Wb 14.01.19 - 18.01.19

Good evening,

We have had another busy week full of lessons! This week there has been some incredible writing from everyone. I'm not sure what you have given them for breakfast but wow! I found it really hard to choose which piece should go on the star work board. The children are really applying their phonic knowledge now, and remembering finger spaces, capital letters and full stops more in their work.

In maths we have moved onto addition and subtraction, but using numbers 11-20 and above. The children are still loving choosing their challenges, and they are very independent in their maths work.

During phonics this week we started some trickier spelling sounds. We looked at the i in fin and find, and the o in got and gold. I will be starting a phonics booster group for children during a lunchtime, who I feel will benefit from playing games/a booster session in preparation for the phonics screening in June. You will get a school ping about this over the next few days if your child is on my list.

We also made salt dough dinosaur fossils on Wednesday afternoon, which the crocodiles were very excited about!

Next week Beckers Green begins its breakfast club at 8:40am for children who would like to eat breakfast at school before we begin early morning work at 8:50/9! Please arrive promptly!

Have a great weekend, and I will look forward to seeing you all on Monday.

Miss Forman xx

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Dinosaurs

Good afternoon, 

This week was our first full week back since the holidays, and we went straight into our new topic of Dinosaurs! On Monday we had a letter delivered from Braintree District Council informing us that they had found something in our copse at the back of the school. With that, we went to investigate and found some eggs, and bones underground! On Tuesday a palaeontologist came in and confirmed to us that they were in fact DINOSAUR bones and eggs. We have had many conversations about dinosaurs and have named some facts. I wonder if your child can name one fact about dinosaurs they have written in their work this week?

In maths we have been focussing on numbers 11-20 in various ways. Dienes (base 10) was introduced, and we have been looking at how many tens are in a number and how many ones are in a number. 

In science this week we have started to look at herbivores, carnivores and omnivores. These are a bit of a mouthful, and we will be practising this within our science lessons each Tuesday afternoon so that it really sticks! The children loved seeing what animals ate which food, and then it was up to them to decide which category they went in to complete the activity. 

In topic this week we designed our own dinosaurs, some were colourful, some had spikes, some had long necks, and some had special powers! Our Thursday morning slot is now PE instead of Outdoor learning, and we did a dance called fog and sunshine! It was so much fun, and the children really thought about the different ways they could move their bodies to be the fog and then the sunshine. 

As part of the children's health project, on Friday afternoon the children created a poster to make our bones healthy. We decided that we need to eat fruits, vegetables and protein, and we need to drink milk and water to keep us strong. 

As always, we have our daily phonics sessions after break, and we really focused on split digraphs this week. The children are working really hard, and each week I am getting Mrs Charles and Miss Thorogood to do flashcards with the children on a tick-sheet, just so that I can see where each childs gaps in learning are, so they that will fully be ready for the phonics screening in June. I have said to the children that in their reading records all of the sounds from phase 2-5 are in the middle, so if they have 5 minutes they can look and go through each digraph if they want to. This can also count towards our reading star chart in the class which they all love!

I hope everyone is having a lovely weekend, 

Miss Forman 

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Happy New Year!

Welcome back to a new term! I hope you had a lovely Christmas and I wish you a very Happy New Year! 

Please ensure all PE kits are back in school ASAP- we will need these for Monday 7th January. 

Outdoor learning has finished now, and so we will not need kits on a Thursday- we will be back to doing two PE sessions a week. 

Our new topic is Dinosaur's this term, and our story focus is 'The Dinosaur's Diary' by Julia Donaldson. 

On Thursday 10th January 2019 Mrs Barefield and I will be doing a phonics workshop in the school hall available to parents from EYFS and Key Stage 1- it would be great to see you there!

As always if you have any queries or questions I am always at the door, or please book an appointment with me.

Here is to a great 2019!

 

Miss Forman 

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Week 7

Good afternoon,

I cannot believe we are nearing the end of our first term together in year one. This week has been assessment week, so each child has worked hard to complete maths, spellings, phonics and reading assessments. I am extremely pleased with every child, and every child has made progress in all areas so hats off to them! We have also been completing our Christmas activity packs this week, which have been a real hit!

