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Autumn 1, Week 5

This week in Class One, we have been starting to think about people who keep us safe and we began this topic by thinking about who keeps us safe when we cross the road. The children were extremely knowledgeable about how to cross a road safely and were able to demonstrate how to Stop, Look, Listen and Think during our demonstration which was really lovely to see! We have been learning about the role of lollipop lady, thinking about how we should behave near busy roads and the children conducted their own traffic surveys outside of the school, to see which was the most popular vehicle to drive in St Ippolyts. The children have even been patrolling our outside area, creating their own ‘speeding tickets’ for fast vehicles that go by and dressing up as police officers which has been very funny to watch!

We had some fantastic links to maths this week by looking at examples of road signs that the children might see when they are out and about and we learnt all about the ‘warning’ triangle signs and other various shapes we might spot. The children then made their own road signs using lollipop sticks and paints….even a ‘dinosaur crossing’ sign!

Thank you to all who came to Open Session on Monday this week and also for all of your kind donations for Harvest Festival. We hope you enjoyed the service and watching your little ones donate all of their lovely food parcels in church. Enjoy your weekend,

Miss Ingle, Mrs Holmes, Mrs Sabri and Mrs Gemmell.

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Autumn 1, Week 4

Class One was greeted this week with a bit of a mystery on Monday….a lost satchel in our outside area! Upon inspection, we noticed some envelopes, stamps, paper and royal mail signs inside; it was clear who the lost bag belonged to…the Jolly Postman!

Class One set to work writing letters to the postman to alert of his lost bag. They added a contact number so that he could call the school and signed the letter off with their names in a polite way; the Class One teachers were very impressed with our sounding out skills. We have also built our own post office in class this week to sort out all the postman’s letters. We have been adding stamps onto our envelopes (and choosing first or second class varieties depending on how quickly we want our letters to reach our destinations) and have also been weighing out parcels, using the weighing scales. Other activities have included, buying items from the post office using 1 and 2p coins, creating new decorative door numbers for our houses, drawing pictures from the Alan Ahlberg story ‘The Jolly Postman’ and even dressing up as postal workers, complete with letter bags and royal mail hats!

Reminders

  • Thank you for some of the WOW forms we have had in so far. It is lovely to celebrate your children’s successes at home with the class and we look forward to seeing some more soon! More WOW forms to be handed out soon.
  • A reminder that next week is our Harvest Festival at St Ippolyts Church. The church service starts at 9:15 and features songs and showing from some of the older children and of course, the giving of any donations by the children of St Ippolyts School.
  • Lastly, as you may be aware, new data protection regulations came into effect this year across the UK. As a result of this, schools and organisations are no longer permitted to distribute names of classes outside of school (such as in the form of class lists for parties and Christmas card lists). We appreciate that this is a little inconvenient to parents but hope that you will understand. Should you wish to form a class list yourselves by speaking to other parents outside of schools, you are welcome to do so.
  • Lastly, we are looking for donations for Class One spare underwear (especially girls knickers please!). If you have any that you would be willing to donate to our shared class supply, we would be extremely grateful as they always come in handy for our little ones when accidents happen!

Thank you and enjoy your weekends everybody!

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Autumn 1, Week 3

This week in Class One, we have been thinking about people who help us at home! We read the Anthony Brown story, ‘Piggybook’ to help us start to think about all the different things that our grown-ups have to do every day. The story features some very amusing pictures in which all of the Piggot family start to transform into real pigs, thanks to their messy behaviour! This led to some great discussions about how we can help out at home and the children have been practising by measuring water into washing up jugs, making pretend dinners for their ‘families’ in the home corner and have even been designing some trophies, to say thank you to those who help us at home.

Next week, we will be reading the story of the Jolly Postman to begin to think about people who help us every day such a postmen/ladies and lollipop people. We will be posting letters using stamps and envelopes and will be practising crossing the road safely, using our zebra crossing and road sign toys in the outside area.

