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Overview

Spiritual

Explore beliefs and experience; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.

Moral

Recognise right and wrong; respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views.

Social

Investigate and moral issues; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict; engage with the ‘British values’ of democracy, the rule of law, liberty, respect and tolerance.

Cultural

Appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain's parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.

forest_schoolOn this page you can read our Forest School updates in blog format.

Read our Forest School IntroductionCode of Conduct.

Reception Term 5 – “It’s a Bug’s Life!”

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Dear Parents,

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

Our key texts this term are:

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Areas of Learning

Literacy

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

Maths

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

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

Understanding the World

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

Home Learning

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

Reading Please read with your child regularly, even if it is a home or library book. At this stage, it is really helpful to discuss the stories that you read and use story language such as, character, setting, beginning, middle and end. The more experiences that children have of sharing books at home, the quicker they progress in all areas of the curriculum as it develops their creativity, vocabulary and imagination, as well as furthering their reading and writing skills.

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

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

Please can they practice writing these in sentences, finding the words and sounds in their story books.

Home Challenges!

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

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

  Websites and Links

Quick Reminders

  • Please can you make sure your child brings in a water bottle, hat and their book bag each day.
  • If you would like your child to wear sun cream, they need to be able to apply it themselves and bring it in to school in a named individual bottle.
  • Our PE days are Tuesday & Wednesday but PE kits should be in all week.

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

Thank you for your support,

Miss Denney and Mrs Smith

Challenge!

To help your child win 5 extra house points, find out the names of these creatures and bring them into your teacher!

Be Health-minded. Eat Healthy

This week, the poster provides an idea of which foods are useful for increasing your brain power! Chocolate? Who knew?

This week’s poster suggests an activity or strategy for every day of the week to reduce worries and promote healthy mental wellbeing.

 

School Visions

Last Friday, the children  presented the work they had done in class about the School’s Visions.

Catherine in Year 2 has shown courage this week by “trying my best in running races, even though it might be hard.”

Forest School Update 10th May

Reception had their first Forest School  adventure last week. We looked for signs of Spring and admired the beautiful bluebells. Lily noticed that the pine trees are "leaking" which prompted lots of talk about sap and how trees grow and the difference between live and dead trees. Scarlett said "dead trees are rotten, they break easy and don't have roots."

We experimented with bark rubbings and practised balancing on logs - Alex worked hard "making the wobbly log balance" by putting sticks on one end to weigh it down. We looked carefully for minibeasts which inspired Oscar to build a giant centipede with "more than 16 legs!"

Finally we spent a few peaceful minutes  listening to the sounds of the forest with the help of magic pine cones. We cannot wait to go back to the forest next week!

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Useful Guides

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7 Mental Health Activities to Try Out During Your Week

This week’s poster suggests an activity or strategy for every day of the week to reduce worries and promote healthy mental wellbeing.

Courage

As you may have seen, the outdoor prayer space has been set up.

The children are utilising the space to have time to reflect and have enjoyed the space with their friends.

This term, the Collective Worship theme is Courage. The children will be exploring this theme in their RE lessons and in assemblies, by seeing how we can link the theme to our day to day lives.

Matilda in Year 5 has shown courage this week by “helping new people with learning a dance. Helping people is easy for me to do but if they are people I don’t know very well, it can be a little scary because I don’t know their strengths.”

East Hoathly Vision
Value and Bible link Quote from Bible Bible story linked to it
Resilience – James 1:12 12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. Rebuilding Jerusalem
Creativity – Proverbs 1:5 Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the     discerning get guidance. The Story of Creation
Working Together – 2 Corinthians 13:11 – 11 Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full           restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you. Jesus’ Disciples go Fishing
Excellence –  Proverbs 14:23 23All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to     poverty. The Parable of the Two Builders
Respect – Luke 6:31 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you. The Good Samaritan
Enjoyment – Psalm 68:3 But may the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and joyful. The Story of Noah

This week, the children have been looking into the School Vision and what East Hoathly’s different values are. Each value has a bible story link. Each class had a value to focus on and create work for.

Reception focused on RESPECT. The children discussed what it meant to show respect to others; by being kind and listening. The children then acted out the ‘Good Samaritan.’

Year 1 and 2’s value to focus on was ENJOYMENT, which linked to the ‘Story of Noah’. The children discussed how the value of enjoyment was present in the story. Stan said “Noah had enjoyment because he survived the flood.”  The children created collages of the animals that went onto Noah’s Arc.

Year 3 and 4 looked into the value of WORKING TOGETHER by reading the story of    Jesus and his disciples going fishing. Abbie in Year 4 said “We acted the story out and we showed working together by helping to get the nets back to shore.”

Year 5 and 6 found the values of EXCELLENCE and RESILIENCE in two stories.

In the ‘Parable of the Two Builders’, Ethan in Year 6 found the value of EXCELLENCE, which Teddy in Year 6 describes as “listening to God’s word”. Ethan’s character in the scene was the builder who’s house fell down during the storm. “My house fell down        because I didn’t listen to God’s word or his advice.”

In the story of ‘Rebuilding Jerusalem’, George in Year 6 was able to see the value of      RESILIENCE. “We acted out the story of Jerusalem’s wall and I was Nehemiah. We had to build a wall, which was really hard because there were people trying to stop us and the wall kept falling down. We kept going until it was built but it took a long time.”

The RE Council also worked together to find the value of CREATIVITY in the ‘Story of Creation’. Archie in Year 6 said “God showed creativity by perfectly creating the world we live in.”

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New Curriculum Focus

The Pioneer curriculum is based around the 3 Is – Intent, Implementation and Impact. The overview of topics taught (Intent) is in line with the national curriculum and is designed to offer children a varied and broad range of learning experiences throughout a 2 year cycle of topics.

The skills delivered (Implementation) focus on what the children will be able to ‘do’ following the delivery of each unit of work under each curriculum subject area.

The knowledge gained (Impact) focus on what the children will know following the delivery of each unit of work.

Explanation about how each new topic will be discussed with the children, in terms of identifying areas that they would particularly like to focus on, prior to the lessons being planned. Each topic will also be reviewed and evaluated by the children to ensure tweaks are made as required for future cohorts.

Wellbeing Links

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

Peer Support Service

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

Community Teams

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

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

Wellbeing Centres

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

Hailsham:

Uckfield:

Wellbeing Boxes

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

Available across East Sussex

  • Tel: 0345 6080196

Health in Mind

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

Available across East Sussex

Sussex Mental Healthline

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

  • Tel: 0300 5000 101

The Samaritans

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

  • Tel: 08457 909090
Year 5/6 Term 5 & 6 – ‘Codebreakers’

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

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

Year 6 – Will have pages from their CPG books to complete each week.

Year 6

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

Helping to Enrich Our Topics

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

Reminders

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

Many thanks for your continued support,

Miss Purcell

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Useful Websites

Questions You Could Ask Your Child About Their Learning This Term

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

Learning Map

5 Things to Do When You’re Feeling Down

We will be sharing a new wellbeing poster with you in the weekly newsletter. Some will be aimed specifically at adults and others will be aimed at children.

This week’s poster suggests five different things to do if you are feeling down. We think there are some brilliant suggestions, including finding time to yourself and switching off from social media for a bit!

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Indoor and Outdoor Prayer Space

An indoor and outdoor Prayer Space have been set up for the children to use as a place of reflection and worship.

Thank you to the people who donated bits and bobs to make this happen.

This term, the Collective Worship theme is Courage. The children will be exploring this theme in their RE lessons and in assemblies, by seeing how we can link the theme to our day to day lives.

Parents/carers are invited to our Vision assembly on Friday 3rd May, where the School’s vision will be discussed and showcased by work the children have completed during the week.

Year 1/2 Term 5 – ‘Famous Faces’

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Dear Parents,

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

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

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

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

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

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Do your children recognise any of them?

Home Learning Task

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

 

Reading

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

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

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

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

 

Spellings and homework

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

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

 

Maths

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

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

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

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

www.bbc.com/bitesize/topics/zqbg87h

Purple Mash Times Tables Games:

www.purplemash.com

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

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

Useful Websites

Questions to Ask Your Child

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

Quick Reminders

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

Thank you for your support,

Mrs King

Learning Map

PALs Assembly

On Monday 1st April, the children took part in a Progress and Learning, Sharing assembly with a focus on the Christian Value of compassion.

The children shared their work with one another to comment on the Growth Mindset and progress within their work.

Charlie said, “Oscar (Year R) has improved in his maths and knows his odd numbers.”

Sophia said, “Alexandra has got better at her timetables.”

Robert said, “Malakai has improved the types of words he is using.”

Lotte said, “Beatrice has moved from going on the warm challenge and at the end of her book she is working on the spicy challenge.”

Destiny said, “Willow has improved her sentence writing and her drawings have improved.”

Lexi said, “Poppy has got better at solving multiplication problems.”

The children also asked one another how they have used compassion within their lives.

Ruby-Jean described compassion as meaning “reassuring people it will be okay.”

“It means being kind to others.” said Tom.

Sophia describes compassion as “sometimes putting others before yourself.”

Esther shared a time she displayed compassion in school. “I cheered Oscar up when he was feeling sad.”

What a great assembly it was! It was lovely to hear so many positive comments and see such high quality work being shared!

Well done, East Hoathly!

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Easter Service

Our Easter Service on Friday 5th April was really great. Reverend Phil asked the children about the feelings of people at different times during the Easter story. Each class did a wonderful depiction of each part of the Easter story. Thank you to the families who came to join our service.

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Year 3 & 4 Football Tournament

On Thursday 4th April, the incredible Year 3 and 4 football team played 5 tense matches on the Lewes 3G pitch.

Their first match was against Wallands who they beat 1-0 thanks to an excellent goal by Maxym and some brilliant goal-keeping by Hector.

Next up, they played the undefeated Ringmer and lost 3-0. However, it wasn't over yet as their next game was against South Malling who they beat 4-0. Darcy and Florence really got stuck in during this match and we saw some great defence from Luke and Oscar.

Our penultimate match was played against Western Road and after a strong start, they eventually beat us with a very respectable 4-2. This match saw Holly Z as the goalie, where she did some spectacular saves!

With all to play for our final game was against Southover, which we won! Louie was on fire with his passing technique, Jack did some excellent defending and Oscar tried his hand at goalkeeping.

Overall a great team who worked hard and played well together. We came third out of six teams and narrowly missed being in the semi-final. Well done Year 3 and 4! You all displayed great communication, team work and sportsmanship!

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Reception’s Special Visitors

Over the past few weeks, Reception have been the patient parents to chicken eggs in our classroom incubator. They have been helping to check the temperature, counting down the days and writing information signs for others. Then last week, the chicks finally started hatching and there was so much excitement in the classroom!

This week, we have been inspired by the chickens, who have helped us with our writing skills, allowed us to give them cuddles and even sat still-ish whilst we drew them and then weighed them as part of our maths lesson.

We would like to say a big thank you to Poppy’s family for lending us the chicks and the incubator so we could have this learning experience!

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Spanish

This week, KS2 have been learning about how to say what they like and dislike. To put this into practise, the children enjoyed eating a range of Spanish foods, like chorizo, salsa and tortillas. Some children were brave enough to try olives!

Summer said, “Me gustan sandía y fresas.” This means she likes watermelon and strawberries!

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Year 3/4 Term 5 – ‘Ancient Greece’

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Dear Parents,

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

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

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

Helping to Enrich Our Topics

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

Reminders

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

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

Many thanks for your continued support,

Miss Riddall

Useful Websites

Vocabulary We Will Learn This Term

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

Questions You Could Ask Your Child About Their Learning This Term

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

Learning Map

Enrichment Morning

On Friday 29th, the children had a range of activities to choose from that they normally would not do in school. They were singing songs from Disney films and musicals, making    Shrinkies, doing outdoor activities, Forest School and origami.

One activity on offer was Shrinkies. The children had to trace designs onto a piece of plastic (Shrinkies). Once they had, the design was heated in the oven for a minute and turned into an awesome keychain. Sophia in Year 5 said “We used a stencil to colour on the  Shrinkies. My favourite part was when we put it in the oven and watched the plastic shrink—it curled up.”

The children doing origami folded, cut paper and stuck on googly eyes to create some        fantastic pieces of paper art. Some of the designs being made were birds and snake   bookmarks. There was even an Iron Man and a princess. Robert in Year 6 made bookmarks that looked like sharks. “It was easy to make the bookmarks, but I found the decorating a bit tricky.”

The children that had chosen to sing had great fun learning the words and melodies to some very famous songs, like ‘Under the Sea’ from the Little Mermaid and ‘My Favourite Things’ from the Sound of Music. It was lovely to hear the children singing ‘A Million Dreams’ from the Greatest Showman with such passion! Lily in Reception got to choose a song for everyone to sing and she chose ‘This is Me’ from the Greatest Showman. “This is my absolute favourite song. I love, love, love it!”

The group of children doing Forest School were split into two groups. One group sat around the fire, whittling sticks to be able to cook their bread. The other group got really messy and made the bread. Both groups then swapped over and had a go at the other     activity. Holly Zorn enjoyed  whittling the sticks down so she could toast her bread. “I liked toasting it on the fire. The bread was really tasty.”

Mr Mackarness came over from Chiddingly to join Mr Lawrence in leading a range of     outdoor activities, such as Frisbee, wellie-boot wanging, skittles and tag rugby. The sun was shining and the weather was perfect to be outdoors! Samuel said “I played rugby, Frisbee and wellie-wanging. Football was my favourite and I had a lot of fun.”

It has been a really successful Enrichment Morning, we are already looking forward to the next one!

If you have any activities or skills that you would like to share with the children for the next enrichment morning, please contact the school office. Alternatively, if you would like to help out in the mornings, please speak to your child’s class teacher.

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Karen Bye Visit

This week, the school was visited by Karen Bye, our Diocese School Improvement Partner, who looked around the school and through the children’s RE books.

She was happy to see a lot of high quality work and fantastic learning in the books. She also enjoyed seeing our displays developing.

 

Red Nose Day

Last week, the parents and carers of East Hoathly School received a letter asking them to arrive a little bit earlier than usual on Friday afternoon for pick up.

What they did not know was that they were the audience for a flash mob!

The children came together from all over the playground, in time, to sing and dance to S Club 7’s ‘Reach for the Stars’.

It was easy to see that they had practised it a lot, because they pulled it off flawlessly!

Not only were we treated to a great show, we managed to raise an impressive £146.31 for Comic Relief!

Well done everybody!

Reception’s Fruity Week

This week, Reception have had a great fun talking and learning about healthy food.

The children spoke about the different colours, textures and smells of the fruit, as well as how they are really good for our bodies.

The children had an opportunity to use different fruits to make a yummy kebab and a ‘berry’ pink smoothie!

The children really enjoyed talking about and tasting the fruits!

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Forest School Update 22nd March

This week in Forest School, Year 3 and 4 tested their survival skills by making shelters. They used natural materials to try and create a dry shelter which we tested by pouring water on it. The children thought about the key things needed for their shelter including, warmth, sturdiness and dryness.

The children had great fun testing out their shelters and watching to see if each others shelters were waterproof.

Please remember that Forest School is on Thursday afternoons and the children will need their Forest School kits. Thank you for your support.

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Values Display

Come and see our new Values display! It links the values of our School Vision to verses and stories from the Bible.

Thank you to Miss Pitt for donating cushions and Mr and Dr Rattray for donating a sofa for the inside reflection space.

Mr Herdman will be painting it soon. We cannot wait to share the new space with you!

Strategy for Emotional Health & Wellbeing

Year 3 & 4 Bread Making

On Tuesday 19th March 2019, Year 3 and 4 made our very own bread rolls. Firstly, we washed our hands! Then, we were put into groups of 6 and carefully read the recipe and list of ingredients.

Each group had a team leader who decided which children completed which role. Everyone got the chance to do something. When we had weighed out and mixed all our dry ingredients together, we had to let our dough 'prove' for an hour - just like the Great British Bake Off!

Finally, it was time to bake them! We were all really happy with how they turned out and we ate them after lunch with jam, ham or Marmite. Mostly they were delicious! We had a great morning and learnt lots about how to follow a recipe.

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Y2 & Y6 SATs

Example papers were shared with all. These can be found at:

KS2

Timetable of papers shared

13th May English grammar, punctuation and spelling papers 1 and 2
14th May English reading
15th May Mathematics papers 1 and 2
16th May Mathematics paper 3

Arrangements for Children

  • SATs week breakfast available each morning to settle them in
  • Most papers will begin at 9.30/9.45am to give children chance to settle in
  • Access arrangements are available for children:
  • School leaders will apply for extra time in advance for children should they need it
  • Scribe or transcription can be provided for children who’s handwriting it likely to be tricky to read
  • Readers are available, children will need to ask staff to read questions to them
  • Rest breaks are available throughout each test, should the child require them.
  • Most children will sit the papers in the hall – they have got used to this following regular     practice.

Writing Assessment

  • Not ‘tested’ in the same way
  • Teachers make a judgement based on child’s writing from across the curriculum
  • This is moderated within the local authority

KS1

  • There is no ‘timetable’ for testing, but they must be completed within the month of May.
  • Papers support the teacher’s assessment of children’s classroom work
  • Children complete independently, in small groups or 1:1 with the teacher
  • Children won’t be told they are taking a test – just that they are going to do a special activity with the teacher.
  • All children will be given the opportunity to complete each paper.
  • There is no time limit for the tests to be completed.
  • The question can be read to them during the maths paper.
Poster Competition

The Steering Committee of the Community Land Trust Project want to thank all of you for your poster designs.

They were all fantastic with great ideas and beautiful colours. It was very hard to pick favourites, but after a lot of         discussion, three children - one from each class - were chosen.

Well done to Lexi, Holly L and Emilia!

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Forest School Update 15th March

This week, Year 3 and 4 went onto the field and played the centipede game. Maxym in Year 4 explained, “The centipede game is a non-speaking trust game. Three people standing in a row with their hands on the shoulders of the person in front and the person at the back directs the two in the front by steering the line of people while the front two have their eyes closed. It’s really tricky, but fun!”

After, they had the opportunity to use secateurs to cut up branches and twigs, which they brought back to their classroom. The children used colourful string, feathers and other natural materials to create wind catchers.

Please remember that Forest School is on Thursday afternoons and the children will need their Forest School kits. Thank you for your support.

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Year 1 & 2 Trip to Raystede

The account of the visit was written by Stan Twiddy:

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Reflection Space

Watch out for a new display coming soon that will tell you more about the Bible links to our School Vision.

Thank you to people who have donated unwanted furniture to our Reflection space! We are looking forward to putting a photo of the completed area in the newsletter soon!

If you have unwanted blankets, cushions or any other knick-knacks that you would like to donate, please speak to Miss Purcell.

Year 5 & 6 Netball Tournament

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

East Hoathly won their first match, 3-0 against Ringmer Primary, and then drew their second 1-1 against Firle.

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

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

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

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Forest School Update 8th March

This week, Year 3 and 4 took part in Forest School and for their first session, they ventured down to the Forest. The children spoke about the Amazon rainforest and how it is different in comparison to our forest. The children also built dens and bug hotels.

Please remember that Forest School is on Thursday afternoons and the children will need their Forest School kits.

If you are available to help in Forest School, please speak to Miss Riddall or Miss Dutton.

Thank you for your support!

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Outdoor Prayer Space

We have moved our outdoor prayer space so that it is now round the side of the theatre. This is so that this can be a calm place to go for reflection and prayer.

Following Open the Book collective worship this week, Isabella said “We learnt about when John baptised Jesus and others. Open the Book always bring the Bible stories alive and I love singing the songs.”

Year 1/2 Term 4 – ‘Meerkat Mail’

Dear Parents,

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

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

zYear 1’s will be practising using their phonics to read a range of real and nonsense words in preparation for the Phonics Screening Check. There will be an information meeting for parents of Year 1 children held on Tuesday 26th March at 3pm in the learning zone.

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

Some of the texts we will be looking at are:

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Home Learning

Mini Home Project - Local Geography Postcard

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

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

 

Reading

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

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

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

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

 

Spellings and homework

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

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

 

Maths

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

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

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

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

www.bbc.com/bitesize/topics/zqbg87h

Purple Mash Times Tables Games:

www.purplemash.com

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

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

Useful Websites

Questions to Ask Your Child

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

Quick Reminders

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

Thank you for your support,

Mrs King

Learning Map

Year 3/4 Term 4 – ‘Amazon Adventures’

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Dear Parents,

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

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

Our PE days are Monday and Friday; please ensure your child’s kit is always in school; trainers everyday are essential. We will also be doing Forest School this term. This will be on Thursdays from week 2. Forest school kit is essential.

Helping to Enrich Our Topics

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

Reminders

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

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

Many thanks for your continued support,

Miss Riddall

Useful Websites

Questions You Could Ask Your Child about Their Learning This Term

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

Learning Map

Year 5 and 6 Swimming Gala

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

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

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

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

Well done team!

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Sam’s 3rd Place Success

We have been following Sam’s progress as he has competed in his gymnastics competitions.

Last weekend he, once again, represented East Hoathly at the National Finals of the British Schools Gymnastics Association.

He had to travel up to Birmingham, where he met over 500 other children from all across the UK, who were competing.

In Sam’s group, there were 30 children in between Year 1 and 6. They all had to perform two routines in front of judges and a rather large audience!

Sam totally smashed it and back flipped his way into an incredible 3rd place!

Well done Sam! All of that hard work has paid off! We’ll look forward to seeing you in the Olympics in a few years time!

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World Book Day

On Thursday 7th March East Hoathly school, along with other schools across the country, celebrated World Book Day!

A lot of effort was put into the costumes this year - they were all great! Across the day, the Cat in the Hat was seen, along with Gangster Granny, Heidi, Belle, characters from the Famous Five, Angelina Ballerina, the Hungry   Caterpillar and of course, a vast array of Harry Potter characters!

This year, there was a competition for the most original and creative costumes. The winners would receive a £5 book voucher, kindly donated by the FPTA.

Our winners were:

  • EYFS - Jacob and Lucas as Thing 1 and Thing 2.
  • KS1 - Orlaith as Swan from Swan Lake.
  • KS2 - Charlie as Xar from Wizards of Once.

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Reception’s Bear Hunt

On Friday last week Reception had their first Forest School session.

They walked to the forest and looked out for signs of Spring. They also sang their ‘going on a bear hunt song’. The children enjoyed having snacks around the ‘camp fire’ and balancing, climbing and jumping on the logs and trees.

The children worked really hard to work together to make sure the trees were balanced and safe for each other.

They looked for bears in all the different dens and caves, but unfortunately there were none.

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Year 5/6 Term 4 – ‘The Shang Dynasty’

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Dear Parents,

I hope you had a restful break! This term we will be learning about The Shang Dynasty, with a focus on what is was like to live in during that time and the geographical features of China. Our PE day is Monday but please ensure your child’s kit is always in school; as the timetable can sometimes change – trainers and coats every day are essential.

Reading Please read with your child regularly. Their books and book bags will need to be in every day.  You may like to add a positive or helpful comment in their reading diary, but please acknowledge the fact that the book has been read by signing and dating in the comments space. A member of staff will be checking reading records on Fridays and children are expected to have read at least 3 times a week with an adult.
Spellings Spellings will be tested each week on a Thursday.
Times Tables Please ensure that children are practising their times tables at home regularly.
Homework Y5 Maths homework will be set weekly on My Maths. Please ensure you support your children to complete this.

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

Grammar homework will be set fortnightly.

Helping to Enrich Our Topics

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

Parent readers

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

Reminders

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

Year Six Parents

This is a very important term for Year Six. Please can you ensure that your child is in school every day, on time and ready to learn. This is a busy time of year for them and they will be working very hard, so please do keep encouraging a positive attitude and providing a calming environment for them at home. If you have any questions in the lead up to SATs, please don’t hesitate to talk to me. Please can you support your child to work through their CGP revision books for Grammar, Maths and Reading.

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

Miss Purcell

Learning Map

Forest School Update 1st March

This term, Year 3 and 4 will be taking part in Forest School. As their topic is ‘Amazon Adventures’, the children will be taking part in activities related to what they will be learning about in the coming weeks.

The children are looking forward to their Forest School afternoons and they can’t wait to see what other activities Mrs Smith has planned for them!

Please remember that Forest School is on  Thursday afternoons and the children will need their Forest School kits.

If you are available to help in Forest School,  please speak to Miss Riddall or Miss Dutton.

Thank you for your support!

 

Compassion

Our new Christian Value that we are exploring this term is ‘Compassion’.

Summer says “This means being really kind and thinking of others before yourself.” We will explore different aspects of this.

Each class has a spiritual journal. In these the children write how the Christian values have impacted on their lives.

All are welcome to have a look at the one that is on the Collective Worship display.

 

Reception Term 4 – ‘Off We Go… Exploring’

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Dear Parents,

Welcome back, we hope you had a great half term. Our topic for Term 4 is ‘Off we go Exploring’ and our learning journey will begin with exploring the well-known text ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt’. We will also be visiting our forest and local area. Then we will be using stories to explore other places around the world, including Jerusalem and linking this to the Easter Story.

Our key texts this term are:

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Areas of Learning

Literacy

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

Maths

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

Understanding the World

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

Home Learning

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

Reading Please read with your child regularly, even if it is a home or library book. At this stage it is really helpful to discuss the stories that you read and use story language such as, character, setting, beginning, middle and end.

The more experiences that children have of sharing books at home, the quicker they progress in all areas of the curriculum as it develops their creativity, vocabulary and imagination, as well as furthering their reading and writing skills.

Letters and Sounds Your child will be bringing home their focus phonic sounds and high frequency word lists.

 Home Challenges!

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

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

Websites and Links

Quick Reminders

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

Forest School  

This term, we will be doing Forest School sessions linked to our topic; there will be a letter with specific dates and times for these sessions. If you are able to help out at all please let us know.

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

Thank you for your support,

Miss  Denney and Mrs Smith

Forest School Update 15th February

This week in Forest School, Year 5 and 6 went down to the Forest for Forest School. They were split into four groups and their objective was to make it big enough to fit all of their teammates and to be as waterproof as possible.

Once the children built their shelters, using the natural resources around them, Mr Lulham tested the shelters by pouring water on them to see how waterproof they were.

William in Year 6 said that his favourite part was building the dens. “It was a bit of a challenge and we had to work together to build the shelters.”

Toby in Year 5 said “our shelter was kind of waterproof. Next time, we would put more leaves on to cover the gaps.”

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PALs Assembly

On Monday this week, the children took part in a PALs assembly. In the PALs assembly, children sit next to someone in a different year to them and they look through each others’ books to see what progress has been made in the term.

The children look forward to these assemblies and it is lovely to see the children be so supportive towards each other by pointing out what great achievements have been made.

Matthew in Year 5 noted when he saw Max W’s book that Max, Year 1, is now starting to write with more detail. Well done, Max!

Pearl in Year 3 showed her book to Matilda in Year 5. Matilda said “Pearl can write longer paragraphs and she joins up her writing more.”

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Children’s Mental Health Week

Last week was Children's Mental Health week, and across the school each class completed activities linked to the theme 'Healthy Inside and Out'. We also had an assembly using ideas from the charity 'Place 2 be' which encouraged the children to think about what they can do if they are feeling down and how they can use 3 key factors to help them stay healthy inside and out :

  1. Food - Health and Varied
  2. Exercise -  Being Active
  3. Sleep - Getting enough regular sleep

Attached to this newsletter is also some top tips for home.

In Reception, the children made posters to share how they keep healthy. Delilah says "you need to eat lots of vegetables and sleep."

In Year 1 and 2, they thought about kindness and how you can be kind to others.

In Year 3 and 4, they discussed the importance of mental health and how they can help improve our own. They thought about what they are good at and what they liked about others.

In Year 5 and 6, they had a dedicated circle time to think about being themselves and valuing each other. They created a kindness and wellness wall with positive quotes and thoughts.

If you have any worries or concerns about your child and their mental health, please see their class teacher.

Enrichment Morning

On Friday 15th, the children had a range of activities to choose from that they normally
would not do in school. There was keyring making, drama, lego, cake decorating, modrock
modelling and fabric collage.

Lola in Year 4, chose to take part in the fabric collage activity. She said “it’s a nice day
and I think making a collage is fun.” Matilda in Year 5, agreed saying “I love how we used
all the different materials and styles to make the collage. I liked the pom poms and my
favourite material was the glittery felt. I learnt that mixing the different materials in
the collage creates a really nice effect.”

In drama, George in Year 6, had fun doing improv scenes. “Our characters we from Emojitown
and I was the sad emoji. We acted that we got on the wrong plane, so I jumped off!”
Jake in Year 1, really enjoyed acting “My character was Harry Potter!”

Saffron in Year 6, took part in the modrock modelling activity. “We got a coathanger and
bent it into the shape on an animal, like a skeleton. We then added material to it before
adding modrock to make the model.” Scarlett in Reception, said “It’s really fun and I like
it because it’s messy!”

India in Year 3, chose cake decorating. Not only did she decorated some cakes and
biscuits, India picked up a new skill. “I learnt how to write with icing, there’s a trick to
make the icing stop; you need to stop squeezing the tube and then press down.” Maisy in
Year 1, really enjoyed designing ideas for her cake decorating.

Jack in Year 3, had a go at making keyrings. “I really liked designing my picture for my
keyring.” The children also had Scooby strings as a part of their keyring, which Darcey in
Year 1, enjoyed. “It’s really tricky to make the scoobies, but I had a lot of fun.”

Freddy and Oscar in Reception, had a great time during the Lego activity. “We were
building towers from Lego, then we put them together to make a really big tower.”
Matthew in Year 5, explained that there were different challenges for the children to
complete. “One of the challenges was to build a lego tower with only one hand. Toby and I
got really competitive. Toby got 25 bricks and I got 21.”

Thank you to all of the adults that help make these fabulous activities possible! Thank you
to Miss Dudeney for coming over from Chiddingly to lead the modrock activity.
It has been a really successful enrichment morning, we are already looking forward to the
next one!

If you have any activities or skills that you would like to share with the children for the
next enrichment morning, please contact the school office.

Alternatively, if you would like to help out in the mornings, please speak to your child’s teacher.

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Christian Aid

On Thursday 14th February, we had an assembly presented by Mark from the Charity ‘Christian Aid.’ We want to learn more about global Christianity so he was able to share this with us.

Mark shared that in the Gospels in the Bible, the second most important thing Jesus talked about was giving help and freedom to the poor. Mark explained that Christian Aid believe that Jesus wants  everyone to help those less fortunate than ourselves.

They aim to: stop poverty, help people and challenge things that hurt the poor. ‘Christian aid’ do this by creating projects that provide clean water by filtering and pumping water to villages. They help people after a crisis like an earthquake or hurricane to rebuild their houses. They also challenge people in power e.g. to use solar and wind power.

The reason they do this is to keep people safe and help them to survive. They want to follow Jesus’  example and believe that they should follow the Gospels and help the poor. This way the values of Christianity can spread around the globe.

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Catherine’s Sports Awards

Catherine has been a very busy bee! Not only has she achieved an award in gymnastic, but she has earned a badge for her swimming too!

