Forest School Update 26th March

In Forest School this week the children experimented with water bottles! They cut them in half and put a dish cloth material over the end which was cut. Then they dipped it in water and washing up liquid to make bubbles! They had lots of fun chasing the bubbles! The children had toasted marshmallows and toast with lots of different toppings! Chloe Hewitt in Beech said ‘Best Forest School ever with marshmal-lows and toast!’ The children where also really helpful with moving some tadpoles from a small tank into a bigger tank. They found rocks and logs and scooped water out from the small pond for the bigger tank. They then spent lots of time observing the tadpoles and seeing it they had legs which would mean they had turned into froglets! They also spent some time digging for treasure! A great Forest School after-noon all round!

Forest School Update 19th March

Forest School was so much fun this week! Oak and Beech Class did some pond dipping to try and find newts. They found lots of frog spawn! They also did some bug hunting, which mostly found worms. Some of the children are really brave at handling worms! The children also did some den building and built a huge spider web which they had fun crawling over and underneath! The children did some bark rubbings and also drew on the bark using chalk. They dud in the mud and also climbed trees! A fire was built and the children were able to enjoy some smores to finish off the session!

Forest School Update 12th March

Oak and Beech were very excited about their Forest School session this week. The started off their session becoming the wind and leaves whilst moving around the field… it was a very windy afternoon! Then they took part in a Forest School style relay race! When they went into the hall they had a look at some frog and toad spawn and made life cycles, used clay and branches to make sculptures and even minibeasts!

January Reopening Update

Dear Parents,

As you may have seen in the Government announcement this evening, schools will now be closed immediately until further notice. This means that Chiddingly school will be closed to ALL pupils on Tuesday 5th January.

Online learning (as specified in the letter sent today) will start tomorrow morning.

We will be in contact tomorrow regarding in-school provision for vulnerable pupils and children of critical workers to begin later in the week. In the meantime, please fill out the critical worker google form if it applies to you, by 12noon tomorrow (Tuesday 5th Jan).

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Forest School Update 11th December

This was the last forest school of the term before Christmas. Willow enjoyed the treasure hunt around the fields! They had to search for clues which then led them to other clues and a prize of Haribo sweets at the end!

They also enjoyed creating and making Christmas crafts using twigs, cardboard and string. They made bunches using Christmas tree, Holly and Ivy, wrapped with a ribbon. They looked great!

The children then finished of the garden area as a big group and it looks really good!

A big thank you to Archie P, Jacinda, Skyler, Arthur and Kalian for giving up their lunchtime to make a start on the garden area. They really helped to speed the process along and did a brilliant job! Thank you!

Forest School Update 4th December

Today in forest school we did arts and crafts in the hall as it was dreadful weather!

We got a black piece of card, covered that with glue and created a pattern with string then we put tin foil over it. Then we put our fingers around it to cause a dent showing the pattern. We then used sharpies to colours them in!

We did a picture of trees where we used masking tape then we used water colours to create the background. After that, we pulled off the masking tape to reveal the trees! We painted on leaves with poster paint using green, yellow, red and brown.

Lastly, we could make snowflakes by folding paper and cutting into it.

Written by Owen and Archie P

 

Forest School Update 27th November

This week in Forest School Willow started to get the paths ready for the huge pile of woodchip which was very kindly donated to us by Josh Penrose. The children spent time scraping out the path so it was free of weeds. Archie S did a grand job of revamping the little garden – well done Archie! The children had hot chocolates and toffee apples which they thoroughly enjoyed!

Willow Class also used tools during Forest School to make jigsaws. They cut pieces of wood, drew pictures on them and then cut different shapes out to create a jigsaw!

Forest School Update 20th November

This week Willow absolutely loved Forest School! The children went down to the woods and did some free explor-ing.
They also spent some time making dens and playing ‘dogs out of logs’, where they used logs as dogs and took them for walks! The children also did some climbing and playing in the wood.

They were set a challenge to build a bridges with the volunteers and staff in groups. They had to be able to bal-ance a bottle or a log on the bridge, be able to move underneath it and also had to be able to sit on the bridge. All the groups succeeded and had a brilliant time!

Forest School Update 13th November

This week Willow thoroughly enjoyed Forest School! We were on the school site today enjoying a huge variety of activities! From gardening and crafts to building dens and toasting marsh mellows on the fire!

The children explored the wide variety of leaves that can be found on the school playing field. They collected as many different leaves as they could from different varieties of trees – they found loads! This highlighted how many different types of trees they can find in your local area (linking brilliantly to our topic!). Later they used leaves to create some beautiful, colourful art pieces! Some children helped to lovingly plant bulbs in the nature garden, ready for spring! Children also had the opportunity to go on a bug hunt – even a newt was found! They made impressive, well thought through dens and toasted marsh mellows on the fire!

Forest School Update 23rd October

This week the children were really lucky and treated to a treasure hunt! Clues had to be followed which ultimately led to a prize for each child! The children made pizzas and roasted smores over the fire. They also had some free play and exploring time, which involved making dens and climbing trees.

We have had a really successful first term of Forest School and we think the children have thoroughly enjoyed themselves!

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all our volunteers who have helped with Forest School and Miss Waterman for running them!

Wellbeing Day

Oak

During wellbeing day Oak class talked about what makes us happy and we thought about all of the things we are grateful for. We got a big role of paper and filled it with some beautiful drawings that show everyone what makes Oak class happy.

Beech

On Wellbeing day Beech spent time looking at ‘zones of regulation’ and how we can describe the way we feel using colours. This built on from our learning at the beginning of term linking to The Colour Monster. We made our own colour gauges for our feelings, acted out different scenarios and decided what would be the best way to manage our feelings. We made some ‘feelings catchers’ to help use share our fears and know how to deal with them. We also looked at how to keep our body healthy as well as our mind. We learnt about how to be safe around medicine and reminded ourselves about the number 999! We learnt how to help each other and thought of some words to describe how amazing we all are, we then used these to write about ourselves! We ended the day with mindfulness and learnt some great ways to use our breathing techniques!

Willow

Willow Class enjoyed Wellbeing Day on Thursday. They learnt about the Zones of Regulation model where they learnt to put their emotions into a coloured section, then they learnt what to do to deal with them. They painted their emotion faces with the colour that the emotion represented. They also learnt about how to deal with emergencies in their first aid lesson. They looked at some scenarios, then dis-cussed in groups what they would do.

Sycamore

Sycamore had a great day for Wellbeing Day. They did various activities in the morning, including doing some gentle exercise and finished the day off with Forest School where they spent a lot of time doing quiet activities which gave them the opportunity to reflect and think.

Forest School Update 16th October

The weather was much better this week which we were really pleased about! In this weeks forest school we focused on wellbeing. This meant a lot of our activities were linked to being calm and reflecting. We finished our clay leaf prints which we painted with sponges and acrylic paint. We made dream catchers using hazel twigs, feather and leaves. They look amazing! We did some gardening and free exploring. We also did spent some time quietly to reflect and think about wellbeing day.

Forest School Update 9th October

In Thursdays session we did lots of craft making; leaf printing in clay, turned them into a bowl shape for putting keys, money or any small bits and bobs.

We also did some art using string and white paint and this gave everyone different pictures.

The children made clay garden cane tops and made various animals; snakes, snails, dogs, tortoise’s and bugs.

The children also had free exploring play in the top field and played team games.

Forest School Update 2nd October

This week we were lucky with the weather and Sycamore had a great day exploring. Some made dens using ropes, tarps and long branches. Then some boys decided to make a rope swing and a zip line which they had great time on. We had the slack line up for children, they had to work as a team to get across it. They also did leaf printing and willow weaving making hearts.

Last of all the children made toffee apples cooked over the fire, then dipped in sugar and then heated to make the sugar turn to brown. Then they had to wait for the toffee to harden and to cool. The children loved it and of course we had smores too!

A big thank you to the volunteers who helped this week at Forest School.

Forest School Update 18th September

Sycamore enjoyed their first Forest School of the year yesterday and were improving the grounds of the school: digging, cutting, planting and weeding. They were rewarded with marshmallows round the fire. Thank you to Miss Waterman and her team of amazing helpers for this opportunity!

 

Government abandons plans to reopen primary schools to all pupils in England before the summer holidays.

Dear Parents/Carers,

Gavin Williamson has abandoned government plans to reopen primary schools to all pupils in England before the summer holidays.

Instead, the education secretary said schools will be asked to take in whatever children they can while sticking to the rules on maximum class sizes of 15 pupils and social distancing.

I will be working with the leadership team and Governors to look at best and fairest way of organising the remaining weeks of this year for our pupils, whilst still keeping everyone safe.

We will research any new guidance, adapt our action plans/risk assessments and will be in contact with our plans as soon as possible.

We would all like to thank you for your continuous support and patience.

James Procter

New AMAZE Support for Parents

Amaze has a brand new section on our website all about Coronavirus and children and young people with SEND in Sussex.

The Amaze SENDIASS team worked closely with the local authorities in East Sussex and Brighton & Hove to get accurate information about the way services are running during the pandemic and give advice about some of the complex questions and decisions that parents and carers may need to face. The sections include education, health and wellbeing, social care and safety, money and essentials and getting support from Amaze. We’ve also got a section just for young people that focuses on their needs and worries.

The new SEND Coronavirus advice section is here: amazesussex.org.uk/coronavirus-advice

Safe Reopening Arrangements

Dear Parents and Carers,

We hope you are all well. Thank you for your patience & understanding whilst we have been working on the arrangements for how we will potentially reopen the school.

Please refer to this letter detailing the measures being taken at Chiddingly School to ensure, ​as much as possible, a safe reopening could occur from June 1st 2020, provided the government confirm their 5 tests have been met.

We appreciate that this letter contains a great deal of information, but please do read this carefully so that you are aware of the measures being taken in school to keep pupils, parents, staff and the wider community safe.

The detail in this letter is applicable for the first phase of the reopening, only. Subsequent information about any changes that we need to make following further government guidance will be sent out in the same format, with changes clearly highlighted. You will see the letter is called ‘Version 1’ and any subsequent letters will be numbered so it is clear for you to see changes or updates. Click here for the full action plan.

Also available is a guide for children aimed at preparing them for the changes they will see in school, allowing them to be part of the risk assessment for opening and ensuring they are clear on boundaries before they come into school. If you are choosing to send your children to school, please share this with them to help them understand what school will be like. In addition, there are a number of stories and animations that are great for helping children to understand the pandemic which you may find useful to share:

 We ask that you email the school office by Monday 25th May to let us know if you are planning to send your child to school in the week beginning 1st June so that we can prepare for numbers and registers.

Please do not hesitate to get in contact if you have any questions or concerns about the potential reopening of the school and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

We hope you have a lovely half term,

Mr Procter and Miss Lewis

School Reopening Update

Dear Parents/Carers,

I hope you and all your families are keeping well and staying safe during these challenging times.

The Government have said that schools may reopen as early as the 1st June to Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 children if we are able to do so.

I just wanted to reassure you that although we all want your children back in school as soon as possible, we only want this if it is safe for your children, your families and our staff. Yesterday we received more guidance from the government and we are in the process of planning how we can open safely to those year groups in the coming weeks.

I also wanted to let you know that when we do open to those year groups, it will be up to you to decide whether you wish to send your children in or not. You know your family situation best and if you decide to keep your children at home, we will support that decision. We will keep you updated with all our preparations for making sure the school is as safe as possible so that you can make an informed decision.

We would all like to thank you for your continuous support in helping your children to learn from home. I hope you all continue to remain safe and well and we look forward to welcoming you all back when it is safe to do so.

Yours sincerely,

James Procter

Possible Reopening in June

Dear Parents/Carers,

I am sure many of you will have seen or heard the Prime Minister’s message to the nation yesterday, encouraging people to return to essential work if they are not able to work from home.

In the same speech, Boris Johnson suggested that primary schools could potentially reopen to children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 from Monday 1st June, after the half term break.

We will need more detail from the government about how it plans for schools to operate during any phased return and we plan to communicate this to you as soon as possible.

Yours sincerely,

James Procter

What Key Workers’ Children Did at School

The sun shone and there were Key Workers children at Chiddingly School this week.

The children started their Thursday with breakfast club and the spent an hour on online work on the laptops.

All the staff and children then took  half an hour with a workout in the hall following ‘Joe Wicks’ with his daily online PE session. It was tiring, but a great start to the day. Everyone then worked hard for over an hour with their set work from their class teachers.

We then all went painting and drawing. Easter cards, dinosaurs, birds and portraits. We explored paint and chalk pastels before heading out to the sunshine for lunch.

After lunch there was time to explore the trim trail and then explore the garden. The children started by weeding and cutting back dead herb growth from the flower beds. We collected the dried herb stalks to be good kindling for fire lighting for future forest School sessions.

The children tried tasting a few of the herbs growing. The gardening escalated and by the end of the day they had weeded a whole flower bed, dug up roots, shrieked at massive spiders, spotted tiny snails, made muddy holes and replanted lots of plants which were kindly donated to the school in January.

It was a great afternoon of engagement, learning and fun.

Children with Speech & Language Needs

Dear Parents of children with speech and language needs,

To support your children’s speech, language and communication needs, Speech Link and Language LInk have fast tracked the launch of their new Parent Portal to help with this. The site will be live from Friday 20th March and will provide parents with FREE speech and language advice, resources and activities.

Parents can be reassured that the support for their children, who have SLCN, doesn’t have to stop once their school closes.

The site can be found at https://speechandlanguage.info/parents

Education for Children of Key Workers

Dear Parents/Carers,

We have now received further guidance from the government around which children will still have education provided for them.

Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined below. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.

Please, therefore, follow these key principles:

  1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
  2. If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
  3. Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
  4. Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
  5. Residential special schools, boarding schools and special settings continue to care for children wherever possible.

The first question that must be considered when making a decision about where your child should be as of Monday 23rd March

is outlined by the government. They are recommending that:

If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should beWe ask that you consider this carefully so that no child, adult or family is put at risk.

The list of ‘Key Workers’, as defined by the government, is as follows:

Health and social care: This includes but is not limited to doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributers of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.

Education and childcare: This includes nursery and teaching staff, social workers and those specialist education professionals who must remain active during the COVID-19 response to deliver this approach.

Key public services: This includes those essential to the running of the justice system, religious staff, charities and workers delivering key frontline services, those responsible for the management of the deceased, and journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting.

Local and national government: This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the COVID-19 response or delivering essential public services such as the payment of benefits, including in government agencies and arms length bodies.

Food and other necessary goods: This includes those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines).

Public safety and national security: This includes police and support staff, Ministry of Defence civilians, contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic), fire and rescue service employees (including support staff), National Crime Agency staff, those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas.

Transport: This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass.

Utilities, communication and financial services: This includes staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure), the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage), information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the COVID-19 response, as well as key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services), postal services and delivery, payments providers and waste disposal sectors.

We appreciate that this is a concerning and rapidly changing landscape and so will aim to keep you as updated with school arrangements as we can. Please inform your child’s school office if you are not receiving emails. Updates will also be posted on all schools’ websites.

If your child is eligible for Free School Meals (not including the Key Stage 1 provision), please contact your school to indicate whether you would like this service to continue throughout this closure period. We are liaising with Chartwells (our catering provider) about their plans to be able to provide food packages which can be delivered to you.

The arrangements for Chiddingly and East Hoathly are: If your child currently attends one of these schools and you require provision for them, these children will all be based at Chiddingly School. Please ensure they arrive at school for 8:50am and are picked up no later than 3:15pm. There will be a catering team on site if your child requires a hot meal and you should inform staff as soon as possible if this is the case. School uniform is optional during this closure period.

The arrangements for St Mary the Virgin are: From Monday 23rd March – Friday 27th March, the children who require provision should attend the school from 8:50am and should be picked up no later than 3:15pm. Please note, there will be no catering team on site so your child will need a packed lunch. The continunation of this arrangement very much depends on the advice we receive from Local Authority. The likelihood is that, over the coming weeks, children from smaller local schools will be asked to attend another larger school in the locality and we will keep you as up to date as we can with details of this. School uniform is optional during this closure period.

We would ask that you continue to refer to the government’s advice that children should be at home where it is at all possible, and that you regularly review your situation regarding your child(ren).

Staff across the Federation are working extremely hard to ensure that we play our part in fighting COVID-19 and it is a difficult time for all. Thank you for your continued support, understanding and patience at this time.

 Stay safe and we look forward to welcoming you all back to school soon.

School to Close after 20th March

We are writing to inform you that we have been instructed to close the school due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) to the majority of pupils. The school will be closed at the end of Friday 20th March and most pupils should not attend school until further notice. We will let you know when the school is fully reopen via a message through ParentMail and on the school websites.

The pupils who the government have said could attend school are listed here:

  • Children of ‘Key Workers’ who need to be at work to support the country’s fight to tackle the Coronavirus – please note we are awaiting a full list from the Government but this is the information we have so far:
    • NHS staff
    • Police officers
    • Supermarket delivery drivers
  • Vulnerable children – please note we are awaiting a full list from the Government but this is the information we have so far:
    • Those with Educational Health Care Plans (EHCP)
    • Those who have a Social Worker

If you, or your child, are in one of the listed categories, please could you inform us as soon as possible and by 9am on Friday 20th March whether you will be sending your child into school so we can plan ahead for this.

Please refer to the letter sent out on Wednesday 18th March regarding pupils’ activities and work set over the closure period.

Staff emails have been set up specifically for the closure so that you and children can contact staff during this time. Staff will be accessing their emails during school hours. These email accounts will be deleted when the school reopens. The staff email addresses for the closure period are as follows:

Oak Mrs Winchester, Mrs Fry and Mrs Eldridge cp-oak@pioneerfederation.co.uk
Beech Mrs Mackarness, Miss Frankel and Miss Waterman cp-beech@pioneerfederation.co.uk
Willow Mrs Cousens, Mrs Pattenden and Miss Benkel cp-willow@pioneerfederation.co.uk
Sycamore Mrs Vile and Mrs Webb cp-sycamore@pioneerfederation.co.uk
Inclusion Manager Mrs Leahy sleahy@pioneerfederation.co.uk
Thrive Miss Benkel cp-thrive@pioneerfederation.co.uk

Wellbeing and Support

Safeguarding continues to be a priority, especially when the school is not open to pupils. If you have any worries related to welfare or safeguarding issues, please contact us using the email addresses above.

There are a number of organsiations that can support families in a variety of ways:

We appreciate that a closure is going to have an impact on you and your family and it’s a far from an ideal scenario. We will keep in touch with any updates as the situation develops. Please continue to check the Coronavirus tabs on each website. If you want to get in touch to share any concerns, please don’t hesitate to do so via the Office email, as usual.

Please use NHS 111 online if you or your child feels unwell and you want to know what to do next.  For government updates: www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

Thank you for your continued support.

Stay safe and we look forward to welcoming you all back to school soon.

Possible School Closure

Dear Parents/Carers,

If we need to close the school due to the Coronavirus, we would like to provide clarity now about how we plan to support pupils in their education during the closure period.

Your child’s learning is important to us, so, during the closure, we’ll continue to support pupils as follows:

  • You will find work set for them on the class pages on the school websites. See specific details below for each class.
  • There will be staff emails set up specifically for the closure so that you and children can contact teachers during this time. These email addresses will be sent out soon. Staff will be accessing their emails during school hours. These email accounts will be deleted after the closure. If we don’t hear back from you, we will assume that you are giving your consent for email correspondence during the closure period.
  • Leahy & Mrs. Levey (the Federation Inclusion Managers/SENDCOs) will also be available to contact through their emails: sleahy@pioneerfederation.co.uk & senco@easthoathly.e-sussex.sch.uk
  • Each child will receive an exercise book to be used to record work in.

Nursery

There will be a weekly updates for activity ideas and websites on the Nursery website.

Reception

  • Each week, the Reception teams will upload a weekly planner of activities to the website for you to complete with your child. This planner will be updated on a Friday for the following week. We have suggested a timetable with daily activities, however these can be carried out in any order and whenever you have time to complete them.
  • We have tried to include activities using resources that you are likely to have at home. We will also supply each child with a small home learning kit to support these. There are a range of activities to include daily household resources and clips of short learning, and all of these activities are designed to be short and manageable.
  • Please use your home learning book to record any written tasks. We look forward to seeing these as soon as we can. Feel free to email us photos or messages to the class email address and we will respond between 8.40-3.15, Monday to Friday. It would be great to receive a weekly update from the children so we can share their home experiences!

Year 1-2

There will be weekly PDF files to cover learning in Maths and English which will be put on the class pages on the website. From these, daily tasks will be set which will be linked to Purple Mash or work to be completed in their exercise books. The tasks will be across the both Year 1 and 2 grouped in challenges from cool to spicy for the children to access.

There will be ‘2Do’ challenges on Purple Mash and a home learning task sheet which will cover other subjects.

Year 1: Phonics tasks will be sent home alongside the sound mat and common exception words which the children are working on daily. You will find these in their exercise books and they will also be on the website. Please have a go at a section a day and practice reading and spelling a few common exception words each day.

Year 2: SATs question sheets will be sent home in their exercise books which help the children to revise all the learning they have covered so far and keep their new knowledge fresh in their heads. The children can do 10 mins a day on these sheets; please remember the children can use objects to count and draw their learning if they are stuck. They will also have a common exception word sheet for them to continue spelling and reading the words.

Year 3-4

  • A document with suggested activities for curriculum areas will be uploaded to the class page on the school website. Children should choose 2 activities for each area of the curriculum to complete at home over a three week period. These can be brought back into school (once the school reopens) for sharing with their teachers and other children.
  • Maths will continue to be set through MyMaths with a task being uploaded daily. There are also plenty of ‘lessons’ that can be accessed for assistance if the children are finding a task difficult to complete at home. Children should continue to practise times tables regularly (at least 3x weekly) and the times table challenge that the children use in class will be uploaded to the class page on the website.
  • For the first two days of a school closure, Literacy will be set through ‘2Dos’ on PurpleMash and extension tasks will be uploaded onto the class pages. After this, a weekly powerpoint will be uploaded detailing grammar and a writing task to be completed over a week. All Literacy work completed should be put into the exercise book that we have sent home with the children, or they can be emailed into the class teacher for some feedback.
  • Spellings patterns that would be the whole class focus are already on the website for the rest of Term 4 and children should continue to learn their weekly spellings. There are a variety of resources on PurpleMash under English – Spelling Resources and these are then listed by year group.

 Year 5-6

  • A suggested daily timetable will be provided on the website class page.
  • A document with suggested activities for curriculum areas will be uploaded to the class page on the school website. Children should choose 2 activities for each area of the curriculum to complete at home over a three-week period. These can be brought back into school once the school reopens for sharing with their teachers and other children.
  • Maths will be set via MyMaths the expectation is to do a daily lesson and the task and aim to achieve a green percentage score before moving on. Pupils should also complete arithmetic practise on MyMaths – this is on the home screen.
  • Literacy will be set via a weekly PowerPoint uploaded to the website class page detailing a writing task to be completed over a week. All Literacy work completed should be put into the exercise book that we have sent home with the children. There is also a separate grammar & punctuation PowerPoint on the website class page, of which children should use to complete one of the activities a day.
  • Daily reading tasks will be based on ‘The Explorer’ – on the website class page you can find PDF of each chapter and accompanying questions.
  • Pupils should also continue working their way through the Year 5&6 statutory spelling list – recognising patterns, understanding definitions and using them within a context.
  • Pupils can also use the back of the exercise book provided to keep a journal, giving them the opportunity to share how they are feeling, how they are keeping healthy, what you have achieved each day, what are you grateful for, what problems have you solved today etc.
  • Year 6 – continue working through their CGP books regularly and you can also find a link to previous SATs papers and answers on the website class page.

