Only 8 sleeps to go!

We really are getting quite close to the big day now and the children in Year 1 have been enjoying all the Christmas activities. The panto at the Harlington Centre was great fun and we were so proud of the way the children behaved so sensibly walking there and back and during the production. It was wonderful to see so many children captivated by the show; I know what I need to do now when I want them to keep concentrating and focus their attention! Thank you to our parent helpers: we could not have gone without you.

The performance from the Brodowski Quartet on Friday was also very special. I had not seen it before and not only are they very talented musicians but they were very clever at getting the children to participate. It was both educational and good fun.

We did manage to do a little bit of serious learning last week. Your child’s spelling test was sent home on Friday so you can see how they did. As we had said we were going to, most children were tested on the words in sentences which is obviously trickier than the individual words but much more realistic to see whether they can apply them in their writing. Most children made good progress since the last test and in the New Year we will send home an updated spelling list for them to continue working on. Again, we really value your support with this.

We will be having more Christmas fun in the coming week, including the Elf Run on Tuesday. It is in aid of the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospices so please send in your sponsorship forms. The children will wear school uniform as usual and we will supply the elf hats. On our last day on Wednesday the children can bring in a toy or game to play with their friends. Please encourage them to choose something which is not fragile or has lots of tiny pieces which could get lost.

It has been a long term since September when the children started in Year 1 and they have already grown up so much and also made great progress with their learning. Children and teachers are now exhausted and it will be lovely for us all to have a break over Christmas. My three children are now in their twenties so I do get a rest over Christmas but I remember how hectic, exhausting but also enchanting it is with little ones. Enjoy!

On behalf of the Year 1 team

Mrs Broadbent