Newsletter fro the week ending 29th March 2019
29 March 2019

A fabulous week crowned with a superb performance by our choir in front of two rather large audiences at Bideford College. Please read on to find out more about that and much. much more that has been going on in and around all the classes…

Dates for the Diary – PTA run events

Friday 29th March, children’s Easter bingo. 3.30-5.00pm (please note NEW END TIME now 5pm)
Wednesday 5th June, sports day. Races for Y1-Y6 9:30am-12pm, lunch for all children and parents 12pm-1pm and afternoon activities for Reception to Y6 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Wednesday 12th June, reserve day for sports day (if bad weather 5th June)
Friday 5th July (NEW DATE), summer fair. Details to follow.


Spring craft workshop – free.
10am – 12.30pm, Saturday 13 April, The Arts Centre, Bideford FREE. A workshop for families. Decorate a flower pot, make flowers from tissue paper and recycled materials, create a Faberge inspired egg or your very own ‘dragon’s’ egg. For further information and to book:Visit Call 01237 472462 or 0345 155 1014 Email

Last chance to give us your views on school Meals for Children in Years 3-6
The school is considering providing hot school meals for children in years 3-6 from September 2019. To understand level of demand, please follow this link and complete the survey before Friday 29th March


As always, please ensure we have the current email and mobile number of the primary contact because this is to whom messages will be sent.


Road Safety During Drop Off and Collection Times
Sadly, I am having to remind parents that not only only are they not permitted to park outside the school on Kingsley Avenue because it it is a private road that only access across is granted, but that cars ignoring this are creating too frequent near misses with predestrians and particulalry children. We all teach the children road safety awareness and continue to do so, but attempts by school to stop what is a very small minority contuining to ignore requests, including being abusive with it, are falling on deaf ears. A very small number of parents have permission due to disability, but for all the rest please, please park further away (including the car park on Odun Road for which you are entitled to a free pass, please just ask) and walk before I am having to write to you with news of a child accident or possibly worse.

Rechargeable Cameras

With the rise in camera use for taking photos, please could you have a dig around to see if you have any rechargeable cameras you no longer use that you would be willing to donate to school. Please send any in with your child or drop them in at the school office.


This week we have finished our topic of ‘People Who help us’ by looking at people who are special to us which has incorporated our Mothers day cards. At the end of the week we focused on our teeth and we had a visit from Torrington Dentist this morning. We had great fun looking at each others teeth and seeing how good we are at cleaning our own teeth! We have also looked through our Learning Journeys ready for your visit on Tuesday. Please join us for some singing at 3pm.

This was Year 1’s last week with Mr McGrath teaching us and we have had another great week. Thanks Mr McGrath! We have continued to learn about Mary Anning, we have written diary entries as her and performed a dance pretending to be her. In Maths we have been learning about capacity and had a really fun afternoon playing in the water tray and filling pots with rice. We also went to the Art Studio to make clay fossils. Our Philosophy session this week used a video called ‘A Cloudy Lesson’, where the characters discover that even if things don’t go according to plan, good things can come from happy accidents.

Lundy Puffins have started to make some fantastic books about Diwali. The finished books are on display on the writing wall with more coming soon. In English, they have been writing stories and are making some amazing vocabulary choices. Well done! In Maths, they have been learning to tell the time (o’clock, half past, quarter to and quarter past), so if you’re able to help at home with this, I would be very grateful! Amazing puppets have been sewn and decorated and will be on display very soon. Mrs O’Shea and I have both said that we have never seen such neat sewing from children in Year 2! Philosophy session this week use the wordless book ‘Journey’. The children had lots to say!

Seahunter have had an amazing week, transforming their classroom into a chocolate factory to design and make bars for Willy Wonka. They surveyed other children in school to see what they would like, took part in taste testing, examined wrapping and developed their teamwork skills ready to start production. The finished products were very impressive! They have written letters to Willy Wonka to persuade him to make their bat and are hoping for some golden tickets in return! We’d all like to say thank you to Miss Knill for doing such an amazing job running this project and wish her well as she returns to training in another school after Easter.

HMS Echo have been focusing on poetry writing in Literacy and have been looking specifically at the poem ‘The Sound Collector’. In Maths, we have looked at placing decimals on a number line and dividing decimal numbers by 10 and 100. In Science, we designed and tested our own investigation to answer the question ‘Which material absorbs the most sound?’. For Philosophy, we watched a clip called ‘Cloudy Lesson’ and discussed the question ‘If something doesn’t work and you try again, should you make it more creative, even if it’s harder?’

This week, some of Year 5 have been to choir and really enjoyed performing- thank you Mrs Smale! We have completed our science space work (almost) ready to show on Saturday morning and have been perfecting our moon buggies. In literacy, we have invented our own space scientists and are writing biographies about them. Maths has involved adding and subtracting fractions and making sure we check our answers carefully. We have done philisophy using a book called ‘The Window’ and we talked about how the houses evolved. We had an exciting trip to Bristol to ‘We Are The Curious’ – plenty of hands on science fun! We had a planetarium visit and saw ‘Space Odyssey’ which we loved. The contest for our paper aeroplanes was definitely helped by the calm weather; it was amazing how far some of them went. We’re looking forward to the sleepover – we’ll let you know about it next time!

Year 6 have now published their ‘ology’ books and are on display in the writing corridor of the main building. They are fantastic to read with many of the class sad they cannot write more. This week in maths we have completed our work on statistics and started to look at solving ratio and proportion questions. In art we have finished our dragon tiles ready to be printed next week in the art studio. Leavers hoodies need to be ordered and paid for by the end of next week (using the school online uniform shop). Please call into the classroom if you are unsure of sizes, we have samples to try on.

Have a wonderful weekend
From Jeremy Cooper and all the staff and children

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