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Dear Parents/Carers,

 

The children really enjoyed their walk to Linder’s Field on Tuesday and, next week, we will be continuing to learn about the history of our local area.  Thank you for the ‘Show and Tells’ on this subject!

Our focus story will be ‘Jasper’s Beanstalk’ (Nick Butterworth and Mick Inkpen) and we will be practising the spelling of the days of the week. In Maths, we will continue to add and subtract numbers within 20. The children will also continue to work on their digital imagery in Computing and to learn about Judaism.

 

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations

Next week, Year One will be taking part in some lovely activities to tie in with our Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Please see separate ParentMails for full details.

 

Wednesday 25th May – children to wear red, white and blue for our school street party.

Thursday 26th May – Year One children to dress in 80’s fashion for a dance workshop (other year groups have been allocated different decades).

 

Homework

Please can the children practise spelling the days of the week; there is a sheet in their book bags.

Please can they also continue to practise reading the real and nonsense words which have been put in their bags.

 

Show and Tell

Please can the children share a fact about the Queen with the rest of the class. If they would like to draw a picture or create something related to the Queen, then they can.

 

Absence

If your child has a persistent cough and/or a high temperature then please keep them at home and read the school website for further guidance. If your child is absent with sickness or diarrhoea, please keep them at home for 48 hours after the last episode. For any absence, please call the school office to let us know ahead of the school day.

 

Dates for your diary

Wednesday 25th May – Children to dress in red, white and blue

Thursday 26th May – Year One children to dress in 80’s fashion

Friday 27th May – Last day of the half term

Monday 6th June – Non-pupil day

Tuesday 6th -9th June – Phonics Screening

Saturday 25th June – PTA Colour Run

Sports Day – Friday 8th July

Thursday 21st July – School finishes for the academic year

 

 

Mrs James                              Mr Stuckey                  Miss Abdi

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

Next week, we will be continuing our work based on ‘Supertato’ and will also be reading ‘Oliver’s Vegetables’. In Maths, we will continue to add and subtract numbers within 20. We will also begin learning about the history of our local area.

 

Homework

Please can the children complete the addition problems (adding by counting on) which have been put in their book bags/homework books. Please can they also practise reading the real and nonsense words which have been put in their bags today.

 

Show and Tell

Please can the children find out a historical fact about the local area/Epping Forest, or a significant person who lived in the local area, to share with the rest of the class in ‘Show and Tell’.

 

Absence

If your child has a persistent cough and/or a high temperature then please keep them at home and read the school website for further guidance. If your child is absent with sickness or diarrhoea, please keep them at home for 48 hours after the last episode. For any absence, please call the school office to let us know ahead of the school day.

 

Dates for your diary

Friday 27th May – Last day of the half term

Monday 6th June – Non-pupil day

Tuesday 6th -9th June – Phonics Screening

Saturday 25th June – PTA Colour Run

Thursday 21st July – School finishes for the academic year

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

This week we have been writing some new adventures for ‘The Runaway Pea’ and have been learning all about garden plants. The children have been looking in detail at garden plants, sketching and comparing them. Next week, we will be looking at wild plants and investigating what is happening underground beneath our plants.

In Maths, we have been comparing and ordering numbers. Next week we will be adding by counting on.

Our story next week is ‘Avocado Baby’ by John Burningham and we will be writing some newspaper reports about the super-strong baby in the story.

 

Homework

For homework, we would like the children to create a healthy menu for a day. What healthy foods could they eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, and what would they drink? They can write their menu in their homework books and can draw pictures to accompany the menu, if they would like.

We have also added a Phase 5 Sound Mat to their homework book. Please can the children keep practising the sounds at home – most children have already covered them within their phonics lessons but need to revise them regularly and it would help if they could do this at home too.

 

Phonics Meeting – Tuesday 3rd May

We will be holding a short meeting at 9.00am on Tuesday 3rd May, to talk about the Year One phonics screening which takes place week beginning 6th June. This will explain how the screening is carried out, what is expected from the children and how you can help at home.

 

P.E.

P.E. will take place on a Monday and Friday. P.E. kits are now kept in school to change into and children are wearing uniform each day.

The children are managing dressing for P.E. brilliantly and are setting a record for the short amount of time it is taking to do so. Well done!

 

 

 

Absence

If your child has a persistent cough and/or a high temperature then please keep them at home and read the school website for further guidance. If your child is absent with sickness or diarrhoea, please keep them at home for 48 hours after the last episode. For any absence, please call the school office to let us know ahead of the school day.

 

Dates for your diary

Monday 2nd May – School closed for Bank Holiday

Tuesday 3rd May - Phonics Meeting for Parents

Friday 27th May – Last day of the half term

Monday 6th June – Non-pupil day

Tuesday 6th -9th June – Phonics Screening

Saturday 25th June – PTA Colour Run

Thursday 21st July – School finishes for the academic year

 

 

Mrs James                           Mr Stuckey            Miss Abdi

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Thursday 20th April 

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

Welcome back to everyone; ee hope that you had a lovely Easter holiday! Thanks to everyone who sent in a picture of their child reading in an unusual place – they were fantastic!

This week, we have been writing the story of ‘The Enormous Turnip’ and have begun learning about plants and growth. We have also started creating some collages using natural resources found in the school grounds.

In Maths, we have begun some work on ‘tens and ones’. We have also been counting one more and one less and have been comparing numbers.

 

Homework

For homework, please can the children try sounding out and reading the words which are in their book bags / homework books. These are examples of the type of words which will appear in the phonics screening, which will take place at the beginning of June, once we are back from the half-term break. As you can see, the words get progressively more difficult to decode and are a mixture of fake words (those with an alien picture) and real words. With words containing digraphs (two letters making one sound, such as ‘oo’) and trigraphs (three letters making one sound, such as ‘igh’) it can be helpful for them to find that sound first and then try sounding out the whole word.

 

Their second piece of homework is to find three different types of tree, in their garden, park or elsewhere. Please can they use the sugar paper which we’ve put in their bags and a crayon or coloured pencil to take a bark rubbing from each tree so that we can examine the different textures and patterns. If you can identify the name of the tree, please write it on the back of the bark rubbing.

 

Show and Tell

Please can the children find out a fact about a tree, e.g. what is its name, does it lose its leaves, how tall does it grow to be, where is it found, what colour are its leaves, does it bear fruit or flowers? They can draw a picture of it, if they would like.

 

Phonics Meeting for Parents – Tuesday 3rd May

We will be holding a short meeting at 9.00am on Tuesday 3rd May, to talk about the Year One phonics screening which takes place week beginning 6th June. This will explain how the screening is carried out, what is expected from the children and how you can help at home.

