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Year Group Weekly Updates - 18th December 2020

Each week, the teachers in each year group write a small update newsletter to keep parents up to date and informed on life in their child's class. These are glued in the children's Home School Link, alongside other personalised communications for all to enjoy.  If you have any questions about life in your child's class, please do speak to your child's class teacher who will be happy to help.

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Reception - Robins, Wrens and Redwings:

Dear Parents,

Wow! It’s the end of term and what a marvelous 13 weeks of Reception we have had.  The children have come such a long way since September and we are immensely proud of them all.

This week has been business as usual in Reception. We have continued to recap our sounds in Phonics and have gone over some Mathematical concepts that needed revisiting.

We haves used the story The Jolly Christmas Postman in Literacy and have enjoyed writing and hiding letters and cards for each other in our choosing time.

We loved our Christmas Spectacular Days and Dantastic made us laugh lots. We loved dancing in the snow too!  Thank you Mr P for organising this for us all.

Thank you for sending in your child’s Home Learning  - we wil enjoy looking through these.

We hope you all have a safe and enjoyable Christmas break. We don’t send reading books home over Christmas so do take time to enjoy your favourite stories together.

Wishing you all a peaceful Christmas and New Year

Best wishes,

Mrs Edmond, Mrs Sisson, Mrs Merry, Miss Carter and the EYFS Team

Year One - Penguins, Puffins and Parrots:

Dear Parents,

We have had a lovely festive end to this term. The children enjoyed their Christmas Spectacular day, they looked lovely in their Christmas jumpers and had a delicious buffet at lunchtime of pizza, crisps, sausage rolls, chicken and vegetarian bites, followed by brownies. They enjoyed the Christmas Spectacular show and there were lots of giggles and shouts from the audience! Hopefully the snow and fun ensured that the children got into the Christmas spirit ahead of the big day!

The children have also been learning (a little!) this week. In RE, we have been learning about the Christmas story and Christian symbols. They linked the symbols to the Nativity story and really impressed us with their knowledge and use of religious language. Mrs Gedny used her PE time to act out the Nativity story along with a little bit of quiet singing and some actions.

We are currently in discussion with Shona about continuing Forest School next term and it is looking possible that we can continue on a Monday for Puffins and Penguins and a Wednesday for Parrots! The children thoroughly enjoy it and learn so much from it. Further details will follow in the new year.

Thank you for all your support this term and we hope that you all have a wonderful Christmas. We look forward to welcoming you back on Tuesday 5th January.

Mrs Hargreaves, Miss George, Mrs Calver & Mrs Rust

Year Two Team - Bluebirds, Blackbirds and Buzzards:

Dear Parents,

We have had a delightful week with plenty of Christmas activities and of course lots of learning! In Maths we have learnt about time, practising quarter past and quarter to times. We would be grateful if you could practise o'clock, half past, quarter to/past at home as we find this is tricky! In Literacy we wrote our own ending to the story ‘The Runaway Iceberg’, showing off our fantastic writing skills. Can your child tell you about their ending?

To begin our new topic next half term, we are going to be building 3D maps with houses/churches/schools! If you can you keep any clean boxes and junk modelling bits which may be suitable and send these in to us during the first few days back at school this would be very much appreciated. If you can help with our village walk on Thursday 7th please let your child’s class teacher know.

Thank you for all the wonderful Learning at Home – it has been great to see such wonderful learning!

We hope you have a wonderful Christmas and enjoy some quality time together!

Mrs Townsend, Miss Hubbert & Mrs Padbury

Year Three Team - Owls, Ospreys and Ostriches:

Dear Parents,

Well done Year 3! You have all worked really well this term and the Year 3 teaching team are all very proud of you!

Year 3 really enjoyed the ‘Christmas Spectacular’ days on Monday at St Peters and Wednesday at St Pauls. ‘Dan-tastic’s Christmas Show’ proved popular and we were all truly spoilt whilst eating our Christmas buffets provided by the kitchen team!

In literacy, we have rounded off the ‘Tribal Tales’ topic by revising our understanding of how to write in full sentences in comprehension activities based on a Stone Age story. In maths we have applied our multiplication skills to complete a variety of multiplication challenges. We do hope that Year 3 children are continuing to use TTRS to practise their times tables as well as completing the Education City pathways that are being set each week.

It is lovely to see the huge effort that children have applied to complete their home learning and it has been a pleasure to hear the children share their home learning with their classes. We look forward to our new topic ‘Predator’ when we return in January.

Thank you for your Christmas cards and gifts. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

Mrs Adams, Mrs Connell, Mrs Eddy & Mrs Marshall

Year Four Team - Kites, Kestrels and Kingfishers:

Dear Parents,

We have had a fantastic final week of term: enjoying, achieving and learning.

In Literacy, we time travelled back to Viking times and wrote diary entries to describe a typical day through the eyes of a Viking child.  

In Traders and Raiders, Year 4 learnt about the peace treaty between King Alfred and King Guthrum, how they divided Britain into two kingdoms and how Bedford was placed on the boundary line!

In History, we enjoyed creating an information poster about everything we have learnt about our Traders and Raiders topic. We were so impressed with how much Year 4 have remembered.


In Maths, Year 4 have been learning about money, ordering, comparing and solving money problems.

We enjoyed our fabulous festive parties where we were able to celebrate a fantastic term with crafts, music, stories and games.  

We hope you have a restful Christmas and a happy New Year.

Best wishes,

Mrs Taylor, Miss Barker and Miss Galvin