I hope you all enjoyed our Christmas carol concert on Wednesday- the children did brilliantly, and were so sensible walking to the church once again.

Next week we have got lots of fun to look forward to. We have a Christmas craft morning on Monday, and a pantomime in the afternoon. On Tuesday we have Christmas activities to complete, and our Christmas dinner together. Christmas jumpers can also be worn!

On Wednesday we have a class party in the morning, and in the afternoon we will be getting ready for the Christmas holidays!

I hope you all have a lovely weekend,

Miss Forman

 

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Week 6

Good evening,

Week 6 in maths saw us finish our addition and subtraction block. We have revisited 8 fact families all week, counted on and back to find the difference, compared statements and moved onto 3D shapes. All of the crocodiles are working hard in maths, and they are now confident in choosing their maths challenges. It is great to watch them all work hard to move through each challenge.

In literacy this week we have moved onto looking at the text type: letters. I wonder who we could be writing to?! We have looked at the features of a letter, and we have looked at the spellings could, would and should. On Friday we looked at some letters written by children in another school. Some were polite and had all the perfect features of a letter, however, some had mistakes and some were rude.

Our classroom is looking festive, and the children enjoy seeing what our new class mate is up to when they first come into school- ELFIS! We also have a class advent calendar, and after lunch each day somebody is chosen to open a window. On Wednesday when we walked to the church I was so proud of every single crocodiles, as they walked slowly and sensibly in pairs holding hands. They put their high vis jackets on like super stars, and behaved amazingly. You are in for a real treat on Wednesday 12th! We look forward to seeing you all there.

Next week we have assessment week, so each child will complete some maths work, phonics work, reading work and science work with me.

Thank you for attending our Christmas Fayre on Friday evening, we hope you all had fun!

See you all tomorrow,

Miss Forman

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W.b 26.11.18 - 30.11.18

Good afternoon,

In English this week we have been acting out our favourite part of George's Marvellous Medicine in partners, and we have been writing sentences like a book review. Our phonics is helping our sentence structure, but we still sometimes need to remember those finger spaces!

In maths this week we have moved onto subtraction and have focused on how many left, breaking a part and fact families: 8 facts instead of 4 this time!

In science we looked at density, and we used a variety of ingredients to experiment this. I wonder if your child can remember which ingredient was the most dense?

We have been practising our singing for the carol concert, and our class poem ready to perform this at the church. On Wednesday we will be having a rehearsal at the church in the afternoon, and we will all walk down together after lunch.

Also, next week is our school fete on Friday 7th December after school. Hopefully lots of you will be there, and we will be making what we are selling on Thursday, so we have lots to look forward to!

As always it is such a busy time of year, and we have lots of dates to remember! Just a reminder:

5th December: Rehearsal in the church

12th December: Carol concert at the church

17th December: Christmas craft morning, Pantomime (pm)

18th December: Christmas dinner lunch and Christmas jumper day

19th December: Party in the morning- Last day of term 

We had such a lovely end to our day today- For the last 30 minutes we put up our class tree, some decorations, and the class advent calendar is ready to go!

Have a lovely weekend and I will see you on Monday!

Miss Forman

 

 

 

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Wb: 19.11.18 - 23.11.18

Hello!

At the start of this week we had a great Monday focusing on dental health! The children started in our crocodiles class by having a discussion about how many teeth we have, and why it is important to clean your teeth twice a day. We then had an art activity of making teeth using marshmallows! Classes in EYFS and KS1 moved around each classroom ready for a different activity. 

In English this week we have been looking at the language and punctuation used in book reviews. The children the compared Little Red Riding Hood's grandma to the grandma in George's Marvellous Medicine, and wrote sentences about this using capital letters, full stops and finger spaces. We looked further into capital letters, and we now know that capital letters are used in names and places. The 'sentence doctor' website online is very good to practise this, and we use this in some of our starter activities.

