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Presentation for Parents
Please try to read with your child every night to help them stay green.
When your child gets 25 dojo points, they will be able to bring Fluffy home for the night. The children will also have the opportunity to bring Fluffy home for a weekend with them over the course of the academic year. Thank you for completing Fluffy's diary, we love hearing what he and the children get up to! 
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Snow Time!

It was lovely to see the delight on the children's faces when the snow came down! We were lucky enough to get out and enjoy the snow before it turned to ice.

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Easter Bonnets

Well done to everyone for the wonderful Easter bonnets. The children clearly put in a lot of hard work!

World Book Day

Thankyou so much for all the effort that went into World Book Day. Our classroom was taken over by charecters from lots of different stories! I wonder if you can match the child to the story? 

Growth Mindset

We have been talking a lot about growth mindset this year, and the power of yet. Growth mindset encourages children to persevere in order to learn and develop resilience. We talked about attitudes to learning and decided if they were reflective of a growth or fixed mindset. Fixed mindset comments were stuck on red cups and growth mindset attitudes were stuck on green ones. We then fed two 'brains' the comments and discovered that the growth mindset helps to exercise our brain and helps us learn and achieve more. It was lovely to see how engaged the children were. I wonder if you have a red or green cup for a brain? 

Anti-Bullying Week

We often talk in class about the importance of friendship and are focusing on building our children's resilience. As part of anti-bullying week, we have talked about what the children think makes a good friend and behaviours which might upset others. The children have also been thinking about the difference between bullying and general unwanted behaviour. We always encourage children and adults alike to talk to us if they have concerns about behaviour so that we can address it in a positive manner and make sure that all our children feel happy and safe at school. 

Sponsored Walk

The children took part in a sponsored walk to raise money for the Air Ambulance. This is a fantastic charity and it was wonderful to have so many parents join us!

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Spellings

We will put the spellings for each week in your child's contact book every Friday. Please help your child practice these along with the key words on the front of their contact book. There will be a spelling test every Friday afternoon.

Morning Work

Every morning when the children come in to school they change their reading books and settle themselves down to complete tasks that develop their fine motor skills and support their learning.

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Sports Day

It was a beautiful sunny day for Sports Day and the children had a lovely time. They all tried their best and supported each other.

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Welcome to Term 6

We have an exciting term planned as the children get ready to move up to year 2. We will be going on trips to the beach and the shell grotto to help us develop a deep understanding of our topic and we have our class assembly on the 14th June. 

Class Assembly

Hedgehogs really enjoyed performing their assembly for all the grown-ups and Key Stage 1. They worked so hard, learning their lines and songs and we felt immensely proud of each and every one of them. Here are a few snippets of the big show! 

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English

We like to keep the children guessing about the books we will be reading in order to create a real buzz of excitement. However, here are some clues:

Our book is about an island,

There is a secret on the island.

 

Hedgehog class visited the Shell Grotto. We had a wonderful morning exploring the mystery of the Grotto and the children left feeling very inspired to write their own explanation stories of how it came to be there. It is a beautiful place and the staff made us feel very welcome.
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The children have been reading about a little boy who is lonely. They designed and made some games he could play with to stop him being bored.
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Before writing poems about the terrible storm that hit Noi's island, the children drew pictures of what it might have looked like.
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The children practiced their speaking and listening skills through role play. They imagined that they were Noi and his dad on a boat, preparing to say goodbye to the whale (as fun as it is, having a whale in the bath is highly impractical!). They are so mature in their suggestions and their ability to emphasize.

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Maths:

This term we will be focusing on numbers to 100, time and money. To support your child's learning, please try to give them as much real life experience of time and money as possible. 

 

The children have been working hard to understand place value. This is at the core of most understanding in maths and is a vital skill.
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As we move on to telling the time, the children made their own clocks. The children through really hard about what the numbers on a clock mean and what the different hands represent.
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Topic:

We will be learning all about the seaside this term. We will be looking at the beach, human and physical features and staying safe. To get us started, we were fortunate enough to have some lifeguards come in. They told us all about staying safe at the beach. I wonder if you know what these flags mean?

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We learnt how lifeguards keep us safe and how they rescue us if we get into trouble. 
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We spent a blustery afternoon down the beach. The children were exploring to find natural treasures and they collected lots of beautiful shells and rocks.
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The children have been learning about fishermen and fish. They created their own beautiful fish mosaics as part of their work.
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To fit in with our power of reading book, the children investigated which materials are waterproof and which are not. It was very messy and wet but good fun.
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Religious Education:

We are continuing to learn about Judaism this term. We will be learning about Jewish celebrations and where they pray and worship.