If you need reminding about the logins for any of the programmes mentioned, please see your child’s Class Teacher as soon as possible.

The links below also have a range of free resources:

We appreciate that a closure will have an impact on you and your family and it’s a far from an ideal scenario. We will keep in touch with any updates as the situation develops. Please continue to check the Coronavirus tabs on each website. If you want to get in touch to share any concerns, please don’t hesitate to do so via the Office email, as usual.

Please use NHS 111 online if you or your child feels unwell and you want to know what to do next.  For government updates: www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

Thank you for your continued support.

Yours sincerely,

James Procter
Executive Headteacher

Forest School Update 13th March

This week in Forest School, the woodland was very wet and windy so unfortunately Sycamore Class could not venture over there. Instead, Miss Waterman planned lots of brilliant craft activities and they also had an opportunity to take part in team building games! The team building game they played meant they had to be blindfolded and were only able to get instructions from the person who wasn’t blindfolded through hand signals! It meant that they had to trust each other and work as a team to move around!

Forest School Update 6th March

This term, Sycamore Class will be doing Forest School and it was their first session on Wednesday. They have been learning about survival all week and so their Forest School session tied in with this.

The children took part in lots of fun activities, including an assault course where they got extremely wet and muddy, building dens and making smores on the fire.

Australia Day

On the last day of term, we enjoyed celebrating International Day and learning about Australia. It was great to see everyone arriving at school in the Australian sporting colours of green and gold!

Oak Class joined with their buddies and Sycamore Class for the day. We enjoyed a range of challenges which involved working together. Their Australian dot paintings were particularly impressive, as were the boomerangs which they made and tested on the playground! Willow Class worked with Beech Class for lots of interesting learning. They took part in Aboriginal art and also found out lots of facts about Australia. It was lots of fun to learn and use some typical Aussie words!

At lunchtime, the menu included slightly different options including the ‘Aussie BBQ Chook Burger’, which was very tasty!

The Pupil Governors asked the classes for some ideas for fund raising activities to raise money for the Red Cross who are supporting the Australian people in the bush fire emergencies. The children came up with lots of great ideas and Miss Waterman kindly agreed to paint our faces with Australian themed designs for a small donation to the charity. There were also key stage penalty shoot-outs at lunchtime, won by William and Lucas, and a delicious cake sale at the end of the day.

Thank you to all of the parents and carers who came to enjoy our celebration assembly in the afternoon and to those who made and bought cakes for our sale. We raised an amazing £170.30 for charity!

PALs Assembly

“JP has learnt how to divide.” Ryan “Ryan helped me with this learning.” JP

Elijah explained how he wrote about a dinosaur. JP and Ryan were impressed at his work. “Well done”, said JP.

“Rowan’s work is very good. I can tell his hand writing had got better by the end of his book.” Austin

“You can see at the start of her book Annie is trying hard with her writing and by the end she’s doing a lot more writing and her letter formation is so much better!” Chloe

“Poppy has learnt to check her work and she’s been checking spellings.” Molly

Albert and Liam said, “Rebecca’s work is so much neater and she is getting lots more done.”

Forest School Update 14th February

Beech Class painted their clay dinosaurs this week, before going out to the fire to toast marshmallows and drink tea and hot chocolate with cream!

The class have previously been doing experiments with growing seeds in the classroom, so in Forest School they planted their seeds into pots to take home.

Later, they had free exploration, built dens, made some bark rubbings and did free drawings of trees.

What Beech Class Thought of Forest School

“Forest School was fun, exciting and amazing. It made Wednesdays way better.” Luna

“I liked that we got to choose different activities and ones that we’ve never done before!” Amelie

“I liked making the dens, making the sticks for marshmallows and cooking them on the fire!” Ethan

“I enjoyed everything but I didn’t like when my camp came down!” Poppy

“The whittling the sticks and roasting marshmallows was good.” Lucas

“Painting the dinosaurs was cool!” Rebecca

“I liked playing in the fort.” Elijah T

E-Safety Day

Chiddingly School celebrated National E-Safety Day! We had an assembly dedicated to Online Safety then the children, in their individual classes, had a workshop from Andrew Gunn, an ICT and E-Safety expert.

Mr Gunn explained about the uses of technology using current (and fascinating!) examples. The children understood how important technology around them is but they also learnt how to be cautious with it too. The children learnt about how screen time will effect their mood, sleep and overall health. They learnt how it’s important that they are careful with what they write online as they each have a ‘Digital Footprint’ which stays online for a long time. The children reflected on what they had learnt by completing tasks (like creating e-safety posters and having discussions around e-safety).

Sycamore Class, additionally, had E-Safety Ambassadors from Kings Academy Ringmer come to talk to them about Online Safety. They showed the children a video to allow them to understand the importance of being safe online.

There are also some photos of Reception and their ‘office’ on Safer Internet Day below. They learnt to use the track pad to choose their own activities on Purple Mash and enjoyed logging in with their own passwords. Mr Gunn also talked to them about who we trust to help us online and to keep our information safe.

Forest School Update 7th February

This week in Forest School, Beech Class made pancakes on the fire! They also made dinosaurs out of clay, did some free play and den building, made swamp lands for the dinosaurs and did a bit of investigating amongst the fallen leaves and twigs (they tried to figure out what trees we have near our field). A big thank you to Miss Waterman for providing such lovely activities again!

Forest School Update 31st January

Beech Class were extremely busy in Forest School this week! They made ‘dinosaur lands’ with mud for the swamps, twigs as the trees, conkers for the pathways, streams using foil and bark as the caves. They also did some whittling with sticks (in order to toast marshmallows), built dens, had free exploration, went minibeast hunting (they found some newts) AND made fat balls for the birds! Such a busy but fun session!

Also, thank you to Emily and Ed Gingell for donating the logs for seats!

Forest School Update 24th January

This Wednesday, Beech Class had a lovely wet and muddy trip down to the woods for Forest School. They pretended to be dinosaurs, stomping through the swamps! It was great fun! They then had time to have free exploration play.

A little bit later, they played a game where the carnivorous dinosaurs ‘hunted’ the herbivores, in other words they played ‘hide and seek’. They then made the skeletons of a T-rex and a brontosaurus using sticks.

A big thank you to Miss Waterman, Katie, Marion and Louise.

Dinosaurs in Beech Class

Beech Class have had a very exciting start to their term. They were starting their English lesson when a message arrived asking them if they knew anything about some strange eggs in the playground. They had to go and investigate… two dinosaur eggs were found in a nest! Mrs Mackarness took them into the classroom and they waited to see what would happen. A week later, during assembly, they hatched and Beech Class came back to three footprints on the floor of the classroom. There were lots of questions about where the dinosaurs had escaped to and some brilliant writing explaining their ideas! If you see the dinosaurs, please let Beech Class know!

PALs Assembly

“In the beginning of her book her letters were big and not on the line but now they are small and on the line!”

“I could really see progress in her art from the beginning to the end!”

“In her Tudor topic book it is really neat and tidy- she’s taken a lot of care over her work! In Spanish she’s shown how much she has been trying!”

“I have chosen this bit of work because it is all about the scientist who found out about electricity, he has learnt a lot and used it in his learning!”

“Her painting skills have got better and more detailed over the term!”

“His experiment shows his understanding when he was separating particles. He didn’t know it at the beginning but he does now!”

Christingle

Thank you and well done to the children from East Hoathly and Chiddingly schools who read Bible readings and prayers at the Christingle service at Chiddingly Church on Sunday evening. Sienna, Jesse, Jake, Dylan, Jake and Freya did a fantastic job. So many of the congregation commented on how brilliant they were.

It was lovely to see a number of other children from the schools attending the service too. What a lovely way to start the Festive season!

Uckfield Late Night Shopping

A huge thank you to all of the children who attended the Federation Choir’s late night shopping performance in Uckfield on Friday. We took the biggest choir of the night and had the audience joining in and clapping along!

Miss Lewis was extremely proud of all the children! Thank you, too, to the many staff members who came to support the choir.

The performance was broadcast live onto Uckfield FM and you can listen back here:

 

We received the following message from the organisers of the event:

Thank you all for the tremendous amount of time and commitment from the staff and pupils both prior to and on the evening.

From my experience, over many years, it was also the highest number of children on stage and also the number of people who were standing in Post Office Square, at least 2500 and more over the evening.

Fortunately, the rain mostly stayed away and it was a relatively warm evening for December.
Thank you once again for making Friday night so special.

Hever Castle Trip

Willow Class took a very exciting trip to Hever Castle with East Hoathly, as part of their learning about the Tudors. The children had a brilliant time! A big thank you to all the volunteers.

Anti-bullying Week 2019

Oak Class

Oak Class discussed what it means to be kind and how we show kindness to everyone around us. We discussed how our friends in our class are kind to us and the things that we do to include others.

We then created a ‘Kindness Heart’ as a class where we made an agreement to always be kind to each other. We chose a colour to paint our hand and then printed it onto the heart. We displayed it in our class so everyone can see that we think it’s important.

Beech Class

Beech Class watched a short Pixar animation ‘The Birds’ where a group of small birds tease and pick on a bigger bird. We discussed what unkind behaviours we saw in the film and used it to discuss what hurtful things the small birds did, and what they might have said to the big bird if they could talk. We then did an activity to show how hurtful words cannot be taken back and the effect that they have on someone can be long-lasting.

We also looked at some scenarios together as a class and discussed whether we thought they were bullying or not. In groups, we came up with solutions of what we could all do to help make the situations better.

Lastly, we created anti-bullying superheroes to show what changes we can all make to help stop bullying.

Willow Class

Willow Class focused on the kinds of words and the type of behaviour they would and wouldn’t like to hear. They shared and discussed their thoughts during PSHE circle time. We have created a rainbow of kind words and actions for display in our classroom.

Sycamore Class

For Anti-bullying week, Sycamore Class have learnt about and discussed this year’s slogan of ‘Change starts with us’ and how small changes make huge differences. We also focused in on the types of bullying and in particular cyber-bullying; the types of online bullying, recognising online bullying, the consequences and how to deal with it. Ending with the

Harvest Festival

The Chiddingly school choir had its first outing at the Harvest Festival. We performed The Carpenters’ classic ‘Top of the World’ to rapturous applause. Well done to Rebecca for being brave and singing a 2 line solo on a microphone for the final chorus.

 

Events coming up this year
Term 2 Uckfield Late Night Shopping
School Christmas Fair
Christingle Service
Term 3 Celebration Assembly Performance
Term 4 Easter Service
Term 5 Celebration Assembly Performance
Term 6 Leavers Service Performance
Production Performance

British Values Day 2019

A fun and enriching day was had by all last Friday, as the whole school paused to celebrate and learn about the British Values. It was wonderful to see the children arriving for school in their red, white and blue coloured clothes to represent the Union Jack flag, so thank you for all making such an effort! The children were organised into groups so that Beech and Oak classes worked together and Willow and Sycamore joined up. This meant that our groups could experience all of the workshops that the teachers had planned for the key stages.

Democracy

We were given four possible topics to debate and each group democratically decided which area to choose. The children were then given the role of putting together all of the arguments for and against the debate so that a real discussion could take place. This then concluded with a free vote to see what the overall decision of the team was. In the assembly, children explained that the topic they chose was to debate whether animals should be kept in zoos and they presented their arguments.

Mutual Respect, Tolerance and Individual Liberty

We looked at what creates our own personal identities, whether this be our eye colour, a favourite hobby or a belief. The story of ‘It’s OK to be different’ by Todd Parr was used to begin these discussions. We compared them with our friends and spoke about how these differences don’t stop us from being friends or helping and caring for one another. We have to respect the choices of others and that it’s ok to have different opinions!

Rule of Law

With the help of the story ‘Goldilocks, we explored how we need to follow rules to ensure everybody is treated fairly. We looked at what could happen if we break rules and the difference in outcomes when we follow them. During the day, games were played where the rules were forgotten and of course, they ended in chaos! Very quickly, rules were discussed and put into place, making the point that when games are fair and rules are followed, everything is much more enjoyable!

Great Britain

Using Google Earth, we looked at the location of Great Britain and how it is a collection of islands. It was also interesting to see that the Union Jack is made up of all of the flags of the British Isles. Some of the children created their own maps, locating England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. We then found where Chiddingly was within the British Isles and zoomed in on the school from above and could spot the playground and trim trail.

IMPACT & KNOWLEDGE GAINED

As a result of learning about the British Values, we have already seen the children demonstrating and applying their new knowledge in their classrooms and on the playground. The children really enjoyed learning about what helps create their identity and they now have a renewed respect for themselves as individuals, as well as for their peers and adults both in and out of school.

PALs Assembly

On Monday, we held our termly PALs assembly (Progress and Learning) where we celebrated all of the fantastic learning which has taken place in Term 1. The children really enjoyed sitting with their friends in other classes and sharing their achievements. One of the wonderful things about this assembly is seeing children beam with pride when one of their peers recognised how their learning and skills had moved forward. It was great to listen in to the conversations that the children were having. We also recognised that the hundreds of books that began the term with empty pages, were now filled with a vast amount of learning experiences. Well done Team Chiddingly!

  • Olly could identify great writing — he is now using exclamation marks!
  • Lacey reflected on the objectives she had learnt in history. She learnt the different types of bombs they dropped in WWII.
  • Freya told Elijah which pages she enjoyed of his work.
  • Sebastian explained his science learning to Ethan.
  • Kodie showed his progression in writing by showing Josie the amount of writing he’d written (was 3 lines and now 10 lines!).
  • “Spanish has been really hard – that’s why this is my best piece of work because I had to work the hardest.” Chloe Y4
  • “I’m proud of how neat my handwriting has become.” Floyd Y5
  • “I can read his handwriting now – it is much smaller and he’s using punctuation when he wasn’t before.” Leo Y5
  • “We have been doing filtration in science. I am really proud of this work because I used predictions and compared my results.” Connor Y4

Forest School Update 11th October

This week, Willow Class made their very own bows and arrows, like they might have done in the Tudor times! They also made a bug house with sticks, cones, straws, leaves, etc. before tidying up the little pond area in the garden. They then made mud faces and had free exploration time.

Willow Class ended the session with some smores and hot chocolate by the fire. It was a lovely but windy day, so Miss Waterman had a bit of trouble lighting the fire initially!

A big thank you to Miss Waterman for all her planning and all the volunteers again for their help and support.

World Mental Health Day 2019

Oak

Oak Class had a circle time where they talked about what makes them happy and what makes them sad.

'People when they're kind make me happy'. Charlotte

'Funny things make me happy...I like to laugh!' Wilf

Beech

Beech Class looked at a Kandinsky painting and found out how he used colours to express feelings. They then made their own.

Willow

In Willow, we spent time exploring what mental health is and found out it was 'looking after your mind as well as your body.' We then thought of ways of looking after our minds and we practised mindful breathing and yoga. We learnt that breathing is really helpful to get rid of negative thoughts and a great way to get our body calm as we learnt that our mind affects our behaviour.

Sycamore

Sycamore Class discussed coping strategies and made matchboxes with coping strategies inside to remind us how we could cope with certain emotions.

Eco Helpers Update 11th October

The new eco group has been assembled and eco boards updated! Now the hard work begins.

The children will be encouraging recycling and saving energy plus looking after the garden area.

Please remember that we have a crisp packet recycling scheme. The crisp packet box is in the hall and you are welcome to bring packets in to school to recycle.

Ask Mrs Dann if you are unsure where the box is.

Welcome

At East Hoathly and Chiddingly Primary schools, we believe that it is everyone’s responsibility to take care of our environment and encourage sustainability. We encourage all our children to be eco-friendly and leading them are our fabulous Eco-Warriors. These children applied for the job and children who submitted thoughtful and interesting applications were appointed. Their responsibilities include making sure lights are turned off, recycling, litter picking, gardening and saving resources wherever possible. Both schools have won a number of awards for our work, including Ashden, Woodland Trust and Eco-Schools. We look forwards to this year’s groups taking on the challenge.

Forest School Update 4th October

This week, Willow Class used their cooking skills in Forest School. They made bread from scratch and cooked it on the fire. They even made the skewers that they used for this! They also picked some apples, peeled and chopped them, then added sugar to make toffee apples!

After this, they did some free exploration, made paint brushes, printed leaves, built dens, walked on the slack line and did some whittling (using various tools to do so).

A big thank you to Sienna’s mum, Callum’s dad, Mrs Champion and Mrs Thompson for help this week!

Forest School Update 18th October

This week, Willow Class did various team building games and exercises in the woodland. The first game they played, they had to balance bamboo sticks on their fingers in groups and gradually lower it down to the floor. It was quite tricky but they managed to do it!

The next game they played, they worked in pairs. One child was blindfolded and the other was their ‘protector’. Mrs Champion made a noise and the blindfolded child had to move towards the sound. The ‘protector’ had to make sure their partner was safe from tripping or bumping into anything!

The children then had free exploration. Some children did role playing, some built dens and others went bug hunting and made bug ‘hotels’.

The last activity of the day was a group team building task again. In groups, children had to work together to build secure and safe nests. Miss Waterman tested the nests by dropping an egg into it. All the nest were brilliantly made as none of eggs broke!

The whole class worked so well together!

Forest School Update 27th September

Willow Class braved the wet weather this week and took a trip to the woods for Forest School. They played conkers, made patterns with various materials that they could find in the woods, built dens and made some crowns using twigs, bracken and leaves. They were making themselves into Tudor queens and kings!

A thank you to Becca, Marion, Katie, Louise and Mrs Thompson for helping out!

 

Choir Update

The individual school choirs have begun rehearsing some new songs – one of which will be performed at the Harvest Festival. We are currently learning ‘Top of the World’ by the Carpenters and ‘Fields of Gold’ by Eva Cassidy. We rehearse one lunchtime each week and welcome children from Year 1-6. After half term, we will begin to practice songs ready for the annual Uckfield Late Night Shopping Event – a joint event between the East Hoathly and Chiddingly choirs which is always a great start to the festive season!

Forest School Update 20th September

This week, Willow Class had their first Forest School session of the term. They spent the first part of it foraging in the woods trying to see what they can find at this time of the year. They found: hazelnuts, sweet chestnuts, blackberries, mushrooms and acorns. They could not find any conkers so decided it must be too early in the year! This linked with their learning about the Tudors, as they discussed what the Tudors would have found and what they would have used all these things for e.g. to dye their clothes perhaps! They will be using some of these items to make art next week. They then spent the rest of the time free to explore the woods and play!

Thank you to Miss Waterman and all the volunteers for a brilliant start to Forest School this year!

Buddy Time

This week the reception children have had such a great time getting to know their ‘Buddies’ in Year 6. After the initial meeting, the Year 6’s have been finding their new younger friends on the playground and helping them around the school.

On Friday afternoon, the children were together in Oak Class for a play session and then the older children helped the reception children to read their books and enjoyed the responsibility of writing in the reading record book!

This group of Year 6 children were one of the best teams of Buddies that we have ever seen at Chiddingly. It was a pleasure to see such responsible and kind children making our youngest pupils feel so happy.

Go Kart Racing

On Saturday 13th July, some Sycamore children took part in the Uckfield Grand Prix. Fun was had by all and the children did Chiddingly proud! A big thank you goes to Charles for volunteering with go karts each year — we are very grateful!

Aladdin Trouble

What spectacular performances of Aladdin Trouble this week! Well done to all the children for their hard work and determination and a big thank you to the staff and volunteer helpers and the PFCS for serving refreshments.

Oak Class Trip to Hastings

On Monday, the Reception classes from Chiddingly and East Hoathly visited Hastings. There was a buzz of conversation, as the children talked excitedly about eating their picnics on the beach.

Upon arriving in Hastings, the children were particularly excited for our visit to the Blue Reef Aquarium, where they were able to explore the various tanks filled with clown fish, upside down jelly fish and tank full of sharks and sting rays. Whilst there, we were lucky enough to talk to one of the aquarium staff who told us all about puffer fish and then let us witness the feeding of the fish in the big ocean tank! Oak Class had their clipboards and pencils ready and drew some great pictures of the sealife they could see around them.

We then took a walk along the seafront to visit the fishermen’s museum and ‘life boat station’ where we were told how the life boat was pushed into the water, when it was needed. After a busy morning of site seeing the children had lunch on the beach, enjoyed playing by the water’s edge, throwing stones into the water, all whilst trying not to get too wet or have their lunch nabbed by seagulls.

Finally we all enjoyed an ice cream before jumping on the coach back to school. All the children and adults had a lovely day exploring and finding out lots of information, the children came up with some great recounts of their day!

Willow Class Ancient Greek Day

On Monday 24th June, Willow class dressed up and hosted a whole day of ‘Hands on History’ with their Federation counterparts! In mixed school groups, the children rotated around three brilliant activities which gave them the opportunity to show off what they already knew, and build on their understanding of how the Ancient Greeks lived.

It’s safe to say that the shield and sword activity outside was a firm favourite – although not so much for the adults who got chased around by an angry mob of Spartan warriors! The children also got the chance to see some artefacts up close and thought carefully about what they were used for. The final activity involved comparing Greek and Roman gods and goddesses and trying out some Ancient Greek writing. They also spent some time learning about life at home and the Ancient Greek’s rather ‘original’ approach to medicine! It was so lovely to have all three schools together with the staff and parent helpers sometimes finding it difficult to know which child was from which school as they all mixed together so well! A huge thank you to our parent helpers and to all the parents for their efforts in the costumes; the children looked so fantastic and it really added to our day!

Forest School Update 21st June

It was the last session of Forest School this week and Year R and 1 had a brilliant time! They were painting using nature, drawing pictures, creating grass/leaf patterns, playing with slime/sand, making artwork on the trees using mud as glue, playing in the puddles, climbing trees and having a water relay race! A big thank you to Miss Waterman for her fantastic Forest School lessons this academic year. The children have learnt so much and we look forward to what she has planned next year!

Willow Newsletter Term 6 – ‘Ancient Greece’

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Dear Parents,

I hope you had a fabulous half-term holiday and are ready for the final term! We are continuing our learning about the Ancient Greeks and have learnt a lot already!  We will be continuing to read ‘Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief’ by Rick Riordan, and learning more about the myths and legends of that time. We will be doing some persuasive writing about Pandora’s Box and finishing off the term by writing our own myths!  Our topic sessions will focus on the Olympics and the differences between the Athenians and the Spartans and our D.T. will involve getting messy with some clay! In maths, we are revisiting a lot of the areas we have already learnt about to consolidate and deepen the children’s understanding. The MyMaths homework will be based around the week’s learning.

We are really looking forward to our Ancient Greek Day where we will experience hands-on learning and deepen our understanding of a whole range of Ancient Greek information. If you haven’t yet returned your permission slip, please do this asap.

Our PE days are Thursday and Friday; please ensure your child’s kit is always in school; trainers everyday are essential.

