Welcome to Star Class.
Meet your teachers.
Hope you and your children share a wonderful day together.
This is for all our wonderful mothers.
Mother, A Cradle to Hold Me by Maya Angelou
It is true
I was created in you.
It is also true
That you were created for me.
I owned your voice.
It was shaped and tuned to soothe me.
Your arms were molded
Into a cradle to hold me, to rock me.
The scent of your body was the air
Perfumed for me to breathe.
During those early, dearest days
I did not dream that you had
A large life which included me,
For I had a life
Which was only you.
Time passed steadily and drew us apart.
I was unwilling.
I feared if I let you go
You would leave me eternally.
You smiled at my fears, saying
I could not stay in your lap forever.
That one day you would have to stand
And where would I be?
You smiled again.
I did not.
Without warning you left me,
But you returned immediately.
You left again and returned,
I admit, quickly,
But relief did not rest with me easily.
You left again, but again returned.
You left again, but again returned.
Each time you reentered my world
You brought assurance.
Slowly I gained confidence.
You thought you know me,
But I did know you,
You thought you were watching me,
But I did hold you securely in my sight,
Recording every moment,
Memorizing your smiles, tracing your frowns.
In your absence
I rehearsed you,
The way you had of singing
On a breeze,
While a sob lay
At the root of your song.
The way you posed your head
So that the light could caress your face
When you put your fingers on my hand
And your hand on my arm,
I was blessed with a sense of health,
Of strength and very good fortune.
You were always
the heart of happiness to me,
Bringing nougats of glee,
Sweets of open laughter.
I loved you even during the years
When you knew nothing
And I knew everything, I loved you still.
Condescendingly of course,
From my high perch
Of teenage wisdom.
I spoke sharply of you, often
Because you were slow to understand.
I grew older and
Was stunned to find
How much knowledge you had gleaned.
And so quickly.
Mother, I have learned enough now
To know I have learned nearly nothing.
On this day
When mothers are being honored,
Let me thank you
That my selfishness, ignorance, and mockery
Did not bring you to
Discard me like a broken doll
Which had lost its favor.
I thank you that
You still find something in me
To cherish, to admire and to love.
I thank you, Mother.
I love you.
Although it is still cold it is officially Spring and we celebrated this on Friday by making observational drawings of daffodils. I hope you'll agree they are very good. We encourage the children to express themselves creatively so if you're going to the park this weekend why not take some paper and pencils and try some drawing yourselves.
Healthy Start Information on Vitamins and Food Vouchers
You qualify for Healthy Start if you’re at least 10 weeks pregnant or have a child under four years old and you or your family get:
You also qualify if you are under 18 and pregnant, even if you don’t get any of the above benefits.
You can check to see if you qualify by clicking on the link below:
About Healthy Start Vitamins
Pregnant women, women with a child under 12 months and children aged from four weeks to four years who are receiving Healthy Start vouchers are entitled to free Healthy Start vitamins.
You can get these from your local distribution points. Bellingham Childrens Centre, South Lewisham Health Centre Downderry Children Centre, Torridon Children Centre and Hatcham Oak Early Childhood Centre provides it. For more information click on the link below:
About Healthy Start Vouchers
If you qualify for Healthy Start vouchers there are lots of great foods you can buy with your Healthy Start vouchers:
milk, plain fresh or frozen fruit and vegetables and infant formula milk. For more information click on the link below:
8.03.19 World Book Day was fabulous! The children looked amazing - We had Alice and The Mad Hatter, two Elsa's, Snow White, a pirate, Dash from The Incredibles, Spiderman, Batman, Goldilocks, Angelina Ballerina, Where's Wally and the Mario Brothers, a knight, Peter Rabbit, Marshall from Paw Patrol, Belle and Hermione Granger.
Here great advice on why it is important to read aloud to your child.
You can find magic wherever you look.
Sit back and relax.
All you need is a book.
We had a lovely time at Wagamama tasting, smelling and weighing out yummy ingredients and trying out new foods and drinks. At the end the chef prepared us a delicious plate of noodles, vegetables and chicken.
Our main focus today was sleep
These are the children’s ideas about why we need to sleep.
“So you can wake up”
“So I can go to school tomorrow”
“Because when the morning comes we will be tired.”
“We need to rest to do lots of fun things.”
“Your brain needs to rest at night”
Together we created a bedtime routine
Eat a warm snack or drink a warm drink
Have a bath or a shower
Brush your teeth
Put on your pyjamas
Turn off the TV, tablet and Xbox!!!