Welcome to Term 5

We have a busy term planned, with trips to Morrisons and Quex coming up very soon. Please let us know if you are available to help on trips or if you are free for an afternoon to come into class and listen to children read. Your support is always very welcome!

Maths

We are beginning to think about multiplication and division this term. To support this, the children have been thinking about grouping and worked well to make equal and unequal groups.

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We have begun to think about fractions. To help the children understand halves, they had a fun-filled afternoon sharing cupcakes and strawberries.
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English

This term we are reading about a lion cub and his day in the Savannah. The children made some beautiful sunset pictures of the African skyline.

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We researched the Lilac Breasted Roller Bird and created posters about them.
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We thought a lot about how it could be difficult to see animals at night so we made our own night vision goggles to help us see!
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Science

This term we are learning about animals, including humans. We began by thinking about how we can group animals into mammals, reptiles, insects, fish, birds and amphibians. We then learnt about carnivores, omnivores and herbivores. The children grouped animals and then investigated which type of animal might have produced what poo.

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To help the children understand how their senses aid their understanding of the world, they smelt, tasted, touched and looked at various foods. A fun filled afternoon was had by all!
We spent a noisy afternoon investigating the different sounds we can hear.
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 We had a fantastic day at Quex! The children learnt so much about animals and conservation and were lucky enough to have some hands on experiences with various pelts and skulls. Thankyou so much to the parents who came along to help out, we hope you enjoyed it too!!

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We have been beginning to think about Judaism this term. To help the children understand how Jewish people prepare for Shabbat, we made Challah bread. It was very tasty!

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Welcome to Term 4

Our Class Assembly

The children did an amazing job in their class assembly. They worked so hard learning their lines and songs and thoroughly enjoyed the chance to perform to parents and children alike. Thank you so much for all your support!

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English

The children created some beautiful poems describing sea creatures.

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The Lonely Beast had an adventure under the sea so the children created their own pictures based on sea creatures the Beast met.
To celebrate the Beast finding some friends, we had a brilliant party. The children made and enjoyed some party food before playing some party games. They all had a wonderful morning!
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Maths

The children spent the morning trying to represent a number in as many ways as possible. It was remarkable to listen to the children as they worked and delightful to see them working so well as a team!

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We are beginning to think about length this term. The children investigated who was taller than who, who was shorter and who was the tallest and shortest in the class. This gave the children lots of opportunity to use the new language around height.
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Continuing with our topic of measuring, the children measured things around school and in the classroom.
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We have been learning about weight and the children compared the weight of objects as well as investigating how many cubes different items weighed.
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Religious Education

We are learning all about the significance of Easter this term. We played pass the parcel to unwrap the story of Easter and then sequenced them.

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As Easter approaches, we have been thinking about the emotions that Christians may feel at this time of year. The children painted pictures to reflect these emotions. Aren't they wonderful?
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The children were able to explain the symbolism of Easter. They worked well to show how the tomb revealed the way to Heaven. 
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History

We were lucky enough to visit the Dover Transport Museum. We had a fun-filled day exploring transport from the past. The children were very well-behaved and thoroughly worn out after their day.

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Science

This term we are learning about plants. To begin the topic, the children went for a walk around the school grounds to collect leaves. We then sorted these leaves and began to think about deciduous and evergreen trees.

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We have been planting seeds to help us understand how plants go. Despite the weather, the children had a wonderful time and we look forward to seeing how they grow!
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The children used magnifying glasses to look closely at spring flowers before drawing them. Their pictures are stunning and woudl not look out of place in any art gallery!
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Celebrations

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Welcome to Term 3

Literacy

This term we will be reading Zerrafa Giraffa. The tale of a giraffe who travels from Africa to France. 

