Newsletter for the week ending Thursday 28th March
28 March 2024

Whilst a short week, it’s been a busy week once again with much to read in Around the Classes later in this post. the term finished with a wonderful performance by our choir.

The Spring Disco last Friday was a success and raised £499.55p. Thank you to FOAS (Friends of Appledore School) for organising and DJing this and for all the children who were impeccably behaved. Message from the committee: If you would like to be involved with FOAS please do contact one of the committee or email We are also open to suggestions for fundraising so please do let us know if you have any ideas.

Mr Cooper’s training for the Bideford 10k in May to raise money for the school is progressing.  Notice the absence of comment as to how it is progressing! If you were intending to sponsor and haven’t got round to it yet, the link is here. Obviously, there’s no obligation at all to support. Current total including gift aid is just short of £500!

Diary Dates:

  • Sports Day Tuesday 21st May – more details to follow


Have a lovely Easter weekend and break

From Jeremy Cooper and all the children and staff


This week in Turtles and Dolphins we have continued to learn about ‘Spring’. We have found out the names of some of the flowers that grow in Spring. We were set the challenge of making a daffodil using only paper plates, boxes, tubes or straws. We have also read the Easter story and found out why Easter is special to people. Today the Easter bunny sent us on a hunt. We had to use a map of the school to work out some clues which led us to the Easter bunny’s eggs.

Year 1 have had a lovely last week of term! In Writing we made more slime, this time it was fluffy slime, and then wrote our own instructions for how to make it. In Maths we have been finishing Mass and Volume and really enjoyed measuring different containers to find their capacity. In our Values lesson we have done the NSPCC Pantosaurus lesson and had lots of great questions about who our safe adults are. We also loved the pantosaurus song!  I would like to say a big thank you to the Year 1 children for a brilliant two terms of great learning and lots of fun! I will miss you all very much whilst on maternity leave but know that you will continue to have lots of fun over Summer term!

Year 2 had a brilliant morning in the lifeboat station on Tuesday. They found out lots about what the RNLI do and what lifeboat crew wear in different weathers. They were able to climb on board one of the boats and asked lots of great questions to find out more. It was a great end to our Grace Darling topic. In English, they have been writing about their visit and publishing their Grace Darling biographies which will be up on the writing wall soon. In their Maths work, they have been reading temperatures on thermometers and completing end of term assessments. In their Science work, they have been learning how to change the shape of objects by pushing, pulling, bending and twisting. Everyone had great fun making a duck from modelling clay using these forces. This week we said goodbye to Mrs Stephens as she starts her maternity leave and we can’t wait to hear about her baby news! We’d like to wish you all a relaxing Easter break and look forward to seeing you again soon.

Year 3 have had a fantastic last week of this half term. In Maths, we continued our learning on mass and capacity by exploring equivalent masses and we also compared and ordered different masses. In English, we wrote our own quest stories based on ‘Arthur and the Golden Rope’. After we had finished writing our stories, we edited them and then read each other’s stories to give advice on how to make them even better. We then published our stories and designed our own front covers. In Geography, we looked at a variety of satellite images of different places around the world to see how places have changed over time. We compared a satellite image of the Amazon rainforest from a few years ago to today and saw the effects of deforestation. Year 3 also had their last swimming lesson and they were all so proud of the progress that they have made.

Year Five has had an exciting end to the week by taking part in a composting session. We looked at how to make good compost and then looked at the minibeasts found in the compost. Thank you to Sarah and Sally for doing the workshop with us. In maths we have completed the unit on fractions, decimals and percentages. We have written our new stories about how animals became the way they are and in geography we looked at the volcanoes and tectonic plates around Iceland. All groups have now visited the Burton Art Gallery, as part of the arts award, and spent time at Bluebell House. I hope the staff and pupils in Y5 have a restful Easter break with their families and look forward to seeing you all in the summer term.

Year 6 have published their ‘Day the Crayons Quit’ work this week and enjoyed deciding on fonts for their characters. In maths, they have looked at the accuracy of their calculations. They have also thought about different ways to do tallies for long division questions. They were working on rolling subs in PE for handball – which was quite difficult to manage, but I am pleased that we had mixed groups again, and this time, they were more inclusive of all the team members. We have Outdoor Learning on the first Thursday (18th April) after the holiday. Wishing you all a lovely Easter break.

Website by Cosmic