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Our wonderful PTA are working so hard in our hidden garden. Here is a sneaky peek of the amazing transformation so far! We can't wait for the grand opening!


Spectacular end to our performance arts week with this morning's whole school production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream!


Royal afternoon tea fun in the sun!


Year 3 have had a fantastic day identifying the benefits of different plants on their nature walk...followed by a tea workshop where some truly unique blends were created!


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KH's amazing cheerleading team did an excellent job performing during our Friday celebration assembly! #unity


Lunchtime fun in the sun!


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Spring has truly sprung in our nursery today! &learning


Excellent scientific thinking happening this afternoon in year 5. Super teamwork to create a mechanism to lift a heavy weight!


Some of our wonderful homework projects received this half term. Keep up all the great home learning!


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Excellent online safety day at KH. Thank you Jonathan for working with our children, staff and parents.


Lots of fun learning at our Inspire Workshop this morning!


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Spring PTA Fete come and join in the fun!


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Welcome to Year R:
Van Gogh and Monet

Welcome back!

Welcome to year R! We hope you find the information below useful as your child continues their learning journey with us! This information will help you support your child at home with the organisation of their week and their learning at home.

Key Times


Homework will be set every half term. Your child will be asked to work on a number of projects, designed to enrich the learning taking place in school. This approach to homework has been designed to enable you and your child to work together in a creative way and to develop a love of learning. Please see the homework document for Spring 2. Homework is due on- Friday 18th May.


In year R, PE day is Monday morning. Please ensure that your child has their PE kit on these days. Please ensure you REMOVE all earrings on a Monday. Please ensure ALL PE kit is named.


We are very excited to be going on our third school trip. We shall be walking to Barnmead allotments in Penge where we will be looking at planting and growing. Thank you to all those parents who have offered their help and support. We still need more parent helpers, so please do let us know if you are free to help.  The initial date for the trip will be Friday 18th May, but in case of rain there is a reserve date of Friday 25th May.

Inspire Workshops

The next inspire workshop will be in Summer 2. Details to follow.

Key Times

The school gates open at 8:30 in the morning, the children are invited into school from 8.45am. In EYFS, children will be dismissed at the end of the day at 3:15pm.  


Read it

Research it

Make it

Read some fiction and non-fiction books which have a plant or flower theme, or tell you interesting information about plants and flowers.  We can’t wait to hear all about the books you have found.

Perhaps you could visit Penge library and borrow some books to help you with your homework!

Research where different plants, fruits, vegetables and flowers grow. You could use the internet to help you find out where different plants and flowers grow around the world.  Some need hot weather, some need lots of rain… what can you find out?

Can you make your favourite flower? You could plant a flower and then bring it in to show us over the next 6 weeks, or you could make your own out of any materials that are in your house.  If you do decide to plant a flower, make sure to watch carefully as it grows so that you can tell us all about how it has changed.

Practise it

Write it

Design it

This half term we would love you to practise halving, sharing and doubling objects and amounts.  What can you find at home to cut in half?  How do you know it is a half?  Move on to doubling different amounts and finding the total.  Remember that talking about maths is the best way to understand it!

Can you write your own story?  We are reading lots of brilliant books such as Jack and the Beanstalk this half term.  What will you find at the top of the beanstalk in your story?  I wonder if there will be a superhero or a princess…

Say your sentences aloud before you write them and keep sounding out those words!

Design a plant and then label it.  Plants and flowers have lots of different parts.  Can you write some of these parts in the correct place?  Here are a few to start off… petal, stem, roots.


Psst… you might be able to find this information in a book or on the internet!  Let us know what you use to help you….

A note to parents,

Over the course of this half term please work with your child to complete the above. Each of the activities has been designed to support, enhance and enrich an aspect of the curriculum. We are looking forward to seeing the results of your work together. Thank you!


What are we learning?

This term our topic is ‘Plants and Flowers’, we are very excited to kick start this off by inviting the children to come into school on Wednesday 18th April dressed as their favourite plant or flower. This can be as little or as much as you like!


The books we will be reading are:

Jack and the Beanstalk

Oliver’s Vegetables

Seed to sunflower


We will talk about the different varieties of plants and flowers around the world and what they need to grow.  Children will have the opportunity to role play in Miss Hall’s classroom in Jack’s Cottage or watch furniture become bigger in Miss Week’s Giant’s Castle. The children will also have many opportunities to develop skills in the Garden Centre in the outside area. This term we will plan our own stories using story maps and then use these to write up our very own stories. We will also have a chance to explore poems and write our very own acrostic poems!

In Maths children will learn how to double, halve and share. Children will be looking at measuring with nonstandard measures and make predictions about the heights of children in the class. They will look at how to share out magic beans from Jack and the Beanstalk and talk about how they have done this.  They will share snack between themselves and halve shapes.

This term children will continue with handwriting to practice and develop their letter formation. They will continue to take part in daily reading and phonics.

We will take part in various planting activities, thinking about how the plant/flower grows and what it needs to stay alive.  We will study and investigate different types of plants and flowers from around the world and talk about the importance of the sustainability of these within the environment.


How can I help at home?

One of the key ways every parent can help is to ensure that your child is at school every day and on time. Other than this, the main way you can help is by ensuring that your child reads every day, for at least 10 minutes with you, it is the most effective way of ensuring that your child progresses and learns outside of school.

Additional Information

Reading Mornings: Every Friday 9am- 9.30am

Barnmead Allotments School Trip: Friday 18th May 2018 or Friday 25th May 2018 (dependant on weather)

Plant/Flower Dress Up: Wednesday 18th April

Book Looks: Friday 25th May 2018 3pm


If you have any questions, please talk to Miss Hall or Miss Weeks.

Thank you,

Miss Hall and Miss Weeks