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Newsletter for the week ending Thursday 17th December
Dec 17, 2020

Today is the last day of term and happy Christmas everbody!  Please click here to read an important letter for all parents and guardians and read on to find out what has been happening around the classes this week

We wish you all a safe Christmas and look forward to welcoming you all back on Monday 4th January.

From Jeremy Cooper and all the children and staff

AROUND THE CLASSES

This week Turtles and Dolphins have been finishing off our Christmas cards, decorations and presents. We had our party on Tuesday and Father Christmas walked past our window before leaving some presents for us. We watched our Nativity and hopefully you have all seen it now - didn't the children do well?! We just want to say have a Merry Christmas, stay safe and we will see you in the New Year.

How good was that? It has been an amazing Term in Year 1 and I am so pleased with what the children have been able to achieve. This week we have been busy finishing off our units of learning. The children have written some fantastic Christmas stories in literacy. They have learned about shapes in maths, including creating their own Christmas wrapping paper with repeating shape patterns. It was great to see so many parents joining us on Tuesday for the children's Christmas performance. The video will be on the children's Google Drive today. I was touched earlier this week to receive an amazing Christmas hamper from the parents. Very unexpected and a wonderful surprise. Thank you all very much. Lookout on Google Classroom for a Christmas surprise for the children coming soon! Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year. I look forward to seeing you all again in 2021!

What a super term Lundy Puffins have had! We are very proud of how hard they have all worked and how well they have adapted to all the changes we have had to make this half term. They have published some fantastic books this week based on their Augustus and his smile stories. There are some real improvements in their handwriting. Well done everyone! We wish you and your families a peaceful and relaxing Christmas and look forward to seeing you in the New Year. 

Seahunter have had a brilliant first term in Year 3. They have grown so much in their attitude to work, play and respecting one another, as they have made the transition to Key Stage Two. They should be really proud of their effort and progress, particularly returning to school under such unusual circumstances. 

This week, Year 3 have been focused on their topic work, exploring the island of St. Lucia. They have learnt several new skills including plotting temperatures on a line graph, comparing climates, using coordinates to locate features on a map and recognising similarities and differences using a Venn diagram. Their final pieces of work included postcards from St.Lucia and designing souvenirs for a gift shop of the island. They wrote some fabulous postcards about the many things they could visit and experience. There could be some future tour guides in the making! On Wednesday afternoon we enjoyed a movie afternoon together watching Paddington 2 and today the final outdoor earning group will complete their work in the polytunnel investigating soil types. We wish you all a very peaceful, happy Christmas and look forward to seeing the children back in the New Year!

 

HMS Echo have been busy completing work this week ready to start new units after the holidays. In Topic, the children have learnt about what the Romans brought to Britain and then made beautifully presented pop-up books of a Roman town! The class also learnt about the gladiator games and created their own advertisement for a gladiator. In Science, we have been observing the changes to egg shells when they are left in different liquids, to think about the effects that liquids we drink have on our teeth. We have been working on our times tables a lot, and will be continuing to learn how to multiply and divide using different methods in the New Year. Well done on a successful term in Year 4 and have a lovely Christmas! 

Another busy week in Y5! We have been learning about perimeter and area in Maths and trying to complete our work on Florida in Topic - we will have to finish in the first week back as we still have to find out about hurricanes! We have made Christmas cards this week; we have created 3D elements using a padded tissue paper circle - look out for our amazing Christmas puddings, reindeer and snowmen (just a few of our ideas). In Outdoor Learning we used tools to create either planters, signs or a game. In doing this, we were thinking about the properties of the wood we used had and why it was suitable for the job. We really enjoyed watching the Nativity plays from FSU and KS1 - thank you for sharing! We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Well done to Jean for winning the Appledore Book festival story writig competition.

In English, Year 6 have finished writing our stories based on ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens. We now know how Scrooge changed the error of his ways and became a charitable man. For maths we have been working on fractions and decimals. We have also done quite a lot of end of term maths tests. In Topic, we have been learning more about WW2, The Battle of Britain and discovered what happened at the end of the war.  We looked at both VE Day and VJ Day. For Outdoor Learning we have been working on the war garden and finding out about the ‘Onion Club’. We played a game which involved us taking cover in the Anderson shelter if a German plane was spotted. We have enjoyed watching the KS1 and Foundation Stage Nativity plays.  They certainly made us think about how long ago it was since we performed these!  We thank all the children in these classes for sharing their shows with us. Happy Christmas everyone and see you all safely in 2021. Reporters: Maxim and Ernie

 


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