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Autumn 2, Week 5

We have been getting VERY Christmassy in Class One over the last two weeks with lots of festive crafts and lessons! We have been making Christmas cards (these will come home at the end of term for you!), decorations for our class and of course have been very busy rehearsing for our nativity next week. We cannot wait for you to see it and have tried so hard to learn all of the words and actions. Our challenge at the moment is to use a big voice so that we can be heard so you may like to help us practice this over the weekend!

In other news, we have been learning about hot and cold places recently, including looking at the challenges which face our planet. We watched a short clip about polar ice melting and were very enthusiastic when writing our own ‘save the polar bears’ posters! We thought about ways we could help the environment and it was lovely to hear some of the children’s responses, they had lots to say on the issue!

Next week is a very busy week with Christingle making on Tuesday, a dress rehearsal to the school on Wednesday, our nativity to parents on Thursday at 2pm for parents and then a Christmas Fair on Friday; we can’t wait!

Notices.

PARTY FOOD: At the end of Christmas term, each class holds a party for the children within class after lunchtime; this year’s will be on Thursday 19th December. At home-time today, there will be a ‘sign-up’ sheet hanging from our school gate, so that parents can decide which item of party food they would like to contribute to the party. In the older classes, the children are given the choice as to what they would like to bring, however in Class One we let the parents choose. Options include everything from providing a bottle of squash or pack of paper plates, to providing some cooked chicken nuggets! Be sure to get in quick as the sign-up sheet tends to fill up quickly! We ask that parents bring their food item in on the morning of Thurs 19th please. Cooked food options (e.g. mini party pizzas/ chicken nuggets etc) need to be cooked at home please and we will store them in the fridge in school until party time. A big thank you in advance!

NATIVITY TICKETS: We still have a few children in class who have not yet ordered tickets for ‘Whoops-a-Daisy Angel’ next Thursday. If you would like to watch your child perform in our nativity at 2pm, please book at the school office so that we know how many seats to provide.

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Autumn 2, Week 3

We have been busy in maths this week learning all about time. We have had many an exciting game of “what’s the time Mr Wolf?”

We started the week by thinking about ways in which we measure time and we tried to guess how long one minute was by shutting our eyes and counting to 60 in our heads.   We also had lots of ‘1 minute challenges’ to see what we could get done in a minute and soon realised that this is not a great deal of time at all! Later in the week, we began working on o’clock times and had lots of fun in groups playing ‘what’s the time Mr Wolf?’

In geography we have been learning all about animals and habitats creating columns and sorting animals into hot and cold habitats.

PE has challenged all of us this week, we are spending from now until Christmas learning choreography for a special dance we will perform to the older children. Rockin’ Robin is now in all of our heads and the children have created some bird inspired wonderful moves to the song!

Our Christmas nativity is now under way and we started rehearsals today. All Reception have chosen their parts for their acting and the Year Ones will be the narrators to tell the story. Most costumes are provided by school, however we will send out letters next week if your child needs tights or additional items for their role. We will also send out lines for children if they have lots to learn.

If you were not able to attend our book fair this Friday, never fear, you will have another opportunity on Monday both before and after school!

A big thank you also to all children who have been awarded badges and have brought them back!

We wish you a peaceful and joyful weekend and look forward to Monday.

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Autumn 2, Week 2

Hi everyone, this week we have had lots of fun thinking about hot and cold things. In science we have been busy making predictions and conducting investigations to find out what happens when things get cold. We experimented with water, fairy washing up liquid, bubble bath, oil and vinegar, to discover which might make a good ice skating rink for our class Lego men.  The ice rink had to be strong and very solid and so we made predictions about which would be best.  We had great fun checking out our results from the freezer and then thought about the four seasons and how the temperature around our school might change.  

In RE, we have been thinking about how we can use our value of generosity to help others and have also been reading some Bible stories about how Jesus showed generosity.

In Year One, we have been very busy taking part in lots of ‘learning quizzes’ so we look forward to sharing their results with the year one parents at parents evening.  All children should be coming home today with a yellow sheet, informing you of when your parents evening is.  As teachers, we always endeavour to give all parents their preferred time slot, however this is not always possible.  Should you lose your slot, the lovely ladies in the school office also have a copy of the time slots so you can also ask them.

Have a lovely weekend everyone and thank you all very much for your generous children in need donations.  Be sure to check your school news-letter and school website soon, to see how much we managed to raise this year!

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Autumn 2, Week 1

Welcome back everyone, we hope you have all had a restful and happy half term last week. This week in Class One, we have been learning all about fireworks! We began the week with a journey back in time, 400 years ago where we met a rather scary character.... Guy Fawkes! The children loved finding out some child friendly facts about the Gunpowder Plot and took great pleasure in acting out the story, complete with a Guy, King James and some soldiers. Ask us about the Gunpowder Plot at home, to see what we can remember!

As well as our history learning, we have also been using our art skills this week, using printing techniques to make some beautiful firework pictures, been writing onomatopoeias in writing to think about fireworks sounds and in number work, we have been putting 2 amounts together, to do some simple addition.

We hope you all have a safe and happy fireworks night. Next week is assessment week for Year One they will be taking part in lots of quizzes and fun tasks to see what they have learnt so far. For reception, it’s a normal fun week! We are all looking forward to Remembrance celebrations on Monday and Pudsy day on Friday too!

Reminders

  • Thank you also for some of the lovely home-learning we have had in! We hope you have all had a new home-learning sheet in your child's book bag this week; if anyone is missing a home-learning grid, please let us know in class.
  • You may have noticed a new face in Class One today and yesterday!  This is because we are very lucky to have our lovely student teacher joining us in Class One at the moment, called Miss Wenlock! Miss Wenlock is currently studying to become a teacher at the University of Hertfordshire and will be helping us in Class One every Thursday and Friday in the run up to Christmas. She will then be back with us in March for a block placement for a half term, working alongside the Class One staff. She has made a fantastic start and the children are very excited to have a new adult in class so feel free to say hello at the gate if you see her! Enjoy your weekend everyone and see you all on Monday!  
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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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