We are really pacing our way through the phase 5 digraphs in phonics, and we are practising to read real words, and alien words, which is all going to help towards the screening in June. Thank you to everyone that came to the phonics workshop I held on Thursday. I am going to be doing an evening session at 6pm (date to be confirmed), so I really hope lots more can come then. 

In maths this week we have chosen our ready, steady, go and turbo challenges based around adding more, and finding a part. A lot of children have got to turbo this week which is amazing! 

During science this week (Tues pm) we looked at dissolving and used a number of solids such as coffee, salt, sugar and sand to experiment whether or not they dissolved in hot and cold water. 

We have really started practising the songs and dances for our Christmas carol concert this week, and it looks to be a spectacular show! The carol concert will be held on Wednesday 12th December at St Pauls Church, and we look forward to seeing you there! 

Next week we have a non uniform day on Friday 30th November in aid of our Christmas Fayre on Friday 7th December. Please bring in any chocolates as a donation if you can on the 30th. 

I hope everyone is having a relaxing weekend,

I am on an early reading course tomorrow, but I shall see you on Tuesday!

Miss Forman 

 

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Wb: 12.11.18 - 16.11.18

Good evening,

This week we have been busy designing and making potions. There have been so many fantastic ideas, and the children have been so engaged when completing their writing surrounding this topic which has been great to see! I have had some great sentences about their potions today. Can your child tell you what is in our writing checklist? What makes a perfect sentence? We have been remembering capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. Nicole's potion was lavender purple, and Charlie H's potion was a luminous green!

In maths this week we have been comparing number bonds, and adding together- all of the children are working really hard in this block of addition and subtraction using the mastery approach.

To mark remembrance day we have made beautiful poppies to go on our display in the school corridor. Every class has made one and it will look spectacular once it is finished! I hope those that had lunch with us enjoyed it!

Thank you to everyone who donated money today for Children in Need- I am sure the total will be counted and announced shortly.

Next week we have dental awareness day on Monday. All children will be off timetable, and we will be completing activities based on oral hygiene.

We have a phonics workshop on Thursday- if you can make it, it will be very beneficial and will give you an insight into how we teach phonics and why. I am hoping to run an evening session for those parents who cannot make it. If it can be arranged it will be Thursday evening, if not there will be an evening one available in due course- I will let you know about this for definite on Monday.

Have a great weekend, I am off to eat lots of cake!

Miss Forman

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Week 2 5.11.18 - 9.11.18

Good evening,

In English this week we have had a very exciting week full of experiments! The children loved the coke, and bicarbonate of soda reaction! Their faces were a picture! The crocodiles have worked in pairs to create a potion together which will include either glitter, water, oil, food colouring, hair gel, or coffee. Chase and Logan's potion is going to make Mrs Smyth fly over the moon! We will be making these Monday/Tuesday and writing about them, therefore, if you have any water bottles please send them in!

Over the week we now have 4 new sounds to recognise: ay, ie, ou and ea. I have jotted these down in your child's reading record, and will continue to do so each week.

In maths this week we have been focusing on number bonds to 10- Can your child tell you the number bonds to 10?

In science we were fantastic scientists and we made lava lamps by using food colouring oil, water and alka seltzer.

Don't forget non uniform day is on Friday 16th November for Children in Need.

Have a lovely weekend, and I will see you on Monday!

Miss Forman

 

 

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Autumn 2

Hello! I hope everyone has had a great half term, and you are refreshed and ready for these next few weeks which will lead us up to Christmas! The crocodiles settled quickly back into our routines this week, and we had some Halloween fun! In maths this week we recapped fact families, and have moved onto systematic number bonds and making number bonds to 4,5,6,7,8,9 and 10. In English this week we wrote our half term news, and have began to reveal the story of George's Marvellous Medicine. We are at the point where Grandma has taken the medicine George made for her, and has grown extremely tall! There is a great storytelling clip on YouTube if you search online, which is worth a watch this weekend! We have also made spider pizzas, carved a pumpkin, danced at the disco, and practised our digraphs and trigraphs in phonics- especially the trigraphs air, ear and ure as they are the hardest ones in phase 3! We will be moving onto phase 5 sounds next week, and this will help your child in their next stage of reading.