 

 

P.E. – PLEASE READ FOR INFORMATION REGARDING KEEPING P.E. KIT IN SCHOOL

P.E. will take place on a Monday and Friday. After the Easter holidays, P.E. kits will be kept in school and can be taken home to wash periodically (please feel free to take them home to wash as often as you feel necessary). Children will now need to wear their school uniform every day and will be changing into their P.E. kit in school for their lesson. This ensures that children look smart in their uniform every day, are wearing fresh clothes either side of their P.E. lesson and also have the opportunity to practise getting dressed and undressed. Dressing independently in school is something they have missed out on since the beginning of Covid (prior to this, children always changed for P.E. in school) and is an important skill for them to learn. Although there are always adults on hand to assist, please help your child to become more independent in their dressing.

 

Absence

If your child has a persistent cough and/or a high temperature then please keep them at home and read the school website for further guidance. If your child is absent with sickness or diarrhoea, please keep them at home for 48 hours after the last episode. For any absence, please call the school office to let us know ahead of the school day.

 

Dates for your diary

Friday 22nd April – First P.E. session where children are required to change into their kit.

Monday 2nd May – School closed for Bank Holiday

Tuesday 3rd May - Phonics Meeting for Parents

Friday 27th May – Last day of the half term

Monday 6th June – Non-pupil day

Tuesday 6th-9th June – Phonics Screening

Thursday 21st July – School finishes for the academic year

 

Thursday 31st March 

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

This week, we have been writing character descriptions in English and have been continuing to practise recording numbers in Maths. We have also been learning about algorithms in Computing and have been creating some Easter cards.  

After the Easter holiday, we will begin learning about plants and growth. We will be reading some traditional tales and other classic stories related to our topic and will be creating some plant collages.

We will also be researching why the history of our locality is significant and, in Computing, will be learning about digital imagery.

 

Homework

For homework, please can the children write a postcard to Mrs James / Mr Stuckey, talking about their Easter holidays.  We have put a postcard template in their school bags and they can bring them in for ‘Show and Tell’ when we return after the Easter break.

 

Easter Holiday – Friday 31st March, 2pm – Tuesday 19th April

Tomorrow, we break up for the Easter holiday at 2pm. We return to school on Tuesday 19th April.

 

Phonics Meeting for Parents – Tuesday 3rd May

We will be holding a short meeting at 9.00am on Tuesday 3rd May, to talk about the Year One phonics screening which takes place week beginning 6th June. This will explain how the screening is carried out, what is expected from the children and how you can help at home.

 

P.E. – PLEASE READ FOR INFORMATION REGARDING KEEPING P.E. KIT IN SCHOOL AFTER EASTER

P.E. will take place on a Monday and Friday. After the Easter holidays, P.E. kits will be kept in school and can be taken home to wash periodically (please feel free to take them home to wash as often as you feel necessary). Children will now need to wear their school uniform every day and will be changing into their P.E. kit in school for their lesson. This ensures that children look smart in their uniform every day, are wearing fresh clothes either side of their P.E. lesson and also have the opportunity to practise getting dressed and undressed. Dressing independently in school is something they have missed out on since the beginning of Covid (prior to this, children always changed for P.E. in school) and is an important skill for them to learn.

Although there are always adults on hand to assist, please help your child to become more independent in their dressing over the Easter break.

 

Easter Holidays - Competition! Reading in unusual and interesting places….

Please can the children submit photographs of themselves reading / sharing a story in the most unusual and interesting places. There will be a prize awarded for the best entry on Friday 22nd April?

See ParentMail for details. Please email your entries to either Mrs James (claire.james@buckhursthill.essex.sch.uk) or Mr Stuckey (francis.stuckey@buckhursthill.essex.sch.uk).

 

Absence

If your child has a persistent cough and/or a high temperature then please keep them at home and read the school website for further guidance. If your child is absent with sickness or diarrhoea, please keep them at home for 48 hours after the last episode. For any absence, please call the school office to let us know ahead of the school day.

 

Dates for your diary

Friday 1st April – Last day of Spring Term – 2pm finish

Monday 18th April – Bank Holiday Monday

Tuesday 19th April – First day of the Summer Term

Friday 22nd April – First P.E. session where children are required to change into their kit.

Tuesday 3rd May - Phonics Meeting for Parents


 

 

Thursday 24th March 

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

We have had such a lovely week, enjoying the first of some warm weather and taking advantage of our fantastic school grounds. Let’s hope it continues!

 

Next week, our focus book will be ‘The Lion Inside’ by Rachel Bright and we will be writing character descriptions, as well as describing the settings in the story. In Maths, we will be counting and writing numbers to 20 and in Computing we will be beginning to explore algorithms.

 

Animal Models

Tomorrow, the children will be box modelling, so please send in any last boxes, tubes and bottles you have in the recycling bin at home so that there is enough for all the children. Thanks to everyone for your contributions so far.

 

Homework

For homework, we have added some sheets with simple counting activities, in order for the children to practise their number formation, as well as some number sequences, to add the missing numbers. We have also added a sheet to practise spelling numbers from zero to ten. 

 

Chickenpox

We have had a few pupils absent with chickenpox lately, so please be vigilant and follow the advice on the school website – to keep children at home until the spots have scabbed over (usually about 5 days) or until your child is feeling well again.

 

P.E.

P.E. will take place on a Monday and Friday. Please send your child into school in their P.E. kit on those days, being mindful of the weather, as the children will remain in their kit all day.

 

Absence

If your child has a persistent cough and/or a high temperature then please keep them at home and read the school website for further guidance. If your child is absent with sickness or diarrhoea, please keep them at home for 48 hours after the last episode. For any absence, please call the school office to let us know ahead of the school day.

 

Dates for your diary

Friday 1st April – Last day of Spring Term

Tuesday 19th April – First day of the Summer Term

 

Mrs James                              Mr Stuckey                               Miss Abdi

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Thursday 17th March 

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

We had a lovely time at Colchester Zoo on Tuesday and were so lucky to have fantastic weather. We are sure there were many exhausted children on Tuesday evening (and adults)! Thank you to Mrs Morgun, Mrs Woolston and Mr Leverington for joining us and helping to make the trip a success.

This week, we have been writing about our favourite animal at the zoo. We have also been comparing Antarctica and the Sahara and have been learning about how camels and penguins have adapted to live in these environments. Mathematics has continued with addition and subtraction problems.

Next week, our focus book will be ‘Giraffes Can’t Dance’ by Giles Andreae and we will be creating our model animals. In Mathematics, by the end of this term we will be moving on to counting and writing numbers to 20.

 

Homework

For homework, please can the children design an animal which they would like to create in school using cardboard boxes, tubes, straws, wool and other ‘junk’. It can be an imaginary animal if they would like. Talk to them about how many legs it has got and what will they use to create them? Does it have wings? How many eyes does it have? Where will its ears go? Will it have patterns on its body, or will it have fur or scales? Can they label their design?

 

We have put a sheet in their homework book or bags to sketch their design.