Catherine achieved a Level 7 in her gymnastics proficiency. In her swimming, she has worked hard to get her 25m badge! That’s a lot of badges, Catherine!

Well done, we are very proud of you!

YoungMinds

For more information about supporting your child's mental health and wellbeing, please speak to your child's class teacher. Some further information can be found at youngminds.org.uk

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Open the Book

The children enjoyed Open the Book this week! The children saw a rendition of “Daniel in the Lion’s Den” and Zach in Year 5 said “my favourite part was when God sent angels to protect him.”

Forest School Update 8th February

This week in Forest School, Year 5 and 6 used their artistic skills to create an owl sculpture out of clay. The children then came back to the classroom and had a wonderful surprise! Mrs Smith had    organised for owl experts to come in and talk the children. Not   only did the visitors deliver a range of fascinating owl facts, he brought Rusty the Tawny owl to school for the children to see too! Rusty enjoyed being stroked by the children and showing off his flying skills around the classroom.

Teddy in Year 6 said, “Rusty is very soft and can turn his head 270°.”

Poppy in Year 5 said, “There are different breeds of owls. Rusty is a Tawny owl and he is really cool because he can blend in with trees.”

Thank you Mrs Smith for such an exciting and informative Forest School session! Thank you to  Graeme Ward and Owen Lait, from Knockhatch, for teaching the   children about owls like Rusty!

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Safer Internet Morning

On Wednesday morning, Years 1 to 6 were visited by a company called ‘Perform for Schools’, who held interactive workshops for the children so they could learn about ways to stay safe online.

To learn about cyber-bullying and what it might look like, the children took part in and  enjoyed a range of drama activities, such as freeze frames and role-play and they learnt a rap about how to ‘Zip It, Block It, Flag It’!

Abigail in Year 4 said “We learnt about how to be really safe when we’re online and that if something bad happens, we can talk it over with our parents to sort it out. I really enjoyed when we split into groups to act it all out.”

Overall, it was an extremely successful morning and the children had great fun about learning how to be safe online! Thank you so much for the donations that have enabled the children to part in this workshop and thank you to the FPTA for also donating towards the morning’s events.

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East Hoathly Family Fun Run 2019

Click here to register online. Race entry fees can be paid via bank transfer, cash or cheque.

East Hoathly CE School FPTA (Lloyds TSB) | Sort code: 30-95-01 |Account no: 03251771

Please use payment reference RUN(plus full name).  Thank you!

We are very excited to be holding a raffle at this year’s fun run!  Tickets will be on sale for £1 each at the fun run, and will be available from the school in the weeks leading up to the event.  Here are the amazing prizes on offer…

  • Freedom Leisure:
    • One year family leisure pass
    • One family swim
    • 2 adult, 4 children entry to Splashdance
    • 1 month swim school membership
    • Studio class admission for 2 people
  • 2 x seven day passes at the East Sussex National
  • Glyndebourne: 2 tickets to any one of the dress rehearsals over the summer
  • £50 voucher for Bill’s
  • Dinner for two at the Highlands, Uckfield
  • Dinner for two at the Blacksmiths Arms, Halland
  • £10 book token
  • £20 voucher for Cook
  • 3 personalised bottles by Klean Kanteen
  • £20 voucher for Sugarhill Boutique, Brighton
  • 5 x £2 off vouchers for Innocent Smoothies
  • Voucher for a free session at Pole Fit personal training
  • Free May box from the Craft Gin Club
  • One month membership at Isenhurst Gym, Uckfield
  • £15 voucher for Fun Abounds, Uckfield
  • £10 voucher for Hartfields
  • Six free lessons with Universal Dance
  • Personal trainer nutrition package
  • Entry for 2 adults and 3 children to Leeds Castle
  • Family voucher for Eastbourne Miniature Railway
  • Family voucher for Drusilla’s
  • 2 x Pukka tea mugs
  • Wireless speaker (for outdoor sports – can be attached to a bike/ rucksack/ pushchair)
  • £10 voucher for Intersport, Lewes
  • £20 gift card for Oliver Bonas
  • Gift voucher for Turning Tide Pilates, Uckfield
  • Free singing/ piano lesson from Rick Simonetti
  • Free PT session at Anytime Fitness, Uckfield
  • 2 tickets for Cineworld

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Vision Day

The children of East Hoathly got involved with activities that had been inspired by the school’s vision song.

In the morning, Reception and Year 1 and 2 took part in three different activities with themes of resilience, working together and creativity.

For the resilience activity, children had to use marshmallows and spaghetti to build a bridge for the naughty bus to cross over. It was a challenge as the spaghetti kept breaking! Samuel in Year 2 said “The marshmallows are really sticky and it keeps sticking to the bus.”

In the creativity session, the children were making collages using the letters from ‘creativity’. The children uses felt, tissue paper and foil to decorate the letters and show different textures. Lily in Reception said “It’s fun to stick things down!”

There were a range of games in the ‘Working Together’ themed activity. The children had to stand in a circle and hold hands to pass a hoop around them. The challenge was to not let go of one another’s hand. Freddy in Reception said “Playing the games was fun, I did really well!”

In the afternoon, KS2 took part in activities too. Their activities’ themes were “working together” and “respect”.

The KS2 children taking part in the ‘Respect’ session’ created a class poem and had fun working in groups to act out each line of their poem. Summer in Year 5 said “You have to treat others how you would like to be treated.”

The rest of the KS2 children worked together to try and fit everybody into hoops and not fall out of them. Daisy in Year 3 said “Working together is fun!”

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Forest School Update 1st February

This week in Forest School, Year 5 and 6 spent their afternoon investigating owl pellets. In groups, the children wore gloves and pulled apart the pellets to see if they could find out what the owls had eaten. They used a sheet and were able to compare the bones to see what animals there were.

Elsie in Year 5 said “We had to pull the bones out and use the shapes to see what animals they were.”

George in Year 6 said “The pellets smelt really bad, like animals in a zoo. Despite that, we had a lot of fun trying to figure out what the animals were. I found a shrew!”

Reception’s Visitor

On Thursday last week, Miss Denney's brother brought in his motor bike for the children in Reception and Nursery to see, as part of their topic. The children thoroughly enjoyed trying on all the different protective clothing and discussing how they would keep you safe. Some of the children were even brave enough to try sitting on the bike and beep the horn!

The children learnt about the different road signs that bikers need to follow and how the handles on a bike help to steer and drive the bike, unlike pedals in a car. They looked carefully at the different parts and shapes and then created their own motorbike pictures.

George wanted to beep the horn lots so people knew he was coming and Oscar said it was “the best day ever!”

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Vision Afternoon

Following on from our Vision afternoon, we have put quotes from the children and photos up as part of our updated Christian Values tree. You are welcome to come and have a look!

The RE Council are working with Miss Purcell to create a prayer space in the library where children can go in for quiet reflection, writing prayers and having some calm time. If you have any spare fabric or cushions to add to this space, it would be much appreciated.

Second place for Sam!

Before the Christmas break, we found out that Sam, in Year 2, had represented East Hoathly as he competed in a trampolining competition. After some great routines, he picked up a trophy for third place.

Last weekend, Sam competed at the Schools Southern Zonal competition, where the top three gymnasts from each county met at Eastleigh. Sam was in a group of 19 boys and not only did he come 2nd place - he’s qualified for the finals, too!

East Hoathly school will be represented by Sam at the National Finals in Birmingham next half term!

We are all very proud of you, Sam! Keep it up!

Wellbeing and Mental Health

Miss Denney discussed the importance of wellbeing and mental health within school and shared the key priorities for pupils, staff and the school community.

Strategies such as the use of Bubble Time in the classrooms, Thrive, Playground Pals and buddy systems were shared and a suggestion from a parent was made to include a bubble time book so children who didn't feel like verbalising their feelings could write or draw these.

Over the coming terms, we will be exploring this in more detail so please look out for information.

Congratulations, Elsie!

Elsie in Year 5 has been very busy over the past few weeks. When she isn’t at school, she spends two of her evenings swimming for Lewes Swimming Club.  Every year, they run club championships and at the end of 2018,  Elsie came 3rd in the 9 years and under category!

She took part in a sprint meet - which are races of 25 or 50 metres - and she achieved medals in every event she took part in! These include a gold medal for 25m and 50m breaststroke and a bronze medal for 25m back stroke!

February promises to be a busy month for Elsie, as not only will she be attending an award ceremony for what she’s achieved, she will be representing Lewes again at an inter-club competition!

Well done and good luck, Elsie! We are looking forward to hearing how you do!

East Hoathly Visions Day

On Friday, the children of East Hoathly got involved with activities that had been inspired by the school’s vision song.

In the morning, Reception and Year 1 and 2 took part in three different activities with themes of resilience, working together and creativity.

For the resilience activity, children had to use marshmallows and spaghetti to build a bridge for the naughty bus to cross over. It was  a challenge as the spaghetti kept    breaking! Samuel in Year 2 said “The marshmallows are really sticky and it keeps sticking to the bus.”

In the creativity session, the children were making collages using the letters from ‘creativity’. The children uses felt, tissue paper and foil to decorate the letters and show different textures. Lily in Reception said “It’s fun to stick things down!”

There were a range of games in the ‘Working Together’ themed activity. The children had to stand in a circle and hold hands to pass a hoop around them. The challenge was to not let go of one another’s hand. Freddy in Reception said “Playing the games was fun, I did really well!”

In the afternoon, KS2 took part in activities too. Their activities’ themes were “working together” and “respect”.

The KS2 children taking part in the ‘Respect’ session’ created a class poem and had fun working in groups to act out each line of their poem. Summer in Year 5 said “You have to treat others how you would like to be treated.”

The rest of the KS2 children worked together to try and fit everybody into hoops and not fall out of them. Daisy in Year 3 said “Working together is fun!”

 

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Forest School Update 18th January

Year 5 and 6 had their first Forest School session this week! As the topic is ‘Survival of the Fittest’, Year 5 and 6 had a very interesting challenge in Forest School.

They pretended they were shipwrecked and had to work as a team to build a fire and make a signal for someone to come and rescue them.

Archie said “I loved how we got on well in teams. We learnt new skills from each other!”

Saffron commented “I enjoyed the challenge of keeping our fire upright!”

Matilda said “We had to work as a team to build an SOS bonfire—the smoke signals will alert some people!”

Please ensure you have your Forest School kit in school for Thursday afternoons!

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Year 5/6 Term 3 – ‘Survival of the Fittest?’

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Dear Parents,

I hope you had a fantastic Christmas! This term we will be learning about Evolution and Inheritance through our topic of ‘Survival of the Fittest?’, focussing on habitats, famous scientists and animals around the world. Our PE days are Fridays, but please ensure your child’s kit is always in school; as the timetable can sometimes change – trainers and coats every day are essential.

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

Year 6 also have a CGP Reading Activity Book – this is theirs to keep so please can they use it to work through and practice their reading skills.

Spellings Spelling will be tested each week on a Thursday morning.
Times Tables Please ensure that children are using Maths Rockstars at home to practise their times tables.
Maths Y5 Maths homework will be on My Maths. Please ensure you support your children to complete this. This is given out weekly and due in on Fridays.

Year 6 have Grammar (due every other Friday) and Maths Arithmetic books they are using for homework.

Helping to enrich our topics

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

Parent Readers

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

Reminders

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

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

Miss Purcell

Questions you could ask your child about their learning this term

  • What does ‘Evolution’ mean?
  • What does ‘Inheritance’ mean?
  • Can you give an example of how an animal is adapted to survive?

Websites to Explore

Learning Map

 

Year 1/2 Term 3 – ‘Who’s in the Book?’

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Dear Parents,

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

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

Some of the texts we will be looking at are:

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Home Learning

Mini Home Project - Who is your favourite book character?

Thank you all for your effort with home learning tasks last term, including practising spellings and reading with your children. To link with this term’s story focus, we would love the children to create a piece of work dedicated to a particular character from a story. This could be their favourite story or a character from another book they like. We are focussing on writing this term, including handwriting and presentation. It would be great if they could do some writing as part of their project. For example, they could describe a dragon from a story or choose a fairy tale character like Goldilocks to write about. They could bring this in when complete by Friday 8th February.

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

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

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

 

Spellings and homework

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

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

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

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

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

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

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/topics/zqbg87h

MyMaths and timestable rockstars can also be used at home for the children to explore and practise skills from class work whenever they choose. This is optional in KS1.

Useful Websites

Questions to Ask Your Child

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

Quick Reminders

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

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

Thank you for your support,

Mrs King

Learning Map

 

Year 3/4 Term 3 – ‘Where in the World Are We?’

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Dear Parents,

I hope you have had a wonderful Christmas break! Our topic for Term 3 is called ‘Where in the world are we?’ and we will be doing lots of (virtual...) exploring of the world! We will be spending two weeks focusing on different continents –Asia, Antarctica and Africa. During each focus, we will read a different book and use them to write our own stories! We will also be learning about Hartfield and the history of the village. Year 3/4 are continuing to do a big focus on times tables and would really appreciate your support in helping them learn these at home too.

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

Helping to Enrich Our Topics

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

Reminders

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

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

Many thanks for your support,

Miss Riddall

Useful Websites

Questions You Could Ask Your Child About Their Learning This Term

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

Learning Map

Reception Term 3 – ‘Off We Go!’

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Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome back and we hope you all had a lovely Christmas holiday.

Our topic is ‘Off We Go!’ where we will be learning about different  types of transport and the journeys that they can take us on. We will also be looking closely at how transport such as cars, buses and planes have changed since they were first invented.  In addition we will be looking at the emergency services and what each one does to help us and the local community.

Key Texts

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Areas of Learning

Literacy

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

Maths

In maths we will be becoming more familiar with naming and describing 2D and 3D shapes. We will be continuing to secure our number skills to 20 and then exploring addition and subtraction with games and activities.

The main part of the topic is to use the vocabulary associated with all different types of vehicles and how they are different and the same. We will also be looking at maps to see where different countries and cities are and how we might get there.

Learning Journeys

If you wish to look through your child’s learning journey, please feel free to pop in on alternate Fridays starting 18th January from 8.50-9.00am. As explained when the children began school, you are welcome to bring in any photos or contributions for the learning journey books.

Home Learning

Thanks to constant practise, the children’s reading is developing well. Thank you to all of you who support this at home. It really does make a difference.

Reading Please read with your child regularly, even if it is just for a few minutes. Now that the children are using their sounds to blend new words, it is important that they begin to discuss each book and understand words such as ‘character’, ‘title’, ‘setting’, ‘beginning’, ‘middle’, ‘end’.
Letters and Sounds Home learning books will continue to come home with the sounds that we have been learning. We have now moved on to learning ‘digraphs’ (two letters to make one sound).

Super Home Challenges!

You might like to choose one of the following activities to try with your child at home. You can record these in your home learning book and bring these into school whenever they are finished to share with the class.

  • Go on a journey, take photos of how you got there and tell us about how long it took.
  • Make a model of a new vehicle and give it a name! Be as creative as you can!
  • Write a story about one of your vehicles at home that has been getting into trouble like the naughty bus!

Websites and Links

  • ictgames.co.uk and www.topmarks.co.uk for Literacy and Maths games.
  • phonicsplay.co.uk Phase 2,3 and 4 games, blending sounds and words.
  • If you wish to make learning games to have fun at home, you can print from twinkl.co.uk and browse the EYFS Reception section.
  • All information for the term is also on the school website.

Quick Reminders

  • Please can you make sure your child brings in a water bottle and their book bags each day.
  • Can the children please always have a coat in school particularly as the British weather is unpredictable.
  • Our PE days are Tuesday and Wednesday but PE kits should be in all week.
  • Please can all children have a spare set of underwear and socks in their PE bag in case of any accidents. It is much more comforting for children to have their own change of clothes to put on if the need arises.

Trip to the Fire Station

We are planning a trip to Uckfield Fire station as part this term’s learning, a letter with further information, will be sent out soon.

PLEASE HELP!

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

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

Miss Denney

Mince Pie Run

A big well done to Mr Procter, Mrs Fry and Governor, Alan Brundle for completing the Mince Pie Run last Sunday.

All the money they have raised will be going towards new  equipment for the Pioneer Federation schools.

If you would still like to make a donation please see Miss Dutton.

Christingle Service

Next week, we will be looking forward to our Christingle Service.

While making their Christingles, the children will be learning about what each part of it means.

The service will be on Wednesday 19th December in the Church from 2pm.

We hope to see you there!

Esther’s Sponsored Silence

Esther, in Year 4, had a very quiet weekend last week. She thought of a way to help other children by doing a sponsored   silence to try and raise money for international Christian charity, Tearfund.

Tearfund is a charity that are working towards ending poverty in some of the poorest countries in the world. With the support they receive, they work with the people of the communities to provide clean water and food, and provide aid for disasters.

So far, a very determined Esther has raised an incredible £300 for this brilliant cause. Well done Esther, what a great achievement this is!

If you would like to sponsor Esther and donate to the cause, click here.

Enrichment Morning

Earlier last week, the children had a range of activities to choose from that they normally would not do in school. There was Chinese, cooking, Christmas crafts, hair design, orienteering, acting and recorders.

On Friday 14th December, the children all took part in their chosen activities and it was great to see the children all enjoying themselves.

Freya in Year 3 said “We are having fun styling hair with plaits. I like practising styles on people.”

In Chinese, Emilia in Year 6 showed off her new chopsticks skills that she learnt from Freddy Fry’s Mum. “We learnt how to say hello in Chinese, which is Ni Hao and we have tried some food. I learnt that Chinese symbols were made from people looking at animals.”

Louie in Year 3 said “We have been making beaded candy canes and painting tree decorations. My favourite part was designing Christmas pictures.”

Hector in Year 4 took part in the orienteering. “We used flags to find letters to make a sentence. The best part was trying to find all of the different flags.”

In acting, Darcey in Year 1 said “I have been acting ‘The Night Before Christmas’. We all turned into the sugar plum fairy, which was my favourite part and then we danced.”

Sophia in Year 3 chose to play the recorder with Governor, Juliet Stirrat. “I’ve learnt how to play Hot Cross Buns on the recorder and the best bit was practising the notes.”

Matthew in Year 5 took part in the cooking activity. “We had ingredients to make fruity muffins. The mixing part was the best bit because it was messy!”

Thank you to Juliet and Mrs Fry for volunteering their time.

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Nativities

This year, the decision was made to split the Christmas productions into two. EYFS and KS1 performed the traditional Nativity play, while KS2 took on a different production: Home for Christmas - a story about homelessness at Christmas time.

EYFS and KS1 worked very hard memorising their lines and songs and we saw an  array of shepherds and donkeys on the stage. The children performed their little hearts out and really reminded us of the reason we celebrate Christmas!

KS2 took on a different play about homelessness at Christmas time. All of the children performed fantastically and really made us think about those less fortunate at Christmas time. We even managed to raise £242.95 for the charity ‘Shelter’!

The comments from parents and carers have been overwhelming—thank you so much for your continuous support!

Well done to all of the children involved - including Pearl Becvar, who unfortunately was unable to attend the final performance, but still managed to create a fantastic backdrop for the KS2 production.

What a brilliant end to the term!

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Uckfield Late Night Shopping Event

A big well done to all the children from Chiddingly and East Hoathly who performed at Uckfield’s Late Night Shopping Event last Friday. The children sang beautifully and were a testament to the Pioneer Federation.

Listen here: http://www.uckfieldfm.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/East-Hoathly-and-Chiddingly-Primary-School-071218.mp3

Karen Bye Visit

Karen Bye from the Diocese visited our school this week. As a result of her visit, she said “the RE Council are good advocates for the school and are able to articulate the School’s vision and the Christian distinctiveness of the school and how it impacts on their lives. The children are keen to be more involved with worship and enjoy the ‘Open the Book’ session.”

Reception’s Visit to the Post Office

Reception have been learning about writing letters. This week, they wrote letters to Father Christmas. In their letters, they thought about wishes for themselves and others during the festive period.

On Wednesday, they walked to the Post Office to buy stamps and post their letters. They are hoping that they may even get a reply!

The children were really well behaved and members of the community commented on how wonderful it was to see them.


“We posted our letters all the way to the North Pole!”

Big Sing

This week, Year 5 and 6 performed the songs they have been practising for the Big Sing.

Miss Purcell said “We had a wonderful time singing at the Big Sing. It was such an amazing experience singing on Glyndebourne stage!”

Miss Brown, Matilda’s Mum, commented “the children looked so smart and sang beautifully. They represented the school so well!”

Well done Year 5 and 6! We are already looking forwards to next year’s performance!

Trampolining Competition

Sam in Year 2 took part in a trampolining competition over the last weekend. He represented East Hoathly school in the competition and he picked up a trophy as he came third!

Sam will be competing again for the school in January, at Eastleigh for the Southern Zone.

Well done Sam! We are all proud of you and are rooting for you!

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Pantomime

On Tuesday, the children were treated to a festive Pantomime of Robin Hood, which the FPTA organised and funded. The children and staff really enjoyed the jokes, music and acting!

We would like to thank all the members of the FPTA and our school community for all of the fundraising and events they do to support the school and children.

Year 3 and 4 Trip to the i360 in Brighton


On a wet and windy Wednesday morning Year 3 and 4, from East Hoathly, Chiddingly and St Mary’s, set off to visit the i360 and the Brighton Museum. We all greatly enjoyed our ‘flight’ up the tower and the incredible, if slightly grey, views of Brighton city. After spending half an hour in our pod, we were sent back down to earth. The walk to the Museum was slow but cheerful!

At the Museum, we split off into our groups and ate our lunch. We were allowed to explore the Museum in our little groups and there was a lot for us to do. There was dressing up, drawing, magnifying glass and colouring in! Finally, we had a quick photo of all 3 schools outside the Brighton and Museum and jumped back on the coach to go home.

“It was the best trip ever!” – Sophia, Year 3.

“When I went on the i360 I felt really excited because it was really high and I love heights”- Joshua, Year 3.

“It was really fun and one of the best trips I’ve ever been on”- Florence Year 4.

“It was really fun, it had a nice view of the buildings and the sea”- Maxym, Year 4.

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KS2 Basketball Competition

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On Monday 26th November, Key Stage 2 took part in a basketball skills com-petition.

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

Some of the activities the children completed were: Basketball Golf - The children had 4 different ‘tees’, to shoot at the hoop and for each basket scored they scored a point.

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

Dribbling Relay - Each team had to dribble through a series on cones and sit down when all team mem-bers had completed the challenge.

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

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

The Year 5/6 and overall winning team with a grand total of 74 Points was ‘The Year 6 Blue Team’ so a big well done to Jack, Archie, Ethan, George, Ruby Jean, Amelia, Charlie and Emilia!

The Year 3/4 winning team with a total of 57 points was ‘The Green Team’. Well done to Florence, Esther, Darcy, Abi, Oscar and Hector!

Pioneer Governors – Phil Hodgins
Forest School Update 23rd November

From Week 2 of this term, Year 1 and 2 have been taking part in Forest School.

This week, Year 1 and 2 went into the Forest to search for a range of bugs. Once they found them, the children split into teams and drew plans to build the perfect bug house. Once the plans were completed, the children set off to build their bug houses, using the resources around them. We could tell the children had a great time as they came back to school very muddy!

Darcey in Year 1 said “We went in teams to catch bugs. My team caught a big worm, it was really slimy.”

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FPTA Upcoming Events

Dear Parents,

There are several events coming up we would like to make the school community aware of.

This week is School Enterprise Week, and the FPTA will be supporting the school to create Christmas crafts. The children will be making some fabulous decorations which will be available at the Christmas Fair. In addition to this the children will be making something to bring home at the end of the week. The FPTA are asking parents to contribute £1.50 per child towards the cost of materials, payable to the school office.

The children will then be making two items each with the FPTA which will go on sale at the Fair, and a further one to bring home as a thank you for their hard work and to ensure they have something they have created to take home.

On Thursday 22nd November 2018, we are holding a Movie Night to raise funds and donations towards our fair. If your child would like to attend the movie night there are two options - either a donation of wine/spirit which are handed into the office and the children have their names checked off, or they bring £2.50 in a named envelope to the office by the morning of the Thursday 22nd November . The teachers will walk the children to the village hall for the event and then children will just need collecting at 5pm from the village hall.

Friday 30th November, from 3.15 to 6pm, is our Christmas Fair, we hope to see lots of people there to start off the festive season.

This year, Santa will be visiting to read stories to the children, and you can book a time slot via the office. Children will be read a Christmas Story in our special grotto and receive a small gift.

Raffle tickets will be sent home with children next week, please ensure all sold stubs and monies are returned prior to the morning of the 30th November. If you have any unsold tickets please return these so they can be utilised at the fair.

On Tuesday 4th December the FPTA have paid for a pantomime to visit the school for the children. The performance will take place in the morning and we would like to invite children to bring a Christmas or Jolly jumper that they can wear whilst watching the Pantomime.

We hope you and the children will really enjoy these events and thank you so much for all your support this term!

If you have any questions please come and see Jacs, Dani or Dee in the playground,

FPTA Team

Year 3/4 Village Hall
To mark the special birthday of Prince Charles, the idea came to organise a coffee, tea and cake morning to raise money for AGE UK and most of all to lift the community spirit. Because of this, I contacted the school to see if they wanted to make an appearance in the Village Hall and do something that would fit in the school programme.

On the morning of the 14th of November, pupils from Year 3 and 4 came to the especially decorated VH to show their works of art: beautiful paintings of Prince Charles. We have hung them on the wall and the pupils had a glass of squash and a tangerine decorated with a flag of different countries. They sang Happy Birthday and three cheers joined with all present.

Later, the Chairman of WDC arrived and he was asked to choose his number one painting. It was not easy because everybody had worked really hard, but he chose Esther’s painting. The paintings were left on the wall so other people could see them.

It made our morning to see a group of enthusiastic pupils and their teachers and their assistants to mark this day.

A big thank you to all of you.

Quinta Deane

Reception’s Visit to East Hoathly Bonfire

The children in Reception have been learning about different celebrations that involve noisy activities such a fireworks! Last Friday, they  went on a walk through the village and visited the Bonfire structure that is built by members of the carnival society. They looked at the shapes and the design of the bonfire and discussed what it meant.

When they got back to school the children used their creative skills to draw their own versions of the bonfire and talked about why it helps the people in the village remember.

A few of the staff attended the Bonfire Celebrations on Saturday and would like to say how impressed they were with the children who were part of the celebration and how mature and respectful members of our school community were during the memorial part of the evening.

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Anti-Bullying Week

This week is Anti Bullying Week. The theme of the week, chosen by the Anti Bullying Alliance is 'Choose Respect'. We began the week with an assembly sharing the Child Friendly Anti Bullying Policy and discussing what respect means.

Each class has been learning about respect including sharing what they value and respect about each other, designing posters and learning about being kind to each other.

In this week’s Celebration Assembly, each class shared their learning with Miss Lewis and the rest of the school.

Ruby in Year 6 said “This week, we’ve made Anti-Bullying posters with the ’Choose Respect’ theme on it and we’ve done a competition to decide whose poster is the most eye-catching and has the most information. From Anti-Bullying Week, I learnt that if someone is bullying you, it is most likely to make themselves better.”

Forest School Update 16th November

From Week 2 of this term, Year 1 and 2 have been taking part in Forest School.

This week, Year 1 and 2 had another session of Forest School with Mrs Smith.

They went down to the forest and spent time using charcoal to draw pictures on trees and  were using natural items, like leaves and feathers, to create weaving patterns in and around the trees.

Bella in Year 1 said “I really like the bugs and I let them walk on my hands.”

Myla in Year 2 said “My favourite thing is being camouflaged in the forest.”

If you would like to volunteer to help out in Forest School, please speak to Mrs King or Miss Dutton.

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Year 1/2 Term 2 – ‘Bright Lights, Big City!’

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Dear Parents,

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

This Term’s Homework

Reading

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

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

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

Spellings Spellings are sent out on a Friday and tested on the following Thursday.
Maths

Times Tables Rock Stars and MyMaths activities are optional for Key Stage One children. These activities will be set at the beginning of each term. However it is expected that parents will support children to learn their times tables at home.

Year 1 children – 2 x and 10 x tables

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

Our PE days are Wednesday & Fridays with the occasional Tuesday – Please make sure kits are in school all the time in case the time table changes unexpectedly.

Questions to Ask at Home

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

The Christmas Nativity

This year, we are very excited to announce that Reception and Year 1&2 will be performing their very own Nativity on 11th December at 2pm. More information will follow regarding costumes and props in another letter. Key Stage 2 will be performing in the evening at 6.30pm. (Key Stage 1 will not be performing in the evening performance.)

Home Learning Tasks

Please have a go at some of these at home:

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

Helping to Enrich Our Topics

It is always great to have items or visitors that support our topic, so if anyone has any experience or items that may help us with any of the work we are doing this term, we would love to see and hear about them. We are planning a Stargazing Bonfire Evening at Chiddingly School with our friends from Year 1&2. Another letter will follow shortly.

Useful Websites

Reminders

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

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

Mrs King

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Learning Map

Year 5/6 Term 2 – ‘A Victorian Christmas’

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Dear Parents,

I hope you had a fantastic half term! This term we will be continuing our topic of ‘The Victorians’, focussing on homes and Christmas-time. Our PE days are Fridays, but please ensure your child’s kit is always in school; as the timetable can sometimes change – trainers and coats every day are essential.

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

Helping to Enrich Our Topics

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

Parent Readers

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

Reminders

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

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

Questions You Could Ask Your Child About Their Learning This Term

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

Learning Map

World War 1 Week

In school this week, it was World War 1 week. The children across the school took part in different activities, across the curriculum, with Remembrance and World War 1 themes to celebrate and remember the end of the First World War.

Reception made a poppy collage with tissue paper, explored the story “Where Poppies Now Grow’ and drew pictures of soldiers. George said “Poppies are for soldiers who died.”

Year 1 and 2 made a wreath of poppies, learnt about the importance of animals during the First World War and they learnt about trenches. Beatrice in Year 2 said “On Thursday we dressed up, it was fantastic.”

Year 3 and 4 painted the ends of bottles to create poppies, wrote World War 1 poems in Literacy and learnt about what school would have been like one hundred years ago. Maxym in Year 4 said “This week, we painted poppies for World War 1 day because poppies help us remember the soldiers who died in the war.”

Year 5 and 6 wrote stories in Literacy about the Christmas Truce of 1914, made poppies to be stuck onto a wreath for the War Memorial and wrote a prayer for the soldiers. Ruby in Year 6 said “I learnt that during the Christmas Truce of 1914, the soldiers actually put up a Christmas tree and promised not to fight until midnight on Christmas Day.”

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Forest School Update 9th November

From Week 2 of this term, Year 1 and 2 will be taking part in Forest School.

This week, Year 1 and 2 had their first session of Forest School with Mrs Smith.

They went down to the forest and spent time building dens, balancing on fallen logs and comparing the colours of the autumn leaves to colour charts.

Sophie in Year 1 said “I learnt how to walk along the tree all by myself. I don’t need to hold hands now.”

Herbie in Year 2 said “It was really fun finding the sticks to build our dens.”

