November at Minet

On Friday 16th November we had a non-uniform day to raise money for the charity 'Children in Need'. We invited the children and staff to wear odd socks and as many spots as possible. Everyone made such an effort and we had a thoughtful but fun day raising money for the charity. The children took part in many different activities during the day, such as making cupcakes with spots on or designing a new bandanna for Pudsey the Bear!

We would like to thank everyone that donated as we raised nearly £500 and with our matched funding, we are able donate £1000 to children in need! This was an amazing amount that shows the generosity of our community -Congratulations to each and every one of you.

Hayes Town Treasure Hunt.

The entries for this annual event are rising every year and this year saw 235 local children taking part. We were so proud to hear that many of our Minet children entered and that we had six prize winners! This event encourages local families to make greater use of the Town Centre and help it to thrive. Thank you to Mr Puar and Mr Brough for presenting the prizes in a special assembly.

It was lovely to see so many parents and carers at our Reception Literacy Workshops.

Parents found the opportunity to engage with teachers in an informal atmosphere and to discuss ways in which they can support their children at home of great benefit.

The children were excited to show their parents their literacy skills. If you have more questions please do come and talk to us.

Thank you all for coming and we appreciated the wonderful comments and positive feedback.

We are so thrilled to announce that after our successful accreditation visit by the Rights Respecting Advisor, we have been awarded the Silver Award!

This is a huge achievement for the school and the children and thank you to our school community for their continued support in our Rights Respecting journey.

Article 42: You have the right to know your rights! Adults should know about these rights and help you learn about them too.

Earlier this month the Nursery children went on a Listening Walk around the school and the big field. First they coloured in a big pair of listening ears and wore them with pride as they set off. As they walked through the school they listened very carefully to the sounds around them.

Ssshhhh…...what can you hear?

They were all very quiet as they walked to the big field, listening carefully to sounds. First they heard an aeroplane passing overhead then a car in the distance and then music being played.

The listening walk activity was a part of the things they could hear in the environment around them if they listened very carefully. This supports one of the Prime areas of listening under 'Communication & Language - with a focus on Listening & Attention. It also links to 'Understanding the World' with a focus on noticing things in the environment.

Well done Nursery for your fantastic listening skills.

Our Year 1 children have been learning about seasons in Science this half term. They were given the opportunity to use our new ICT resource, Class Virtual Reality headsets (VR). The children really enjoyed exploring the four different seasons across the world. They saw the falling leaves in Iran, a snow topped forest in Russia, the breathtaking cherry blossoms of Japan in Spring and finally ended this fascinating journey in Finland, in spectacular clover fields during Summer.

On the 9th November the Year Two teachers held a Maths Workshop for parents and carers of children in our Year Two classes. The aim was to share with you how we teach maths at Minet Infant School, as well as model some practical maths so parents could see the resources we use in class.

The teachers were also able to answer any questions regarding the methods we use to teach calculations at school in Year Two. These were highly successful sessions with an impressive turn out of parents and we hope to hold more in the future as your feedback was very positive.

Do also look at our new Maths at Minet webpage for additional details - including our very own videos explaining how we approach adding in tens!

The Year One team has also been busy this half term answering the question 'Where can we take the aliens in Hayes? First they went on a visit to Minet Country Park and found that there is a lot of wildlife around and a great playground in there. Then they went on a walk through Hayes Town. We learnt the names of shops and where you can go to find things. Even though it was cold on these trips we all had a great time! Thank you again to all the parents who attending the trips - they wouldn't be possible without you.

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