Bonfire celebrations

In Class 1, we have been learning about Bonfire night and why we celebrate it every year on the 5th November.

We learnt about onomatopoeia words and have used these to create some firework shape poems.

We also created firework pictures using pastels, loose parts and paint in spray bottles.

Best of all, we went to forest school and had our very own bonfire. We enjoyed some of the foods you traditionally eat on Bonfire night including hot dogs, smores and hot chocolate. We didn’t even mind the rain!

Snapshots from Class 1

The first term of the year has been a busy one for the children of Class 1. Here are some snapshots of what we have been getting up to:

We have hit the ground running with our phonics, playing games like picture and word match, tricky word snakes and ladders and cvc bingo to help the children develop their reading skills. The Year 1 children have been looking at the alphabet and learning capital letters.IMG_3674

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In maths, we have been focusing on number and place value. The reception children have been playing games to help develop their recognition of numbers and subitising. The Year 1s have been looking in depth at numbers to 10, learning how to order and compare numbers. We have also been looking at the part + part = whole models in preparation for learning to add numbers.

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In science, we have been learning about the body and the 5 senses. We were able to draw around a body and add the labels for different body parts. We have also done lots of experiments to test our 5 senses.

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In our topic work, we have been learning about London as our capital city. The children have had lots of fun playing in our London bus role play area. We have learnt about the different landmarks and have had a go at junk modelling our own versions.

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We have also been learning about healthy eating. We made healthy fruit kebabs and used the IWB to show what we would put in a healthy lunch box. The Year 1s kept food diaries and analysed the healthiness of their diets.

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We also had a go at creating our own fruity faces in the style of the famous artist Arcimboldo.

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It has definitely been a jam packed term! I hope everyone has a relaxing half- term holiday to re- charge their batteries, ready for a busy term in the run- up to Christmas.

Miss Latham

Class 1 parent story time

After half term, I would like to introduce an opportunity for a different parent/grandparent/guardian etc to come into school on a Thursday afternoon at 15:00, to read their favourite story to the children.

We love story time in Class 1 and it is so important to foster a love of reading. I think the children will really enjoy having someone new in to read to them every Thursday.

I have stuck a sign up sheet in the entrance porch to class 1, so please feel free to put your name down for a session. Any relative is welcome, should a parent not be able to attend. All I ask is that you bring your favourite book with you.

I hope to see lots of people signing up!

Thank you,

Miss Latham

Plastic bags for PE shoes


As the children are currently having PE lessons outdoors, please could you send in a plastic bag, which your child will then be able to keep their muddy shoes in after a PE session. This will help keep their PE clothes clean.

Thank you,

Miss Latham

Class 1 request for Autumn objects


In class 1, we will be looking at the signs of Autumn. If anybody has collected lots of conkers, different coloured leaves or big leaf maple helicopters etc, or if you would like to collect these items for us over the weekend,  then donations of these would be greatly appreciated next week. Please drop them into Class 1.

Thank you,

Miss Latham



Welcome to the start of a new school year. Your children have settled in well and I hope they have enjoyed their first few days in school. For those of you who are new to the school, just a few reminders about expectations:

  • Please only send water in your child’s water bottle, unless your child has a medical reason for drinking juice. If this is the case, just let me know.
  • We offer a fruit snack everyday in school, however if you would like to send your child in with their own snack, please stick to healthy options such as fruit or vegetables only.
  • If you haven’t already, please send in your child’s PE kit and wellies. Wellies can be put straight on the wellie rack outside of class 1.

Due to vandalism over the Summer holiday, the Forest School area is currently out of bounds. Until the area has been cleared, Forest School won’t be going ahead and I will run a PE session every other Wednesday instead. I will let parents know when Forest School clothes are needed.

Also, after drop of tomorrow morning, the Friends of Crudgington Group are holding a coffee morning in the school staff room. Feel free to pop along. You will receive a warm welcome and I know the Friends group would love to welcome some new members.

If you need to ask anything,please feel free to grab me for a chat in the mornings or after school.

Thank you,

Miss Latham


Class 1: resources wanted


In Class 1, we are in the process of updating our classroom and outdoor areas. We are wondering if anyone has any of the following resources going spare, which you could kindly donate to the class?

We are looking for:

  • Large cable reels
  • Loose parts i.e. corks, shells, pebbles, off- cuts of wood, log slices, pine cones etc
  • Log stumps
  • Pallets
  • Long tree branches
  • Large cushions
  • Mud kitchen accessories i.e jugs, mixing bowls, sieves, ladles etc.

Please let us know what you have and we will let you know if it’s suitable. Come and let me know at the end of any day outside Class 1.

Thank you,

Miss Latham

Gruffalo Tea Party!

Thank you so much to everyone who came to the Gruffalo Tea Party! The children (and staff) worked very hard making the food and putting the decorations together and I hope that everyone who came, enjoyed themselves and had a lovely lunch. I know the children loved having you all join us!

On Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning, all of the children had a go at making the different party food, from Gruffalo crumble to ‘scrambled snake’ egg mayonnaise sandwiches.

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Class 1 Gruffalo Tea Party!

Thank you to all the parents who have returned their slip and money for the Gruffalo Tea Party.

We have an extra 6 tickets available, so if you have someone else in mind who’d like to join us on Thursday, please bring the £2 in on Monday. The six tickets will be given on a first come, first served basis.

For those people who are joining us on Thursday, you are welcome to bring along younger siblings free of charge.

Thank you,

Miss Latham

Easter Bunny craft

The children have had a wonderful day with Mrs Cole, making their very own stuffed Easter Bunnies. The children all listened carefully to Mrs Cole’s instructions and produced some beautifully made Easter Bunnies, which they have very excitedly been able to take home. A big thank you to Mrs Cole for donating her time and resources into making the Easter bunnies. I know the children really enjoyed themselves!

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