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Chiddingstone Church of England School

Excellence through effort and enjoyment

Reception

Dear Parents,

Thank you very much for all the lovely presents, cards and warm wishes - so very generous and thoughtful. It has been an absolute pleasure to teach your children this year.  They have been enthusiastic learners and have settled into school life extremely well. They have been a very happy, considerate and well behaved class. We are very grateful for your support over the year - from helping out in the classroom, to accompanying us on trips, to coming into class to share your experiences, to sending in boxes and newspapers etc, etc, and for looking after Rocky the class moose (he went home with Mrs Edwards last night - whoever thought a 12 hour turnaround complete with photos and a diary entry was a good idea!).

 

We hope you all have a lovely summer and look forward to seeing the children in September, always looking taller and more grown up (or is that just because the new reception children are so small!) and ready to continue their journey into Year 1.

 

With our very best wishes from everyone in YR.

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Parents,

Thank you very much with all your help at today's picnic. The children had a lovely time both on the walk and playing at Sue Skinner's farm. Thank you for accompanying YR on the walk and providing all the food. A big thank you to Sue the invite and welcoming us into her home and garden.

 

Next week we have a busy week with rehearsals for Robin Hood and the Leavers' Service.

Please could all costumes be in by Monday in a named carrier bag.

 

We hope you have a lovely weekend and we look forward to seeing the children next week for our last week in YR. Where has the time gone?

 

Mrs Edwards and Mrs Clare

Dear Parents, 

Thank you for coming to Open Evening yesterday. If you weren't able to make it and you want to pop your heads through the door to look at our displays please do so at the end of today. All books will be coming home at the end of term.

 

Next week we will be making dens. We would be very grateful for any material you could donate and don't need returning (old sheets, tarpaulin, gauze, etc). Pegs or clips would also be great (variety is the name of the game!).

 

Next Friday Sue Skinner has very kindly invited YR to have our end of term party at her farm (weather permitting). We will leave school after lunch and have a picnic and play games in the field. A separate letter will be sent out early next week. If a few parents are available to help we would be very grateful. Please could you let the office know. Thank you.

 

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Edwards and Mrs Clare

Dear Parents,

Our Healthy Me topic has go off to a flying start. On Monday we talked about different ways we can stay healthy - eating well, exercising, keeping clean, getting a good night's sleep and being happy. After that things started to get very lively with a double dose of PE on Wednesday which included a two class relay race with Y6, Sports Day on Thursday and Funky Fit Friday and a danceathon today. The children completed a different dance routine every hour lead by Y6. Thank you very much Y6. However, we all need the weekend to recover! Today the children have been busily making trees for Robin Hood with students from Sevenoaks School. They've really enjoyed themselves and particularly enjoyed the company of the students. Thank you also to the parents who came in to help. We are always very grateful for your time. 

 

Next Monday we will be making fruit smoothies for our afternoon snack. In the Home Journals please could your child tell us what their favourite healthy snack is. If it's something you make at home perhaps they could write or draw instructions on how to make them and maybe even bring it in for snack. 

 

We look forward to seeing you at the school's open evening on Thursday.

Enjoy the sunshine this weekend.

 

Mrs Edwards and Mrs Clare

Dear Parents,

Thank you for coming to watch the Maypole dancing and our class Act of Worship. It's a fairly daunting task to stand up and speak in front of over 200 people. The children did it with great confidence and made us feel very proud. Thank you for your support with learning their words; we don't think we've ever had a class that were word perfect so quickly!

 

Next week we start our new topic: Healthy Me. In the home journals please could the children draw and label a picture of their favourite meal.

 

Next Friday the school plans to dance on the hour every hour in order to raise funds for the NSPCC. During Tuesday's AoW it was explained to the children why we are fundraising and what the money would go to. Please could you ask friends and family to sponsor your child and collect names on the form that came home this week. 

 

We look forward to seeing you at Sports Day on Thursday. Please see the school newsletter for more information.

 

The summer production this year is Robin Hood. Year R will be villagers and need to be dressed as medieval peasants.  The costumes the children will need and it is the same for boys and girls;

 

A long t-shirt

A pair of leggings or tights

Footwear can be either their school shoes or black plimsolls.

