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Balanceability Sessions March/April 2021

Odd Socks Day 2020

This was a great way to celebrate what makes us all unique in Anti-Bullying Week!

Whose is whose?

Diva Candles

This week the children have created their very own Diva lamps. Firstly the clay had to be moulded into shape. They were left to dry over night, before the children carefully decorated them with paint and sequins. The end result is amazing!

Children In Need 2020

We would like to thank you for you kind donations towards this wonderful cause! Today the children found out how this money will help children all around the UK. The children joined Joe Wicks, as he completed his 24 hours exercise challenge and they decorated cakes with spots, just like the spots on Pudsey's patch.


This week the children have been learning about the Hindu festival Diwali. Diwali is called the Festival of Lights, Special lamps are lit in homes and people watch fireworks . Hindu's think about stories where good beats evil. The children have made Diwali fireworks and are making Diwali candle holders.

Cosmic Yoga - Sonic the Hedgehog

Chocolate Sprinkle Fireworks

This week the children have learnt the history behind bonfire night. They found out that a man called Guy Fawkes failed to blow up the Houses of Parliament and therefore Kind James 1 decreed that 5th November should be the day that people always celebrate that the Gunpowder Plot did not happen.

We watched a selection of firework displays, created our own firework paintings and of course made chocolate sprinkle fireworks.

What an amazing first half term. We are thrilled with how well the children have adjusted to new routines and expectations. We hope the half term break gives you some much needed rest and time to spend as a family.

House Construction

The children have worked together to create the different types of houses that can be found in the local area. We have learnt that our school is on the Sele Farm estate and that the estate is situated in the town of Hertford.

Labelling Body Parts

Funny Bones

We have had lots of fun reading Funny Bones this week. The children have enjoyed learning to sing and dance along to the 'The Skeleton Song' (see the link below) and have created and labelled themselves.

Keeping Busy

Everyday brings something new to our early years environment and everyday we are impressed with the children's attitude to learning, their enthusiasm and hard work. 

Loving Life

It's been a Super September!

It is very strange not to have parents coming into the environment in the mornings, however I would like you to know how amazing the children are at independently organising their belongings and washing their hands before settling down to an activity. 


There is always a buzz in the classroom, with so much going on. I hope you enjoy looking at some of the moments we have captured so far smiley


Getting Creative

As part of our All About Me topic, we have started to think about what makes us different, paying particular attention to our facial features. The children have been really creative and we have our first display up in the classroom laugh

Hello all laugh

I just want you to know how thrilled I am at how well the children have settled in over the last two weeks and with their first full week imminent, I thought I would take the opportunity to give you an overview of what we will be focusing on throughout the first half term. 


Please do not hesitate to contact me via our teacher email address should you need to, it is teacher@hertfordstandrew.herts.sch and feel free to send any photographs or learning taking place at home, I would love to share this with the rest of the class and to add it to your child's learning journal.


Good luck next week, I sense some tiredness will be evident! 


Kind regards,

Mrs Sampson