Times Tables

By the end of Year 4, all children should know their times tables up to 12 x 12. We are doing at least one session a week focused on these, but please do practice with your children at home, as much as possible. Times Table Rockstars is a really useful website for this as it tests the children on their tables at their own pace. It will start off ensuring they are secure on their 10s, before moving onto 2s, and then 5s. The children also need to be secure on the inverse calculations – e.g. 100 ÷ 10 = 10. There is also a practise multiplication test on Purple Mash that the children can has as many goes it as they like to improve their score.

Termly Project

This project will continue to stretch through Term 6 as we will be continuing our focus on the Ancient Greeks.

For this project, the children can use their imaginations to create a Greek artefact. This could be a pot with paintings on, a Greek head wreath, a model of a Greek warrior, some Greek food to share with the class or anything else that captures their imagination as we learn more about the culture of the Ancient Greeks. So we can display as many of these as possible, please keep in mind what size the projects are. Models that would fit inside a shoe box are the perfect size.

Please have your project in school by no later than Tuesday 25th June so we can share them and put them on display!

Helping to Enrich Our Topics

It is always great to have items or visitors that support our topic, so if anyone has any experience or items that may help us with any of the work above that we could hear about or borrow, we would love to see and hear about them.

Reminders

Please make sure your child brings in a water bottle each day with fresh water; ensure all jumpers are labelled and bring a coat for any wet weather.

Many thanks for your continued support,

Miss Axell and Mr Mackarness

Useful Websites

Questions You Could Ask Your Child About Their Learning This Term

  • Which of the words below have you learnt the meaning of?
  • What is the decimal equivalent to ½, ¼ and ¾?
  • What is your prediction for the tooth experiment?
  • What happened in Pandora’s Box?
  • Who are the Spartans and Athenians?
  • Do you know any differences between Spartans and Athenians?
  • Which prefixes have you learnt the meanings of?

Vocabulary We Will Learn This Term

Pandora prediction results conclusion
Athenian Spartan tenth hundredth
Olympics tradition algorithm sequence
prefix suffix clause subordinate

Learning Map

Forest School Update 14th June

This week in Forest School, Reception and Year 1 had a ‘messy’ session outside! They took part in different sensory play activities and games, including playing with slime, muddy puddles and wet sand! They used the wet sand to build some very creative things.

Miss Waterman also set them up with a task of getting water balloons from one end to another by throwing and catching them! Fun was had by all and a big thank you to the volunteers Katie, Sam and Louise, as they didn’t mind getting wet and muddy!

Beech Newsletter Term 6 – ‘Rolling Through the Stone Age’

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Dear Parents,

Welcome back, I hope everybody had a great half term break. This term we are beginning an exciting new topic – Rolling Through the Stone Age! We will learn history skills and will be using these to find out about past lives and compare them with how we live now. Alongside this, we will be enjoying the natural environment through our science enquiries and our art and design projects.

Some of the key texts we will be using for our learning are:

The learning map attached to this newsletter outlines the areas we will be looking at and some of the work we will be doing in teacher-focussed activities and group work. We are also placing an emphasis on continuing to learn times tables through maths sessions and at home.

Transition

During this term, we will be spending lots of time talking about our transitions to new classes in September and making relationships with peers and staff.

During the first few weeks of term, Year 1 will be joining with Reception children to do a series of Forest School sessions on Wednesday afternoons, so that they can begin to get to know the new members of their class for September. As the term goes on, there will be a series of class swaps and meetings with new teachers so that the children are happy and confident about their changes in September. If you have any questions regarding transition, please come and see us.

Phonics Screening

During the week of the 10 June, Year 1 children will be completing the Government’s statutory Phonics Screen Check. If Year 2 children did not meet the expected standard at the end of last year, they will also be completing this check. These checks will be carried out by the class teacher in a calm environment on a 1:1 basis. The expected score will be announced by the Government once all children have completed the check and results will be included as part of your child’s end of year report.

Home Learning

 

Reading

Please read with your child at least three times a week, even if it is just for 5 minutes. When reading with your child, please acknowledge the fact that the book has been read by signing and dating in the reading record book.

 

During reading sessions, please discuss the story with your child and ask them questions about what they are reading. These questions will help to develop their understanding of what they are reading as comprehension and discussion are key reading skills in Year 1 and 2.

Books can be changed at the trolley in the learning zone at any time.

Don’t forget that every child who reads three times in a week gets a special entry into the prize draw to win a book in the Friday Celebration Assemblies.

 

Spellings and homework

Thank you for your continued support with homework. This really is a great way for you to consolidate learning in class and a chance for you to share in your child’s learning.

Spellings will be given out each week – Please practise these words with your child at home in their spelling book. These will then be tested on a Thursday in school and scores will be written in the book at the end of the week for you to see.

 

Maths

Please can children continue to learn their times tables at home.

Year 1 children should be learning 10x, 2x and 5x tables

When secure with the 2x, 5x and 10x tables, children should be moving onto 3x and 4x tables

BBC Bitesize website has links to times tables songs that children can learn.

Purple Mash Times Tables Games

Search for ‘speed tests’ and then choose the one that you would like to practise.

Useful Websites to Support Learning

 Reminders

  • Please can you make sure your child brings in a water bottle and their book bag each day.
  • Can the children please always have a coat in school as the weather can be unpredictable.
  • Our PE days are Tuesdays and Fridays but PE kits should be in all week.

 Key Questions

  • Can you recite your x2, x5, x10 times tables?
  • How did people get food in the Stone Age?
  • Where did they live?
  • How did they keep warm?
  • What did Stone Age people wear?
  • When was the Stone Age?

We hope you all have lovely last term supporting the children in their learning and can see how much they have learnt already. Please do not hesitate to come and speak to us if you have any questions,

Thank you for your support,

Mrs Winchester and Mrs Pattenden

Learning Map

Oak Newsletter Term 6 – ‘Splash!’

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Dear Parents and Carers,

We hope you’ve had an enjoyable half term and are ready for the last term in Reception, before moving to Year 1!

This term, we are going to enjoy a water filled fun learning journey. We will be enjoying finding out about how essential water is and where it comes from and what we need it for and how we can look after our water sources. Our journey will begin with some pirate fun including a pirate day!

Our key texts this term will be:

Literacy

We will be continuing to focus on using high frequency words in our writing as well as spelling words with more than one syllable. Also we will be writing our own stories based on the texts we are reading, as well as looking closely at the characters, settings and events of the stories we are sharing. Another skill we will develop is giving opinions and views about stories we have shared.

Maths

In Maths, we will be solving problems that apply all of the skills we have learnt so far. As well as this, we will be continuing to develop our knowledge of number, practising doubling and halving as well as recognising and ordering 2 digit numbers and learning about money and time, comparing and estimating. We will begin thinking about multiples and using 2’s, 5’s and 10’s through money.

Home Learning

We would like to thank you all for your effort with last terms home learning tasks including reading with your children.

Reading -Letters and Sounds Please read with your child regularly, even if it is a home or library book. At this stage it is really helpful to discuss the stories that you read and use story language such as, character, setting, beginning, middle and end. Also, encourage your child to predict the ending of the story and give their opinion of the texts that they read. Please record their ideas either in their reading record or their home learning books.
Writing We have our home learning books which the children can use to complete the home learning challenges. In addition to this they can practice their writing skills by writing their own pirate or sea character themed stories.

Thanks to all of you who have encouraged your children with this. Keep it up!

Splashing Home Challenges!

If you want to further your learning at home, you might like to try one or more of these challenges:

  • Paint a picture or make a collage of an under the sea image. What can you see under the sea?
  • Design your own pirate ship or pirate flag.
  • Create your own amazing lunch and design a menu for your family. Take photos of your meal to share with your friends.
  • Use Lego or another construction kit to build an amazing ship or boat.
  • With an adult’s help, find some objects around your house and test to see whether they float or sink when you put them in water. See if you can predict first what you think will happen and then see if you were right!

Trips and Events

During this term we are planning a visit to a seaside location with our friends from Chiddingly and St Mary’s. We will also be having a Pirate day, where we dress up and take part in fun activities. More details to follow very shortly.

Websites and Links

Quick Reminders

  • Please can you make sure your child brings in a water bottle and their book bag each day.
  • Our PE days are Thursdays but PE kits should be in all week.
  • Sunhats are essential in the warmer weather when we are outside for longer periods of time. We are not permitted to apply sun cream to any child, so children must have it applied before they come to school.

We hope you all have a lovely final term supporting the children in their Early Years learning. Please do not hesitate to come and speak to us if necessary.

Thank you for your support,

Mrs Dudeney

Challenge!

Can you write the names of as many different boats as you can and bring these in to share with your friends. Here are a few examples to help you!

Good Luck!

Sports Day

A big thank you to everyone for such a fantastic turn out on Sports Day last term! Also a big thank you to Miss Denney, Mr Lawrence and the PFCS for all their organisation and help with setting up. It was a brilliant day and fun was had by all.

Forest School Update 7th June

On Wednesday, Reception and Year 1 had a Forest School session together to get to know each other better and to help Reception Class with their transition into Beech Class next year. They started off in a circle and played ‘get to know each other’ games. Reception then paired up with a Year 1 buddy and went exploring in the woods.

They also built a bridge, built dens and played hide and seek! Lots of fun was had by all. They are now looking forward to 3 more sessions of Forest School together this term.

A big thank you to all the helpers and Miss Waterman for planning another great session!

Sycamore Newsletter Term 6 – ‘Stay Healthy, Stay Happy’’

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I hope you have had a lovely break! Our topic for term 6 is ‘Stay Healthy, Stay Happy’ and we will be using the text ‘The Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom’ by Louis Sachar and the Disney film ‘Inside Out’ to help us explore this topic. We will be looking at physical and emotional health & wellbeing, as well as what we can do to keep the planet healthy.

Reading Please read with your child regularly. Their books and book bags will need to be in every day.  You may like to add a positive or helpful comment in their reading diary, but please acknowledge the fact that the book has been read by signing and dating in the comments space. A member of staff will be checking reading records on Fridays and children are expected to have read at least 3 times a week with an adult. Adults at school will not write in the books as we have our own records. Don’t forget, children can earn raffle tickets for weekly reading!
Spellings/grammar Spelling will be tested each week on a Friday.  Grammar will be sent out every other week on a Tuesday.
Times Tables Please ensure that children are using Maths Rockstars at home to practise their times tables.
Maths Maths homework will be on My Maths. Please ensure you support your children to complete this.

Helping to Enrich Our Ttopics

It is always great to have items or visitors that support our topic, so if anyone has any experience or items that may help us with any of the work above that we could hear about or borrow, we would love to see and hear about them.

Reminders

Please can you make sure your child brings in a water bottle each day with fresh water; ensure all jumpers are labelled and bring a coat for any wet weather.

Many thanks for your continued support,

Mrs Mackarness and Mrs Hill

Reading at School and at Home

Forest School Update 22nd May

Oak Class went on a scavenger hunt, finding lots of different things in the woods from their list e.g. pine cones, flowers, etc. They were told to think about what they could hear, see and feel and got to explore different things in the woodland e.g. the moss and bark. They were then able to explore the woods how they wanted to and decided to build dens and do some explorative digging! Skooter said, ‘My favourite bit was the see-saw and taking it in turns!’ Jesse said, ‘I enjoyed make a big den!’

Forest School Update 17th May

This Wednesday, Oak Class did so many different activities! They were shown how to light the fire using flints and how to put it out again with water. Before they put the fire out though, they got to have a tasty treat and toasted some marshmallows!

After this, they did some mud painting, tree bark rubbing, pond dipping (they found all kinds of bugs!), tree climbing AND they played sleeping lions and tried to listen to what sounds were in the forest. What a brilliant fun-filled session!

A massive thank you to Miss Waterman, Sam Hinder, Katie Samson, Louise Champion and Jesse’s gran.

Forest School Update 8th May

On Wednesday 8th May, Oak Class had Forest School inside, to start with, because the weather was very wet! They made stick crowns, painted pebbles and made jewellery by using the hand drill! They then went outside to play some games, once the weather had brightened up. They played the ‘Bat and Moth’ game again, as it is a favourite!

A big thank you to Mrs Robins, Mrs Champion and Mrs Hinder for helping out!

Sycamore Newsletter Term 5 – ‘Codebreakers’

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Dear Parents,

I hope you have had a lovely Easter break! Our topic for term 5 is ‘Codebreakers’ and we will be using the text ‘Stormbreaker’ by Anthony Horowitz The topic will involve lots of exciting code-breaking activities.

Reading Please read with your child regularly. Their books and book bags will need to be in every day.  You may like to add a positive or helpful comment in their reading diary, but please acknowledge the fact that the book has been read by signing and dating in the comments space. A member of staff will be checking reading records on Fridays and children are expected to have read at least 3 times a week with an adult. Adults at school will not write in the books as we have our own records. Don’t forget, children can earn raffle tickets for weekly reading!
Spellings/grammar Spelling will be tested each week on a Friday.  Grammar will be sent out every other week on a Tuesday.
Times Tables Please ensure that children are using Maths Rockstars at home to practise their times tables.
Maths Maths homework will be on My Maths. Please ensure you support your children to complete this.

Year 6

This term, homework will be in the form of revision based on your own personal learning leading up to SATs, this will be weekly.

Helping to Enrich Our Topics

It is always great to have items or visitors that support our topic, so if anyone has any experience or items that may help us with any of the work above that we could hear about or borrow, we would love to see and hear about them.

Reminders

Please can you make sure your child brings in a water bottle each day with fresh water; ensure all jumpers are labelled and bring a coat for any wet weather.

Many thanks for your continued support,

Mrs Mackarness and Mrs Hill

Useful Websites

Questions You Could Ask Your Child About Their Learning This Term

  • Who is Alex Rider and what has happened to him so far in the story?
  • What do you know about cyphers? How can you use one to reveal a concealed message?
  • What landmarks can you identify in London? – Do you know how you could travel to them on the London Underground?
  • How is the world mapped and navigated? Do you know what lines of latitude and longitude are?

Learning Map

New Laptops

Please see below for a photo of Beech Class all using the new laptops in their learning! They were using Purple Mash to send emails to Neil Armstrong and were very excited when they got some replies!

Forest School Update 3rd May

On Wednesday 1st May, Oak Class had their first Forest School session! They had such a brilliant time exploring and playing in the woods. They spent the afternoon hunting for different kinds of bugs and mini-beasts!

Whilst in the woods, they played ‘Bat and Moth’. One person was blindfolded and acted as the bat. Whilst being surrounded by the ‘trees’ they had to use their hearing to listen out really carefully and ‘catch’ the moth!

The children also made bug artwork out of different woodland materials e.g. leaves and sticks.

Thank you Miss Waterman for a lovely afternoon!

Wellbeing Links

Please see the links below for local support and services for all.  (These links were sourced through East Sussex County Council) Further Links can be found on www.eastsussex.gov.uk/socialcare/healthadvice/mental-health/directory/help

Peer Support Service

Get Well, Stay Well, Prevent Crisis – People who have their own lived experience of mental health challenges who will offer support alongside you to take control of your mental health and stay well available across East Sussex

Community Teams

Children and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) are made up of specialist teams offering assessment and treatment to children and young people up to age 18 who have emotional, behavioral or mental health problems.

www.sussexpartnership.nhs.uk/service-east-sussex-community-teams

Wellbeing Centres

Get Well, Stay Well, Prevent Crisis – Drop in support for adults (aged 16 years +) available 5 days a week. Find more information about this service on 1Space: Southdown Wellbeing Centres

Hailsham:

Uckfield:

Wellbeing Boxes

Boost your wellbeing and take ownership of your health by borrowing a wellbeing box from your library. Each box contains interactive resources, local service information and literature about different areas of wellbeing, using the Five ways to mental wellbeing. To reserve a box talk to a member of library staff or book online. Family Wellbeing boxes and Teen Wellbeing Bags are also available to borrow for free.

Available across East Sussex

  • Tel: 0345 6080196

Health in Mind

The free NHS service for residents of East Sussex experiencing stress, anxiety or low mood. Our skilled therapists provide the support you need to feel positive and in control again. Rapid access courses, secure online referral, one to one therapy, by phone, online and face to face.

Available across East Sussex

Sussex Mental Healthline

This helpline can be reached in East Sussex between 5pm and 9am and all day during weekends and bank holidays

  • Tel: 0300 5000 101

The Samaritans

If you, or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, the Samaritans run a 24 hour helpline

  • Tel: 08457 909090

Beech Newsletter Term 5 – ‘Famous Faces’

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Dear Parents,

We hope you all had a lovely Easter break! This term we are beginning an exciting new topic- Famous Faces. We will be using this topic to explore lots of famous people from the past and comparing them with famous people today!

The learning map attached to this newsletter outlines the areas we will be looking at and some of the work we will be doing in teacher focussed activities and group work. We are also placing an emphasis on joining our handwriting and spelling the Common Exception Words.

Year 1’s will be practising using their phonics to read a range of real and nonsense words in preparation for the Phonics Screening Check which will take place during the week of 10th June next term.

Year 2s will be working on consolidating their skills from across the whole year and we will be assessing them on how much they have retained J

Some of the people we will be looking at in our topic are:

Do your children recognise any of them?

Home Learning Task

Pick a famous person from the past or present and write a fact file about them. There is a template attached to this letter but if you prefer you could use PowerPoint or use your own design – we look forward to learning about your chosen person. Please return these to school by the end of term.

 

Reading

Please read with your child at least three times a week, even if it is just for 5 minutes. When reading with your child, please acknowledge the fact that the book has been read by signing and dating in the reading record book.

During reading sessions, please discuss the story with your child and ask them questions about what they are reading. These questions will help to develop their understanding of what they are reading as comprehension and discussion are key reading skills in Year 1 and 2.

Books can be changed in the learning zone at any time.

Don’t forget that every child who reads three times in a week gets a special entry into the prize draw to win a book in the Friday Celebration Assemblies.

 

Spellings and homework

Thank you for your continued support with homework. This really is a great way for you to consolidate learning in class and a chance for you to share in your child’s learning.

Spelling challenges will be given out each week – Please practise these words with your child at home in their spelling book. These will then be tested on a Friday in school and scores will be written in the book at the end of the week for you to see.

 

Maths

Please can children continue to learn their times tables at home.

Year 1 children should be learning 10x, 2x and 5x tables

When secure with the 2x, 5x and 10x tables, children should be moving onto 3x and 4x tables

BBC Bitesize website has links to times tables songs that children can learn.

Purple Mash Times Tables Games.

Search for ‘speed tests’ and then choose the one that you would like to practise.

MyMaths can be used at home for the children to explore and practise skills from class work whenever they choose.

Useful Websites

Questions to Ask Your Child

  • Who are the famous people in our topic?
  • Would you like to be famous? What would you be famous for?
  • Look at the time periods that our famous people lived in: How are the lives of our famous people different?

Quick Reminders

  • Please can you make sure your child brings in a water bottle and their book bag each day.
  • The children must always have a coat in school as the weather can be unpredictable.
  • Our PE days are some Tuesdays, and Fridays but PE kits should be in all week.

Thank you for your support,

Mrs Winchester

Leaning Map

Ground Force Day

A really big thank you to Sam, Nick, Louise, Amy, Mr Lawrence and Mr Herdman for a brilliant job at Ground Force day! We really appreciate all your help and giving up your spare time to do some much needed work on the school. Also a thank you to Mr Forsey for giving up his time to work on Beech class’ sink.

Oak Newsletter Term 5 – ‘It’s a Bug’s Life!’

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Dear Parents,

Welcome back, we hope you had a great Half Term. Our topic for Term 5 is ‘It’s a Bug’s Life!’ Our learning journey will begin with a special delivery of some tiny creatures for us to care for! We will be able to watch them grow and change.

Our key texts this term are:

Areas of Learning

Literacy

Our focus in literacy this term is using our phonic knowledge to write stories using narrative language, adjectives, nouns and verbs.  In reading, our phonics knowledge, high frequency and tricky words will develop further and we will be talking about the events in the books we read and predicating what will happen next.

Maths

In maths we are going to secure our knowledge of addition and subtraction with the support of objects. We will be using insects to help us learn more about doubles and halves.

We are going to be exploring 3D shapes through junk modelling and linking this to our music sessions. In addition to this we will be beginning to estimate and count in 2s, 5s and 10s. Alongside this, we will be exploring shapes and measures around the school.

Understanding the World

The children will also be making lots of observations and predictions about mini beasts. We will be taking a trip to the forest to look at natural habitats of different mini beasts and creating our own mini beast houses.

Home Learning

We would like to thank you all for your effort with last terms home learning tasks including reading with your children.

Reading

Please read with your child regularly.

It is really important that the children bring their book bags, reading records and their reading book into school every day.

Now that the children are using their sounds to blend new words, it is important that they begin to discuss each book and understand words such as ‘character’, ‘title’, ‘setting’, ‘beginning’, ‘middle’, ‘end’. When reading with your child please acknowledge the fact that the book has been read by signing, dating and writing a comment in the reading record book. We will continue to change their books on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

The Oak class reading competition is starting again this term. All children will be at the same starting point and a prize will be given, to the most consistent home reader, at the end of the term. Good luck!

Don’t forget for every 3 reads a week the children get a reading raffle ticket.

Letters and Sounds

Your child will be bringing home a new home learning book which will contain new learning challenges linked to their focus sounds and high frequency words.

Please can they practice writing these in sentences, finding them in their story books.

Home Challenges!

Please choose one or more of the following activities to enjoy at home and bring in before the end of term; these can be recorded in your home learning book:

  • Make a mini beast out of junk modelling and share with your class.
  • Take a camera around your garden or the park and take photos of any mini beasts you can find.
  • Write a list of mini beasts that you find in your garden.
  • Paint or draw a picture of an imaginary mini beast!

Websites and Links

Quick Reminders

  • Please can you make sure your child brings in a water bottle, hat and their book bag each day.
  • If you would like your child to wear sun cream, they need to be able to apply it themselves and bring in a named individual bottle.
  • Our PE days are Thursdays but PE kits should be in all week.
  • This term, Oak Class will be enjoying ‘Forest School’ on Wednesday afternoons.

We hope you all have a lovely term supporting the children in their learning. Please do not hesitate to come and speak to us if necessary.

Thank you for your support,

Miss  Dudeney and Ms Eldridge

Challenge!

Find out the names of these creatures and bring them into your teacher!

Willow Newsletter Term 5 – ‘Ancient Greece’

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Dear Parents,

I hope you had a fabulous Easter break and are feeling refreshed and ready for another term. Our topic for the next two terms is ‘Ancient Greece’.  We will be reading ‘Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief’ by Rick Riordan, and writing our own myths based on a selection of Greek myths and legends. Our topic sessions will teach us all about how the Greeks lived, what they ate and how similar/different they were to us today.

In maths, we are learning about shape, money and revisiting fractions. Fractions can be an area that children find particularly difficult so any extra support at home, and with their My Maths homework, would really benefit them.

Our PE day is Thursday; please ensure your child’s kit is always in school; trainers everyday are essential. Swimming is on Wednesdays 24th April and 1st, 8th and 22nd May.

Helping to Enrich Our Topics

It is always great to have items or visitors that support our topic, so if anyone has any experience or items that may help us with any of the work above that we could hear about or borrow, we would love to see and hear about them.

Reminders

Please make sure your child brings in a water bottle each day with fresh water; ensure all jumpers are labelled and bring a coat for any wet weather.