 

Junk!

Please can you send in any cardboard or plastic boxes, bottles, tubes and other materials which the children can then use to create their model. Thanks to those who have already emptied the recycling bin at home!

 

Red Nose Day – Friday 18th March

The children will be able to wear an accent of red with their PE kit tomorrow – please see the ParentMail which has been sent out regarding this.

 

Science Day – Friday 18th March

We will be carrying out some ice investigations tomorrow, which links with our Antarctica learning, and will continue to learn about animal adaptations to survive in different climates.

 

 

P.E.

P.E. will take place on a Monday and Friday. Please send your child into school in their P.E. kit on those days, being mindful of the weather, as the children will remain in their kit all day.

 

Absence

If your child has a persistent cough and/or a high temperature then please keep them at home and read the school website for further guidance. If your child is absent with sickness or diarrhea, please keep them at home for 48 hours after the last episode. For any absence, please call the school office to let us know ahead of the school day.

 

Dates for your diary

Friday 18th March – Red Nose Day / Science Day

Friday 1st April – Last day of Spring Term

Tuesday 19th April – First day of the Summer Term

 

 

Mrs James       Mr Stuckey      Miss Abdi

 

 

 


 

 

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

This week we have been learning about animals which we keep as pets and the factors when choosing a suitable pet. The children have presented some lovely work in relation to this in ‘Show and Tell’. We have also been painting ‘farm animals’. In Maths, we have been continuing to learn about the relationship between addition and subtraction. Our story this week has been ‘Meerkat Mail’ by Emily Gravett and we have been writing our own postcards from the locations described in the book.

 

Colchester Zoo Trip – Tuesday 15th March

Here are some reminders about the trip –

Children must arrive at school at 8.15 am. The coach will be leaving at 8.30 am.  

Children are not required to wear uniform. They should wear clothing appropriate for being outside all day, in any weather, with comfortable shoes for walking.

Children should bring a packed lunch in a bag which can be disposed of (such as a paper bag) or folded up and put in their pocket (such as a reusable plastic or cloth bag), once we have had our lunch. They do not need any other bags.

Children do not need to bring any money as we will not be visiting the gift shop.

Please ensure any medications are in school.

When payment for the trip is made, the system automatically asks for parental permission. Please see the office regarding any payment/permission queries.

 

Homework

For homework, we would like the children to write down a question about an animal that they would like to try and find the answer to at the zoo, e.g. what do giraffes like to eat? We have put a piece of card in their bags to write their question on.

We have also put some subtraction sheets in their bags so that they can practise what we have been working on in class.

 

Show and Tell

There will be nothing to prepare for ‘Show and Tell’ next week because we will be sharing our zoo trip experiences during the latter part of the week.

 

 

Junk Modelling

Soon, the children will be creating animals using junk such as cardboard tubes, egg boxes, cereal boxes and plastic bottles. Please can you bring in any of these types of plastic/cardboard containers and boxes so that we have enough for all of the children to create their animal. Thanks to those who have already brought some in.

 

P.E.

P.E. will take place on a Monday and Friday. Please send your child into school in their P.E. kit on those days, being mindful of the weather, as the children will remain in their kit all day.

 

Absence

If your child has a persistent cough and/or a high temperature then please keep them at home and read the school website for further guidance. If your child is absent with sickness or diarrhea, please keep them at home for 48 hours after the last episode. For any absence, please call the school office to let us know ahead of the school day.

 

Dates for your diary

Colchester Zoo Trip – Tuesday 15th March – 8.15am start!

 

 

 

Mrs James       Mr Stuckey      Miss Abdi

 

Tuesday 1st March - Year One Newsletter 

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

This week we are continuing our learning about animals, finding out about nocturnal animals and animals which live on a farm.

In Maths, we are learning about the relationship between subtraction and addition and, in English, have been writing our own version of ‘Dear Zoo’ by Rod Campbell.

 

Homework

For homework we would like the children to write about the pets they have at home, or their dream pet. They can tell us its name, what it eats, what it looks like, how it needs to be looked after, where it would live in the wild, when it sleeps, how it likes to play……. The children can create a picture of the pet as well, if they would like, and can present their work for ‘Show and Tell’.

 

Thank you!

We would like to thank Etta’s mum (1J) for bringing in their extremely well-behaved chicken, Sarah, for the children to see last week. All of the Year One children had the opportunity to ask lots of questions, to feed and to hold it and it was a lovely experience for them.

 

World Book Day – Thursday 3rd March

The children looked fantastic in their 1940’s clothes last week and, on Thursday, they have the opportunity to dress up again as a book character, for World Book Day. The children should come to school dressed as a character from a book – perhaps they could bring the book with them, if they have it at home? They can tell us about their character and the story their character is from.

Please be mindful that they will be wearing the costume all day and will be in the playground, as usual, at break and lunch time. Please see your class teacher if you do not have a suitable costume as we will be able to find something in school. 

 

Parent’s Evenings - Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd March

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow and Thursday evening for Parent’s Evenings.

 

Colchester Zoo Trip – Tuesday 15th March

A ParentMail has been sent out regarding this and we will send out further details before the day.

To clarify, children should bring their lunch in a bag which can be disposed of once they have finished their lunch (such as a paper bag) or folded up and put in the child’s coat pocket (e.g. a reusable plastic/cloth bag). This is so that the children are not required to carry their lunch bag/box around with them all day (the adults will not be able to carry 60 lunch boxes!) and also prevents bags and boxes being lost.

When payment for the trip is made, the system then automatically asks for parental permission. Please see the office regarding any payment/permission queries.

 

Junk Modelling

Soon, the children will be creating animals using junk such as cardboard tubes, egg boxes, cereal boxes and plastic bottles. Please can you bring in any of these types of plastic/cardboard containers and boxes so that we have enough for all of the children to create their animal. Thanks.

 

P.E.

P.E. will take place on a Monday and Friday. Please send your child into school in their P.E. kit on those days, being mindful of the weather, as the children will remain in their kit all day.

 

Absence

If your child has a persistent cough and/or a high temperature then please keep them at home and read the school website for further guidance. If your child is absent with sickness or diarrhea, please keep them at home for 48 hours after the last episode. For any absence, please call the school office to let us know ahead of the school day.

 

Dates for your diary

 

Parent’s Evenings – tomorrow and Thursday 3rd March

World Book Day – Thursday 3rd March

Colchester Zoo Trip – Tuesday 15th March

 

 

 

Mrs James       Mr Stuckey      Miss Abdi

 

 

 


 

 

Dear Parents / Carers

 

This week we have been learning about the characteristics of birds and the way that animals can be grouped. Our writing has been based on the story ‘Six Dinner Sid’ by Inga Moore and, in Maths, we have been solving subtraction problems.