A couple of weeks ago we made Christmas cards which are available for you to buy from the art project online. The original copy should have gone home with your child, and need to be ordered ASAP.

Could all children bring their homework folders back into school please- it doesn't matter if you haven't completed any but I do need the folders back so I can update the next six week block. Thank you!

Outdoor learning was lots of fun on Thursday- very wet and muddy (baby wipes have never been so useful!) and the children made things in the mud kitchen, went on a mud slide, and made a den. There was some amazing team work!

Well done to Sonnie who got the star of the week- Sonnie has joined the crocodiles class this week, and all of the children have been really welcoming helping him to find his feet. He is very kind and caring and has settled amazingly well.

Next week we will be doing all things firework night, and continuing our sequence of lessons for our new topic- I won't spoil it but it is very exciting!

Have a lovely weekend, and I will see you on Monday.

Miss Forman

 

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Week 7

Good afternoon,

This week we have enjoyed our last week of the topic Go Wild. In English we changed part of the story 'Where the Wild things are'. The imagination that the children had was incredible and they all worked extremely hard.

In maths this week we have focused on the addition symbol and fact families. Fact families look like this:

4+2=6

2+4=6

6=4+2

6=2+4

Today I think we have nearly cracked fact families so well done crocodiles!

In science this week we went on a tree hunt, and looked at the leaves changing on the trees- we are lucky to have such beautiful trees around our school to look at.

We had a treat on Wednesday- because as a class we have really enjoyed French, we had some croissants and jam to try as we have finished our first block of the subject. After half term- Christmas we will be doing music.

Finally, in ICT we had the beebots out and worked in a team to use the algorithm cards to programme the beebots.

Thank you to everyone for attending parents evening over the last three evenings. It is really beneficial to catch up with everyone and explain what we are up to!

Well done to all of the children who completed bits of homework over the last 6 weeks- I am going to go through all of it and display some in the classroom over half term.

I hope you have a great half term, and I will look forward to our next topic of George's Marvellous Medicine!

Enjoy your week! Miss Forman

 

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Week 6

Good evening,

During week six of this half term it was assessment week. The children completed a reading, spelling, phonics and maths task just so that I can identify any gaps in learning before we move on to Autumn 2. The phonics screening is new to the children, but they did brilliantly and I will be holding a phonics evening for parents sometime in November just to outline what phonics is like in year one and some information based on the screening assessment which will take place in June of next year.

Thank you to all of you for your harvest donations and for coming to our harvest assembly on Thursday. The children were fantastic again, and it was extremely overwhelming for them to stand up in front of all of those people! We finished our working week with some hot chocolates for doing so well.

Parents evening will take place next week- please note that each appointment is 10 minutes long. I am looking forward to catching up with you all, and it will be a good chance to look at our classroom and books so far.

I hope everyone has had a lovely weekend, and I will see you soon!

Miss Forman

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Week 5

Hello! This week in maths we have started to move onto addition and subtraction. We have focused on using the 'part whole model' this week, which can be really tricky, but I am really pleased with how the children have been challenging themselves with this, and how they have been using the language of recognising the 'whole' and the 'parts'.

During English we wrote a letter as a whole class to the wild things asking them what they wanted their King to be like. We wrote sentences about why Max would be a good King, and then we looked at the layout of a letter, and finished by writing our own letters to Max persuading him to come back and be the King of the Wild Things! We are really trying hard with our sentence structure, and I am encouraging children to read over their sentence to sound each word out.

We had a lovely time on our school trip to the Sea life centre. The crocodiles class lined up brilliantly, were sensible walking to and from the bus, and they enjoyed seeing lots of different animals- the crocodile was a highlight!

Next week we have our Harvest assembly on Thursday morning. We will be performing something to show you as a class, and will be singing songs to you with the other classes from KS1.

Parents evening appointments are now live online- please sign up ASAP as it will be lovely to catch up with everyone about the first term in year one.

