Cunningham Hill Infant School Newsletter – January 2019


katherine cooperOver the last few weeks we have been looking at playground games that the children can play. Mrs Barwin introduced the children to various clapping games and rhymes that could be played. These were slide, hi lo chickalo, a sailor went to sea, give me high, give me low and hi, my name is Joe. Please click here for the words to go with the clapping games. If you would like to know how to play these clapping games do ask your child or if you search the internet there are clips to show how to play them. CHISS PTA have been raising funds to improve the playground provision. Over the first phase of the playground development will be installing a water area, sit in sand pit, digging and seating area. Click here to see the design. To pay for this the CHISS PTA have donated over £10,000 and we will be using part of the PE and Sports Premium Funding. The PE and Sports Premium funding is funding to improve the provision of Physical Education and school sports. This funding is ring fenced which means that it can only be spent on improving the Physical Education and Sport in schools.

The newly elected School Councillors were announced in assembly. The following children will be representing their classes, Phoebe, Louis, Joshua, Darcey, Tabitha, Harry S, Ridhay and Amelia. All children cast their vote after hearing the candidates speak. It was done democratically and fairly. Thank you to the many parents who have already made their voluntary class contributions. It is very much appreciated. Please continue to make your one single contribution of £5 each term (£15 for the year) to help cover expected costs for curriculum activities that require additional expense. Contributions can be paid via online PMX accounts.



All key dates are listed on the school website:

  • 30.1.19 – Chinese Dance Workshop
  • 5.2.19 – E Safety Day
  • 8.2.19 – CHISS PTA Cake Sale
  • 9.2.19 – CHISS PTA Quiz Night
  • 14.2.19 – Year 1 History Off the Page
  • 18.2.19-22.2.19 – Half Term
  • 25.2.19 – School reopens at 8.50am
  • 28.2.19 – Year 2 History Off the Page

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Moments from Year 2

Fire, fire is the topic for Year 2 this term. It is based around the events and repercussions of The Great Fire of London in 1666. The children will use a variety of sources to find out why the fire broke out, what happened and the rebuilding of London. This learning will be enhanced by our History off the Page day which we are all looking forward to. Please do remember to let us know if you can help at any point throughout the day, thank you. In science the children will be investigating the names and properties of a variety of materials. They will think about how the materials are used depending upon their properties. We have begun the term with addition and subtraction in maths. The children will be using blank number lines to calculate the answers. Please do practise number facts to 6, 7, 8 and 9 to greatly help your child’s progress in this.

Moments from Year 1

Year 1’s new topic is Lets Play and the children are getting very excited to be welcoming History Off The Page into our school, Thursday 14th February. This links very well with our Scientific investigations into Materials and their properties. As mentioned in our recent blog, we are also working with DRAGONS this half term, in reading, writing and Design & Technology, making dragons and their houses. Thank you for the amazing Home Learning that is being created; we truly love seeing the learning that your child gets up to outside school. Do also continue to send in certificates, trophies and information about the clubs that your child attends as this supports our Belonging theme for PSHE and R.E.

Moments from Reception

We have had a great start to the new year, thinking about how we have changed from being babies to now.  The children were invited to bring in photos from home for our discussions, to help us see similarities and differences.  We have also looked at family photos of weddings, birthday celebrations and family members as babies.  We had some great observations about the style of pushchairs, black and white photos and school uniforms from the past to the present.  The children have been painting self portraits, looking carefully at colour mixing.


Skyla, Ollie, Edie, Evelina and Tasnim for their writing,

cunningham infant logoVALUES

This half term’s value is truthfulness. The children discussed what it meant in assembly and agreed that it is about doing the right thing. You should always admit when you have done something. Everyone needs to be honest and tell the truth, even if you are scared. Other people mustn’t be blamed.

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