Cunningham Hill Infant School Newsletter – October 2018


katherine cooperIt was lovely to see so many parents and family members at the Harvest Festival. Thank you so much for all the generous donations which have gone to the St Albans foodbank. It was greatly appreciated. Year 1 and 2 thoroughly enjoyed their trips to Highfield Park and St Albans Cathedral. They came back inspired and the writing they produced on the Friday was brilliant. Democracy Week was launched by the local councillor Anthony Rowlands. Anthony had a question and answer session with the elected school councillors Riley, Kaylyn, Thomas, Valentina, Anish, Rosalie, Isa and Sandra. Anthony talked a lot about Foxcroft Park and asked for suggestions to develop the park further. Mrs Barwin changed the library into a polling station so that all the children could vote on what clothing they wanted to wear on the Friday for non uniform day. We actively encourage all the children to wear school uniform everyday. It looks smart, it helps to give the school identity and it is also practical. Our school colours are purple, yellow and grey. Please click here for an updated uniform list as well as our expectations. I hope you have a restful half term break and I look forward to welcoming everyone back on Monday 5th November at 8.50am.



All key dates are listed on the school website:

  • 5th November school reopens at 8.50 am
  • 9th November Remembrance Assembly
  • Week beginning 12th November Anti Bullying Week
  • 12th November Odd Sock Day
  • 16th November Non Uniform day for Children in Need £1 donation
  • Week beginning 19th November Switch off Fortnight
  • 23rd November CHISS Movie afternoon
  • 29th November CHISS Wreath Making
  • 8th December CHISS Panto at St Albans Arena
  • 12th December Reception Performance 9.30 am
  • 13th December Reception Performance 2.30 pm
  • 14th December Christmas Lunch
  • 18th December Songs at St Lukes at 2 pm
  • 21st December school finishes at 1.15 pm Non Uniform Day £1 donation

We are selling poppies and stationary in aid of the Royal British Legion in the school office.

Moments from Year 2

It’s been a busy first half term in Year 2. We have been looking at Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl and have written in a range of different genres. The children have enjoyed this story and we are ending the topic by watching the film to compare the screen version with the written. Addition and subtraction has been our main focus in Maths and the children have learnt new methods and ways to organise the data. In Science we have been looking at plants, different types of seeds and how they disperse. Both Year 2 classes have enjoyed the practical science experiments. Gold class have made a splash at swimming and silver class look forward to doing it next half term.

Moments from Year 1

Year 1 had a brilliant trip to Highfield Park and they really enjoyed. The highlight was finding their way round the maze. The children have learnt a lot about the local area, what shops there are and the different church buildings. They saw this when walking to and from the park. Everyone has praised Year 1s road safety awareness. Year 1 have thoroughly enjoyed being scientist, asking lots of interesting questions and finding the answers out during Science lessons. The Year 1s have looked at how to form the letters using the cursive script. Please encourage your child to use this script when writing. All the children have made Maths chatterboxes which will be sent home for half term.

Moments from Reception

In October, Red and Blue class have been looking at a variety of Mathematical concepts such as weight, capacity, problem solving and addition. They have developed language around each concept and have been encouraged to speak in full sentences as they explain their learning. Each child created a beautiful pattern for a whole school display in the hall. They used two colours and thought of how they could use the colours to create a pattern. They had a drama workshop with Perform linked to the circus. It was a good opportunity to see how they join in, show enthusiasm, and listen to a range of instructions. In Literacy, we looked at the story, Anna and Otis and thought about what makes a good friend. Each child drew a picture linked to the story and tried to use their phonic knowledge to write initial sounds, words or simple captions. We then spoke about how to be a good friend and how we treat other.


Well done to Medhi for his maths work, Joshua for his super sentences, Michael for his model and writing, Cole for his computer work, Emily and Anish for their home learning, Izma and Mahdiya for their number work, Rose, Mela and Camilla for their writing, Alex for his handwriting, Jamil for his super learning and Taha for his book review.

cunningham infant logoBritish Values

During assembly’s the children have been learning about the British Values. These are democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. Please click here for more information.

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