Reading Please read with your child regularly. You may like to add a positive or helpful comment in their reading diary, but please acknowledge the fact that the book has been read by signing and dating in the comments space. A member of staff will be checking reading records during the week and children are expected to have read at least 3 times a week with an adult. Adults at school will not write in the books as we have our own records.
Spellings Spelling tests are every Friday when homework books are expected in. This term’s spellings are focused on the Year 3&4 common exception words list. Additional spelling patterns are also taught in our weekly SPAG sessions with a focus on the apostrophes and the ‘ou’ spelling pattern.
Maths Maths homework will be on MyMaths and should consist of 30 minutes a week. We will also be continuing with Times Table Rock-stars to help support your child’s recall of the tables. . If you do not have access to the internet at home, please let me know and we can arrange a time for your child to complete it at school. If your child has misplaced their login details, let a member of staff know and we can give you a copy.

Many thanks for your continued support,

Miss Axell and Mr Mackarness

Useful Websites

Vocabulary We Will Learn This Term

ancient democracy myths century
AD / BC chronological Hercules Icarus
Daedalus civilisation sources empire
canines molars incisors digestion
stomach intestines function oesophagus

Questions You Could Ask Your Child About Their Learning This Term

  • Which Gods and Goddesses did the Ancient Greeks believe in?
  • Why do we use paragraphs?
  • How many teeth does the average grown adult have?
  • When did the Ancient Greeks live?
  • How do you calculate the perimeter of a shape?

Learning Map

Forest School Update 5th April

In Forest School this week, Willow Class made sculptures, using materials in the woodland.

Verity made a 3D picture of a bird’s nest. Some other children made a sculpture of the den, whilst Jack, Neo, Sebastian and William made a fantastic structure which can be seen below.

Willow Class have had a brilliant term of Forest School sessions. A big thank you to Miss Waterman and all the volunteers.

Year 3/4 Football

Henry, Albert, Jack, Callum, Aidan, Coco, Cameron, Sebastian and Liam all went to a football tournament on Thursday 4th April. They did the school proud and managed to reach the semi-finals! Well done team!

Enrichment Morning

On Friday 29th March, we had a brilliant Enrichment Morning. Children used their strategic skills in backgammon, went on a journey walk in Forest School, made creative jewellery, made beautiful fabric collages, wrote some fantastic poems or completed Lego challenges!

Thank you again to all the staff and volunteers for their hard work in organising these memorable mornings.

Forest School Update 29th March

This week, Willow Class were using their Detective Find-It learning powers effectively in Forest School. They started the session off by pond dipping and found great crested newts, snails, other newts and even dragon fly larvae! They then went onto measure the heights of trees using various different methods. They also tried to work out how old the trees were by counting how many hands they could get around the tree (using the same hand each time!) and then measuring their hands and calculating the circumference from this.

Later on, they were allowed ‘free play’ and took part in various activities, including den building and mud painting.

Yet again, thank you to Miss Waterman for leading an excellent session!

Forest School Update 22nd March

Willow Class took part in another fantastic Forest School session this week. They learnt how to build and light a fire, built camps with tarpaulin, made muddy faces on the trees, did whittling with knives, cooked marshmallows and ate smores, walked across the slack line and made nesting stations for the birds by using hazel to make frames, then weaving different materials into them.

JAM Club

On Wednesdays, we have some very kind volunteers from Chiddingly Church lead the Jesus And Me club. Please see Mrs Dann if you would like your child to join.

Willow Class Forest School

Willow Class had their second Forest School session of the term this week. Unfortunately, the strong wind outside meant they could not go to the woodland, but they had lots of fun taking part in different activities at school instead.

Whilst outside, the children played ‘Bat and Moth’. One person was blindfolded and acted as the bat. Whilst being surrounded by the ‘trees’ they had to use their hearing to listen out really carefully and ‘catch’ the moth!

Willow Class also played other teambuilding games in the hall: working together to balance balls between two sticks, using the parachute to work together and taking part in an assault course.

Netball Tournament

On Wednesday 13th March, a team of Year 5/6 from Chiddingly and East Hoathly attended a Hi 5 Netball tournament. They competed alongside 7 other local schools in two rounds.

The children worked really well together as a team and showed great sportsman ship by independently shaking the hands of the other teams after their matches.

It was fantastic to see the children grow in confidence throughout the matches, with this being their first competitive netball event.

Thank you to parents for supporting the event and transporting the children.

Willow Newsletter Term 4 – ‘Amazon Adventures’

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Dear Parents,

I hope you have had a wonderful half term break. We are continuing our focus on Geography this term and our topic is based around the Amazon Rainforest! We will be reading ‘The Explorer’ by Katherine Rundell, and doing lots of different styles of non-fiction writing to display our knowledge. Our Geography sessions will focus on comparing our lifestyles to what it might be like to live in the rainforest climate and discussing deforestation.

In maths, we are beginning to tackle fractions and decimals! This can be an area that children find particularly difficult so any extra support at home, and with their My Maths homework, would really benefit them.

We have Forest School on Wednesday afternoons this term starting on Wednesday 6th March. Please ensure your child has their forest school kit in school by this time.

Our PE days are Thursday and Friday; please ensure your child’s kit is always in school.

Times tables

By the end of Year 4, all children should know their times tables up to 12 x 12. We are doing at least one session a week focused on these, but please do practice with your children at home, as much as possible. Times Table Rockstars is a really useful website for this as it tests the children on their tables at their own pace. The children also need to be secure on the inverse calculations – e.g. 100 ÷ 10 = 10.

Termly Project

This term, it would be great to have some models of animals or the rainforest that we could display in the corridor for visitors to see. So we can display as many of these as possible, please keep in mind what size the projects are. Models that would fit inside a shoe box are the perfect size as they will fit into the white units that we use to display work.

Helping to Enrich Our Topics

It is always great to have items or visitors that support our topic, so if anyone has any experience or items that may help us with any of the work above that we could hear about or borrow, we would love to see and hear about them.

Reminders

Please make sure your child brings in a water bottle each day with fresh water; ensure all jumpers are labelled and bring a coat for any wet weather.

Many thanks for your continued support,

Miss Axell and Mr Mackarness

Useful Websites

Questions You Could Ask Your Child about Their Learning This Term

  • Where is the Amazon Rainforest?
  • What animals live in the rainforest?
  • How do you add fractions with the same denominator?
  • What is a decimal number?
  • What is the climate like in the rainforest?
  • What is a preposition?

Learning Map

Willow Class Forest School

Willow Class had their first Forest School session of the term. They went to the woodland and discussed comparisons between a woodland and a rain forest. They also built dens with all kinds of natural materials, whilst discussing what the woodland can provide, e.g. shelter, water, etc.

Year 5/6 Swimming Gala

On Thursday, Pioneer took two teams to the Ringmer Cluster Schools Swimming Gala. A team from East Hoathly and a team from Chiddingly competed against each other and other schools in our local area.

The swimmers from Year 5 & 6 competed in individual 25 metre swims, individual 75 metre swims and team relays of 75 and 100 metres, using different swimming techniques.

The teams were split into two heats and then the races were timed and put into fastest order. These scores were then added together to work out the winning team.

Our team of swimmers showed an exceptional level of sportsmanship by cheering on their team mates and calming each other’s nerves. The swimmers were speeding through the races with some coming first, second, third and fourth in their heats. As a team, East Hoathly came 5th and Chiddingly came 7th overall.

It was so lovely to see how our children stepped up to the competition, supported each other and had fun! I would like to say thank you to our parents for supporting us with loud cheers and providing travel arrangements which allowed the children to take part!

Well Done Team!

World Book Day

What fantastic costumes we had for this year’s World Book Day! Such a wide range of book characters were seen at Chiddingly on Thursday. We had the likes of Harry Potter, Mary Poppins, Little Miss Sunshine and even the spooky Slappy from Goosebumps! This year’s winners of the book tokens can be seen in the photo to the right. Thank you to the PFCS for providing the prizes and a big well done to all
the children for putting in such a huge effort this year! As you can see from the photo below, most of the staff dressed up as crayons from the ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’ and looked great!

 

Sycamore Newsletter Term 4 – ‘The Shang Dynasty’

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Dear Parents,

I hope you had a restful break! This term we will be learning about The Shang Dynasty, with a focus on what is was like to live in during that time and the geographical features of China.

Reading Please read with your child regularly. Their books and book bags will need to be in every day.  You may like to add a positive or helpful comment in their reading diary, but please acknowledge the fact that the book has been read by signing and dating in the comments space. A member of staff will be checking reading records on Fridays and children are expected to have read at least 3 times a week with an adult.
Spellings Spellings will be tested each week on a Friday.
Times Tables Please ensure that children are practising their times tables at home regularly.
Homework Y5 Maths homework will be set weekly on My Maths. Please ensure you support your children to complete this. If for some reason My Maths is not working, there are always maths homework sheets in the classroom.

Y6 homework will be set weekly from the CGP books they have been given.

Grammar homework will be set fortnightly.

Helping to Enrich Our Topics

It is always great to have items or visitors that support our topic, so if anyone has any knowledge or items that may help us with any of the work we are doing this term, we would love to see and hear about them.

Parent Readers

We are always looking for extra parent helpers to hear readers, please let me know if you are available, even if it is a one off!

Reminders

Please make sure your child brings in a water bottle each day with fresh water; ensure all jumpers are labelled and bring a coat for any wet weather.

Many thanks,

Mrs Mackarness and Mrs Hill

Learning Map

Enrichment Morning

On the last day of Term 3, we had another Enrichment Morning. Children chose an activity: sewing, jewellery making, backgammon, watercolours, Thrive or a range of physical activities including welly throwing. Yet again, the children and staff had a fantastic time and what a brilliant way to finish a successful term with the children learning new and exciting skills!

 

Beech Newsletter Term 4 – ‘Meerkat Mail’

Dear Parents,

We hope you all had a great half term break! This term we are beginning an exciting new topic- Meerkat Mail. We will be using this story as a hook for our learning this term. We will explore a range of different text types to inspire our literacy lessons and will enjoy finding out about animals from around the world.

The learning map attached to this newsletter outlines the areas we will be looking at and some of the work we will be doing in teacher focussed activities and group work. We are also placing an emphasis on joining our handwriting and spelling the Common Exception Words.

Year 1’s will be practising using their phonics to read a range of real and nonsense words in preparation for the Phonics Screening Check. There will be an information meeting for parents of Year 1 children held on Monday 25th March at 3pm in the school hall.

Problem solving across the curriculum will be a focus for Year 2 children, giving them opportunities to develop their independence with applying the skills that they have been taught.

Some of the texts we will be looking at are:

Home Learning

Mini Home Project – Local Geography Postcard

Thank you all for your effort with home learning tasks last term, including reading with your children. In our story, Sunny the meerkat goes on an adventure. As part of our display work and learning about the local area, we would like all children to bring in a photo of themselves in a local spot for us to discuss and put up in the classroom. This could be in a local park, shop, town or favourite local place. This should be brought or emailed into school by the end of the second week of term.

At some point across the term, please could your child then write a postcard to their friends from their local place, describing what they did when they were there. The template is attached to this letter. They could bring this in when complete by the end of term.

 

Reading

Please read with your child at least three times a week, even if it is just for 5 minutes. When reading with your child, please acknowledge the fact that the book has been read by signing and dating in the reading record book.

During reading sessions, please discuss the story with your child and ask them questions about what they are reading. Attached to this letter are some examples that you could use. These questions will help to develop their understanding of what they are reading as comprehension and discussion are key reading skills in Year 1 and 2.

Books are changed three times a week. Additionally, you are also welcome to come into school at the end of the day to change books with your child.

Don’t forget that every child who reads three times in a week gets a special entry into the prize draw to win a book in the Friday Celebration Assemblies.

 

Spellings and homework

Thank you for your continued support with homework. This really is a great way for you to consolidate learning in class and a chance for you to share in your child’s learning.

Spellings will be given out for the term. Please practise these words with your child at home in their spelling book. These will then be tested on a Friday in school and scores will be written in the book at the end of the day for you to see.

 

Maths

Please can children continue to learn their times tables at home.

Year 1 children should be learning 10x, 2x and 5x tables

When secure with the 2x, 5x and 10x tables, children should be moving onto 3x and 4x tables

BBC Bitesize website has links to times tables songs that children can learn.

www.bbc.com/bitesize/topics/zqbg87h

Purple Mash Times Tables Games:

www.purplemash.com/

Search for ‘speed tests’ and then choose the one that you would like to practise.

MyMaths can be used at home for the children to explore and practise skills from class work whenever they choose.

Useful Websites

Questions to Ask Your Child

  • Where does Sunny go on his journey?
  • What do you know about your local area?
  • What do you know about animals that live in the desert?
  • What do living things need in order to survive?

Quick Reminders

  • Please can you make sure your child brings in a water bottle and their book bag each day.
  • The children must always have a coat in school as the weather can be unpredictable.
  • Our PE days are Tuesday and Friday but PE kits should be in all week.
  • Wellington Boots – Please can all children have a set of Wellies in school at all times, this is so we can use the field and outside areas when it is wet and muddy.

Mystery Readers

To encourage the children to read as much as possible, we will be holding ‘Mystery Reader’ sessions this term where parents, family members or visitors will be able to arrange to come into school at the end of a day to share their favourite story with the class. If you are interested in being a Mystery Reader, please come and see us to book a slot!

As previously, please do not hesitate to come and see us if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child.

Thank you for your support,

Mrs Winchester and Mrs Pattenden

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Oak Newsletter Term 4 – ‘Off We Go… Exploring’

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Dear Parents,

Welcome back, we hope you had a great half term. Our topic for Term 4 is ‘Off we go Exploring’ and our learning journey will begin with exploring a text called ‘Dear Greenpeace’, which looks at letter writing  and links into the children’s own interest of protecting our environment. We will be taking walks in the school woods, during this term, and looking at natural and man-made materials. We are then going to be looking at places further afield with “Handa’s Surprise” and finally, we will be looking at the story of Easter.

Our key texts this term are:

Areas of Learning

Literacy

Our focus in literacy this term is using our phonic knowledge to write stories using narrative language, adjectives, nouns and verbs.  In reading, we will be further developing our phonetical understanding, whilst continuing to develop and expand our knowledge of tricky and high frequency words. The focus this term will be on predicting the end of stories.

Maths

In maths we are going to secure our knowledge of addition and subtraction with the support of objects. Through making fruit kebabs, we will be creating detailed patterns. We will also begin to look at weight, measuring and comparison of amounts.

Understanding the World

The children will be making lots of observations of the world around them, and virtually exploring other countries. As Easter approaches, we will be learning about the Easter Story and talking about our Easter experiences.

Home Learning

We would like to thank you all for your effort with last term’s home learning tasks including reading with your children.

Reading Please read with your child regularly.

It is really important that the children bring their book bags, reading records and their reading book into school every day.

Now that the children are using their sounds to blend new words, it is important that they begin to discuss each book and understand words such as ‘character’, ‘title’, ‘setting’, ‘beginning’, ‘middle’, ‘end’. When reading with your child please acknowledge the fact that the book has been read by signing, dating and writing a comment in the reading record book. We will continue to change their books on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The more experiences that children have of sharing books at home, the quicker they progress in all areas of the curriculum as it develops their creativity, vocabulary and imagination, as well as furthering their reading and writing skills.

The Oak class reading competition is starting again this term. All children will be at the same starting point and a prize will be given, to the most consistent home reader, at the end of the term. Good luck!

Letters and Sounds Your child will be bringing home their focus phonic sounds and high frequency word lists. Please refer to this when completing independent writing at home. Children may also like to write small reviews on the books they have read. As was the case last term, children are to place home learning tasks, once completed, under Miss Dudeney’s chair.

 Home Challenges!

Please choose one or more of the following activities to enjoy at home and record these in your home learning book. These can be brought in at any time during the term.

  • Make a mini fact file of a place you have visited.
  • Try different foods from around the world and write about your favourite one.
  • Paint or draw a picture of the forest or a place you have visited.
  • Create your own collage of a ‘new place’.
  • Find out about the animals that live in hot or cold places.

Websites and Links

Quick Reminders

  • Please can you make sure your child brings in a water bottle and their book bag each day.
  • Our PE day is Thursday but PE kits should be in all week.

We hope you all have a lovely term supporting the children in their learning. Please do not hesitate to come and speak to me regarding any matters that concern you.

Thank you for your support,

Miss  Dudeney

Play Leaders

Mrs Ockenden would like to say what an excellent job our Play Leaders have been doing at lunchtimes and a big thank you to them for all their hard work and help. Here is an up-to-date photo of all the Play Leaders:

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Owl Visits Sycamore

On Wednesday, Sycamore class had their last Forest School session of the term. They had some exciting visitors in this week. Graeme Ward very kindly arranged for Owen from Knockhatch to visit them with an owl. The children got to hold the owl and also have a go at dissecting owl pellets!

George S said, “It was fun yesterday. We were finding parts of bones in the owl pellets and finding out what the owls eat. We then all gathered around the hall and a staff member from Knockhatch came in with a white owl named Gandalf and we all got to hold him.”

Oli said, “It was lots of fun and it wasn’t as heavy as I thought it would be.”

A big thank you to Stanley and Skooter’s dad and also Owen from Knockhatch for bringing the owl and pellets in!

PAL Assembly

On Wednesday 13th February, children took part in a Progress and Learning assembly. The children brought their books to the assembly and they all sat with someone from a different year group to share what they had learnt so far this year.

Orla and Ria discussed what progress means and said, “Progress means that you improve your writing and in your work. Progress also means you might not be able to do something at the beginning of the year but now you can.”

Amber in Willow said, “Elijah has improved in his writing!”

Megan in Sycamore said, “I am proud because Lucy got all her answers right in maths.”
George said, “I found some beautiful work of Freddie’s. He had to make the diamond bigger and it was very beautiful.”

Summer in Sycamore said, “I didn’t use semi colons at the beginning of the year but now I can. Also, Vinnie’s improved his writing so it is so much clearer.”#

Chloe said, “Molly wasn’t using capital letters at the start of her book but now she can.”

Oak Class Trip

On Monday, Oak Class went on their first school trip. We all got onto a coach and visited the fire fighters at Uckfield Fire Station. The children were given a tour of the fire engines, as well as being shown the uniforms and equipment used to put out fires, and help save people and animals from tall buildings and trees. All the children were given the opportunity to sit inside the fire engine cab and experience what it would be like to travel in the engine, as a real fire fighter. The children all had a go at throwing a buoyancy aid with a rope. We were really impressed at how far they could throw it; it’s quite heavy! The highlight of the trip for all the children was being able to spray the hose. The fire fighters were great with the children and even let them spray down some of their cars!

A great trip with lots of conversation and writing, as a result. Great work, Oak Class!

Safer Internet Day

Safer Internet Day was held on Monday 4th February and was an overwhelming success! The company ‘Perform For Schools’ who came in to hold the workshops for KS1 and KS2 delivered an excellent range of drama-based activities in which the children learnt engaging ways to remember how to keep safe online. They learnt a rap about how to ‘Zip It, Block It, Flag It’! They learnt about cyber bullying and what this looked like and then did freeze-frames to dramatise this. The children also had questions answered about some of their own experiences online.

Structure in the Forest

On Wednesday 30th January, Sycamore Class had the challenge to make a structure in the forest: a den, bed, chair, bridge or table.

They used natural resources and used rope to the tie knots to keep the structures together.

They used excellent team work skills and their growth mindset by not giving up.

Sycamore Forest School

On Wednesday 23rd January, Sycamore Class had another excellent Forest School afternoon. They did a wide variety of activities of their choice: making dens, throwing spears, making chocolate cake in oranges, building a fire and toasting bread and marshmallows, charcoal drawings on trees, making bow and arrows and much more! They worked so hard as a team to do these things and used their Inspector Ingenious skills to make some really creative things!

Sycamore Forest School

On Wednesday 16th January, Sycamore class had their first Forest School session of the term. They spent the afternoon exploring the forest, taking lots of photos from different perspectives, playing hide and seek and making different structures e.g. dens, bridges, etc.

Sycamore Newsletter Term 3 – ‘Survival of the Fittest?’

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Dear Parents,

I hope you had a fantastic Christmas. This term we will be learning about Evolution and Inheritance through our topic of ‘Survival of the Fittest?’, focusing on habitats, famous scientists and animals around the world.

Reading Please read with your child regularly. Their books and book bags will need to be in every day.  You may like to add a positive or helpful comment in their reading diary, but please acknowledge the fact that the book has been read by signing and dating in the comments space. A member of staff will be checking reading records on Fridays and children are expected to have read at least 3 times a week with an adult. Adults at school will not write in the books as we have our own records. Don’t forget, children can earn raffle tickets for weekly reading!
Spellings/

grammar

Spelling will be tested each week on a Friday- please make sure your child has their spelling folder in school.

Grammar is set every Monday and the children will have two weeks to complete this.

Times Tables Please ensure that children are using Maths Rockstars at home to practise their times tables.
Homework Maths homework will be on My Maths. Please ensure you support your children to complete this. Year 6 will use their Year 6 focus maths books to complete the relevant page.

Helping to Enrich Our Topics

It is always great to have items or visitors that support our topic, so if anyone has any knowledge or items that may help us with any of the work we are doing this term, we would love to see and hear about them.

Forest School

This term Sycamore will be taking part in Forest School on a Wednesday afternoon. Please make sure your child has their full Forest School kit including extra warm clothes and boots for this time of year.

Reminders

Please make sure your child brings in a water bottle each day with fresh water; ensure all jumpers are labelled and bring a coat for any wet weather.

Many thanks,

Mrs Mackarness and Miss Brooks

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Oak Newsletter Term 3 – ‘Off We Go!’

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Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome back! We hope you all had a lovely time over the Christmas holiday.

Our topic this term is ‘Off We Go – People Who Help Us!’ We will be learning about different types of transport and the journeys that they can take us on, as well as looking at how transport has changed over the years. In addition, we will be developing our understanding of the emergency services and what each one does in order to help us.

Key Texts

Areas of Learning

Literacy

Our focus in literacy this term is to secure our phonic knowledge to enable us to write sentences, instructions and stories through a ‘talk for writing’ format. In reading, our phonics knowledge, high frequency and tricky words will develop further from our reading of key texts and sharing and discussing new stories together.

Maths

In maths, we will be exploring 2D and 3D shapes and familiarising ourselves with the language used to name and describe them. We will be continuing to secure our number skills to 20 and then exploring addition and subtraction with games and activities.

The main part of the topic is to use the vocabulary associated with all different types of vehicles and how they are different and the same.

Home Learning

The children are all engaging with the books in the classroom, as well as continued support at home, and this is evident in the children’s reading is developing well. Thank you to all of you who support this at home. It really does make a difference.

Reading Please read with your child regularly.

It is really important that the children bring their book bags, reading records and their reading book into school every day.

Now that the children are using their sounds to blend new words, it is important that they begin to discuss each book and understand words such as ‘character’, ‘title’, ‘setting’, ‘beginning’, ‘middle’, ‘end’. When reading with your child please acknowledge the fact that the book has been read by signing, dating and writing a comment in the reading record book. We will continue to change their books on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

The Oak class reading competition is starting again this term. All children will be at the same starting point and a prize will be given, to the most consistent home reader, at the end of the term. Good luck!

Letters and Sounds Home learning books will be sent home every Friday. Please practice writing the sounds, finding pictures of objects that begin with these sounds, drawing, and writing short words that you can think of.

Please feel free to bring in small, named objects that begin with these sounds too!