A big thank you to everyone who attended curriculum evening yesterday! I hope that it was helpful to you all and has given you a little more of an idea about what we get up to each day here in Class One! Next week will be our first cake day of the year (on Friday). Children are welcome to leave their usual snack at home on this day and bring in either 25p for one cake, or 50p for 2. Children must bring their money in a named envelope please, to ensure we have no missing coins throughout the day.

Happy weekend!

Miss Ingle, Mrs Holmes and Mrs Sabri.

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Autumn 1, Week 2

Here we are at the end of our second week back and Class One is now complete with all 30 children now in class. We are all feeling very proud of the new cohort in the way they have conducted themselves around school and in the kind and sensible way they carry out their learning each day and it has been lovely this week to watch them begin to form friendships with new children and get stuck into the many activities we have had planned for them this week.

This week, your child has very busy taking part in…

  • Circle times to discuss likes and dislikes
  • Painting in the art corner
  • Trying out some number games on the class computers
  • Learning single letter phonic sounds and forming them without taking our pen off of the whiteboard/ moving the pen in the correct direction.

A thank you once again for your patience at the gate during home-time and morning drop offs as we learn all of your names and faces. As you can imagine, learning parents, grandparents, child-minders, aunties and other family friends for each child is not an easy task but we hope to get a little quicker at this soon. In the meantime, please continue to inform a member of office staff or class adult if someone new is picking up your child, as we will be unable to let your child leave unless we have had consent and notification of this.

Lastly, you may notice that over the course of the year, your child may come home wearing a badge on a Friday afternoon. These are from our Friday awards assembly in which your child can win a values, effort or achievement award. Your child will be able to wear their badge for the whole week but will hand it back in the following Friday morning so that it can be given to the next person. We ask kindly that children look after their badges each week and that parents ensure that the children bring it back in on the following Friday. Thank you for your cooperation.

Enjoy your weekend everyone,

Miss Ingle, Mrs Holmes, Mrs Gemmell and Mrs Sabri

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Autumn Term, Week 1

What a successful week we have had in Class One this week! All children have settled extremely well into their new routine and it has been a joy to get to know some of our new intake over the course of the week. The children have been up to many different and exciting activities including rainbow sand mark-making, painting, PE lessons with our amazing sports coaches Mr Jefferies and Mr Smith, number work, phonics sessions and even creating their own mud-recipes in our brand new mud kitchen! It is also really lovely to see so many children coming in to the classroom independently now; we are very proud of them and how positively they are entering the classroom each day.

A big thank you to all parents for being so patient at the gate as we learn all of your names and faces and also for ensuring that all school uniform is clearly named’. This has made things much easier for us all this week and is very much appreciated!

Reminders.

  • A reminder to all parents that children’s reading books will be changed each Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Your child will be heard read by the class adults throughout the week so please ensure these come into school each day in book-bags.
  • Water bottles should contain still, unflavoured water only. Your child may also bring in one fruit or vegetable item each day to eat at their snack-time. We ask that you do not send in cereal bars/ crackers/ yoghurt covered fruit/ / fruit winders or other similar items please.
  • As part of the Early Years Curriculum, children are encouraged to work and learn outside as part of an ‘extended classroom’ in out outside area. We have a saying in Reception that there is no such thing as the wrong weather, only wrong clothing! We therefore ask that children bring in some wellington boots to keep in class each day, so that they are suitably dressed for all weathers. Some of our best learning and experimenting comes from playing in the rain and with puddles!
  • Lastly, all children are expected to change for PE at school with a level of independence. Whilst we will always help those who need it, we encourage children to ‘have a go’ at doing up/ undoing buttons and ties, before seeking help from a grown up. We therefore ask that you practise this at home with your child over the next half term or so, so that they can get used to dressing and undressing with confidence.

Thank you to all for a great first week, it has been lovely chatting to some of you at the gate and I look forward to getting to know you and the children more over the coming year!

Miss Ingle, Mrs Holmes (Nursery Nurse), Mrs Sabri and Mrs Gemmell (Class TAs)

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St Ippolyts C.E. Primary School
Ashbrook Lane,
St Ippolyts,
Hitchin,
Hertfordshire.
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