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IMPORTANT NOTICE: For the spellathon the children in Nightingales will sound out the words they will not have to write them down.

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We have been busy this week preparing some amazing mother's day cards and learning our song for the special assembly on Friday. This past Thursday was the first time we went to visit the White Waltham foundation class, I was really impressed with how brave all of the Nightingale children were when exploring the new setting. I hope to continue developing our relationship with our new friends at White Waltham as it will provide lots of opportunities in the future.



Week Beginning 13th March 2018


Communication language and literacy 

We will be focusing on speaking skills and recalling and retelling the events of our dinosaur story. We will talk about the events in the correct order and will write our own version of the story at the end of the week.


Mathematical development 

We are working on one more and one less and will be looking and objects and a numberline to help us to find out the answers. Some of us will do 2 more, less etc as well.



Some of us will be learning: ou, oo (book), igh and ir.

Some of us will be learning: ar, ow, ou and oo (book)

Some of us will be learning: nk, ng and th


Expressive arts and design and physical development

We will be acting out our dinosaur story and will be learning about our dinosaur of the week. We will also be making our own exploding volcano! 



Wednesday - PE

Thursday - White Waltham visit




Our Christian Value this term is:






Star of the Week: Alix 

For being really brave and trying really hard to make new friends at White Waltham    






Dojo Winner: Hania







Nightingales photos!


Please note if your child's picture never appears here then you have requested this on the admin forms at school. 

Photos of your children are also accessible on Tapestry for you to view. 



What is Doodle Maths 

It is a website/app that helps consolidate and practice the mathematical development concepts that we teach in school. It is personalised and will generate questions that are relevant for your child based on the answers that they give. 

Is it compulsory?

In foundation it is not, however it is an excellent resource that the children really love to use! 

What are the added extras?

Teachers can upload and add additional questions and activities. We will be adding some that link to what we have been learning about in class. Look out for this on the homework grids. 

How can my child get help with Doodle Maths?

There is a help function at the top, the child can also ask for a hint. The questions can also be read to them. 

What will happen when they play?

They will unlock different games to play and earn stars. The children can then choose a Doodle Pet and then 'buy' accessories using the stars. 

Will it be checked?

The teachers have access to data that shows how often the children are accessing Doodle Maths and their progress. We will also celebrate top doodlers in Friday's collective worship. 

What if I need help with Doodle Maths?

Please come and ask one of the teachers at school and we will be happy to help you. 

What is the times table section?

This is mainly for the other classes but feel free to start learning your 1,2,5 and 10s!


Anymore questions, please let me know

Characteristics Of Effective Learning

So far we have learnt all about: 

         - 'Keep it up Captain' - This is about never giving up

         - 'Have a go Hero' - This is about trying new things

 - 'Super Explorer' - This is about seeking out challenges


Next we will learn all about:

 'Mr Agent Idea's' - encouraging us to come up with new idea's 



This term we will introduce a new superhero each week. We will model to the children what each super hero does and will encourage this skill in the classroom. We will let you know which characteristic we will be focusing on.


We will teach the children play phrases to help them with their social skills and prepare them for dealing with friendship situations independently. We praise the children for using these phrases, which will be taught on a fortnightly basis.




Phrase one - 'Can I have it back please?'

Phrase two - 'Excuse me please'

Phrase three - 'Stop it please I don't like it when...'

Phrase four - 'Please wait until I have finished'

Important Information For Families - documents and letters are added here:




Supporting with Reading and Phonics at home

We predominantly use Read Write Inc to teach phonics. The link below has a parent section that gives examples of the pure phonic sounds required for children to read and spell successfully.


Another useful website that can reinforce learning taking place in the classroom can be found below - as they say, practice makes perfect!

Useful Websites and Information


Maths Games and Songs:


High Frequency Word Game


Ruth Miskin- Phonics


Ashley Hill Multi Academy Trust

A Part of the Ashley Hill Multi Academy Trust