As was the case last term, children are to place home learning tasks, once completed, under Miss Dudeney’s chair.

Websites and Links

Quick Reminders

  • Please can you make sure your child brings in a water bottle and their book bags every day.
  • Can the children please always have a coat in school The Weather is becoming wetter and colder and we need to ensure that children are kept dry when playing ourside.
  • Our PE day will continue to be a Thursday although PE kits should be in all week.
  • Please can all children have a spare set of underwear and socks in their PE bag in case of any accidents. It is much more comforting for children to have their own change of clothes to put on, if the need arises.

Trip to a Fire Station

As part of our learning this term, we have arranged a visit to Uckfield Fire Station. Further details will be provided in a separate letter.

PLEASE HELP!

If you have any unusual vehicles such as an old bicycle, a tractor or a vintage car that you would be able to bring in and talk to us about, please let me know. Also if you have any models of unusual transport then we would love to see them.

Thank you for your continued support and please do not hesitate to come and see us, if you have any questions of queries.

Miss Dudeney and Ms Eldridge

Willow Newsletter Term 3 – ‘Where in the World Are We?’

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Dear Parents,

I hope you have had a wonderful Christmas break! Our topic for Term 3 is called ‘Where in the world are we?’ and we will be doing lots of (virtual…) exploring of the world! We will be spending two weeks focusing on different continents – Asia, Antarctica and Africa. During each focus, we will read a different book and use them to write our own stories! We will also be learning about Chiddingly and the history of the village. Willow are continuing to do a big focus on times tables and would really appreciate your support in helping them learn these at home too.

Our PE days are Thursday and Friday; please ensure your child’s kit is always in school; trainers everyday are essential.

Termly Project

This term, it would be great if the children could research a country or continent or city of their choice. This could be presented in a variety of ways such as a scrapbook, powerpoint, poster or leaflet. We will have sessions dedicated to sharing these with the rest of the class towards the end of the term.

Please let me know if there are any questions.

Helping to Enrich Our Topics

It is always great to have items or visitors that support our topic, so if anyone has any experience or items that may help us with any of the work above that we could hear about or borrow, we would love to see and hear about them.

Reminders

Please make sure your child brings in a water bottle each day with fresh water; ensure all jumpers are labelled and bring a coat for any wet weather.

Many thanks for your support,

Miss Axell and Mr Mackarness

The Homophones We Are Learning

Year 3

brake/break, fair/fare, grate/great, groan/grown, here/hear, heel/heal/he’ll, mail/male, main/mane, meat/meet, peace/piece, plain/plane

Year 4

accept/except, affect/effect, ball/bawl, berry/bury, knot/not, medal/meddle, missed/mist, rain/rein/reign, scene/seen, weather/whether, whose/who’s

Useful Websites

Questions you could ask your child about their learning this term

  • What are the seven continents?
  • Can you name any other counties that are on the same continent as the UK?
  • How did the first church begin?
  • Can you say your 4x and 3x table?
  • How can you classify living things?
  • What has happened in the stories you have read so far?
  • What is a homophone?

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Beech Newsletter Term 3 – ‘Who’s in the Book?’

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Dear Parents,

Happy New Year!  We hope you all had a great Christmas! This term we are beginning an exciting new topic – Who’s in the Book? We will be using Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book’ as a hook for our learning this term. We will explore a range of characters (including pirates and dragons) and different story genres. We will also be investigating different materials in our Science topic.

The learning map attached to this newsletter outlines the areas we will be looking at and some of the work we will be doing in teacher focussed activities and group work. We are also placing an emphasis on improving the presentation of our work and writing quality sentences in all areas of the curriculum.

Some of the texts we will be looking at are:

Home Learning

Mini Home Project – Who is your favourite book character?

Thank you all for your effort with home learning tasks last term, including reading with your children. To link with this term’s story focus, we would love the children to create a piece of work dedicated to a particular character from a story. This could be their favourite story or a character from another book they like. We are focussing on writing this term including handwriting and presentation. It would be great if they could do some writing as part of their project. For example, they could describe a dragon from a story or choose a fairy tale character like Goldilocks to write about.

They could bring this in when complete or by Friday 8th February.

 

Reading

Please read with your child at least three times a week, even if it is just for 5 minutes. When reading with your child, please acknowledge the fact that the book has been read by signing and dating in the reading record book.

During reading sessions, please discuss the story with your child and ask them questions about what they are reading. Attached to this letter are some examples that you could use. These questions will help to develop their understanding of what they are reading as comprehension and discussion are key reading skills in Year 1 and 2.

Books are changed three times a week. Additionally, you are also welcome to come into school at the end of the day to change books with your child.

Don’t forget that every child who reads three times in a week gets a special entry into the prize draw to win a book in the Friday Celebration Assemblies.

 

Spellings and homework

Thank you for your continued support with homework. This really is a great way for you to consolidate learning in class and a chance for you to share in your child’s learning.

Spellings will be given out for the term. Please practise these words with your child at home in their spelling book. These will then be tested on a Friday in school and scores will be written in the book at the end of the day for you to see.

 

Maths

Please can children continue to learn their times tables at home.

Year 1 children should be learning 10x, 2x and 5x tables

Year 2 chlldren should be moving onto 3x and 4x tables

BBC Bitesize website has links to times tables songs that children can learn.

www.bbc.com/bitesize/topics/zqbg87h

MyMaths can be used at home for the children to explore and practise skills from class work whenever they choose.

Useful Websites

Questions to ask your child

  • Who is your favourite character and why?
  • What is your favourite book and why?
  • Can you tell me the story of Charlie Cook’s favourite book?
  • What other fairy tales do you know?
  • Who is your favourite author?

Quick Reminders

  • Please can you make sure your child brings in a water bottle and their book bag each day.
  • The children must always have a coat in school as the weather can be unpredictable.
  • Our PE days are Tuesday and Friday but PE kits should be in all week.
  • Wellington Boots – Please can all children have a set of Wellies in school at all times, this is so we can use the field and outside areas when it is wet and muddy.

Mystery Readers

To encourage the children to read as much as possible, we will be holding ‘Mystery Reader’ sessions this term where parents, family members or visitors will be able to arrange to come into school at the end of a day to share their favourite story with the class. If you are interested in being a Mystery Reader, please come and see us to book a slot!

As previously, please do not hesitate to come and see us if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child.

Thank you for your support,

Mrs Winchester and Mrs Pattenden

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Enrichment Day

On Friday 14th December, we held another successful Enrichment Day. The children got the opportunity to take part in one chosen activity: Thrive, making cakes, Russian, mod roc, rugby, woodcraft or making Christmas decorations.

Basketball Skills

On Thursday 13th December, Key stage 2 took part in a basketball skills competition.

Each class was split into 4 teams and the teams took part in challenges to win points by passing, shooting and dribbling. The children were fantastic in cheering each other on and being supportive by giving coaching tips.

Some of the activities the children completed were:

Basketball golf – The children had 4 different ‘tees’, to shoot at the hoop and for each basket scored they scored a point.

Ball in the ring – This is a ‘piggy in the middle’ style game but with a ring of children passing the ball across a circle, whilst the opposing team try and stop them 1 at a time.

Dibbling Relay – Each team had to dribble through a series on cones and sit down when all team members had completed the challenge.

After completing their own year group challenges the Sports Crew then lead the Year 3/4 Competition alongside Mr Lawrence. It was a great afternoon and we look forward to the children participating in other sporting events like this across the year!

All of the children participating had a brilliant time, it was really great to see how they supported each other and all used their growth mindsets to keep going and have a go!

The Year 3/4 Winning Team with a total of 72 Points was ‘The Pink Team’ so well done to them!

The Year 5/6 and Overall Winning Team with a grand total of 84 Points was ‘The Green Team’ so a big well done to them as well!

Building a Fire

On Wednesday 5th December, Beech class had Forest School outside as the rain managed to hold off. They worked really hard to build a fire together and also had the opportunity to use the saws with Miss Waterman.

Forest School Indoors!

On Wednesday 28th November, Beech Class had Forest School indoors due to the weather conditions. They had a great time playing lots of team building games. In one game they worked in pairs to balance balls between two sticks. They had to work hard together to ensure they did it quickly but not too quickly that they dropped the ball. They also played a game where they linked hands in a line and had to get the hoop from one end of the line to the other, without breaking hold. Everyone worked really hard and worked well together. Excellent team work!

Owl Visits Oak Class

This week, Oak class have been exploring owls and nocturnal animals, as part of our ‘Noisy Nightlife’ topic. With the help of Mr and Mrs Ward, we arranged for an owl to come and visit us at school. The children were so excited to see an owl up close and find out more information about how they live. We thought that all owls were nocturnal but found out that many are not!

Our visitor was called Rusty and was incredibly well behaved. Rusty is a Tawny Owl which is native to the UK and is indeed nocturnal. The children were all given the opportunity to stroke Rusty and some even had a go at holding him, keeping their arm straight so as to mimic a branch. We absolutely loved our visit and the children were so excited to talk about the experience afterwards.

We would like to sat a big thank you to Owen for taking the time to come and visit us and give us more information on owls, to Rusty for being a wonderful guest and to Mr and Mrs Ward for arranging the logistics.

The children, and adults alike, loved the whole experience!

Dens, Bug Hunting & Twig Art

This week, Beech class made dens for animals and walked ‘pet logs’ to make trails in the leaves. Some children also went bug hunting with their magnifying pots. The class had great fun making some art with twigs and weaving natural materials between string. Last of all, the children made a big den and the aim was to fit everyone in, which they managed to achieve!

Oak Class Mystery Reader

On Monday, Oak Class were super excited to hear that they were going to have a ‘Mystery Reader’ coming in for the afternoon. They were even more excited when they found out that the mystery reader was… Miss Dudeney’s dad!

Our mystery reader read to the children and afterwards, the children discussed their thoughts on the characters and the plot. We used this as an opportunity to have an open question session with our guest, as all the children had been learning about question words and wanted to practice using them. They also enjoyed asking questions about Miss Dudeney’s dog, Dougal!

After we had finished listening to and discussing the story, the children explored the books in our class library; some children even asked if they could read them with our guest!

We loved having our mystery reader in and the children loved sharing books from the Oak Class library afterwards. Some of the children decided to explore their own books at home and bring them in to share with the class the following day.

Oak Class enjoyed their reading afternoon so much that they voted to have regular book sharing sessions.

Miss Dudeney and Oak Class would like to say a huge thank you to all the parents whom have volunteered to be ‘Mystery Readers’ in Oak Class over the coming weeks.

Please remember to keep it a surprise, if you are coming in!

Mud Pie Faces

In Forest School this week, Beech class were making mud pie faces on the trees. They played various games and explored the forest, including bark rubbing and using string to climb in and out of a ‘spider’s web’. Archie S also decided to build his own WW1 shelter with the help from Dylan, Owen and Vinnie.

Willow Newsletter Term 2 – ‘Energising Engineers’

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Dear Parents,

I hope you have had a fantastic half term break! Our topic for term 2 is ‘Energising Engineers’ and we will be reading ‘Rosie Revere, Engineer’ to help us learn about what it means to be an engineer. We are also looking forward to celebrating 100 years since the end of WW1 on the second week of term, with a whole week focused on WW1. We will be using a book called ‘Archie’s War’ to help us with writing our own diaries and creating scrap books about what it would be like to be a school child during this time. Excitingly, we have booked a trip for Wednesday 28th November to visit the iconic British Airways i360 in Brighton and then onto the Pavillion to visit the Brighton Museum. A letter with further information will be sent out next week.

Our PE days are Thursday and Friday; please ensure your child’s kit is always in school.

Reading Please read with your child regularly. You may like to add a positive or helpful comment in their reading diary, but please acknowledge the fact that the book has been read by signing and dating in the comments space. A member of staff will be checking reading records during the week and children are expected to have read at least 3 times a week with an adult. Adults at school will not write in the books as we have our own records.
Spellings Spelling tests are every Friday and Spelling workbooks are taken in on Thursday and returned on Friday. This term’s spellings are focused on the Year 3&4 common exception words list. Additional spelling patterns are also taught in our weekly SPAG sessions with a focus on the ‘shun’ sound e.g. tion, cion, sion…
Times Tables This term there will be a large focus on times tables. The expectation is that children should know all their tables up to 12×12 by the end of year 4. In term 2, we will be especially focusing on the 3x, 4x, 6x and 8x tables. Please do as much as you can at home to learn these as they make many areas of maths so much easier.
Maths Maths homework will be on MyMaths and should consist of 30 minutes per fortnight, there will be a letter going out during the first week back with login information. We will also be continuing with Times Table Rock-stars to help support your child’s recall of the tables. . If you do not have access to the internet at home, please let me know and we can arrange a time for your child to complete it at school. If your child has misplaced their login details, let a member of staff know and we can give you a copy.

Helping to Enrich Our Topics

It is always great to have items or visitors that support our topic, so if anyone has any experience or items that may help us with any of the work we are doing this term, we would love to see and hear about them.

Parent Readers

We are always looking for extra parent helpers to hear readers, please let me know if you are available, even if it’s a one off!

Reminders

Please make sure your child brings in a water bottle each day with fresh water; ensure all jumpers are labelled and bring a coat for any wet weather.

Many thanks, and I hope you have a great term!

Miss Axell

Reading at School and at Home

Useful Websites

Questions You Could Ask Your Child About Their Learning This Term

  • Why are we celebrating WW1?
  • Which famous inventors have you learnt about?
  • Who discovered gravity and how?
  • What is friction?
  • Which formal methods for multiplication and division do you know?

Learning Map

Beech Newsletter Term 2 – ‘Bright Lights, Big City!’

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Dear Parents,

I hope you had a great half term. The children have settled really well and it has been wonderful to watch new friendships grow! This term we will be starting our new topic of ‘Bright Lights, Big City’. We will be continuing to look at London before moving on to cities around the world.

This Term’s Homework

Reading

 

Please read with your child regularly. Their books and book bags will need to be in every day.

In school, we have our own record keeping systems and teachers/TAs will not write in these home records. It is expected in our school reading policy that the children should read at home at least three times a week. If the children achieve their ‘three reads’ they will receive a raffle ticket. Please take a new page each week in the reading record book so that we can see who has read three times.

The reading records will be checked and raffle tickets given on a Friday and entered into a draw which will be held in the following week’s celebration assembly.

Spellings Termly spellings will be sent out. Following parent feedback, these spellings will be given in a spelling book that will be sent home to practise. Then we will test in their school spelling book and record the results in their home book for you to see.
Maths Times Tables Rock Stars and MyMaths activities are optional for Key Stage One children. These activities will be set at the beginning of each term. However it is expected that parents will support children to learn their times tables at home.

Year 1 children – 2 x and 10 x tables

Year 2 children – 2 x, 5 x, 10 x tables with the extension of 3 x and 4 x

Questions to Ask at Home

  • What do I know about Remembrance Day?
  • Why do we remember on this date?
  • Have you been to any cities? What are they like?
  • How are cities different to the towns and villages that we live in?
  • What things give us light?
  • What types of electronic technology do we have in our homes?

The Christmas Nativity

This year, we are very excited to announce that Reception and Year 1&2 will be performing their very own Nativity on 13th December at 2pm. More information will follow regarding costumes and props in another letter. Key Stage 2 will be performing in the evening at 6.30pm. (Key Stage 1 will not be performing in the evening performance.)

Home Learning Tasks

Please one of the following to bring into school during the term:

  • Make a model of a city landmark using junk modelling, construction kits and take a photo of it to share
  • Find out about some of the capital cities in the world
  • Visit London and take some photos to share
  • Visit a local bonfire or fireworks display and find out about Guy Fawkes

Helping to Enrich Our Topics

It is always great to have items or visitors that support our topic, so if anyone has any experience or items that may help us with any of the work we are doing this term, we would love to see and hear about them. We are planning a Stargazing Bonfire Evening at Chiddingly School with our friends from East Hoathly nearer the time. Another letter will follow shortly.

Useful Websites

Reminders

Please make sure your child brings in a water bottle each day with fresh water; ensure all jumpers are labelled and bring a coat for any wet weather.

Many thanks, and I hope you have a great term!

Mrs Winchester

Reading at School and at Home

Forest School

In term 2, Beech Class will be having their block of Forest School sessions. This will be on Wednesday afternoons, starting from Week 2.

Please make sure your child has the following items in school on Wednesdays every week as we will be going outside whatever the weather:

  • welly boots
  • waterproof jacket with a hood
  • waterproof trousers
  • warm clothing
  • gloves and a hat

We are still hoping that volunteers will come forward to help us with our Forest School sessions so if you are able to help, please see either myself or Mrs Dann.

Learning Map

Sycamore Newsletter Term 2 – ‘A Victorian Christmas’

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Dear Parents,

I hope you had a fantastic half term! This term we will be continuing our topic of ‘The Victorians’, focusing on homes and Christmastime. Our PE days are Wednesday (indoors) and Friday (outdoors), but please ensure your child’s kit is always in school; as the timetable can sometimes change – trainers and coats everyday are essential.

Reading Please read with your child regularly. Their books and book bags will need to be in every day.  You may like to add a positive or helpful comment in their reading diary, but please acknowledge the fact that the book has been read by signing and dating in the comments space. A member of staff will be checking reading records on Fridays and children are expected to have read at least 3 times a week with an adult. Adults at school will not write in the books as we have our own records. Don’t forget, children can earn raffle tickets for weekly reading!
Spellings Spelling will be tested each week on a Friday.
Times Tables Please ensure that children are using Maths Rockstars at home to practise their times tables.
Maths Maths homework will be on My Maths. Please ensure you support your children to complete this.

Helping to enrich our topics

It is always great to have items or visitors that support our topic, so if anyone has any experience or items that may help us with any of the work we are doing this term, we would love to see and hear about them.

Parent Readers

We are always looking for extra parent helpers to hear readers, please let me know if you are available, even if it’s a one off!

Reminders

Please make sure your child brings in a water bottle each day with fresh water; ensure all jumpers are labelled and bring a coat for any wet weather.

Many thanks and we hope you have a great term!

Mrs Mackarness and Miss Brookes

Questions you could ask your child about their learning this term

  • What books has Lewis Carroll written? Have you read any of them?
  • What countries were in the British Empire?
  • How are your Christmases similar to a Victorian Christmases?

Learning Map

Oak Newsletter Term 2 – Noisy Nightlife!

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Dear Parents,

Welcome back, I hope you all had a lovely half term.

Our topic this term is ‘Noisy Nightlife’. We will be spending time learning about nocturnal animals and winter celebrations such as Bonfire Night, Remembrance and Christmas.

As part of this topic, we will begin to look at ‘Light and Dark’, non-fiction books and will be writing letters, lists and invitations.

Some of the texts we will be looking at are:

peace-at-last

the-owl-who-was-afraid-of-the-dark

owl-babies

the-jolly-christmas-postman

Understanding of the World

  • Learning about nocturnal animals
  • Light and Dark
  • Different celebrations such as Diwali and Christmas

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  • SEAL – Getting on and falling out
  • Safety and rules in different situations
  • Working together

Expressive Art & Design

  • Diwali art
  • Christmas craft
  • Cards & Decorations

Communication and Language

  • Listening and following instructions
  • Thinking and talking about feelings
  • Understanding and sequencing stories and events

balloons

Physical Development

  • Fine motor skills – Holding pencils correctly, threading,
  • Spatial awareness when moving
  • Letter formations

Mathematics

  • Counting skills & recognising numbers
  • Exploring capacity and money
  • Using mathematical vocabulary
  • Understanding ‘more’ and ‘less’

Literacy

  • Letters and sounds, matching the written letter with the sound it makes.
  • Writing captions, lists and letters.
  • Exploring non-fiction books

houseHome Learning

I would like to thank you all for your effort with last terms home learning tasks including reading with your children. The children have already made great progress with learning sounds and every read will help this to become more secure. The homework will continue as last term.

Reading Please read with your child regularly.

It is really important that the children bring their book bags, reading records and their reading book into school every day.

When reading with your child please acknowledge the fact that the book has been read by signing, dating and writing a comment in the reading record book. We will continue to change their books on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

The Oak class reading competition is starting again this term. All children will be at the same starting point and a prize will be given, to the most consistent home reader, at the end of the term. Good luck!

Letters & Sounds Home learning books will be sent home every Friday. Please practice writing the sounds, finding pictures of objects that begin with these sounds, drawing, and writing short words that you can think of.

Please feel free to bring in small, named objects that begin with these sounds too!

As was the case last term, children are to place home learning tasks, once completed, under Miss Dudeney’s chair.

hedgehogKey questions to ask your child at home:

  • Which animals come out at night?
  • Why does the world get dark?
  • Who works at night time?
  • What sounds can you hear at night time?

 Useful Websites

Quick Reminders

  • Please can you make sure your child brings in a water bottle and their book bag each day.
  • As the weather is becoming colder and wetter, please ensure that your child has a coat with them.
  • Our PE day is Thursday but PE kits should be in all week.
  • Welly Boots – Please can all children have a set of wellies in school at all times, this is so we can use the field and outside areas when it is wet and muddy.

wellies

We hope you all have a great second term, supporting the children in their learning.  We are very pleased with how much learning they have engaged with and are looking forward to seeing them progress further this term. If ever you have any queries, please do not hesitate to speak to either myself or Ms Eldridge.

Thank you for your continued support,

Miss Dudeney and Ms Eldridge

Sycamore School Trip

On Tuesday, Sycamore joined the Year 5 and 6 children from East Hoathly and St Mary’s for a trip to the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum. They experienced a Victorian school room and explored houses and buildings from all eras of history. Highlights included meeting some working animals like cows and horses, and asking the museum guides lots of historical questions. Thank you very much to the parents who joined and helped for the day.

Harvest Festival at Chiddingly Church

We were so pleased to see so many children represent the school at Chiddingly Church's Harvest Festival on Sunday. The children read a Bible reading and some of their own prayers. Children from JAM club also showed some of the brilliant artwork they had created. Many thanks to the JAM club leaders for arranging this and to the children and their parents for giving up their Sunday morning. Well done!

Amber

Dear God, Thank you for our food like tomatoes, grapes and other vegetables and fruits. Thank you for the trees and bushes.

Thank you for our parents and carers who cook our food and the farmers who grow our food.
Please help the people who don’t have enough food. Amen

Sienna-Rose

Dear God, I am thankful for my home and my parents, my apples and bananas, my drink and my breakfast, my clothes and my garden.

Please give food to people who need it. Amen

Holly

Dear God, Thank you for the good food and I hope everyone has a lovely harvest. Amen

Dylan

Dear God, Thank you for our food. Thank you for my mum and dad. Thank you God. Please help the poor people who do not have food. Amen

Molly

Dear God, Thank you for the food and the plants that help us grow. Amen

Freya

Dear God, I am thankful for the apples and oranges and bananas and carrots and tomatoes. Amen

Jesse

Dear God, At Harvest, the farmers grow food like tomatoes, carrots and bananas.

Thank you for the farmers. Amen

Jake

Dear God, Thank you for creating this world. Thank you mum and dad for making me dinner. Amen.

Sharing Work in Assembly

On Thursday 11th October the children shared their work in assembly with children from other classes.