Colours for t-shirt, leggings or tights – green, brown or grey please

 

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Edwards and Mrs Clare

 

 

Dear Parents,

We hope you had a lovely half term. The children have been busy writing about their holidays in their Journals and are becoming much more independent as they write which is fantastic to see.

 

This week in phonics we have recapped all sounds previously learnt and have been practicing reading and writing tricky words. In maths we have worked on halving. Over the weekend please could you explore halving with your child - perhaps halving a sandwich or sharing / halving a packet of sweets or raisins into two equal groups. Maybe they could share some lego with a sibling or friend (one for me, one for you.....).

 

We look forward to seeing you at our Class Act of Worship next Thursday in the school hall at 9.00. The children have all brought home their line(s) to learn on a blue piece of card inside their Home Journals. Please could you help them to do this over the weekend.

 

Kind Regards

Mrs Edwards and Mrs Clare

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Well, this term has flown by! We've had a great time learning about mini beasts, going on our trip to The Briars and taking part in Forest School with Mr Vaughn and Mrs Woodhouse. The children have really enjoyed themselves and we have seen great progress in their writing as they've had many opportunities to write for a purpose. Please encourage them to do little bits of writing and reading over the holidays to keep everything they have covered in phonics fresh in their minds. In maths please continue to help recognise numbers to 20, ask what is 1 more than, 1 less than and also doubling numbers. 

 

We would like to invite you all to our YR class Act of Worship on Thursday 20th June. This will take place in the school hall at 9.00 am and last for approximately 30 minutes.

 

Over the holidays please could you check your children's plimsolls / trainers still fit especially with sports day coming up.

 

We hope you have a lovely holiday and look forward to seeing the children in 2 weeks time for their final term in YR.

Dear Parents,
This week we have recapped sounds 'ow, oi, ear and er'.
In maths we have continued with subtraction, recognition of numbers to 20 and capacity. In RE we finished off the story of Joseph and his amazing coat. As we were talking about dreams in the story we decided to make dream catchers. This resulted in a very enjoyable, collaborative session with our Y6 buddies who came along to help. 

 

We were very fortunate to have fantastic weather on our trip to The Briars on Wednesday. The children took part in pond dipping, mini beast hunting and played pooh sticks on the bridge. Thank you very much to Mrs Brown, Mrs Cahill and Mrs Conroy for coming along to help. 

 

After an interesting discussion last week comparing interactive white boards with blackboards and chalk, for homework we would like the children to find out something about how primary school was different when their parents / grandparents /great grandparents attended. For example, did they go on school trips? Did they bring in a snack? Did they learn a language?, etc. (The children were very surprised to learn that their teachers didn't do phonics at school!) Please record any findings in the Home Journals.

 

We hope you have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Edwards and Mrs Clare

 
Dear Parents,
This week we have recapped sounds 'or, ar, igh and ur'. We enjoyed reading the children's facts about mini beasts in their Home Journals. It's lovely to see their writing from home and great to see them putting their phonics into practice.
In maths we have been taking 2 away from numbers up to 10 and have also worked on recognition of, and ordering, numbers to 20. 
 

After an interesting discussion this week comparing interactive white boards with blackboards and chalk, for homework we would like the children to find out something about how primary school was different when their parents/grandparents/great grandparents attended. For example, did they go on school trips? Did they bring in a snack? Did they learn a language?, etc. (the children were very surprised to learn that their teachers didn't do phonics at school!). Please record any findings in the Home Journals.

 

On Thursday the children had their NHS hearing and vision screening. You will be informed by letter of the results. Please could you let us know if any issues arise.

 
We are very much looking forward to our trip to The Briars next Wednesday and hope the weather improves by then! Thank you in advance to the parents who are coming along to help. Please refer to the previous Parentmail for information. 
 
Have a good weekend.
Mrs Edwards and Mrs Clare

7th May 2019

 

Dear Parents

 

The sounds that we have been looking at this week include – ee/ea/e-e/y = see, read, even, happy,  ou/ow = out, shout, cow, brown, ey = money, key.  If you come across words using these sounds in their reading books could you please point them out and talk about the sounds.

