Cunningham Hill Infant School Newsletter – May 2018


katherine cooperDuring the week we received some exciting news that we have been awarded the Green Tree Schools Gold award for getting involved in green activities including tree planting, visiting a local woodland, reducing carbon emissions and recycling. Thank you to Mrs Barwin, Miss Lewis and the Eco Ambassadors for all their hard work. Please click here for further information. The CHISS May Fair was a roaring success. It was great to see many familiar faces as well as new faces who will be joining the school in September. Thank you to Mrs Hester for her hard work and all her team behind her. At the beginning of May several of our Governors came in to spend time with the children and staff. It was lovely to have them as part of the learning and to celebrate May Day with us. As part of our E Safety in school Childnet came into school to deliver workshops to the children and parents. They talked a lot about how to ensure that the internet is a great and safe place for children.The Childnet website is worth visiting so please click here to be taken to their website. I hope that you have a restful break and I look forward to welcoming you all back on Monday 4th June at 8.50am.


All key dates are listed on the school website:

  • Week beginning 11th June Healthy Eating Week
  • 13th June Dance Workshop
  • 14th June A Life Workshop
  • 18th June New to Year 3 Parents meeting at 7pm at the Juniors
  • 22nd June Sports Day
  • 27th June Parent Consultations by appointment (3.30pm-6pm)
  • 28th June Parent Consultations by appointment (5pm-8pm)
  • 30th June CHISS Camp Out

General Data Protection Regulation- On the 25th May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) come into force in the UK. These are new data protection regulations build upon the Data Protection Act of 1998. Please click here for our privacy notice. To learn more about the GDPR, please visit the Information Commissioner’s Office website on

Moments from Year 2

The highlight of this month for year 2 has to be the outdoor learning day. In the morning we had our visit to Heartwood Forest. The children were excited to be on a coach and after a short journey we arrived at the forest. We then went on a long walk and saw lots of habitats in their natural environment and the views were spectacular for seeing the differences between urban and rural areas which we had been learning about in geography. The children loved building dens in the wood and they have said they would really like to go back! In the afternoon the children had a carousel of activities which consisted of solving shape Sudoku, water painting landscapes from the morning, solving maths problems using sticks (collected from the woods in the morning) and planting and weeding our year 2 garden. The children have been working really hard this month so it was rewarding to have a day outside and full of creativity. 

Moments from Year 1

This has been a very busy month for Year 1. We went on a fantastic school trip to the Ashridge Estate where we went looking for mini-beasts and classifying them, identifying trees and making rubbings. We even played a game called “Meet a Tree”! We had loads of fun playing in the beautiful meadow. The coach trip was also very exciting. Another highlight was our Outdoor Learning Day. We really enjoyed using the environment to our advantage. It was lovely acting out the story of Jack and the Beanstalk using music outside. We did a range of cross-curricular activities benefiting from a fantastic sunny day. We are getting ready for our last half-term in Year 1 and have plenty of exciting learning planned for Summer 2, hopefully making the most of the sunny warm weather. 

Moments from Reception

On Thursday 17th May, the whole school took part in Outdoor Classroom Day. Outdoor Learning Day promotes mental well being, working together, curiosity, physical opportunities and can link to all aspects of the curriculum. We spent the day engaging in a range of activities, outside.  In the morning, we had outdoor music lessons. We retold the story of ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ adding in instruments and looking for appropriate places for each section of the story.  We then thought about the environment using our senses, considering what we could see, smell, hear when outside. We were impressed by the language used.  The children were very enthusiastic for outdoor phonics. Some groups made sounds using grass and daisies. Some wrote large letters with chalk. Some used clipboards to write what they could see, using set 2 sounds.  In the afternoon we worked in groups to make nests, linked to our focus on growth of birds. The children thought about what shape they would make it, as well as the materials. Many children used dried grass as it is soft, some used sticks to protect the nest, others used flowers to make it look attractive. In 2 groups, we explored either floating and sinking or shadows. The children predicted which items would float and sink, then tested their ideas. When learning about shadows, the children drew round their friend then thought about what affects the length of the shadow .


Alexandra for super reading and maths. Leo for his Maths work, Clarissa for her number work, Ibrahim, Ella and Finn for their writing. Umar for his detailed drawing and Haytham for his independent learning.

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As many of you would have noticed, Mrs Foulds is expecting her first baby in July which is exciting times for her and her husband. She will start her maternity leave at the end of June and Mrs Haynes will continue teaching Green Class until Mrs Foulds returns. Mrs De Vynck will be leaving us at the end of the term. She and her family will be moving to Mongolia where she will be working in an international school. She will be greatly missed as she is a valued and cherished member of staff. We will be celebrating her time at Cunningham towards the end of the term. We have successfully recruited Mrs Sancha Caramelo who will be joining the team in September.

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