Dear parents, carers and children
Welcome to the last term of this academic year. Our topic is The Enchanted Woodland, which should provide lots of opportunity for outdoor exploration and imagination. Below, you will find the book list and the home-learning ideas that go with the topic, to supplement or replace the ideas in the home-learning grid.
Don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or anything isn't clear.
Very best regards
Ms MacDonald and Miss Windle
Each week, while the school is closed, we will be uploading a Home Learning Map with activities for all curriculum areas that can be done at home. Along with the Home Learning Map we will also upload resources to accompany all the activities.
In addition to this, there are a variety of additional, general home learning activities below.
The children should all have home learning books that can be used for any work they do at home. All login details you will need will be sent home before the school closes.
When the children are writing, remind them about their finger spaces, letter formation, capital letters, full stops, question marks and exclamation marks. The children can use the word cards below to help with their spelling when they are writing and you can use the words to play games such as snap, bingo, hangman and jumbled letters.
If your children need any more books allocated on Bug Club or you need further activities allocated on Mathletics then please contact us via email.
There are lots of activities on all curriculum areas on Purple Mash and the children will be assigned specific activities on the Home Learning Map.
Monster Phonics have given us free parent access, details below.
Monster Phonics- user name and password for home learning:
Go to: https://www.purplemash.com/cookham
The children then enter their user name and password.
School Code: ktjp
This week, Year One took part in a Pillow Polo Festival along with children from other schools in the local area. Pillow Polo is similar to hockey but due to the design of the sticks it is much safer for younger children. The children learnt lots of different Pillow Polo skills and techniques and then took part in some friendly matches against other schools. The children enjoyed Pillow Polo so much the school is investigating how we can integrate it into the PE curriculum.
Our first topic of the year has been very exciting, we have learnt lots of interesting facts about dinosaurs and we have even been on a dinosaur hunt!
On our dinosaur hunt we found dinosaur bones and dinosaur eggs, they even hatched!
Our Trip to Tring Natural History Museum
We have had a fantastic trip to Tring, we learnt all about fossils and how they are made and we saw lots of different types of animals, they were all stuffed!
Year One in the Big City!
Year One have just been on a fantastic trip to the Tower of London to enhance our learning about The Great Fire of London.
We had a fantastic workshop delivered to us by a lady called Elizabeth. She told us all about the fire and how and why it spread so far and so quickly.
We were very excited to see the Tower's ravens and after lunch we were really lucky to them close up!
Our trip was topped off with the Crown Jewels, we were amazed at how beautiful and sparkly they were!
As we were leaving we saw the 21 gun salute for Accession Day, we thought the guns smelled like rotten eggs.
'On special days, such as anniversaries and birthdays, Royal salutes are fired from various locations in London and across the UK. In London, salutes are fired from the Tower of London, and also either Hyde Park or Green Park, depending upon the occasion. The basic salute is 21 rounds, fired at ten second intervals, but in Hyde Park an extra 20 are fired because it is a Royal Park'. Taken from https://www.royal.uk/gun-salutes
Monster Phonics Home Learning Ideas:
This link gives parents access to lots of free resources and information:
- free resources, for example, common exception word flashcards and powerpoints
- free online games
- information about phonics, multisensory activities for home and the screening test
- how monster phonics works
- additional topical resources
Meet the Monsters...
Mystery Readers Needed!
The aim of ‘Mystery Reader’ is to show children that adults love reading too so we would like to invite parents, grandparents or other family members to come into their child's class to read a children's story. This could be a book you particularly enjoyed reading when you were growing up, a current children's book brought from home or a book selected from the school library. The children will not know who is coming into their class for each session so it will be a surprise when their reader arrives.
We will be having ‘Mystery Reader’ sessions on Mondays, 2.50pm-3.10pm. If you would like to come in to be a mystery reader then please speak to Ms MacDonald or Miss Windle to book your slot.
We look forward to seeing you and hearing your stories!
Cookham Dean CE Primary School, Bigfrith Lane,
Cookham Dean, Maidenhead SL6 9PH.
Tel: 01628 482734.