“Conner’s handwriting has improved a lot, he is using more cursive. There is also more content.” – Thomas

“Amelie has improved the amount and content she writes.” – Priya

“The quantity of writing has really improved. There’s much more now than the start of term in Josie’s book.” – Lottie

“It’s all joined up and there’s a lot of writing.” – Daisy G about Lottie’s work

Sycamore Newsletter Term 1 – ‘The Victorians’

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Dear Parents,

We hope you have had a lovely summer holiday! Our topic for term 1 is ‘The Victorians’ and we will be using the text: Street Child by Berlie Doherty. Our topic work this term will include learning about Queen Victoria, school life, home life, and workhouses.

Homework

Reading Please read with your child regularly, even if it is just one page.  Their books and book bags will need to be in everyday for 1:1 reading.  You may like to add a positive or helpful comment in their homework diary, but please acknowledge the fact that the book has been read by signing and dating in the comments space. A member of staff will be checking homework diaries on a Friday and children are expected to have read at least 3 times a week with an adult. If they have, your child will receive a raffle ticket. One will be drawn out of a box each week and the winner will get a book as the prize!
Spellings

 

Due in on a Friday, new ones sent out on a Friday. (Please look out for a homework letter to explain this in more detail.)
Maths Task set on a Friday, to be completed for the following Friday.
Grammar Task set on a Monday and due in 2 weeks later on a Monday.

Helping to enrich our topics

It is always great to have items or visitors that support our topic, so if anyone has any knowledge, or items that may help us with any of the work above that we could hear about or borrow, we would love to see and hear about them.

Reminders

Please can you make sure your child brings in a named water bottle each day with fresh water; ensure all jumpers are labelled and bring a coat for any wet weather.

Project Based Home Learning (optional)

This term we would like you to choose a task from the following:

  • Research a famous Victorian
  • Create a powerpoint about school life
  • Research an area of your interest in the Victorian era and present it in your own creative way!

We will be sharing these during the first week of term 2, we can’t wait to see how creative you are!

Many thanks for your continued support,

Mrs Mackarness and Miss Brooks

Reading at School and at Home

Useful Websites

Questions you could ask your child about their learning this term

  • Who was Queen Victoria?
  • Who was Prince Albert?
  • What was it like to be a Victorian child?
  • How has the Victorian era impacted on our lives?
  • How were the poor treated in Victorian times?

Learning Map

 

Upcoming Parent Forums

Tuesday 20th November 2018 Curriculum Document; Homework Review; Attendance; School Vision and Values
Wednesday 23rd January 2019 Homework Review; Wellbeing award; FPTA
Tuesday 12th March 2019 Homework Review; Y2 and Y6 SATs focus
Wednesday 1st May 2019 Homework Review; Thrive
Tuesday 11th June 2019 Homework Review; SDP Review; SDP next year

Sports Crew

Meet our new Sports Crew.

Sports Crews are a primary school version of a school sport organising committee, the Sports Crews will take a lead role in encouraging others to be active.

The Sports Crew will be working with Miss Denney to plan, organise and run a range of sporting events across the year.

The Sports Crew members were nominated by staff and then attended a training session at Hailsham Community Collage last week to become official ‘Sports Crew Level 1 Leaders’. This means they will be confident to lead activities and events within school.

During the training the ‘crews’ from East Hoathly and Chiddingly worked together to develop their skills and roles. They then took on the role as leaders and ran mini competitions for each other.

The East Hoathly Sports Crew said Chiddingly “were great at giving clear instructions” and Chiddingly Sports Crew commented that East Hoathly were “great at demonstrating and giving time warnings”.

The Sports Crews were given official ‘School Games’ t-shirts and they will be wearing these during key events across the year so keep your eyes out for up coming events!

Willow Newsletter Term 1 – ‘Exploring Roald Dahl’

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Dear Parents,

I hope you have had a wonderful summer holiday! The children have settled really well into the new Willow Class and we have enjoyed getting to know each other this week. Our topic for term 1 is ‘Roald Dahl’ and we will be reading a few of his books over the tem – including ‘The Twits’, ‘The Magic Finger’  and ‘The Giraffe, Pelly and me’. Our topic work this term will be based on Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake and how to create our own stories. Our PE days are Thursdays and Fridays, please ensure your child’s kit is always in school; as the timetable can sometimes change – trainers and coats everyday are essential.  Children can change into trainers at lunchtime to play games.

The way we are sending out homework has slightly changed for this year – please see the attached letter for further information and please don’t hesitate to come and see me if there are any questions about it. A copy of this will also be stuck into your child’s homework book which will be sent out on Friday.

Reading Please read with your child regularly. Their books and book bags will need to be in every day.  You may like to add a positive or helpful comment in their reading diary, but please acknowledge the fact that the book has been read by signing and dating in the comments space. A member of staff will be checking reading records on Friday and children are expected to have read at least 3 times a week with an adult. Adults at school will not write in the books as we have our own records. A letter about your new reading records has been sent out about how reading at home is celebrated at school.
Spellings Spelling quizzes are every Friday and the homework books are taken in on Friday and returned on Friday. This term’s spellings are focused on the spelling patterns are taught in our weekly SPAG sessions.  The spellings for the term will sent out on Friday 20th September. Spellings for week 3 will be sent out on Friday 13th September.
Times Tables It is expected that by the end of KS2 all children will know their times tables up to x12s. In Willow class we have timetables challenge league where the more timestables they learn, the higher the level they can get to! Please practise the timestable they have currently working on at home with them.
Maths Maths homework will be on Mathletics and should consist of 30 minutes per week, the children can compete against each other or complete their own timed skills trials – I will be able to see clearly areas in which they need more focus and how many minutes they spend online. If you do not have access to the internet at home, please let me know and we can arrange a time for your child to complete it at school. We are currently setting up the children’s log in details so the maths homework will be coming out as soon as possible. Thereafter, if your child has misplaced their login details, let a member of staff know and we can give you a copy.

Helping to enrich our topics

It is always great to have items or visitors that support our topic, so if anyone has any experience or items that may help us with any of the work we are doing this term, we would love to see and hear about them.

Topics coming up this year!

Term 1 Roald Dahl
Term 2 Energising Engineers
Term 3 Where in the world are we?
Term 4 Amazon Adventures
Term 5 Ancient Greece
Term 6

Parent Readers

We are always looking for extra parent helpers to hear readers, please let me know if you are available, even if it’s a one off!

Reminders

Please make sure your child brings in a water bottle each day with fresh water; ensure all jumpers are labelled and bring a coat for any wet weather.

Many thanks for your continued support.

Miss Axell

Reading at School and at Home

Useful Websites 

Questions you could ask your child about their learning this term:

  • Who was Roald Dahl and why do you think he was so important?
  • Why do you think so many people like how Quentin Blake draws?
  • How can we help protect our planet in our everyday lives?
  • What can we do to help protect our local wildlife?

Learning Map

Times Tables Rockstars

Thank you to those who were able to make it to the Parent Forum on Tuesday morning. A great turn out! At this meeting, we focussed on the new timestables homework system that has been set up – Times Table Rockstars.

Your child practices their timestables to win coins which enable them to buy new accessories for their Rockstar Avatar.

Their homepage will tell you which tables the teacher has asked your child to practice

and you can track their progress in the ‘Stats’ area which tells you how your child is getting on in each of their tables and how quickly they are able to answer the questions.

Please do logon with your child and explore all that the facility has to offer. You can download the app or logon to the website.

Professor Brain

Professor Brain is quite the genius! The professor’s main aim is brain growth through continuous learning, development and practicing of skills.

Growth Mindset Hero

The Growth Mindset Hero is tough and strong. The hero can persevere, either independently or with support, when faced with difficult challenges and has an ‘I can’ attitude. The hero shows determination and resilience, even when they think a task is ‘out of this world’.

Detective Find-It

Detective Find-It is great at solving problems and using thinking skills to make links between ideas, get to a solution and find out exactly what is going on!

Captain Britain

Captain Britain is a great citizen and shows British Values! The Captain understands the laws of the land and follows them every day, while also encouraging democracy amongst peers. The Captain respects the views, faiths, beliefs and needs of others and helps everyone to achieve their best.

Lantern Walk

On Thursday 20th September, some Chiddingly school children and families took part in the opening event of this year’s 40th anniversary of Chiddingly Festival, the lantern walk.

Beech Newsletter Term 1 – ‘The Great Fire of London’

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Dear Parents,

We hope you had a fantastic summer break! This term we will be starting our new topic of ‘The Great Fire of London’. Our PE days are Tuesdays and Fridays, please ensure your child’s kit is always in school; as the timetable can sometimes change – trainers and coats everyday are essential.

Homework

Our homework focus for this term is Reading. Please read with your child regularly. Their books and book bags will need to be in school every day.

There is a page in the reading record for each week, we ask that you initial whenever you read with your child at home or make notes as appropriate.

In school, we have our own record keeping systems and teachers/TAs will not write in these home records. It is expected in our school reading policy that the children should read at home at least three times a week. If the children achieve their ‘three reads’ they will receive a raffle ticket. The reading records will be checked and raffle tickets given on a Friday and entered into a draw which will be held in the following week’s celebration assembly.

Many thanks to those parents who have already been using the new Reading Record Books.  It is vital that the children are reading at home to practise the skills they are learning in school. If you have any questions about the new reading system, please come and ask. Also see the school reading strategies below.

 

Home learning Task

To enhance the learning of ‘The Great Fire of London’, we are asking all of the children to make a simple model house at home. This can be using an old cereal box or similar recycling materials. The children need to use paint, paper and pens to make it like a real house from the Tudor times.

To begin to understand how the people in London felt, we will then safely recreate the ‘Great Fire’ on the playground and discuss how we feel as our hard work goes up in flames! (Parents please don’t worry – Mr Herdman will be lighting the fire and we will be standing way back with lots of adults!)

Please could ALL children bring their model house in by the beginning of October.

Helping to enrich our topics

It is always great to have items or visitors that support our topic, so if anyone has any experience or items that may help us with any of the work we are doing this term, we would love to see and hear about them.

Children’s Pegs

This year, the Year 1 children have their individual coat pegs outside the classroom and the Year 2 children are just inside the cloakroom next to the school office. Children are encouraged to put their jumpers on their pegs when they take them off. Please ensure all jumpers are named so that they can be quickly returned to the owner.

Useful Websites

Questions You Could Ask Your Child About Their Learning This Term

  • When was the Great Fire of London?
  • How is London different today than it was in that time?
  • Why did the fire spread so quickly?
  • What equipment is inside a fire engine?
  • How would you call the fire brigade if you needed them?

If you visit London with your child, try to bring back any leaflets, postcards, train or bus tickets or artefacts if you can.

Reminders

Please make sure your child brings in a water bottle each day with fresh water; ensure all jumpers are labelled and bring a coat for any wet weather.

Many thanks, and we hope you have a great term!

Mrs Winchester and Mrs Pattenden

Reading at School and at Home

Learning Map

Oak Newsletter Term 1 – ‘Once Upon a Time’

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Dear Parents/Carers,

Firstly, we would like to say how impressed we have been with the children since they have started with us. They have all settled into school life amazingly!

Our topic for this first term is ‘Once Upon a Time’. We will be spending time exploring some familiar stories such as ‘The Three Little Pigs’ and ‘Little Red Riding Hood’. Alongside this, we will be working on number recognition and formation. We will also be developing our foundation understanding of letters and sounds.

Our key stories this term are ‘The Three Little Pigs’ and ‘Little Red Riding Hood’

The boxes below explain briefly the areas we will be looking at and some of the work we will be doing which will be incorporated through play and teacher focused activities.

Home Learning

We encourage children to continue their learning at home which will enhance their progress at school. There will be a meeting on Wednesday 26th September 2.45pm in Oak Class, to discuss home learning, reading and phonics. We have sent a picture book home for you to enjoy together, we will then send home phonic reading books following the meeting.

Phonics – If you are supporting you child with their phonics at home please visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ksblMiliA8  to ensure you are teaching the pronunciation of the sounds in the same way. There is also a link to the jolly phonic songs below.

As the year progresses and children’s understanding develops, home learning tasks will adapt and increase appropriately.

Reading Please read with your child regularly. At this stage it is really helpful to encourage the children to use the pictures to tell stories. You may like to add a positive or helpful comment in the reading diary but please acknowledge the fact that your child has read by signing and dating in the comments book. As a school, we really encourage children to engage with a range of texts. We are now providing reading record books that will solely be used to record ‘at home reading’. These books allocate a page to each week of the school year. Every week, children who have read 3 or more times will be entered into a raffle at the celebration assembly. In addition, a termly competition will be held within Oak Class with a prize given to the child who has been the most consistent in their reading across the term.

Children’s books are changed regularly and all books and book bags will be needed in school every day for 1:1 reading.

More information about our reading strategies will be given at the meeting.

Letters & Sounds Every week the children will bring home the sounds they have been working on during the week. In their home learning book, the children can practice these sounds by writing them, finding words that start with them and cutting pictures out of catalogues.

It would be really useful to support the children in identifying these sounds when reading with them.

Also to connect our learning in school with home, could you please find something small from home that starts with one of our sounds, for example P – pirate or S – Snake and bring it into school on Monday (ensuring it is named). This is so we can create a ‘Sound Table’ which the children can use.

Quick Reminders

  • Please can you make sure your child brings in a water bottle and their book bag every day.
  • Please do ensure that children always bring a coat, particularly as the British weather is unpredictable.
  • Our regular PE day is Thursday but PE kits should be in all week as we fit in other sessions where possible.

Useful websites

We hope you all have a lovely first term supporting the children in their learning and please do not hesitate to come and speak to us if you have any questions.

Thank you for your support.

Miss Dudeney and Ms Eldridge

Pond Area Update

The pond pergola area is finally finished after weeks of hard work which means the outdoor classroom now has shading and a firm surface. We look forward to utilising this area shortly. A massive thank you needs to go to Tesco and the National Lottery for the funding. A massive thank you also Mr Forsey, Mr Hinder, Mr Bennett, Mrs Champion and Mr  Herdman — they have all given their own time to complete this project. We also need to say thank you to R W Green tree surgeons and Forest Tree Surgeons for providing all the bark chippings that were used for the base of the outside classroom. Over the past three years we have seen the pond area transform into the beautiful space we now have. Our pond still suffers from duck weed but Mr Herdman managed to source a lot of free pond plants so we are hoping this helps create more balance to the water so the children are able to pond dip more easily. Please make sure you vote for us at Tesco in either Hailsham store as the more money we receive the greater our plans are for the next development of both the garden and pond areas next year.

Pirate Day

On Friday 6th July, East Hoathly and Chiddingly Reception classes joined together for Pirate Day.

They worked together to create their own mini pirates and pirate hats and carefully walked the plank. At lunch time we had a picnic together and explored the field. The children had a lovely day with their friends.

 

Sycamore Residential Trip

Last week, Sycamore went on their residential and what an amazing week we had! The children were all so brave in trying new activities, behaved beautifully and made great new friends with the East Hoathly children in their groups. One of the instructors commented that it was impossible to tell which child was from which school as they all got on so well.

Thank you, Sycamore, for being such a pleasure to take on residential. I wish we could go back and do it all over again!

Leavers’ Service

On Tuesday, the Year 6s from Chiddingly and East Hoathly represented Pioneer Federation absolutely brilliantly at a Diocesan leavers’ service in Crowborough. With the help of Miss Benkel, Chiddingly children made themselves a beautiful school banner. All were model students throughout. They took part in the service by processing their banner and the bible up the church aisle and singing a lot of new songs. Well done, Year 6, you make us all very proud.

British Values Statement

Partnership British Values Statement

It is our, and every school's responsibility “to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.” At Chiddingly and East Hoathly we promote these values in the following ways:

Democracy

At the beginning of each year children affirm the school's expectations and the rights and responsibilities associated with these. Every child and staff member abides by these. The children and staff actively engage with each other to create harmonious learning environments where everyone is responsible for the rules.

Both schools have a School Council to which members are voted in each year by their peers. Children write a statement to support their proposal to be their class representative and the children decide who will best represent them. Children understand that a place on the School Council comes with the responsibility of representing their peers' needs and interests.

We encourage children to be leaders throughout the school and we have a number of activities and responsibilities that are undertaken by the children. For example, pupils from Key Stage 2 are peer mediators and play leaders at lunch and play times. They have specific timeslots during which they are on duty and are responsible for encouraging all children to take part at playtime, for example by inviting them into games.

Democracy is taught during assemblies and during class-based PSHE sessions. Children regularly get opportunities to express their views in school through Pupil Voice interviews and questionnaires.

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The Rule of Law

Behaviour and safety at Chiddingly and East Hoathly are seen as an absolute priority by the entire school community. Children know what is expected of them, why rules are so important, and what the consequences are if they do not follow them. Children at Chiddingly and East Hoathly are well aware of what an exciting curriculum they have and their sustained excellent behaviour enables them to develop into confident and independent learners.

At Chiddingly and East Hoathly we ensure that children are acutely aware of the responsibilities that come with having rights. Children develop a thorough understanding of personal responsibility and develop independence in managing relationships and behaviour. Through our whole school approach to restorative justice, we enable children to develop the language and strategies to solve conflict and right wrongs.

At Chiddingly and East Hoathly we offer a range of exciting opportunities for children to be leaders throughout the school and they understand that the rules they have created for their classes permeate through all activities and events. Children also understand that their behaviour and regard for the rules extends beyond the school itself, such as acting as school ambassadors while on school trips. This understanding means that teachers can organise fascinating school trips secure in the knowledge that children will get the same from them as they do from learning opportunities within school.

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Individual Liberty

Chiddingly and East Hoathly are safe places for children and both cultivate an atmosphere in which children can make choices about their school life in a supportive environment.

We educate our pupils to know that they have boundaries within which they may make choices safely, through the provision of a nurturing mind set and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand, and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised on how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it is through choice of challenge, of how they record, or of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices. From the very start of their school life children are encouraged to challenge their personal best by giving them ownership of their own learning. Children regularly have next steps shared with them, whether verbally or with written feedback in books so they know exactly what they can do to progress.

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Mutual Respect

The ethos of our schools nurture an understanding of mutual respect and it underpins the engaging and exciting teaching and learning that happens here. School life at Chiddingly and East Hoathly abides by our values that nurture kindness, resilience, honesty and respect. The children and all staff connected to our school understand our values and work in a manner that encourages everyone to achieve to their highest ability. Assemblies regularly cover ‘Respect’, and pupils have been part of discussions related to what this means and how we show it. When a child does well, their achievement is displayed for everyone to learn from their positive attitude and hard work. Learning and effort are highly respected.

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Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

This is achieved through enhancing pupils' understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. We celebrate and learn about the numerous religious festivals that happen throughout the school year. Children experience influences from all over the world in their classrooms. Our core values ensure children develop respect for the person; developing strong and lasting relationships that enable the community to be strong and cohesive.

Own & British Values Assembly Slides

Sycamore Newsletter Term 6 – ‘The Vikings’

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Dear Parents,

I hope you had a lovely May holiday break. This term our topic is ‘The Vikings!’ We will find out all about a timeline of their lives, how they lived and the life-style they had. We will be exploring different ways of writing and doing investigations in mathematics. There are so many exciting things happening in Term 6. The special events include: Residential to Blacklands Farm, Safety in Action afternoon, Leaver’s Service and rehearsing for the School Production and Sports Day! We are all looking forward to it!

Reading Please read with your child regularly, even if it is just one page.  Their books and book bags will need to be in everyday for 1:1 reading.  You may like to add a positive or helpful comment in their homework diary, but please acknowledge the fact that the book has been read by signing and dating in the comments space. A member of staff will be checking homework diaries on a Friday and children are expected to have read at least 3 times a week with an adult. This will be recorded and for children who read 3 times a week, they will receive a raffle ticket. Then a raffle ticket will be drawn from a hat. The winner will get a book as a prize!
Spellings Spelling tests are every Thursday and your child will be tested on the ten spellings. Year 5 will select in the previous week (from either the Year 3&4 or 5&6 curriculum spelling lists). Their spelling tests results will be recorded in the back of their books for them to share with you.
Maths Maths homework will be set on a Friday and will be expected to have been completed by the following Thursday. Maths homework will be set on ‘Mathletics’ and the children have their logins stuck in their Reading Record book. This homework should be completed independently and will be a follow-up of the work they have been completing in class. The homework should take around 30 minutes to complete.
Grammar Grammar homework will be sent home on a Friday and your child will have 2 weeks to complete this. The homework will be based on the grammar they will be learning within their literacy lessons. This should take around 40 minutes and should be completed as independently as possible. To help with our in-class assessments, please indicate when you have helped your child.

Helping to enrich our topics

It is always great to have items or visitors that support our topic, so if anyone has any experience or items that may help us with any of the work above that we could hear about or borrow, we would love to see and hear about them.

Reminders

Please can you make sure your child brings in a water bottle each day with fresh water; ensure all jumpers are labelled, Please can they also bring in sun hats and sun cream.

Many thanks for your continued support,

Miss Hare

Reading at School and at Home

Useful Websites

Vikings Learning Map

Willow’s Trip to Fishbourne Roman Palace

Willow class, with the Year 3/4 class from East Hoathly, thoroughly enjoyed their trip to Fishbourne Roman Palace on Thursday 14th June. It was a jam packed day where the children enjoyed an introduction video telling them all about the Palace and what it would have been like in Roman times. They explored the museum and had talks with Fishbourne representatives who were very informative. There were interactive activities dotted all around the site for the children to explore whilst looking at the extraordinary mosaics! And lastly, they took part in a special Roman workshop where they got to dress up as Romans and take part in a huge variety of different activities that Roman’s would have done. A special thanks to Mr Taylor, Brian and Gemma, the parent helpers that helped Willow on this great trip!

Oak Newsletter Term 6 – ‘Splash!’

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Dear Parents and Carers,

We hope you have had an enjoyable half term and are ready for the last term in Reception, before moving to Year 1!

This term, we are going to enjoy a water filled fun learning journey. We will be enjoying finding out about how essential water is and where it comes from and what we need it for. Our journey will begin with a mysterious mess! Ask your children about it!

Our key texts this term will be:

Literacy

We will be continuing to focus on using high frequency words in our writing as well as spelling words with more than one syllable. Also we will be writing our own stories based on the texts we are reading, as well as looking closely at the characters, settings and events of the stories we are sharing. Another skill we will develop will be to give opinions and views about stories we share.

Maths

In Maths, we will be solving problems that apply all of the skills we have learnt so far. These will be linked to our learning of these key texts. As well as this, we will be continuing our knowledge of number, practising doubling and halving as well as recognising and ordering 2 digit numbers and learning about money and time.

Other Areas of the EYFS

In other areas of the EYFS, we will be making links with our water theme, such as learning about things that float and sink and why this happens. Our Personal, Social and Emotional Development will begin to focus on our transition to Year 1 and we will be taking part in lots of activities which make us more familiar with the children in the class already, as well as exploring our new surroundings and routines, ready for September. The key to a successful transition to Year 1 is when children feel that this will be a positive experience and we aim to fully support them in this process. If you have any questions about this, please do not hesitate to ask.

Sharing of Learning Journeys

Every Friday afternoon, between 3.15 and 3.30, the classroom will be open for you to come and look at your child’s learning journeys and share their book with them. This will also be an opportunity for you to discuss any queries or ask any questions in order to help your child’s learning at home. If for any reason this session cannot take place, we will let you know on the white board outside the classroom. We will be asking you to fill in your comments on these books so that your voice is also a part of your child’s learning.

Home Learning

We would like to thank you all for your effort with last terms home learning tasks including reading with your children.

