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  • Phonics parent meeting

    Published 20/09/22, by Katie Sturman

    We are hosting a phonics parents meeting on Thursday 22nd September at 3.30pm

    Find out more information about the meeting on our reading blog here

    The meeting will take place in the main school hall, so please enter the building via the school office. 

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  • History Visitor 6.10.22

    Published 13/09/22, by Katie Sturman

    On Thursday 6th October we have got a special visitor (Tommy Top Hat!) coming in to school to tell us all about toys from the past. 

    We will have the opportunity to play with lots of indoor and outdoor toys throughout the day and Tommy will tell us how they were made, what they were made out of, and how old they are!

    In the afternoon, we will play some parlour games and have the chance to ask Tommy lots of questions about the toys. We will then discuss the difference between toys from the past and toys from the present, and have a vote about which toys are our favourite!

    As Tommy Top Hat is an external visitor (and he is bringing lots of special toys for us to play with), there is a small cost of £10 for each child to take part. Please pay this on Eduspot by Monday 26th September.
    If you have any issues with making payments on Eduspot, please speak to Mrs Buttery

    Please send your child into school in their school uniform, we want to represent ourselves beautifully to our visitor!

    I am really excited, and I am sure your children cannot wait to meet Tommy and see his fantastic range of toys from the past. 

    Eduspot link:


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  • Our 1st week in Year One

    Published 12/09/22, by Katie Sturman

    We have had a great start to the year! 

    Last week we were lucky enough to watch the cyclists race past for the Tour of Britain! Take a look at Mr Cresswell's blog to see a glimpse of KPNS on the news!

    We enjoyed looking at our friends' baby photos when we learnt about the stages from childhood to adulthood in history. Thank you for sending your child in with these they really helped enhance our lesson. a reminder: your child may bring their favourite toy in to school for our history lesson this Thursday. I just request that you refrain from sending your child in with electronic devices.  

    I have been really impressed at how quickly your children are settling in to our Year 1 routines and how beautifully they are playing with each other. They should be very proud of themselves. 

    I'm sure you will enjoy taking a sneak peek at some of the photos I have taken over the course of the week. Check out our gallery here

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  • Spellings and handwriting in Year 1

    Published 07/09/22, by Katie Sturman

    Our spelling quiz's on a Friday involve your child writing out their spellings.

    There are lots of fun ways for you to help your child practise their spellings! I have attached a mat of ideas which you can use to help learning fun and interactive! 

    In school, we use 'Fred fingers' to help children spell words. The routine goes like this:

    1) Say the word to your child and ask them to repeat it. 
    2) Ask your child to count how many sounds are in that word and show this number on their fingers (for example the word sniff has 4 sounds s-n-i-ff so they will show you four fingers). 
    3) Ask your child to say each sound and pinch their fingers as they go. 
    4) They should now write this down. 

    Don't worry if at this stage your child's letters are a little wobbly, we are working hard as a whole class to improve our handwriting! 
    We will have handwriting sessions every Friday before spellings where we will focus on two letters a week. 
    This half-term we will be mastering the letters: m, a, s, d, t, i, n, p, g, o. 

    I have attached a sheet which details how these letters are formed (including the rhymes they learn in school!). Please take some time to practise these with your child at home.

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  • Welcome to Year One!

    Published 22/08/22, by Katie Sturman

    Hello Keller Class!

    I hope you have all had a fantastic summer break, and enjoyed your very first day in Year One! 

    With it being the first week back there is a lot of information I wish to share with you. Please take a moment to read through the details below and let me know if you have any questions. 

    Our first topic in Year One is all about Childhood Toys! Please see the curriculum map attached below to see what we will be learning.  

    For this topic please bring in:
    While we strive to provide all resources to support your child's learning, our topic this half-term will be enhanced by your child bringing in some resources from home. These will be kept safe and returned as soon as they have been used in the lesson. 

    • On Thursday 8th September please send your child in with 3 photographs (them as a baby, toddler, and child).
    • On Wednesday 14th September we will be looking at some of our favourite toys. For this day only, please could you send your child into school with their favourite toy from home. Please could you avoid sending your child in with electronic devices - I'm sure they have other toys they would love to bring in!

    School expectations:

    • Read to an adult at least three times a week. Please sign your child's home school diary to show they have done this. Diaries will be checked on Fridays. Please speak to me if you have any issues with reading three times a week.  Find out more about Reading Lair here.
    • Stay in the green zone on Doodlemaths.
    • Practise Year 1 weekly spellings ready for our spelling quiz on Friday afternoons (list attached).
    • PE kits should be in school on PE days - these are Monday and Tuesday.

    Important information

    • We do not use tapestry in Year One, so all communication will be made via this blog, messages home, or you can catch me on the door before and after school. 
    • Please ensure your child brings their bookbag into school everyday.
    • As mentioned, our PE days will be Monday and Tuesday, and we will also be taking part in drumming lessons on Tuesdays. 
    • I will not be in the classroom last lesson on a Monday and all of Tuesday afternoon. On Monday Miss Waugh will be taking the children for PE and on Tuesday, Mrs Lees and Miss Robinson will be taking the Year 1 and 2 children for PE and drumming. 
    • Please check out our new behaviour and attendance policy if you have not already done so. 
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