Cunningham Hill Infant School Newsletter – September 2019


katherine cooperThank you to all those parents who attended our recent class information meetings. The high turnout is greatly appreciated. Autumn Term is well underway and all our classes are settling well into their routines. Our new Reception children are now very familiar with their classrooms and outdoor learning spaces and developing independence to use the resources available to them. It was lovely to see so many new and familiar faces as the CHISS PTA coffee morning which runs the first Friday of each month. During the Summer Term, Mrs Haynes worked with all the children so that they could enter the Maltings Art Competition. Darcey and Bianca were selected as finalists in the 4-7 year old category. Their art work was on display in St Albans Museum and Gallery. All the finalists went to the final and were presented with a gold medal. Click here to see their art work. Ossie our school dog has been getting to know everyone. He does enjoy greeting people of a morning. The school councillors and some Eco Ambassadors met Gretta, Ossie’s dog trainer. The children learnt about how to spot if Ossie was happy or nervous. The School Councillors will now work with Mrs Barwin to deliver the training to all the children.



All key dates are listed on the school website:

  • 1st October CHISS PTA AGM
  • 2nd October Year 2 Trip to Ashridge
  • 3rd October National Poetry Day
  • 3rd October Year 1 trip to Highfield Park
  • 4th October CHISS PTA Second hand book sale
  • 10th October Harvest Festival 9.15am or 2.15pm
  • 23rd October Parents Consultation 3.30pm-6pm
  • 23rd October Indian Dance Workshop
  • 24th October Parents Consultation 5pm-8pm
  • 25th October CHISS PTA Cake Sale

Please remember to bring food donations to support our local foodbank “Feed”. Click here for what to donate.

Moments from Year 2

The children have settled in well and they are beginning to understand the expectations of Year 2. We have begun our topic of Where in the World, we have begun by locating continents and oceans. Investigating the climate of different countries and finding out if they are closer to the Equator, North or South Pole. In Big writing we have been focusing on the Arctic, looking at the journey of a polar bear who gets lost. So far we have researched polar bears, written a non-chronological report, used words from the book to visualise images and pictures to make predictions about how the characters are feeling and what they might be thinking. In computing we have started to create a mind map on Purple Mash asking questions about the effects of climate change. The work in science on habitats will also relate to what we’ve been researching in other subjects. In a few weeks we will be exploring habitats on our wild woods day at Ashridge Forest.

Moments from Year 1

Welcome to Year 1! It was lovely to meet some of you at Meet the Teacher evening. The children are settling and adapting well to life in year one. Our topic this term is Out and About. We will be exploring the school and local areas, learning about the seasons and basing our Big write lessons on the book Out and About by Shirley Hughes. This is a poetry book, which we will be reading together, learning about poetry and writing our own poems. Regular reading at home will be a great way to help your child develop a love of reading and develop their own skills. In Maths we will be focusing on numbers to 20. We will develop place value understanding as well as addition and subtraction methods. The children will continue to use manipulatives to deepen their understanding and mastery of the concepts. We will be counting to and from 100.


Moments from Reception

Red and Blue Class have settled very well into school life. They have been using Learning Partners, which encourages the children to share their ideas, listen to others and explain their own understanding. As partners, we share resources, take turns and speak in full sentences. Learning Partners also encourage new friendships, so please talk to your child about who their partner is and encourage making new friends. The children are enjoying Music lessons and Assemblies with Mr Bainbridge, ask if they can sing some of their new songs.  In Maths we have been exploring pattern and number. We have been encouraging the children to use 1-1 correspondence to count and match numeral and quantity.


This year any children that come with superb work will get a certificate and their name will go into the new glittery golden book. William came with his super sentence writing and Mark for his amazing home learning. Hareem for her number work and Georgie for her art work.

Voluntary Contributions to the School Fund 
We have had some enquiries as to how parents can make a voluntary contribution to our school fund which can support the development and enrichment of our curriculum. If you feel you would like to make a voluntary contribution to our school fund pot there is an option to do this via pmx.

cunningham infant logoVALUES

Silver Class have chosen service as this half term’s value. The children said it is about helping others. When you see somebody sad you can go and help the,. If you see somebody who’s been hurt go and help them. If someone is all alone go and play with them. You can share things. It is kind to help each other.

cunningham infant logoEarrings

Please ensure that if your child wears earrings they are studs. For PE days they must removed for safety.


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