Have a great weekend Crocodiles,

 

Miss Forman

 

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Week 4

Good afternoon! The weeks are flying past, and our days are packed full of different lessons- I can't believe it is Friday again!

This week in maths we were ordering objects, ordering numbers, using ordinal numbers and using the number line to work out one more than and one less than a given number. We were using more maths vocabulary such as greater, fewer and less, rather than just bigger and smaller. Over the next few weeks in maths we will be doing addition and subtraction. DB primary tasks have been updated.

In English this week we had a letter from the Wild Things telling us that their island was out of control, and that they needed a new King now that Max had left. We discussed what a King was, and looked at a range of pictures of Kings. We designed our own adverts, and also wrote sentences about the features of a King.

We did some art this week, as the children chose sloths as their favourite rainforest animal, so we sponge painted sloths, and stuck twigs on as their branch to swing upside down from. In French we counted to 5, and said what our names were! As a class we are really enjoying French together! In PSHE today we made good food pots, filled with oats, yoghurt, raspberries, blueberries and honey!

Thank you to everyone who donated money and cakes today for the MacMillan Coffee Morning- it is a charity very close to our hearts in the Crocodiles class so we thank you very much!

Please label any jumpers and cardigans that your child brings to school! It has been quite a warm week and when jumpers are not put in trays it can be a bit of a nightmare at the end of the day trying to sort out which one belongs to which child!

Next week we have our school trip to The Sealife Centre in Southend- please bring a lunch with you if you would prefer, otherwise, our catering manager will provide one on Wednesday morning.

Have a great weekend and I will look forward to seeing you on Monday!

Miss Forman

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Week 3

Good afternoon! It has been another busy week in the Antelopes class. In English this week we did lots of role play activities. We got into character and retold the story of Where the wild things are- the boat on the playground came in handy! We also turned into wild things and had a wild rumpus in the copse- this was a lot of fun, and I think you may have heard the howling in Chelmsford! We then drew our wild thing creations, and labelled them. Frankie- Rae had bat wings and Matthew had scary teeth!

In maths this week we have continued with place value, specifically learning one less than, counting, reading and writing numbers in words, one to one correspondence, comparing objects, and introducing the <,> and = signs.

In phonics, we are still recapping phase 3, but really embedding those digraphs so we can recognise them easily in reading and writing. This week we looked at qu, ch and sh.

During our science lesson this week we recapped the four different seasons, and have a brilliant season song online to help us learn these, and explain what we notice about each season. We then had four trees and had to decorate them to suit each season.

Our French lessons amaze me each week! I really enjoy languages, and I am so pleased that the children are enjoying how to speak French! We recapped hello and goodbye, and can count to 5 now!

We all went into the computer suite this week and practised logging on. Once we had logged on we built our own wild self which was great to practise mouse control. If you type it into Google you should be able to play at home!

Finally this afternoon, we finished with RE and labelled some lovely pictures of who is special to us. Nicole drew her nanny because she gives her her own pack of sweets, Maxwell drew his daddy because he just loves him, and Daniel drew his dog because he gives him high fives!

Next week we have school individual photos on Thursday, and our Macmillan coffee morning on Friday. DB primary tasks are now online and will stay there this time!

I hope you all have a lovely weekend Crocodiles!

Miss Forman

 

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Go Wild!

Hello :)

We have had an exciting week in the crocodiles class! On Monday the children went to assembly in the morning, and when they came back something had been in our classroom! We turned into detectives during English to look for clues of what it could be- we found footprints around the room, leaves, sticks, a crown and a boat! On Tuesday we drew a picture of what we thought it was, and then at the end of the lesson I revealed that THEY were indeed WILD THINGS! This was our introduction to the book 'Where the wild things are' by Maurice Sendak. Following on from this we have looked at adjectives, and had a go at describing the wild things.  

In maths this week we have been counting objects, counting forwards and backwards, and finding one more than a given number. The children have been working hard on our ready, steady, go and turbo challenges.

In topic we were looking at rainforests- referring to the forest that grows in Max's bedroom from Where the wild things are. We located South America, Asia, Africa and Australia on the globe, and coloured in these places on a map to show where rainforests are found. We spoke about the amazon rainforest being the biggest rainforest in the World!