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Pioneer Governors – Katy Norris
Pioneer Governors – Chris Forsey
Responsibilities

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

Reception Term 2 – Noisy Nightlife!

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Dear Parents,

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

Our topic this term is ‘Noisy Nightlife’. We will be spending time learning about nocturnal animals and winter celebrations such as Bonfire Night, Remembrance and Christmas. As well as this, we will be learning about Diwali to develop our cultural awareness.

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

Some of the texts we will be looking at are:

peace-at-last

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

owl-babies

the-jolly-christmas-postman

Understanding of the World

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

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  • Understanding differences
  • Safety and rules in different situations
  • Working together

Expressive Art & Design

  • Diwali art
  • Christmas craft
  • Cards & Decorations

Communication and Language

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

balloons

Physical Development

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

Religious Education

  • What is a prayer?
  • What is assembly?
  • What is Christmas about?

Mathematics

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

Literacy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Maths The children will be sent home a My Maths letter with an individual log in. They can log on to the website and play mathematical games. This home learning activity in Reception is optional and the children can explore the different games on the site in preparation for set tasks as they move through the school.

hedgehog-300x226Key questions to ask your child at home:

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

 Useful Websites

Friday Morning Learning Journey Sharing

Every other Friday morning, beginning on Friday 9th November, we will be opening our doors a little early for parents to come in and share their child’s learning journey with them. Please feel free to come in whenever you choose. There is no expectation for parents to come every fortnight as some weeks we have more to share than others but it would be lovely to see as many of you as possible over the coming weeks. We will be asking any visitors to add a small speech bubble to the learning journey to comment on a beautiful piece of work or an achievement that you are proud of. Please come to the classroom door as normal from 8.35 until 8.55am.

Quick Reminders

  • Please can you make sure your child brings in a water bottle and their book bags every day.
  • Can the children please always have a coat in school particularly as the British weather is unpredictable.
  • Our PE days are Tuesday & Wednesday but PE kits should be in all week.
  • Welly Boots – Please can all children have a set of wellies in school at all times, this is so we can use the field and outside areas when it is wet and muddy. All in one waterproof suits are essential too.

wellies-150x150We hope you all have lovely second term supporting the children in their learning and can see how much they have learnt already. Please do not hesitate to come and speak to us if necessary.

Thank you for your support,

Miss Denney & Mrs Smith

Year 3/4 Term 2 – ‘Energising Engineers’

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Dear Parents,

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

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

Reading Please read with your child regularly. You may like to add a positive or helpful comment in their reading diary, but please acknowledge the fact that the book has been read by signing and dating in the comments space. A member of staff will be checking reading records during the week and children are expected to have read at least 3 times a week with an adult. Adults at school will not write in the books as we have our own records.
Spellings Spelling tests are every Thursday and Spelling workbooks are taken in on Thursday and returned on Friday. This term’s spellings are focused on the Year 3&4 common exception words list. Additional spelling patterns are also taught in our weekly SPAG sessions with a focus on the ‘shun’ sound e.g. tion, cion, sion…
Times Tables This term there will be a large focus on times tables. The expectation is that children should know all their tables up to 12x12 by the end of year 4. In term 2, we will be especially focusing on the 3x, 4x, 6x and 8x tables. Please do as much as you can at home to learn these as they make many areas of maths so much easier.
Maths Maths homework will be on MyMaths and should consist of 30 minutes per fortnight, there will be a letter going out during the first week back with login information. We will also be continuing with Times Table Rock-stars to help support your child’s recall of the tables. . If you do not have access to the internet at home, please let me know and we can arrange a time for your child to complete it at school. If your child has misplaced their login details, let a member of staff know and we can give you a copy.

Helping to enrich our topics

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

Parent Readers

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

Reminders

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

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

Miss Riddall

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Useful Websites

Questions you could ask your child about their learning this term

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

Learning Map

Enrichment Morning

Earlier this term, the children had a range of activities to choose from that they normally would not do in school. There was sewing, gardening, cooking, cheerleading, art and rugby.

On Friday, the children all took part in their chosen activities and it was great to see the children all enjoying themselves.

Poppy in Year 5 said “Gardening was fun because we got to use tools, like cutters and we got to weed the garden.”

In sewing, Holly Z in Year 4 made a blue monster with three eyes. “I sewed on buttons and felt to make the face.”

Ben in Year 2 said “Rugby was fun, Mr Procter taught me new skills”, Matilda in Year 5 agreed,         commenting “I learnt how to pass backwards and to communicate with my team to find space.”

Maxym in Year 4 took part in the cooking activity. “We made healthy, fruity muffins. I had fun grating the carrots.”

Abbie in Year 4 said “Today, cheerleading was fun. I had a good time with my friends and I am glad they convinced me to take part.”

In Art, Ruby in Year 6 had a go at ‘blind drawing’. “It basically means you need to    focus on the object you are drawing and not look at the paper. I really enjoyed it.”

The children all had a fantastic day. Thank you to all of the adults who shared their       skills and interests. It was such a successful day and the staff are already looking        forward to organising the next Enrichment morning.

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Welcome

After dozens of amazing applications for the posts of Eco Warriors, Mr Herdman had a tough time deciding. Originally, there were only going to be 6 posts however after so many fantastic manifestos it was decided to have nine! Mr Herdman went round the classes on Thursday and announced those children who were successful and who received their badges. Those children are;

  • Archie G
  • Emilia
  • Robert
  • Spencer
  • Jessica
  • Florence
  • Archie B
  • Catherine
  • Benjamin

Congratulations to them all and we look forwards to seeing them carrying out their manifestos. Reduce, reuse and recycle!

Mr Herdman

Harvest Festival

East Hoathly have taken part in two Harvest Festivals this year.

The first took place on Sunday 14th October in the Church with Rev Phil Hodgins. Miss Lewis and some children from East Hoathly volunteered to read out prayers to share.

The Harvest Service from East Hoathly School on 16th October  saw the children all    perform songs about the Harvest, showed some work to the parents that came and the school have donated food to the local foodbank. The Nursery children all worked together to build a very impressive scarecrow for the Harvest Festival.

Thank you everyone for your donations and hard work this harvest!

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Year 5 and 6 Trip to Weald and Downland Museum

On Tuesday 16th October, the Year 5 and 6 classes in the Federation went on a trip to Weald and Downland Museum as  a part of their Victorians topic.

The children of Chiddingly, St Mary’s and East Hoathly schools dressed up like Victorians and took part in a range of activities, including Victorian style cooking, Victorian style schooling and performing Victorian style chores.

The children enjoyed their day and seeing their peers from across the Federation. The weather held out and they were able to enjoy a social lunch on a field together.

Thank you to the parent helpers for their support and thank you to Miss Banks, at St Mary’s, who organised such a lovely trip! What a way to end such a busy term!

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Year 3 & 4 Science Day

Over the past two weeks, Year 3 and 4 have enjoyed two science days! The children all took part in different experiments and investigated the reactions of the events that happened.

On the first Science Day, Friday 12th October, Year 3 and 4 looked into experiments involving materials

Activity 1: How can mixtures become separated? We looked at the mixtures you have in front of us. Then we separated the substances.

Activity 2: Who can melt an ice cube the quickest? We had to predict which method we thought would melt the ice cube fastest and then test it out.

Activity 3: We were sorting different materials. In our groups, we had to look at each   object and decide whether it was a solid, a liquid or a gas.

Activity 4: We watched Miss Riddall: Boil a kettle – hold a mirror over the spout, pour the boiling water over a sugar cube and watch it disappear and turn the fan on with our faces in front of it. We had to predict what we thought would happen and explain what was happening when we watched it.

On the second science day, Wednesday 17th October, Year 3 and 4 took part in activities involving their senses, solids, liquids and gases.

Activity 1: How can we use our sense of smell? Essential oil was put on a tissue, this was then hidden and we had to find it using our noses.

Activity 2: What will happen when boiling water is poured into a glass bowl then covered with cling film? We discussed the water cycle.

Activity 3: Which plastic bottle will squirt water the furthest? There were three bottles to test; 1 full one, 1 half full one and 1 nearly empty one.

Activity 4: We had to estimate and test which balloon weighed the most. Will it be the balloon full or air, water, semi blown up or empty?

Luke said "I think that the warm water will melt the ice-cube the fastest... I was right! Look the ice-cube has got smaller and smaller".

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Pioneer Governors – Heidi Twort
Sports Crew

Meet our new Sports Crew.

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

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

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

During the training, the crews from East Hoathly and Chiddingly worked together to develop their skills and roles. In training, they took on the role as leaders and ran mini competitions for each other to practise their new skills.

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

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

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Christmas Cards
Nursery  Penguin pictures
Reception  Father Christmas pictures
Year 1  Birds
Year 2  Glitter Christmas trees
Year 3  Ribbon Christmas trees
Year 4  Snow scene
Year 5  Watercolour wash Christmas trees
Year 6  Northern lights

In a few cases we have had to do something different for a child, please check the child's year group for their work.

Click here to download the codes

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P.A.Ls Assembly

On Thursday 11th of October, the children took part in a Progress And Learning assembly. The children brought their RE books to the assembly and they all sat with  someone from a different year group to share what they had learnt so far this year.

Charlie in Year 6 said that “Ashton’s work is very good. He is learning about Christianity.”

Tom in Year 6 commented on Archie’s work that the drawings were very neat.

Zach in Year 5 said that “Lorenzo’s work is amazing. He remembered that he was learning about God.”

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World Mental Health Day

The school participated in activities while reflecting on mental health and what it means to take care of yourself.

One of the most notable points that the KS2 children came up with was that “if you feel like you can’t cope, tell someone you trust.” What great advice!

KS1 had an afternoon talking about positivity and what we can do to make ourselves feel better. They all chose a word to describe themselves, some of their favourites were friendly, caring, kind and unique.

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Reception 2018

Year 5/6 2018

Times Tables Rockstars

Thank you to those who were able to make it to the Parent Forum on Wednesday morning and particular thanks to Mr Chris Forsey (Parent Governor) for attending and introducing himself to East Hoathly Parents.

This meeting, we focussed on the new timestables homework system that has been set up – Times Table Rockstars.

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

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

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

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

Professor Brain

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

Inspector Ingenious

Inspector Ingenious is fantastic at thinking outside the box. The Inspector uses creativity to solve problems, design ideas and create artistic displays.

Growth Mindset Hero

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

Detective Find-It

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

The Christian Champion

The Christian Champion promotes the values and ethos of the Christian Church. The Champion displays the values to all peers and associates and works hard to spread the good word of the Lord.

Captain Britain

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

Pioneer Governors – Mandy Watson
Pioneer Governors – Juliet Stirrat
Year 1/2 2018

Year 3/4 2018

Pioneer Governors – Alan Brundle
Year 1/2 Term 1 – ‘The Great Fire of London’

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Dear Parents,

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

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

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

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

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

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Helping to enrich our topics

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

Parent readers

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

Reminders

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

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

Mrs King

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Useful Websites

Questions You Could Ask Your Child About Their Learning This Term

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

Learning Map

Year 3/4 Term 1 – ‘Roald Dahl’

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Dear Parents,

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

Reading Please read with your child regularly. Their books and book bags will need to be in every day.  You may like to add a positive or helpful comment in their reading diary, but please acknowledge the fact that the book has been read by signing and dating in the comments space. A member of staff will be checking reading records during the week and children are expected to have read at least 3 times a week with an adult. Adults at school will not write in the books as we have our own records. If your child reads three times a week they will get a raffle ticket which will then enter them into a book draw in Friday’s assembly. Reading records will be checked on Thursdays by an adult to see who has read three times.
Spellings Spelling workshops are every Thursday and Spelling workbooks are taken in on Thursday and returned on Friday. This term’s spellings are focused on the Year 3&4 common exception words list. Additional spelling patterns are also taught in our weekly SPAG sessions.
Times Tables It is expected that by the end of KS2 all children will know their times tables up to 12. In Year 3/4 we will focus on the 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 times tables.
Maths Maths homework will be on MyMaths and Maths Rockstars. It should consist of 30 minutes per week, the children can compete against each other or complete their own timed skills trials – I will be able to see clearly areas in which they need more focus and how many minutes they spend online. If you do not have access to the internet at home, please let me know and we can arrange a time for your child to complete it at school. If your child has misplaced their login details, let a member of staff know and we can give you a copy.

Helping to enrich our topics

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

Parent Readers

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

Reminders

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

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

Miss Riddall

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Useful Websites 

Questions You Could Ask Your Child about Their Learning This Term

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

Learning Map

Reception Term 1 – ‘Once Upon a Time’

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Dear Parents,

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

Our topic for this first term is ‘Once Upon a Time’. We will be spending time exploring some familiar stories such as ‘The 3 Little Pigs’ and ‘Little Red Riding Hood’. Alongside this, we will be working on number recognition and formation. We will also be developing our foundation understanding of letters and sounds.

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

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

Home Learning

We encourage children to continue their learning at home which will enhance their progress at school. There will be a meeting on Wednesday 19th September 2.45pm in the learning zone, to discuss home learning, reading and phonics. We will then send home phonic reading books following the meeting.

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

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

Reading Please read with your child regularly. At this stage it is really helpful to encourage the children to use the pictures to tell stories.

We change the children’s Home Reading books regularly. Their books and book bags will however be needed in school every day for 1:1 reading. Each child has their own reading record book, where there is a page in the reading record for each week, we ask that you initial whenever you read with your child at home or make notes as appropriate.  In school, we have our own record keeping systems and teachers/TAs will not write in these home records. It is expected in our school reading policy that the children should read at home at least three times a week. If the children achieve their ‘three reads’ they will receive a raffle ticket.  The reading records will be checked and raffle tickets given on a Friday and entered into a draw which will be held in the following week’s celebration assembly.

More information about our reading strategies will be given at the reading and phonics meeting on Wednesday 19th September.

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

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

 

Quick Notes

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

Useful websites

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

Thank you for your support.

Miss Denney and Mrs Smith

Year 5/6 Term 1 – ‘The Victorians’

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Dear Parents,

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

Please ensure your child’s PE kit is always in school; trainers everyday are essential.

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

 

Details of homework will be sent out soon!
Maths
Grammar

Helping to enrich our topics

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

Reminders

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

Many thanks for your continued support,

Miss Purcell, Miss Brooks (Class teacher every Thursday) and Mrs Filkin (Teaching Assistant)

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Useful Websites

Questions You Could Ask Your Child About Their Learning This Term

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

Learning Map

Patina 2018 Professional Photos
East Hoathly Go Kart Team!!!

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Tough Woodlouse of the Week

Lucy Lillywhite for learning lines at the last minute to help
the Summer Production.

 

Patina

After two weeks of planning, building, painting, sticking and drying, Year 5 and 6 finally went to the Patina Parade with their costumes.

The theme this year was Superheroes and we had an array of different characters including; Thor, Starlord and Supergirl.

The children had a fantastic time over the two weeks, creating their costumes and attending the Parade with a giant Iron Man that they had constructed!

George in Year 5 said “I chose to make Thor because he is one of my favourite superheroes. The Parade Day was very exciting, I liked seeing everyone else’s projects, there was a school that had Harry Potter as a theme and they made a giant car! My favourite part of making my structure was adding colour to it - it was very messy!”

Thank you to the FPTA and parent helpers for the time they gave to help the Year 5 and 6 children build their structures.

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Summer Raffle Results

Tough Woodlouse of the Week

Ethan Randall for learning all his lines and helping others with their roles for the production.

 

Pirate Day

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

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

Sports Day

On Wednesday 4th of July, we all enjoyed Sports Day! The children cheered on their coloured teams in a variety of activities.

We then had the flat races, where the children and adults raced up to the finish line!

Well done to the Yellow Team for winning the event overall! It was great to hear and see such incredible support and sportsmanship from all children.

Well done to the adults below for winning the adult races:

Mr Medrow Male Parent Race
Sarah Wright Female Parent Race
Verity Ladies Staff Race
Mr Procter Male Staff Race

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the event and the family picnic! Thank you to the FPTA, who provided refreshments throughout the morning.

Also, a big thank you to the adults who organised and helped.

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St Mary’s

On Tuesday 3rd of July, East Hoathly travelled to St Mary’s Hartfield, by coach, to see their Year 5 and 6 class perform their dress rehearsal.

The St Mary’s children presented a brilliant rendition of ‘Wind in the Willows’, complete with beautifully designed scenery, cracking costumes and face paint, stunning solos and even a tap-dancing scene!

A lot of work went into their production and it really showed! We all cheered for the children and the adults who helped.

Lola said “I liked the Rat and the Mole in Wind of the Willows.”

After we watched the production, the children went into the playground and enjoyed a picnic lunch, before the children at St Mary’s came out to play. It was really great seeing the children from the two schools playing and interacting with each other. Since a few children from East Hoathly visited St Mary’s to teach them about 4-Square, it was wonderful to see the St Mary’s children show off the skills they had been practising.

We left St Mary’s in good spirits and look forward to seeing our friends at St Mary’s again! Thank you to all of the parents that helped on the trip!

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Athlete Visit

On Thursday 28th of June, Aidan Sayers - a GB 100M sprinter - taught us some fast paced sprinting techniques. He talked about the importance of not giving up and always trying your best in all areas of life, not just sport! His journey to achieve his goals was one filled with lots of injury and set backs. He talked about his confidence and growth mindset, which allowed him to keep going and achieve his dream of being a professional athlete. The children loved talking to him so much, he had to be rescued at lunchtime!

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Year 6 Leavers’ Service

On Tuesday 26th of June, Year 6 travelled to Crowborough to take part in their Leaver’s Service.

For the first time, they were joined by Year 6 from Chiddingly.

Ethan said “I enjoyed singing songs at the front of the church and having our pictures taken. It was a great memory to make.”

Aidan said “I enjoyed it because I helped to carry the banner for the service. This is a good memory to take to Uckfield.”

Miss Purcell said “It was great to see our Chiddingly friends from residential. The service was lovely, with lots of beautiful singing and it was a great way to reflect on our year.”

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Open Garden at Sayerland House

Last weekend, we were invited to an Open Garden at Sayerland House, in Polegate, to provide refreshments and raise funds for the school. We had a fabulous afternoon enjoying the gardens, whilst serving teas and homemade cakes, and we raised £250! A special thanks to our young helpers and all who made cakes for the event.

Year 6 Leaver Hoodies

Year 6 got presented with Leavers Hoodies today from Mrs Bushell and the FPTA. Year 6 were surprised as they didn't realise they would get them in celebration assembly!

Aidan said "They are super comfortable, they are designed well and I love the fact that my name is on the back! Miss Purcell and Miss Moore got one as well - they loved them."

Thank you on behalf of all the class for arranging this - they will keep the children warm on residential and they will treasure them forever!!

 

Tough Woodlouse of the Week

Jessica Ruff for persevering and working really hard in maths by attempting spicy challenges.

Forest School Update 8th June

This term, Year 1 and 2 will be taking part in Forest School. A letter will be going out with the details of what days the children will be doing Forest School.

The Year 1 and 2 topic this term is ‘Castles’ and they will be using the natural resources around them to explore their topic.

Please can you ensure your children have their Forest School kits in school on the day they need them.

Thank you!

Tough Woodlouse of the Week

Orlaith O’Rourke-Jones for persevering and working really hard to use her phonics when sounding out and spelling words.

Year 3 & 4 Tennis Competition

On Wednesday the 6th June, 8 children from Year 3 and 4 went over to Gildridge Park for the Area Finals of the Road to Eastbourne Tennis Competition. They competed in many different tennis activities in the first part of the afternoon against other schools scoring points for East Hoathly.

As the afternoon progressed, some children were chosen to play small sided games against different children from other schools. After all of the games had been played, the points were added up together and the winners revealed.

This is such an amazing achievement for the school as they manged to finish second! All the children were brilliant, had great sportsmanship and were a huge credit to the school. We are so proud of what they have managed to achieve in the last two competitions! Hopefully next year they can go one step further! Congratulations and well done for representing East Hoathly in such a brilliant manner!

East Hoathly Family Fun Run

Congratulations to all who took part in the fun run. Click here for the photos. Here are the results:

5km Results

Position Time (mins) First Name Surname Bib no.
1 22.31 Adrian Coe 65
2 24.39 Alan Pettitt 30
3 24.41 Kate Mitchell 34
4 25.47 Toby Cherry 20
5 26.04 John Roe 5
6 26.36 Nick Wright 54
7 27.14 Eddie Diplock 47
8 28.29 Naomi Fry 56
9 28.32 Dawn Davis 36
10 28.37 Joshua Starnes 63
11 28.39 Richard Spence 58
12 28.40 Jack Spence 60
13 29.10 Darren Foss 37
14 29.42 Matt Botterman 50
15 30.05 James Procter 16
16 31.31 Hector Parris 7
17 32.05 Lorraine Bloomfield 49
18 32.06 Julian Tier 48
19 32.13 Trevor Weeks 67
20 32.51 Jack Bangs 62
21 33.12 Zachary Sequiera 39
22 33.13 David Sequiera 38
23 33.33 Jade Barden 31
24 34.44 Meredith Wickham 28
25 34.47 Holly Zorn 1
26 34.47 Sarah Patience 27
27 34.53 Peter Teige 2
28 35.05 Freya O'Sullivan 4
29 35.09 Carmen Dunning 3
30 35.12 Fabien Procter 46
31 35.19 Roger Ockenden 32
32 36.12 Graham Mitchell 35
33 36.18 Kathy Martyn 68
34 36.30 Andrew Cherry 18
35 36.30 Jessica Cherry 19
36 37.07 Amelie Procter 17
37 37.31 Michael Dee 33
38 37.36 Vicki Curd 53
39 37.36 Izzy Curd 55
40 38.10 Lauren Scordellis 29
41 38.11 Pete Wilkes 26
42 38.24 Coen Parkhouse 42
43 38.30 Harriet Axell 64
44 38.46 Alfred Parris 8
45 39.09 Lisa Purcell 9
46 40.11 Alfie Gibbons 13
47 40.21 Andrew Jones 52
48 40.24 Julie Jones 51
49 40.26 Karen Parris 6
50 41.02 Annette Smith 73
51 41.02 Maisie Smith 74
52 41.03 Brooke Smith 15
53 41.04 Joanne Carter 66
54 41.50 Beth Procter 45
55 43.59 Fiona Spence 57
56 43.59 Ivy Spence 59
57 44.05 Cherry Gibbons 11
58 44.05 Florence Mackmin 22
59 44.44 Oli Mackmin 21
60 44.45 Seraphina Waring 61
61 45.54 Sheridan Denney 14
62 46.08 Beatrice Mackmin 23
63 46.09 Pearl Becvar 76
64 46.22 Matt Gibbons 40
65 47.31 John Gibbons 12
66 47.34 Maz Becvar 75
67 49.01 Hannah Eustace 70
68 49.03 Orlaith O'Rourke Jones 24
69 49.04 Mike O'Rourke Jones 25
70 50.09 Cian Parkhouse 41
71 50.20 Chloe Parkhouse 43
72 55.36 Jan De Jong 69
73 59.19 Kelly Parkhouse 44

1km Results

Position Time (mins) First Name Surname Bib No.
1 4.21 Michael Ring 250
2 4.32 Jenny Ring 249
3 4.37 Hector Parris 244
4 4.59 Daniel Ring 251
5 5.11 Louie Pentecost 206
6 5.13 Samuel Lonsdale 236
7 5.14 Louise Field 231
8 5.15 Kim Ring 252
9 5.17 Caroline Ashcroft 205
10 5.46 David Sequiera 237
11 5.50 Rory Sequiera 238
12 6.56 Joseph Cherry 208
13 6.59 Sophia Watton 217
14 7.00 Ned Thatcher 215
15 7.01 Sally Cherry 207
16 7.02 Spencer Bushell 213
17 7.03 Alfred Parris 239
18 7.05 James Bushell 212
19 7.08 Poppy Pentecost 226
20 7.19 Holly Lonsdale 235
21 7.21 Lynsey Pettit 234
22 7.24 Tim Healy 218
23 7.29 Darren Pentecost 225
24 7.30 Jake Foss 224
25 7.42 Bentley Davis 222
26 7.45 Alexandra Zorn 201
27 7.53 Mandy Ranger 223
28 8.12 Mollie Smith 233
29 8.13 Chris Smith 232
30 8.19 Daisy Callander 220
31 8.21 Damon Healy 219
32 8.32 George Baxter 228
33 8.33 Noelle Baxter 227
34 8.57 Poppy Fry 229
35 9.31 Emily Zorn 202
36 9.36 Delilah Hill 210
37 9.37 Tom Hill 209
38 9.37 Daisy Hill 211
39 9.38 Harlow Davis 221
40 9.57 Camilla Church 243
41 9.58 Louis Fry 242
42 10.20 Lucy Watton 245
43 10.20 Albie Watton 246
44 10.43 Charlie Fawls 248
45 10.44 Dom Fawls 247
46 10.48 Charlie Watton 216
47 11.11 Sandy O'Sullivan 203
48 11.11 Theo Dunning 204
49 11.47 Glenda Blackaller 230
Reception’s Chicks

Over the past three weeks Reception have been eagerly watching the incubator filled with eggs. They have been carefully filling up the water and checking on the humidity, which helps the shells become soft.

On Tuesday morning, we arrived at school to discover the eggs were hatching! With great excitement, we watched over the next few days as 22 eggs hatched into chicks. The children have loved watching the life cycle and having the chicks in the classroom for lots of cuddles. All of the staff and children across the school have been regularly visiting them.

Max says “I loved having the chicks, I love stroking and holding them, the best thing about having them it watching them.”

Thank you to Poppy Ray’s Mum, who kindly supplied every-thing needed for this exciting project!

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Tough Woodlouse of the Week

James Bushell for persevering and improving his handwriting and presentation.

FPTA Fun Run

On Sunday the 27th May, East Hoathly FPTA organised a family fun run. There were two routes around the village and pavilion fields of 5k and 1k. Lots of children and adults took part from the school and local community. All of the runners took part in a warm up lead by ‘Osteopathy for All’ and then set off on the route which, included going through fields, over sties and along paths. A staff team from East Hoathly and Chiddingly took part and really enjoyed running alongside the children. It was a fantastic morning with a real community atmosphere and we are hoping to run the event again next year!

A special well done goes to Toby Cherry who was the 1st child to complete the 5K route and came 4th overall.

We would like to thank Anna from the FPTA for introducing this new event and for all her hard work in organising it. The event managed to raise an impressive £635.23! The FPTA and school staff would like to say a big thank you to all that took part and to the children who gave up their time to help with the setting and clearing up after the event.

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Forest School Update 25th May

Next term, Year 1 and 2 will be doing Forest School.

This week in Forest School, Year 3 and 4 have been learning about sorting plants and flowers. First, they identified different leaves using an identification chart. Next, they used sorting hoops to help think of their own labels ready for sorting. Finally, they made their own classification keys to sort leaves.

Please can you ensure your children have their Forest School kits in school on the day they need them. Thank you!

Thank you!

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PALs Assembly

On Thursday the 24th May, the entire school came together to celebrate the learning they had done over the past two terms. Each child was paired with another from a different year group and they had the opportunity to show each other their work and talk about what they had learnt.

Sid,in Year 6 shared with Darcey in Reception that he had been learning about inverted commas and where to use them. Darcey showed Sid the work she did when she made a puppet of how Jesus gave back a man’s sight.

Lucas in Year 1 showed Charlie from Year 5 that he had been learning about explorers by showing off his drawings of penguins, killer whales and seagulls. Charlie showed Lucas the great work he had been doing in maths and that he had been learning about adding and subtracting decimal numbers.

Alongside showing off their work, the children discussed the theme, which this term was friendship. The children discussed what it meant to be a good friend. Tom in Year 5 said to be a good friend you need to “help them and make them feel confident”. Ruby in Year 5 said “if they doubt themselves, tell them they will be great,” and Leo in Year 6 said “if they are upset, help them and build up trust.”

The children were then asked if they could discuss times that they—or their partner— had been good friends. It was great to see that everyone had something to share! Coen in Year 6 said “Max helps Lorenzo and Archie feel better if they are sad.” Catherine in Year 1 said that “George encourages his friends.” Tyler in Year 6 said that “Malakai is friendly to others.”

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Year 6 Football

On Tuesday 22nd May, ten Year 6 children were invited to play in the Alfriston Primary School Football Tournament. The children arrived at Downs Leisure Centre, ready and raring to go! They all had a turn on the pitch, playing against different schools for a place in the final.

Leo said “Football was really great and everybody was so friendly. It was such a good day and I think we played really well. We used communication and teamwork to do the best we could do.”

The team was made up of; Coen, Tyler, Harvey, James, Leo, Oscar, Hannah, Sid, Aidan and Joseph.

Overall, the team came third out of sixteen teams! Well done East Hoathly!

Year 3 & 4 Roman Day

In the morning we made Roman shields and Roman jewellery. We used sugar cubes to
design Roman buildings. We also found out about Roman feasts and designed our own
banquet!

The leaders of our troops prepared us for battle this afternoon! We made the ‘Tortoise’
and ‘Wedge’ formation with our shields.

"I liked having the feast because we had Year 6 as our Roman slaves and they served us
food!" -Abigail, Year 3

"I loved the whole day because we were all dressed up and it was so much fun!" -Florence, Year 3

"I liked the battle because we had to make the tortoise formation and then go into
battle with our friends!" -Alfie, Year 3

"It was really good because we got to have a feast and build Roman buildings out of sugar
cubes!" -Lola, Year 3

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Tough Woodlouse of the Week

Hannah Parris for persevering with learning new football skills.

Forest School Update 18th May

This term, Year 3 and 4 and Reception are doing Forest School.

This week, Year 3 and 4 painted their mobiles from last week. They followed a natural colour scheme, children were inspired by the sea, the wilderness and animals.

Reception took part in Forest School this week. Myla said “we made castles out of grass.”

Please can you ensure your children have their Forest School kits in school on the day they need them.

Thank you!

Reception Trip to Herstmonceux Castle

On a very sunny Wednesday, Reception had their very first trip on a coach!

They were joined by Oak Class from Chiddingly as they walked around the gardens of Hersmonceux castle. The children had a fantastic time hunting for different items in the gardens and then spent time carefully looking at the different features of the castle whilst drawing it.

The children and adults all enjoyed an ice cream to cool down after an exploration of the grounds and a picnic lunch.

Nursery Healthy Eating Cooking Session

We are developing our healthy eating and physical activity opportunities for our Early Years children, in connection with East Sussex County Council. As part of this, we have been cooking each week in Nursery and promoting healthy alternatives. On Tuesday, we held a parent and child cooking session with Dawn and Miss Denney, where we made our own healthy meatballs with pitta and salad! The children really enjoyed cooking and eating the meatballs.

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Tough Woodlouse of the Week

Holly Hamilton-Andrews - for working hard to improve her story writing at both home and school.

Forest School Update 11th May

This term, Year 3 and 4 and Reception are doing Forest School.

This week, Year 3 and 4 made mobiles. Poppy in Year 4 said, “we made them out of different resources we found in the woods, like pinecones, sticks and some fallen bluebells. Our designs came from Ancient Rome, we had pictures to give us ideas.”

Please can you ensure your children have their Forest School kits in school on the day they need them.

Thank you!

