Spring Term: Week 2 in EYFS!

Week 2: Different types of houses including our own home.

The children have really enjoyed their expedition learning this week. They have looked closely at their own houses and then the different types of houses they coulod see in the local community.

They looked at the different materials houses were made of and how each type of house looked different on the outisde. We noticed the bungalows in the community didnt have an upstairs. Presely in FS2 said “this meant they didn’t have stairs inside, which helped old people to move around more easily”.

In the classroom the children used all their new knowledge to build houses in the bricks, print bricks in the paint, build using “cement” in the water tray and create their own dream houses in the workshop.

KS1’s Ocean Adventure

Children had an amazing time learning about the oceans, life in the oceans and sharks during their visit to The Deep today. 

We took a deep dive under the oceans in one of the most spectacular aquariums in the world 🌎 🐠 🦈🦑 🦀 

We enjoyed a fantastic workshop exploring creatures great and small which reside in the oceans. We also modelled some diving equipment – our teacher couldn’t believe how smart we were with the background knowledge we’ve already acquired within a week of launching our expedition. We worked hard which in turn made sure we extended our knowledge of the oceans. Our crews had had a wonderful time. They children were a credit to the school 😊Keep on eye out for TWITP for some more snaps of the day 🦈 

Mr Hull the builder, can he fix it?

During Hook Week, the children in EYFS watched how heavy machinery can make building projects easier. Mr Hull is building new path around the school and the excavator could dig a lot faster and deeper than his spade! 

The children discussed the importance of safety around heavy machinery and they wore their visible vests so that the excavator driver could see them! 

The children felt the rubble in their hands and commented on its texture. They were told how it would sit together to make an even and safe path.

Hook Week – Scrapheap Challenge

As part of Hook Week, the children in EYFS completed a Scrapheap Challenge! They explored a range of resources and materials in the school hall before working collaboratively in small groups to plan and build a simple structure. As part of the Scrapheap Challenge, the children were given a criteria to achieve – their structure needed to remain stable for at least three minutes and it needed to be big enough to house three children inside. 

The children concluded the Scrapheap Challenge by completing a gallery walk and critiquing one another’s structures. 

Henry praised Crew A for making their structure colourful. 

George praised Crew C for building a structure big enough to fit their whole crew in. 

Dominic wondered if Crew B’s structure was strong enough because it was leaning to one side. 

Messiah wondered how all the structures could be made fireproof so that the crews could camp and cook inside them.

KS1 Visit to The Deep tomorrow 13.01.2022

Years 1 and 2 are visiting The Deep tomorrow, in Hull.

The coach will leave school promptly in the morning, we are aiming for 8.50am once we have all children in school and registered. Classroom doors will open at 8.25am in the morning to enable us to ensure the children are ready in time.

Please note, children MUST come to school in uniform, including their red / jumper cardigan. Children can wear comfortable, sensible footwear, for example, trainers or boots. Children who are on school dinners do not need a packed lunch, this is provided by school. The children have chosen their sandwich option.

When the coach returns to school we will take the children back to their Crew base to dismiss. This will ensure that all children are kept safe, as you will appreciate dismissing children from the coach onto a busy playground and close to a main road is far from ideal, so please be patient with us. Your children’s safety is our priority.

EYFS Spring Expedition

Last week, the children in EYFS started their new expedition! Their expedition title is ‘Early Years Engineers’ and their guiding question is ‘In a world of possibilities, what would you make?’ 

As part of their expedition this term, the children will be completing three case studies and answering some thought-provoking questions as part of these case studies:

  • Case Study 1: What can we use to create and build? (Expressive Arts and Design: Creating with Materials) 
  • Case Study 2: How do you build a community? (Understanding the World: People and Communities)
  • Case Study 3 : How can you be a maker like me? (Understanding the World: The Natural World) 

Throughout the expedition, a range of traditional tales will be used to inspire, shape and lead the children’s learning: 

  • Case Study 1: The Three Little Pigs
  • Case Study 2: Hansel and Gretel 
  • Case Study 3 : The Gingerbread Man

Over the course of the term, we will blog about what the children have learnt and experienced as part of their expedition on our individual crew pages. We will also upload photographs of the children’s learning and share their completed work on our expedition website. 

Uniform Reminder

Please can we remind you of the importance of children wearing school uniform, including for PE.

