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Our Topic this half term will be

Life Cycles

Week beginning: 21/05/18

This week we shall be focusing on


Here are some areas we shall be looking at in class this week that you could try at home...


This week in Literacy, we will be learning all about the life cycle of a chick. Last week, we observed the chicks in the incubator and watched them hatching. This week, we will observe them growing and watch them also grow some feathers. We will write a diary of what we have observed later on in the week.


In maths this week, we are re-visiting number bonds to 10. We will be looking at which two numbers when added together make 10 and recalling these by memory. At home you could play ping pong with your child by giving them one number and they say the other.

Race for Layla

On Friday 25th May, Haydon Abbey will be holding a Race for Layla event to support one of very dear pupils and her family. The event will begin at 9:15am at main school and we would like to invite all of our parents to participate, either by cheering or running with us. We will walk our children over straight after registration and hope to see you all there. We are hoping to raise lots of money for Layla and are asking for a minimum donation of £1 per child. Thank you!!

Family Challenge

Yes you have guessed it…it is time for another Family Challenge. This term we have been learning all about the life cycle of different animals. In school, we have been fortunate to see the caterpillars now turn into butterflies and this week we will be welcoming chicks, which we will hope to see hatch later on in the week. We have given all of the children a plate. We would love for you as a family to design your own ‘Life Cycle’ on the plate. This can be drawn on, you could use photos to stick on or if you are really creative you could design some modelled pieces. We have added some ideas overleaf. You can do the Life Cycle of anything (frogs, chickens, butterflies, plants, turtles, dinosaurs etc.). Our Family Challenge has been huge success so we have decided that the class with the most Family Challenges back will win a prize! Ready, steady, create! Please bring them in for Show and Tell on Friday 25th May.

Important Dates

Friday 25th May

School closes for half term

Monday 4th June

Science week & EYFS walk to school week

Tuesday 19th June

Early Years Sports Day

Monday to Wed (2rd–4th July)

Transition Days (Reception to visit Year 1)

Thursday 12th July

Reception trip to Whipsnade Zoo

Friday 13th July

Clubs finish

Friday 20th July

Term Ends (1:15pm)