Newsletter for Week Ending 28th April
28 April 2017

A bust week involving Circus Day, tournament successes, House photos and much, much more so please read on…

New Summer School/Holiday Club at Appledore School

The Splodge Summer School will be running here at our school this Summer holiday for children currently in Year One to Year Six. Sessions will run from 10am until 3pm Monday to Friday. Splodge is run by Kate Harvey (our art coordinator at Appledore School)  who is looking forward to lots of arty Summer fun with the children. We are now taking bookings for the weeks beginning Monday 7th August and Monday 14th August. For more information and to register your child, find us online at and follow ‘Splodge Arts’ on Facebook and instagram.

Year 5&6 Football Tournament

On Monday 24th of April, Yeara 5 and 6 attended a football competition at Bideford College. In the girl’s one, they won 1 and lost 1 and came 2nd in the event, which is a proud achievement for Appledore school. In the boys, they played 3 matches, winning 2 of them and drawing 1 of them, and in the process they also proudly qualified to the next round. This is a huge benchmark for this high-achieving school!
By Sports reporter: Julian Hayter

Children’s Festival on Bank Holiday Monday 1st May from 1- 4pm at Kingsley School.

The Children’s Festival is a free event packed with fun activities and workshops for children to enjoy, from science experiment fun to having a go at handball, gym, judo, tennis, football skills and karate.  Along with enjoying outdoor live theatre, live  music, stalls, BBQ and other surprises on the day.  The event is a fundraiser for the North Devon Hospice and everyone is very welcome.

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.

Around the Classess

We have started our new topic ‘Fairy Tales’ and read the story Jack and the Beanstalk. We have read different versions of the story and had a go at acting it out. We made magic beans and thought about what they might turn into, we had some interesting ideas! We have also interviewed some of the characters, finding out a little bit more about them.

Circus Day was an absolutely brilliant day for Year 1! Everyone had lots of fun and behaved brilliantly. Steve from Circus into Schools was very funny and talented. He even taught Jude enough magic to make Max levitate! We made magic tricks, balloon animals and face painting templates. Steve taught us to spin plates, balance peacock feathers, walk across a beam and juggle. This week we have continued our writing work about Diary of a Wombat. We spotted patterns and puzzles in the text and recorded them. We also wrote questions for the wombat, and then pretended to be the wombat to answer the questions. In Maths we have continued to add and subtract, we have discovered how to swap numbers around in a number sentence to make new number sentences and we have found the missing number in a problem. We were very sad to say goodbye to Abby last week, but it has been great to welcome Mrs Hughes into our class and she has enjoyed getting to know her new class.

Lundy Puffins were pleased to welcome back Miss Johnston, who joins us this term for her last teaching practice. This week in English, they have begun to read a book about Chinese New Year and discussed the page layouts. They have also learned how to use commas in a list. In Maths, they have been subtracting 2-digit numbers. This term’s topic has begun by looking at photographs of seaside holidays in the past and asking questions about them. In music, they  enjoyed looking at the djembe drums and experimenting with the different sounds they could make. In science they have been planting beans and will be keeping a close eye on these over the coming weeks.

Seahunter have worked hard on their maths this week, learning how to divide single digit numbers by 10. They have both demonstrated their skills and been able to explain their thinking well. In their topic and English work, they have found out about the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb through a song and information text. They have ordered the events and practised their writing skills ready to create books about the discovery next week.

In Maths this week, Yaer 4 have been focusing on telling the time, and will be looking at Timetables later this week.  In Literacy, we have continued our focus on non-fiction writing and are making a page for a book about Toys. These will be word processed and pictures will ne added. We have continued looking at mini beasts and have tried to collect them using pitfall traps. Hopefully, after our second attempt, more should be discovered! Our topic on Rivers has begun and we have learnt about the Water Cycle to show where rivers begin. Later on in the term, we will have a closer look at the Torridge.

Year 5 enjoyed their first cricket session today. They worked well in teams fielding and improved their batting skills. We have begun Dreamtime stories in literacy and will continue with this for a short time. In maths we are finishing our problem solving work; children seem more secure with how to approach a variety of problems now. Science involved finding the best material to use as a brake pad for a child’s tricycle – they worked well in groups again. Next week we are looking forward to our trip to Rosemoor – thank you for all the forms and payments received so far.

This week we have done many lessons: maths, English, P.E, ICT, Assembly, singing, SATs revision and spelling. In maths we have done a short part of revision in our books and one arithmetic test. In English we continued writing our Treasure Island stories. We have also done daily P.E, in which we played 20 minute periods of Kwik Cricket and, on Wednesday, we played handball with Mrs Evans. Also, in ICT we have done lessons on Penjee (a coding system) and RE starting to look at the ‘Rites of Passage’.
By Class Reporters, Laurence & William
P.S  We had House group photos today (27th April).

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

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