The children have really enjoyed playing in our jungle role play to fit in with our new book.
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The children have been learning all about the giraffe's natural habitat. We learnt that giraffes like to eat acacia leaves and the children painted their own beautiful acacia trees.
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The children have written their own free verse poetry to support their thinking about how Zeraffa would have felt as he travelled down the Nile. Their poetry contained some wonderful vocabulary, such as "silently the sails blow".
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When Zeraffa the giraffe arrived in France, he had a long journey to get to Paris. One suggestion was that he could travel by hot air balloon. The children spent a wonderful morning designing and making hot air balloons for Zeraffa. I am sure you would agree, their balloons would look lovely floating in the sky. 
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The children created story maps to help them remember the story and recognise the importance of correctly ordering a story.
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We also wanted to celebrate the arrival of the first giraffe in France by designing our own special plates. Aren't they beautiful?
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And what would a celebration be without biscuits? So of course, we had to make some giraffe biscuits. They were delicious!!

Maths

In maths we are continuing to learn to add and subtract within twenty before focusing on numbers up to 50. We will also begin to count in 2s, 5s and 10s.

The children have been investigating numbers. They worked so hard to find out if there were double the number of number bonds to twenty as there were to ten. Great teamwork and the children's impressive ability to explain their thinking led to some wonderful work being produced!
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The children worked really hard using tens frames to understand how their number bonds to 10 could help them when adding bigger numbers. They were amazing and even managed to use the frames to help them rewrite sums such as 7 + 5 as 10 + 2 and 7 + 3 + 2 and then check their answers!
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Hedgehog class really enjoyed using smarties to help them create subtraction stories. It is always wonderful to see how well the children support each other and work together.
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The children tested their understanding of number by becoming a number line and counter to solve addition and subtraction questions.
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We have started to count in twos. The children re-enacted the story 'How Many Feet in the Bed' and then enjoyed a morning in the hall along with Badger class where they solved lots of practical problems involving twos. It was lovely to see the children working together and coming up with lots of strategies to help them with their reasoning! 

Phonics

We are continuing to work hard on phonics this term. The best way to help your child is by reading, reading and reading some more!  

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Science

To tie in with our English text, we will be looking at materials. We learnt what an insulator is and investigated which material would insulate ice cubes most effectively. The children made predictions and recorded their results before concluding that foil was the best insulator. The children made some very mature observations during their work.

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ICT

We have been learning all about Africa. The children have learnt about Egypt and the Kenyan Maasai Mara Reserve. We wrote some wonderful postcards from Egypt on the computer using all this new information.

Geography

This term we are learning about the world's oceans and continents. The children were enthralled to learn about different animals which live on the different continents and it is lovely to see their enthusiasm!

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History

Continuing with our Africa theme, we are learning about life in Ancient Egypt. We researched what life would have been like for the Ancient Egyptians and compared this to our lives now.

Religious Education

This term we are thinking about Jesus and the gospels. We have talked about the disciples who Jesus chose and who we would choose to help us make the world a better place. The children also made a paper chain with messages of thanks to the people who brighten their world. We have also been reflecting on our value of the term - hope. The children learnt about Noah and the ark and Desmond Tutu. We then thought about the significance of the rainbow for Christians.

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This term we are thinking about the good news of the Gospels. The children have thought about what makes a good person and who they might choose to help them change the world, just as Jesus chose his disciples. We have also reflected on the importance of forgiveness.
We relaxed in the classroom by listening to some calming music, and then had a long discussion about how we feel when we are at peace. The children shared their ideas for calming themselves down and then painted pictures to show how they find peace.
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We were so lucky to be invited up to Holy Trinity Church. We learnt lots about the Church and its features. The children really enjoyed themselves and learnt a lot, from communion to the font and the candles for reflection. It is lovely to make the most of the links we have with the church.

Design Technology

In our Power of Reading text it was suggested our giraffe should travel by hot air balloon. We decided that it would be fun to make our own hot air balloons. The children had a marvelous afternoon coating their balloons in papier mache. I can't wait to see what the finished articles will look like!

Celebrating Achievement

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TERM 2

Literacy

Our Power of Reading text for term 2 is Claude in the City. This is the story of a dog and his best friend and their wonderful adventures.

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The children have written about some wonderful adventures that Claude and Sir Bobblysock could have. We went to the Turner Gallery to look at the sculptures, just like Claude did. We were really excited to see the Gormley sculpture in the sea!
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We also took the children to the shops to buy ingredients which they used to make fruit salad and hot chocolate, just like Claude and Sir Bobblysock enjoy in the story. The children once again made us very proud with their exceptional behaviour and the trip led to some wonderful instruction writing.
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As part of our English lessons, the children researched Monet and then painted some wonderful pictures of Claude's adventure using water colours.
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The children made biscuits, just like the ones that Claude gave to everyone at the hospital in our Power of Reading text. Don't they look yummy?!
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Maths

In maths this term, we have continued to learn about subtraction and looked at 3D shapes. We are now focusing on place value and tens and ones. We are thinking about numbers up to 20, practicing number bonds to 10 and counting in 2s. 

