, it is highly recommended they spend 10 minutes a day practising their times tables. This website is almost identical to the one they will be doing in June: Thanks for your ongoing support and have a lovely half term!

Year 5 have been busy finishing off their work for the half term. All the class took part in an art session where they made clay dragons to go into their clay eggs. Well done to those who completed their bikeability courses this week and have a restful half term.

Year 6 have had a busy week preparing for Sports Day, reading through the class play, completing Science work about the eye and beginning transition visits. I would like to say a huge thank you, to all of the class, for being so kind and helpful on sports day and for continuing to tidy up after a long day – you really did yourselves proud and made things run smoothly, well done! Please try and learn your lines for the play over the holiday (if you have lots of scenes, or more than one part then learn as much as you can) so we can start acting the scenes out after the holiday. I have put the song words on Google Classroom for you too! Enjoy a well earned break!

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