Year 3 and 4 Tennis Competition

On Thursday the 10th of May, seven children from Year 3 and 4 went to Southdown Tennis Club in Lewes and we joined by children from Chiddingly School as they competed in a range of skill based games.

Maxym in Year 3 said “We had lots of fun with the skills trials and were proud to represent our school. We won and we can’t wait to go to Eastbourne!”

When they came back, the children were very excited to tell us that they won! Well done East Hoathly! We look forward to your next game in Eastbourne.

Forest School Update 4th May

This term,  Year 3 and 4 and Reception are doing Forest School.

This week, Reception practised their fine motor skills in Forest School, by making daisy chains! The children enjoyed their time in Forest School and made lots of observations about the environment around them.

As Year 3 and 4 are taking part in swimming this term, their Forest School sessions have moved to Tuesday morning.

Please can you ensure your children have their Forest School kits in school on the day they need them.

Thank you!

 

Tough Woodlouse of the Week

Oscar Bunney - for persevering with Spanish and selecting the 4 chilli challenge.

 

Forest School Update 27th April

This term, Year 3 and 4 and Reception are doing Forest School.

In Reception, we discovered a mystery egg and predicted what we thought would be inside it. We also used clay and natural resources to create knights, princesses and dragons!

In Year 3/4, we made Roman fossils using the natural resources around us and clay.

Please could we remind these year groups that they need a forest school kit in school during this whole term, this must include a full change of clothes that can go under waterproofs.

 

St Mary’s Partnership News

This week, children from East Hoathly and Chiddingly went to St Mary’s for the day! They joined in with their lessons and taught the other children how to play 4square.

Ruby-Jean from Year 5 said “It was a   really cool experience being able to teach the children something they didn’t know and it was fun joining in their every day activities. I made new friends in St Mary’s and I can’t wait to see them again!”

Tough Woodlouse of the Week

Archie Bourne - for persevering with recognising numbers.

 

Year 5/6 Term 5 – ‘Parliament and Power’

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Dear Parents,

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

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

Helping to enrich our topics

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

Reminders

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

Many thanks for your continued support,

Miss Purcell

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Useful Websites

Pencil Cases

  • It is not essential for children to bring in pencil cases, as we have equipment in school
  • If they do bring them, please can they be small in size with the basic equipment in. Some pencil cases are getting too big and full of rubbers etc that distract the children from their learning. Thank you for your support.

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Year 3/4 Term 5 – ‘Romans’

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Dear Parents,

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

Reading Please read with your child regularly, even if it is just one page.  Their books and book bags will need to be in everyday for 1:1 reading.  You may like to add a positive or helpful comment in the reading diary but please acknowledge the fact that the book has been read by signing and dating in the comments book.
Spellings This term, our spelling tests will focus on the children’s individual spellings. They will select their own spellings from the year ¾ spelling lists and from their own personal spelling logs. Please look out for the new letter.
Maths Please continue to work with your child with Mathletics, a task will be set weekly. The children are continuing to learn their times tables and are tested each Friday.

Helping to Enrich our Topics

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

Reminders

Please can you make sure your child brings in a water bottle each day with fresh water; ensure all jumpers are labelled and bring a coat for the wet weather. We will also be doing Forest School this term, please ensure their kit is in school by week 2.

Roman Dress-Up Day

This will be held on Friday 11th May - look out for a letter with more details.

Home Learning

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

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

Many thanks for your continued support,

Mrs Mackarness

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Fossil Websites

Roman Websites

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Year 1/2 Palaeontology Day & Super Growing

Last term, we entered the Innocent Smoothie “Big Grow 2018”. Innocent sent us compost, pots and seeds to plant our own vegetables and we have been looking after them for 5 weeks now! Hopefully we’ll be able to eat them soon.

The children have now taken them home and can   repot them or plant them in the garden to soak up the sun – well done growers!

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We had a Palaeontology day in Year 1 & 2 – we dressed up as Palaeontologists and excavated some dinosaur bones which were hidden around the school. We then studied them and worked in teams to put them together to make whole dinosaur skeletons. We also learnt about what Palaeontologists do when they’re not digging and how they know so much about dinosaurs.

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Reception Term 5 – ‘Turrets and Tiaras!’

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Dear Parents,

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

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

Some of the texts we will be looking at are:

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Literacy

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

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

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

Expressive Art & Design

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

Communication and Language

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

Mathematics

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

Physical Development

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

Understanding of the World

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

Forest School

This term Reception will be exploring our local forest and taking part in forest school activities on Thursdays (this will alternate weekly between afternoon and morning). Please could the children have a full change of clothes that are long sleeved and a pair of welly boots in school. If you are available to help on a Thursday, please let me know.

Home Learning

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

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

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

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

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

 

Writing

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

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

These will be sent out on Monday 23rd April.

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

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

Key questions to ask your child at home

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

Useful Websites

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

Friday Afternoon Learning Journey Sharing

Every Friday at 8.35pm, we will opening our doors for parents to come in and share their child’s learning journey with them. Please feel free to come in whenever you choose. There is no expectation for parents to come every week as some weeks we have more to share than others but it would be lovely to see as many of you as possible over the coming weeks. We will be asking any visitors to add a small speech bubble to the learning journey to comment on a beautiful piece of work or an achievement that you are proud of. Please come to the classroom door as normal.

Quick Reminders

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

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

Thank you for your support,

Miss Denney

Year 3/4 Term 4 – ‘Around the World with Stories’

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Dear Parents,

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

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

Helping to enrich our topics

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

Reminders

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

Home Learning

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

Many thanks

Miss Axell and Mrs Mackarness and Mrs Pattenden

Useful Websites

Learning Map

STEM Day

On Thursday 19th April, the whole school took part in an exciting STEM day. The children came to school dressed up as scientists and inventors. They spent part of their day tackling the ‘Squashed Tomato Challenge’ which was based on a real life scenario in Nepal. The children had to think about how to transport tomatoes down a hill and over a river without spoiling any of them. The children had to work in teams to design and build their ideas, they were then given tomatoes to test these out!

“I enjoyed designing and making our pulley systems- ours worked and the tomatoes didn’t fall out. We also found out about engineers who are famous for designing and making different things.“ Darcy Year 3

“I enjoyed learning about Stephen Hawkin and his discoveries. I liked designing myself as a Mr Man character!” Matthew Year 4

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

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

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

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

Year 1/2 Term 5 – ‘Explorers’

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Dear Parents,

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

Reading Please read with your child regularly. Their books and book bags will need to be in every day.  You may like to add a positive or helpful comment in their reading diary, but please acknowledge the fact that the book has been read by signing and dating in the comments space. A member of staff will be checking reading records during the week and children are expected to have read at least 3 times a week with an adult.
Spellings Spelling workshops are every Thursday and Spelling workbooks are taken in on Thursday and returned on Friday. This term’s spellings are focused on the Year 1&2 common exception words list. Please see the inside cover of spelling workbooks for details.
Times Tables It is expected that by the end of KS1 all children will know their 2, 5 and 10 times tables fluently (and hopefully some others!).
Maths Maths homework will be on Mathletics and should consist of 30 minutes per fortnight, the children can compete against each other or complete their own timed skills trials – I will be able to see clearly areas in which they need more focus and how many minutes they spend online. If you do not have access to the internet at home, please let me know and we can arrange a time for the child to complete it at school. If your child has misplaced their login details, let a member of staff know and we can give you a copy.

Helping to enrich our topics

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

Parent readers

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

Reminders

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

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

Mrs King

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Useful Websites

Questions you could ask your child about their learning this term

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

 

Sports Week

WOW, what a week! We have all experienced a different sporting workshop each day – even the teachers got involved too! There have been so many comments from parents and children about how much they have enjoyed this week, please fill in the comments sheet the children have brought home. All the workshops have been offered by our local providers in the hope that if interested the children can branch out and continue learning the sport.

On Monday, we were joined by GB Athlete Mercy Brown who is a bronze weightlifting medallist. She shared her sporting journey and talked to us about not letting setbacks stop us from achieving our dreams and goals. We then warmed up with plenty of squats to get our muscles warm, before we practiced lifting moves!

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

On Wednesday in Ballet, we learnt about happy pointy toes and how to use our core muscles and strength to pile and releve. We also discussed the importance of core strength and balance for other sports and how ballet can enhance this.

"We did lots of different sports. We are trying to make ourselves as fit as possible. One of the athletes showed her growth mindset and how she didn’t give up which is important so you can always keep trying and you get to reach your goal and do better things.

She told us 3 top tips: 1) Train hard 2) Work hard 3) Listen to others." - George, Year 5

"I loved it, it was really fun. I really liked the ballet, street dance and the tennis. Did you know healthy foods give you energy for running and doing sports?" - Sara, Reception

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On Friday, we had double workshops with golf in the morning and calming yoga in the afternoon.

Across the week, we also walked to the local tennis courts where there were tennis balls everywhere! We learnt how to stand in the ready position and perfect our forehand shot.

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

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

Ballet www.facebook.com/fleursballetEastHoathly Ballet Information
Street Dance www.universaldance.co.uk  Universal Dance
Little Mix Dance Camp 2018
Disney Dance Bootcamp 2018
Yoga www.yogabee.club
Tennis clubspark.lta.org.uk/easthoathlyhallandtennisclub  Easter Tennis Camps 2018
Golf www.eastsussexnational.co.uk/golf-academy  Junior Golf Academy 2018

“It has made me think about being fit and doing exercise. It’s really important to keep moving and eat healthy foods.” - Abigail, Year 4

Forest School Update 23rd March

This week, Year 5 and 6 have been taking part in various activities for Sports Week.

Next week, Year 5 and 6 will have their last session of Forest School and they will be perfecting their survival skills.

Next term, Year 3 and 4 will be taking part in Forest School.

The children enjoy their Forest School and we are grateful to our volunteers who give up their time to come and help.

FPTA Spring Fair

The FPTA are delighted to announce we raised £2500 from our East Hoathly Fair on Saturday 17th March 2018.

Despite the horrible weather, there was a fantastic turnout from the school and wider community, and even the Easter Bunny came to visit!

Thank you to all of those who came and supported the event and we hope everyone had a lovely time.

We look forward to seeing the children benefitting from these funds which will be spent on classroom resources.

Also, we are delighted to announce that we have successfully applied for a Community Grant through Wealden District Council which, together with funds raised by the FPTA, will enable us to purchase staging for use by the school and wider
community.

Snow Day

We had quite a lot of snow last week! At break time, there were snowmen being built and snow angels scattered all over the field. After lunch, the children and staff enjoyed a hot chocolate with marshmallows to keep warm. What a fantastic week we had in the snow!

Forest School Update 16th March

This week, Year 5 and 6 completed the ultimate shelter building challenge! All the children had to start them off was string and tarpaulin. The children then had to use the natural resources around them to make a shelter that was both waterproof and sturdy. The children built their shelters as if they were going to sleep in them, so staying warm was key! They worked in teams and with their teamwork, they produced some brilliant shelters! Well done, Year 5 and 6! The children enjoy their Forest School and we are grateful to our volunteers who give up their time to come and help.

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13th March 2018

On Tuesday 13th March, Mr Procter led a Parent Forum in the Learning Zone. The following items were discussed:

The Homework Policy — the updates (Mathletics weeks, Homelearning projects) were highlighted to parents and you can also find the policy on the website.

An issue around the Mathletics certificates was raised. We are going to ensure all certificates are printed each week for assembly. Also, some parents said that spelling tests were not always consistently applied each week. Staff have been made aware.

Anti-bullying — information was shared about the Anti-bullying week, Quality Mark and Policy. Parents said they felt they now had more awareness on the subject than before.

SATs — Year 6 SATs week is from 14th to 17th May and Miss Purcell will be sending out an information sheet nearer to the time.

The next Parent Forum on the 2nd May will focus on Thrive and Mindfulness.

Forest School Update 9th March

This week, Year 5 and 6 completed the ultimate fire challenge! They had to start a fire and keep it alight for the longest time with only a small amount of natural fuel. They had four cotton wool balls, five sticks, 1/2 a egg box and a fire lighter.

The children quickly discovered how tricky it was to keep the fire going in the wind and a top tip of savouring their fuel       sources to keep it going.

The teams were really creative and the longest fire time was over eight minutes!

The children enjoy their Forest School and we are grateful to our volunteers who give up their time to come and help.

 

Year 5 /6 Swimming Gala

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

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

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

As a team East Hoathly came 6th and the pupils have a new found interest in swimming competitively. As a teacher on pool side, I was so proud of how our children stepped up to the competition and thankful to our parents for supporting us with loud cheers and providing travel arrangements which allowed the children to take part!

Well Done Team!

Book Week

We celebrated World Book Day on Thursday the 1st of March. We wrote letters to people we admire throughout the week and we have posted these off—fingers crossed we hear back!

We got dressed up as our favourite characters and shared books with one another! Have a look at the photos below and see if you can tell what our favourite characters are!

We were also lucky enough to have a visit from an author - Giles Paley-Phillips. He came to talk to us about what it is like to be an author and to also share his book ‘Superchimp’.

The children were really excited to see Giles. Summer in Year 4 said “I really enjoyed meeting him. His story was really good—he had definitely used his imagination!” Jessica in Year 2 said “Giles was amazing—he read us one of his books, Superchimp, it was fantastic!”

Giles enjoyed his visit to East Hoathly too. He said that the “children and staff were very welcoming, enthusiastic and had great questions.”

What a lovely response AND what a lovely day we had!

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Reception Term 4 – ‘‘It’s a Bug’s Life!’’

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Dear Parents,

Welcome back, we hope you had a great Half Term. Our topic for Term 4 is ‘It’s a Bug’s Life!’ Before commencing this topic in Week 2, we will be spending Week 1 learning about Chinese New Year as part of our International Week. Our learning journey will then begin with a special delivery of some tiny creatures for us to care for! We will be able to watch them grow and change.

Our key texts this term are:

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Areas of Learning

Literacy

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

Maths

In maths we are going to secure our knowledge of addition and subtraction with the support of objects. We will be using insects to help us learn more about doubles and halves. Through making fruit kebabs we will be creating detailed patterns. We will also begin to look at money and recognising and using coins.

Understanding the World

In Week 1 we will be focussing on Chinese New Year and will be looking at Chinese food, traditions and art and craft. The children will also be making lots of observations and predictions about minibeasts. As Easter approaches, we will be learning about the Easter Story and talking about our Easter experiences.

Home Learning

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

Reading Please read with your child regularly, even if it is a home or library book. At this stage it is really helpful to discuss the stories that you read and use story language such as, character, setting, beginning, middle and end. The more experiences that children have of sharing books at home, the quicker they progress in all areas of the curriculum as it develops their creativity, vocabulary and imagination, as well as furthering their reading and writing skills.
Letters and Sounds Your child will be bringing home their high frequency flash cards, please continue to practice these.
Maths

Individual Mathletics logins and passwords are fixed into the reading record book. There is no set Maths homework, however the children can access this website and enjoy the maths games whenever they choose at home.

uk.mathletics.com

Home Challenges!

Please choose one or more of the following activities to enjoy at home and bring in before the end of term:

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

Websites and Links

Quick Reminders

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

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

Thank you for your support,

Miss  Denney and Mrs Smith

Challenge!

To help your child win 5 extra house points, find out the names of these creatures and bring them into your teacher!

Some of Year Reception’s Work This Term

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Forest School Update 23rd February

This week in Forest School, Year 5 and 6 will be taking part in Forest School on alternate Mondays and Thursdays.

This term, Year 5 and 6’s topic is ‘Survival’, so in Forest School the children will be learning about some survival skills, such as building shelter and how to find it and they will be making small rafts.

The children enjoy their Forest School and we are grateful to our volunteers who give up their time to come and help.

Some of Year 5/6’s Work This Term

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Year 1/2 Term 4 – ‘Dinosaurs’

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Dear Parents,

I hope you had a lovely half term! This term we will be continuing with our topic of ‘Dinosaurs’: focusing more on how dinosaurs changed over the years, and theories on the extinction event! Our PE days are Tuesdays and Fridays, please ensure your child’s kit is always in school; as the timetable can sometimes change – trainers and coats every day are essential.

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

Helping to enrich our topics

It is always great to have items or visitors that support our topic, so if anyone has any experience or items that may help us with any of the work above that we could hear about or borrow, we would love to see and hear about them. We are also looking for parent readers during the morning!

Reminders

Please make sure your child brings in a water bottle each day with fresh water; ensure all jumpers are labelled and bring a coat for any wet weather. From now on, children in KS1 are not to bring pencil cases into school, please remind your children not to bring them in.

Many thanks and I hope you have a great term!

Mrs King

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Useful Websites

Questions you could ask your child about their learning this term

  • What does ‘extinct’ mean?
  • How do you think the dinosaurs became extinct?
  • What is your favourite dinosaur and why?
  • Can you count up in 3’s?
  • What do the big hand and little hand on the clock show?

Learning Map

Year 5/6 Term 4 – ‘Survival’

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Dear Parents,

I hope you had a lovely half-term break. This term our topic is ‘Survival!’ and we will be using Bear Grylls’ novels as our texts. In Literacy, we will be focusing on non-fiction writing by learning about different survivalists and challenging environments. We will also be having Forest School so please ensure that your child has their kit in every week. We are hoping to do a whole day of Forest school and a letter will be sent out about this shortly. As we are drawing closer to SATs, the class will be split into year groups for maths (and some Literacy sessions) to ensure the Year 6s cover their curriculum and the Year 5s continue with theirs.

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

Helping to enrich our topics

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

Reminders

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

Many thanks for your continued support,

Miss Purcell

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Useful Websites

Home learning tasks

  • Write a ‘How to survive the…’ guide for an environment of your choice
  • Cook some food on an outdoor fire
  • Build a shelter out of natural materials

Learning Map

Chinese New Year

Kung Hei Fat Choi! Happy New Year! Last week we enjoyed learning all about China in our afternoon sessions. This was linked to the Chinese New Year celebrations.

Each class took part in a range of learning, linked to China. Throughout the school, children were preparing and tasting Chinese foods. Year 5 and 6 created some very tasty vegetable spring rolls that they enjoyed tasting!

There was lots of Geography taking place, learning about where China is located. Year 3 and 4 learnt how to write Chinese symbols and presented their work beautifully, as well as learning about the giving of red envelopes with money as a New Year gift.

As 2018 is the 'Year of the Dog', Year 1 and 2 designed and created their own dog masks. Reception enjoyed making noodles and writing instructions for how to do this. They then loved tasting their creations at the end!

Many thanks to all of the staff for planning such exciting activities for the children and to all of the parents and carers for coming into our celebration of work at the end of the day.

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Forest School Update 9th February

This week in Forest School, Year 1 and 2 choose their favourite activity from the term to do again. In
groups they made skeletons, nests, dinners and footprints. Then, they played their new favourite game of herbivores and carnivores and a new game called T-REX IT! Next term, Reception will be doing Forest School on Friday mornings and Year 5/6 will be doing Forest School on Monday afternoons.

The children enjoy their Forest School and we are grateful to our volunteers who give up their time to come and help.

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Progress and Learning Assembly

On Thursday 8th February we had PALS Assembly. This is where we do two things: review the theme of this term which was "Courage" and share our books and learning with children from other classes.

Courage

Miss Lewis asked us about how we have shown courage this term. This is our worship theme where we have learnt about Bible stories that teach us about courage.

Here are some quotes from the children

“Courage means being brave in your school work.” -Oscar

Courage involves facing challenges.

“I face a challenge of doing crate stacking on our school trip.” -Abbie

“I faced the dark cave.” -Summer

“I did a reading assessment this term. I showed courage to complete it!”

Courage means overcoming fears

“Improving your work and going for higher challenges shows courage.” -Leo

“I will be brave when I hurt myself.” -Lorenzo

“In my school work I will be courageous and keep going, not giving up.” -Holly Z

Sharing Our Books

Older children paired up with younger children in the school to share learning.

This term we shared our RE Books and another book of our choice.

“James can add more detail to describe different pictures of Jesus doing kind things and adding detail.” -Oscar

“Florence has written about the 3 Kings and has added lots of detail. I can see an improvement in Florence’s work and writing over the term.” -Charlie

“There was a big whale that ate Jonah! I learnt about him!” -Max M

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E-Safety Day

Children from the Pioneer Federation took part in an E-Safety Day on Wednesday 7th February 2018. Andrew Gunn was invited into the Pioneer Federation to teach the children about how to be safe online. Andrew taught all year groups about the internet and its power. Andrew built on the children's knowledge of the acronym 'SMART' and made them aware of how they can continue their safe practice online. The children made large Hector the Dolphins to display in their classroom to be there as a reminder of what to do with Hector (who swims in the top corner of every screen on a school curriculum laptop). A Hector is on display in each classroom to remind the children how they can be safe at all times when on the internet - whether at school or at home. Here are some photos of the great designs of Hector in the classrooms!

Children and young people are likely to be as good as, if not better than, their parents at using the Internet. However, being good at using technology does not mean they have the life-experience and wisdom to handle all of the situations they can come across.

Children and young people are prone to the same kinds of risks (including spam and scam emails, fraud and identity theft) as everybody else. However, there are also other, more sinister threats that may result from going online, such as inappropriate contact from people who may wish to abuse, exploit or bully them, and exposure to inappropriate material.

The parent forum was very informative; it opened my eyes to the possibilities of the internet. - Parent

We were learning to obey the ages of things like Snapchat.
Not everyone is who they say they are online.
Hector the Dolphin helps you keep safe online.
We’ve learnt that if you see something inappropriate, you link on Hector the Dolphin.
ICT is a great source of learning! - Pioneer Federation Pupils

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Superhero Day at Chiddingly School

Reception visited Chiddingly for the day and games, completed obstacle courses, explored the police station and had an extra special visit from Uckfield fire officers.

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Forest School Update 2nd February

This week in Forest School, Year 1 and 2 made dinosaur nests in the forest using the natural resources around them. They made large dinosaur     footprints leading up to their nests.

The children really enjoy their Forest School learning and we are so grateful to our volunteers who give up some of their time to come and help.

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Reception & Nursery’s Visit from PC Gemma Bridger

On Wednesday, PC Gemma visited Reception and Nursery to talk about her role as a police officer and what she does to help people, as part of their topic ‘I have the power’.

She talked to the children all about the different vehicles they use and showed them pictures of the 3 different types of police dogs.

The children had all thought of different questions to ask PC Gemma and asked these with lots of confidence.

Darcey was keen to find out about the police handcuffs and if they hurt, she got to try them on and said “They are really cold”.

The children also all got to try on some of the different hats that police officers wear.

Thank you PC Gemma for coming to visit Nursery and Reception!

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Forest School Update 26th January

This week in Forest School, the children played ‘Dinosaur Masterchef’ and had to design the most varied meal they could for a herbivore. We also talked about how important it is that the meal looks good, like in real Masterchef! The children made excellent meals and could talk about all the materials they used and why they had used them—delicious!

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Mathematics Day 2018

Last week, we had Mathematics Day at East Hoathly and Chiddingly School. The staff de-cided that the children needed to gain more confidence with working with and solving problems linked to fractions. Each class focussed on this and we had a whole day of fractions activities. Year R concentrated on finding wholes and halves while Year 1 and 2 started to explore quarters of shapes. Year 3 and 4 did some cross curricular activities involving designing their own flags. They were able to work out what fraction of each colour they had. Year 5 and 6 independently choose what they needed to practice and worked on it. This included looking at comparing and finding equivalent fractions; multiplying and dividing fractions and adding and subtracting fractions! In the afternoon, they created a fruit salad – measuring out according to different ratios.

In the afternoon, the whole school got to together for the House Team Quiz! The children had to work out mathematics questions but if they got stuck they could ask a friend on their team or a team member in the audience. Pupil Governors chose new house names, they are: Mars, Saturn and Jupiter! Mars were the winning team in the quiz so well done to them!

In Celebration Assembly, Miss Lewis asked the children about Maths Day and children shared what they had learnt.

Leo Tarry wrote in his book “I am now more confident with solving maths fractions problems.”

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Year 3/4 Team Building Trip

Year 3/4 ventured off to Walton Firs Activity Centre on Tuesday, for an action-packed day of adventure! They participated in different activities alongside children from Chiddingly School, such as searching for pictures hidden amongst the trees and buildings during Photo Orienteering and climbing, swinging, splashing and squelching their way through obstacles and plenty of mud on the Adventure Course. The children also completed a Nightline, where small groups used cooperation and listening skills to negotiate a complicated collection of tyres, cargo nets and elasticated rope webs, all whilst blindfolded!

Activities also included Caving, where children explored a myriad of dark and leaf-strewn tunnels and caves, and finally Crate Stack, which required balancing atop and climbing a tower of crates whilst teammates stacked each step from below!

So much fun was had, and everyone a great day. Mrs Pattenden and Miss Moore were extremely proud of the class and very grateful to our lovely parent helpers!

Thank you also to the weather for keeping the rain away from the activity centre - it was muddy enough as it was!

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Year 5/6 Term 3 – ‘The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore’

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Dear Parents,

I hope you had a great Christmas holidays! This term, we are beginning a new topic called ‘The Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore.’ We will focus on different books throughout the term including ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’, ‘Oliver Twist’, ‘Wonder’ and ‘Holes.’

In maths, we will be working on Fractions, Decimals and Percentages all term. This is an area of mathematics that a lot of children find tricky so any extra support you could give them at home for this would really help improve their learning.

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

Helping to enrich our topics

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

Reminders

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

Many thanks for your continued support,

Miss Purcell

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Useful Websites

Questions you could ask your child about their learning this term

  • What is your favourite book and why?
  • What should you include in a newspaper report?
  • Who would you write a letter to?
  • What happens in the ‘The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore.’

Home learning tasks

  • Create a new cover for your favourite book
  • Research about a European city of your choice
  • Write your own story set in a different world

Learning Map

Breakfast Club

This week, we have actioned choosing reduced sugar cereals in Breakfast Club and from next Monday, we will have brown bread instead of white, for toast.

We will be working with the children to find out what makes a healthy breakfast and try different foods that are healthy and a great start to the day.

KS2 Fruit

You may have seen in the news recently the Change4Life campaign which aims to cut down sugar intake in children.

There are many benefits to eating fruit at break times, including extra vitamins to fight off those germs!

Please ensure that if your child has a snack at break time, it is a piece of fruit.

You can visit the Change4Life website for more information.

Mindfulness

This term, we will be developing MINDFULNESS in the school - the importance of finding time in the day to ‘Stop, Breathe and Be’. Posters will be going up around the school to remind us all to do this.

Reception Term 3 – ‘I Have the Power’

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Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome back and Happy New Year! We hope you all had a lovely Christmas.

Our new topic is ‘I Have the Power!’ During this term, we will be looking at how we are super, what super means and how we can be super learners. We will also look at people who help us in an emergency and answer the questions: When do we need help? What is an emergency? And what do we do in an emergency? We will also be learning some basic first aid! We are hoping to have visits to school from the local police and fire services. On Friday 2nd February, to celebrate our learning we will be having a Super Hero Academy Day at Chiddingly School which will finish with an award ceremony for parents to attend, further details will follow soon.

Areas of Learning

Literacy

Our focus in literacy this term is using our phonic knowledge to write sentences, stories and recounts through talk for writing about our favourite superheroes. In reading, our phonics knowledge, high frequency and tricky words will develop further from our reading of different books such as non-fiction texts about the emergency services. We will also be enjoying the book, ‘Super Daisy’ by Kes Gray and Nick Sharratt.

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Maths

In maths we are going to secure our knowledge of number, then we will look at addition and subtraction with the support of objects. We will also explore and compare weights using different scales and our hands.

The main part of the topic is looking at the police and fire fighters and their different roles in emergencies and prevention. This term will be filled with role play of different scenarios and how we can act quickly and safely to keep people safe. We will also look into how we can make the world around us safe and how technology can impact on this.

To develop our personal, social and emotional skills we are going to think about how we are special, our goals and ambitions and how we express and achieve these.

Home Learning

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

Reading Please read with your child regularly, even if it is just for a few minutes. At this stage it is really helpful to encourage the children to use the pictures and their developing letters and sounds knowledge, as well as spending time discussing the events of the story.
Letters and Sounds High Frequency word cards will continue to come home. Please could you ensure that these are in the book bags every day so that we can monitor and review this with each child. There will be a group of words to learn at any one time but if you wish to do more, you could use others from the lists.

Super Home Challenges!

You might like to choose one of the following activities to try with your child at home. You can bring these into school whenever they are finished to share with the class.

  • Make a superhero badge.
  • Make a superhero vehicle using construction or junk modelling.
  • Write a superhero story or design a superhero costume.
  • Give someone in your house a super power and make a poster about it.
  • Find out about someone who helps others, eg. Coastguard, lollipop ladies, doctors, nurses etc.
  • Bring in any books that you have at home about people who help us to share.

 

Websites and Links

Quick Reminders

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

Please tell us what you think of our termly newsletter, this letter is for you and we would love to hear how we can improve it. Any comments welcome! We hope you all have lovely third term supporting the children in their learning and can see how much they have learnt already and how they are continuing to grow. Please do not hesitate to come and speak to us if necessary.

Thank you for your support,
Miss Denney and Mrs Smith

INSET Day

On Tuesday the 3rd of January, Pioneer staff took part in a Wellbeing INSET day.

We had visitors come in to show us how to promote our vitality and reduce our stress to be the best we can at our jobs.

We were split into three groups and for the day, we rotated into different activities.

One activity looked into nutrition and how going sugar-free can be beneficial to the body. We found some great recipes for sugar-free snacks that we really enjoyed!

The second activity showed us how our heartbeat reacted to emotions and to combat the more challenging emotions we might experience, we learnt different breathing techniques to calm our heartbeats.

The third activity was a brilliant yoga  session. This showed us that exercise is a great way to clear the mind and relax. As a result, there will now be a staff yoga class weekly.

We learnt a lot during these sessions, especially about how important our wellbeing is and how having a good state of mind can really affect our work for the better.

We will be developing the technique of mindfulness with the pupils. There is a yoga class at Chiddingly Primary every Tuesday after school. If your child is interested in taking part, please speak to Miss Dutton in the office.

Year 1/2 Term 3 – ‘Dinosaurs’

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Dear Parents,

I hope you had a fantastic Christmas holiday! Our topic for the next two terms is ‘Dinosaurs’: we will be learning everything there is to know about these amazing creatures from the past!  Our PE days are Tuesday and Friday, and we do the Golden Mile on a Wednesday, please ensure your child’s kit is always in school; as the timetable can sometimes change – trainers and coats everyday are essential.

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

Helping to enrich our topics

It is always great to have items or visitors that support our topic, so if anyone has any experience or items that may help us with any of the work above that we could hear about or borrow, we would love to see and hear about them. We are also looking for parent readers during the morning!

Forest School

Our class will be having Forest School sessions once a week on a Monday. Please make sure your children have their full forest school kit, including waterproof clothing and wellies.

School trip

We hope to go on a school trip this term, linking to our topic, and will be sending letters out in week one. Please let me know if you would like to be a parent helper!

