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Your teachers are: Mrs Horton, Mrs Reay and Mrs Baker


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Mrs Horton (Sweet Chestnut)


Mrs Reay and Mrs Baker (Horse Chestnut)    

Weekly Update 03/02/23


Dates for the diary:

Thursday 9th February – Trip to Budehaven – Book Event ‘Supertato Run Veggies Run’. More details below. We will need some adults to help walk the children to Budehaven, please.

Friday 10th February – Valentine’s Disco – please book in your child via schoolcomms

Friday 10th February – Break up for half term


Budehaven Book Event:

On Thursday 9th February, both classes are visiting Budehaven school to take part in a P.E event linked to the story ‘Supertato’. Our session will run between 10:30am and 11:15am. We will need as many volunteers as possible to help to walk the children there and back please.


As the event is linked to the story ‘Supertato’, the children have been invited to dress up us super heroes or any character linked to the story. This is totally optional and we ask that the children are able to walk to Budehaven, independently go the toilet and be able to run around in their costume. So, maybe a cape/hat/top. It is still a school uniform day.


We will aim to leave school at 9:50am and be back at school by 11:50am.


We ask that volunteers do not bring any younger siblings, as we cannot then count you in our ratio.


If you available to help, please let one of us know as soon as possible. We still need three more volunteers to make the trip feasible. Grandparents and neighbours etc. are also welcome to volunteer.


Thank you for your help.



This week we have begun our topic of Dinosaurs. We have continued to research different dinosaurs, using non-fiction books to help us find out more about them. We have also had a dinosaur themed reading challenge in which the children worked together to read some simple sentences. They then had to match the sentence to the corresponding dinosaur picture. Today, we played a dinosaur ‘Who am I?’ game, in which the children were given clues and then they had to guess which dinosaur was being described.


To end the half term, we will be recapping knowledge and skills we have learnt already during our choosing time. We will be focussing on music during our topic times, we hope to send a performance home to you on Tapestry at the end of the week!



Thank you for making sure your child brings their book bag and books to school every day. The children have been reassessed this week and their new phonics groups will begin after half term. We will let you know after half term what your child will be learning next. Thank you for encouraging your child to Fred Talk and read words with their sounds at home.


Reminder – it is our school homework policy that all children complete reading homework 5 times a week. We have noticed a drop off in reading practise in a lot of the children’s reading records. If you need any support or you are unsure of how to help your child at home with reading, please speak to one of the Reception teachers as soon as possible.



This week in maths we have been learning about 6, 7 and 8. We have been representing these numbers in a variety of ways, using our bodies and manipulatives. We have begun looking at some number bonds to 6, 7 and 8 using dominoes and lady birds to show the bonds. For example, 3 spots on one side and 4 on the other.


At home, encourage your child to have a go at writing the numbers, 6, 7 and 8 on different pieces of paper. Can they then use objects around the house to represent these numbers? For example, 6 socks, 7 pieces of Lego and 8 books.


Have a lovely weekend.


Mrs Horton, Mrs Baker and Mrs Reay 


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