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In our class we have 18 children in Foundation Stage plus 9 children in Year 1. Our teacher is Mrs Winter; our main teaching assistant is Mrs Johnson, though we also have support from Miss Hill. On Monday afternoons we have Forest School with Mrs Rae. Please look about on this page to see what we have been doing!

Adults in our class update

Mrs Winter is awaiting hip replacement surgery and will be reducing the time she is is class. Mrs Sinclair will now be teaching on Monday and Wednesday mornings and will be leading the class whilst Mrs Winter is absent after her operation. Mrs Winter and Mrs Sinclair are working together to ensure continuity for the children. Please come and talk to us if you have any questions or concerns.

Mrs Johnson is enrolled on a two year course of study to become a teacher. As part of her course she is required to gain experience in a range of schools and settings. She is currently taking part in an exchange with Bampton Primary therefore we have Mrs Burroughs in class with us this week and next week. Mrs Johnson will be returning after next week. 

Class events

Fri 30 Nov, 09:00-10:30

Buccaneers Sharing Assembly

Thu 13 Dec

Aladdin at Chipping Norton Theatre

Fri 14 Dec, 14:30-15:15

Parent Celebration Assembly

Mon 17 Dec

KS1 production

Thu 20 Dec

Christmas Dinner

Fri 21 Dec

Term ends 1:15

Fri 21 Dec, 10:00-11:00

Carol Service

See the full diary...

Reading with your child

Dear Parents

We are holding our reading workshop in the hall this Thursday at 9 o'clock, this usually last about half an hour.  I would urge you to please come along, especially if you are a new parent to our school, as I will be explaining how we teach reading at Brize Norton Primary School and setting out the expectations for the year.  This will also be an opportunity to ask any questions you may have.  

All children have been given a 'green word' book to help them practice taught sounds and begin blending words.  They should be practicing these at home with an adult every day for about 10 minutes. We ask that you then write how your child is doing in their yellow reading record book daily so we know how your child is responding at home.

And now my tummy is starting to rumble...Class 1's favourite food is Grufflo crumble!

Class 1 enjoyed their Grufflo crumble served with the three flavours of ice-cream we made last week.  As well as making delicious desserts we have been busy exploring the story of The Grufflo and The Gruffalo's Child.  Children have been using story props to act out and retell the story and today have begun creating their own cave drawings in our Grufflo cave, inspired by the tales.  We have also been sharing other books by Julia Donaldson, clearly a favourite at home with many of the children who are familiar with lots of the books and have been joining in with refrains and spotting the rhymes.

Class 1 Update, week 5

This week we have begun our phonics sessions and children have responded well to learning initial sounds, with some choosing to practice their letter formation independently.  You can help at home by sharing the sounds taught to date (in green word books), recognising letters in the environment and supporting children to practice writing their name using the correct letter formation (please ask if you need more name tracing sheets).

Earlier on in the week we visited St Britius church in preparation for the harvest festival on Thursday.  Children enjoyed exploring the church.  Tilly told us all about Nancy's christening and we found Jonty's name on the baptism list.

We have begun recognising and ordering numbers.  Children have been fishing for numbers in the water tray and trying to catch corresponding numbers of fish.  Some children have been counting to 10, some to 20 and some beyond!

On Friday we made ice-cream.  Everyone had a turn using the electric hand whisk.  We are looking forward to tasting our ice-cream with our Grufflo crumble next week!


Please find attached the phonics letter following the parent workshop session and the letter formation guidance for parents.  

Here are links to articulation and pronunciation sites as well as further explanation of synthetic phonics and the Read Write Inc phonics scheme developed by Ruth Miskin.

Web sites to support pronunciation of pure sounds and explain synthetic phonics




Fruit kebabs

This week we have been thinking about patterns; we have been printing patterns in paint, making peg board patterns, threading repeating patterns on bead strings, making shape patterns and today we alternated different fruits to make fruit kebabs.  All the children enjoyed eating their kebabs.

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