To support the children's learning of subtraction, the children became a number line and a counter to help them understand that we jump backwards on a number line when taking away.

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The children have been busy learning about 3D shapes. They have learnt about properties of the shapes, sorted them and been on a walk around the school to spot 3D shapes in real life.
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The children have been learning how to recognise numbers when represented in a picture or resource (such as numicon), as a numeral and as a word. They had lots of fun finding number matches!
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Phonics

The children are continuing to work hard with their phonics. We are playing lots of games to help us understand how sounds correspond to letters and how sounds can be blended to make words. Please ask if you would like ideas to support your child with their phonics at home,

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Science

This term we have begun to think about the seasonal changes that happen in winter. The children used the computers to create some wonderful winter scenes and thought about how trees change as autumn gives way to winter. As always, the children have produced some marvelous work to show these changes.

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Art, Design and Technology

Following on from our trip to the Turner Gallery, the children made some wonderful sculptures in the style of Arp. 

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The children have also made some wonderful sock puppets to link with our Power of Reading text. The main character has a best friend who is a sock and we thought it would be fun to design and make our own sock friends.
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ICT

The children have enjoyed using Purple Mash to create  and navigate mazes. They have also created winter scenes and Nativity posters. 

 

Geography

We  are continuing to learn about maps. We have drawn maps to show Claude's journey into the city and devised keys to help people understand our maps. In the coming weeks, we will begin to use directional language and compass direction.

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History

Along with learning the nativity story, we will be learning about Christmas traditions, old and new, from all over the world. We will be focusing on French tradition in particular but will be looking at other countries as well. 

Religious Education

We will be continuing to focus on Christianity in Religious Education. The children will begin to understand the timeline of the Bible and analyse pictures to understand their significance and meaning of Christians. 

The children thought really hard about how images can help us to think about the Christmas story. They then made a wonderful advent calendar.
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As part of an exciting new display for the hall, the children reflected on the importance of trust, and thought about those who they trust. They put these ideas together to create a wonderful kite.
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Christmas

We made a tree to go on display at St. John's. Isn't their tree wonderful?

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The children behaved so well when we went down to the church to look at all the Christmas trees. It got us all into the festive spirit!
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Celebrating Achievements!

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Term 1

The children have enjoyed exploring Beegu's story. We have thought about how she feels whilst she is on earth and have posed as Beegu to answer questions from our classmates.
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We have pretended to be Beegu and her friends to think about all the fun things we could do here on Earth.
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The children made their own aliens from salt dough which they are looking forward to decorating along with junk model spaceships. We will use these as the inspiration for writing our own stories about lost aliens.
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Maths

In Maths we have been working on number. We have been consolidating our understanding of numbers 0-9, thinking about grouping and sorting objects, less than and more than and finding more and less of a given number. We are also working on our number bonds to 10 and have used money, numicon and cubes to support this. The children really enjoyed 'being' a numberline for others to jump along when learning to do addition by counting on!

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Phonics

The children have been working really hard to develop their understanding of phonics. They have enjoyed learning new sounds and blending sounds and segmenting words. Please ask if you would like ideas to help your child support this at home.

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Science

We have had an enjoyable start to Science this term. We have explored materials and discussed their properties and uses.  The children recently went on a nature walk to observe natural changes in our local environment and collected lots of autumnal treasures.

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We have made windsocks and will be recording the weather over the coming weeks.
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Art and Design Technology

The children have had a wonderful time planning, designing and making rockets for Beegu.

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The children were very proud of their rockets, and rightly so!
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ICT

We started the term by thinking about how to stay safe online. We have also begun thinking about algorithms by writing directions for Beegu to visit places on Earth.

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History

We will be constructing timelines of our own lives and events that are important to us.

Geography

We went for a walk around Margate, spotting and talking about local landmarks. We then make our own maps of Margate. The children began to learn about directional language through this work.

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Religious Education

We have begun Religious Education by focusing on Christianity. The children have enjoyed learning the Parable of the Lost Son and we are retelling the story through puppets to help us understand feelings within the bible story.

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High Flyers

We love celebrating the achievements of everyone in our class!!

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