Cunningham Hill Infant School Newsletter – November 2018


katherine cooperOn Friday the 9th November the whole school came together to mark 100 years since the end of World War 1 and Remembrance day. The children behaved impeccably and we were all very proud of the way the children had conducted themselves during the assembly. It was a poignant assembly of reflection and remembrance. Anti bullying week was launched with all the children coming to school with odd socks. This symbolises and celebrates individuality which is part of the theme of ‘Choose Respect’. Thank you to the PTA for organising the ‘Movie Afternoon’. It was a great success and thank you to all the parents who came in to help. If you are thinking about getting a Christmas Tree, please visit this website If you buy your tree this way you will be able to raise funds for the school. The school Christmas Tree is from here and it is very good! Margaret Edgar has been a governor at the school for over 30 years. For 12 of these years, she was chair of the governing body. She will be stepping down as a governor. She has been fantastic and has worked tirelessly for the school. The children will be having a special assembly with her on Monday to say thank you and she will be switching on our Christmas tree lights. The school’s child protection policy has been updated. Please click here to read the policy.



All key dates are listed on the school website:

  • 3rd December Christmas Tree light switch on
  • 5th December Year 1 to St Paul’s Church
  • 6th December Year 1 to St Paul’s Church
  • 6th December Book Look from 3 pm
  • 8th December CHISS Panto at 10 am
  • 13th December EYFS performance 9.30 am & 2 pm
  • 14th December Christmas Lunch and Christmas Attire day
  • 19th December Songs at St Luke’s
  • 21st December End of term finish at 1.15 pm Non uniform donation £1 donation

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Moments from Year 2

Year 2 are still continuing work on St Albans, they are looking at how the coming of the trains led to a growth in population by using graphs and maps to compare the differences over time. The children have used information sheets and video clips to investigate the closed stations along the Alban Way. In Science we have started to look at food chains, identifying producers, consumers and predators. We have been focusing on multiplication and division using arrays, looking at multiplication as repeated addition and division as repeated subtraction. The children have also enjoyed making seasonal crafts through our art and design technology lessons.

Moments from Year 1

Year 1 have been looking at celebrations and light. The children have looked at how different religions use light in their celebrations. In History, the children have been taught about parties from the ‘olden times’ and how we can find out about this. In D and T, the children have been taste testing and made their own fruit kebab which was their party food at their street party. In Literacy we have been looking at ‘non negotiable’s’. These are a capital letter in the correct place, finger spaces and a full stop at the end of the sentence. The children have been taught how to used the cursive script for every letter. Please encourage your child to use this script. The adults are impressed that some of the children are already joining. In Maths the children have been focusing on the numbers between 10 and 20 and they have been counting on from 10 to make teen numbers.

Moments from Reception

Reception have been learning about religious festivals such as Diwali. We had a visit from 2 parents, and a grandparent, who spoke to the classes about how their families celebrate Diwali. The children learnt about Diva Lamps and Rangoli patterns then made their own. In Maths we have been learning about numbers, such as different ways to represent numbers, saying 1 more and 1 less than a given number and combining 2 groups. For Anti-bullying week the children learnt about respect and what this means. The children are enjoying phonics in small groups. They are starting to use their phonic knowledge more independently to write captions, words, labels, or mark make. With Christmas nearly upon us, we have begun our preparations for our play. The children are enthusiastically learning the words to 7 songs and will be choosing their roles too. This month, we have started visiting the Orchard Care Home. We take 10 children at a time and sing, colour and read with the residents. Thank you to the parents who have given time to help us.


It was lovely to see Bernie and Joshua’s rangoli patterns, Roxy’s super writing, Ariel’s memorial for Remembrance day, Muntaha’s Maths learning, Seb’s Maths work, Anna’s understanding of respect and Riley’s questions in his Literacy work. I was impressed with John’s home learning, Samara’s name writing, Harvey’s snowflake, Haytham’s handwriting and Mela’s CVC word building.

cunningham infant logoVALUES

This half term’s value is respect, which was chosen by Gold Class. In assembly the children talked about what this meant and it is about treating others as you want to be treated. It is about being kind to others and showing respect to all even if you don’t know them. Respect is about helping others when they are feeling sad. Respect is not interrupting others, listening to their ideas and letting them finish talking. Respect is respecting other people’s                                        beliefs. Remember to think of others not just yourself.

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