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WB 19.11.18

Book at Bedtime – It was lovely to see so many of you at book at bedtime last week.   I hope you all had a lovely evening listening to the selection of stories on offer around the school.


Remembrance Event – We were very proud of the nursery children as they stood silently and respectfully.  Well done Hopscotch Class.   The children painted red hand prints and created poppy posters.


Book Character Day – The children look absolutely fantastic in their costumes and were very excited to show each other their characters.   We read a selection of stories including ‘Red Riding Hood’ and ‘Super Potato’.  We visited Brackendene Class and Mrs Webster-Smith read the story ‘Catch a Star’.  Mrs Webster-Smith also drew the lucky book reading raffle, won by Ruby. Well done Ruby.


This week our book focus will be: Can’t you sleep little bear by Martin Waddell. 


Weekend News - On Monday we will split into key groups and talk about weekend news – please could you remind your children of their weekend activities and/or write some notes to help us prompt the children. 


  • Musical Instruments - Activities will include making musical instruments – to help us with this activity please could we have any of your spare:
  • Yoghurt pots, cardboard tubes, cereal boxes (small and large), clear water bottles, foil pie dishes (small and large), milk bottle tops and spare wooden and metal spoons.  Thank you
  • Maths focus this week - 2d shapes. 
  • Phonics Phase 1 – we will be listening to musical sounds, distinguishing between high and low sounds.
  • Welly Walk – On Wednesday we will walk around our grounds looks for signs of autumn.  The children will collect leaves etc. and place these in clear water bottles.  If you have any spare empty water bottles that would be great thank you. Please make sure your children have wellington boots in school. 

We look forward to seeing you all on Monday

Mrs May, Mrs Pope, Mrs Denham, Mrs Armitt and Mrs Robertson

What a busy first half term we have had - most children are exhausted and ready for their break! Please take a few minutes to add some photos or drawings of your half term activities (use the Magic Moments sheet or similar), so we can share these with the class.


After half term our main topic is based around celebrations. We will be sending out a sheet next week for you to complete with your children (re: celebrations).   Please complete the sheet that will be sent home with your child so that they can talk to us about celebrations that are important to them.


You should have received a form for ordering your child’s Christmas cards/fridge magnets etc (picture of reindeer footprints).  If not come and see us as we have copies for those families who were absent.


Now the weather is getting colder it would be helpful if you could practice zipping up coats and show the children how to look after their own hats/gloves by putting them in pockets etc. As well as this all children need a named pair of wellies in school. We like to be outside all year round but it does get muddy and wet!


I'm sure you've seen the PTA email re: helping at the Christmas Fair. These events raise a lot of money for the school and have previously helped us to purchase iPads for learning, a sound/lighting system for school plays and contribute towards our annual trip to the Christmas Pantomime. Without your support this event may not happen. Please email to let them know when you can support. Even just an hour to run a stall or help set up will be greatly appreciated.


We hope you all have a good half term and look forward to seeing the children back in school on Tuesday 6th November ready to talk about their half term holiday news!


Any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch with one of us.


Hopscotch Team

Mrs May, Mrs Pope, Mrs Denham, Mrs Armitt and Mrs Robertson

Welcome to Nursery:


Our Teacher is: Mrs May

Our Nursery Nurse is: Mrs Pope

Our Nursery Assistants are :

Mrs Denham, Mrs Armitt and Mrs Robertson


Well done to do the new Nursery children who have settled in fantastically! Most of the children have come into class by themselves and are enthusiastic learners, trying all the different activities on offer. We have been very impressed with the children’s cooperation with tidying up the toys and resources they have played with. 


Children will need their water bottles, coats and spare clothes with them each morning.


Please take the opportunity to share a story with your children each evening. This week the children have enjoyed listening to ‘The Room on the Broom’ by Julia Donaldson, Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell and The Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. Regular reading with your children can help to build their vocabulary, language and literacy skills, while improving concentration, curiosity and memory.

You should also have had a letter regarding Friday toast days. All children have the chance to make toast, choose and spread toppings and then eat their toast. We do however require a one-off payment to help cover the costs for this and other cooking activities that take place throughout the year.


Please could you send in some photos of family members using one of our ‘Magic Moment’s sheet. You can find these just inside our cloakroom door in the yellow paper trays on the wall. We will encourage the children to talk about their families in circle time next week.

We hope you all have a good weekend and the children aren't too exhausted after their first full week back!


Any questions, don't hesitate to get in touch with one of us.


Mrs May, Mrs Pope, Mrs Denham, Mrs Robertson and Mrs Armitt

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