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Newsletter for the week ending 20th October
Oct 20, 2017

News from around the classes and much, much more...

AROUND THE SCHOOL

We've just had our harvest festival at St Mary's church and thank you to all who came. It was lovely to have years 1&2 there too and we all just about fitted in!

Collecting Your Child
Please could parents for Years 3-6 wait on the bottom playground and allow your child to come to you, rather than waiting outside their classes. Parents collecting children from FSU (Turtles and Dolphins) are welcome to wait outside FSU. For parents of children in years 1 and 2, please wait on the bottom playground too. Thank you for your support with our 'traffic management'.

Thrift Club
The next pay in day will be Monday 30th October. Last pay in day will be Monday 6th November and pay out will be Monday 13th November between 3.30pm and 3.45pm

School Fare
Provsional date set for 1st December - more details to follow...

Attendance
Our attendance as a whole school is just in line with expectations, so thank you for all your efforts with ensuring that you child's attendance remains good and arranging holidays during school holidays. At present the governors are not requesting we impose fines, but please be aware that a concerning decline in school attendance as a whole could lead to a change of policy.

AROUND APPLEDORE

Childrens Nearly New Sale
In aid of Everything Ellie Registered Charity No. 1164084, Saturday 4th November 10.30am - 12.30pm at Roundwell Community Centre (next to Sainsburys)
Entry £1 which includes a drink! For sale will be a wide range of clothes, toys, books, DVD, games, and equipment from 0-13 years.
Coffee shop & homemade cakes and a raffle. Free parking is available

Rolle Canal Performance
Tickets are now available for the Rolle Canal Performance on Wednesday 15th November 2017 @ 7:00 p.m. They are purchased direct from Rosemoor Gardens from this link https://gardentickets.rhs.org.uk/rhsrm/sessions.aspx?tid=19. Please be aware that several schools are taking part and tickets are likely to sell out quickly.

AROUND THE CLASSES

This in week in FSU we have carried on with the theme of Autumn but focused more on our Harvest Festival. We had a great day on Tuesday cooking Pumpkin soup, bread rolls and apple crumble - it was delicious! After singing about a combine harvester in our Harvest Festival we looked more at one does and why it is so important to farmers. Thank you all for attending our Harvest Festival, didn't the children do well? All of our donations will be given to The Harbour in Bideford.

We had a fantastic trip on Tuesday. The children behaved brilliantly and learnt a lot about trains. We were able to look at the signal box and find out all about it. In the museum we were able to pull levers to make a signal move. We had a good look at the engine that took us to Watchet and got given a piece of coal from the coal box. When we arrived at Watchet we looked at the boats in the Marina on our way to an amazing play park. On Wednesday we wrote recounts of our day out and wrote thank you letters to the adults who helped us and also to the railway. We have also practised the songs for our Harvest Festival and are looking forward to performing them on Friday afternoon. Our question this week has been 'How can we be responsible in the classroom?'

The highlight of the week for Lundy Puffins was definitely the trip on Tuesday to the West Somerset Railway. Everyone was very well behaved and really enjoyed travelling on a steam train through the countryside. They have written about the trip and showed that most children are able to write with full stops and capital letters and are really thinking about their handwriting. Well done! In Maths, they have continued with addition and subtraction and started to see how they are linked to one another. Our author for the half term has been 'Oliver Jeffers', so we were very excited to see the short film based on his book 'Lost and Found'. Thank you to Martha for bringing it in for us. We wish you all a restful half term break.

Seahunter had a great day in Tuesday when Caroline, an artist, and Lisa, a storyteller, visited to continue the Appledore trail work they began in Year 2. The children enjoyed looking at old and new photos of the village, listening to stories and finally producing storyboards looking at how a particular point in the visage changes from season to season. They were all very attentive and worked very hard. They have also worked hard on their harvest presentation. They have used their English skills from the 'How to be a...' poems that they wrote to create and present one about a scarecrow. You can enjoy their presentation on Friday afternoon. Overall, they have had a great first half term in year 3 and we look forward to more great experiences with them after the break.

This week HMS Echo have continued their unit on addition and subtraction in Maths and have been using their knowledge to solve and write worded problems. After half term, we will complete this unit and be moving onto multiplication and division. The children have enjoyed starting our new Literacy sequence, where they have written fact files for superheroes. In topic, we have looked at city states ‘Athens’ and ‘Sparta’, to compare what life was like in Ancient Greece and the effect it has had on today’s life. The class were great at being teachers, when they went to Year 1 to teach the younger children all about the digestive system. Our big question from P4C this week was ‘What expression is on the teachers face?’ From this we had a discussion about why she might be showing that expression, linked to her emotions and the learning environment. Have an enjoyable and relaxing half term, see you in a week!

Beechcroft have been busy finishing off their work on The Vikings. Next half term will focus on The Saxons. In literacy we have been completing our class reading book, Holes by Louis Sachar, and comparing this with the film. We have also thought about what being 'responsible' means and how this looks in a year 5 classroom. Well done to Gus for getting he Values Cup for this half term.

Year 6 have been completing work this week on Place Value and publishing their stories - they are very close to being completed. We had an art day using Viking Runes and have some printing to complete after half term. It was a very productive day and all the children were sensible using craft knives. After half-term we will continue with our Anglo-Saxon work leading onto Vikings. Please make sure you apply for secondary school before the end of October.

Have a wonderful half term!

Best wishes from
Jeremy Cooper and all the staff and children


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