We have had a real focus on our love of reading this week. Early Years have enjoyed stories in class and Year 1 and 2 have daily ERIC (Everyone Reading In Class) sessions straight after lunch. At the end of these sessions they have the chance to recommend books to each other and share new vocabulary and interesting facts that they have learned. Non-fiction books and the Marvel series have been particularly popular! We also continue to use our Take One Book approach using high quality texts from the Just Imagine scheme, which forms the basis of our half termly topic in Years 1 and 2. This means that the children become totally immersed in the text and we explore new vocabulary together. Echo reading (repeating after the teacher) and choral reading (everyone reading together) are 2 techniques we use to give the children confidence and fluency in their reading. The children also have designated library time each week where they can relax on the bean bags to enjoy books together.
We celebrated our Sporting Superstars and other achievements this Friday in assembly - some of the children will be bringing certificates home for you!
This week saw the first of our Open Days. We had a very full hall, with lots of parents and their lovely children who are interested in a place at our school. It was a pleasure to show them round and we look forward to our future meetings in November. Please signpost friends and family to our booking form if they have children due to start school in September 2024.
We also welcomed Foxes and Squirrels parents to our mini picnics this week - we hope you found the information given at the meetings useful. Remember you can contact us at any time if you have any queries or would like a chat with your child's teacher.
Next week has a real Autumnal feel, with our Harvest Festival on Wednesday morning for Years 1 and 2. The children have been rehearsing "The Little Red Hen" and can't wait to perform for you all. Please drop your children off at the usual time at school and make your way to the church if you are attending. We will register the children and then walk them down ready for the assembly to start at 9.30am. The service should be finished by around 10am. We will have a collection in the church for The Link Club, a local group which supports the elderly in the village. Year 2 traditionally sing at their annual Christmas party, which is a special occasion for everyone involved as we love to play our role in this community event.
On Friday afternoon, we welcome all parents to our Autumn Storytime session at 2.45pm. We are trialling this time of day, as we feel it might be easier for both parents and children to spend time reading together just before home time. If you are unable to attend, you are welcome to send another family member in your place - please just let us know in our sign up form via ParentMail. We hope it will be a lovely way to start the weekend.
You will also be able to sign up for your child's Parents' Evening appointment from Monday. The evenings will be held in sync with the Junior school on Tuesday 17th and Thursday 19th October. We look forward to meeting you there and discussing your child's progress.
Finally, we are looking for any volunteers who might want to help us paint our small meeting room. We have plans to turn it into a fabulous nurture space for the children and would love your help! Please email email@example.com if you can offer us your assistance. Thank you.
Have a lovely weekend. Enjoy the sunshine while it lasts!
Highlights of the week
We have so enjoyed rehearsals for our performance of The Little Red Hen! We are looking forward to seeing you at the church on Wednesday morning.
Year One have worked extra hard this week reading "A House in the Woods" and writing about it. They have been marvellous mathematicians, counting backwards and finding one less and they've particularly loved colour mixing in art.
This week the children have been excited to start their phonics learning and these are the phonemes and graphemes we introduced.
Sharks class made s’mores on Tuesday and had a foliage fashion show! The Parrots on Thursday painted an Earth and Moon craft as well as talking about deciduous & evergreen trees and autumnal changes.