 

Next week, we will be learning about farm animals, nocturnal animals and fish. We will be continuing our work on subtraction and will be making our own ‘Dear Zoo’ books.

 

Colchester Zoo Trip – Tuesday 15th March

Talking of zoos, in relation to our learning about animals, we have arranged a trip to Colchester Zoo so please look out for the ParentMail regarding this.

 

Homework

We have put some subtraction problems into the children’s homework books/bags, which use a number line to count back. Remind the children to count the jumps!

They can also work out the same problems using counters or other counting objects that you may have at home, talking about the whole number, the number taken away and the number that is left.

 

Show and Tell

For ‘Show and Tell’ we would like the children to learn about an animal which is either an omnivore, herbivore or carnivore. They can learn the name of the animal, what it eats and where it lives.

 

Communication and Language Group Volunteers

We are looking for some parent/grandparent volunteers to come in and play some games with the children to encourage their speaking skills, particularly for our children who are learning English. Please speak to Mrs James if you or a grandparent would like to volunteer.

 

Friday 25th February

Don’t forget that it is ‘History Day’ tomorrow; we look forward to seeing the children in their 1940’s / evacuee style dress.

 

Parent’s Evenings – Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd March.

We look forward to seeing you next week and hope that you found your appointment time in your child’s book bag. Please see you class teacher if you are unsure.

 

 

Mrs James, Mr Stuckey and Miss Abdi

 

Thursday 10th February 

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

This week we have had fun recreating some of the patterns which were sent in. We have also been exploring ‘shape’ and ‘pattern’ in Maths.

Next term, in Geography we will be answering the question – ‘Why don’t penguins need to fly?’ and will be learning about lots of different types of animal. Our English work will be based around classic animal-themed stories. We will also be making some 3D animal sculptures.

In Maths, we will be covering subtraction and the relationship between subtraction and addition. We will also be working with numbers up to 20.

 

Homework

As part of our Science work next term we will be finding out about how birds are a unique and distinct group of animals and what makes them special.

Over half – term we would like the children to find out some facts about a bird. They can choose a bird which they see locally, such as a robin in the garden, or a bird which we don’t find in the UK. Can they draw and label the bird? Can they talk about how the bird is the same/different to other birds? Please talk to them about what birds have, that other animals do not. They can create a drawing or picture of the bird, bring in a picture, write some facts, take a photo and send it in - it’s up to them! They can present these for ‘Show and Tell’.

It would be very helpful if children could continue to revise the Phase 2 and 3 Phonic sounds which are in the back of their homework books and below this newsletter. 

The children are finding missing number problems a little tricky so it would also be useful to practise these. For example, the children can use their fingers, counters, number lines and their knowledge of the composition of numbers to find the answer to sums such as 3 + 4 = _____      but find it more difficult to find the missing number in 3 + ___ = 7, or ______ + 3 = 7.

 

Friday 25th February - History Day

Each year group at BHCPS will learn about a significant historical event and the children can come dressed up as a person who was present at the time. In Year One, we will be learning about the outbreak of WWII so the children can come dressed in 1940’s / evacuee style dress.

 

Parent’s Evenings - Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd March

A ParentMail has been sent out regarding these meetings. Please send an email to your class teacher requesting a preferred time; they will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Thank you.

claire.james@buckhursthill.essex.sch.uk

francis.stuckey@buckhursthill.essex.sch.uk

 

P.E.

P.E. will take place on a Monday and Friday. Please send your child into school in their P.E. kit on those days, being mindful of the weather, as the children will remain in their kit all day.

 

Absence

If your child has a persistent cough and/or a high temperature then please keep them at home and read the school website for further guidance. If your child is absent with sickness or diarrhea, please keep them at home for 48 hours after the last episode. For any absence, please call the school office to let us know ahead of the school day.

 

Finally, we welcome Miss Abdi back today – the children have been very pleased to see her! Have a lovely half-term break.

 

Dates for your diary

Today – last day of the half term

11th February – Non-Pupil day

21st February – School begins

25th February – History Day

 

 

Mrs James       Mr Stuckey      Miss Abdi

 

 

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

This week we have really enjoyed looking at the patterns sent in which represent the children’s family heritage and culture. Next week, we hope to recreate some of them. We also enjoyed looking at the children’s work about ‘physical’ and ‘human’ geography. In Maths, the children have been learning about 3d shape and, in English, we have been writing our own version of ‘The Sound Collector’ by Roger McGough, to tie in with our work on ‘Pattern’.  

 

Homework

We have set two pieces of homework this week. You can choose to do one or both of them.

 

Homework - Shape

The first piece is to look for some 3d shapes around the home or garden and draw/write their names. We have been learning about cubes, cuboids, pyramids, cylinders, spheres and cones. We have been comparing different pyramids and cuboids, talking about how they are the same and how they are different. We have been talking about how many faces they have and the shape of the faces. We have been talking about how we know a shape is the shape it is and how we know it isn’t something else. Which shapes do the children see more of?

 

Homework - Sounds

In English this week, the children have been writing poems about the sounds they can hear around them – e.g. ‘the dripping of the tap’, ‘the giggling of the children’……

Can the children draw and label some sounds that they can hear around them at home or when out and about? They can think of the object making the noise and the noise it makes – e.g. ‘alarm’ and ‘ringing’.

The children can talk about their homework for ‘Show and Tell’. 

 

Pattern Project

Our topic until the end of this half term is ‘How can we represent the world through pattern?’ If you haven’t already done so, please can you email or send in a picture of a pattern which best represents your family heritage/culture. For example, it could be a William Morris or Liberty print, tartan, traditional folk art or something reflecting traditional colours that you might see in pottery, textiles, tiles or traditional dress. We would really appreciate it if you could choose the simplest patterns possible because we are going to attempt to recreate some of them with the children.  Please send them to claire.james@buckhursthill.essex.sch.uk and francis.stuckey@buckhursthill.essex.sch.uk. Thanks to all of those who have already sent in a pattern – they are fantastic!

 

Friday 25th February - History Day

Each year group at BHCPS will learn about a significant historical event and the children can come dressed up as a person who was present at the time. In Year One, we will be learning about the outbreak of WWII so the children can come dressed in 1940’s / evacuee style dress.

 

 

P.E.

P.E. will take place on a Monday and Friday. Please send your child into school in their P.E. kit on those days, being mindful of the weather, as the children will remain in their kit all day.

 

Absence

If your child has a persistent cough and/or a high temperature then please keep them at home and read the school website for further guidance. If your child is absent with sickness or diarrhea, please keep them at home for 48 hours after the last episode. For any absence, please call the school office to let us know ahead of the school day.