School Uniform

T-Shirts: – Red Collared Polo T Shirt – with white logo / without a logo – White Collared Polo T Shirt – with coloured logo / without a logoColl

Jumper / Cardigan / Hooded Sweatshirt / Hooded Sweatshirt with Zip: – Red – with white logo / without a logo

Outerwear: Fleece Coat / Reversible Jacket: – Red – with white logo / without a logo 

Trousers/Shorts:         – Black/Grey

Skirt: – Black/Grey                 

Socks: – Plain dark (black/blue/grey) /White

Shoes:    – All Black Trainers / shoes

PE Kit

During Winter/Spring/Autumn: – Plain dark tracksuit bottoms or leggings (shorts in summer)   – White / Red t-shirt / with or without a logo  – Red jumper/or sweatshirt hoodie with or without logo  – Plain black trainers / plain black pump style shoes (for girls) 

Covid Letter

Dear Parents and Carers, 

Following government guidelines changing over the break we wanted to remind you of the changes and offer guidance on what to do in relation to Covid and School Policy. 

Key actions we need to take to keep ourselves and our school community safe

  • Get vaccinated
  • Get boosted 
  • Continue to test regularly – with lateral flow tests
  • Wear face coverings in communal areas and when advised / appropriate to do so
  • Wear face coverings on public and school transport
  • Maximise ventilation
  • Maintain good hygiene – wash hands with soap and water or use hand sanitiser
  • Self-isolate if not well with covid symptoms, and get PCR test ASAP
  • Self-isolate if asked by NHS Test and Trace

Attendance and Remote Education

Attendance is mandatory for all pupils of compulsory school age. This means it is your legal duty as a parent to send your child to school regularly. 

If you have concerns about your child attending, you should discuss these with the school.

School will provide remote education for school-aged children who are unable to attend school due

to follow government guidance or law relating to COVID-19 (for example if they need to self-isolate, or if they have tested positive but are well enough to learn from home). This may be paper based or online based learning activities. 

Face Coverings

In school we ask that all staff, visitors and parents that are inside of school wear a face covering when in communal areas, unless you are medically exempt. Health advice continues to be that children in infant schools should not be asked to wear face coverings.

Tracing close contacts and isolation

Education settings are not undertaking contact tracing. Close contacts will now be identified via NHS Test and Trace. This is likely to be a small number of individuals who would be most at risk of contracting COVID-19 due to the nature of the close contact.

From 14 December 2021, adults who are fully vaccinated and all children and young people aged between 5 and 18 years and 6 months identified as a contact of someone with COVID-19 are strongly advised to take a LFD test every day for 7 days and continue to attend their setting as normal, unless they have a positive test result.

Daily testing of close contacts applies to all contacts who are:

  • fully vaccinated adults – people who have had 2 doses of an approved vaccine
  • all children and young people aged 5 to 18 years and 6 months, regardless of their vaccination status
  • people who are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons
  • people taking part, or have taken part, in an approved clinical trial for a COVID-19 vaccine

Children under 5 years are exempt from self-isolation and do not need to take part in daily testing of close contacts.

Further information is available through these links:

NHS Test and Trace: what to do if you are contacted 

Stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection

Outbreak Management Plan

The school has an outbreak management plan in place outlining how it would operate if the number of positive cases substantially increases within school. 

Financial support to care for a child who is self-isolating. 

You may be eligible for a one-off Test and Trace Support Payment of £500 from the local authority if your child has been advised to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace. Further information on claiming financial support under the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme is available. Claiming financial support under the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme

Symptoms and Testing

Parents and other visitors are strongly advised to take a lateral flow device (LFD) test before entering the school.

From 11 January in England, people who receive positive lateral flow device (LFD) test results for coronavirus (COVID-19) will be required to self-isolate immediately and won’t be required to take a confirmatory PCR test. This is a temporary measure while COVID-19 rates remain high across the UK. Whilst levels of COVID-19 are high, the vast majority of people with positive LFD results can be confident that they have COVID-19. Further information can be found; Positive rapid lateral flow test results.

If you have a positive PCR test please follow the below 

As a school we would like to thank you for your continued support through this difficult time. 

Mrs Lythe

Business Manager 


KS1 New Expedition

This half term the children will be starting their new expedition – Circle of Life: How will what I do today affect the world tomorrow?

As part of this expedition the children will be completing three case studies:

  • Case Study 1: Science – Animals and their lifecycles
  • Case Study 2: Geography – Weather, seasons, seas and continents
  • Case Study 3 : Art – Recycled sculpture.

Next week the children will be visiting The Deep. Please could we ask that all consents have been completed and lunches ordered. Please contact the office team if you have any queries.

As always, we would love to hear from any local experts. We would really like to hear from anybody who has knowledge of birds, as part of the Big School’s Birdwatch, animals or any geographers.

Throughout the expedition, you can visit the expedition website to see what the children have been learning about and seeing pictures and examples of the completed work.

If your child is isolating, this week’s work can be found by clicking this link. There are some hook activities to complete along with the children in school.