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Chiddingstone Church of England School

Excellence through effort and enjoyment

Reception

Dear Parents

The children really enjoyed dressing up as superheroes or wearing spots for Children In Need and World Diabetes Day.  Some did find going to the loo a challenge so you might want to run the costumes through the wash! As it is also Anti Bullying week we thought about what qualities a superhero might need to challenge bullying behaviour. The children were very good at this and decided the superpowers would be kindness, bravery, helpfulness, being friendly and the ability to make sweets!

 

We have also been learning about planets and the children made their own planets, exploring what happens when they mix different colours of paint.

 

In phonics we have covered the sounds ff, l, ll, ss and j. We have also been talking about capital letters and how they are always found at the start of a sentence or name. Perhaps you could point them out when you come across them in books or on labels or signs.

 

In maths we carried on with careful counting and have also started to explore 3D shapes. See if the children can go on a 3D shape hunt and find any around the home this weekend and draw a picture in the home journals. We have talked about cubes, cuboids, spheres, cylinders and cones. 

 

Best wishes

Mrs Edwards and Mrs Clare

 

Forest School

Forest School 1

Dear Parents,

This week in phonics we have covered u, r, b, h and f. Please practise these at home.

In maths we are continuing to learn the properties of 2D shapes and have also been practising how to count carefully. Ask your child if they can remember how to do this.

 

Today we had a lovely trip out to Chiddingstone Nursery. The nursery children decorated biscuits for us and the children enjoyed playing with their toys. They were very well behaved on their walk to and from school. 

 

At home this weekend please could you look out for 2D shapes when you are out and about (road signs, clock faces, etc). How many sides can you see?  Are they straight or curved? How many corners? Let us know how they get on in the Home Journals. 

Some children are not secure in their knowledge of colours. Please could you also help them with this.

 

Kind Regards

 

Mrs Edwards and Mrs Clare

 

Forest School

Forest School 1

Dear Parents,

 

We've come to the end of a busy first term and we are delighted at how well the children have settled in. They have had to get used to a lot of new things and have taken it all in their stride. Thank you for coming to our Parents' Evenings. We have enjoyed catching up with you and talking about how your children are settling into school life.  

 

In phonics we have now covered the sounds s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d, g, o, c, k, ck and e. Please recap these over the holidays and practise making 3 letter words using these sounds.  When reading stories it would be beneficial if you could ask questions about what you are reading. For eg: 

  • What do you think this story will be about?
  • Who is in the story?
  • What might happen next?
  • How might the story end?
  • What was you favourite part in the book? Why?
  • Which character did you like best?
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Please also continue to count with your child and help with number recognition. Playing board games is a great way of doing this.

 

Next term our topic will be Space. Over the holidays please could you and your child find out one fact about space and think of one question they would like to find the answer to next term. Please use the Home Journals to record this information. 

 

We hope you all have a lovely half term  holiday and look forward to seeing the children next term.

 

Best wishes

Mrs Edwards and Mrs Clare

Forest School

Forest School 1

Dear Parents,
 

This week in phonics we have covered the sounds i, n, m, d, g. Please continue to go over these sounds with your child. In maths we have been looking at the number 5 and the different ways it can be made.

 

As mentioned last week, reading books are changed on Mondays and Fridays. The reading book and yellow diary that come home on Friday should be returned on Monday and the books that comes home on Monday should be returned on Friday. 

 

This week in RE as part of our topic on how we look after our world we have been talking about recycling. Next Monday we will be making something useful 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 bed for a teddy to a jewellery box to a toy rocket etc). Over the weekend please help your child collect the resources they need to make their chosen creation. They could use their Home Journals to show what they would like to make. Nothing too big or complicated please - these will be coming back to you at the end of the day! 

 

Have a great weekend.
Mrs Edwards and Mrs Clare

Forest School

Forest School 1

Term 2 Forest School rota

Dear Parents,

 

This week the children have enjoyed Forest School on Tuesday and a whole school RE day on Wednesday. We have also started our daily phonics lessons and have so far covered s, a, t, p. Encourage your child to think of words starting with these sounds - perhaps by playing I Spy. Please remember to use the sound the letter makes and not the letter name. See the link below to help with sound pronunciation. Hopefully your child will correct you if you make a mistake!