Reminders

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

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

Mrs King

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Questions you could ask your child about their learning this term

  • Can you name any dinosaurs?
  • How long ago did dinosaurs live?
  • How have the continents changed from when the Dinosaurs were alive?
  • Can you count up in your 2’s/5’s/10’s?
  • What is a fraction?
  • Can you name the months of the year?

Learning Map

Year 3/4 Term 3 – ‘Around The World With Awesome Authors’

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Dear Parents,

Welcome back, we hope you had a lovely Christmas and enjoyable break. Thank you for the cards and presents the staff received. This term we will be learning about countries and cities around the world and a local study of our village. We will also be studying different authors and comparing their style of writing and their lives as an author.

Helping to enrich our topics

If anyone has artefacts or knows of anybody who would like to talk to the class about the local area, please get in contact with us!

Reminders

The children are allowed to bring pencil cases to school, please remind them to not bring valuable, precious items that they don’t want to lose into school. Also, as the children have similar stationary, please encourage them to name their property.

Home Learning

The children worked hard on their homework last term and it has been great to see the links they have made to it within their learning in the classroom. Homework is an expectation and a requirement for all children. For the whole school, all homework will be released and due in on the same day for each year group: new homework* will be given out on a Friday and due in on a Thursday. Homework club is run every week (at lunchtime) to allow children to have a space in school to complete their homework if they were unable to complete it at home.

Reading Please read with your child 3 times a week and record this in their reading record.  Reading records will be checked weekly.
Spellings* Spellings: Spelling words will focus on phonics sounds learned in class and words from the Y2 or Y3/4 spelling list. New spellings will be recorded in the front spelling books each Friday, those words will be tested on Thursday. The result of this test can be found in the back of the child’s spelling book.
Maths* Maths homework will be given and is completed on Mathletics. Maths homework will be differentiated for your child. It should be completed independently.

Times Tables: All children should know 2s, 5s, 10, 3s, 4s and 8s and inverse rules by the end of Year 3 and should know all tables and their inverse by end of Year 4. Times tables challenges will occur in class weekly.

Grammar* Grammar and Punctuation: It will be sent home fortnightly on Fridays and due in on the Thursday a fortnight later.  Grammar and punctuation homework will be based on learning from the previous week/s.

Project Based Home Learning (optional)

  • Make a PowerPoint about a country or city you have visited
  • Create an author study of your favourite author
  • Create a landscape picture
  • Find out about a place around the world you would like to visit

Many thanks for your continued support,

Miss Axell and Mrs Mackarness and Mrs Pattenden

Useful websites

Questions to ask your child

  • What is happening in Kensuke’s Kingdom?
  • Tell me about how magnets work. What attracts what?
  • How do forces work?
  • Tell me about David Walliams!

Learning Map

 

Year 5/6 Newsletter Term 3 – ‘The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore’

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Dear Parents,

I hope you had a great Christmas holidays! This term, we are beginning a new topic called ‘The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore.’ We will focus on different books throughout the term including ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’, ‘Oliver Twist’, ‘Wonder’ and ‘Holes’. In maths, we will be working on Fractions, Decimals and Percentages all term. This is an area of mathematics that a lot of children find tricky so any extra support you could give them at home for this would really help improve their learning.

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

Helping to enrich our topics

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

Reminders

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

Many thanks for your continued support,

Miss Purcell

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Useful Websites

Questions you could ask your child about their learning this term

  • What is your favourite book and why?
  • What should you include in a newspaper report?
  • Who would you write a letter to?
  • What happens in the ‘The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore’?

 Home learning tasks

  • Create a new cover for your favourite book
  • Research about a European city of your choice
  • Write your own story set in a different world

Learning Map

 

Pantomime – Aladdin

Our fantastic FPTA arranged and funded a Christmas Pantomime for all the children this week. We all went to the Village Hall which had been transformed into the town of ‘Agrabah’ for the exciting show of Aladdin.

All the children thoroughly enjoyed the show and it was a great start to festive fun!

As a school and FPTA team, we would like to thank you all for supporting the events that help to provide experiences and equipment for the children.

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Year 5 & 6 Carols

On Monday the 11th of December, Year 5 and 6 went to Lydfords Care Home to sing carols to the residents.

They spent a long time practising their carols and sang beautifully.

Lydfords enjoyed listening to Year 5 and 6 so much that they asked for them to come back at later points during the year!

What a fantastic class of singers you are!

Thank you Year 5 and 6 for showing a brilliant sense of community!

Well done to Miss Purcell and Miss Moore for their hard work with the carolling!

Mince Pie Race

On Sunday, the 10th of December, School Governor Alan Brundle and Mr Procter braved the cold and wet weather to run in the Mince Pie Race.

They ran 10 miles to raise money for the school.

If you donated, Mr Procter would like to extend his thanks for your contributions towards our school.

Big Sing

On Friday the 8th of December, Year 5 and 6 went to the King’s Centre in Eastbourne to take part in the Big Sing.

They sang songs such as “Christi Bayou” and “Midnight”. The children had great fun and they did the school proud!

Well done Year 5 and 6!

Reception’s Trip to the Post Office

On Monday, Reception visited the local post office to buy stamps and post their very    important letters to Father Christmas. The children walked beautifully along the path and members of the community commented on how well behaved they were and how lovely it was to see them visiting the local shops.

Thank you to our parent helpers on the day and to the post office for showing us the things you use and sharing some of these with us for our role play area.

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Late Night Uckfield Shopping Event

Well done to all of the children who performed at the Uckfield Late Night Shopping Event on Friday 1st December. The children's enthusiasm and en-ergy was clear and the staff were so proud of the children's performance. It was great to see children from both Pioneer schools coming together and looking after each other at the rehearsals earlier in the week and this year we had more children taking part than ever before! Thank you, as well, to the staff, friends and families who came to support the children - I think we had the loudest crowd on the night!

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Late Night Uckfield Shopping Event

Well done to all of the children who performed at the Uckfield Late Night Shopping Event on Friday 1st December. The children's enthusiasm and energy was clear and the staff were so proud of the children's performance. It was great to see children from both Pioneer schools coming together and looking after each other at the rehearsals earlier in the week and this year we had more children taking part than ever before! Thank you, as well, to the staff, friends and families who came to support the children - I think we had the loudest crowd on the night!

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Forest School Update 1st December

This week in Forest School, Year 3 and 4 braved the cold weather and created a different hanging tree decoration. They used some of the overgrown willow and lots of glitter.

We then warmed by being around the fire with an over-the-fire cooked hot chocolate and marshmallow.

We will be resuming Forest School in the New Year with Year 1 and 2, as we now need to practice for our Christmas Nativity.

The children really enjoy their Forest School learning and we are so grateful to our volunteers who give up some of their time to come and help.

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Year 5 & 6 Evacuee Day

On Tuesday 21st November, Year 5 and 6 went back in time to World War 2 and arrived as Evacuees at East Hoathly Primary School!

They created their own identity labels and wrote a postcard home to share their experiences. The classroom windows were taped up in case of a bombing raid and when the air raid sounded in the classroom, the children hid underneath the tables! Other members of staff came along to choose Evacuees to help them out and do various jobs for them in the day!

The children made an eggless sponge (due to rationing, eggs were in short supply). They all tried it and the end of the day and most children thought it was extremely tasty! The children also did a special mission to work out which ships could have been used for the evacuation of Dunkirk. They also made their gas mask boxes – a compulsory item for children in WW2.

It was a great day for the children and thank you to the parents for providing all the brilliant costumes!

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Anti-Bullying Week

What is happening within the schools for Anti-bullying week?

This week was Anti-Bullying week, with a focus on difference and equality. This week’s national focus has stemmed from a rise in negativity towards difference around the world.

The focus in school has been on celebrating children all being unique, helping children feel valued within their schools, understanding that it is okay to be different and that being different is not a reason to be bullied.

What is bullying?

A lot of children use the term bullying because they don’t understand what is happening.

Falling out with friends and friendships is a normal part of growing up, it can often happen due to a minor incident, and it is about dealing with this appropriately.

When children are older, this can often be put onto social media.

What is bullying? - 4 KEY WORDS - REPETITIVE, HURTFUL, INTENTIONAL, POWER

Definition - “the repetitive, intentional hurting of one person or group where the relationship involves an imbalance of power’. This definition should be thought about when deciding if an issue is bullying or if it is a friendship issue and it can then be dealt with in an appropriate manner.

In school, we have had various activities for all year groups across the week looking at anti-bullying and the importance of our key statement, ‘Lend a hand, make a stand, say NO to bullying’. Each class have created posters and the winners were announced in the Anti-Bullying assembly on Thursday 16th November.

Bullying online and online safety

There is a vast difference between parental and child knowledge, awareness and worries when it comes to online safety.

Parents worry about appropriate content, stranger interaction and grooming, whereas children worry about cyber bullying and violet or sexual content.

Children also know how to use more features of apps and sites than parents do. It is important to inform children that anything they post or share online and virtually will be there forever and could impact their future lives, examples of this are happening in the media at the moment.

An important message – Treat others as you would like to be treated. Don’t say anything online that you wouldn’t say to someone face to face.

What can you do as parents?

All apps and online sites have guidance on the appropriate ages for use, it is important to discuss these with your children and the possibilities or incidences that may occur when using them. It is also important to discuss what is appropriate use and what is not.

Guidance for ages:

13 years old Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter
16 years old WhatsApp
17 years old Tinder, Vine
18 years old  YouTube, Kik, Flicker, Keek

It is also important that, as parents, you monitor the amount of time spent online and what the children are going on.

As parents, there are ways that you can filter content when online and when your children are using games and streaming sites . This can be done through your browser setting, parental controls. You can also contact your internet or broadband provider directly and they can put filters in place using the connection line.

Interesting and thought provoking statistics

  • 15% of parents will build an online presence of a child before they are even born, e.g. sharing scan pictures, baby gender reveals, photos of growing bumps.
  • By the time a child is 5 there is an average of 1000 pictures of them shared online by parents and family members.
  • In a lifetime there is upwards of 25,000 photos of a person online.
  • 1 in 5 young people believe everything they read online.

Apps

Below is a list of apps to be aware of, some of these apps open up the risk of cyber bullying and lowering self-esteem of our children.

Musical:ly

This is a music app that allows children to record videos of themselves singing and upload them. This opens up public commenting.

Say.at.me

This app encourages users to create a poll or vote. This can lead to lowering self-esteem, rude or offensive comments, and is public.

Yellow

This has been called ‘tinder for teens’ it is a friendship app that you swipe left and right on. This can impact on wellbeing, self- esteem and open up a forum to talk with strangers.

Parent Support Apps

There are parent support apps which can be used to monitor your child’s activity online and on phones, however it is important to think about the impact these may have on the trust between you and your child.

  • MM Guardian
  • Funamo Parent Control
  • APP Lock

Student Voice - Anti Bullying Week

In Reception, we talked about what bullying is and how it can make us feel. We also talked about what it means to be good friends and to be nice to each other to make us feel happy and safe in school. We made posters to show it’s okay to be different. Malakai in Reception said “I like painting my hands. We are different.”

In Year 1 and 2, we made a friendship wreath out of our handprints, we made individual bricks for a wall to show that we are all equal but different. We saw the effects of bullying on Bruce the Koala’s heart, it showed us that bullying makes us feel sad, so we said nice things to make him feel better. Delai Ryan in Year 2 said “I liked the colouring hand activity because we got to write lovely things about other people.”

In Year 3 and 4, we learnt about the four different types of bullying; verbal, physical, cyber and emotional. We learnt that we are all important and that we are individuals and that it is okay to be different and unique. We made mirrors to reflect our differences and individuality and to celebrate and encourage others to be individuals too. Lotte Rattray in Year 3 said “My favourite activity was making the mirror because I enjoyed sharing my hobbies with others.”

In Year 5 and 6, we had a workshop with John Khan who was from the Anti-Bullying team in East Sussex, where we learnt about the different types of bullying. We found out that being different is good and we celebrated our individuality through our artwork. We learnt about empathy and online safety. Teddy Wren in Year 5 said “I enjoyed learning about empathy because it is a way of showing how we are all different and see things differently.”

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Forest School Update 10th November

This week, Year 3 and 4 had their first session of Forest School. During the week, Year 3 and 4 have been learning about Diwali and in Forest School they used this learning to create rangoli patterns. The children used natural objects, like leaves and acorns, to design their own patterns. Austyn in Year 3 said “I really enjoyed making rangoli patterns.”

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Forest School will be on a Thursday. Please let Miss Denney or Miss Dutton know if you are able to help out. The children really enjoy their Forest School learning and we are so grateful to our volunteers who give up some of their time to come and help.

Mexico Day

On Monday the 6th of November, the children at East Hoathly were split into their Key Stages and then divided into groups so they could all partake in different activities about Mexico.

They explored the celebration of the ‘Day of the Dead’, which Tom Fox in Year 5 says, “It means that the people of Mexico celebrate the memories of dead family members by having parties and bright colours”. The children also made art, learnt some Spanish, learnt about the country of Mexico and made some salsa and guacamole! Jessica Ruff in Year 2 enjoyed making salsa, “I enjoyed making and trying salsa because I’d never tried it before. It was very exciting!”

Everyone had a brilliant day and enjoyed sharing their learning with parents at the end!

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Year 3/4 Term 2 – ‘Winter Festivals: This Little Light of Mine’

Dear Parents,

Welcome back we hope you had a lovely break, the children worked so hard last term and we hope you enjoyed sharing their learning with them before we broke up, it was great to see so many of you and see the children's enthusiasm when sharing their work. Our new topic is 'This little light of mine!'  In this topic, we will be looking at festivals from around the world including: Diwali, Chinese Moon Festival, Hanukkah and Christmas. Within this the children will engage in stories, traditions, artefacts and crafts of the different light festivals. Science will also continue along this theme focusing on light and sound.

Helping to enrich our topics

If anyone has artefacts or knows of anybody who would like to talk to the class about the festivals, please get in contact with us!

Reminders

Please make sure you read at least 3 times a week with your child and record it in their yellow reading record books. This helps us monitor their reading and keep track of any extra support they may need. The children are rewarded for every home reading session they do with monster points! Reading frequently encourages their fluency and enjoyment of reading and feeds their imagination for creative writing.

Home Learning

The children  worked hard on their homework last term and it has been great to see how they make links they make to it within their learning in the classroom. Homework is an expectation and a requirement for all children. For the whole school, all homework will be released and due in on the same day for each year group: new homework* will be given out on a Friday and due in on a Thursday. Homework club is run every week (at lunchtime) to allow children to have a space in school to complete their homework if they were unable to complete it at home. 

Reading

Please read with your child 3 times a week and record this in their reading record.  Reading records will be checked weekly.

Spellings*

Spellings: Spelling words will focus on phonics sounds learned in class and words from the Y2 or Y3/4 spelling list. New spellings will be recorded in the front spelling books each Friday, those words will be tested on Thursday. The result of this test can be found in the back of the child’s spelling book.

Maths*

Maths homework will be given and is completed on Mathletics. Maths homework will be differentiated for your child. It should be completed independently.

Times Tables: All children should know 2s, 5s, 10, 3s, 4s and 8s and inverse rules by the end of Year 3 and should know all tables and their inverse by end of Year 4. Times tables challenges will occur in class weekly.

Grammar*

Grammar and Punctuation: It will be sent home fortnightly on Fridays and due in on the Thursday a fortnight later.  Grammar and punctuation homework will be based on learning from the previous week/s.

Project Based Home Learning (optional)

  • Research about another light festival
  • Make a powerpoint about a festival of your choice
  • Make an artefact you are learning about from a festival
  • Using our creative writing sessions, write a powerful description of a festival
  • Make your own video showing stories and traditions of a festival
  • Make your own creative ideas based on festivals of light.

We will be sharing these during the week of the 20th November. We can’t wait to see how creative you are!

Many thanks for your continued support,

Mrs Mackarness and Mrs Pattenden

Useful websites

‘This Little Light of Mine' Learning Map

Forest School Update 3rd November

This term Year 3 and 4 are taking part in Forest School. As this term’s topic is ‘This Little Light of Mine (Winter Celebrations)’, Year 3 and 4 will be performing investigations about light and sound in Forest School. They will also be partaking in Christmas arts and crafts activities later on in the term.

Forest School will be on a Thursday.

Please let Miss Denney or Miss Dutton know if you are able to help out. The children really enjoy their Forest School learning and we are so grateful to our volunteers who give up some of their time
to come and help.

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Year 1/2 Term 2– ‘Home and Away’

Dear Parents,

I hope you had a wonderful half term break! Our topic for this term is ‘Home and ‘Away’: we will be learning about our home environment, as well as different countries and locations around the world.  Our PE days are Tuesdays and Fridays, please ensure your child’s kit is always in school; the timetable can sometimes change – trainers everyday are essential.

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

Helping to enrich our topics

It is always great to have items or visitors that support our topic, so if anyone has any experience or items that may help us with any of the work above that we could hear about or borrow, we would love to see and hear about them. We are also looking for parent readers during the morning!

Reminders

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

Many thanks for your continued support,

Mrs King

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Useful Websites

Questions you could ask your child about their learning this term

  • What animals have you discovered in your focus country this week?
  • How are they different or similar to the animals we have at home?
  • How is Christmas celebrated around the world?
  • Which countries are there in the UK?
  • Can you name any of the seas around our island?
  • Can you count up in your 2’s, 5’s and 10’s?

"Home and Away!" Learning Map

Year 5/6 Term 2 – ‘World War 2’

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Dear Parents,

I hope you had a lovely half term break! This term, we are continuing with our topic on World War 2 as there is so much to cover! We will focus more on the Home Front and what it was like to serve during this time. We will be reading ‘Carrie’s War’ and using ‘Rose Blanche’ to help us with our writing. In maths, we are working on measure, angles and shape. As a result of their assessments, I noticed that quite a few children find telling the time (in analogue and digital 24-hour) quite difficult. It would be really appreciated if you could work on this regularly at home as the year 5 and 6 maths curriculum does not include telling the time and quickly moves onto finding intervals and using different measures of time.

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

Helping to enrich our topics

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

Reminders

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

Many thanks for your continued support,

Miss Purcell

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Useful Websites

Questions you could ask your child about their learning this term

  • What is the home front?
  • What jobs did women do in WW2?
  • What has happened so far in ‘Carrie’s War’?
  • What does VE Day celebrate?
  • How did the USA get involved in the war?
  • What happened at Pearl Harbour?

World War 2 Learning Map

Reception Term 2 – ‘Winter Celebrations’

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Dear Parents,

Our topic this term is ‘Winter Celebrations’. We will be spending time looking at how we celebrate different winter festivals such as birthdays, Diwali, November 5th (Bonfire Night) and Christmas. We will be remembering times when we have celebrated events and we will be talking about the past including remembrance.

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

Some of the texts we will be looking at are:

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Understanding of the World

  • Similarities and differences in how people celebrate and family traditions.
  • Using ICT to create art and to record our findings and ideas.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  • SEAL – Getting on and falling out
  • Safety with fireworks
  • Working together

Expressive Art & Design

  • Music –Fireworks sounds
  • Art – Firework painting
  • Christmas craft
  • Cards & Decorations

Communication and Language

  • Sharing poems with others
  • Listening and following instructions
  • Thinking and talking about feelings

balloons

Physical Development

  • Fine motor skills – e.g. holding pencils correctly, threading
  • Spatial awareness when moving, through party games

Religious Education

  • What is a prayer?
  • What is assembly?
  • What is Christmas about?

Mathematics

  • Counting skills & recognising numbers
  • Exploring capacity and money
  • Using mathematical vocabulary
  • Patterns and Shapes

Literacy

  • Letters and sounds, matching the written letter with the sound it makes.
  • Beginning to write captions, lists and letters.
  • Reading – Exploring books with others and independently.

Class Teddy

To encourage the children’s communication and language we will be introducing a class teddy that the children will be able to take home. Each child will have the chance to look after the teddy over the weekend and share experiences with. The teddy will then be brought back into school on Monday and your child can share what they have done. The teddy will have a special book to record his time with you, using photos, pictures or children’s writing.

Home Learning

We would like to thank you for the effort you made with last term’s home learning tasks, including reading with your children. The children have already made great progress with learning sounds and every time they read this will become more secure.

 

Reading

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

We read with the children every day so it is really important that the children bring their book bags, yellow reading record and their reading book into school every day.

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

 

Ask Me About

Over the term, the children will bring home an ‘Ask me About’ page. This will have bullet points with some of the key activities that we have done. Please take some time to talk to the children about these points and jot down their responses on the sheet. There will also be a space for you to comment on what you have done.

Useful Websites

Quick Reminders

  • Please can you make sure your child brings in a water bottle and their book bags each day.
  • Can the children please always have a coat in school particularly as the British weather is unpredictable.
  • Our PE days are Tuesday & Friday but PE kits should be in all week.
  • Welly Boots – Please can all children have a set of wellies in school at all times. This is so we can use the field and outside areas when it is wet and muddy.

Learning Journeys

Thank you to all who came and celebrated the children’s learning at the end of Term 1. As part of the Foundation Stage, it is really important for parents to see and contribute to the children’s learning journeys.

To encourage this, starting with Friday 10th November, the classroom will be open on Fridays from 8.45-9.00am for you to come and share your child’s learning journey and add a ‘wow’ slip.

We hope you all have a lovely second term supporting the children in their learning and we are sure that you can see how much they have learnt already. Please do not hesitate to come and speak to us if you have any queries.

Thank you for your support,

Miss Denney & Mrs Smith

Forest School Update 20th October

This week in Forest School, Year 5 and 6 had their final session of this term. In WW2, chocolate and oranges were very rare treats so we celebrated the learning and team work by making chocolate orange cake on the fire.

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Next term, Year 3 and 4 will have Forest School on a Thursday. Please let Miss Denney or Miss Dutton know if you are able to help out. The children really enjoy their Forest School learning and we are so grateful to our volunteers who give up some of their time to come and help.

Forest School Update 13th October

Over the last fortnight, Year 5 and Year 6 have been using strategies and tactics to infiltrate each others’ bases.

They split up into groups and were given a set of coloured cards that they had to protect whilst having to find another set. The teams discussed strategies to defend their own bases and attack others. Hannah Parris in Year 6 said “It was tricky trying to find the cards and defend our base at the same time.”

Forest School will be on a Monday, please let Miss Denney or Miss Dutton know if you are able to help out. The children really enjoy their Forest School learning and we are so grateful to our volunteers who give up some of their time to come and help.

Just a gentle reminder, please ensure you have your Forest School kit in school on Forest School days.

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Forest School Update 6th October

Over the last fortnight, Year 5 and Year 6 have been making trenches and their own Anderson shelters.
They split up into groups and using sticks and small logs, they made trenches that they could use to shield themselves. Charlie in Year 5 told us that “trenchfoot was a common problem in the trenches”, luckily, the weather held out just long enough for us!

The children went into the forest to make their own Anderson shelters, using resources around them. They used ferns, leaves and even dirt to camouflage their shelters.

Forest School will be on a Monday, please let Miss Denney or Miss Dutton know if you are able to help out. The children really enjoy their Forest School learning and we are so grateful for our volunteers who give up some of their time to come and help.

Just a gentle reminder, please ensure you have your Forest School kit in school on Forest School days.

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Year 3/4 Term 1 – ‘Awesome Inventors’

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Dear Parents,

Welcome back, we hope you have had a lovely and relaxing summer holiday! We are excited to start our new school year with the topic ‘Awesome Inventors’, the children will become inventors themselves and will share their creations in a Class Super Show Piece at the end of term!

We will be using the story ‘The Lost Thing, by Shaun Tan to inspire their learning across the curriculum. We are asking each child to bring in a large white shirt to help them turn into Inventors for the term- please make sure it is labelled.

Helping to enrich our topics

It would be really great to have books or artefacts from home that relate to our topic and for the children to share. If anyone knows of any friends or relatives who might work within a scientific context or engineering/inventing and would like to visit the class, please let us know!

Reminders

Please remember your PE kit needs to be in school for Mondays and Wednesdays and ensure your child has a named water bottle in school daily.

Herstmonceux Science Trip

The children are getting very excited about our class trip to the Science Observatory. Please make sure all reply slips are in school by Monday 18th September.

Home Learning

Reading Please read with your child 3 times a week and record this in their reading record.  Reading records will be checked weekly.
Spellings* Spellings: Spelling words will focus on phonics sounds learned in class and words from the Y2 or Y3/4 spelling list. New spellings will be recorded in the front spelling books each Friday, those words will be tested on Thursday. The result of this test can be found in the back of the child’s spelling book for parents to be aware of.
Maths* Maths homework will be given and is completed on Mathletics.  Maths homework will be differentiated for your child. It should be completed independently.

Times Tables: All children should know 2s, 5s, 10, 3s, 4s and 8s and inverse rules by the end of Year 3 and should know all tables and their inverse by end of Year 4. Times tables challenges will occur in class weekly.

Grammar* Grammar and Punctuation: It will be sent home fortnightly on Fridays and due in on the Thursday a fortnight later.  Grammar and punctuation homework will be based on learning from the previous week/s.

Homework is an expectation and a requirement for all children. For the whole school, all homework will be released and due in on the same day for each year group: new homework* will be given out on a Friday and due in on a Thursday. Homework club is run every week (at lunchtime) to allow children to have a space in school to complete their homework if they were unable to complete it at home.  Rewards for completion of homework are available!

Project Based Home Learning (optional)

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

  • Create your own creator character profile.
  • Create a new invention.
  • Research an inventor.
  • Research an invention

We will be sharing these during the week of the 9th October, we can’t wait to see how creative you are!

Many thanks for your continued support,

Mrs Mackarness and Mrs Pattenden

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Useful websites

Awesome Inventors Learning Map

Nursery and Receptions Adventure with ‘Jaws and Claws’

On Tuesday morning Reception and Nursery had lots of special visitors. Phil from Jaws and Claws brought some of his exotic friends for us to feel and hold whilst he told us lots of information about them. Did you know a Giant Africa Land Snail has its tongue on its foot?

The children (and staff!) were incredibly brave holding animals that can sometimes be thought of as scary. They got to see Ben the corn snake, Geoff the python, Terrance the tenrec, Whinnie the tortoise, Brian the Africa Land Snail, Buster the tree frog and Char-lie the bearded dragon!

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Year 1/2 Term 1 – ‘Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes!’

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Dear Parents,

I hope you have had a lovely summer holiday! Our topic for term 1 is ‘Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes’! We will be reading a variety of texts including ‘Funny Bones’, ‘You Think it's Easy Being the Tooth Fairy?’ and a range of non-fiction books . In maths we will be looking at place value and positional language and moving on to data handling. Our science learning this term will be focused on the human body and life processes. We look forward to learning lots of new action songs to go with our topic in music and learning about the ‘human timeline’ in history – this will include finding out about children in other time periods. Our PE days are Tuesdays and Fridays, please ensure your child’s kit is always in school; as the timetable can sometimes change – trainers everyday are essential.

Homework

We will stagger the start of homework this term – starting with spellings and reading.

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

Helping to enrich our topics

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

Reminders

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

Many thanks for your continued support,

Mrs King

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Useful Websites

Questions you could ask your child about their learning this term

  • Can you name any bones in the human skeleton?
  • What organs are there in the body? What do they do?
  • How can we keep our body healthy?
  • Why is it important to look after your teeth?
  • How do your eyes work?
  • How is our skeleton different to the dog/cat/hamster’s skeleton?

“Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes!” Learning Map

 

Year 5/6 Term 1 – ‘World War 2’

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Dear Parents,

I hope you have had a lovely summer holiday! Our topic for term 1 is ‘World War 2’ and we will be using the text ‘My Secret War Diary’ by Marcia Williams. Our topic work this term will be based on how the second world war started and the use of propaganda to encourage people to join the war effort. We will also be looking at the story of Anne Frank to help us understand how the Jews were treated during this time.

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

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

Helping to enrich our topics

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

Reminders

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

Many thanks for your continued support,

Miss Purcell

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Useful Websites

Questions you could ask your child about their learning this term

  • Who was Adolf Hitler?
  • Why did WW2 begin?
  • What does ‘Propaganda’ mean?
  • Which festivals do Jews celebrate?
  • Can you explain the difference between Morrison and Anderson shelters?
  • What has happened so far in ‘My Secret War Diary’?
  • Who are the main characters in the story? How do you feel about them?
  • Can you predict what might happen next in the story?

World War 2 Learning Map

Eco Helpers 2017

Last year we had a great set of Eco Helpers who did a tremendous job in helping make our school more eco aware! This year we are looking to recruit a new group to work with. Mr Herdman spoke to each class last week and explained what the Eco Helpers do and what a high standard the new Eco Helpers will have to reach following last year’s group. This year, instead of being chosen, the children have been asked to apply for the post.

The two strongest applicants from each class will form our new Eco Helper group.

We look forwards to announcing the new Eco Helpers soon!

Forest School Update 22nd September

In our first Forest School session of the term Year 5 & 6 created their own ‘WW2 Anderson Shelters’. They used a range of natural materials, tarpaulins and rope.

James and Harvey wanted to test out their whittling skills and used our peelers to strip down the bark from a selection of twigs which they can use to create tools.

Forest School will be on a Monday, please let Miss Denney or Mrs Harper know if you are able to help out. The children really enjoy their Forest School learning and we are so grateful for our volunteers who give up some of their time to come and help.

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Eco Schools Bronze Award

East Hoathly Primary School has been awarded its Eco Schools Bronze Award for its achievements in promoting energy efficiency and being green. A certificate is on its way for display in the office and we will now work our way towards a Silver Award. Click here to visit the Pioneer Federation Eco Helpers page.

Reception Term 1 – ‘Jaws, Claws and Whiskers’

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Dear Parents,

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

Our topic for this first term is ‘Jaws, Claws and Whiskers’. We will be spending time exploring different stories that encourage us to think about different animals that live in different places. Alongside this, we will be working on number recognition and formation. We will also be developing our foundation understanding of letters and sounds.

Our key stories this term are ‘Dear Zoo’, ‘The Gruffalo’ and ‘Flip Flap Jungle’.

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

Home Learning

We encourage children to continue their learning at home which will enhance their progress at school. There will be a meeting on Thursday 18th September 2.45pm in the learning zone, to discuss home learning, reading and phonics. We have sent home a picture book home for you to enjoy together, we will then send home phonic reading books following the meeting.

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

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

Reading Please read with your child regularly. At this stage it is really helpful to encourage the children to use the pictures to tell stories.

We change the children’s Home Reading books regularly. Their books and book bags will however be needed in school every day for 1:1 reading. You may like to add a positive or helpful comment in the reading diary but please acknowledge the fact that the book has been read by signing and dating in the comments book.

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

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

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

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

Quick Reminders

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

Useful websites

Questions to think about at home

  • Do you have any animals at your home?
  • What is your favourite animal? Draw a picture of it and bring it in to share with your friends.
  • What is the biggest animal you know? What is the smallest animal?

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

Thank you for your support.

Miss Denney

Table Tennis Tournament

We showed great Growth Mindset in our table tennis tournament against Chiddingly today. We won every game and Leo and Luke were in the final.  Congratulations to Luke for being the overall winner. Our team mates were great competitors and everyone gave each other brilliant encouragement. What a team – Luke, Leo, Aidan, Oscar, Coen and Ethan R! Well done!