Read a story with your grown-up
Cuddle up with your favourite soft toy
Switch off the light and close your eyes
This is one of my favourite bedtime books. it is available from Amazon but you can also watch a version on YouTube.
Children’s Mental Health Week 2019 - Healthy: Inside and Out 4.02.19-8.02.19
This week we have been talking about our feelings and how we can look after ourselves to stay happy and positive. Please follow this link for more ideas that you can try at home.
WE HAVE GOT ACTIVITIES FOR YOU AND YOUR CHILD TO DO AT HOME. THESE ARE CALLED HOMEPACKS (an alternative to homework).
YOU PAY A £3 DEPOSIT AND WE WILL GIVE YOU A BAG WITH A FUN ACTIVITY FOR YOU TO DO WITH YOUR CHILD AT HOME TO SUPPORT THEIR LEARNING.
THESE ACTIVITES INCLUDE; MATHS GAMES, READING/LANGUAGE/LITERACY GAMES, PUZZLES ETC...
IT WOULD BE GREAT FOR YOU CHILD TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS SCHEME.
COME SEE ME FOR MORE INFORMATION.
We have been learning about how to look after ourselves to keep us clean and tidy. We learnt how to brush our teeth properly, how to wash our hands to keep the nasty germs away and how to blow our noses with a tissue. Click here for a helpful film about how to wash your hands. Everyone was given a toothbrush and a tube of toothpaste to get started.
Happy New Year!
We had a lovely week settling back into school. Even though the weather was cold and grey we managed to do lots of activities outdoors.
Have a great weekend.
Athelney is proud to be able to offer children access to the garden at all times in all weather. Our garden is well-organised and all adults are committed to allow children learn on a big scale, get messy, be noisy, get active and use all their senses and their whole body. We believe that children learn better as a direct result of physical exercise. They are able to concentrate better and are more alert.
All children are expected to wear school uniform.
All children are expected to have a school bookbag and to bring it to school every day.
Please note the hours of the school day and help us to make a prompt start/finish.
Gates open: 8.30am
School starts: 8.50am
School finishes: 3.25pm Mon – Thurs
ALL children need to swim.
Children need a costume/trunks, a swimming hat and towel.
Please label ALL children’s clothing
What an amazing journey we have all had this first term.
Parents: be proud of your children because they are amazing. I am so happy to be their teacher. We had a lovely cosy day on Friday in our pyjamas. What a perfect start to Christmas.
Have a very happy and peaceful Christmas.
The children have been developing their artistic skills and have made some beautiful pieces. They are learning how to use the powder paints so that they can mix colours. Some children really enjoyed creating mood boards for their favourite PJ Mask characters or princesses. They are learning about collage and made these amazing tissue paper houses. Enjoy looking at their pieces.
In a week of reflection I have found these words to be so true.
"Children are the world's most valuable resource and its best hope for the future."
John F Kennedy
This Week’s Star Baker is…
The children have had a fantastic start to their year at Athelney. They have settled in beautifully and made lots of new friends. I hope you are as proud as we are.
We all enjoyed cooking cupcakes and the children are experts.
Why don’t you have a go at the recipe this half term. Bring me photos of your baking success.
Have a restful half-term.
Get a bowl and a spoon
Put 125g of butter in the bowl
Put 125g of sugar in the bowl
Put 125g of flour in the bowl
Crack 2 eggs
Add 1 tsp of vanilla extract
Add a splash of milk
Put the mixture into the cupcake cases
Then put it in the oven on 180 degrees.
Bake for 15-20 minutes.
12th October – Downham Library Trip
We are so proud of Star Class who behaved beautifully on our first class trip. Well done to all the children. They were so sensible when we were walking and travelling on the bus.
The library staff said they were impressed by how grown up the children were and we are welcome back anytime.
Downham Library is a really great library with lots of events for children. Here is what’s going on there in October.
Sharing is caring!
It was lovely to see children enjoying each other’s company and sharing stories, jokes, skills.
This week's sounds were s a t p
Keep practising at home!
The weather was lovely this week so we have been spending a lot of time outside.
Enjoy the sunshine this weekend.
Second Week at School
What a great week we had. The children are making lots of new friends and learning our daily routines.
We even started learning phonics. Here is the link to the Jolly Phonics Song which we sing to practice the sounds.
First Week At School!!
Well done to Star Class who have had a great first week at school.
Here are a few things we have done.
Learning through play
We are committed to make learning exciting, meaningful and memorable for our learners. Our curriculum enables children to make choices about their learning journey. We aim to provide quality and excellence through providing a stimulating environment which will develop social skills and encourage children to become active citizens within the school community and beyond.