 

Dates for your diary

10th February – last day of the half-term

11th February – Non-pupil day

25th February – History Day

 

 

Mrs James       Mr Stuckey     

 

 

 


 

 

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

In Geography this week, we have been exploring human and physical features and have been finding out about the geography of where we live. The children have really enjoyed using Google Earth to look at the familiar places in our local area and its place within England, the UK and the world. In Maths, they have continued to use addition strategies to solve word problems. In English, they have been concentrating on using capital letters, full stops and finger spaces in their writing, which is based on the story ‘The Man on the Moon’ by Simon Bertram.

 

Next week, we are starting a project on ‘Pattern’ and the children will be writing some poetry to tie in with this. In Maths, we will also begin some work on ‘Shape’ and how they can be repeated.  

 

Homework

This week, we would like the children to fold a piece of paper in half and draw some physical geographical features on one side and some human geographical features on the other. If the children would like to label what they have drawn, they can.

The children have learnt that human geographical features are man-made, such as buildings and roads whereas physical geographical features are products of nature, such as oceans, mountains and forests.

 

Pattern Project

Our topic until the end of this half term is ‘How can we represent the world through pattern?’ Please can you email or send in a picture of a pattern which best represents your family heritage/culture. For example, it could be a William Morris or Liberty print, tartan, traditional folk art or something reflecting traditional colours that you might see in pottery, textiles, tiles or traditional dress. We would really appreciate it if you could choose the simplest patterns possible because we are going to attempt to recreate some of them with the children.  Please send them to claire.james@buckhursthill.essex.sch.uk and francis.stuckey@buckhursthill.essex.sch.uk.

 

Show and Tell

The children can talk about the patterns and why they may be significant to them and their family.

 

Friday 25th February - History Day

Each year group at BHCPS will learn about a significant historical event and the children can come dressed up as a person who was present at the time. In Year One, we will be learning about the outbreak of WWII so the children can come dressed in 1940’s / evacuee style dress.

 

 

P.E.

P.E. will take place on a Monday and Friday. Please send your child into school in their P.E. kit on those days, being mindful of the weather, as the children will remain in their kit all day.

 

Absence

If your child has a persistent cough and/or a high temperature then please keep them at home and read the school website for further guidance. If your child is absent with sickness or diarrhea, please keep them at home for 48 hours after the last episode. For any absence, please call the school office to let us know ahead of the school day.

 

Dates for your diary

10th February – last day of the half-term

11th February – Non-pupil day

25th February – History Day

 

 

Mrs James       Mr Stuckey     

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

Thank you for the amazing ‘Show and Tell’ presentations this week; the children have brought in some fantastic work.

This week, we have been continuing to learn about ‘Explorers’ and the children have been writing about Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong. In Maths, we have been solving addition problems and missing number problems, using a number line. They have also been completing some explorer-themed crafts.  

 

Homework

In History, we have been looking at the timelines of Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong (please see the ParentMail because the image will not upload to here). 

 

For homework, can the children complete a timeline for themselves or another person in their family, adding some significant events (for the children this might be - learnt to walk, went on holiday, a baby sibling was born….). They can draw their own timeline or can complete the simple template we have put in their homework book. (If using the template, they can write the year in the top box and either a picture or a few words in the bottom box). The children can talk about their timeline in ‘Show and Tell’ next week.

In Maths, we have been completing addition problems by counting on a number line. We have put some of these problems into their homework books, if you would also like to practise these with them at home.

 

P.E

P.E. will take place on a Monday and Friday. Please send your child into school in their P.E. kit on those days, being mindful of the weather, as the children will remain in their kit all day.

 

Absence

If your child has a persistent cough and/or a high temperature then please keep them at home and read the school website for further guidance. If your child is absent with sickness or diarrhea, please keep them at home for 48 hours after the last episode. For any absence, please call the school office to let us know ahead of the school day.

 

Dates for your diary

10th February 2022 – Last Day of half term

11th February 2022 – Non-pupil day.

 

 

Mrs James       Mr Stuckey     

 

 

 

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

This week, we have been finding out and writing about the explorers Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Amy Johnson. In Maths, we have been working on number bonds and have been completing part-whole models with different numbers. Next week we will continue with this, and will also be doing some addition. 

 

Homework

Next week, we will be learning about the explorers Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong. For homework, please can the children find out some facts about a different explorer. They can write these facts in their homework book, can draw a picture of the explorer, make a poster or booklet about them, it’s up to them! They can present their facts for ‘Show and Tell’ next week.

 

P.E.

P.E. will continue to take place on a Monday and Friday. Please send your child into school in their P.E. kit on those days, being mindful of the weather, as the children will remain in their kit all day.

 

Absence

If your child has a new, persistent cough and/or a high temperature then please keep them at home and read the school website for further guidance. If your child is absent with sickness or diarrhea, please keep them at home for 48 hours after the last episode. For any absence, please call the school office to let us know ahead of the school day.

 

Dates for your diary

10th February 2022 – Last day of the half term

11th February 2022 – Non pupil day

 

 

Mrs James       Mr Stuckey      Miss Beck

Year One Newsletter 6th January

Dear Parents / Carers,

 

Thank you to everyone who came to watch the Christmas Shows. The children did really well to learn so many songs, actions and lines and we hoped that you enjoyed their efforts. They looked fantastic in their costumes.

Thank you for all our cards, presents and Christmas wishes; we really appreciate them.

 

Show and Tell

For ‘Show and Tell’, please can the children show the homework they have been set for the Christmas break – see below.

 

Holiday Homework

Every child across the school has been set the same piece of homework for the Christmas holiday. We have asked them to draw a picture of themselves and to write their name, the language/s they speak at home and how they celebrate Christmas. If they do not celebrate Christmas, children can write about a different family tradition or something that they do celebrate. We are looking forward to seeing all the completed work displayed in the school hall in January.

 

Friday 17th December – Christmas Pyjama Day

See the school newsletter for further details.

 

Friday 17th December – School finishes at 2pm.

 

Tuesday 4th January – Spring Term begins

 

Dates for your diary

Christmas Pyjama Day - Friday 17th December

School closes for Christmas – Friday 17th December

Spring Term begins  – Tuesday 4th January

 

We hope that you enjoy a lovely, relaxing break and look forward to seeing everyone in 2022!

 

Mrs James and the Reception / Year One Teaching Team

 

 


 

Thursday 9th December 

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

This week, we have been continuing to learn about ‘Materials’ and the children have been carrying out experiments on different types of paper. In Mathematics, they have been continuing to explore ‘greater than’, ‘fewer than’ and ‘equal to’, using the appropriate mathematical symbols and have been comparing groups of objects. They have also been writing a letter as if they were another stationery item which decided to quit!

 

Homework

For homework, the children can complete the Maths sheet which is stuck in their homework book.  They need to add the correct symbol which indicates the set of objects which has ‘greater than’ or ‘less than’. Please can they also make groups of different objects from around the house and compare them, talking about which is ‘greater/more than’ and which is ‘fewer/less than’ e.g. ‘there are fewer spoons than knives’. In general, the children find the concept ‘fewer/less than’ more difficult.

