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Summer 2, Week 1

Welcome back everyone and a big thank you to all who came to our Class Assembly today! It was lovely to watch back some of the video clips from throughout the year and see how much the children have grown and changed throughout Reception. All of them did so well learning their lines and song lyrics, we are so proud of them all!

This week, we have started our new topic of ‘pirates’! Whilst most of the week has been taken up with assembly rehearsals and prop making, we have still managed to create our own treasure maps this week out of tea-stained paper. We have also done a Big Write this week where we created a list of instructions about how to find the treasure on our maps. The children had some amazing ideas featuring deadly volcanoes, sea monsters, traps hidden in palm trees and swamps and some amazing ideas about what was inside their treasure chests. They have thoroughly enjoyed dressing up in pirate clothes this week and having a go in our small world area where we have lots of pirate figurines too.

Next week, we will be learning about some real life pirates from the past and we also have a special visit on Tuesday, from the company @BambuuBrush. They create eco-toothbrushes and will be coming to speak to the children about how we can use non-plastic alternatives, recycle all of our plastic packaging and how it affects our oceans. We look forward to their visit!

Reminders:

A reminder that our Class One and Two joint trip to Woburn Safari is on the 20th June. Children will all need to bring a packed lunch on this day which is in a disposable bag rather than a ‘packed lunch box’. If it is a sunny day, we ask that you apply sunscreen before the children come to school as we are unable to do this or accept any creams into school. If your children are travel-sick and wear special wrist bands or have medication, please let the school office know in advance. Children will also need to come into school on this day in their usual school uniform and with a sun-hat. You may wish to provide a waterproof jacket with a hood if it is a rainy day as most of the day will be spent outside (fingers crossed for sun!)

If you haven’t already, please can parents return their ‘BambuuBrush’ letter to school so we can inform the workshop whether you wish your child to appear on camera or not.

Thank you and have a lovely weekend!

Class One

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Summer 1, Week 5

Happy half term everybody! When we come back, we will be starting our new topic of pirates so you may want to research them over the half term!

We have had a very busy week in school with both a Sports Day and a school talent show! Both events saw us show off all of our skills so well done to everybody who took part, have a look at some of the photos on the ‘school gallery’ page above. This week, we have also been very busy getting ready for our class assembly, learning some tricky split e sounds in phonics (also sometimes called ‘magic e’ words), such as ‘like’, ‘home’ and ‘mate’. The children are now getting very good at spotting them in their books and remembering that they make one sound! We have also been making masks, learning lines and even learning a few songs in preparation. Make sure you come check out our Class Assembly which is on Friday 7th June at 2:30 (you may want to get here early to get a good seat!) A reminder also that all children should now have a cap or hat in school to wear at playtimes and lunchtimes. The rule after half term will be, ‘not hat….no play’ so please ensure your child comes to school with one each day

Enjoy your half term everybody!

Class One

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Summer 1, Week 2

What a busy week we have had in Class One. After having a long week end we came back on Tuesday full of energy to learn. On Tuesday we were lucky enough to have an amazing afternoon out with Sporting Futures at the Leys school in Stevenage! The children were taught how to maypole dance and we learnt all about celebrating the beginning of May and the start of the summer. 

We were able to hula- hoop, limbo dance, hook a duck, along with many other activities (if you haven’t already, check out our gallery page above!)

The children thoroughly enjoyed our trip and were all so well behaved so. A big well done to all of them!

We have been hard at work looking at how important the oceans are to us and how we can look after our planet. We looked at materials that can be recycled and those that can’t and children had a hunt around the school to look for man-made and natural items.

The children really enjoyed looking around the school and discussing how to look after our world. We have lots of boxes now in class one all for recycling.

This week we have continued our “under the sea “topic, our role play has been transformed and we’ve been looking at all the different layers of the ocean. The children were then tasked with colour mixing to create a painting of their own layers of the ocean. This will be a work in progress as next week we will add in all of the sea creatures. 

Reminders

  • Now that we are into summer uniforms, socks (and tights if it is a cold day) should be white please, not navy blue.
  • We are also finding that many of the children are not reading on a daily basis at home. As we move on to more formal learning, it really is vital that children read their books with a parent or big sibling every night at home. It really does make such a difference your child’s level at school and is vital to ensuring your children progress through a range of book bands. A recent study concludes that if a child reads for just 10 minutes every day, they will experience and be able to use 1,800,000 words in their vocabulary in the school year, whereas a child who only reads for one minute a day with only gain up to 8,000!
  • A reminder that children should have blue shorts, a white t-shirt, a blue hoody or jacket and plimsolls or trainers in their PE kits. Spare socks are also a must as the girls who wear tights need something on their feet if we go to the field. 
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Summer 1, Week 1

Welcome back everyone! Our last term of the academic year (where has the year gone?) This week we have started our new topic of ‘Under the Sea’, by researching some underwater creatures! We first thought of something we would like to find out and then we typed our questions into the google-kids search engine called kiddle. We then wrote our answers in our own Q&A books which are on display in class; the children have clearly been writing over their holidays as their writing was amazing! In other news, we have started to get ready for this years’ sports day with lots of running races in PE. Later in the half term, a list will go out on the school gate to let you all know which colour teams we will be in.

Notices

  • As you have probably spotted on our newsletters this week, Class One have some school trips coming up this term! On 7th May, Mr Smith has kindly arranged for us to attend a ‘Sporting Futures’ event at the Leys School in Stevenage, where we will be trying out some Maypole games and dances. Letters should have come out with your children today regarding times etc. Children will need take their water bottles with them and also wear their PE kits on this day, so as long as these are in school, there is nothing else for you to prepare for this. Lunches will be as normal with the children eating before we get on the coach. Strangely, there is a little typo on the letter which says ‘27th June 2018’ in small writing at the top of the letter- please ignore this, it should not be there!
  • Later in the term, the teachers have arranged for a joint school trip for Classes One and Two to Woburn Safari Park! The children have not been told yet, so you may want to keep this a secret for now! Letters will come out to you soon to let you know all of the details but as with all our school trips, the children will come to school and leave at the normal time on this day.
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Spring 2, Week 6

Here we are at the end of another term! It is hard to believe that when we get back, it will be our final term in Reception but we have lots of fun things in store linked to our new topic of ‘Under the Sea’. Thank you to all who attended our Easter Service this week, we hope you enjoyed joining in with our Easter celebrations. Today, the children should be bringing home all of their PE kits and book bags. Our new homework grid will be set after half term as usual along with our class curriculum grid, to let you know what we will be up to in Class One.

Reminders/ Other

After half term, we will be doing some of our PE lessons up at the school field! If your child does not already have an outdoor PE kit in school, this will be vital after half term. Sadly if the children do not have their PE kit in school, we are unable to let them participate due to health and safety reasons.

If you would like to do any extra learning with your children over the holidays, feel free to research some sea creatures or learn some facts about oceans and coral reefs.

WANTED! After half term, we will be doing some art and craft involving CD/ DVD disks. If you have any that you could donate to class, we would very much appreciate it! We are also a little short of knickers and boys pants in our spare clothes draw so if you have any Class 1 underwear at home which could be returned to us, or if you would like to donate any old underwear, we would be very grateful!

Lastly, we seem to have mysterious collection of apples accumulating in Class One over the last few weeks (8 in total!) Despite our best efforts to reunite them with the correct child, no one is yet to claim them. If you could send them with a sticker on to ensure they are named, or send them in a little bag/ pot, that would be a great help to us in solving this mystery!

Enjoy your two weeks off everybody,

Miss Ingle and the Class One staff.

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