Cunningham Hill Infant School Newsletter – September 2018


katherine cooperIt has been lovely welcoming back all the children after the holidays. They all looked refreshed, smart and excited to learn. I was impressed with how many parents and carers came to the ‘Meet the Teacher’ evening and hear about what your child will be learning this year, as well as the year groups expectations. I am pleased to see so many hair accessories that are now plain, and the fancy hair accessories are saved for the weekend! Every Friday in assembly Mrs Fernandes will be giving out certificates for Learning Powers. These are the shark, dolphin, octopus and penguin. Please click here to find out about what each one stands for. Adults are always looking for these learning powers around the school. During last academic year the Reception Team worked hard to be awarded the EYQS Bronze award. This is a brilliant achievement so thank you to Mrs Barwin, Miss Lewis and everyone who works in Reception. This year  the Harvest Festival will be on Thursday 11th October where we will be collecting donations for the St Albans & District foodbank. Please click here for their Harvest Appeal. Donations can be brought in the week beginning the 8th October.


All key dates are listed on the school website:

  • 5th October CHISS second hand book sale after school
  • 9th October Year 2 trip to St Albans Cathedral
  • 11th October Harvest Festival 9.15am and 2.15pm
  • 16th October Councillor Anthony Rowlands
  • 24th October Parents Consultation by appointment
  • 25th October Parents Consultation by appointment
  • 26th October CHISS cake sale after school
  • 29th October till 2nd November Half Term
  • 5th November school reopens after Half Term

Please click here for the term dates for 2018/2019 and 2019/2020

Moments from Year 2

The year has got off to a good start in year 2 with our topic on St Albans. The children are enjoying using atlases, looking at our place in the world and focusing on local landmarks they recognise. Each class has been working as a whole class team to produce a map and 3d model of Verulamium park. We are currently focusing on how St Albans has changed over time and we look forward to our trip to the Abbey in October. In maths we have been learning and investigating place value of numbers to 99. This has included knowing the value of tens and ones when two digit numbers are partitioned. We have begun addition and subtraction strategies and ask that you please practise number bonds to 10 / 20 and then related number facts. We use the sentence: If I know that 3+2 = 5, then I know 13+2=15. We have been focusing on Roald Dahl books in Big Write and are enjoying reading them together. Handwriting practise is always appreciated, thank you!

Moments from Year 1

Green Class and Purple Class have settled well into the new routines of Year 1. We have been thinking about the learning power animals and using these skills to help with our learning. We are enjoying our Autumn Topic and are looking forward to ‘Walking in the Woods’ when we visit Highfield Park. A big thank you to those parents who have already volunteered, however there are still a few more volunteers needed for Green Class if you are able to help please let us know.  Having settled so well we are looking forward to a busy and productive term. 

Moments from Reception

They started using Learning Partners on the carpet. This encourages the children to share their ideas with a friend, then with the class. It also ensures they listen to other children’s ideas 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 had their first Music lesson and Music Assembly with Mr Bainbridge.  They enjoyed the fun warm up about swallowing a wasp.  They then said their name whist shaking a maraca.  We then started to learn songs for our Harvest Festival. We have been introducing new learning opportunities to the children, including the mud kitchen. They know to put on an apron and wellies to keep clean. The children enjoyed using this to make cakes, soup, paint their names and role play. They described the mud as squishy, squelchy, soggy and sticky. 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. Isha came with her super description of a character, Anish for his home learning and Mehdi and Neve for finding half of a number.

cunningham infant logoVALUES

Silver class decided that this half terms value is Thankfulness. The children talked about what this meant to them. They said that it is when you give something to someone and they say thank you, giving people something that they have never tried and they are grateful and if you help someone who is struggling and they say thank you.

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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