Active Journeys to School

Thank you to all of the parents and carers who are supporting their children through an active journey to school. This has really helped in improving the experience of walking to school in the morning as well as ensuring children are getting the required amount of exercise suggested by Government guidelines.

We hope you had the opportunity to be outside and active over the half term break and we look forward to seeing children walking, scooting and biking to school next week.

Early Years Learning…

We have been thrilled at the way both Reception Classes have settled in our school. Each morning they enter school excited and full of energy to start a day full of learning opportunities. Already we can see so much progress..

Friendships and routines have been established and we are excited about returning to school next week to begin a topic celebrating and exploring our world..

Thank you to parents and carers for working in partnership with us.

Here is a snapshot of some of the learning opportunities that have taken place in September and October…

Penguin and Bittern Outdoor Classroom
Exploring and building gross motor control
Developing an effective grip and fine motor control
Planning an assault course for the Penguins and Bitterns
world building
Investigating the world
Motivated to practice name writing
Taking risks on an assault course made by new friends…
Making new friends
Retelling traditional tales
Learning to order numbers through play
Turn taking and number development
Developing 1:1 counting skills
Playdough creations
Exploring capacity
Building concentration through play
Developing fine motor control
Using imagination…
Making friends and developing language
Learning to take turns and concentrate for longer periods of time…
Learning to take care of our bodies in yoga sessions
Practising important skills outside
Small world play in our outside classroom
Having fun forming the letter s
Practicing name writing and using imagination outdoors
Enjoying a good book…
Developing letter formation daily
Developing important physical skills
Awe and wonder at our pond area
Exploring our nature area
Building a strong core
Exploring our campfire

Inter House Cross Country Competition

On Friday 16th October each class represented their House in our annual competition…

Which House will win the trophy this year when we announce the results next week? Will it be Heron House (red t-shirts), Swift (green t-shirts) or Kestrel (blue t-shirts) in our Intra School competition. This year points have been awarded for the top 6 runners in each class, including children who persevered and showed grit and determination to improve.

Photos show our youngest learners enjoying their Healthy Heart Runs which is a whole school initiative to ensure that our learners are as active as possible during the school day.

Healthy Heart Runs

P.E Team

Healthy Eating

Last week our Early Years Classes enjoyed making fruit smoothies as part of our emphasis on healthy eating. It was an exciting experience that helped develop fine motor skills through chopping and preparing the fruit as well as developing important vocabulary. The children are using this language as they play in our Healthy Eating Cafe.

Thank you to Easters, for providing the fruit and helping us to make this learning memorable…

The Reception Team

Bittern and Penguin letter home – week 1

Dear Parents and Carers,                    

Friday 11th September                                                  

It has been a great start to school this week for all the children in the Bittern and Penguin classes. We are really pleased with how the children are coming into school in the morning.

Reminders and ways in which you can support us for next week:

  • Please make sure that you have signed the relevant permission pages in the diary. We are hoping to put photographs on the website next week to share their learning with you.
  • Please ensure that your child has a full water bottle in school which is named. They must not put the bottles in their book bags as they tend to leak! A small rucksack may help this.
  • We will be starting our PE lessons next week. The days are Wednesday and Friday for the Bitterns and Tuesday and Friday for the Penguins. The children need to be dressed for PE on these days. Remember to provide jogging bottoms (dark colours preferable) as it will start to get colder.
  • Please remember to order a school packed lunch if you are not providing one yourself. This is through ParentPay and is free for reception children.
  • Your child will need named wellington boots which are left in school for outdoor learning.
  • Please look out for other correspondence from the head teachers as pick and drop off arrangements may change as we adapt to the new working environment.
  • It would be really helpful if you could provide a spare set of clothing in your rucksack just in case!

We hope you have a lovely weekend with plenty of sleep – it will be an exciting but very tiring week for them!!

The Reception Team

Welcome to school!

Dear Penguins,

It was lovely to meet you and your families during our transition visits last week.

We look forward to seeing you again at your appointment on Monday 7th September or Tuesday 8th September for a catch-up after the summer holidays.

Have a lovely summer and keeping sharing books with your grown-ups.

It would be great if you could take part in The Summer Reading Challenge too. This is a free and exciting activity which will help your child on their reading journey. More details can be found at

Stay safe,

The Penguin Team

Mrs Elmar- Teaching Assistant

Penguin Pancakes

Yesterday our maths and literacy lessons were centered around Pancake Day. Its easy to forget how many tricky concepts and all the mathematical language involved with cooking, especially for our youngest learners.

We counted the eggs in 2s, measured the milk talking about millilitres, weighed the flour talking about grams and of cousre the fractions in involved with sharing the pancakes afterwards!

Cooking is a great way to embed these concepts and we all agreed it was a delicious way to learn!

Big School’s Birdwatch

Our school vision focuses on developing successful, responsible and confident learners. Taking part in the Big School’s Birdwatch provides many opportunities to do just this.

We work very closely with the R.S.P.B at Strumpshaw Fen and we have developed a programme of study for children to become conservation scientists who help track the ups and downs of birds across the country.

Over the last 2 weeks we have been learning to recognise and describe different species of birds. Our counting skills were tested with some large flocks of birds and we have been inspired to design and make some beautiful bird masks.

Here are some photographs of our adventures in our beautiful school grounds that include our pond and wildlife area.

Mrs Brown

Penguin Class

Chinese New Year

Thank you to one of our Kingfisher pupils for talking to the Penguin Class about Chinese New Year this afternoon.

We found out how your family celebrates with special food and red envelopes. The children asked lots of questions and learnt how to write Chinese numbers. This was a great opportunity to assess their understanding of our week’s learning.

This morning we enjoyed performing a dragon dance to the whole school.

Mrs Brown

Penguin Class

Happy Christmas!

Thank you to all of the staff, parents and volunteers who have helped the Penguin Class to learn this term.

Mrs Brown & Mrs Elmar

Christmas Production

Thank you to all of the children, staff and volunteers who helped to make our Christmas Play so special. It was a great team effort and the children gained so much from this experience.

Thank you also to the parents and carers who came to support us over the last week. We hope it was a great start to your Christmas…

Here are just a few pictures that reflect the pride felt by all.

Mrs Brown

Penguin Class