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Autumn 1, Week 4

This week in Class One, we have been thinking all about people at school and at home who help us. We started the week with thinking about how our grown-ups are very good at cleaning up after children and we thought of way we could be extra helpful at home! We also made lovely paper trophies to say thank you to our grown-ups at home who help us every day.

Later in the week, we thought about how teachers help us. We learnt the names and pictures of teachers in our school and had great fun making puppets of them all! If you haven’t already, have a look on the school Facebook page to see some of our work.

We have also been reading the story of the Very Hungry Caterpillar this week to learn all the days of the week in class. We have done some caterpillar inspired dough disco (with our own personal tubs of playdough and washing our hands before and after so we can keep nice and safe from germs), have ordered all the different parts of the story, created some caterpillar colouring sheets in the art area and have even tried to draw our own caterpillars on the IPads. It has been such a lovely week!

Hopefully you have all received your parent’s consultation times by now (either by email or by the video-chat invitations) but if not, do let me know. Your children have also brought home their first library book from school this week; please return this on Monday and they will be able to swap it for a new one.

Reminders/ Other

  • We are finding lots of ‘lost’ items in Class One at the moment so we are reminding the children to care for their belongings and try to hang them neatly on their pegs in school. If your child does forget items at the end of the day, we are trying to prevent them coming back into the classroom to collect them and instead wait until the next school day. This means no child is left unsupervised in class at home time. Thank you for your support on this.
  • If your child has a badge at home from a Friday Fellowship (achievement badge, effort badge or values badge), please can you return them to school on Monday? Thank you.

Enjoy your weekend everyone!

Miss Ingle and the Class One team

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Autumn 1, Week 3

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
  • Reading and acting out the story of ‘The Blessings Jar’ by Colleen Coble and have designed our own blessings jars
  • Been learning about materials and testing out magnets and magnetic construction toys
  • Trying out some number and phonics 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 big 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.

In the mornings, we are trying to open 5 minutes early at 20 to 9 so we will carry on with this to ease congestion at the front of the school.

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. J


  • On Monday, all reception children will take home their first library book. This is chosen by the children from our school library and is loaned out for one week. We ask the children bring it into school each Monday so that we can then sign it back in to our system and swap it for a new one please. Forgotten books will mean that your child will be unable to change their book until it is returned.
  • Thank you for all making your children so independent this year! We have noticed almost all children can put on a coat/ sort out inside out clothing and get changed for PE with no help. This makes things so much easier in school for both your children and the teachers! We ask kindly that you continue to encourage your children to change and un-change at home themselves, to continue to develop these skills.
  • Thank you also to all those who attended curriculum evening last night. Despite a few technical issues at first, I am glad all went according to plan! Any questions, just let us know by emailing the class email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thank you and enjoy your weekend everyone,

Miss Ingle, Mrs Holmes and Mrs Sabri

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Autumn 1, Weeks 1-2

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 Mr Smith, number work, phonics sessions, a visit to St Ippolyts church and more. It is also really lovely to see so many children coming in so independently and seeing how our much big Year One children have grown!

The Year Ones have risen to the challenge on trickier work and have been busy getting to grips with writing and working in their new exercise books. They have been busy writing about their summer holidays, doing some RSHE work on feelings and hygiene and have had fun learning their new spellings in their spelling books. We are all amazed at how much they have produced this week so a big well done to them all!

A big thank you to all the new 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, especially with 3 PE lessons already this week!  Our PE days in Class One will be on a Tuesday and Wednesday this year where the children will change into their full kits and on Thursday we will have a short 'fine and gross motor-skills session' which the children can stay in their uniforms for.  We do ask however that children keep their kits in school all week; if you would like them to bring it home for a wash at weekends, just let us know and we will make sure they bring it home to you on a Friday.


  • A reminder to all parents that children’s reading books will be changed each Monday, Wednesday and Friday if your child is in Reception. 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. Year One children are encouraged to change their book daily (only if they have read at home).
  • 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/ cheeses or other similar items please. We are also kindly asking at the moment that children bring their snack either as a loose piece of fruit/ veg OR in a disposable bag only please (no snack-pots or tubs).
  • 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 bad weather, only wrong clothing! You may therefore like your children to 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 practice 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. You may also wish to support your child to recognise their belongings by ensuring they can read their name themselves.
  • Last of all, a big thank you to parents for being so prompt with morning drop-offs and afternoon pick-ups at the gate. Due to our COVID staggered timetable at school, all teachers are aiming to get children in/out as quickly as possible/ within 5 minutes and so we ask kindly that you only stop to chat to a member of staff if you have a pressing or urgent notice.

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 and the Class One team

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Summer update newsletter


27th August: Please see the Summer Update in the newsletters section for our latest news.

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Summer Provision for Key Workers

Summer provision


Book early to secure a place!

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