Cunningham Hill Infant School Newsletter – March 2019


katherine cooperThe costumes on World Book Day were fantastic. It was lovely to see so many people come in the afternoon and read stories to the children. The whole school trip to Heartwood Forest visit was a great success and linked nicely into The Bog Baby book, which was written by Jeanne Willis, who came to work with the children. The children thoroughly enjoyed her visit and produced fabulous bog babies out of clay. ECP Ltd came into school to work with the children and adults. They talked about the importance of online safety and how quickly technology is evolving. The handouts were sent via PMX. Please click here for websites and contact details that they recommend using. The CHISS PTA disco was enjoyed by all. Thank you to the PTA for organising the event. Learning with your child takes place on Thursday 21st March. The aim of this is for parents/carers to come and work alongside their child in school and experience the same learning. The teachers will be teaching so will not be available for 1:1 consultations. At lunch time the Midday Supervisory Assistants are giving out raffle tickets for positive behaviour and choices at lunchtime. The raffle tickets are then drawn on a Monday and six children will be picked randomly to have lunch with myself on a Thursday. Next week a long standing member of staff, Michelle Morris, will be leaving us. She has worked as a Midday Supervisory Assistant for over 20 years and has been amazing. We wish her good luck for the future and thank her for everything that she has done.


All key dates are listed on the school website:

  • 21.3.19- Learning with your child by appointment only
  • 30.3.19- CHISS PTA Odyssey Cinema event
  • 1.4.19- Easter Bonnet Parade
  • 4.4.19- Spring Concert 9.15am & 2.15pm
  • 5.4.19- School finishes at 1.15pm (non uniform day £1 donation)
  • 24.4.19- School restarts at 8.50am
  • 7.5.19- Class photos

Thursday 4th April Spring Concert at 9.15am or 2.15pm. Please book online to confirm your attendance.

Moments from Year 2

Year 2 have had a very busy start to the term. We had a fantastic time during our Great Fire of London Day delivered by History off the Page. One child said, ” it was like going in a portal back to 1666!” The children experienced a wide range of activities and made lots of interesting things. Then we had our visit to the Heartwood Forest – the children enjoyed measuring the girth of trees, sketching the landscape, investigating and making habitats and den building. We were very lucky to have the author Jeanne Willis in school, she told the children lots of interesting stories about her adventures with animals before making their own bog babies out of clay.  On Wednesday we had a visitor in to talk about waste awareness, followed by workshops about reducing, reusing and recycling which were very informative and on Thursday we had Online Safety workshops

Moments from Year 1

Year 1 particularly enjoyed Science Week. Starting with the incredible day at Haertwood Forest last week, where the children made dens, studied trees and generally enjoyed the great outdoors with their friends. We have been observing the signs of Spring and thinking about the things a seed will need to grow. Year 1 have planted bean seeds and will be observing them. They have decided that a seed will need light, warmth and water to grow. As well as some love! We have created an experiment in the classrooms to check that our predictions are correct. We shall be checking our fair test as well as caring for our seeds over the next few weeks. We also had a visit from the author, Jeanne Willis. After enjoying an amazing assembly where we learnt all about the menagerie of animals she kept as a child that were her inspiration as a writer. Jean Willis then came to our classrooms and helped us make Bog Babies out of clay. We have written instructions on how to make them and shall be painting them next week.  We also had a very informative presentation about E-Safety. The children have been told how to keep safe on-line, using the Paw Patrol characters.  The children then designed Online Safety posters in class using the computers. 

Moments from Reception

Reception have been looking at healthy eating. We spoke about which foods you need most of, some of and a small amount of. They explored a range of fruit and vegetables, predicting what colour they would be inside, then tasted them. They tried peppers, pomelo, pomegranate, celery, blueberries and melon. The children did observational drawings of the inside of the fruit using chalk pastels. They paid attention to detail such as the colour and seeds. We then encouraged the children to write about foods and they did so in several ways including writing a shopping list and designing an eat well plate. We also discussed how we need to drink water, sleep well and exercise to maintain good health. In Maths, we have explored 3D shapes, naming them and describing their properties such as faces, edges and vertices. The children have also begun looking at money, recognising coins and making values. We have also explored addition and subtraction. There have been several exciting events in March such as World Book Day, a visit from the author Jeanne Willis, Online Safety Day and Science Week, plus our two trips to Heartwood Forest and The Fire Station.


Samuel, Sam, Tomas, Robi & Riley for their writing and Freya for her Spring poem.

Voluntary Contributions

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.

cunningham infant logoVALUES

This half terms value was chosen by Green class. It is perseverance. The children said that perseverance was not giving up, keep on trying, having another go, trying you best, having a positive attitude and not being scared if it is your first go at it.

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