Cunningham Hill Infant School Newsletter – July 2019


katherine cooperIt has been another successful year at CHIS. Our school is a very special place. We continue to strive to excel in all manner of areas: academic, musical, sporting and every child is given an opportunity to shine. Continuing cuts to funding, place enormous financial pressure on the school. The school’s capacity to maintain an outstanding provision is stretched to the limit. The school can only continue to function at a high level of provision due to the dedication of an excellent staff team, the support of the PTA and parents making their voluntary class contributions and other parental contributions, and sound governance. The Year 2 production ‘Around the World’ was perfect. Every child performed, danced, sang and played a musical instrument. They are a talented bunch. They had a very enjoyable trip to Whipsnade Zoo. CHISS PTA have had various events over the last few weeks. The Summer Fair was an enormous success. The Camp out was very popular. Thank you to everyone who supports the PTA but a special thank you to Sara, Sarah, Sher and Vicky for all their hard work throughout the year. It is greatly appreciated and the funds raised benefit the school and the children. I wish you all a very relaxing and peaceful holiday and look forward to welcoming you all back on Tuesday 3rd September at 8.50am.


All key dates are listed on the school website:


  • 3.9.19 – School restarts at 8.50am
  • 19.9.19 – Meet the teacher from 6.30pm
  • 10.10.19 – Harvest Festival
  • Week beginning 14th October Democracy Week
  • 23.10.19 – Early Parents Consultation
  • 24.10.19 – Late Parents Consultation
  • Half Term the week beginning 28th October

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Moments from Year 2

It has been a fantastic term in Year 2. Through our topic work: Where in the World? we have looked at compass points, Canada, the equator and North and South poles. We have compared two very interesting scientists who are oceanographers and the ‘Shark Lady’  as well as St Albans with Wiarton in Ontario, Canada. The children have enjoyed using the Claude book to produce a range of different types of writing. In Maths the children have been very excited to use column addition and subtraction and are ending the term learning the 3 and 4 times tables, along with remembering the 2s, 5s and 10s. The children amazed us by their dedication and enthusiasm with the play: Around the World. They did well to learn the songs and dances and we were very proud of them. Sports day was another afternoon of fun and excitement!

Moments from Year 1

During this month, Year 1 have been studying capacity. To finish our topic, we have measured the ingredients for Gingerbread people today. The dough is going to chill overnight in the fridge and tomorrow your child will come home with a special treat!
In English we have been reading a lovely story about Belle, who has met a special helpful friend, a Bee. This has been an ideal opportunity to share our worries and excitement with any journeys that we shall be experiencing over the coming weeks.
In Science we have been learning about mini-beasts. The highlight of which has been observing our caterpillars transforming into butterflies in the classroom. We successfully released 60 beautiful Painted Lady butterflies one sunny afternoon last week. We have been carrying out a survey within our classes; the question was, ‘which mini beast is our favourite and why?’. We shall be collating this information and creating graphs to show our data handling skills. In Art, the children have been studying a contemporary artist, David Hockney. They have created swimming pool pictures using wax pastels and water colour washes. The children have loved sharing their stories of learning to swim and visiting the seaside. They are getting very excited that the Summer holidays are nearly with us!

Moments from Reception

We’ve had a busy final few weeks in Red and Blue class where the children have been focusing on animals. The children learnt about the animals they saw on their on their trip. The found out facts about them such as what they eat, where they live and whether they are endangered. Each child then made a fact file about their chosen animal, sharing the information they had learnt. They then made collages of an animal, thinking carefully about what material would best represent it such as feathers for birds, fur for big cats and punchinella for scales on snakes. We then went on our trip to Paradise Wildlife Park, a trip thoroughly enjoyed by all. The children were well behaved and represented our school well. They enjoyed learning different skills for Sports Day, including our new race, the Relay. We spoke about how to be good sports, understanding it is the taking part that counts and being proud of others achievements. The children decided if they wanted to stand for the School Council Elections. Some children wrote their suggestions as to why they would be a good candidate. They then presented this to the class and we had a democratic vote to elect our first councillors.


Lots of children have come to show me their learning which has been very impressive. Lacey, Bailey and Clarissa for their writing. Henry R for his poem. Rosalie, Muntaha and Harry for their Maths. Omar for his creative work and Fabien for his Science work.


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cunningham infant logoReadathon

Thank you to all the children who read so many books, magazines and comics during our sponsored event and a huge thank you to families and friends who sponsored them. We have been able to purchase a fantastic selection of books, both fiction and non fiction. Purple Class are excited to share just some of the books that will be added to our school library.

Governor update

From September Anna O’Sullivan will be Acting Chair and Lisa Wood will Acting Vice Chair. Reanne Gourdin will be the Safeguarding Governor. Further information on the Governing body can be found here. Thank you to all the Governors for their hard work and support.

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