During our upcoming nativity, performances and carol services, there is the opportunity to donate money to fantastic causes. This year, we are supporting Raising Hope Foundation and Camrose Centre. See more here:
It’s been very busy in Year 3 over the last couple of weeks. The children have been enjoying reading the Iron Man and have started creating a newspaper linked to his eruption out of the ground. In D&T the children have tested, designed and are beginning to make a maze for the Iron Man to get around the scrap yard. This also links to our Science topic of magnetism and forces. We look forward to sharing our mazes with the Year 1 children once they are finished.
In the back of the children’s reading logs, they will now have a password to access their weekly spellings on Spelling Shed. Spelling Shed will help children to practice spellings through a simple game. The game gives four different degrees of support in the form of difficulty modes; Easy, Medium, Hard and Extreme. Higher levels allow a higher score to be achieved but children can practice as much as they like on lower levels before trying to gain high scores. The scores achieved give a league position and each class has its own league position within a school league and our world league. We hope the children enjoy learning their spellings.
We have introduced a reading challenge for the children in Year 3. Each Monday we will be checking the children’s reading logs to see how many times they are reading at home. We shared some facts of the importance of reading daily. The children will get raffle tickets depending on how many times they read each week. These raffle tickets will then be drawn out in our year group worship weekly, where 2 lucky winners will get a prize. The raffle tickets will then build up over the half term and we will draw a winner of a bigger prize just before Christmas. So please help your children to complete lots of reading at home! This week we celebrated all those children who read 7 times! Well done. Our first two lucky winners were Cara and Iremide.
I hope you have been enjoying the children’s singing as they are learning the songs for our choir performances. Thank you for your ongoing support.
What a busy few weeks we’ve had!
We were very lucky to be visited by the fire service, the police service and the ambulance service and all brought their vehicles to show us which was exciting! The children had the opportunity to look at the different uniforms they wear, find out about the equipment they use and ask questions about how they help people in different ways.
These visits have really enthused the children and enhanced their learning, so we’d like to say a big thank you to Jessica and Ava’s Dads Dan Trump and Ben Matthews who visited from the fire service, Stuart Bond from the police service and Katie Collingwood from the ambulance service for giving up their time to visit the children.
We have also been very busy practising for our Nativity play and the children are looking forward to performing to you next week on Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th at 10am.
Please remember that you will need a ticket to attend either performance. Please contact the office ASAP if you haven’t got your tickets yet.
We will not be having PE again next week so you don’t need to bring their bags to school on Monday 2nd December.
Have a lovely weekend. We hope to see many of you at the Christmas Fair tomorrow!
I have been kindly passed some details of parenting courses that are coming up in the New Year. I wanted to share the details of these as they are fantastic courses!
Time Out for Parents: THE TEENAGE YEARS
A 7-session course on Monday evenings starting 20th January for parents of 11-16 year olds
HARTLEY WINTNEY – St John’s Church Centre, Fleet Road, RG27 8ED
January 20th, 27th; February 3rd, 10th, 24th; March 2nd, 9th (no session on 17th February – half-term) – 7.30 to 9.30pm (refreshments from 7.15pm)
Book by email to firstname.lastname@example.org and include a contact phone number
There is no charge for attending but donations are invited to help cover costs. £25 is suggested which includes the course handbook (otherwise £7.50).
Course facilitators: Ken & June Shorey – telephone 01252 843803
Time Out for Parents: THE TEENAGE YEARS
A 7-session course on Thursday evenings starting 23rd January for parents of 11-17 year olds
BASINGSTOKE CENTRAL – St Mary’s Eastrop, Goat Lane, RG21 7PZ
January 23rd; February 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th; March 12th, 19th (no sessions 30th January or 5th March) – 7.30 to 9.30pm
To book a place or for further details, email email@example.com or telephone 01256 464249
Course fee: £10
Course facilitators: Philip & Elizabeth Hiorns and Cathy Hawkins
Time Out for Parents: THE PRIMARY YEARS
A 6-session course for parents of 4-11 year olds on Thursday evenings starting 23rd January
ARBORFIELD GREEN Community Centre, Sheerlands Road, RG2 9ND
January 23rd, 30th; February 6th, 13th, 27th; March 5th – 7.45 to 9.45pm (refreshments from 7.30pm)
To help cover costs, participants are invited to make a voluntary contribution of £30/parent
Book online at heartofoakcoaching.co.uk/
Course facilitator: Alison Green – email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07742 045686
Time Out for Parents: Understanding and Helping your Child with AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER
A 4-session course for parents of children with ASD on Wednesday mornings starting 26th February
ALTON – Four Marks Primary School, Kitwood Road, GU34 5AS
February 26th; March 4th, 11th, 18th – 10.00am to 12.00 noon
To help cover costs, participants are invited to make a voluntary contribution of £12/parent
To book a place or for further details, email Gill Jacobs at: email@example.com
Information about all the Positive Parenting ‘Time Out’ courses is on the Care for the Family website at cff.org.uk/courses/parenting-
Today in Year 1, we enjoyed learning lots of new facts about polar animals and the Polar lands. We enjoyed listening to Andy, who visited us to talk about the different animals that live in the poles. We found out that a polar bear’s paw is as big as a dinner plate and that a blue whale has a heart the size of a car! We were also lucky to hear from Mrs Stonehouse, who shared her experiences of the Antarctic and the penguins found there. The children loved hearing experiences from people who had visited these places and were buzzing from the knowledge they learnt.
Year 1 Team