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Go-Kart

Some of the Year 5 and 6 children went to the Uckfield Grand Prix last Sunday to race our Go-Kart. They came second in the finals heat.

The children showed great sportsmanship and super speedy changeovers.

Well done racers!

Treasure Island

Congratulations to the children for putting on an amazing production of ‘Treasure Island’. Thank you to all the parents for the help with the children’s magnificent costumes and for coming along to the production. Thank you for all your donations – an incredible amount of £256.52 - which will be used to buy staging for the next production.

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Bikeability

Some of our Year 6 pupils have been completing the ‘Bikability’ training course this week. They have had some sessions on the playground to build up their skills and have ventured out on to the roads of the village to complete tasks towards reaching Level 2. The children have enjoyed it immensely and have learnt to ride safely and responsibly on the road – a great skill to learn before moving on to secondary school!

Forest School Update 14th July

We would like to thank all our volunteer helpers for their help with Forest School.

The children really enjoy their Forest School learning and we are so grateful for our volunteers who give up some of their time to come and help.

From September Forest School will be on a Monday, please let Miss Denney or Mrs Wicks know if you are able to help out.

Please take home your welly boots, the racks are in the playground for you to check. Any unnamed welly boots left over at the end of term will be recycled.

Year 1 and 2 Trip to Michelham Priory

We went back in time to the Stone Age on our trip to Michelham Priory! We did pretend hunting and gathering, visited a round house, planted seeds, made our own jewellery and clay pots! We also looked at different artefacts from the Stone Age and had a go at cave painting. We even relived a Stone Age burial ceremony. It was a brilliant day. Thank you to Mr Skelton and the parent volunteers for helping us all have a great day.

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Sports Day

We held our annual Sports Day on Tuesday 4th of July and it was a fantastic morning! The children were incredibly supportive of each other and worked really hard when completing the activity carousel and flat races!

Well done to the London Eye house team for winning the overall day!

We would like to say a big thank you to the FPTA for providing ice lollies and refreshments and to our volunteers who helped to run activity stations!

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Forest School Update 7th July

From September Forest School will be on a Monday, please let Miss Denney or Mrs Wicks know if you are able to help out.

We need as many adults as possible to ensure we can deliver the Forest School curriculum.

Forest School Update 30th June

Year 1/2 built dens in the forest!

It was lots of fun and we imagined they were stone age ones!

Team GB 100m Sprinter Rion Pierre

Rion is a former National champion and is one of the fastest 100m runners in UK history. He has won many international medals for Great Britain. These include winning medals at the European Championships and World Championships.

He was a professional footballer in his youth at the Chelsea academy and his talents for sprinting were discovered here. He has overcome many injuries and missed out on the Olympic Games, however because of his dedication and natural talent he is now back on top form and we are confident he can qualify for this year’s World Championships.

“Rion talked about what sports he did as a child to improve his Growth Mindset.”

Jessica-Rose Year 4

“Rion talked to us and showed us how to use Growth Mindset when being a sportsman.”

Zach Year 3

On Wednesday, Rion Pierre, the GB sprinter came to East Hoathly and Chiddingly to talk to the children. He spent time with the whole school and then worked with each class for a workshop. The theme of the day was to develop the children's 'Growth Mindset' to follow their ambitions and dreams.

Rion talked about his journey from being an everyday boy growing up in Jamaica and then London, before developing a love for football. He practised so hard to become the best he could and worked his way up to playing for the Chelsea youth football team. Unfortunately a major injury put paid to his football career, but as part of his rehabilitation he discovered a talent for sprinting which led to his new found career.

As Rion walked into our school hall, he was really impressed to see our 'Growth Mindset' display and continued to explain to the children how the only way to succeed in something is to have a positive, resilient outlook and to never give up!

All classes enjoyed their workshops and managed to ask our visitor lots of questions. We are really grateful to the FPTA for covering the cost of this worthwhile event and many thanks to Rion for coming to East Hoathly.

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Forest School Update 23rd June

In Forest School last week Year 1 and 2 made stone age fruit stew. The children loved it as it turned their teeth and tongues purple Yuk!

About the FPTA

The Comittee

Our FPTA committee are a group of parents who meet regularly to arrange events, which bring our school and community together. These events support and raise funds for our school.

Who is in the committee?

  • Co- Chairs – Jacs Brenchly & Danni Thatcher
  • Secretary – Anna Zorn
  • Treasurer - Laura Sandford
  • Teacher Link – Miss Denney

Whilst there is an elected committee of volunteers we are also lucky to welcome other parents and family members to join the meetings, share ideas and be part of our events.

What have our FPTA funded this academic year?

  • Funding towards an Olympic Athlete for Sports Week.
  • New monkey bars for the outdoor trim trail.
  • Christmas Pantomime for all pupils.
  • Prizes for British Values cake sales
  • Prizes for Road Safety Competition

The FPTA have supported and provided refreshments at the following events:

  • Harvest Festival
  • Christmas Productions
  • New parents open evenings.

Our regular events include:

  • Christmas Fairs
  • Christmas Cards, Tea towels and aprons.
  • Termly cake and healthy alternative sales – Including snacks made by each class.
  • Alternate termly Disco’s and Movie Nights.

Please see the dates list for our upcoming events including the Spring Fete and Family Fun Run!

FPTA Meeting Minutes

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Forest School Update 16th June

Year 1 and 2 were blindfolded and had to follow the leader and pretended to be hunter gatherers. They found elderflower, lavender, forget-me-nots, pansies, pears and apples on the trees.

Year 3/4 Term 6 – ‘Let’s Explore… Animals!’

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Dear Parents,

This term, Y3/4’s topic is called ‘Let’s Explore… Animals!’  We are looking the different classifications of animals (including humans), food chains and conservation of animals.  In science, we will be looking at the human digestive system and conducting an experiment about teeth! In literacy, we are going to be creating a biography of a famous animal explorer and creating a journal of animals and their characteristics. In Art, we will be designing and sketching an animal to mould into clay! In Music, we will learning a famous Disney song and putting our own touch on it!

Home Learning

Please bring in your projects throughout term 6!

The children can bring in home learning projects about growing this term.  This can be in any form – a powerpoint, a dance, a song, a poster. It needs to be something that shows what they have learnt about animals. This is voluntary for the children to do.

Reading Please read with your child regularly, even if it is just one page.  Their books and reading records need to be in everyday for 1:1 reading.  You may like to add a positive or helpful comment in the reading diary but please acknowledge the fact that the book has been read by signing and dating in the comments book.  Your child will be working towards a reward in class for reading 3 times a week.
Spellings We will be sending home weekly spelling investigations.  They will bring home activities to complete linked to the pattern that they are learning. The homework will be sent out on a Friday and due in the following Friday. This learning will be followed up during literacy lesson and through discrete spelling sessions.
Mathematics Maths homework will now be set on a Friday in the form of Mathletics. No paper copies of maths homework will be handed out. If children are unable to complete this at home, there will be slots during the week for the children to complete it.
Grammar and Punctuation Grammar and Punctuation practice will be sent home on a fortnightly basis (also on a Friday) children will have 2 weeks to complete this task.  This is also due in on Friday.

Helping to enrich our topics

If anyone has any experience or items that may help us with any of the work above that we could hear about or borrow, they would be gratefully received.

Reminders

Please can you make sure your child brings in a water bottle each day with fresh water.

Useful websites during this topic

PE

Our PE lesson is on a Tuesday, it is essential that children have their PE kits in school on these days.

Thank you for your continued support.

Please ensure that the correct kit is in school on that day.

Miss Dutton

Forest School Update 9th June

This term, Year 1 and 2 will have their forest school sessions.

If you are able to help out on a Thursday afternoon from 1.30-3.00, please could you let Miss Denney or Miss Purcell know.

Year 5/6 Term 6 – ‘Inside Out!’

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Dear Parents,

I hope you have had a lovely half-term holiday! Our topic for term 6 is ‘Inside Out!’ and we will be using the text ‘There’s a Boy in the Girl’s Bathroom’ by Louis Sachar. Our science focus this term will be on ‘Life cycles’ and different environments. During this term, we will also be having our SRE (Sex and Relationships Education) sessions and a letter containing more information about this will follow soon. We are really looking forward to this year’s summer production which is ‘Treasure Island’. If you have any props you think may be helpful for the staging of this event, please let us know.  It would also be greatly appreciated if you could help your child learn their lines for the play as soon as possible so we can move onto script-free rehearsals as soon as possible. Our PE days are Wednesday and Friday, please ensure your kit is always in school; as the weather gets better, we will be spending more time outdoors – trainers everyday are essential.

Reading Please read with your child regularly, even if it is just one page.  Their books and book bags will need to be in everyday for 1:1 reading.  You may like to add a positive or helpful comment in their homework diary, but please acknowledge the fact that the book has been read by signing and dating in the comments space. A member of staff will be checking homework diaries on a Friday and children are expected to have read at least 3 times a week with an adult.
Spellings Spelling tests are every Thursday and your child will be tested on the ten spellings they selected in the previous week (from either the Year 3&4 or 5&6 curriculum spelling lists). Their spelling tests results will be recorded in the back of their books for them to share with you.
Maths Maths homework will be on Mathletics this term and should consist of 20 minutes per week, the children can compete against each other or complete their own timed skills trials – I will be able to see clearly areas in which they need more focus and how many minutes they spent online. If you do not have access to a computer at home, the children are welcome to join Miss Hillier’s homework club after school on Thursdays. If your child has misplaced their login details, remind them that they are displayed on the board at the front of the classroom.
Grammar Grammar homework will be sent home on a Friday and your child will have 2 weeks to complete this. The homework will be based on the grammar they will be learning within their literacy lessons.

Helping to enrich our topics

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

Reminders

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

Many thanks for your continued support,

Mrs King

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Useful Websites

Questions you could ask your child about their learning this term

  • What are the stages of a butterfly’s life cycle?
  • Who is Jane Goodall and what is she famous for?
  • What happens to the body as humans get older?
  • What can we do to protect endangered environments?
  • What strategies have you learnt to help you understand your emotions?
  • How can you keep yourself safe on Social Media?
  • Are you aware of the legal age limit for using different websites?
Year 1/2 Term 6 – ‘The Super Stone Age ’

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Dear Parents,

Welcome back, I hope everybody had a great half term break. This term we are beginning an exciting new topic –The Super Stone Age. We will learn about history skills. We will use our history skills to find out about past lives and artistic skills to learn new talents. This term will also include our school production and sports day.

We are continuing with our Reading Challenge Chart in the classroom! Please record in your child’s book when they read their book to you. Children that read 10 times at home to an adult get a very special Reading Stone Age Certficate! They can swap their book twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If they finish their book before that, please ask them questions about the book: or they can read you a book from home (please record this in their reading record.

‘Ug: Boy Genius of the Stone Age’: Learning Map

Reading Please read with your child every evening, even if it is just for 5 minutes. We read individually with the children once a week, so it is really important that the children bring their book bags, yellow reading record and their reading book into school every day. We also have small group guided reading sessions each week.

When reading with your child please acknowledge the fact that the book has been read by signing and dating in the comments book, or you may like to add a positive or helpful comment in the reading diary. Books are changed twice a week. This is so that the children can enjoy answering questions about the book rather than rushing through books. Please feel free to record in the record if your child has read another book in addition to the school book.

 

Spellings and homework

Every Tuesday the children will bring home their new spellings to learn. Please ensure your child learns their spellings for their spelling quiz, which takes place the following Tuesday.

Thank you for your continued support with homework. This really is a great way for you to consolidate learning in class and a chance for you to share in your child’s learning. Please ask your child to read the Year 1 and 2 Common Exception words. All children need to strive to be able to read and spell all the words correctly by the end of their year group.

 

Maths

Homework this term will be times tables focussed. Please can Year 2 learn their times tables out of order. These are recorded in their times tables books. They will be assessed every Friday. By the end of this year the aim is they know their 2, 5, 10, 3 and 4 times tables off by heart, out of order and recall answers instantly. Some wise owls may even go beyond this and learn their 6 and 7 times too!

Year 1 and Year 2 –Every child has their own log in to the Mathletics website. The children can get Bronze, Silver and Gold certificates for doing lots of Mathletics tasks. I will print out and give to children to take home. Please let me know if you have any questions about Mathletics.

Useful Websites

 Reminders

  • Please can you make sure your child brings in a water bottle and their book bag each day. Please no rucksacks as these are taking up room on the pegs.
  • Can the children please always have a coat in school as the weather can be unpredictable.
  • Our PE days are Wednesday and every fourth Friday but PE kits should be in all week.
  • Wellington Boots – Please can all children have a set of wellies in school at all times, this is so we can use the field and outside areas when it is wet and muddy. We will be doing Forest School for the whole of Term 6..

Topic website: (linked to animals)

Key Questions

  1. Can you recite your x2, x5, x10 times tables?
  2. How did people get food in the Stone Ages?
  3. Where did they live?
  4. How did they keep warm?

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

Mrs Smith is our class teaching assistant.

Thank you for your support,

Miss Purcell

Reception Term 6 – ‘Under the Sea’

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Dear Parents and Carers,

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

This term, we are going to enjoy a water-filled, fun learning journey. We will be enjoying finding out about how essential water is and where it comes from and what we need it for. Through our texts, we will discover lots about the creatures that live under the sea and how they are unique

Our key texts this term will be:

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

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

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

Sharing of Learning Journeys

Every Friday afternoon, between 3.00 and 3.15, the classroom will be open for you to come and look at your child’s learning journeys. This will also be an opportunity for you to discuss any queries or ask any questions in order to help your child’s learning at home. If for any reason this session cannot take place, we will let you know on the white board outside the classroom. We will be asking you to fill in your comments on these books so that your voice is also a part of your child’s learning.

Home Learning

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

Reading

Please read daily with your child at home. We understand that time can be tight, but it is so important to your child’s progress. Some children like to read before school, some at dinner time and some before bed, whatever time suits your child best. At this stage it is really helpful to discuss the stories that you read and use story language such as character, setting, beginning, middle and end. Also, encourage your child to predict the ending of the story and give their opinion of the texts that they read.

Letters and Sounds

We have sent home High Frequency Word Lists for the children to focus on and they need to be able to read these on sight.

Please focus on the 5 words that are marked. When we read with your child, we will look at these words and mark the next ones so that they always have 5 to learn at home. Once your child can read these, we have the next list ready. When all these words are learnt, we will send home a spelling book for your child and focus on writing these.

Splashing Home Challenges!

We would like each child to choose at least one of these challenges to do at home. When they bring their learning in, we will share it with the class.

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

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Trips and Events

During this term we are having a curriculum day at Chiddingly on Thursday 29th June, more details will follow soon.

Websites and Links

Quick Reminders

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

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

Thank you for your support,

Miss Denney

Challenge!

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

Good Luck!

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Independent Me

As part of our Growth  Mindset Initiative, we are also launching our Independent Me concept this term. This is aimed at developing the resilience and independence of pupils at Pioneer Schools, enabling them to apply their skills and understanding further.

There are 4 areas, all with their own icon. These will be displayed in classrooms and around the schools.

Developing a Growth Mindset

This academic year, we have been learning all about how our brains work and how learning occurs through the electrical connections in our brains. We have been finding out how the learning powers of resilience, curiosity and making connections in learning can help us to build and strengthen our knowledge and understanding of all different areas. We have been learning about how the language we use can help us to change from a ‘fixed mindset’ to a ‘growth mindset’.

In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They also believe that talent alone creates success — without effort. Whereas, in a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work — brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.

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Forest School Update 26th May

In Term 6 Year 1 and 2 will have their forest school sessions.

The weather will (hopefully) be warmer so please consider the forest school kit you are sending in.

Children will still need a long top and trousers as we will be in the woodland.

If you are able to help out on a Thursday afternoon from 1.30-3.00, please could you let Miss Denney or Miss Purcell know.

Awe and Wonder Day – My Safe Place

Awe and Wonder day took place on Monday 22nd May 2017. All the children were in mixed year group teams and rotated around a carousel of activities. The theme was Safety. It included the children reflecting on their safe place and constructing their own safe place, sewing and using collage skills to create our safe church. We had PC Jackie with us all day talking about how to get help from emergency services, we made shields about how God keeps us safe and we learnt about Christian Aid’s work to ensure refugees have shelter, water and food. The day ended with a brilliant celebration in the church. All the children sung a song about safety and different children spoke about their learning. It was a great day, enjoyed by all and gave us all time to reflect and think about the world. Thank you to all the parent volunteers for helping us and for those who attended the celebration.

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Forest School Update 19th May

In groups this week we finished planting the rest of the tree around the forest school area.

We are looking forward to seeing them grow!

In Term 6 Year 1 and 2 will have their forest school sessions.

Enterprise Week 15th – 19th May

During Enterprise week, each class was given £20 to spend on whatever materials they needed to create a product to sell at the end of the week. The challenge was to see which class could make the most profit.

Reception created their own Café for enterprise week. They looked at the different coins they would need to make the cost of tea, coffee and hot chocolate as well as the ingredients to make biscuits. They then worked in groups to make and decorate biscuits.

Year 1 and 2 designed, budgeted for and made Ladybird cakes. They had lots of fun and were really happy to make some money. Holly L said “I enjoyed making the cupcakes - especially the icing.” Darcy said “I enjoyed making cakes and doing the game of Guess the Weight of the Cake!” Lotte and Holly Z enjoyed adding the ingredients together to work out the total we needed to spend.

Year 3 and 4 designed and created cards for Enterprise Week. We asked our parents which cards they would find most useful to buy and then we made a range of Father’s Day cards.

We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and had fun selling them.

George, Year 4, says, “I had lots of fun using glitter and pom poms.”

Summer, Year 3, says, “I liked making cards and making a mess!”

Year 5 and 6 created ‘Bugs in Boots’ models to sell. We sold every single one of them and were amazed by the number of compliments we received for our creativity! We made posters and banners to advertise our stock and we had to budget for the materials that we needed – we spent our £20 budget on clay, googly eyes, pipe cleaners and spray sealant.

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Mr Herdman is Caretaker of the Year

A CARETAKER who has raised more than £280,000 for the three schools he works at has been hailed for going ‘beyond the call of duty’.

Paul Herdman, who works at Laughton Community Primary, East Hoathly CE Primary and Chiddingly Primary schools, has been named East Sussex Caretaker of the Year 2017.

As well as working tirelessly to maintain the three sites, Mr Herdman has researched, applied for and secured a total of £285,024 in funding from various sources to improve the schools.

Projects delivered as a result include playground resurfacing, a new roof, play equipment, energy-saving LED lighting and restoration of Laughton’s school clock and bell tower.

He said: “It’s brilliant and came as a complete shock – I wasn’t expecting it at all. The kids are really enthusiastic and I’m really proud that they recognise what I do and enjoy the things I’ve helped to raise money for.”

Mr Herdman also manages to fit into his busy schedule running a breakfast club, leading the children’s ‘eco group’, managing an area of woodland and looking after the school chickens.

Victoria Brown, deputy head teacher at Laughton, said: “Paul works tirelessly for the school and is not only a brilliant caretaker but fantastic with people, with a great sense of humour the children love.

“We feel lucky to have a caretaker who is so passionate about the job and who is so driven to make the school a better place for everyone.”

James Procter, executive head teacher at East Hoathly and Chiddingly, said: “Paul is a friendly, hard-working caretaker and a real asset to our schools, who goes out of his way to be part of the school community.”

The winning nomination included glowing references from pupils, one of whom, Tom, said: “Mr Herdman is very generous with his time and has a massive effect on how happy we are at Laughton.”

Schools across the county were asked to nominate their caretaker of the year, with the winner selected by Stuart Gallimore, East Sussex County Council director of children’s services.

He said: “It was clear that all those nominated do an incredible amount of work and are highly regarded by staff, children and parents, but one person stood out.

“Paul not only works across three schools, which is impressive enough, but has raised a huge amount of money to improve the fabric of the schools – that’s what I call going beyond the call of duty.”

Narrowly pipped at the post was runner-up Mark Cornford, of St Andrew’s CE Infants’ School, Eastbourne, who has also raised money not just for his school but for the pupil it sponsors at a school in Uganda.

Head teacher Carol Meakins said: “Mark is keen to be involved in every area of school life, acting with integrity and a sense of humour. He knows each child and they know him.”

Football Tournament

Written by the players:

“On Tuesday 16th May, we went to Sussex Downs Leisure Centre and played a 7-a-side football tournament against 6 other teams. We were a joint team with Chiddingly the Pioneer dream team! We had a fabulous day playing football against other schools. It was good to be able to join up with our friends from Chiddingly School. We drew three games out of four. Some amazing saves were made by Coen but sadly we lost 1-0 due to a rebound off the goal post. A great day was had by us all!”

Players: Leo Tarry, Coen Parkhouse, Oscar Bunney, Tyler Crisford, Harvey Taylor.

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Forest School Update 12th May

In Forest school last week Reception looked carefully at the different flowers they could see then painted their own pictures of the bluebells.

On Wednesday this week Year 3/4 planted their mysterious beans in the growing area and then started to plant the new trees around the forest school area.

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Forest School Update 5th May

In Forest school this week Year 3 and 4 got really creative and a little messy! They used lard, birdseed and sticks to create very interesting bird feeders to encourage different birds into our school field.

Forest School Update 28th April

In Forest School this week, Reception planted sunflower and wild seeds. We are looking forward to watching them grow.

Due to swimming, Year 3/4 will now have their Forest School session on Wednesday afternoons.

Reception Term 5 – ‘Glorious Growing’

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Dear Parents,

Welcome back, we hope you have a relaxing Easter break and are now ready for the first Summer Term.

Our topic is ‘Glorious Growing!’ During this term we will be looking at how things grow with a detailed look at seeds and then exploring different fruits and vegetables. We will be using stories to immerse ourselves in learning and to develop our writing.

Our key texts this term are:

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Areas of Learning

Literacy

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

Maths

In maths we are going to secure our knowledge of addition and subtraction with the support of objects and beginning to estimate and count in 2s, 5s and 10s. Alongside this, we will be exploring shapes and measures around the school.

The main part of the topic will focus on growing, plants and the world around us, through practical activities and forest school.

To develop our personal social and emotional skills we are going to think about how we show feelings to each other, through exploring the feelings of Jack and the Giant from our focus text.

Understanding the World

Throughout the term, we will be finding out about healthy foods and planting seeds to make observations and discoveries about growing.

We will be having a visit from Mr Broccoli during this term who will teach us about healthy foods and cooking.

Home Learning

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

Reading

Please read with your child regularly, even if it is a home or library book. At this stage it is really helpful to discuss the stories that you read and use story language such as, character, setting, beginning, middle and end.

Could you think about the characters you like? Why do you like them?

Letters and Sounds

We have sent home High Frequency Word Lists for the children to focus on; they need to be able to read these on sight.

Please focus on the flash words that they have been given in their yellow books. When we read with your child, we will look at these words and send home the next ones when appropriate.

Delicious Home Challenges!

You might like to choose one of the following activities to try with an adult at home. You can bring these into school whenever they are finished to share with your class.

  • Make a fruity snack and write the recipe for your friends, having a go at sounding out the words by yourself.
  • Plant different seeds and take photos as you watch them grow.
  • Design a healthy menu or packed lunch.
  • When you visit the shops have a go at paying and working out which coins you need to use.
  • Exploring measuring of different objects in your house. Can you put them in size or height order and draw a picture? Could you write down the measurement?

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 Websites and Links

Quick Reminders

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

Café

Towards the end of term we will be having a class café, where you will be able to pop in for a drink and small snack, more details from the children will follow.

Mini Garden

Could you please save any takeaway trays or ice cream tubs as we will be designing and creating miniature gardens.

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

Thank you for your support,

Miss Denney

Home Learning Challenge!

To help your child win 5 extra house points, find out which are the smallest and largest seeds in the world and bring the answers in to school! Good luck!

Year 5/6 Term 5 – ‘Codebreakers’

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Dear Parents,

I hope you have had a lovely Easter break! Our topic for term 5 is ‘Codebreakers’  and we will be using the text ‘Stormbreaker’ by Anthony Horowitz We will also be doing a city study on London as this is where our text is set. In our guided reading, we will be reading Enid Blyton’s Famous Five and answering some questions on a range of fiction and poetry texts. In maths, we will be preparing for SATS by revising key concepts for the first couple of weeks and then we will move on to some exciting codebreaking activities.

In week 5, we are planning a ‘Spy Day’ at Chiddingly School. A letter including further details will be sent out soon.

Our PE days are Wednesday and Friday, please ensure your kit is always in school; as the weather gets better, we will be spending more time outdoors – trainers are essential.

Reading Please read with your child regularly, even if it is just one page.  Their books and book bags will need to be in everyday for 1:1 reading.  You may like to add a positive or helpful comment in their homework diary, but please acknowledge the fact that the book has been read by signing and dating in the comments space. A member of staff will be checking homework diaries on a Friday and children are expected to have read at least 3 times a week with an adult.
Spellings Spelling tests are every Thursday and your child will be tested on the ten spellings they selected in the previous week (from either the Year 3&4 or 5&6 curriculum spelling lists). Their spelling tests results will be recorded in the back of their books for them to share with you.
Maths Maths homework will be sent home on a Friday and completed for the following Friday. The homework set will either be based on their learning in class or mental maths questions.
Grammar Grammar homework will be sent home on a Friday and your child will have 2 weeks to complete this. The homework will be based on the grammar they will be learning within their literacy lessons.

Helping to enrich our topics

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

Reminders

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

Many thanks for your continued support,

Mrs King

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Learning Map

 

Useful Websites

Questions you could ask your child about their learning this term

  • Who is Alex Rider and what has happened to him so far in the story?
  • What do you know about cyphers? How can you use one to reveal a concealed message?
  • What landmarks can you identify in London? – Do you know how you could travel to them on the London Underground?
  • How is the world mapped and navigated? Do you know what lines of latitude and longitude are?
Year 3/4 Term 5 – ‘Let’s Explore Growing!’

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Dear Parents,

This term, Y3/4’s topic is called ‘Let’s Explore Growing!’  We are looking how plants grow and the functions within them.  In science, we will be growing and investigating plants. In literacy, we are seeking inspiration from a variety of books, such as: “The Enormous Turnip”, “Jack and the Beanstalk”, “The Oak Inside the Acorn” and “Oh Say Can You Seed”. In Art, we will be drawing and painting a variety of flowers, as well as experimenting with different cooking skills in DT! In Music, we will be adding music to different scenes from Jack and the Beanstalk.

Home Learning

Please bring in your projects throughout term 5!

The children can bring in home learning projects about growing this term.  This can be in any form – a powerpoint, a dance, a song, a poster. It needs to be something that shows how a plant can grow.

Reading Please read with your child regularly, even if it is just one page.  Their books and reading records need to be in everyday for 1:1 reading.  You may like to add a positive or helpful comment in the reading diary but please acknowledge the fact that the book has been read by signing and dating in the comments book.  Your child will be working towards a reward in class for reading 3 times a week.
Spellings We will be sending home weekly spelling investigations.  They will bring home activities to complete linked to the pattern that they are learning. The homework will be sent out on a Friday and due in the following Friday. This learning will be followed up during literacy lesson and through discrete spelling sessions.
Mathematics Maths homework will be sent out on a Friday and will be due in the following Friday. This can be either Mathletics or the homework sheet attached.
Grammar and Punctuation Grammar and Punctuation practice will be sent home on a fortnightly basis (also on a Friday) children will have 2 weeks to complete this task.  This is also due in on Friday.

Helping to enrich our topics

If anyone has any experience or items that may help us with any of the work above that we could hear about or borrow, they would be gratefully received.

Reminders

Please can you make sure your child brings in a water bottle each day with fresh water.

PE

Our PE lesson is on a Tuesday, it is essential that children have their PE kits in school on these days.

Forest School – This Term, Forest School is on Thursday.

Please ensure that the correct kit is in school on that day.

Swimming – Dates to follow.

Useful Websites During This Topic

Thank you for your continued support.

Miss Dutton

Learning Map

Year 1/2 Term 5 – ‘Famous People from the Past and Present’

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Dear Parents,

Welcome back, I hope everybody had a great Easter break. This term we are beginning an exciting new topic – Famous People from the Present and Past. We will learn about the skills and talents of different famous people. We will use our history skills to find out about past lives, artistic skills to learn new talents. This term will also include Enterprise Week.

We are continuing with our Meerkat Reading Challenge Chart in the classroom! Please record in your child’s book when they read their book to you. Children that read 10 times at home to an adult get a very special Reading Meerkat Certficate! They can swap their book twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If they finish their book before that please ask them questions about the book: Or they can read you a book from home (please record this in their book).

 

Reading

Please read with your child every evening, even if it is just for 5 minutes. We read individually with the children once a week, so it is really important that the children bring their book bags, yellow reading record and their reading book into school every day. We also have small group guided reading sessions each week.

When reading with your child please acknowledge the fact that the book has been read by signing and dating in the comments book, or you may like to add a positive or helpful comment in the reading diary. Books are changed twice a week. This is so that the children can enjoy answering questions about the book rather than rushing through books. Please feel free to record in the record if your child has read another book in addition to the school book.

 

Spellings and homework

Every Tuesday the children will bring home their new spellings to learn. Please ensure your child learns their spellings for their spelling quiz, which takes place the following Tuesday.

Thank you for your continued support with homework. This really is a great way for you to consolidate learning in class and a chance for you to share in your child’s learning. Please ask your child to read the Year 1 and 2 Common Exception words. All children need to strive to be able to read and spell all the words correctly by the end of their year group.

 

Maths

Homework this term will be times tables focussed. Please can Year 2 learn their times tables out of order. These are recorded in their times tables books. They will be assessed every Friday. By the end of this year the aim is they know their 2, 5, 10, 3 and 4 times tables off by heart, out of order and recall answers instantly. Some wise owls may even go beyond this and learn their 6 and 7 times too!

Year 1 and Year 2 –Every child has their own log in to the Mathletics website. The children can get Bronze, Silver and Gold certificates for doing lots of Mathletics tasks. I will print out and give to children to take home. Please let me know if you have any questions about Mathletics.

Useful Websites

Reminders

  • Please can you make sure your child brings in a water bottle and their book bag each day. Please no rucksacks as these are taking up room on the pegs.
  • Can the children please always have a hat in school as the weather is improving
  • Our PE days are Wednesday and every fourth Friday but PE kits should be in all week.
  • Wellington Boots – Please can all children have a set of Wellies in school at all times, this is so we can use the field and outside areas when it is wet and muddy. We will be doing forest school for the whole Term 6 when we doing a Stone Age topic.

Topic website: (linked to animals)

Key Questions

  • Can you recite your x2, x5, x10 times tables?
  • Can you talk about a famous person?
  • Can you tell me some facts about the person you are looking at this week?
  • Can you create a timeline?

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

Mrs Smith is our class teaching assistant.

Thank you for your support,

Miss Purcell

Forest School Update 21st April

This Term Year 3 and 4 have got their Forest School sessions on Thursday afternoons and Reception Class will be having their sessions on Friday morning.

Please do not forget your forest school kits. This includes a change of footwear.