 

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=letters+and+sounds+correct+pronunciation&&view=detail&mid=05B4FB74A52B1B4911CD05B4FB74A52B1B4911CD&rvsmid=E6B97686F1CF37A94425E6B97686F1CF37A94425&FORM=VDRVRV

 We have really enjoyed finding out about each other's pets. If anyone would like to bring a pet in (along with with the parents of course!) for a special Show and Tell please let us know. Your child has a book from our library for you to enjoy together. We will change the books every Monday and Friday. Today they read with their Y6 buddies. 

 

If anyone has unwanted kitchen utensils (whisks, ladles, spoons etc) please could you send them in. They would be very useful in our mud kitchen.

 

PE bags have been sent home today. Please could you check that your child has the correct PE kit and it is all labelled, including socks. Written initials on the bottom of PE socks is fine. Once they misplace their socks it is very difficult for us to find the correct owner. Please also check all uniform is labelled. If things are unnamed it makes changing for PE very time consuming. On a positive note, as a class, they are generally improving at getting changed independently. 

 

We look forward to seeing you at Parents Evening over the next 2 weeks. Please do sign up if you haven't already. 


Thank you
Mrs Clare and Mrs Edwards.

Forest School

Forest School 1

Dear Parents,
Next week in RE we will be talking about our world and how we can look after the animals in it. In the Home Journals please could your child tell us about any pets you have and how you look after them. If you don't have a pet perhaps you could tell us something about an animal your child is familiar with - a Grandparent's pet or a favourite animal, etc. We will use the Home Journals for Show and Tell next week.

 

This week in maths we have been exploring repeating patterns. If you get chance over the weekend perhaps together you could make a pattern with things you find on a walk or have at home. This could be with 2 or 3 objects. For example, leaf, stone, leaf, stone; or apple, orange, grape, apple orange, grape.

 

Today the children met their Y6 buddies. Every Friday they will have the opportunity to read stories with their buddies and later on the year they will be able to read to them!

 

It has been a busy week with Forest School, PE, Funky Fit Friday and everything else that goes on in YR. We hope you all have a relaxing weekend.


Mrs Clare and Mrs Edwards.

Forest School

Forest School 1
Dear Parents,
We have come to the end of part-time sessions and next week the majority of children will stay until 3.30. Pick up is still from the Reception Class play area. In the mornings please bring your child to the quiet area (turn right as you come through the main gate) and when the bell goes we will line up with the rest of the school. Staff will be in the quiet area to supervise the children. Some children have been using the Drop and Go system - please remind them to come to the quiet area rather than the YR gate. 
 
This week we have continued settling into school and this morning enjoyed an energetic start to the day with our first Funky Fit Friday with Mrs Gold. In maths we have been working with on patterns and numbers up to 2. We have also been practising our harvest song and thinking about the changes that occur in Autumn. 
 
Next week the children can start doing Show and Tell. Their day will be as follows:
Monday – Caspar, Mary, Arthur, William C, Oscar, Henry
Tuesday – Nicholas, Rufus, Sebby G, Shane, Fleur, Tilly M
Wednesday - William M, William O, Amelia, Bluebelle, Penny, Darcy
Thursday – Oskar, Evie, Eddie, Emma, Nellie, Sebby T
Friday – Layla, Tilly T, Charlie, Albert, Seb W, Rosie
 
The children might want to tell us about something interesting they have done at home, or something they are proud of, or show something they have found on a walk or made. Sometimes we will ask them to find out something related to our current topic or learning and this would be noted on our class website on Friday afternoons. They can use their Home Journals if they want to include photo or pictures.
 
Thank you for coming to our class curriculum meeting. If you didn't get the handouts please ask at pick up next week.
 
Thank you
Mrs Edwards & Mrs Clare

Dear Parents,

The children have continued to settle into school very well. This week they have toured the school, church and lunch hall. They have now all had a PE lesson and been to Act of Worship.

 

In maths this week we have talked about how one and another one makes two and have also started to learn the names and properties of some 2D shapes. In literacy we are very much working on our listening skills. Playing Chinese Whispers was an interesting experiment!

 

Next week we look forward to the children all being in class together and staying for lunch. Pick up is at 1.30 from our class play area. Monday is also school photographs and don't forget Roahl Dahl Day on Wednesday.

 

We hope you have a good weekend.

Best wishes,

Mrs Edwards and Mrs Clare

Week commencing 9th September

 

Dear Parents,

We've had a lovely week getting to know the children. They've all coped very well with their first week at school. We hope they're not too tired and you have a relaxing weekend.

 

Next week we will continue getting to know each other, our classroom and different parts of the school.

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask at drop off or pick up.

 

Best wishes,

Mrs Edwards and Mrs Clare

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