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Autumn 1, Week 8

Well here we are at the end of our first half term of school, and what a half term it has been! This week we have been busy rehearsing the story of the 3 little pigs with actions and the Year Ones have been busy writing their own versions! We have also had a great time learning all about the festival of Diwali today. The children dressed up in beautiful Indian clothing, created their own Diwa lamps using clay, learnt the story of Rama and Sita and even created their own Rangoli patterns using coloured sand, powder and powder paint. Our favourite part was trying some Indian poppadum’s and mango chutney and many of the children were very keen to share with us what their favourite Indian food is! Watch out for some of our lovely Diwali learning in our learning journeys soon. This week we also had our ‘home learning celebration assembly’ where each child got to bring along all the fantastic things they have been doing at home. The children loved showing off their amazing models, pictures, videos and writing so thank you so much for all of your hard work with these. After half term, you will receive your new home-learning grid with some lovely wintery/ Christmas tasks!

Thank you also, to all who attended family session this week too; the children loved having you in and it was lovely to see so many of you attend.

Half term tasks

Over the half term, we ask that you can support your children in the following ways, by encouraging them to practise the following…

  1. Children to practice forming each letter from the alphabet; both capital and lower case. Make sure they know the name of each letter as well as the sound it makes.
  2. Children to recognise and write their numbers to 10. Want a challenge? Practise writing numbers to 20 and in Year On, practice some written addition sums!
  3. Learn how to pay for items using small coin amounts.
  4. Practice getting dressed and un-dressed with no adult support.
  5. Have some fun!

Other:

  • After half term, the children will begin to change their books on a daily basis, rather than every other day in Reception. The children in Class One are encouraged to change their own books on a daily basis and we give this responsibility to the children to do. It does usually take a while to train them up to a. make sure they choose the correct colour book-band every day and b. check they change their book on a daily basis, so please bear with us while we train them up! We will of course endeavour to check everyone is doing so correctly.
  • Thank you to all parents for ensuring the school is kept up to date with who is picking you children up from school each day. If you have someone who will be picking up your child on a regular basis, you may wish to leave a letter in the office giving them permission to pick up your child on an as and when basis. If someone is picking up your child at home time, whom we have not met before, please continue to let us know in advance; for safeguarding reasons, we are unable to let your children leave the school with an unknown adult, unless we have had permission from you in advance. Some parents also choose to set up a password with ourselves, so that your family members and friends can give this to us when they come to pick up your child.
  • A reminder that all children should have a pair of navy jogging bottoms, socks and a navy hoodie/ long sleeved warm top for outdoor PE please. PE kits are coming home tonight with your child.

Thank you all for your continued support this half term. Wishing you all a great half term break!

Miss Ingle

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Autumn 1, Week 7

This week in Class One, we have been learning all about the role of the police and how they help us. We looked at what they wear, things that they carry and what the get up to within their jobs. The children enjoyed role-playing, working at a police station and it was great to listen to them acting in role as they took ‘999 calls’. We role played calling the emergency services and how, when we would report an incident. All the children took turns to be the operator and the reporter and this lead nicely into the year one children writing dialogue on their experience.

The lesson on the police came in very handy later on in the week as disaster struck Class One…a break in from the Big Bad Wolf! Our plastic coins which we had been using for maths had gone missing and a mysterious letter had been left behind with some flecks of grey fur on the carpet. Luckily, the children were on hand to create traps using construction, write missing posters and in Year One, the children created some fantastic police reports, recounting the events of the day.

In maths we have been looking at money, recognising the colour, shapes, size and value of each coin. We have introduced a shop, a parking meter and the children has had to work out how much money they need and what coins to use. See what your children have learnt this week, by seeing how many coins they can name at home!

In PE we have continued to work on experimenting with shapes, movements, balancing and putting together a routine in groups incorporating all of the elements to music, listening as to whether it’s fast or slow and adjusting our routine speed accordingly.

