Drop off and Collection Arrangements
The side gate is open each day from 8.00am - 8.05am for early bird drop off. It will then be opened again from 8.15am - 8.30am for drop off, and 3.30pm - 3.40pm for collection. Early bird drop off is for children only and you should leave your children with the member of staff on duty.
If you are running late, please inform Mrs Blower so we can make the necessary arrangements.
You are welcome to bring your children to breakfast club which opens its doors at 7.30am. £5 per session.
Please help us maintain the very best relationships with our neighbours by not blocking or parking in their drives when dropping off or collecting your children.
Please do not park on the yellow chevrons directly in front of the school or across driveways for the safety of all of our children.
Could I ask that you ensure that waterproof trousers and coats are brought into school on the relevant day (regardless of the forecast) so that we maximise our use of Richmond Park.
News from First Steps
This week in First Steps we have looked at the well known nursery rhyme of Humpty Dumpty. We have enjoyed various art activities, creating our own Humpty Dumpty pictures being one of them. We have also enjoyed learning about the importance of bending our knees when we jump and how to land safely.
We enjoyed discussing how we feel when something is broken and how we can look after objects and ourselves too. All of our teachers were impressed with our phonic and number recognition and love seeing us proud of what we have achieved so far. Next week we will be exploring the rhymes of Incy Wincy Spider and Little Miss Muffet.
News from Second Steps
Second Steps have had a busy week with lots of fishy themed activities. The children have painted lots of colourful fish to add to our art display and we have been admiring the wonderful new additions to our Under the Sea hanging display. Maths work included cutting out and then ordering fish in size order.
The children have been learning a new song all about a shark in Mrs Baillee’s music lesson and during Performing Arts, pretended to be robots and animals from Noah’s Ark. Despite the changeable weather the children have participated in some fun outdoor sessions using the long tunnel and small trampoline. Both activities also helped the children to practise their turn taking skills.
News from Reception
Well, Reception have had a very exciting week. Not only have we been looking at characters in different stories and beginning to write a brief description of them we have also been making bread. We loved kneading the dough and discussing the ingredients as we measured them into the bowl. We made some fantastic predictions about what might happen to our dough mix while we left it to prove and the class were very shocked to see that it actually doubled in sized and smelt delicious. On Thursday we then ate our bread by making some lovely jam sandwiches which we had as part of our snack.
News from Year 1
Our topic for the Summer term is Space and so far we have written warning signs for the sun, postcards from the Sun and poems about the moon.
It has been a very creative week in Year 1 and we have been working on lots of design technology projects.
We have been building planets using paper mache (to be painted next week). We thought carefully about the size of each planet when blowing up the balloons to make sure that the were correct.
"Jupiter is the largest planet and is a gas giant”. Zachary.
"You can fit over 1 million Earths inside the sun.” Barnaby.
“Pluto is now a dwarf planet” Elena.
We also began to design and construct rockets using recycled materials ensuring that the rockets included design features such as control capsule , engine and launch pad.
In Maths we have been learning about symmetry.
“An object is symmetrical when it is the same on each side, exactly the same … a mirror image.” Zac.
“It is the shape flipped over and reflected.” Elena.
We painted symmetrical aliens with tentacles, many eyes and strange faces. “They look like bugs” Zara.
Homework folders will be sent home mid week for the Summer term to allow more time for completion. The focus is comprehension and this week we are looking at instructions and algorithms.
News from Year 2 and Year 3
Another busy week in Year 2 and Year 3.
In Mathematics, we have been doubling and halving, with children being challenged with two, three, four, five and even six digit figures.
In Literacy, the children completed their stories for the writing competition. We are very excited about sending the entries to be judged by Steve Backshall.
In Art, the children have used mud-roc to create their own fish and will complete their decoration next week.
We are looking forward to going to Isabella Plantation next week where they will be exploring the flora and fauna in addition to sketching and painting the blossom.