We are so proud with how the children have coped this week in school with such high temperatures. They have all done very well, especially at sports day which was lovely to see them all taking part in.
Despite the hot weather, the children have worked hard this week looking at money and time in Numeracy. Any practical work you would like to do with them at home on these areas is always helpful.... let them find the right coins to pay for something or if you have a clock at home, do ask them if they can work out the time (especially if it's o'clock or half past!)
Thank you for sending in the photographs, we have copied them to use in school and sent the originals back to you today. Anyone who hasn't sent in their 2 photographs and would still like to then please send them in next week. It was 1 photograph showing your child as a baby and a second photograph of a special occasion, either a birthday, wedding, christening, or holiday.
If any of you have any spare show boxes / small boxes of a similar size at home it would be fantastic if the children could bring them in week commencing 3rd July. We will be making our own memory box/ treasure chest.
Finally, we are sorry to say we are having an ongoing problem with nits in class 1. Please could everyone check their child's hair this weekend and if necessary treat it with Hedrin. This is only fair to everyone else in the class and we really do appreciate it.
Have a lovely weekend
The Year 1 team
This week in our literacy learning the children have used their topic to help utilise their writing. They created statements, questions and commands all relating to the growing of different plants that we sowed. The children were very good at using imperative verbs to help construct their commands and order the steps correctly.
During our maths learning this week the children have started to explore and think about number patterns and how we can use these to help reduce the amount of time taken to calculate answers. They have used their number knowledge to draw conclusions to aid their completing of different number sentences.
In our topic this week we have fully embraced the beautiful weather that we have experienced and the children explored the local surroundings to find a variety of different flowers. The class photographed their favourites and created a collage using mixed media when back in the classroom. The children also identified the different aspects that help plants to grow and planted a variety of different plants, expectantly waiting for them to grow.
Next Friday 30th June we will be visiting Wakehurst Place for the day. For the trip the children will need to wear suitable school uniform including a school sunhat, taking into account the weather forecast for the day. The children will also need to bring a water bottle and two snacks. A packed lunch will be provided for every child. The class will leave and return within the normal school hours so drop off and pick up are as normal.
The children have worked hard this week producing detailed plans of their own miniature scented gardens. Can you please help your child to create these gardens over the coming weeks at home. The completed masterpieces can be brought into school for judging on Thursday 13th July. We look forward to seeing the completed products.
Please see attached for the children’s homework.
What a busy and baking week it has been but Year 3 have coped with it all with their usual stoicism. In spite of being the hottest day of the year so far, Sports Day was a triumph with the children braving the soaring temperatures to complete the obstacle races, flat races, cross country and relay with great skill and sportsmanship. Well done to all and thank you to all the parents for your support on the day.
Our trip to the Ashdown Forest was busy and informative and the children behaved very well as usual.
Rehearsals for the summer production are gathering pace. The words to our song are attached in the homework section. We would be grateful if you could make sure the children are word perfect. The prop making morning is now Thursday 6th March from 9am. We will be making kites and all parental help will be gratefully received.
Have a lovely weekend.
Rosie Hester and Dan Rowland
Thank you to all those of you who came along to support the children on what surely must have been the hottest Sports Day in recent memory. They did exceptionally well in the gruelling heat.
This week in class, we have worked on our scene from Mary Poppins, which will be held in the afternoon of 19th of July and then again in the evening. We hope that all parents will be able to join us for at least one of the performances. We will be singing and dancing to Jolly Holliday.
On Thursday 6th of July we will be holding a props making day to prepare for the show. We would really appreciate parent volunteers to come to class on the day. Just an hour or two would be helpful. You don't need to be especially artistic - just willing! It is great fun for the children and makes all of the classes feel that they have contributed to both the performing and the production of the show. If you can help, even for a short period, please email Jackie in the office, or catch Ms Wright or me at pick up.
We have also been busy with our topic - we have researched various mini beasts and created a Carroll diagram using their various properties and have begun to look at the significance of camouflage in protecting themselves from predators. The children are enjoying the class book, which is Beetle Boy by MG Leonard, a moving story about a beetle called Baxter and his touching friendship with a young boy.
A reminder of our photography competition. The children should photograph mini-beasts that they see in and around their homes and select the best picture for entry. Pictures must be submitted by Wednesday 28th June so that we can get them ready for display at our Open Evening the following week. Photos should be at least A5 in size and printed in colour. They can be brought to school on a named memory stick or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Furthermore, over the next couple of weeks we will be making 'bug hotels' and for these we will need a variety of materials such as bamboo canes, plastic bottles, cardboard tubes, corrugated cardboard, leaves, bark, pebbles and straw/reeds/long grasses. Please rummage in your sheds over the weekend for useful bits and pieces so that next week we can begin to create some five-star creepy-crawly accommodation.
What a hot week! We hope the children have all recovered from the hottest Sport's Day in Chiddingstone School history! The children were brilliant and so supportive of each other in all races. Well done to everyone that took part.
This week, the children have been completing some maths investigations with Mrs Lloyd-Davies as well many rehearsals for their scene in Mary Poppins, 'Step in Time.' Just a reminder that the children will need to source a grey/black pair of trousers or tracksuit bottoms, a white shirt (not a polo shirt) and a colourful neckerchief or small scarf.
The children have also embraced our exciting topic, 'Scream Machine' and started to design their own carriage for a rollercoaster ride. Their technical drawings have been a very high standard and these will be transferred on computer software next week.
Reception Class would like to invite you to their Class Act of Worship on Tuesday 4th July in the Village Hall. We will start at 9.00 am and should be finished by 9.30.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Please could you also remember, that if your child brings home `the Moose`, Lavender should be brought in, the next school da,y so that the next child can have her. The children feel very disappointed if Lavender does not come in.
Please refer to the previous class updates to remind yourself about costumes for the end of term performance.
Tops for the boys- If your child (Boys or girls) have a red house t-shirt, please could we borrow them for the performance? Please name them and send them in for Monday. We really need them for the soldiers and we will give them back after the performance.
Next Monday as part of our RE topic on Our Wonderful World we will talking about how to keep our world tidy. We will be making models out of recyclable materials (small boxes, yoghurt pots, etc) - please could you encourage your child to think about what they would like to make (it can be anything from a rocket to a dog kennel) and collect resources to use. Please bring in any materials on MONDAY. Nothing too big please - these models will be coming back to you!
Mrs Edwards and Mrs Clare