 

Show and Tell

For ‘Show and Tell’, please can the children talk about something that they do at Christmas, a family tradition or a special treat or outing that you have planned, e.g. visiting relatives, leaving a carrot for Rudolph, hanging a stocking, playing board games. If you do not celebrate Christmas, it can be something else that you do in the holidays.

 

Costumes!

Please can costumes be in by tomorrow, Friday 10th December. We have only received a few costumes so far in Reception and Year One and will be not be able to supply costumes for many children at such late notice….so if they have not got one, they will not be wearing one in the shows.

Children in Reception will be elves and can wear an elf costume or can come in red, white and/or green.

Children in Year One will be reindeer and can wear a reindeer costume, antlers or can wear black/brown clothes.

 

Parent’s Craft Day – Thursday 9th December – cancelled

 

 

 

Christmas Shows – Monday 13th December, Tuesday 14th December & Wednesday 15th December

We will be performing our Christmas Show on Monday 13th December at 10.00 am, Tuesday 14th December at 2.00 pm and Wednesday 15th at 10.00 am and then again at 2.00 pm.

Please only attend the one performance you have signed up for. You will be asked to sign in. Adults are expected to wear masks during the performance, unless exempt, and must remain in their seat. You may wish to take a lateral flow test before attending.

You will need to bring your child to school at the usual time but will not be able to stay in the hall until the 10.00 am performances. We will re-open the gates at 10.00 am. The gates will be opened at 2.00 pm for the afternoon performances.

 

Thursday 16th December – Christmas Dinner and Christmas Jumper Day

See school newsletter for further details.

 

Thursday 16th December – Christmas Party

We will have our party on Thursday 16th December.  Children will already be wearing their Christmas Jumpers so they do not need to bring additional clothes and we will provide some party snacks.

 

Friday 17th December – Christmas Pyjama Day

See school newsletter for further details.

 

End of term

School will finish at 2.00 pm next Friday and we return on Tuesday 4th January.

 

P.E.

P.E. will take place on a Monday and Friday. Please send your child into school in their P.E. kit on those days, being mindful of the weather, as the children will remain in their kit all day.

 

Absence

If your child has a persistent cough and/or a high temperature then please keep them at home and read the school website for further guidance. If your child is absent with sickness or diarrhea, please keep them at home for 48 hours after the last episode. For any absence, please call the school office to let us know ahead of the school day.

 

There are a lot of dates to remember!

 

Dates for your diary

Early Years / Year One Nativity – Monday 13th, Tuesday 14th & Wednesday 15th December

Christmas Dinner and Christmas Jumper Day - Thursday 16th December

Christmas Pyjama Day - Friday 17th December

School closes for Christmas – Friday 17th December

Spring Term begins – Tuesday 4th January

 

 

 

Mrs James       Mr Stuckey      Miss Abdi

 

 

 


 

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

Thanks to all of those who attended the Maths meeting on Tuesday morning. We will add the slides to the Year Group Page on the school website.

 

This week, we have been learning about ‘Materials’ and the children have been sorting plastic, wooden, glass and metal objects, or pictures of objects by what they have made of.  In Mathematics, they have been exploring ‘greater than’, ‘fewer than’ and ‘equal to’, using the appropriate mathematical symbols.

 

Homework

For homework, can the children fold a plain piece of paper into four and open it out again. Can they write the words ‘glass’, ‘metal’, ‘plastic’ and ‘wood’ into each of the quarters and then draw objects they find around the house in the appropriate section. Please can they label their drawings.

Talk to the children about how the material feels, the temperature it is, what sort of thing the material is often used for and why, what it couldn’t be used for and why? Are there objects which can be made of several of the materials e.g. metal/plastic/wooden cutlery? How are the materials the same and different? What words can they use to describe the materials? Which material is used the most/least in their home?

 

Their sheet will look like this before they add their drawings and labels.

 

 

 

Plastic

 

 

Wood

 

 

Metal

 

 

Glass

 

 

They can show their work for ‘Show and Tell’.

 

If children would like to write some sentences in their homework book about the materials, they can –

e.g. Metal is cold and smooth. Glass is see-through.

 

Costumes!

Children in Reception will be elves and can wear an elf costume or can come in red, white and/or green.

Children in Year One will be reindeer and can wear a reindeer costume or can wear black/brown clothes.

Please do not feel that you need to buy an expensive costume as we can organize things for the children – please let your child’s teacher know if you do not have anything suitable at home.

 

Please can all costumes be sent in by Friday 10th December, in a labelled carrier bag.

 

Elf Day – Friday 3rd December

Tomorrow, children can come dressed as elves, or in red or green to fundraise for the Alzheimer’s Society – please see newsletter for further details.

 

Parent’s Craft Day – Thursday 9th December

Parents are invited to come and create some Christmas crafts with their child. There will be two sessions,

9.00-10.00 am and 10.30-11.30 am and parents are able to attend one of these time slots. There will be sign- up sheets for 15 parents per time slot, posted outside each classroom nearer to the date (we will let you know when they are going up).

Thanks to those who have signed up already; we will be closing the sign up sheets tomorrow.

 

PTA Christmas Bazaar – Friday 3rd December, 3.15-6.30 pm

Join us for festive fun and another opportunity for the whole family to meet Santa on Friday 3rd December at the PTA Christmas Bazaar. The PTA will email out the details separately.

 

The PTA require volunteers for this event. If you are able to help, it would be much appreciated.

 

Christmas Show – Monday 13th December, Tuesday 14th December & Wednesday 15th December

Additional date due to there being both year groups performing – Wednesday 15th December at 10.00am and 2.00pm.

 

We will be performing our Christmas Show on Monday 13th December at 10.00 am, Tuesday 14th December at 2.00 pm and Wednesday 15th at 10.00 am and then again at 2.00 pm. Reception and Year One will be performing together. Two adults per child will be able to attend one of the performances only – details to follow nearer the time.

 

The sign-up sheets are outside the classrooms – please ask the teacher. Only 16 places per class will be available for each of the four performances. Only two adults per child can attend and must only attend one performance each. This is to prevent overcrowding in the hall – additional adults will not be permitted.

The name of each adult attending will need to be written on a separate line with the child’s name alongside it. At each performance there will be a register. Please do not attend a performance you have not signed up for. Thank you for your cooperation.

 

Thursday 16th December – Christmas Dinner and Christmas Jumper Day

See school newsletter for further details.

 

Friday 17th December – Christmas Pyjama Day

See school newsletter for further details.

 

P.E.

P.E. will take place on a Monday and Friday. Please send your child into school in their P.E. kit on those days, being mindful of the weather, as the children will remain in their kit all day.

 

Absence

If your child has a persistent cough and/or a high temperature then please keep them at home and read the school website for further guidance. If your child is absent with sickness or diarrhea, please keep them at home for 48 hours after the last episode. For any absence, please call the school office to let us know ahead of the school day.

