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Week ending 17th November.

This week has been Anti Bullying Week and we have been thinking about what makes a good friend and how we can help our friends if they have a problem. On Friday we all wore our odd socks celebrating our differences. 

We were also lucky enough to have a visit from Pudsey during Celebration Assembly on Children in Need Day on Friday. He delivered a cheque from Asda to the school.
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Week ending 10th November 2017

It was great to meet so many parents at this weeks Parents Evening and have a chance to share your children's hard work.

This week we have been learning about Mary Anning. Mary Anning was a famous fossil collector during the Victorian times before scientists knew the stones were really the fossilised remains of creatures that had lived millions of years ago. One day Mary discovered the remains of an entire Icthyosaur in the cliffs near her home in Lyme Regis. She collected her fossils in her fossil bag.She became one of the most famous fossil hunters. Next week we will be writing about her and designing our own fossil bags.

Week ending 3rd November

After writing their news for me on Monday morning I know everyone in Chaplin Class had a happy half term holiday ! The children have settled back into school really well and have been working hard in numeracy learning by heart their number bonds to 10. They have been learning a poem to help them remember too. The children have taken a copy of the poem  home to practise. They all have some of our year 1 tricky words in their book bags to learn how to read and write too.

Next week I look forward to talking to you at Parents Evening on Tuesday and Thursday. If you are unable to meet on those days please let me know so we can arrange another convenient time. 


Thursday 19th October

The children were fantastic in our 60th Birthday Celebration Assembly today. They sat beautifully enjoying the performances by the rest of the school before performing confidently them selves. Well done Chaplin Class. Here are a few photos from the assembly.


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A big thank you to our friends Reagan, Mackenzie and Mason from Year 6 who came and showed us how to make paper aeroplanes to use in our assembly.

Week ending 13th October 2017

This week in Chaplin Class we have been learning about some of the inventions, fashions, films and TV programmes, toys and events that happened between 2000-2009. We will be telling you all about what we have learnt at the 60th Birthday Celebration Assembly on Thursday 19th October !

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The children have been hard at work retelling the story of Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs. We have been 'hot seating' some of the characters to find out how they felt during the story. Thank you to William, Jack, Zaara and Adele for pretending to be Harry, Mum, Sam and Nan..
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Week beginning 2nd October

This week in Chaplin Class we have been reading 'Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs' by Ian Whybrow. We are learning the story,with the help of actions, as part of our Talk for Writing program so that we can rewrite the story ourselves this week. The children have drawn some fantastic story maps for the story. 

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We have been working scientifically to investigate how liquids react with each other. To do this we made 'volcanoes' in bottles. We used water, oil, food colouring and alker seltzers if you want to have a go at home !
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During our ICT time the children went on the website to practise our phase 3 sounds. This is a fun way to practise our phonics and can be done easily at home. Username: brentryp Password : kent.


A reminder that it is Mental Health Awareness Day on Tuesday 10th October and we are asking the children to wear something yellow on that day. In class we will be talking about the importance of talking to someone if you are feeling sad or have a worry.

Week ending 29th September


A busy week in Chaplin Class as on Wednesday it was our Big Dig ! The children had great fun digging and looking for clues about the past. They found dinosaur bones, teeth, gems, fossils and rocks.

On Thursday, we cleaned all our finds, drew pictures of them and displayed them in pots ready to send to the museum for identification. 

Today we have written recounts about our exciting Big Dig.

Here are some photos of the fun afternoon !

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Week beginning 25th September 


Last week Chaplin class were busy starting our class topic about dinosaurs. What a lot of long names to remember ! The children are now in groups named after dinosaurs, Pterodactyls, Stegosaurus, Triceratops and Ichthyosaurs and will be working on specific tables for most lessons. We definitely have some dinosaur experts in the class ! We have been looking at what might be in the ground below us and this leads us nicely to one of our WOW events of the term...THE BIG DIG

The children will be archaeologists for the afternoon on Wednesday and will be digging to see what they can discover in some soil.This may be messy work so please can parents provide a change  of old clothes and wellies or old shoes in a labelled bag on Wednesday morning. If it is a rainy day we will postpone to Thursday.

Looking forward to seeing what the children will find !

 Week beginning 18th September.


Another week has flown by in Chaplin Class and I am really proud of the way the children have settled into Year 1. They are all working hard and supporting each other in their learning and play. They are a great team.smiley

So far this term we have written our Class Charter which are a set of rules we have agreed on to ensure we are all happy,safe and able to learn in school. We have also been learning about Charlie Chaplin. We've watched some silent black and white films,  written about him, drawn some pictures of him with charcoal, pretended to be him in P.E and even dressed up like him! We all think he is a very funny character!

Last week we had three very fluffy visitors in Chaplin Class for the afternoon. Mrs. Hamblin, one of our reading volunteers, kindly brought in her three baby rabbits, Bob, Bonnie and Billie. We all had a cuddle and learnt about how to look after rabbits. Afterwards the children did some fantastic writing about our visitors.

That's not the only animals we met last week. On Thursday Harold, the giraffe, came to visit us on the Life Education Bus. He told us about how to eat healthily and look after our bodies. We all enjoyed meeting him.

I am so pleased the children have been so enthusiastic about reading. They have been great at remembering their books everyday and putting them in the crate when they need changing.

A reminder that our PE days are Tuesday afternoon and Thursday morning.

Photos of some of the activities we have been doing will be appearing soon !

Thank you all for your support at the beginning of Year 1. Please do not hesitate to pop in and see me if you have any questions.

Jill Collins