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Head of School Welcome
Welcome to our half termly newsletter for the first half of the autumn term. We want to provide you with a vibrant summary of what's been happening across all our classes, together with some useful general school information.
Our return to school in September was positive and productive, and the children have been working hard since then in their learning across all areas of the curriculum. A huge well done to all of our new starters - we have had children join in nursery, our new Reception class and a number of new arrivals across the school. We hope that our school will continue to grow this year, so please share our 'Good' news and what we do here widely within your communities.
We are grateful to have enjoyed some really exciting opportunities this term, through a range of educational visits and welcoming visitors in to enhance the learning in the school.
Thank you to all parents for all your support this half term.
Kind regards, Mrs Humberstone
Autumn Term Dates 2023 Thursday 19th October - FOTLA Halloween disco Monday 23rd - Friday 27th October - Half term Thursday 2nd November - FOTLA meeting at TLA 2-3pm Monday 6th November - Individual and school sibling photos with Harlequin Tuesday 14th & Wednesday 15th November - Parent consultations Friday 17th November - Children in Need day Monday 20th November - ASONE proms performance trip - Year 2-6 Monday 27th November - National Child Measurement programme (Reception and Year 6) Thursday 7th December - FOTLA meeting at TLA 2-3pm Thursday 7th December - Christmas jumper day for Save the Children Friday 8th December - FOTLA Christmas Fayre Tuesday 12th December - Years 1-6 Peter Pan at the Hall for Cornwall, Foundation Stage treat in school Wednesday 13th December - Christmas lunch Wednesday 13th December - KS1 Nativity Performance (am and pm) Thursday 14th December - Rocksteady concert in the hall (am) Friday 15th December - KS2 Christmas performance (pm) Monday 18th December - Christmas parties Tuesday 19th December 1pm - Children break up for Christmas holidays
Spring Term Dates 2024 Thursday 4th January - First day of Spring term Friday 9th February - School closed INSET day Monday 12th - Friday 16th February - Half term Thursday 28th March - Children break up for Easter holidays Summer Term Dates 2024 Monday 15th April - First day of Summer term Monday 6th May - School closed Bank holiday Monday 27th May - Friday 31st May - Half term Monday 22nd July - Children break up for Summer holidays
Over the past half term the nursery children have been forming new friendships, adjusting to new routines and exploring the nursery environment. They have also been busy exploring the outdoors and creating a friendship rainbow to display in nursery. They have enjoyed numerous craft activities and exploring our resources. They have all settled in so well and we look forward to watching them develop and thrive in the coming term.
Reception have had a flying start to school! Our topic this half term was 'All About Me!' We started by learning to play nicely in all of the areas of our classroom, and settled into school routines. In Communication and Language, we have been reading and discussing our focus texts and using new vocabulary to discuss our feelings, friends and families in detail. In Personal, Social and Emotional Development, we have been learning why it is important to follow rules at school, and how to be a kind friend to others. We even made a book about being a kind friend, with each child drawing one page of the book. In Physical Development, we have been getting used to the balance bikes, and have been learning to move in a variety of ways with control. In Literacy, we have been learning the Set 1 sounds in phonics, and are learning to read simple words. We have also learnt how to write letters and simple words, culminating in us writing our own versions of the rhyme 'Twinkle, Twinkle.' In Maths, we have been learning to match, sort and compare objects. In Understanding the World, we have been discussing times when we have experienced certain feelings, experiences with our families and similarities and differences between people. Finally in Expressive Arts and Design, we have been making our own colour monsters, family portraits, feelings biscuits, friendship bracelets and cakes for a stay and play with our families. Phew! What a busy half term it has been!