We are Hedgehog Class! We are a mixed Reception and Year 1 class. Our teacher is Miss Harris and our teaching assistant is Mrs Claxton.
We hope you enjoy looking through our class page, as it is updated regularly with news, information and photographs.
PE is taught by Mr Husnu on Tuesdays and by Miss Harris on Thursdays. Earrings cannot be worn for PE and must be removed (at home if children cannot remove their own) - staff are unable to remove/reinsert earrings.
Our Forest School lesson will be known as WILD WEDNESDAY - children should come into school in their normal school uniform, but bring their Forest School clothes to change in to (long sleeves, long trousers, old clothes that you don't mind getting wet or muddy!) Wellies should be in school each day as we may use the woods on other days. Our Forest School session is delivered by Mrs Vipond (Mrs V!)
Reading books - these will be changed on Tuesdays and Fridays. Reading books and reading records should be in school each day. Reading at home will be counted up to maximum of 7 times per week, to count towards our Rainbow Readers award. A brief comment in the Monkey Book is all that is needed each time you read or share a book. Reading books should be in school each day.
Snacks - children are provided with a fruit/vegetable snack each day. There is an option to buy toast mid morning too, via Parent Pay, at a cost of £1 per week. Payment must be made by Friday for the following week. Contact the office for further details.
A few routine reminders:
All medicines must be sent to the office and a form completed. We can only administer prescription medicines. If you need to give your child a non-prescription medicine, you are welcome to come in to school and administer this yourself.
Items such as lip balm and Vick's inhalers must also be handed in to the school office with your child's name on. These items can cause quite a distraction during the day, so if they are needed in school, they need to be kept in the office.
PE kits should be in school each day - as we sometimes get the opportunity for additional sessions through the week. ALL items should be clearly labelled. We will send PE kits home to be washed each half term.
Reading books are sent home in a plastic wallet provided by school. Please ensure the books and the wallets are in school each day. Let us know if you have lost the wallet. Please record your book sharing/reading in the Monkey Books - a brief comment is all that is needed for each day. It is expected that children read/share books at least 5 times a week.
Show and Tell - children are bringing a variety of items in to school for Show and Tell. On some days we can have several children all wanting to share things, which I'm sure you can imagine can be a very lengthy process! Some items are getting lost or damaged which can cause upset for the children. So with this in mind, I would ask that such items are not sent in to school. The half termly Topic Homework will be an opportunity for the children to showcase their work (meeting the speaking and listening objectives) and to Show and Tell to the class. Item such as certificates and awards (for things outside of school) can be brought in to share on a Friday in Shine Assembly (dance, swimming, judo etc).
As ever, if you have any questions, please get in touch,
Kind regards, Miss Harris
We were very lucky to have Mr Zissman in school this week whilst we talked about the significance of why we wear poppies. He is a volunteer in our school, and also a veteran of the conflict in Afghanistan, as well as being a Walton local! He answered a whole host of questions about the army, war and most poignantly, his injury, and subsequent accolades. The children learned so much from this experience and were respectful and inquisitive in equal measure. A huge thank you to Mr Zissman for taking the time to share your story with us this week.
Read more about Ben's story by following this link:
Autumn Term 2 - the run up to Christmas!
This is such a busy term for us in school. The clocks and the weather changes seem to affect us all, and we need to make sure we wrap up warm, ready for any weather.
We (Reception and Nursery) will be doing a traditional nativity in Church towards the end of term. Year 1's will be joining the rest of KS1 for a school Christmas performance.
I have uploaded this terms topic web for your information. Homework will follow soon, but with a deadline before the end of term as I recognise that it's such a busy time of year for us all. Please let me know if there are any aspects of the homework that are not clear - it is an important part of your child's wider development. They love showcasing their work to their friends. In the past, children have become upset when homework hasn't been completed (they feel left out), so do let me know if you need any advice or support in doing this.
Spelling Shed: this is a fantastic website, used to support your child's spelling. I will be sending out log-in details in the monkey books later this week, so children can access this at home. There are many pre-set lists on the site. I will be adding lists of our own as the weeks progress.
As ever, so let me know if you have any questions or queries,
Homework Projects Autumn Term One
Thank you so much for the wonderful homework projects that you've supported this half term. It was a pleasure to see all of the hard work that has gone in to completing them. And, it helps us to get to know our Walton families a little better too!
Photos to follow.....
The children have asked that I share the following songs and activities with you, so you have the pleasure of singing them at home!! We've been enjoying these over the last few weeks - warning...they are quite catchy. Enjoy!
The Wiggles Taba Naba https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58Xn9bTIxGI
George Ezra Shotgun https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAiVsqfbn5g
Will I Am and Sesame Street What I am https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyVzjoj96vs
Baby Shark https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqZsoesa55w
https://www.jumpstartjonny.co.uk/#freevideos We really enjoy Cool Kids and I Like To Move It.
https://www.gonoodle.com/ Lots of choice on here, but our favourite is Banana Banana Meatballs!
We have had a really busy start to our new school year. It's been great to spend this time getting to know your children!
A few updates for you:
Wild Wednesday will now be in the afternoons, NOT the mornings. Please send your child in normal school uniform, with their Forest School clothing to get changed in to at school.
I have sent a plastic wallet home for each child this week - this is to store reading books and Monkey Books in. Please ensure these are in school every day. Books will be changed on Tuesdays and Fridays, if they have been read at home. We count 'reads at home' up to a maximum of 7 reads per week, which count towards Rainbow Readers awards.
I have been asked about how to write in the Monkey Books - an example below:
14.9.17 The Bug Hunt Simon could talk about the pictures. He was able to name the colours he could see. He could tell me that Dad was grumpy as 'he had a cross face.' He attempted to sound out c-a-t.
One entry in the book per day is all that is needed - a brief summary is fine. It helps us to focus future reading books, and phonics lessons if we know what types of books your children are enjoying. Feel free to share books from home too!
Can you please ensure any letters or slips are returned to the office/letterbox, rather than being left in children's bags.
Long hair (long enough to be tied back) should be fully tied back each day.
All uniform and Forest Friday clothing should be clearly labelled - not all children are able to recognise their own items.
As ever, if you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact either myself or Mrs Claxton. Morning times are extremely busy in school, but we are usually available on the gate after school for any queries. Please contact the office for for urgent queries and they will arrange a mutual time for us to meet.