Reading -Letters and Sounds Please read with your child regularly, even if it is a home or library book. At this stage it is really helpful to discuss the stories that you read and use story language such as, character, setting, beginning, middle and end. Also, encourage your child to predict the ending of the story and give their opinion of the texts that they read.

We have sent home High Frequency Word Lists for the children to focus on and they need to be able to read these on sight. Please focus on the 5 words that are marked. Every time we read with your child, we will look at these words and mark the next ones so that they always have 5 to learn at home. Once your child can read these, we have the next list ready. When all these words are learnt, we will send home a spelling book for your child and focus on writing these.

Writing Our Independent Writing Books are working really well. Thanks to all of you who have encouraged your children with this. Keep it up!

Splashing Home Challenges!

If you want to further your learning at home, you might like to try one or more of these challenges:

  • Paint a picture or make a collage of an under the sea image. What can you see under the sea?
  • Design your own pirate ship or pirate flag.
  • Create your own amazing lunch and design a menu for your family. Take photos of your meal to share with your friends.
  • Use Lego or another construction kit to build an amazing ship or boat.
  • With an adult’s help, find some objects around your house and test to see whether they float or sink when you put them in water. See if you can predict first what you think will happen and then see if you were right!

Trips and Events

During this term we are planning to visit our friends at East Hoathly for a ‘Pirate Day’ on Monday 6thJuly, where we dress up and take part in fun activities. More details to follow very shortly.

Websites and Links

Quick Reminders

  • Please can you make sure your child brings in a water bottle and their book bag each day.
  • Our PE days are Monday & Friday but PE kits should be in all week.
  • Sunhats are essential in the warmer weather when we are outside for longer periods of time. We are not permitted to apply sun cream to any child, so children must have it applied before they come to school.

We hope you all have a lovely final term supporting the children in their Early Years learning. Please do not hesitate to come and speak to us if necessary.

Thank you for your support,

Mrs Winchester

Challenge!

To help your child win 5 extra house points, write the names of as many different boats as you can and bring these in to share with your friends. Here are a few examples to help you!

Good Luck!

Willow Class Roman Day

The children all thoroughly enjoyed their Roman Day on Wednesday! We had lots of great Roman costumes – thank you for the huge effort! The children enjoyed all the activities of the day – they made Roman coins, wreaths, Roman shields, sewing personalised crest badges and acting out a Roman battle! Albert says, “The best activity was making the shields!” and Lottie said, “I had lots of fun on our Roman dress up day!”

Oak Class Trip to Herstmonceux Castle

We enjoyed a fabulous day in the sunshine at the castle! We explored the beautiful grounds, had a picnic lunch by the moat and then learnt about the castle by going on a guided tour. The day was finished with sketching the building whilst enjoying ice lollies!

Thanks to the PFCS for funding our tasty treats and to the wonderful parents who supported and made the trip possible.

Royal Wedding Celebration 2018

On Friday 18th May, the Pioneer Federation held a special Celebration Day for the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The children and staff swapped their uniforms for red, white and blue clothing and enjoyed learning lots about our Royal Family and what happens at a wedding. Lots of interesting activities went on in classes.

At lunchtime, the playground was transformed into a royal celebration banquet with a very long table! We all enjoyed sharing lunch together in the sunshine!

Many thanks to all of you who provided cakes for the PFCS bake sale after school. Thanks also to Miss Waterman for decorating the outside area for the party.

In the Orchard and Around the Pond

Beech class were lucky enough to spend a beautiful sunny day up in the orchard and around the pond on Wednesday. The children who didn’t go pond dipping last time had the opportunity to do this with Mrs Filkin and Miss Pitt.

Freya, Archie S and Molly helped Miss Hare get the fire going and then all the children roasted marshmallows. While they were doing this, the children also filled up the kettle so they could make some hot chocolate! All the children were very excited to do this and enjoyed sitting round the fire circle, drinking hot chocolate and eating marshmallows! Michael suggested we all tell each other stories and entertained us with some jokes! Some of the children chose to make dens again and had a lovely afternoon playing in the sunshine. Well done, Beech class, your behaviour was excellent and lots of you showed some real growth mindset when trying to light the fire!

Pond Dipping & Making Dens

On Wednesday, Beech class had their second Forest School session of the year. It was beautifully sunny but there was a chilly wind. The children were lucky enough to have enough adults to go pond dipping for the first time and were very successful! They caught loads of newts – some of them quite huge – and lots of dragon-fly larvae which the children were not so sure on! While they weren’t pond dipping, the children made some amazing dens using the tarpaulin. A new favourite game was tug-of-war on the field which they got very competitive over.

Well done, Beech Class, your behaviour was amazing and it was a really fun afternoon. Next week, we are hoping to have a fire so any extra pairs of hands would be lovely.

Willow Newsletter Term 5 – ‘Romans’

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Dear Parents,

I hope you had a lovely Easter break. This term the children will be learning about the life of Romans, focusing on their daily life, school life, the story of Romulus and Remus and Pompeii. The topic will continue throughout term 6 where the children will then learn about the Roman Empire and the impact on Britain. We will be planning a school trip in term 6 to Fishbourne Roman Palace- look out for the letter! This term we will be holding a Roman dress up day.

Reading Please read with your child regularly, even if it is just one page.  Their books and book bags will need to be in everyday for 1:1 reading.  You may like to add a positive or helpful comment in the reading diary but please acknowledge the fact that the book has been read by signing and dating in the comments book.
Spellings Weekly spellings will be sent out and please keep trying to learn them.
Maths Please continue to work with your child with Mathletics, a task will be set weekly. The children are continuing to learn their times tables and are tested each Friday.

Helping to enrich our topics

It has been really great to have books from home that relate to our topic so if anyone has any experience or items that may help us with any of the work above that we could hear about or borrow, they would be gratefully received.

Reminders

Please can you make sure your child brings in a water bottle each day with fresh water; ensure all jumpers are labelled and bring a coat for the wet weather.

Roman Dress Up Day

This will be held on Wednesday 23rd May- look out for a letter with more details.

Home Learning

We are looking at how Romans used to live and comparing this to our own lives. Can you find out some interesting facts about the Romans and present it in a creative way? You could use some of the websites below to help you.

For example: A PowerPoint about the fashion of the Romans, the sports they enjoyed, the food they ate or the daily life of a child your age.

Many thanks for your continued support,

Miss Axell and Mr Mackarness

Reading at School and at Home

Fossil Websites

Roman Websites

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Create Something & Guess

Beech Class had a fantastic time in their first Forest School session this week! We began by playing some games, and then the children were given a secret challenge: they had to create something and the rest of the class would try to guess what it was!

We had a fantastic range of houses for animals, bug hotels, and even a throne for a fairy king!

After that, the children broke into different groups and explored the orchard and field. They could find bugs, or just let their creativity take over and build anything they wanted. Some children made ponds for frogs, others found string and designed their own bows and arrows!

All in all, a fantastic start to our adventures outdoors!

Bows & Arrows Update

Sycamore had their final Forest School session on Wednesday 28th March and, although the weather was not its best, had a brilliant afternoon in the school grounds.

Using their bows and arrows that they’d cleverly made in the previous weeks, they were given the challenge of ‘catching their food’ – an easter egg balanced on a table!

The children had some target practice to start with and perfected their techniques with their bows and arrows and then lined up to take a shot! Amy Farrell and Ashten were very quick to win their eggs and Mr Procter managed to win one too – using Kai’s bow! The children were so resilient in their efforts to hit their eggs and didn’t give up easily!

While they weren’t using their bows and arrows, they played on the trim trail, made dens or finished off their arrows in the hall with Mrs Filkin and Mr Ottaway.

At the end, the children discovered the Easter Bunny had visited the trim trail and had to hunt down the Haribo he had dropped…

It’s been such a great term of Forest school and Sycamore have behaved brilliantly meaning we were able to get a lot done!

Thank you so much to Mr Ottaway, Mr Groves and Ms James for coming to help us this week – and all the other parents who have helped out so much this term. You’ve made it possible to get so much out of each session for the children.

Sycamore Newsletter Term 5 – ‘Parliament and Power’

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Dear Parents,

I hope you had a lovely Easter break. This term our topic is ‘Parliament and Power!’ We will explore British Parliament then explore American Politics as well. In Literacy, we will be focusing on improving our grammar skills, creating newspaper reports and writing manifestos. We will explore the book ‘Skellig’ through reading activities. The SATs will be in Week 5. The class will continue to be split into year groups for maths (and some literacy sessions) to ensure the Year 6s cover their curriculum and the Year 5s continue with theirs.

Reading Please read with your child regularly, even if it is just one page.  Their books and book bags will need to be in everyday for 1:1 reading.  You may like to add a positive or helpful comment in their homework diary, but please acknowledge the fact that the book has been read by signing and dating in the comments space. A member of staff will be checking homework diaries on a Friday and children are expected to have read at least 3 times a week with an adult.
Spellings Spelling tests are every Thursday and your child will be tested on the ten spellings. Year 5 will select in the previous week (from either the Year 3&4 or 5&6 curriculum spelling lists). Year 6 will be given spelling patterns to learn each week. Their spelling tests results will be recorded in the back of their books for them to share with you.
Maths Maths homework will be set on a Friday and will be expected to have been completed by the following Thursday. Maths homework will be set on ‘Mathletics’ and the children have their logins stuck in their Reading Record book. This homework should be completed independently and will be a follow-up of the work they have been completing in class. The homework should take around 30 minutes to complete. Your child can come to ‘Homework club’ either on a Wednesday lunctimes
Grammar Grammar homework will be sent home on a Friday and your child will have 2 weeks to complete this. The homework will be based on the grammar they will be learning within their literacy lessons. This should take around 40 minutes and should be completed as independently as possible. To help with our in-class assessments, please indicate when you have helped your child.

Helping to enrich our topics

It is always great to have items or visitors that support our topic, so if anyone has any experience or items that may help us with any of the work above that we could hear about or borrow, we would love to see and hear about them.

Reminders

Please can you make sure your child brings in a water bottle each day with fresh water; ensure all jumpers are labelled and bring a coat for any wet weather.

Many thanks for your continued support,

Miss Hare

Reading at School and at Home

Useful Websites

Questions you could ask your child about their learning this term

  • How is a law made?
  • Which party is in power in the government at the moment?
  • Who is in charge of the opposition?
  • Where do debates about new laws happen?
  • What has happened so far in Skellig?
  • What are the food groups you need to stay healthy?
  • What have you learnt so far about the Islamic faith?

Learning Map

Oak Newsletter Term 5 – ‘Turrets and Tiaras!’

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Dear Parents,

Welcome back, I hope you all had a lovely Easter Break!

Our topic this term is ‘Turrets and Tiaras’. We will be spending time learning about castles, knights, kings and queens and The Royal Family. As part of this topic, we will look at non-fiction books and will be writing letters, posters and invitations. We are also planning on taking our first trip to Herstmonceux Castle and will also enjoy a Royal Banquet with our friends at East Hoathly School. Letters for these events will follow shortly. This term’s learning will begin with a very mysterious visitor to the classroom!

Some of the texts we will be looking at are:

Literacy

  • Writing invitations
  • Writing captions, lists and letters
  • Exploring non-fiction books
  • Writing stories
  • Reading and spelling high frequency words

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  • SEAL – Getting on and falling out
  • Safety and rules on trips and in different situations
  • Working together

Expressive Art & Design

  • Castle role play
  • Designing shields for knights and hats for princesses
  • Colour mixing

Communication and Language

  • Listening and following instructions
  • Thinking and talking about feelings
  • Understanding and sequencing stories and events

Mathematics

  • Counting skills & recognising numbers
  • Exploring capacity and time
  • Using mathematical vocabulary
  • Learning about 2D and 3D shapes

Physical Development

  • Fine motor skills – Holding pencils correctly, threading
  • Spatial awareness when moving, through party games.
    Banquet Dancing

Understanding of the World

  • Learning about the Royal Family and Castles
  • Types of technology

Home Learning

I would like to thank you all for your effort with last terms home learning tasks including reading with your children. The children have made great progress with learning sounds and every read with help this to become more secure. The homework will continue as last term.

Readng Please read with your child regularly, even if it is just for 5 minutes.

It is really important that the children bring their book bags, yellow reading record and their reading book into school every day.

When reading with your child please acknowledge the fact that the book has been read by signing and dating in the comments book, or you may like to add a positive or helpful comment in the reading diary.

High frequency words are on the back of the yellow reading record book for the children to learn 5 at a time.

 

Writing

The children will have a new homework book for writing about their topic or anything that interests them. These can be used at home to develop their literacy skills.

Please ensure that they are treated as a school book and kept neat.

Maths The most important thing for children in their reception year is that they can read, write, order and recognise numbers to 20. Please encourage the children to count their toys when playing and  try to write and use numbers when appropriate at home.
Home Creative Task We would love all children to have a go at making their own knight’s shield or princess’ hat!

You could use cardboard and decorate with paint, stickers, sequins or anything you choose. Think about designing a shield with your family name on, or a hat with a beautiful pattern or picture.

Key questions to ask your child at home

  • Who lived in a castle?
  • How is living in a castle different to living in a house?
  • Who worked in a castle?
  • What job would you like to have done in the castle?

Useful Websites

  • www.ictgames.co.uk and www.topmarks.co.uk for Literacy and Maths games.
  • www.phonicsplay.co.uk Phase 3 and 4 games, blending sounds and words.
  • If you wish to make games to have fun at home with learning, you can print from www.twinkl.co.uk and search Knights, Castles or Kings and Queens, to find games and activities to learn vocabulary and facts linked to the topic.

Friday Afternoon Learning Journey Sharing

Every Friday at 3.15pm, we will opening our doors for parents to come in and share their child’s learning journey with them. Please feel free to come in whenever you choose. There is no expectation for parents to come every week as some weeks we have more to share than others but it would be lovely to see as many of you as possible over the coming weeks. We will be asking any visitors to add a small speech bubble to the learning journey to comment on a beautiful piece of work or an achievement that you are proud of. Please come to the classroom door as normal.

Quick Reminders

  • Please can you make sure your child brings in a water bottle and their book bags each day.
  • Can the children please always have a coat in school particularly as the British weather is Now that the weather is getting warmer, children will need a sun hat and suncream applied before school. We spend a lot of our time outside and need to ensure that the children are safe.
  • Our PE days are Monday & Friday but PE kits should be in all week.
  • Welly Boots – Please can all children have a set of Wellies in school at all times, this is so we can use the field and outside areas when it is wet and muddy. All in one waterproof suits are essential too.

I hope you all enjoy sharing this learning journey with your children. Please do not hesitate to come and speak to me if necessary.

Thank you for your support,

Mrs Winchester

Willow Newsletter Term 4 – ‘Around the World with Stories’

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Dear Parents,

I hope you had a lovely half term break. Our topic this term is called ‘Around the World with Stories’. This term, we will be learning about rivers, fossils and find out about our local area. The children will be learning about rivers across the world and comparing them to local rivers.  We will be making some exciting models and artefacts to help us with our learning this term; starting off with making mini rafts, making our own clay fossils and creating our own rivers and valleys to show the water cycle!

Reading Please read with your child regularly, even if it is just one page.  Their books and book bags will need to be in everyday for 1:1 reading.  You may like to add a positive or helpful comment in the reading diary but please acknowledge the fact that the book has been read by signing and dating in the comments book.
Spellings Weekly spellings will be sent out and please keep trying to learn them.
Maths We will be focusing on learning our times tables this term. On the Pioneer website are ‘Singing Tables’ which we will be using to help us remember the pattern of each times table. Please do have a look and learn them at home with your child.

Helping to enrich our topics

It has been really great to have books from home that relate to our topic so if anyone has any experience or items that may help us with any of the work above that we could hear about or borrow, they would be gratefully received.

Reminders

Please can you make sure your child brings in a water bottle each day with fresh water; ensure all jumpers are labelled and bring a coat for the wet weather.

Home Learning

We are learning about rivers and the water cycle during the first part of the term. Could you make your own 3D model to show your learning or find out facts about other rivers in the world? You could choose to research fossils! Can you find out any interesting facts about fossils or even make your own?  Due after Easter holidays – Friday 20th April.

Many thanks

Miss Axell and Mrs Mackarness and Mrs Pattenden

Useful Websites

Learning Map

Beech Newsletter Term 5 – ‘Explorers’

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Dear Parents,

I hope you had a fantastic Easter break! This term we will be starting our new topic of ‘Explorers’. Our PE days are Mondays and the occasional Friday, please ensure your child’s kit is always in school; as the timetable can sometimes change – trainers and coats everyday are essential. We are also starting Forest School this term.

Reading Please read with your child regularly. Their books and book bags will need to be in every day.  You may like to add a positive or helpful comment in their reading diary, but please acknowledge the fact that the book has been read by signing and dating in the comments space. A member of staff will be checking reading records during the week and children are expected to have read at least 3 times a week with an adult.
Spellings Spelling tests are every Friday and your child will be tested on the spellings they were given in the previous week. We send out new spellings on Fridays. We use the ‘No-Nonsense’ Spelling scheme in class and spellings sent home for homework will be derived from the Year 1&2 curriculum word lists. Please do ask if you would like to see the resources we use or would like to know more about how we assess the children’s spelling. Their spelling tests results will be recorded in their books for them to share with you at home.
Times Tables It is expected that by the end of KS1 all children will know their 2, 5 and 10 times tables fluently (and hopefully some others!).
Maths Maths homework will be on Mathletics and should consist of 30 minutes per fortnight, the children can compete against each other or complete their own timed skills trials – I will be able to see clearly areas in which they need more focus and how many minutes they spend online. If you do not have access to the internet at home, please let me know and we can arrange a time for the child to complete it at school. If your child has misplaced their login details, let a member of staff know and we can give you a copy.

Helping to enrich our topics

It is always great to have items or visitors that support our topic, so if anyone has any experience or items that may help us with any of the work above that we could hear about or borrow, we would love to see and hear about them.

Parent readers

We are always looking for extra parent helpers to hear readers, please let me know if you are available, even if it’s a one off!

Forest School

Forest school will be starting this term on Wednesdays, so please ensure your child has waterproof clothing and wellies in school.  

Reminders

Please make sure your child brings in a water bottle each day with fresh water; ensure all jumpers are labelled and bring a coat for any wet weather.

Many thanks, and I hope you have a great term!

Mrs Woods

Reading at School and at Home

Useful Websites

Questions you could ask your child about their learning this term

  • What does an explorer do?
  • Who are some famous explorers?
  • Why are explorers important?
  • What are some ways to add 2 digit numbers?
  • Can you find different fractions of amounts?

STEM Science Day

On Tuesday 17th April the whole school took part in an exciting STEM day. The children came to school dressed up as scientists and inventors. They spent part of their day tackling the ‘Squashed Tomato Challenge’ which was based on a real life scenario in Nepal. The children had to think about how to transport tomatoes down a hill and over a river without spoiling any of them. The children had to work in teams to design and build their ideas, they were then given tomatoes to test these out!

Some children even designed and made pulley systems for their tomatoes.

At the end of the session, the children were shown how Practical Action (scientists and engineers who use technology to challenge poverty in developing countries) solved this problem in real life. They saw how a pulley system based on weights enabled the villagers to become more efficient in their farming!

Throughout the day the children found out the skills needed to become engineers and about different engineers who designed and created objects and devices which help them in their every day lives.

A new ‘Little Miss’ book had been written to celebrate International Women’s Day and British Science week called ‘Little Miss Inventor’ The children used this to create their own ‘Little Inventor’, their designs were fantastic!

 

Sports Week

WOW what a week, we have all experienced a different sporting workshop each day – even the teachers got involved too! There have been so many comments from parents and children about how much they have enjoyed this week, please fill in the comments sheet the children have brought home.

All the workshops have been offered by our local providers in the hope that if interested the children can branch out and continue learning the sport.

On Monday it was street dance day, we brought our funky moves and attitude to the hall and created our own dance shows after learning some key breakdancing moves like the ‘Corkscrew and W drop’!

On Tuesday we explored the alternative sport fencing with Mr Lawrence.

On Wednesday we perfected our golf swing and our aim towards targets.

On Thursday Amy Hillyard, a GB sprinter, taught us some fast paced sprinting techniques and talked about the importance of not giving up and always trying your best in all areas of life, not just sport!

On Friday we were joined by Greg from East Hoathly Tennis club in our tennis courts, where there were tennis balls everywhere! We learnt how to stand in the ready position and perfect our forehand shot.

Throughout all the sessions we thought about the importance of physical exercise and healthy eating to keep us fit.

We would like to thank the local coaches we used to provide the workshops. If you would like any more information about the clubs and sessions they provide you can download leaflets and find links to their websites below:

Street Dance www.universaldance.co.uk  Universal Dance
 Little Mix Dance Camp 2018
 Disney Dance Bootcamp 2018
Tennis – Greg at East Hoathly Tennis Club clubspark.lta.org.uk
clubspark.lta.org.uk/easthoathlyhallandtennisclub
  Easter Tennis Camps 2018
Golf – Jack at East Sussex National Golf Club www.eastsussexnational.co.uk/golf-academy   Junior Golf Academy 2018

Bows & Arrows

This week, Sycamore went into the forest to continue their project of making bows and arrows. We discussed that, if we were trying to survive the forest, we would need a way of catching some food!

Thanks to Mr Greenwood, Mr Ottaway, Mrs Barnett and Mrs Filkin, all the children managed to make their bow this week, ready for some target practice next week!

While they weren’t busy making bows, with the help of Mrs Taylor, we made some arrows. We cut down some think hazel trees and then used knives to clear all the bark off them. The children then really enjoyed sharpening one end to make it as sharp as possible!

We set up a target on a tree and the children who had finished their bows and arrows had great fun trying to hit the target! This required some real resilience as it was tricky to get the arrows straight! Ria and Helbert spent a long time practising!

Ms James also came along and helped the children take on the slackline across the river! Thanks to some great team work, the children made it along the line and kept (mostly..!) dry!

Next week is Sycamore’s final forest school session of the year – and last one at Chiddingly for the Year 6s!

We will be pulling lots of our new survival skills together in different challenges so any parents who would like to join us would be very welcome!

Thanks again to the parents who came – we are so grateful for your help!

Water & Food at Forest School

On Wednesday afternoon, Sycamore went out for Forest School and this week their focus was a mix between water and food!

Thanks to the survival skills of Ashten, Megan, Amie and Kai (and their very sturdy rain-trap that they built last week!) there was plenty of water ready to be purified and boiled ready for hot chocolate. The children used fabric to filter away all the bits of dirt and then put in water purifying tablets to kill off any germs. Then we boiled the water on the fire (expertly built and lit by Amy F and Chanelle) ready for hot chocolate to warm us up! Even through the sun was shining, it was still quite chilly. Marshmallows were also needed to give us a sugar boost!

While the children weren’t enjoying cooking around the fire, they got busy with Mrs Filkin and Mrs Barnett making bows and arrows! Thanks to Mr Barnett for providing some sticks of hazel, we were able to use knives to whittle a groove into the bow and wrap string around them, ready for some target practice next week! We are hoping to go into the forest next week to finish off the bows and arrows and set up some targets, so if any extra parents are around to come and support us, it would be very much appreciated!

Thank you for a fab afternoon, Sycamore!

Making Fire!

Sycamore had their second Forest School session of the term this week and their focus was fire! This is linked in with their topic of Survival.