 

There are a lot of dates to remember!

 

Dates for your diary

PTA Christmas Bazaar – Friday 3rd December, 3.15-6.30 pm

Elf Day – Friday 3rd December

Christmas Craft Day – Thursday 9th December

Early Years / Year One Nativity – Monday 13th, Tuesday 14th & Wednesday 15th December

Christmas Dinner and Christmas Jumper Day - Thursday 16th December

Christmas Pyjama Day - Friday 17th December

School closes for Christmas – Friday 17th December

 

 

 

Mrs James       Mr Stuckey      Miss Abdi

 

 

 


 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

Thanks to all of those who attended the phonics meeting on Tuesday morning. Please find the slides below.  We hope that you will be able to attend the ‘Mathematics’ meeting on Tuesday.

 

This week, our work has been based on the story ‘This is the Bear and the Scary Night’ by Sarah Hayes. The children have been writing a recount of the story. In Mathematics, they have been exploring ‘more and less’ and have been comparing numbers. We have continued to learn our Christmas songs and have begun some artwork based on the artist, Beatriz Milhazes.

 

Homework

For Maths homework, can the children continue to explore ‘more and less’. Here is a link to a game on the ‘Topmarks’ website. https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/robot-more-or-less

Just tap the game to start it.

Some children may want to find one more and one less than a given number to 10.

Some children may want to find one or two more/less than a given number to 20.

Other children may want to find up to 5 more/less than given numbers to 50/100.

They could also write their answers down in a number sentence.
The game allows you to choose a difficulty level.

 

Please note -

By the end of Year One, children are expected to be able to find one more and one less than a given number and should be able to use language such as more than, less than, fewer than, greater than, most, least…we do not expect them to be completing the more difficult levels on this game.

 

This week we have been encouraging them to use the sentences, ‘x is one more than x’, ‘x is one less than x’, after solving a number problem.

 

If you cannot access the game, you could try….

Rolling a die and saying the number/writing the number which is one more/less.

Rolling a die and completing the sentence – x (number rolled) is one/more less than ……….

Choosing a number card and giving the number which is one more/less….

An adult choosing a number on the hundred square (in the back of their homework book) and the child writing the number which is one more and one less……

They can also try representing ‘more’ and ‘less’ using blocks - e.g. you show them 5 blocks, they show you 4……. ‘one less than 5 is 4’.

 

Show and Tell

Next week, we are basing our work on the story ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’ by Drew Daywalt.

There are several readings on YouTube, such as….

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZttMDho5HMw

 

For ‘Show and Tell’, can the children tell us which crayon they feel most sorry for and why? Which crayon writes the most persuasive letter?  They can draw a picture using their chosen colour, if they would like.

 

Sounds and words

Over the next few days we will be adding phonics sheets to the back of the homework books and the sight words they have already learnt, plus the next set. Please bear with us as it takes quite sometime to properly assess the children – they will not all have them on the same day.

 

Costumes!

Children in Reception will be elves and can wear an elf costume or can come in red, white and/or green.

Children in Year One will be reindeer and can wear a reindeer costume or can wear black/brown clothes.

Please do not feel that you need to buy an expensive costume as we can organize things for the children – please let your child’s teacher know if you do not have anything suitable at home.

 

Please can all costumes be sent in by Friday 10th December, in a labelled carrier bag.

 

Non- Pupil Day – Friday 26th November

Children do not come to school tomorrow.

 

Mathematics Meeting – Tuesday 30th November, 9.00 am

We will be holding a meeting to talk about how mathematics is taught at BHCPS.

 

Elf Day – Friday 3rd December

Children can come dressed as elves, or in red or green to fundraise for the Alzheimer’s Society – please see newsletter for further details.

 

Parent’s Craft Day – Thursday 9th December

Parents are invited to come and create some Christmas crafts with their child. There will be two sessions,

9.00-10.00 am and 10.30-11.30 am and parents are able to attend one of these time slots. There will be sign- up sheets for 15 parents per time slot, posted outside each classroom nearer to the date (we will let you know when they are going up).

Thanks to those who have signed up already!

 

PTA Santa’s Grotto – Thursday 2nd December, then the PTA Christmas Bazaar – Friday 3rd December, 3.15-6.30 pm

The children will have the chance to meet Santa during the school day on Thursday 2nd December and there will be further festive fun and another opportunity for the whole family to meet Santa on Friday 3rd December at the PTA Christmas Bazaar. The PTA will email out the details separately.

 

The PTA require volunteers for this event. If you are able to help, it would be much appreciated.

 

Christmas Show – Monday 13th December, Tuesday 14th December & Wednesday 15th December

Additional date due to there being both year groups performing – Wednesday 15th December at 10.00am and 2.00pm.

 

We will be performing our Christmas Show on Monday 13th December at 10.00 am, Tuesday 14th December at 2.00 pm and Wednesday 15th at 10.00 am and then again at 2.00 pm. Reception and Year One will be performing together. Two adults per child will be able to attend one of the performances only – details to follow nearer the time.

 

The sign-up sheets for the performances will go up today and will stay up next week. Only 16 places per class will be available for each of the four performances. Only two adults per child can attend and must only attend one performance each. This is to prevent overcrowding in the hall – additional adults will not be permitted.

The name of each adult attending will need to be written on a separate line with the child’s name alongside it. At each performance there will be a register. Please do not attend a performance you have not signed up for. Thank you for your cooperation.

 

Thursday 16th December – Christmas Dinner and Christmas Jumper Day

See school newsletter for further details.

 

Friday 17th December – Christmas Pyjama Day

See school newsletter for further details.

 

P.E.

P.E. will take place on a Monday and Friday. Please send your child into school in their P.E. kit on those days, being mindful of the weather, as the children will remain in their kit all day.

 

Absence

If your child has a persistent cough and/or a high temperature then please keep them at home and read the school website for further guidance. If your child is absent with sickness or diarrhea, please keep them at home for 48 hours after the last episode. For any absence, please call the school office to let us know ahead of the school day.

 

There are a lot of dates to remember!

 

Dates for your diary

Mathematics Meeting – Tuesday 30th November 9.00 am

PTA Santa’s Grotto – Thursday 2nd December

PTA Christmas Bazaar – Friday 3rd December, 3.15-6.30 pm

Elf Day – Friday 3rd December

Christmas Craft Day – Thursday 9th December

Early Years / Year One Nativity – Monday 13th, Tuesday 14th & Wednesday 15th December

Christmas Dinner and Christmas Jumper Day - Thursday 16th December

Christmas Pyjama Day - Friday 17th December

School closes for Christmas – Friday 17th December

 

 

 

Mrs James       Mr Stuckey      Miss Abdi

 

 

 


 

Phonics Meeting 23rd November 2021

Oxford Owl Website - click on the phonics resources

https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/reading/learn-to-read-phonics/

 

Phonics Games and Resources 

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/

 

Jolly Phonics songs in order. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIQ5L9xgU4g

Year One Meeting - changes to staffing and organisation

 

Thursday 18th November 

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

This week, our work has been based on the story ‘A Dark, Dark Tale’ by Ruth Brown. The children have been writing about a journey ending with the discovery of a box containing something special. In Mathematics, they have been exploring the composition of numbers 6, 7, 8 and 9, and have been counting backwards. We have continued to learn our Christmas songs and have begun some artwork based on the artist Bridget Riley.