Forest School Update 31st March

In Year 5 & 6’s last session of the term, they were given the choice
of what they wanted to create.

Some of the children used mallets and cotton to make natural bunting, and others used clay to create their own masterpieces.

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Next term Year 3 & 4 swill be having Forest School so please bring your kits in.

The Daily Mile

We are participating in The Daily Mile.

The aim of the Daily Mile is to improve the physical, emotional and social health and wellbeing of our children – regardless of age or personal circumstances.

It is a profoundly simple but effective concept, which any primary school can implement. Its impact can be transformational- improving not only the childrens’ fitness, but also their concentration levels, mood, behaviour and general wellbeing.

Click here for more information & to see our school on the participation map.

Forest School Update 24th March

In Forest School last week Year 5 & 6 started to make a wood store using plastic bottles.

They chopped and prepared the bottles ready to be stacked and shaped using canes.

They also played their favourite game deer’s and predators!

Forest School Update 17th March

Year 5 and 6 had a Healthy Eating Workshop on Thursday last week so swapped their forest school
session.

This week they will be starting to build a wood store out of recycled plastic bottles.

Towner Art Work to be shown at Eastbourne Carnival in May!

On Thursday 15th May 2017 John from the Towner Art Gallery came in to lead art workshops with Year 1/2 and Year 3/4 classes. Year 1/2 made jester masks using cross hatching technique to colour in and make them bright and colourful. Year 3/4 decorated umbrellas and used drawing and cutting techniques. Children from East Hoathly School will be invited to come along to Eastbourne Carnival and Parade with their art work. Further information about this will be shared in a letter soon. The children had a great time developing their artistic skills to create their pieces. Lotte said “Jessica was very creative in making her mask and had some great ideas for her jester mask.” It was really great to have a visiting artist share his ideas and skills. It was a very active session and the children were taken through the process step by step.

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Forest School Update 10th March

Last week in Forest School, Year 5 and 6 continued with their Book Week theme of “Harry Potter” under the guidance of Book Days ‘Harry Potter’ (Miss Denney) and used the natural materials found in our school to create magical potions.

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Year 1/2 Term 4 – ‘Meerkat’s Marvellous Mission’

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Dear Parents,

Welcome back, I hope everybody had a great half term break. This term we are beginning an exciting new topic – Meerkat’s Marvellous Mission. We will explore the different animals that can be found on each continent including Africa, Australasia and Asia. We will use clues that our class Meerket gives us from his suitcase! The boxes below explain the areas we will be looking at and some of the work we will be doing in teacher focussed activities and group work. We are also focussing on handwriting, reading activities.

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We have a new Meerkat Reading Challenge Chart in the classroom! Please record in your child’s book when they read their book to you. Children that read 10 times at home to an adult get a very special Reading Meerkat Certficate! They can swap their book twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If they finish their book before that please ask them questions about the book: Or they can read you a book from home (please record this in their book)

  • What does the character feel like? Why?
  • What did you learn?
  • Does this remind you of anything you have done or any other books? Why does it remind you?
  • What do you think will happen next?

It is World Book day in week 2. The children can dress up as their favourite book character!

Literacy

Poetry

Non - chronological report

Storytelling and writing

Mathematics

Fractions

Times Tables

Reasoning

Shape and Space

Money and coins

Using mathematical vocabulary

Science

Scientific Investigation

Exploring birds, making bird homes and bird feeders. Predicting, measuring, planning, observation and making conclusions.

Expressive Art & Design

Art - Drawings of animals and animal prints

Making African themed

DT - Animal face masks

ICT

Handling data about favourite animals, pets and animals found in different continents.

Aninal Top Trumps.

Physical Development

Team building skills

Religious Education

Exploring different feelings about Easter.

Is Easter Happy or Sad

Learning songs and preparing for Easter Service.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Our responsibilities

How we treat and look after the natural environment

Geography

Meerkat – he is going to tell us about his travels/

Equator - learn about this using globe

Name the seas and the continents,

Home Learning – Due Friday

Home Project

This term we are focusing on Animals. We would love the children to do a project about their favourite animal. This could be a mask, poster, powerpoint, model, booklet or painting. They can bring it in when it is complete and can share with the class. All children will have the opportunity to share this with the rest of the class.

 

Reading

Please read with your child every evening, even if it is just for 5 minutes. We read individually with the children once a week, so it is really important that the children bring their book bags, yellow reading record and their reading book into school every day. We also have small group guided reading sessions each week.

When reading with your child please acknowledge the fact that the book has been read by signing and dating in the comments book, or you may like to add a positive or helpful comment in the reading diary. Books are changed twice a week. This is so that the children can enjoy answering questions about the book rather than rushing through books. Please feel free to record in the record if your child has read another book in addition to the school book.

 

Spellings and homework

Every Tuesday the children will bring home their new spellings to learn. Please ensure your child learns their spellings for their spelling quiz, which takes place the following Tuesday.

Thank you for your continued support with homework. This really is a great way for you to consolidate learning in class and a chance for you to share in your child’s learning. Please ask your child to read the Year 1 and 2 Common Exception words. All children need to strive to be able to read and spell all the words correctly by the end of their year group.

 

Maths

Homework this term will be times tables focussed. Please can Year 2 learn their times tables out of order. These are recorded in their times tables books. They will be assessed every Friday. By the end of this year the aim is they know their 2, 5, 10, 3 and 4 times tables off by heart, out of order and recall answers instantly. Some wise owls may even go beyond this and learn their 6 and 7 times too!

Year 1 and Year 2 –Every child has their own log in to the Mathletics website. The children can get Bronze, Silver and Gold certificates for doing lots of Mathletics tasks. I will print out and give to children to take home. Please let me know if you have any questions about Mathletics.

Useful Websites

 Reminders

  • Please can you make sure your child brings in a water bottle and their book bag each day. Please no rucksacks as these are taking up room on the pegs.
  • Can the children please always have a coat in school as the weather can be unpredictable.
  • Our PE days are Wednesday and every fourth Friday but PE kits should be in all week.
  • Wellington Boots – Please can all children have a set of Wellies in school at all times, this is so we can use the field and outside areas when it is wet and muddy. We will be doing forest school for the whole Term 6 when we doing a Stone Age topic.

Topic website (linked to animals)

 Key Questions

  • Can you recite your x2, x5, x10 times tables?
  • Can you talk about your favourite animal and explain why?
  • Can you name a continent that our Meerkat has been to?
  • Can you tell me which different sentences we can us and what punctuation can end a sentence?

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

Mrs Smith is our class teaching assistant.

Thank you for your support,

Miss Purcell

Year 5/6 Term 4 – ‘Evolution and Inheritance’

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Dear Parents,

I hope you have had a lovely half term break! Our topic for term 4 is ‘Evolution and Inheritance’ and we will also be continuing our work on classification and adaption. We will be doing some research on Charles Darwin and Mary Anning to help us understand some of the science behind evolution. In our guided reading, we will be doing some work on non-fiction texts and understanding how these are structured to create our own in our Literacy lessons. In maths, we will be refreshing our memories on some of the areas we focused on in Term 1, and doing some work with statistics and formulas.

On Thursday 30th March, we are off to the Natural History Museum in London. A letter including further details will be sent out in a couple of weeks. Thank you to those who have returned the slips and paid.

Please could I remind you that permission slips and payment need to be in by Friday 3rd March.

Reading Please read with your child regularly, even if it is just one page.  Their books and book bags will need to be in everyday for 1:1 reading.  You may like to add a positive or helpful comment in their homework diary, but please acknowledge the fact that the book has been read by signing and dating in the comments space. A member of staff will be checking homework diaries on a Friday and children are expected to have read at least 3 times a week with an adult.
Spellings Spelling tests are every Thursday and your child will be tested on the ten spellings they selected in the previous week (from either the Year 3&4 or 5&6 curriculum spelling lists). Their spelling tests results will be recorded in the back of their books for them to share with you.
Maths Maths homework will be sent home on a Friday and completed for the following Friday. The homework set will either be based on their learning in class or mental maths questions.
Grammar Grammar homework will be sent home on a Friday and your child will have 2 weeks to complete this. The homework will be based on the grammar they will be learning within their literacy lessons.

Helping to enrich our topics

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

Forest School

Please can you make sure your child has their Forest School kit in school every week. The woods are still fairly muddy so they will need wellies, a change of clothes and some extra layers as it can still feel quite cold. This will need to be in school for every Thursday.

Reminders

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

Many thanks for your continued support,

Mrs King

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Useful Websites

Questions you could ask your child about their learning this term

  • Who was Charles Darwin?
  • Who was Mary Anning?
  • What does ‘adaption’ mean?
  • What have you inherited from your parents?
  • What are the features of a non-fiction text?

Learning Map

Forest School Update 3rd March

In Forest School last week, Year 5 and 6 braved the wind and created their own dream catchers. Their project this term is to redesign the forest school area through making a wood store and designing natural materials. Keep an eye out for all the things they have made over this term which will be going up around the fire circle.

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Year 3/4 Term 4 – ‘Reduce Reuse Recycle’

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Dear Parents,

This term, Y3/4's topic is called ‘Reduce Reuse Recycle’!  We are looking at all the different ways we can do just that!  The children will be exploring what can be recycled and then how it is sorted to be made into new objects!  In science, we will be investigating how a compost heap works!  In literacy, we are seeking inspiration from a variety of books, such as: George Saves the World by Lunchtime; Dear Greenpeace and The Iron Man by Ted Hughes. We are using recycled materials to create our own clothes in DT! In Music, we will be creating our own song/rap about recycling based on Jack Johnson’s ‘3Rs’ song!

Home Learning

Please bring in your projects throughout term 4!

The children can bring in home learning projects about recycling this term.  This can be in any forms – a scrap book of the recycling done at home; a powerpoint about recycling or a DT project using recycled items.

Reading Please read with your child regularly, even if it is just one page.  Their books and reading records need to be in everyday for 1:1 reading.  You may like to add a positive or helpful comment in the reading diary but please acknowledge the fact that the book has been read by signing and dating in the comments book.  Your child will be working towards a reward in class for reading 3 times a week.
Spellings We will be sending home weekly spelling investigations.  They will bring home activities to complete linked to the pattern that they are learning. The homework will be sent out on a Friday and due in the following Thursday. This learning will be followed up during literacy lesson and through discrete spelling sessions.
Mathematics Maths homework will be sent out on a Friday and will be due in the following Thursday. This can be either Mathletics or the homework sheet attached.
Grammar and Punctuation Grammar and Punctuation practice will be sent home on a fortnightly basis (also on a Friday) children will have 2 weeks to complete this task.  This is also due in on Thursday.

Homework is now due in on Thursday so it gives us time to mark the homework.

Helping to enrich our topics

If anyone has any experience or items that may help us with any of the work above that we could hear about or borrow, they would be gratefully received.

Reminders

Please can you make sure your child brings in a water bottle each day with fresh water.

PE

Our PE lesson is on a Tuesday, it is essential that children have their PE kits in school on these days.

Useful websites during this topic

Thank you for your continued support.

Miss Dutton

Learning Map

Forest School Update 24th February

This Term Year 5 and 6 will be doing forest school linked to their topic ‘Evolution and Inheritance’. They will need their forest school kit in school.

If you are able to help on a Thursday from 1.30-3.00 please let Miss Denney or Mrs King know.

Look out for our first week’s activities in next week’s newsletter!

Reception Term 4 – ‘Story Rhyme, Story Time’

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Dear Parents,

Welcome back, we hope you had a relaxing half term break.  Our topic for term 4 is ‘Story Rhyme, Story Time!’ We will be enjoying looking at lots of books by the author Julia Donaldson and learning about her exciting characters.

During this term we will be looking farm animals and exploring what makes them unique. We will be visiting Plumpton College Farm to experience this for ourselves. Alongside this we will be developing our knowledge of rhyme and making our own rhyming words.

Our key texts this term are:

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Areas of Learning

Literacy

Our focus in literacy this term is using our phonic knowledge to write stories using narrative language, adjectives, nouns and verbs.  In reading, our phonics knowledge, high frequency and tricky words will develop further and we will be talking about the different Julia Donaldson texts. If children have their own Julia Donaldson books at home, we would love for them to bring them in and share them with the class. (Please ensure they are clearly named!)

Maths

In maths we are going to secure our knowledge of addition and subtraction with the support of objects and begin to estimate and count in 2’s. Alongside this we will be exploring shapes and measures, as well as beginning to use money in our role play farm shops.

Understanding the World

Throughout the term we will be finding out about what happens on a farm, the foods which are produced and the animals that live there. We will also be developing our use of technology.

Home Learning

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

Reading Please read with your child regularly, even if it is a home or library book. At this stage it is really helpful to discuss the stories that you read and use story language such as, character, setting, beginning, middle and end.
Letters and Sounds We have sent home High Frequency Word Lists for the children to focus on. They need to be able to read these on sight.

Please focus on the 5 words with a dot next to them. When we read with your child, we will look at these words and send home the next ones so that they always have some to learn at home.

Term 4 Home Learning Tasks!

Choose two of the following activities to try with an adult at home. You can record these in your home learning book if you wish. Bring these into school whenever they are finished to share with your class.

  • Make a puppet from your favourite story.
  • Make a list of all of the Julia Donaldson books that you know.
  • Build a model farm in a shoe box or with construction and take a photo of it.
  • Visit a farm shop near you and see what they sell. Write a list of all the things you could see.
  • Explore measuring of different objects in your house. Can you put them in size or height order and draw a picture? Could you write down the measurement?
  • Make a song or dance to teach your friends about Zog or a farm animal.

Story Day at Chiddingly

On Tuesday 21st March, East Hoathly will be visiting Chiddingly School for a special story day. More details to follow soon.

Plumpton Farm Trip

We are planning a trip to Plumpton College Farm on Thursday 9th March to support our learning about farms and animals. More details will be in the letter to follow.

Websites and Links

Quick Reminders

  • Please can you make sure your child brings in a water bottle and their book bag each day.
  • Our PE days are Tuesday & Friday but PE kits should be in all week.
  • We have a range of trips and workshops this term so will be restarting forest school in term 5.

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

Thank you for your support,

Miss Denney

International Link Day

On Monday 20th February, the Pioneer Federation celebrated their second International Day of the year with a focus on the country of Syria.

With so much attention being on Syria in the media at present, it was really lovely to learn about the country from its people. We were very lucky to have some visitors from the Syrian community, who spent the day with us.

Each class got to spend some time listening to Syrian music and also enjoyed listening to the Syrian children singing some of their traditional songs. They were so brave to stand up in front of all of us! The group then shared some Syrian dance moves and we all joined in with this!

We found out about food, art and dance in Syria. We had Zain, Nour and Hala visit us with their family and they did short speeches written in English all about Syria, their life now and what they miss. The children sung to us and taught us to ‘feel the beat’ and dance to traditional Syrian music. It was lots of fun.

Alongside this, each class took part in their own learning about different aspects of Syrian culture. Reception Class very much enjoyed tasting some middle eastern foods. Year 1/2 Class looked at Syrian Art and then created some of their own images. Year 3/4 Class made the school smell amazing by preparing and serving their own Syrian style salads and sharing them with the visitors to our end of day celebration. Year 5/6 Class really impressed the adults by joining in with the dancing and chatting so openly with the visiting children, sharing their own songs and some interesting moves! They then learnt about the Islamic religion and told us all about the 'Five Pillars of Islam' and created some posters about this.

It was wonderful to watch the enthusiasm and share the learning in the celebration assembly at the end of the day. Many thanks also to so many of our parents and carers for coming to share this with us.

Thanks also to Tom Serpell from the 'Village of Sanctuary' charity who inspired us to hold this day and used his contacts to arrange our visitors. Also thanks to Nadine Strasman from the Sussex Syrian group for her role in the organisation.

We had a fantastic day and all learnt about Syria. We have made a display of the children’s learning and experiences.

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Forest School Update 10th February

In Forest school Year 3/4 used clay and natural materials to shape, mould and sculpt Native American totem poles. Reception had their first fire and enjoyed fire circle games like follow the leader and clap!

Next term Year 5 and 6 will be doing forest school linked to their topic ‘Evolution and Inheritance’. They will need their forest school kits in school.

If you are able to help on a Thursday from 1.30-3.00 please let Miss Denney or Mrs King know.

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Year 5/6 – Chinese New Year

We had a lovely afternoon on Friday, celebrating Chinese New Year! We ate prawn crackers and talked about how people celebrate - we practised using chop sticks, and made lucky red envelopes with Chinese messages on the front. We started making Chinese New Year calendars, which will be making their way home soon!

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Forest School Update 3rd February

In Forest school this week, Reception explored the use of natural materials and clay as they created their own tree faces.

The children selected different objects that they could find in the field, then decided which part of the face they could be used for. Alexandra carefully swirled her leaves to make super eyes for her clay face!

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Mathematics Reasoning Morning

On Wednesday 25th January we had Mathematics reasoning morning. This is our Mathematics focus this year! All classes had a whole morning involving problem solving and reasoning activities where the children had to use skills and explain their answers. Year 4 then joined Year 5 and 6, Year 3 joined Year 1 and 2 to buddy up and share their exciting learning. The children really enjoyed themselves and evaluated the morning the next day.

Here are some comments from the children:

Year 1 and 2 – Addition and Subtraction reasoning questions

“We learnt how to solve some problem solving questions.” Lola Y2

“We worked out the answers to problems with addition and subtraction.” Daisy Y1

“I liked seeing Matthew’s work he did on fractions.” Louie Y1

“I enjoyed it. Please can we have a whole year of just Maths?!” Oscar Y2

Year 3 and 4 – Fractions problem solving

“I enjoyed looking for patterns in fractions.”

“I enjoyed working with others to solve problems.”

“I enjoyed sharing my work with other year groups.”

Year 5 and 6 – Murder Mystery Mathematics Problem Solving

“We were detective and we had to find out the answers to questions.” Eve Y6

“I enjoyed breaking the clues down to find the real culprit of the murder.” Emma Y6

“It was fun because it was really hard game and mystery to solve.” Coen Year 5

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E-Safety Day

Children from the Pioneer Federation took part in an E-Safety Day on Thursday 12th January.  They learnt what the acronym 'SMART' stood for and how it could help them to be more safe when using the internet.  The children learnt how to use Hector the Dolphin (on the screen of every laptop).   Here are some photos of the children in action; some examples of e-safety posters and displays of how the posters are being shown in every classroom.

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Year 3/4 Term 3 – ‘Viva America! ’

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Dear Parents,

In Term 3, Year 3 and 4 are learning about America in our topic ‘Viva America’!  We will be looking at both North and South America in turn in literacy.  We will be looking at the Geography of the Americas as well as some American history.  In music, we will look to use the percussion instruments to create pieces of music.  In art we will be looking at perspective drawing.

Home Learning

Please bring in your projects throughout term 3!

Projects on current news – politics, weather, sport – electronic or written; write a newspaper about the current news; art pieces.

Reading Please read with your child regularly, even if it is just one page.  Their books and reading records need to be in everyday for 1:1 reading.  You may like to add a positive or helpful comment in the reading diary but please acknowledge the fact that the book has been read by signing and dating in the comments book.  Your child will be working towards a reward in class for reading 3 times a week.
Spellings We will be sending home weekly spelling investigations.  They will bring home activities to complete linked to the pattern that they are learning. The homework will be sent out on a Friday and due in the following Friday. This learning will be followed up during literacy lesson and through discrete spelling sessions.
Mathematics Maths homework will be sent out on a Friday and will be due in the following Friday. This should be completed either on the sheet given out or on Mathletics.
Grammar and Punctuation Grammar and Punctuation practice will be sent home on a fortnightly basis (also on a Friday).

Helping to enrich our topics

If anyone has any experience or items that may help us with any of the work above that we could hear about or borrow, they would be gratefully received.  If there are any artefacts from North and South America that the children can bring in from home, they are welcome to share them.

Reminders – Please can you make sure your child brings in a water bottle each day with fresh water.

PE – Our PE lesson is on a Tuesday, it is essential that children have their PE kits in school on these days.

Forest School – Forest School is on a Thursday, please ensure that children have their Forest School clothes.

Useful websites during this topic

Thank you for your continued support.

 

Miss Dutton

Viva America! – Learning Map

Year 1/2 Term 3 – ‘Who is in the Book?’

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Dear Parents,

Happy New Year!  I hope you all had a great Christmas! This term we are beginning an exciting new topic- Who’s in the Book? Following the success of ‘Stick Man’ in Term 2 we will be using Julia Donaldson’s ‘Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book’ as a hook for our learning this term. We will explore a range of characters including Pirates and dragons and different story genres. We will also be investigating Animals and Humans in our Science topic.

The boxes below explain the areas we will be looking at and some of the work we will be doing in teacher focussed activities and group work. We are also focussing on improving the presentation of our work and writing quality sentences in all areas of the curriculum.

Some of the texts we will looking at are:

The Enormous Crocodile Cinderella Goldilocks Spinderella

Communication, Language and Literacy Letters & Sounds Character descriptions

Traditional Tales

Instructions

Features of books

Poetry
Maths

 

Shape and space Place Value Solving Problems Addition and Subtraction Multiplication and Division
Creative Development Music

Listening to and creating music

Art – Adding to character puppets DT – Making character puppets
Understanding

the world

 

Science – Uses of Everyday

Materials

Geography

Naming cities, seas, countries and using maps

ICT –

Programming

Multimedia

Esafety

RE

Who is God?

Who is Jesus?

Personal, Social and Emotional PSED

Developing good relationships

Respecting the differences between people Keeping safe and knowing who to go to to ask for help
Physical Development Team games and

co-operation.

Tag Rugby

Character dances

Home Learning

Thank you all for your effort with home learning tasks last term, including reading with your children. This term we are focusing on Who is in the Book? We would love the children to create a piece of work dedicated to a particular character from a story. This could be their favourite story or another character from another book they like. We are focussing on writing this term including handwriting and presentation. It would be great if they could do some writing as part of their project. For example, they could describe a dragon from a story or choose a fairy tale character like Goldilocks to write about. They could bring this in when complete by Friday 3rd February.

 

Reading

Please read with your child every evening, even if it is just for 5 minutes.

We read individually with the children once per week, so it is really important that the children bring their book bags, yellow reading record and their reading book into school every day. We also have small group guided reading sessions each week.

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

Year 2 – please use the reading comprehension questions given out earlier this year to ask your child a question about the book they are reading.

Books are changed twice a week. This is so that the children can enjoy then answer questions about the book rather than rushing through books. Please feel free to record in the record if your child has read another book in addition to the school book read.

 

Spellings and homework

Every Tuesday the children will bring home their new spellings to learn. Please ensure your child learns their spellings for their test, which takes place the following Tuesday.

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

 

Maths

Please can year 2 continue to learn their times tables. By the end of this year the aim is they know their 2, 5, 10, 3 and 4 times tables off by heart, out of order and can recall answers instantly.

Year 1 and 2 – Maths Homework will be given out every other Friday and the children have 2 weeks to do it. Every child has a Mathletics username and password. Each time they are given homework they can do the paper copy and Mathletics activity. Alternatively they can choose to do one or the other.

Useful Websites

Questions to ask your child

  • Who is your favourite character and why?
  • What is your favourite book and why?
  • Can you tell me the story of Charlie Cook’s favourite book?

Quick Reminders

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

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

Thank you for your support,

Miss Purcell

Reception Term 3 – ‘Off We Go!’

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Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome back and we hope you all had a lovely Christmas holiday.

Our topic is ‘Off We Go!’ where we will be learning about different types of transport and the journeys that they can take us on. We will also be looking closely at how transport such as cars, buses and planes have changed since they were first invented. As well as this, we will be taking a close look at places we have visited and how we got there!

Key Texts

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Areas of Learning

Literacy

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

Maths

In maths we will be becoming more familiar with naming and describing 2D and 3D shapes. We will be continuing to secure our number skills to 20 and then exploring addition and subtraction with games and activities.

The main part of the topic is to use the vocabulary associated with all different types of vehicles and how they are different and the same. We will also be looking at maps to see where different countries and cities are and how we might get there.

Learning Journeys

If you wish to look through your child’s learning journey at home, please feel free to pop on alternate Fridays starting 13th January from 8.50-9.00. As explained when the children began school, you are welcome to bring in any photos or contributions for the learning journey books. Also, please continue to complete ‘I Can’ slips to celebrate your child’s home achievements.

Home Learning

Thanks to constant practise, the children’s reading is developing well. Thank you to all of you who support this at home. It really does make a difference.

Reading Please read with your child regularly, even if it is just for a few minutes. Now that the children are using their sounds to blend new words, it is important that they begin to discuss each book and understand words such as ‘character’, ‘title’, ‘setting’, ‘beginning’, ‘middle’, ‘end’.
Letters and Sounds Home learning books will continue to come home with the sounds that we have been learning. We have now moved on to learning ‘digraphs’ (two letters to make one sound).

Super Home Challenges!

You might like to choose one of the following activities to try with your child at home. You can bring these into school whenever they are finished to share with the class.

  • Go on a journey and take photos of how you got there and tell us about how long it took.
  • Make a model of a new vehicle and give it a name! Be as creative as you can!
  • Write a story about one of your vehicles at home that has been getting into trouble!

Websites and Links

  • ictgames.co.uk and www.topmarks.co.uk for Literacy and Maths games.
  • phonicsplay.co.uk Phase 2,3 and 4 games, blending sounds and words.
  • If you wish to make learning games to have fun at home, you can print from twinkl.co.uk and browse the EYFS Reception section.
  • All information for the term is also on the school website.

Quick Reminders

  • Please can you make sure your child brings in a water bottle and their book bags each day.
  • Can the children please always have a coat in school particularly as the British weather is unpredictable.
  • Our PE days are Tuesday and Friday but PE kits should be in all week.
  • Forest School Kit MUST be in school so that children do not come home muddy.
  • Please can all children have a spare set of underwear and socks in their PE bag in case of any accidents. It is much more comforting for children to have their own change of clothes to put on if the need arises.

Chiddingly and East Hoathly Special Bear Day!

We are planning a special Bear Activity day at East Hoathly School on Wednesday January 25th. Chiddingly children will be joining the East Hoathly reception class to spend the day with their special bears, carrying out lots of fun outdoor activities. More details to follow soon.

PLEASE HELP!

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

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

Miss Denney

Year 5/6 Term 3 – ‘The Shang Dynasty of Ancient China’

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Dear Parents,

I hope you have had a lovely Christmas holiday! Our topic for term 3 is ‘The Shang Dynasty of Ancient China’ and the geography of China. We will be reading a variety of Chinese folktales and reading ‘The Firework Maker’s Daughter’ by Phillip Pullman during our guided reading sessions. We will also be learning about dragons and doing some creative writing based around them!

On Friday 27th January, we will be celebrating Chinese New Year! We will spend the day creating crafts and learning about how this is celebrated around the world. As this is a new topic, if you have anything you think might be useful for this topic (or Chinese New Year celebrations), it would be greatly appreciated!

Reading Please read with your child regularly, even if it is just one page.  Their books and book bags will need to be in everyday for 1:1 reading.  You may like to add a positive or helpful comment in their homework diary, but please acknowledge the fact that the book has been read by signing and dating in the comments space. A member of staff will be checking homework diaries on a Friday and children are expected to have read at least 3 times a week with an adult.
Spellings Spelling tests are every Thursday and your child will be tested on the ten spellings they selected in the previous week (from either the Year 3&4 or 5&6 curriculum spelling lists). Their spelling tests results will be recorded in the back of their books for them to share with you.
Maths Maths homework will be sent home on a Friday and completed for the following Friday. The homework set will either be based on their learning in class or mental maths questions.
Grammar Grammar homework will be sent home on a Friday and your child will have 2 weeks to complete this. The homework will be based on the grammar they will be learning within their literacy lessons.

Helping to enrich our topics

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

Reminders

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

Many thanks for your continued support,

Mrs King

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The Shang Dynasty of Ancient China’ Learning Map

Useful Websites

Questions you could ask your child about their learning this term

  • What dates did the Shang Dynasty span from?
  • Who were influential people during the Shang Dynasty?
  • How is Chinese New Year celebrated?
  • Which animal is the year 2017 going to be?
  • Which year were you born in? Which animal is this?
  • Do you know any characteristics of the animal whose year you were born in?

Possible home learning tasks

  • Make a presentation of the similarities and differences between modern day China and China during the Shang Dynasty? (Think about how people live, government, religion, dress, food etc.)
  • Make a model of a Chinese dragon.
  • Find out about why dragons are an important part of Chinese history and culture.
Forest School Update 9th December

In Forest School last week Year 1 and 2 went on a journey to find Stick man. They have been exploring the story of Stick man as part of their topic.

When they reached the woods on Thursday, they split into groups to find the right kind of sticks to make their very own stickman or stick lady!

Have a look at some of our creations!

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Uckfield Late Night Shopping

Well done to all the children involved in singing with the Federation Choir on Friday evening at the Late Night Shopping Event in Uckfield. The children sang beautifully with lots of smiles and thoroughly entertained the packed audience. All the staff were incredibly proud of the children’s behaviour and voices. Well done!

Cross Country at Ringmer

Some pupils went to a Cross Country event at Ringmer School on Friday 18th November. It had been a drizzly day so the ground was wet, but we persevered through the mud! We ran about 1.6km, which felt really far. Everybody finished the race and our team came 6th in the Girls’ race and 7th in the boys’ race. We were really pleased!

Well done to all of our runners for pushing themselves and embracing the challenge!

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Victorian Day

This week, in Year 5/6, we had a Victorian Day! We spent the day dressed as Victorians and behaving like Victorian school children. We had Victorian style lessons and learnt about what daily life was like for children in Victorian classrooms.

We learnt that Victorian teachers were very strict!

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Year 1/2 Term 2 – ‘Super Seasons of Stickman’

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Dear Parents,

Welcome back, we hope you had a brilliant half term. Our topic for this term will be ‘Super Seasons of Stickman’. We will be exploring the story of ‘Stickman’ by Julia Donaldson, using it as a starting point for all of our learning. We will be learning about seasonal changes, how to measure the weather, poetry, story writing, and drawing maps. We will also explore events that happen in different seasons including Bonfire Night.

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Home Learning

If the children find any information on the seasons, weather or do any work at home inspired by ‘Stickman,’ they are welcome to bring it in to share with the class. There will be a home learning project every other term. The next one will be given out in term 3.

 

Reading

Please read with your child regularly, even if it is just for 5 minutes. It is really important that the children bring their book bags, yellow reading record and their reading book into school every day. When reading with your child please acknowledge the fact that the book has been read by signing and dating in the yellow reading record, or you may like to add a positive or helpful comment in the reading diary. We will change their books when appropriate.
Spelling Spelling homework will be sent home every week. Please can your child complete and bring back the following Tuesday. Common exception words should be read and spelt correctly by the end of year 2. These are attached to this newsletter. Year 1 need to continue to practice their phonic sounds. It will be helpful for children to use www.phonicsplay.co.uk. There are lots of games to play which support phonics learning e.g. Obb and Bob is a game they can play. We have attached phase 3, 4 and 5 phonics mats that the children need to be able to read.
 