Notices

  • Thank you all so very much for all of your kind donations yesterday with lovely baby items! All of your donations will help premature babies and new mothers in need, throughout Hitchin and local areas. The staff were moved by all of your wonderful generosity so thank you so much!
  • Next week is family week in school and on Monday afternoon, Class One parents are welcome to come in and join us in the afternoon and take part in some activities with your child. A reminder that it is only one parent per child please. If you are unable to attend, you may wish to arrange with another parent in class, for them to also pair up with your child. If not, teachers can also help out and make sure children are not on their own. As part of the afternoon, children also go out for their afternoon play session and parents also come out too so please bring a warm coat.
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Autumn 1, Week 6

This week in Class One, our topic of ‘all about me’ led us to think about keeping safe and managing risks. As part of this, we learnt all about road safety and about the role of lollipop lady, learning about road signs and even conducting our own traffic survey outside of the school! 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 used our traffic surveys within our maths to tally amounts on a grid and in Year One, the children tried to write their numbers as words e.g. (‘one’, ‘two’ etc).

We also learnt about how the fire-service keep us safe too this week including what to do if the fire-alarm goes off in school and what it is like to be a fire-fighter. The Year Ones created some fantastic instructions about what to do in the event of a fire alarm using bossy verbs and all the children were all very sensible as we practised a fire alarm drill. We also thought about what would happen if there were a real fire-alarm at home and so we set the children the task of asking their adults at home, what their family fire plan is! On Wednesday morning, we had a visit from some real fire fighters who conducted a whole school assembly about fire safety. The class one children had the opportunity to ask them some questions and had some fantastic queries including, ‘how many fires have you put out?’, ‘do you have a rescue boat for floods?’, ‘what are the jaws of life used for’ and even ‘do fire fighters ever have to save people from shark attacks?’ They thoroughly enjoyed their visit!

Thank you for all of the WOW forms that we have had this week and all the lovely home-learning! We have some very talented children in class and have been very impressed with the quality of what they are doing at home so thank you for your time and effort

Enjoy your weekend everyone and see you all on Monday,

Miss Ingle, Mrs Holmes and Mrs Sabri.

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Autumn 1, Week 5

This week in class one we have been thinking all about healthy bodies, what it takes to stay nice and healthy and people who help us when we become poorly.

Our role play has now transformed into our very own class hospital! We’ve all thoroughly enjoyed going in and role-playing doctors, radiologists and nurses with our friends!
We’ve looked at the roles of everyone who works in the health care this week and also how we can keep healthy by eating 5 portions of fruit and veg every day. This lead nicely onto our smoothie making activity. Reception children were tasked with identifying the different fruits, chopping them and mixing them together to make a delicious healthy smoothie. Our Year Ones went a step further, creating their own fruit salad using different chopping techniques and then writing a list of instructions about how to make one.


The children have been excited to see the changes in our weather recently, especially and so in Science, we have been on a lovely autumn walk, collecting cookers, looking out for changes in the leaves and spotting all of the berries the birds can eat in our trees. We enjoyed using our 5 senses to complete autumn checklists on our walk.

We finished the week with today’s Harvest festival. Thank you so much for all of your donations and for those who stayed to watch the service in church. The teachers were extremely impressed with our behaviour this year considering that for many of us, this was our first church service in school! A big well done to all, Miss Ingle is super proud!

Enjoy your weekend everybody and see you all next week!

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Autumn 1, Week 4

This week in Class One, we have been learning all about our community and local area. Whilst the Year One children went out to Class Two on Monday, the reception children were greeted a bit of a mystery ….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!

Reception 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. Meanwhile, the Year One children learnt all about addresses and used our writing skills, to write real envelopes and letters to people! We have also built our own post office in class this week to sort out all the postman’s letters.

In RE, we had an ‘Experience Eucharist’ workshop on Tuesday where the children had the opportunity to visit ST Ippolyts church. The children enjoyed looking at the font and learning all about the Eucharist service, we even acted it out using some bread and ‘wine’ (which was actually blackcurrant squash!)

In other news, we have been learning about portraits and creating our own wacky faces using photos of the teachers, learnt about the Royal Family in England and have been learning all about 2D and 3D shapes at home! Test us at home to see what we have learnt…

Reminders

  • Next Friday is Harvest Festival. On Friday morning, if you would like to send us in with a small food donation, we will take this to church with us for our morning Harvest Service.
  • 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! If you missed out on curriculum evening and do not have any, please ask one of us in class and we will happily pop some in your child’s bookbag!
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