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Look at what we have been learning at school...

What a fun experience! To celebrate and support our topic of Lunar New Year, West End in Schools came to visit us and teach Foundation a dance, inspired by The Great Race. All the movements represented a different animal. We had to use coordination, balance and speed to combine all the movements together.

This week, we have been learning about how the traditions of Lunar new came about, starting with a race across a river. 12 different animals competed in order to have a year named after them. Talk to your child about what they have enjoyed and learnt this week.

Rebecca and Katy from BCP came to visit the children in Foundation. They are literacy officers who spread the word about what their local libraries have to offer.

We learnt how we can borrow a range of books, including audio books, the importance of looking after them and what it means to ‘borrow’ them. Rebecca and Katy shared one of their favourite stories with us. Together we read The Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. 

At the end of the visit, Rebecca and Katy gave us an envelope containing some exciting items, including our very own library card. We can't wait to here about your library adventures. Talk to your child about the stories they are most looking forward to reading.

As part of our PSHE scheme, Harold the giraffe from CORAM came to visit us all. He spoke to us about how to keep our bodies healthy. We looked at different body parts, including why bones are important and what our hearts, alongside food do in order to give us energy! We also helped Harold check his overnight bag and made sure he had packed important items to keep himself clean and healthy. It was so much fun exploring the importance of exercise and sleep so our bodies can keep on growing and getting stronger. Ask your child what their favourite part of Harold's visit was!

Trains, trains and more trains!

Foundation were super lucky to have a visit from a Trainmaster. They brought in so many different train sets which we were able to play and explore with our peers. There was even a sit-on train which sent us flying through our school hall! It was such a fun experience for all the children. Ask them what their favourite train set was and where their train visited.

Thank you F.R.I.E.N.D.S for organising this.

Stop. Look. Listen. Think!

We had the road safety team into school to teach us about the importance of keeping safe around roads. We learnt a special rhyme to help us remember how to cross a road safely. It was very exciting as we then got to role play different characters, including a traffic light, cars, pedestrians and even lollipop person. 

As your child how they will keep safe when crossing the road next time you are out. 

This week, we have had a community police officer come to visit us. We got to try on some really heavy uniform and were given the chance to ask questions. We found out how the police officers work as a team by using walkie-talkies. They even have a helicopter, just like paramedics...Ask your child what they learnt today!

We have met another real-life superhero...A paramedic!

We learnt some first aid skills, including how to put bandages and slings on each other. The paramedic told us that it was important to know the number house we live at so we can tell the person on the phone if we ever need to call 999. Talk to your child about this at home. 

999, it's an EMERGENCY! 

As part of our topic 'Real life Superheroes', we had a very exciting visit from a fire education officer to talk to us about how to stay safe when there is a fire. We learnt the rhymes:


'Matches, lighters, never touch. They can hurt you very much.'


'Sniff, sniff, sniff. Beep, beep, beep. Check your smoke alarm every week.'


We even had a surprise visit from the local fire station who drove a real fire engine (with flashing lights) onto the playground...How lucky are we!




What a fantastic first week we have had exploring our new classrooms and learning gardens! We are so proud of how the children have settled as they begin their new school adventure. Here are some of the things that we have been doing this week...