 

In literacy we have been listening to poems on a carnival theme and writing our own and in numeracy we are learning to recognise coins and understand their different values.

 

The RE focus this term is Judaism and next week the children will make a Torah and look at the Hebrew alphabet. 

 

Enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend

The Year 1 Team

 

Homework

 

Spellings – Tuesday 7th May – ee/ea/e-e/y

Group 1 – see, sea, Steve, happy, keep, read, even, sunny, daddy.

Group 2 – see, sea, even, happy, keep, daddy.

Group 3 – see, sea, even, happy.

 

Handwriting

Well done children with your handwriting homework. The nursery rhyme this week is Jack be Nimble.

Reception w/c 22nd April 2019

Dear Parents,
We hope you have had a lovely Easter holiday. Thank you for the examples of writing included in the children's Home Journal. The journals are a great support to the learning that takes place in school.

The children really enjoyed Forest School on Tuesday. Mr Vaughn and Mrs Woodhouse were very impressed at how independent and enthusiastic the children were. This week in phonics we have recapped the sounds 'ch, sh and th'. In maths we have been counting to 20 and working on recognition of numbers to 20, any reinforcement of this at home would be very helpful. We have also been learning about symmetry and this has tied in well with our new topic on Minibeasts. Over the weekend please could you find an opportunity to go mini beast hunting in the garden or when out on a walk. Look for creepy crawlies under logs and stones; see if you can spot insects in the air; do they come out in the sunshine or after rain? Can the children identify them? Please could you encourage your child to write a sentence and draw a picture of what they have found.

Although we have had some lovely weather recently, please continue to send in a coat as the children will still go outside if it's showery.

Thank you to those who have offered to come in to help in the classroom. We are very grateful for any help so please do not worry if you cannot stay for long. In the mornings we may ask you to help with a small group in phonics, maths or another activity or perhaps help to change the reading books. In the afternoons it is more likely to be listening to readers. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. We appreciate that you may not be able to commit to a regular slot but if you find yourself with the occasional spare hour before pick up you would be most welcome to come in and listen to readers.

We hope you have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Edwards and Mrs Clare

Reception, week of 8th April

Dear Parents, 

Thank you very much for supporting us at the Easter Service this afternoon. We thought the children did a fantastic job singing in front of a large audience. 

This week we were very fortunate to have a visit from the Edenbridge firefighters. Whilst learning some important messages about fire safety, the children were delighted to have a go with the hose and climb in and out of the fire engine. We are also very grateful to Emma (Charlie's mum) for coming in to tell us about her job in the Mounted Police. The children enjoyed trying on her riot helmet, playing with the handcuffs and wielding a baton. The were keen to find out why she became a police officer and what her job entails. 

This week we have come to the end of the Phase 3 sounds we have been learning in phonics. In your child's bag is a sound mat showing all the sounds covered. Please could you spend some time over the holiday ensuring your child is confident with these sounds. 
If your child chooses to do any writing over the holiday we would love to see it when they come back to school. Could they write a shopping list, tell us about a day trip or holiday they have been on, or they might want to write a story. Please stick any photocopies or originals in their Home Journals. 

We would prefer it if you encouraged your child to sound out words using their phonic knowledge rather than spell words for them. For example if they were to write 'flower' ask them "What sound does it start with? What is the next sound you can hear? What sound comes next? (see if they can find it on the Phase 3 sound mat - 'ow') What sound can you hear at the end?" (they may choose the 'er' sound or the 'ur' sound, either of which would be acceptable). Using the robot action helps them to break down the word and hear the individual sounds. At this stage, we just want them to have a go and build up their confidence, so praise them when they have made a plausible attempt at a word. With tricky words that can't be sounded out (e.g. the, you, she, my, no, go etc) they may need a bit more help. 

Don't forget Forest School starts on the first day back (Tuesday afternoon). Please see the Forest School section on the school's webpage for more information. 

Thank you for your continued support. We hope you have a lovely Easter holiday. 

Mrs Edwards and Mrs Clare

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