The children were in groups of 8 and, in pairs, were provided with an aluminium tin, some char-cloth, a fire steel and some wood. Mr Groves kindly brought the char-cloth and a huge selection of wood shavings which acted as great kindling. The children’s challenge was to light a fire and keep it going for as long as possible. Simon and Fin were very quick to keep it going and did well at saving some of their resources so the fire lasted a long time. Seth and Ella spent a long time trying to get their fire lit (not sure I’ve ever seen more determination!) and were very proud when they managed it!

The children soon learnt that if they blew gently and steadily on embers, it wasn’t long before they got a flame again. The children were rewarded for their hard work with a hot chocolate around the big fire, made in our brand new kettle!

While they were waiting to have a go with fire, the children either pond dipped or created rain water traps in preparation for next week’s session: water.

Thank you, as always, to our fantastic parent helpers – it is so great to have your involvement in our sessions!

Year 5 /6 Swimming Gala

On Monday Pioneer, took two teams to the Ringmer Cluster Schools Swimming Gala. A team from Chiddingly and a team from East Hoathly competed against each other and four other schools in our local area.

The swimmers from Year 5 & 6 competed in individual 25 Metre swims, individual 75 Metre swims and team relays of 75 and 100 metres, using different swimming techniques. The teams were split into two heats and then then the races were timed and put into fastest order. These scores were then added together to work out the winning team.

Our team of swimmers showed an exceptional level of sportsmanship cheering on their team mates, swimmers from East Hoathly and other swimmers in the pool. They also showed how they have developed their growth mind sets in trying something new and giving their best efforts. As a school and team this is the first swimming gala many of them have ever attended.

As a team Chiddingly came 3rd and the pupils have a new found interest in swimming competitively. As a teacher on pool side I was so proud of how our children stepped up to the competition and thankful to our parents for supporting us with loud cheers and providing travel arrangements which allowed the children to take part!

Well Done Team!

Book Day

We celebrated World Book Day on Thursday 1st March. We wrote letters to people we admire throughout the week and we have posted these off – fingers crossed we hear back! We got dressed up as our favourite book characters and shared our books with each other. Here are some photos of us looking fabulous!

We were also lucky enough to have a visit from an author this week – Giles Paley-Phillips. He came to talk to us about what it is like to be an author and also to share his book ‘Superchimp’.

China International Week

Kung Hei Fat Choi! Happy New Year! This week we have enjoyed learning all about China in our afternoon sessions. This was linked to the Chinese New Year celebrations.

Each class has taken part in a range of learning, linked to China. Throughout the school, children have been preparing and tasting Chinese foods. Sycamore Class created some very tasty vegetable spring rolls that they shared with their parents and teachers.

There was lots of Geography taking place, learning about where China is located. Willow class learnt how to write Chinese symbols and presented their work beautifully, as well as learning about the giving of red envelopes with money as a New Year gift.

As 2018 is the ‘Year of the Dog’, Beech Class designed and created their own dog masks. Oak Class enjoyed using ‘Google Translate’ to learn how to say some Chinese words as well as making their own Chinese Lanterns and writing detailed instructions to explain how to do this.

Many thanks to all of the staff for planning such exciting activities for the children and to all of the parents and carers for coming into our celebration of work at the end of the day.

Survival in the Forest

On Wednesday, Sycamore kick-started their topic on ‘Survival!’ (and a term of Forest School) with a trip to the forest. Each week we are going to be focusing on a different area of survival and this week it was Shelter! We went even deeper into the forest for this and found our new boundaries with a few rounds of hide-and-seek.

The children were then tasked with working in small groups, with only one tarpaulin behind them and very limited rope, to create a shelter that they could all fit in. They were pre-warned that at the end of the session, their shelters would be put to the test to see if they were water and wind proof.

Simon decided to go it alone and ended up very well camouflaged! Megan, Amie, Grace and Violet all made an amazing den, including a window! Kai, Ashten and Helbert worked on a natural shelter and were very creative with some bark to help the ‘rain’ drain off the sides rather than come through the cracks.

At the end of the session, Mr Ottaway came along with ‘rain’ and, once the children were inside their dens, checked to see whether their dens stood up to the weather! Well done, Sycamore, for showing real resilience and team work during this session. Thank you so much to Mr Ottaway, Mr Groves, Mrs Taylor and Mrs Barnett for coming in and helping out!

Next week, we are going to focus on fire and have Forest School in the morning so if there are any parent helpers who would like to come in, any extra pairs of hands are always appreciated! It will run from 9:30 – 12:00.

Beech Newsletter Term 4 – ‘Dinosaurs’

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Dear Parents,

I hope you had a lovely half term! This term we will be continuing with our topic of ‘Dinosaurs’: focusing more on how dinosaurs changed over the years, and the extinction event! Our PE days are Mondays and the occasional Friday, please ensure your child’s kit is always in school; as the timetable can sometimes change – trainers and coats every day are essential.

Reading Please read with your child regularly. Their books and book bags will need to be in every day.  You may like to add a positive or helpful comment in their reading diary, but please acknowledge the fact that the book has been read by signing and dating in the comments space. A member of staff will be checking reading records during the week and children are expected to have read at least 3 times a week with an adult.
Spellings Spelling tests are every Friday and your child will be tested on the spellings they were given in the previous week. We send out new spellings on Fridays. We use the ‘No-Nonsense’ Spelling scheme in class and spellings sent home for homework will be derived from the Year 1&2 curriculum word lists. Please do ask if you would like to see the resources we use or would like to know more about how we assess the children’s spelling. Their spelling tests results will be recorded in their books for them to share with you at home.
Times Tables It is expected that by the end of KS1 all children will know their 2, 5 and 10 times tables fluently (and hopefully some others!).
Maths Maths homework will be on Mathletics and should consist of 30 minutes per fortnight, the children can compete against each other or complete their own timed skills trials – I will be able to see clearly areas in which they need more focus and how many minutes they spend online. If you do not have access to the internet at home, please let me know and we can arrange a time for the child to complete it at school. If your child has misplaced their login details, let a member of staff know and we can give you a copy.

Helping to enrich our topics

It is always great to have items or visitors that support our topic, so if anyone has any experience or items that may help us with any of the work above that we could hear about or borrow, we would love to see and hear about them. We are also looking for parent readers during the morning!

Parent readers

We are always looking for extra parent helpers to hear readers, please let me know if you are available, even if it’s a one off!

Reminders

Please make sure your child brings in a water bottle each day with fresh water; ensure all jumpers are labelled and bring a coat for any wet weather.

Many thanks and I hope you have a great term!

Mrs Woods

Reading at School and at Home

Useful Websites

Questions you could ask your child about their learning this term

  • What does ‘extinct’ mean?
  • How do you think the dinosaurs became extinct?
  • What is your favourite dinosaur and why?
  • Can you count up in 3’s?
  • What do the big hand and little hand on the clock do?

Learning Map

 

Oak Newsletter Term 4 – ‘It’s a Bug’s Life!’

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Dear Parents,

Welcome back, we hope you had a great Half Term. Our topic for Term 4 is ‘It’s a Bug’s Life!’ Before commencing this topic in Week 2, we will be spending Week 1 learning about Chinese New Year as part of our International Week. Our learning journey will then begin with a special delivery of some tiny creatures for us to care for! We will be able to watch them grow and change.

Our key texts this term are:

Areas of Learning

Literacy

Our focus in literacy this term is using our phonic knowledge to write stories using narrative language, adjectives, nouns and verbs.  In reading, our phonics knowledge, high frequency and tricky words will develop further and we will be talking about the events in the books we read and predicating what will happen next.

Maths

In maths we are going to secure our knowledge of addition and subtraction with the support of objects. We will be using insects to help us learn more about doubles and halves. Through making fruit kebabs we will be creating detailed patterns. We will also begin to look at money and recognising and using coins.

Understanding the World

In Week 1 we will be focussing on Chinese New Year and will be looking at Chinese food, traditions and art and craft. The children will also be making lots of observations and predictions about minibeasts. As Easter approaches, we will be learning about the Easter Story and talking about our Easter experiences.

Home Learning

We would like to thank you all for your effort with last terms home learning tasks including reading with your children.

Reading

Please read with your child regularly, even if it is a home or library book. At this stage it is really helpful to discuss the stories that you read and use story language such as, character, setting, beginning, middle and end. The more experiences that children have of sharing books at home, the quicker they progress in all areas of the curriculum as it develops their creativity, vocabulary and imagination, as well as furthering their reading and writing skills.

Letters and Sounds

Your child will be bringing home another High Frequency Word list which will be fixed inside the cover of their yellow Reading Record Book. Please could you work on learning the five words which are marked.

Maths

Individual Mathletics logins and passwords are fixed into the reading record book. There is no set Maths homework, however the children can access this website and enjoy the maths games whenever they choose at home.

uk.mathletics.com

Home Challenges!

Please choose one or more of the following activities to enjoy at home and bring in before the end of term:

  • Make a mini beast out of junk modelling and share with your class.
  • Take a camera around your garden or the park and take photos of any minibeasts you can find.
  • Write a list of minibeasts that you find in your garden.
  • Paint or draw a picture of an imaginary mini beast!

Websites and Links

Quick Reminders

  • Please can you make sure your child brings in a water bottle and their book bag each day. We do not let children share cups as this spreads germs and illnesses.
  • Our PE days are Monday & Friday but PE kits should be in all week.
  • SHOW AND TELL is on a Friday and must link to the learning of the topic. It is really important that children DO NOT bring any other toys into school at any other times.

We hope you all have a lovely term supporting the children in their learning. Please do not hesitate to come and speak to us if necessary.

Thank you for your support,

Mrs Winchester and Ms Eldridge

Challenge!

To help your child win 5 extra house points, find out the names of these creatures and bring them into your teacher!

Sycamore Newsletter Term 4 – ‘Survival’

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Dear Parents,

I hope you had a lovely half-term break. This term our topic is ‘Survival!’ and we will be using Bear Grylls’ novels as our texts. In Literacy, we will be focusing on non-fiction writing by learning about different survivalists and challenging environments. We will also be having Forest School so please ensure that your child has their kit in every Wednesday. We are hoping to do a whole day of Forest school and a letter will be sent out about this shortly. As we are drawing closer to SATs, the class will be split into year groups for maths (and some Literacy sessions) to ensure the Year 6s cover their curriculum and the Year 5s continue with theirs.

Reading Please read with your child regularly, even if it is just one page. Their books and book bags will need to be in everyday for 1:1 reading.  You may like to add a positive or helpful comment in their homework diary, but please acknowledge the fact that the book has been read by signing and dating in the comments space. A member of staff will be checking homework diaries on a Friday and children are expected to have read at least 3 times a week with an adult.
Spellings Spelling tests are every Thursday and your child will be tested on the ten spellings they selected in the previous week (from either the Year 3&4 or 5&6 curriculum spelling lists). Their spelling tests results will be recorded in the back of their books for them to share with you.
Maths Maths homework will be set on a Friday and will be expected to have been completed by the following Thursday. Maths homework will be set on ‘Mathletics’ and the children have their logins stuck in their Reading Record book. This homework should be completed independently and will be a follow-up of the work they have been completing in class. The homework should take around 30 minutes to complete. Your child can come to ‘Homework club’ either on a Thursday lunchtime (in Willow classroom) or on a Friday lunchtime (in Sycamore classroom).
Grammar Grammar homework will be sent home on a Friday and your child will have 2 weeks to complete this. The homework will be based on the grammar they will be learning within their literacy lessons. This should take around 40 minutes and should be completed as independently as possible. To help with our in-class assessments, please indicate when you have helped your child.

Helping to enrich our topics

It is always great to have items or visitors that support our topic, so if anyone has any experience or items that may help us with any of the work above that we could hear about or borrow, we would love to see and hear about them.

Reminders

Please can you make sure your child brings in a water bottle each day with fresh water; ensure all jumpers are labelled and bring a coat for any wet weather.

Many thanks for your continued support,

Miss Hare

Reading at School and at Home

Useful Websites

Home learning tasks

  • Write a ‘How to survive the…’ guide for an environment of your choice
  • Cook some food on an outdoor fire
  • Build a shelter out of natural materials

Learning Map

PALs Assembly

This week we enjoyed our ‘Progress and Learning’ PALs assembly to celebrate all of our achievements in Term 3. The children sat with those in different classes and shared their books. They were able to talk about what they themselves had made great progress with and also identified where their partner had made progress with their learning by looking at their books.

It was really exciting to look at all of the great learning that had taken place. All of the staff were so impressed with how children of all ages were able to talk confidently about themselves and others.

Promise of Snow

Willow Class had a very chilly, final Forest School session this week. Despite the promise of snow in the morning, by the time we got to the afternoon, it had all disappeared!

It was still very cold so the children wrapped up warm and we got a big fire going to keep us warm!

While Chloe, Jasmine, George and Isobel helped Miss Hare and Mrs Taylor light the fire, Mrs Filkin took the parachute onto the field and played games with the rest of the class.

Chloe was an expert fire lighter and George, Isobel and Jasmine all managed to light a piece of cotton wool, too!

When Harrison came over the fire, he was so determined to get a spark and light the fire using fire steels! He worked hard for over 10 minutes and finally had success! The promise of a marshmallow as a reward for his efforts seemed to help!

Then Miss Pitt, Mrs Filkin and Mrs Taylor took some of the children pond dipping. They caught newts and other interesting creatures and we very careful with them as we had discussed how they like the cold and to touch them would hurt them even if we didn’t mean to.

The highlight of the session was that all the children toasted a marshmallow on the fire and many of them showed real resilience when having a go with the fire steels.

George S had a great technique and was really helpful to others when they were finding it tricky. Henry was also a real star at this. The fire was definitely needed by all the children at some point so they could warm up a bit!

Well done, Willow Class! It has been great fun having Forest School with you this term!

Beech Class Trip

On Thursday 8th February Beech Class spent a fantastic day at Paradise Park! We learned about lots of different kinds of dinosaurs, saw how many we could name, had a go on the earthquake machine and rode the miniature train! A big thank you to the parent helpers, and well done to the children for being brilliant ambassadors for Chiddingly Primary School.

E-Safety Day

Children from the Pioneer Federation took part in an E-Safety Day on Wednesday 7th February 2018. Andrew Gunn was invited into the Pioneer Federation to teach the children about how to be safe online. Andrew taught all year groups about the internet and its power. Andrew built on the children’s knowledge of the acronym ‘SMART’ and made them aware of how they can continue their safe practice online. The children made large Hector the Dolphins to display in their classroom to be there as a reminder of what to do with Hector (who swims in the top corner of every screen on a school curriculum laptop). A Hector is on display in each classroom to remind the children how they can be safe at all times when on the internet – whether at school or at home. Here are some photos of the great designs of Hector in the classrooms!

Children and young people are likely to be as good as, if not better than, their parents at using the Internet. However, being good at using technology does not mean they have the life-experience and wisdom to handle all of the situations they can come across.

Children and young people are prone to the same kinds of risks (including spam and scam emails, fraud and identity theft) as everybody else. However, there are also other, more sinister threats that may result from going online, such as inappropriate contact from people who may wish to abuse, exploit or bully them, and exposure to inappropriate material.

The parent forum was very informative; it opened my eyes to the possibilities of the internet. – Parent

We were learning to obey the ages of things like Snapchat.
Not everyone is who they say they are online.
Hector the Dolphin helps you keep safe online.
We’ve learnt that if you see something inappropriate, you link on Hector the Dolphin.
ICT is a great source of learning! – Pioneer Federation Pupils

 

Willow Outdoor Learning Day

Willow Class, along with East Hoathly’s Year 3/4 class, thoroughly enjoyed their team building trip at Walton Firs activity centre on Tuesday 23rd January! After an early start, they took part in a range of activities such as crate stacking, caving, photo orienteering, adventure trail and the night line. In all the activities, the children worked well together as a team and encouraged each other to achieve things that they didn’t think they could! They loved getting muddy and mucky in the adventure course – having to climb over and up and swing to and from obstacles. Caving was an adventure in itself and crate stacking tested the children’s feel for heights! Overall they all had a fantastic day!

Willow Forest School Update

On Wednesday, Willow class were lucky enough to spend a beautiful afternoon in the forest! Thanks to Miss Pitt and Mrs Taylor, we were able to go into the forest and the children thoroughly enjoyed their afternoon!

It seemed a highlight was the very gooey, muddy walk into the forest and going through the stream!
After a few rounds of hide and seek, the children got busy with lots of different activities.
Mr Skinner helped the children set up the slack line over the river and set the challenge of crossing it without falling in! Ryan needed up getting pretty soggy!

The children also made some amazing natural shelters or got busy with palm drills making some beautiful jewellery out of acorns which they are going to carry on with next week, trying to find other items to thread!

George D and Floyd made an amazing bridge over a small stream and George S made an amazing shelter all by himself, using techniques he’d seen on a survival programme on TV!

Well done, Willow class! It was a really fantastic afternoon.

Next week we are hoping to cook over the fire, so any extra helpers would be hugely appreciated!
Thanks again to our wonderful parent helpers today!

Mathematics Day

On Tuesday 16th January, we had Mathematics Day. We felt that the children needed to gain more confidence with working with and solving problems linked to fractions. Each class focussed on this and we had a whole day of fractions activities. Year R concentrated on finding wholes and halves while Year 1 and 2 started to explore quarters of shapes. Year 3 and 4 did some cross curricular activities involving designing their own flags. They were able to work out what fraction of each colour they had. Year 5 and 6 independently chose what they needed to practice and worked on it. This included looking at comparing and finding equivalent fractions; multiplying and dividing fractions; adding and subtracting fractions! In the afternoon, they created a fruit salad – measuring out according to different ratios.

In the afternoon, the whole school got to together for the House Team Quiz! The children had to work out mathematics questions but if they got stuck they could ask a friend on their team or a team member in the audience.

Breakfast Club

This week, we have actioned choosing reduced sugar cereals in Breakfast Club and from next Monday, we will have brown bread instead of white, for toast.

We will be working with the children to find out what makes a healthy breakfast and try different foods that are healthy and a great start to the day.

KS2 Fruit

You may have seen in the news recently the Change4Life campaign which aims to cut down sugar intake in children.

There are many benefits to eating fruit at break times, including extra vitamins to fight off those germs!

Please ensure that if your child has a snack at break time, it is a piece of fruit.

You can visit the Change4Life website for more information.

Willow Forest School

On Wednesday afternoon, Willow Class had their first Forest School session of the term. It was a beautiful afternoon and, although a bit chilly, all the children quickly got involved in an activity. Some of the children chose to go pond dipping with Mrs Barnett, Mr Skinner and Mrs Filkin. They were very successful at catching newts, water boatmen and searching for the frog!

Other groups of children worked as teams to build their own dens with some of the girls even building a ‘zip-wire’ which led to lots of inventive games and a lot of giggling! When Floyd and Austin were searching for smaller sticks to use as stakes for their den, Floyd found some amazing fungus which he though looked like a piece of orange!

A few of the other girls spent time creating a birds nest by tying twigs together and decorating it with conkers and grass. They are looking forward to carrying on with this next week! The final activity enjoyed by some of the children was the slackline. William tried it out first and then some of the girls were great helpers to each other and offered shoulders to lean on as they tried to get across! Thank you very much to Mrs Barnett for coming to help! Well done to Willow Class for really excellent and kind behaviour during Forest School – keep it up!

 

Mindfulness

This term, we will be developing MINDFULNESS in the school - the importance of finding time in the day to ‘Stop, Breathe and Be’. Posters will be going up around the school to remind us all to do this.

Oak Newsletter Term 3 – ‘I Have the Power’

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Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome back and Happy New Year! We hope you all had a lovely Christmas.

Our new topic is ‘I Have the Power!’ During this term, we will be looking at how we are super, what super means and how we can be super learners. We will also look at people who help us in an emergency and answer the questions: When do we need help? What is an emergency? And what do we do in an emergency? We will also be learning some basic first aid! We are hoping to have visits to school from the local police and fire services. On Friday 2nd February, to celebrate our learning we will be having a Super Hero Academy Day at Chiddingly School which will finish with an award ceremony for parents to attend, further details will follow soon. The children from East Hoathly reception class will be coming to visit for the day.

Areas of Learning

Literacy

Our focus in literacy this term is using our phonic knowledge to write sentences, stories and recounts through talk for writing about our favourite superheroes. In reading, our phonics knowledge, high frequency and tricky words will develop further from our reading of different books such as non-fiction texts about the emergency services. We will also be enjoying the book, ‘Super Daisy’ by Kes Gray and Nick Sharratt.

Maths

In maths we are going to secure our knowledge of number, then we will look at addition and subtraction with the support of objects. We will also explore and compare weights using different scales and our hands.

The main part of the topic is looking at the police and fire fighters and their different roles in emergencies and prevention. This term will be filled with role play of different scenarios and how we can act quickly and safely to keep people safe. We will also look into how we can make the world around us safe and how technology can impact on this.

To develop our personal, social and emotional skills we are going to think about how we are special, our goals and ambitions and how we express and achieve these.

Home Learning

We would like to thank you all for your effort with last terms home learning tasks including reading with your children.

Reading Please read with your child regularly, even if it is just for a few minutes. At this stage it is really helpful to encourage the children to use the pictures and their developing letters and sounds knowledge, as well as spending time discussing the events of the story.
Letters and Sounds High Frequency word sheets will continue to come home. Please could you ensure that these are in the book bags every day so that we can monitor and review this with each child. There will be five words to learn at any one time but if you wish to do more, you could use others from the lists.

Super Home Challenges!

You might like to choose one of the following activities to try with your child at home. You can bring these into school whenever they are finished to share with the class.

  • Make a superhero badge.
  • Make a superhero vehicle using construction or junk modelling.
  • Write a superhero story or design a superhero costume.
  • Give someone in your house a super power and make a poster about it.
  • Find out about someone who helps others, eg. Coastguard, lollipop ladies, doctors, nurses etc.
  • Bring in any books that you have at home about people who help us to share.

Coming into School

This term we are encouraging all children to begin coming into school in the mornings independently. If children wish to be on the playground with the other classes, they can remain there until the bell rings at 8.50 and then come into school through the main door with the other children, just like at playtime and lunchtime. There will always be one of the Reception team on the playground from 8.40 for any messages to be passed on. The classroom side door will be open as normal for any children who still wish to be brought into school by parents and carers. After Easter all children will be coming in independently through the main door. Afternoon pick-ups will remain the same. This is to ensure the children are independent before they move into Year 1. If you have any questions about this, please speak to us.

Websites and Links

Quick Reminders

  • Please can you make sure your child brings in a water bottle and their book bag each day.
  • As the weather improves, we will be setting up the area under the shelter for the day’s learning. Could we please ask that children do not touch the activities before school as they need to be ready to model to the children.
  • Can the children please always have a coat in school particularly as the British weather is unpredictable.
  • Our PE days are Monday and Friday but PE kits should be in all week.
  • Welly Boots – Please can all children have a set of Wellies in school at all times, this is so we can use the field and outside areas when it is wet and muddy.

Please tell us what you think of our termly newsletter, this letter is for you and we would love to hear how we can improve it. Any comments welcome! We hope you all have lovely third term supporting the children in their learning and can see how much they have learnt already and how they are continuing to grow. Please do not hesitate to come and speak to us if necessary.

Thank you for your support,
Mrs Winchester and Ms Eldridge