We also started French this week, and learnt to say hello and goodbye in the language. We also looked at the Eiffel Tower! It has been such a busy week, and children are beginning to get used to our year one timetable. They have worked really hard this week, so to finish in PSHE we spoke about the importance of vitamins C and D, and helped ourselves to a rainbow salad!

I have sent a school ping out to everyone about homework- please see me if you have any questions!

 

Have a brilliant weekend

Miss Forman

 

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Welcome back!

Good afternoon,

The children have settled back into school life so well, and they have amazed me with their positive attitudes to learning and impeccable behaviour. Year one routines can take some getting used to and our days are packed with a lot more lessons and structure, but they have taken it all in their stride.

Our classroom is looking lovely, we have a reading snug, a safari role play, a funky fingers table and a growth mindset area with a worry hand which makes all worries disappear!

In maths this week we have been looking at sorting objects. The children have been sorting objects themselves practically using different resources, and they have been answering how objects have already been sorted.

In English this week we have been drawing pictures of our summer holidays, labelling our pictures, and then we wrote a sentence about what we did in the holidays.

Up until Christmas we will still be doing continuous provision in the afternoons using the indoor and outdoor classroom. I will work with small groups of children to cover their geography, science, art, PSHE, and RE parts of the curriculum.

All children have a PE in school ready for Monday afternoon now which is fantastic! And all children have a reading book and phonics booklet to practise at home.

Thank you again for your continued support and if you have any questions please come and see me!

Have a great weekend Crocodiles! I wonder if you can remember our class song?

Miss Forman xx

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Back to school!

I am really looking forward to seeing you tomorrow Crocodiles! Please remember to bring in your PE kits with labelled items so that they are ready for Thursday.

I will see you all bright and early at 8:50am tomorrow!

Miss Forman xx

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Transition week

Good morning! We had such a great week in the Crocodiles class as part of transition! We completed some writing in speech bubbles about ourselves which will be on display in our classroom, and did some maths activities throughout the week. We also built lots of Lego models and followed some instructions to make some difficult models, such as a car, a dog on a skateboard, a horse and carriage and an ice cream stand- they were amazing! Our Lego Mania topic was a lot of fun, and the children seem to have settled so well in their new class, so on Friday afternoon as a treat we had some popcorn and watched the Lego movie!

Your child should have their new reading records with them now, please ensure these come into school daily. In year one we have a 'Star readers' chart challenge, and we hope to move each child's star up to see if they can read at home three times in a week!

For September please remember your PE kits which should be a white t-shirt, black shorts, and black plimsolls, with all hair tied back and earrings out. Our PE days in year one will be a Monday afternoon, and a Thursday morning.

I hope everyone has a wonderful summer holiday, enjoy the sunshine and I will see you on Wednesday 5th September ready for our topic of 'Go Wild'. We have an amazing school trip lined up for October- letters will be with you during that first week back!

Happy Holidays!

Miss Forman

 

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Week 6

Hello! We had a lovely last week together in the Antelopes class! I have enjoyed teaching your children in their first year of school so much and we have made lots of happy memories that I will treasure. I always take the time to go through each child’s books with them and I always point out the progress they have made all down to their hard work. Watching their faces and hearing them say I know my sounds now and I can write now or I can add now is definitely why I love this job! Thank you for all of your support this year, I am lucky to have had lovely parents to work with too. 

Next week we all move to our new classes, therefore, if your child is in the Dolphins class they will be in the class next door to Antelopes, and if your child is in crocodiles then we are in the one next to that! I have moved PE kits over to the new classes, but you will get these at some point this week to wash and get ready for the next academic year. 

The theme for transition week for year one and two is ‘Lego Mania’. It is going to be an exciting week, and I hope everyone enjoys it! 

If you have any questions about this week please come and see me! 

I hope you have had a lovely weekend, and once again thank you for our lovely cards and gifts... we are extremely lucky and I love them all! 

Miss Forman xx

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