Newsletter for week ending 21st April
24 April 2017

Please read on to find out what has been happening during our first week back…

elcome back everybody and we hope you had an enjoyable break. As you can see from Around the Classes below it’s been a busy week

Non-Pupil Day
please be aware that there is a non-pupil day on Friday 26th May, so school will break-up for half term at the end of Thursday 25th May.

Cricket Opportunity
North Devon CC in Instow is introducing a new group aimed at 5-8 year olds experiencing their first taste of cricket called All Stars Cricket. This is a campaign being supported by the ECB, and should, we hope, ignite a love for the game that will last a lifetime.See NDCC a recognised centre for All Stars Cricket and the website is already open to book places.Any current “experienced” players in this age group who were with involved last summer can play in the next group up or choose to be part of the All Stars. All Stars cricketers receive personalised kit, and earn badges for completing tasks at the sessions and at home with interactive messages from current England players.

Around the Classess
Welcome back everyone! FSU have made the most of the sunshine this week and spent quite a bit of time in The Jungle using our senses to help us look for signs of spring. We made a collection of objects and took them back to the Unit where we did some observational drawings. We have found out about the life cycle of frogs and chickens and used different media to create pictures and collages of them along with sheep and other animals that we see during this time of year.
We have had a great first week back in Year 1, finishing with our exciting Circus Day at St George’s. We will tell you more about Circus Day next week. In Writing we have started looking at our new text – Diary of a Wombat. We have written our own diaries about the Easter weekend, and have written what we liked and disliked about the book. In Maths we are looking at adding and subtracting, and have worked systematically to make sure we found all the pairs of numbers that add up to a chosen number. We really enjoyed playing on the new play equipment, and are looking forward to more playtimes exploring the equipment. 

Lundy Puffins have had a good start to the Summer term. In Maths, they have  been looking at addition and have found different strategies for adding two 2-digit numbers. They then practised this skill using word problems. In English,  they have written a piece about birthday parties in preparation for reading a  book about other celebrations. Everyone had fun on Tuesday testing out the new  playground equipment. Our new topic for this half term is all about seaside holidays in the past; more information about this will follow.

Seahunter quickly settled back into the new term this week and enjoyed seeing Miss Goodman, our brilliant trainee teacher, again. She will be with us until the end of term, which is great and the children are looking forward to her teaching them again. We have started to explore our new topic, Ancient Egypt, this week and the children are already full of facts, questions and enthusiasm. We’re looking forward to a great term ahead!

We have had a busy first four days of the Summer Term in Year 4.  In Maths, we have been focusing on telling the time, and will be moving on to converting between 24 and 12 hour clocks next week.  In Literacy, we have continued our focus on non-ficiton writing.  The pupils have written about an action figure of their choice making decisions about the layout, diagrams and the information to include.   We have had a special focus on Science this week, and will continue next week thinking closely about the habitats of mini beasts,  how to identify them and how to use and create classification keys.  

Year 5 have been busy over the holidays and have written about their favourite times in literacy. We will now be finding out about Dreamtime stories. They have been learning about the bar model in maths (a way of drawing an image to help with problem solving) and have started finding out about Australia for topic. Science has continued with forces – balanced and unbalanced and will lead to children investigating how pulleys and pivots can help us to move large, heavy objects. Cricket will start on Friday mornings next week and it is essential that children have a PE kit to change into for all PE sessions (usually Monday, Wednesday and Friday). There are some children going to football on Monday – please make sure that all SOE3 forms have been completed for this. Just a quick reminder that the next residential payment of £20 is due by 28th April. You should also have received a letter about our trip to Rosemoor on Wednesday 3rd May. Welcome back to a busy and productive Summer term.

This week has been the first week back.   We have started some new topics! In Literacy we started doing work on ‘islands’ where we have started watching small BBC clips of Treasure Island and then writing about it. We did a couple of SATS revision tests just to jumpstart our brains. We also started doing a new subject in ICT and playing handball and drumming.
By Class Reporter:  Laurence

Best wishes,
Jeremy Cooper and all of the staff and children.

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