Maths

Please complete the maths homework – sent home every other week in maths books. Year 2 - Times tables – please support your child to learn their x10, x2 x5, x3 times tables so that they know them off by heart, backwards, and at any point can tell you the answer e.g. 6 x 5 =

Key questions to ask your child at home

  •  Can you retell the story of Stickman?
  • How do you know the seasons are changing?
  • Can you identify the characters in Stickman?
  • Can you order the seasons?
  • Can you select which months go in which season?
  • Can you practice your number bonds to 10 and 2?

Useful Websites

www.ictgames.co.uk and www.topmarks.co.uk for Literacy and Maths games.

www.phonicsplay.co.uk  Phase 3-5 games, blending sounds and words.

Topic Websites

Reminders

  • Please can you make sure your child brings in a water bottle and their book bags each day.
  • Can the children please always have a coat in school particularly as the British weather is unpredictable.
  • Please can your child bring their PE kit every day. This can be left on their peg. Mr Watson teaches the PE session.
  • YEAR 1 AND 2 WILL BE DOING FOREST SCHOOL THIS TERM – The children will need a forest school kit in school including long trousers, a top covering their arms and waterproofs. Please can all children have a set of wellington boots in school at all times, this is so we can use the field and outside areas when it is wet and muddy.
  • Share Learning – if the children would like to share something from home with the class, it needs to be linked to the topic, their learning in school or a personal achievement.
  • Cursive Script – please can you encourage your child to write with joined up handwriting. They are learning this in school.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to come and ask. If you need to speak to me, I am on the playground every day at 8:45am. Please see Mrs Wicks or me if you would like to make appointment to see me.

Thank you for your support. We are looking forward to an exciting term ahead

Miss Purcell

Healthy Living Week

This week has been Healthy Living week (31st October- 4th November) the children have been involved in activities between both schools to raise awareness of how to stay fit and healthy. This has included exploring healthy eating, healthy bodies and hygiene. On Tuesday 1st of November we had the 'Skip 2 B fit' company visiting our school. On Wednesday 2nd November the children used their own toothbrush and a disclosing tablet to find out how to make sure they clean the different areas of their teeth. Mrs Tarry visited Reception and Years 5 and 6 to talk about keeping teeth clean. Mrs Rattray visited Year 1/2 and 3/4 and talked about her role as a GP. She shared some the equipment she uses, talked to the children about red and white blood cells, explained some of the different illnesses people get and some of the special words she uses (like „suture‟ rather than „stitches‟). Thank you to both parents for coming in. The children learnt a great deal.

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Year 3/4 Term 2 – ‘The Ancient Greeks’

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Dear Parents,

This term, Year 3 and 4 are studying ‘The Ancient Greeks!’  The children will look at history, geography and myths and legends of Ancient Greece.  The myths and legends we are focusing on are ‘Theseus and the Minotaur’, ‘Pandora’s box’ and ‘Troy’.  In history, we will look at sources that show us evidence that Ancient Greece existed.  Art and DT will explore patterns and pottery related to our topic.  The company ‘Hands on History’ are coming in to give the children a taste of being historians around Ancient Greece!

Home Learning

Due after Christmas break – Friday 9th December 2017.

The children can create 3D artefacts, PowerPoint information presentations about anything to do with Ancient Greece, design their own fact file or make up a song about our current topic!

Reading Please read with your child regularly, even if it is just one page.  Their books and reading records need to be in everyday for 1:1 reading.  You may like to add a positive or helpful comment in the reading diary but please acknowledge the fact that the book has been read by signing and dating in the comments book.
Spellings We will be sending home weekly spelling investigations.  They will bring home activities to complete linked to the pattern that they are learning. The homework will be sent out on a Friday and due in the following Friday. This learning will be followed up during literacy lesson and through discrete spelling sessions.
Mathematics Maths homework will be sent out on a Friday and will be due in the following Friday. This should be completed on worksheets and it will then go into your child's homework folder.
Grammar and Punctuation Grammar and Punctuation practice will be sent home on a fortnightly basis (also on a Friday) children will have 2 weeks to complete this task.

Helping to enrich our topics

If anyone has any experience or items that may help us with any of the work above that we could hear about or borrow, they would be gratefully received.  If there are any artefacts from Greece that the children can bring in from home, they are welcome to share them.

Reminders

Please can you make sure your child brings in a water bottle each day with fresh water.

PE

Our PE lesson is on a Tuesday, it is essential that children have their PE kits in school on these days.

Useful websites during this topic

Thank you for your continued support.

Miss Dutton

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Year 5/6 Term 2 – ‘The Victorians’

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Dear Parents,

I hope you have had a lovely half-term break! This term, our topic is The Victorians and we will be using ‘The Street Child’ by Berlie Doherty to help us learn more about how the Victorians lived and the history of Barnardo’s charity. We will also be studying what our local area was like during the Victorian times and writing imaginative biographies about people who lived in those times.

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On Thursday 10th November, we will be having a Victorian day in school when the children should come to school in Victorian costumes and will experience what school would have been like in Victorian times. A letter with more information about this day was sent out in a letter at the start of term - let me know if you need another copy.

Reading Please read with your child regularly, even if it is just one page.  Their books and book bags will need to be in everyday for 1:1 reading.  You may like to add a positive or helpful comment in their homework diary, but please acknowledge the fact that the book has been read by signing and dating in the comments space. A member of staff will be checking homework diaries on a Friday and children are expected to have read at least 3 times a week with an adult.
Spellings Spelling tests are every Thursday and your child will be tested on the ten spellings they selected in the previous week (from either the Year 3&4 or 5&6 curriculum spelling lists). We ask for spellings to be ready for Thursday as each child has a personalised test and will be tested 1:1 by an adult. The children will need to cover a page in their homework books with their selected words to show that they have practised these lots of times. Spelling tests results will be recorded in the back of their homework books for them to share with you.
Maths Maths homework will be sent home on a Friday and completed for the following Friday. The homework set will either be based on their learning in class or mental maths questions.
Grammar Grammar homework will be sent home on a Friday and your child will have 2 weeks to complete this. The homework will be based on the grammar they will be learning within their literacy lessons.

Helping to enrich our topics

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

Reminders

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

Home learning - The Great Victorian Bake-off

Have a go at some Victorian baking! Below is a link to a website with ideas of different cakes or breads the Victorians used to enjoy. Bake these at home and write the recipe out to share with your friends.

Useful Websites

Questions you could ask your child about their learning this term

  • What were the differences between school life then and now?
  • Who was the Queen during this period?
  • What was our local area like during this time?
  • What was invented during Victorian times?
  • Who was Charles Dickens and what is he famous for?

Many thanks for your continued support,

Mrs King

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Victorians Learning Map

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Reception Term 2 – Noisy Nightlife!

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Dear Parents,

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

The first week of Term 2 will be ‘Health and Wellbeing Week’. The children will be learning about healthy living and taking part in lots of activities in the afternoons based on this.  As well as this we will be learning about Diwali to develop our cultural awareness.

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

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

Some of the texts we will be looking at are:

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Understanding of the World

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

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

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

Expressive Art & Design

  • Diwali art
  • Christmas craft
  • Cards & Decorations

Communication and Language

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

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Physical Development

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

Religious Education

  • What is a prayer?
  • What is assembly?
  • What is Christmas about?

Mathematics

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

Literacy

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

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

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

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

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

Letters & Sounds Letters and Sounds Books can continue to be used for home learning. Please practise writing the sounds, finding pictures of objects that begin with these sounds, drawing, and writing short words that you can think of. 

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

hedgehog-300x226Key questions to ask your child at home:

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

 Useful Websites

Friday Morning Learning Journey Sharing

Every other Friday morning, beginning on Friday 11th November, we will be opening our doors a little early for parents to come in and share their child’s learning journey with them. Please feel free to come in whenever you choose. There is no expectation for parents to come every fortnight as some weeks we have more to share than others but it would be lovely to see as many of you as possible over the coming weeks. We will be asking any visitors to add a small speech bubble to the learning journey to comment on a beautiful piece of work or an achievement that you are proud of. Please come to the classroom door as normal from 8.35 until 8.55am.

Quick Reminders

  • Please can you make sure your child brings in a water bottle and their book bags each day.
  • Can the children please always have a coat in school particularly as the British weather is unpredictable.
  • Our PE days are Tuesday & Friday but PE kits should be in all week.
  • Welly Boots – Please can all children have a set of wellies in school at all times, this is so we can use the field and outside areas when it is wet and muddy. All in one waterproof suits are essential too.

wellies-150x150We hope you all have lovely second term supporting the children in their learning and can see how much they have learnt already. Please do not hesitate to come and speak to us if necessary.

Thank you for your support,

Miss Denney & Mrs Eldridge

Forest School Update 4th November

In Forest School this week, Year 1 & 2 used their super sight along a line to spot objects that should and shouldn’t be in the woodland. We thought about how the objects could affect the woodland animals and us.

“We always tell an adult if we see something that should be in the woodland” (Daisy)

“Don’t leave litter around because other people will think it’s ok to litter” (Lochlan)

“It could affect the animals and trees” (Oscar)

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India Day

On the 20th October Chiddingly and East Hoathly Schools celebrated their first International Day with a focus on India. We enjoyed many activities in our classes, learning about the country and widening our experience of other cultures. We were very grateful to Mrs Fox  who visited us and shared her experiences and photos from her charity visit to India. All of us learnt about how life in India is very different and enjoyed the interesting talk.

Activities in classes were really hands on, with food tasting, observing Indian artefacts, painting gods and goddesses and Rangoli Patterns.

In the afternoon, each class had so much fun learning Bollywood Dance routines with the 'Bollywood Belles'. We really enjoyed performing these to the parents and carers in the special assembly at the end of the day.

Many thanks also to all the parents who brought in items from home to support the learning.

Well done everyone for a fantastic last day of term!

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Hockey Match – Chiddingly v East Hoathly

On the 19th October we held a competitive derby match. It was a close fought clash with both sides showing a good standard of play as well as great sportsmanship and discipline.

Year 3&4: Chiddingly 5 – 2 East Hoathly.

Year 5&6: Chiddingly 4 – 2 East Hoathly.

Special mention

Player of the matches from East Hoathly - Teddy Wren and Coen Parkhouse.

Keep an eye out for upcoming fixtures between the two schools in the near future.

Awe & Wonder Day

On Monday 23rd May 2016 we had a very exciting Awe and Wonder day with the theme of ‘Our World’. The idea of this day was to allow children to be reflective and have time to express their thoughts and feelings about our world. The children spent the day in mixed age groups with children from Reception to Year 6 together. Activities for the day included making a giant mosaic of the world, forest school activities, growing area activities, singing and felting. We had visitors from the community, parents and carers who came to school and shared experiences with us. A huge thank you to all of those who made the day a success.

Parent Workshop & Growth Mindset Quiz

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Forest School Update 7th October

In forest school this week we took on some challenges and worked in teams. We had three activities to work through - one was a blind activity which involved us listening to the leader of our group in order for us to make it around the forest without tripping over or walking into anything! Another activity was to listen carefully to the sounds around us and to make a mind map of sounds - we even heard a helicopter! Finally we worked in teams to build high structures out of wood - some of them were even taller than us!

We worked hard to cooperate in teams and to listen and respect each others' opinions.

Forest School Update 30th September

This week, we were split into three groups: one group with Mrs Yates (who worked together to build like Ants), Mr Skelton’s group (who voted on games to play) and Miss Denney’s group (who blindfolded each other). We had to trust each other to guide us to a tree, which we then had to find afterwards. (Millie Year 5).

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Year 3/4 Term 1 – ‘Wonderful World of Roald Dahl!’

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Dear Parents,

Welcome back – we hope you enjoyed the sunny summer break.  This term Willow class are exploring Roald Dahl and a variety of his magical stories! We will investigate many of Dahl’s different characters, settings and plots in order to create stories created by the children.  Our class story will be Charlie and the Chocolate factory.  In DT, the children will be making their own sash which is inspired by Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday.  In music, they will be singing some of the fantastic songs from the film of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! Science will be exploring States of Matter where the children will make their own 3D diagram of the water cycle!

Home Learning

Due after half term break – Friday 4th November 2016!

Choose one of the texts we have explored and create a story, piece of artwork or animation!

Reading Please read with your child regularly, even if it is just one page.  Their books and reading records need to be in everyday for 1:1 reading.  You may like to add a positive or helpful comment in the reading diary but please acknowledge the fact that the book has been read by signing and dating in the comments book.
Spellings We will be sending home weekly spelling investigations.  They will bring home activities to complete linked to the pattern that they are learning. The homework will be sent out on a Friday and will be due in on the following Friday. This learning will be followed up during literacy lesson and through discrete spelling sessions.
Mathematics Maths homework will be sent out on a Friday and will be due in the following Friday. This should be completed in the children’s Maths Homework book. Additional maths homework will be available weekly on the MyMaths website.
Grammar and Punctuation Grammar and Punctuation practice will be sent home on a fortnightly basis (also on a Friday) children will have 2 weeks to complete this task.

Helping to enrich our topics

If anyone has any experience or items that may help us with any of the work above that we could hear about or borrow, they would be gratefully received.

Reminders

Please can you make sure your child brings in a water bottle each day with fresh water.

PE

Our PE lessons are on a Tuesday and Friday it is essential that children have their PE kits in school on these days.

Useful websites during this topic

Thank you for your continued support.

Miss Dutton

Learning Map

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Forest School Update 23rd September

"We went to the Forest and first we had to make a view finder. We had to find four sticks and join them together and then we had to look at the view inside. It was only a part of the forest. Next we had to use water colour and paint the detail we could see. We will then paint this again when all the leaves change colour and compare our pictures! "

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Year 5/6 Term 1 – ‘Enterprise!’

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Dear Parents,

I hope you have had a fantastic summer holiday! Our first topic this year is Enterprise! We will be learning about what it means and taking part in different projects to test out our entrepreneurship. We will also be focusing on our team work and developing our skills in this area.  We will be reading ‘Billionaire Boy’ by David Walliams to help us understand that being rich might not be as easy or as fun as we think it is.

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Reading Please read with your child regularly, even if it is just one page.  Their books and book bags will need to be in everyday for 1:1 reading.  You may like to add a positive or helpful comment in their homework diary, but please acknowledge the fact that the book has been read by signing and dating in the comments space. A member of staff will be checking homework diaries on a Friday and children are expected to have read at least 3 times a week with an adult.
Spellings  Spellings will be sent out each week. Spelling homework will be due in on a Thursday and then new spellings will be sent home on a Friday. Your child will also be given a copy of the Year 5 and 6 spelling words which they will need to keep revising and practising.
Maths  Maths homework will be sent home on a Friday and completed for the following Friday. ‘Mathletics’ will also be available each week. This is optional and is an extension of the weekly homework in your child’s books. The homework set will either be based on their learning in class or mental maths questions.
Grammar  Grammar homework will be sent home on a Friday and your child will have 2 weeks to complete this. The homework will be based on the grammar they will be learning within their literacy lessons.

Helping to enrich our topics

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

Reminders

Please can you make sure your child brings in a water bottle each day with fresh water; ensure all jumpers are labelled and bring a coat for the wet weather. PE is on a Wednesday and Forest School on a Thursday – please make sure your child has everything they need.

Home Learning

Create a project based on a famous business man or woman. This could be a PowerPoint about Sir Alan Sugar or a poster on Sir Richard Branson, or a biography about Victoria Beckham. Make your project as interesting and interactive as you can and we will share these with the rest of the class during the first week back after October half-term (week beginning 31st October).

Many thanks for your support,

Mrs King

Useful Websites

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‘Enterprise!’ Learning Map

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Forest School Update 16th September

This week, Year 5 and 6 started their forest school sessions by talking about the skills needed when working together. They took part in 3 activities during which they would need to listen, compromise, share ideas and use each other’s skills.

The games they played were: Bat and Moth, the ‘ABC’ game (similar to a Sudoku game) and leaf detectives. After the session, they reflected on the skills they could use in the playground and at playtime.

They worked really well as a team, especially when cracking the ’ABC’ code!

Reception Term 1 – ‘Marvellous Me’

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Dear Parents,

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

Our topic for this first term is ‘Marvellous Me’. We will be spending time exploring different stories that encourage us to think about feelings, differences and keeping healthy. Alongside this, we will be working on number recognition and formation and developing our foundation understanding of letters and sounds.

Our key stories this term are ‘Elmer’, ‘I’m Absolutely too small for School’ and ‘Katie in London’.

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

Understanding of the World

  • Similarities and differences in our class
  • Using ICT to become familiar with our school and each other
  • How do we show British Values?

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  • New beginnings
  • School Rules
  • Behaviour Expectations

Expressive Art & Design

  • Music –Exploring how instruments make loud and quiet sounds
  • Art – Focus on portraits, of ourselves and others

Communication and Language

  • Gaining confidence to speak in front of our class and others
  • Listening and following instructions

Literacy

  • Letters and sounds – beginning to match the written letter with the sound it makes
  • Reading – Exploring books with others

Religious Education

  • What makes us special?
  • What is harvest?

Mathematics

  • Counting skills & recognising numbers
  • Exploring size and measuring Using mathematical vocabulary

Physical Development

  • Fine motor skills
  • Keeping healthy & looking after our bodies

Home Learning

We encourage children to continue their learning at home which will enhance their learning at school. There will be a meeting on Monday 26th September at 2.45pm in the learning zone, to discuss home learning, reading and phonics.

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

Reading Please read with your child regularly. At this stage it is really helpful to encourage the children to use the pictures to tell stories.

We change the children’s Home Reading books regularly. Their books and book bags will however be needed in everyday for 1:1 reading. You may like to add a positive or helpful comment in the reading diary but please acknowledge the fact that the book has been read by signing and dating in the comments book.

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

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

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

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

Quick Reminders

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

Useful websites

Questions to think about at home

  • How are you Marvellous at home? Are you helpful?
  • Do you know anything about London?
  • What are you favourite stories?

I hope you all have a lovely first term supporting the children in their learning and please do not hesitate to come and speak to me if necessary.

Thank you for your support.

Miss Denney and Mrs Eldridge

Year 1/2 Term 1

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Dear Parents,

Welcome back, we hope you had a brilliant summer holidays. During our first few weeks, we will be settling into our new classroom and getting to know one another. This will including: agreeing on the class rules, circle time discussions and working with different groups of children. Our topic for this term will be ‘Remember Remember The Great Fire of London’. We will explore what happened, when events occurred and why they happened. This will include looking at sources, making bread, using maps, exploring materials, singing songs about London.

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Knowledge and Understanding of the World

DT: Designing a house, making bread.

ICT: Handling data, e-safety, looking at technology in our lives.

RE: Writing class prayers, exploring Bible stories and preparing for the Harvest festival.

Science: Comparing and looking at the uses of everyday materials.

Geography: Using maps and globes, exploring human and physical features of London, comparing old and new maps.

History: Placing the events of the Fire of London in chronological order, exploring sources from the time, comparing photos and finding out about famous people from the time.

Communication, Language and Literacy

Labels, lists and captions: using images of the Great Fire of London.

Poetry: Writing descriptively, using the senses to write sentences.

Diary Writing: Exploring Samuel Pepys Diary, writing eyewitness accounts.

Newspaper Reports: Role play interviews, understanding the layout of newspapers, writing own reports.

Story writing: Writing own versions of an experience in the fire.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  • New beginnings – creating class rules
  • Pupil Voice – learning to express views and opinions
  • Setting goals and reflecting on dealing with feelings

Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy

  • Number and place value
  • Counting  Number bonds
  • Addition Subtraction
  • Measures (including Money)
  • Length
  • Geometry
  • Shape
  • Symmetry
  • Statistics
  • Pictograms/
  • tally charts
  • Times tables

Creative Development

Music: Singing London and Harvest festival songs, creating a soundscape of the Great Fire of London.

Dance: Working as a class to create a Harvest Festival dance.

Home Learning

This term’s home learning project is to create a model of a London building from 1666. Our plan is to join everyone’s houses together and burn them in a controlled environment so the children can understand how the fire spread. This could be made out of paper or cardboard based materials. The children will have the opportunity to share their building with the class and we will take a photograph of it before burning them. Please can these be brought in by Friday 14th October at the very latest.

Reading Please read with your child regularly, even if it is just for 5 minutes. It is really important that the children bring their book bags, yellow reading record and their reading book into school every day. When reading with your child please acknowledge the fact that the book has been read by signing and dating in the yellow reading record, or you may like to add a positive or helpful comment in the reading diary. We will change their books when appropriate.
Spelling Spelling homework involves an activity sheet that will be sent home every week. Please can your child complete and bring back the following Tuesday. High frequency words should be read and spelt correctly by the end of year 2. Year 1 need to continue to practice their phonic sounds. It will be helpful for children to use www.phonicsplay.co.uk There are lots of games to play which support phonics learning e.g. Obb and Bob is a game they can play.
Maths Please complete the maths homework – sent home every other week in maths books. Year 2 - Times tables – please support your child to learn their x10, x2 x5, x3 times tables so that they know them off by heart, backwards, and at any point can tell you the answer e.g. 6 x 5 =

Key questions to ask your child at home

Can you tell me about the Great Fire of London? Where did The Great Fire of London start? What was the plague? How did the fire spread? Who was Samuel Pepys? How do we know about the fire? What materials are there in your home?

Can you sing a song about London?

Useful Websites

Topic Websites

Reminders

  • Please can you make sure your child brings in a water bottle, a sun hat and their book bags each day.
  • Can the children please always have a coat in school particularly as the British weather is unpredictable.
  • Please can your child bring their PE kit every day. This can be left on their peg. Mr Watson teaches the PE session.
  • Forest School – The children will need a forest kit in school including long trousers and a top covering their arms and waterproofs. Please can all children have a set of wellington boots in school at all times, this is so we can use the field and outside areas when it is wet and muddy.
  • Share Learning – if the children would like to share something from home with the class, it needs to be linked to the topic, their learning in school or a personal achievement.
  • Cursive Script – please can you encourage your child to write with joined up handwriting. They are learning this in school.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to come and ask. If you need to speak to me, I am on the playground every day at 8:45am. Please see Mrs Wicks or me if you would like to make appointment to see me.

Thank you for your support. We are looking forward to an exciting term ahead

Miss Purcell

Forest School Update 9th September

Forest School this term will be Year 5 and 6 and will be starting next week on a Thursday afternoon.

Please make sure that your child has their forest school kit in school for these sessions.

If you are able to help out please let Miss Denney or Mrs King know.

Uckfield Grand Prix
Year 3/4 Newsletter Term 6 – Romans

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Colusseum

Dear Parents,

I hope you had a lovely half term break. This term, we will be continuing our topic in Romans by learning about Pompeii, what the Romans did for us and comparing how Romans lived to our own lives. We are also going on a trip to Fishbourne Roman Palace and details will follow shortly. Please ensure that you send the reply slip back as soon as possible.

Colusseum

Reading Please read with your child regularly, even if it is just one page. Their books and book bags will need to be in everyday for 1:1 reading. You may like to add a positive or helpful comment in the reading diary but please acknowledge the fact that the book has been read by signing and dating in the comments book. A member of staff will be checking reading records on a Wednesday and children are expected to have read at least 3 times a week with an adult.
Spellings This term, we will continue to send out spelling investigations that will encourage the children to look at different patterns which link to their learning within the classroom.
Maths Our focus this term is mental maths and applying it in different questions. The children will have a set of questions which will test their knowledge of calculations and mathematical vocabulary.
We will also be focusing on learning our times tables. On the Pioneer website are ‘Singing Tables’ which we will be using to help us remember the pattern of each times table. Please do have a look and learn them at home with your child.

Helping to enrich our topics

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

Reminders

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

The last swimming is on 24th June, thanks you to all the parents who have helped at swimming and with lifts, it is greatly appreciated!

Trip to Fishbourne Roman Palace

Monday 4th July. This trip will be used to consolidate the children’s learning about Romans. They will have practical activities and opportunities to take part in workshops about how Romans used to live.

Home Learning

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

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

Many thanks for your continued support
Mrs Mackarness

Reading at school and at home

Reading strategies the children use in school and can be referred to at home:

I could sound out the word

dog
sweet

I can miss out the word. Then I could read on to the end of a sentence and then go back and check what would make sense.

arrows

I look for smaller words in words.

butterfly
cat
handwriting

I talk through my ideas, thoughts and feelings about what I am reading so I understand it.

1

When I read I imagine what is happening and create a picture in my mind.

2

I use the pictures to help me.

3

'Romans' Learning Map

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Useful Websites

Previous Newsletters

Term 5 2015-16
Term 5 2015-16
Term 5 2015-16
Term 6 2015-16
White Rock Theatre

On Friday 29th May 2016, the Pioneer Federation Choir made up of children from East Hoathly and Chiddingly Schools performed at the White Rock Theatre for the 1066 Choir Competition. The children sang ‘On My Own’ and ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’. They sang beautifully and the audience loved their performances. Even though they were one of the smallest choirs, the audience support was the loudest of the night! A huge well done goes to all the children who worked so hard to produce their amazing performances. Thank you to Miss Lewis for all her hard work with choir and to all the parents for your support and help with transporting the children to and from the event.

Chess Match

On Tuesday 3rd May at 2.30pm, children from the chess club were selected to play to represent East Hoathly against Lewes Old Grammar school. Daniel Longley, Luke Cave, Alfie Gibbons and Robert Rattrey played well against the 4 players from the competing school. Mr Stockham, who arranged and supported the event, oversaw the matches. Overall, East Hoathly came away winners of the afternoon! Well done to all competitors for their chess matches as well as their good sportsmanship that they showed throughout the matches. So it would seem East Hoathly will progress to the Primary Cup Finals on 17th May.

Sussex Junior Chess

sussex-junior-chesswww.sussexjuniorchess.org
Sussex Junior Chess is a not for profit organisation run by volunteers which exists to promote and popularise chess amongst school age children in the county.

Chess Achievements

At the recent Chess Academy event held at Uckfield Community College, East Hoathly school had a team of four, with Abbie Simmons and Luke Cave both doing well. Sam Simmons took part for the first time and won his Year 2 group medal and Daniel Longley won his Year 6 group medal with a good score of 3.5/6 and coming 7th out of 20 children entered.

East Hoathly school were placed third out of the nine schools taking part overall, but were second amongst the primary schools.

Well done to the East Hoathly chess players!

Reception’s Trip to Plumpton College

Tuesday was an exciting day for Reception as they visited Plumpton College Farm. They joined Chiddingly on the coach and travelled to the farm spotting plenty of interesting sights on the way. When they arrived they were met by Deborah who showed them into the education centre and then showed them around the farm. Whilst there, the children were looking at different animals as part of their topic on new life and were lucky enough to see some lambs being born! The children then were given the opportunity to hold a 1 day old lamb and later created their own craft lamb using real sheep wool! It was a fantastic day and the children learnt lots about the names of mother and father animals and how long it takes for animals to grow and develop.

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Benchball Tournament

On 26th January 2016, six of our students represented our school in a Benchball competition. They were accompanied by Mrs Burns who said they showed excellent sportsmanship. There were 6 other schools who took part and we played 3 games against Laughton, Firle and Framfield. Overall, we came 3rd in the whole competition and really enjoyed the tournament!

Universal Dance

Universal Dance Company based in Uckfield visited the whole school on Friday 22nd January 2016. The day started with an assembly which got the children thinking about the different types of dance there are and the types of moves that you do in all dance. Throughout the morning, the classes had taster sessions, having a go at street dance! All the children did very well, having lots of fun while learning about a different type of dance. During the day, Universal Dance reiterated that dance is about expression and enjoyment but also it's about staying fit and healthy too! The children of East Hoathly exclusively get two free sessions to any of the Universal Dance clubs which includes musical theatre!




Multicultural Arts Week

We started Term 2 with a flurry of colours, arts and culture with each class ‘travelling’ around the world to look at and explore different cultures. During PE all classes explored traditional music from their country's culture, creating dances and freeze frames.

Reception enjoyed discovering the Story of ‘Rama and Sita’ and understanding the celebration of Diwali, by making Divali lamps and acting out the story.

Year 1 and 2 flew to Mexico where they tasted different Mexican foods such as Nachos, dips and salsas. They then used pastels to draw Mexican artefacts.

Year 3 and 4 learnt about Anansi traditional folktales from Africa. They made shadow puppets and performed using these in a shadow theatre. The children also looked at the meanings of African masks and created their own.

Year 5 and 6 learnt about New Zealand through the story ‘Granny joined the All Blacks’. They learnt the Hakka, made mala masks and wrote their own stories.

We had a fantastic finish to our week when we spent the day with our Federation friends taking part in different workshops. All of the children were mixed up into six different groups with children from both Chiddingly and East Hoathly across all year groups.

The children enjoyed workshops where they learnt, Chinese writing, Spanish songs and World War 1 songs. They also took part in African Drumming with Cheikh from ‘Africa Arts Company’ and Greek Drama with Mr Jonson. The children then created ‘Natural Art’ in groups using objects found on the playground.

All the children and staff had a fantastic day and it was lovely to see so many parents celebrating with us at the end of the day.

Thank you to all the parents from East Hoathly for helping to transport the children to Chiddingly.

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Marathon Run News

Many thanks to all the parents who sponsored Mr Procter for running the marathon last weekend. The money raised will go towards the FPTA projects.

Physical Wellbeing Day

Last Thursday we held our Science and Wellbeing Day. Throughout the day the children took part in a variety of activities to investigate about their bodies and how to stay fit!

At the start of the day the children enjoyed taking part in sports activities and even beat some members of staff at table tennis! The whole school then joined Miss Denney in the playground in a whole school aerobics and Zumba session! (Look on the website for a video of the school aerobic session which will be put up next week! Can you find yourself?)

After lunch every class took part in a yoga session!

“I liked doing yoga because it keeps you calm and relaxed and helps you think!” - George Year 3.

The infants spent the day looking at what happens to their bodies when they exercise and naming parts of their bodies and finding out how they work.

Year 3 and 4 starting the day by finding out about what their hearts do and their pulse rate. They then set up experiments to test their pulse rate during different activities and plotted their results on a graph.

“I found our heart beats about 80 times per minute and it gets faster when we exercise!” - Emilia Year 3.

Year 5 and 6 were investigating their lung capacity and how it changes.

“We did this really cool experiment where we had to breathe into a bottle in water and it measured your lung capacity. We had to make sure we did it properly otherwise we wouldn't get good results” - By Rosie.

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Football Match – East Hoathly CE Primary School v Chiddingly Primary School

On Monday after school there were two football matches played against Chiddingly School split between Key Stage 1 & 2 pupils. The Key Stage 1 game was won by East Hoathly 5-0, a well organised team with each member of the team playing their part. The goals were scored by Zach Medrow (3), Alfie Baker (1) and Aidan (1).

The 2nd game was a much tighter affair ending up 5-5. East Hoathly took an early lead, were pegged back and then showed great strength to come back to earn the draw. The goals were scored by Teddy Wren (2), Luke Cave(2) and Jack Wren (1).

The matches were enjoyed by all. We had a total of 20 pupils representing East Hoathly. A special thank you must go to all the parents and pupils who came along to support. The games will be repeated and we are looking to expand to play other local schools.

James Medrow - Parent and Governor