 

Homework

Next week, our focus text is the story ‘This is the Bear and the Scary Night’ by Sarah Hayes. It is the story of a bear which is accidentally left behind in the park, is picked up and carried through the air by an owl, dropped in a pond, rescued by a man and found again by its owner. Here is the link to the story - https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p011md41

For homework, can the children imagine a similar event. Can they draw three pictures – one of a different place where a bear could be left, one of something that then happens to the bear and one of how it is rescued/found by its owner. They can write a sentence to accompany each picture (or can just draw the pictures, if they wish). If the children want to substitute the bear for a different favourite toy, they can.

Alternatively, if they are keen to do more. They can write a whole new story of a bear being lost and found.

They can either divide the blank part of the next page in their homework book into three for the pictures and then write the sentences on the lines underneath or they can draw them on three separate pages. The children can show their work for ‘Show and Tell’.

 

Children in Need Day / Non Uniform, Friday 19th November

To raise money for Children in Need, children can wear colourful clothes tomorrow. The main school newsletter has further details.

 

Phonics Meeting – Tuesday 23rd November, 9.00 am

We will be holding a phonics meeting for parents, to talk about how we teach this in school.

 

Non- Pupil Day – Friday 26th November

Children do not come to school next Friday.

 

Mathematics Meeting – Tuesday 30th November, 9.00 am

We will be holding a meeting to talk about how mathematics is taught at BHCPS.

 

These meetings will give you the opportunity to ask any questions that you may have.

 

Elf Day – Friday 3rd December

Children can come dressed as elves, or in red or green to fundraise for the Alzheimer’s Society – please see newsletter for further details.

 

Parent’s Craft Day – Thursday 9th December

Parents are invited to come and create some Christmas crafts with their child. There will be two sessions,

9.00-10.00 am and 10.30-11.30 am and parents are able to attend one of these time slots. There will be sign- up sheets for 15 parents per time slot, posted outside each classroom nearer to the date (we will let you know when they are going up).

 

PTA Santa’s Grotto – Thursday 2nd December, then the PTA Christmas Bazaar – Friday 3rd December, 3.15-6.30 pm

The children will have the chance to meet Santa during the school day on Thursday 2nd December and there will be further festive fun and another opportunity for the whole family to meet Santa on Friday 3rd December at the PTA Christmas Bazaar. The PTA will email out the details separately.

 

Christmas Show – Monday 13th December, Tuesday 14th December & Wednesday 15th December

Additional date due to there being both year groups performing – Wednesday 15th December at 10.00am and 2.00pm.

We will be performing our Christmas Show on Monday 13th December at 10.00 am, Tuesday 14th December at 2.00 pm and Wednesday 15th at 10.00 am and then again at 2.00 pm. Reception and Year One will be performing together. Two adults per child will be able to attend one of the performances only – details to follow nearer the time.

 

Costumes!

Children in Reception will be elves and can wear an elf costume or can come in red, white and/or green.

Children in Year One will be reindeer and can wear a reindeer costume or can wear black/brown clothes.

Please do not feel that you need to buy an expensive costume as we can organize things for the children – please let your child’s teacher know if you do not have anything suitable at home.

 

Thursday 16th December – Christmas Dinner and Christmas Jumper Day

See school newsletter for further details.

 

Friday 17th December – Christmas Pyjama Day

See school newsletter for further details.

 

P.E.

P.E. will take place on a Monday and Friday. Please send your child into school in their P.E. kit on those days, being mindful of the weather, as the children will remain in their kit all day.

 

Absence

If your child has a persistent cough and/or a high temperature then please keep them at home and read the school website for further guidance. If your child is absent with sickness or diarrhea, please keep them at home for 48 hours after the last episode. For any absence, please call the school office to let us know ahead of the school day.

 

Dates for your diary

 

Children in Need Day – Friday 19th November

Phonics Meeting – Tuesday 23rd November, 9.00 am

Non-Pupil Day – Friday 26th November

Mathematics Meeting – Tuesday 30th November 9.00 am

PTA Santa’s Grotto – Thursday 2nd December

PTA Christmas Bazaar – Friday 3rd December, 3.15-6.30 pm

Elf Day – Friday 3rd December

Christmas Craft Day – Thursday 9th December

Early Years / Year One Nativity – Monday 13th, Tuesday 14th & Wednesday 15th December

Christmas Dinner and Christmas Jumper Day - Thursday 16th December

Christmas Pyjama Day - Friday 17th December

School closes for Christmas – Friday 17th December

 

 

 

Mrs James       Mr Stuckey      Miss Abdi

 

 

 


 

 

SHOW & TELL FOR NEXT WEEK!

 

Next week, we are reading the story 'A Dark, Dark Tale' by Ruth Brown, which is set at night. Please can the children find out about a nocturnal animal and tell us a fact about it. They can draw a picture, if they wish. 

 

 

 

 

 

Year One Newsletter 11th November 2021

Year One Newsletter 4th November

Websites for Children 

 

Here are some online resources for your child to access from home. 

 

This is a great website with interactive games and resources to support the teaching of phonics. 

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/

 

This website has lots of interactive maths games.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/counting

 

Another great website with suggestions for maths-related games and activities. 

https://nrich.maths.org/14536

 

The Oxford Owl website has games and activities to support English and Maths.

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/

 

Twinkl is used regularly in school and has a wealth of resources to support learning across the curriculum. They are offering free membership at the moment. 

https://www.twinkl.com/resources/parents

 

Numberblocks episodes can be found on YouTube and iPlayer. A great educational maths programme. 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/b08bzfnh/numberblocks

 

This website has links to various apps which can be downloaded from the App Store. 

https://www.earlylearninghq.org.uk/childrens-apps/

 

These are the Jolly Phonics songs in the order they are taught. 

https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2wpdvv

 

These are various songs which can be found on YouTube which the children enjoy. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvMyssfAUx0

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0dJWfQHF8Y

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZ-qLUIj_A0

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQrlgH97v94

 

Enjoy! 

Here are the Phase 2- Phase 5 sounds to practise at home.

 

Here also are some letter and number formation sheets. 

Here are the first 100 words. When your child can read the first 100 words on sight, they can begin to spell them. 
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