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Puffins and Penguins Weekly Newsletter, 15th November2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

This week Puffins and Penguins have been exploring ‘Space’, we are very impressed with the children’s creativity. We have read the story ‘Whatever Next’ written by Jill Murphy, and the children have enjoyed re-telling the story. Within the story we have been talking about the words rocket, journey, chimney, picnic and roared. It is important to stop and talk about the meaning of words to help the children gain a deeper understanding and broader vocabulary. We will continue this next week and even hope to make our own jam sandwiches for a picnic. The children have used torches to learn about why we have day and night and have been measuring craters in the sand.

All the children have had the opportunity to meet our new chickens this week. They have been into the enclosure feeding and caring for them. They were very excited to meet the chickens and some were confident enough to hand feed them. The school have been busy thinking of names for the chickens, the theme is female authors. If you are interested in joining the chicken rota to help look after them at the weekends please contact the school office.

All children from foundation up to Year 6 were treated to a live music performance on Wednesday afternoon. We welcomed two gifted musicians into school from Live Music Now, called Ensemble Hesperi. They travelled from London and performed traditional Scottish music using recorders and a harpsichord. The children showed great respect and really enjoyed listening and joining in, making beats and rhythms with their bodies. This was a great opportunity for the children to experience something new and many have told us how much they loved it!

We will be holding a Read Write Inc demonstration on Thursday 21st November at 2.40pm in the hall. This will give you an insight into how we teach phonics and how you can support your child at home. We look forward to seeing you there.

We will soon be talking to the children about our trip to the theatre on Thursday 5th December. Please can we remind you that the deadline for ordering a packed lunch from the kitchen is Friday 22nd November. Please order from the school office.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Foundation Team

Pop-Up Café

During the winter, our Pop-Up café will be open every Friday at the end of the school day. Teachers will take it in turns to bring children to serve drinks and snacks. There will be hot chocolate with cream and mini marshmallows. We will also have biscuits and sausage rolls cooked by our kitchen team. Please support us in this endeavour.

Home Learning Options:

  • Practise singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star using Makaton, use the link
  • Draw a picture of a chicken and find out how to look after them.
  • Make a space rocket to bring into class and share with your friends.
  • Share a story with someone in your family

Dates to remember – more information will be given nearer the time

Every Friday – The Pop-Up Café is open

Thursday 21st November – Read Write Inc Phonic demonstration 2.40pm

Friday 22nd November – Last day to order a packed lunch from the kitchen for the trip

Friday 13th December – Friends of Preston Primary School Christmas Fair

Tuesday 17th December – Foundation Nativity 9.30am & 2.00pm

Preston Primary School Academy
Old Paignton Road

01803 607075