Week Ending 31/03/22

Date: 30th Mar 2022 @ 12:56pm

Happy Thursday! Happy end of term too, we have had a wonderful second term in school. Can you believe that next term is your child’s final one in Reception? Time flies when you’re having fun! This week we finished our Pirates topic by writing letters to Mum from Tom and enjoyed lots of fun filled Easter activities.


This week your child has brought home a packet of seeds. To raise money for Ukraine, we are holding a a sponsored sunflower growing competition which will run over the whole summer term. A guide to growing sunflowers was attached to the original email. You can plant your seeds in a pot indoors over the Easter holidays and it should be ready to plant outside in May. Look after your sunflower over the next couple of months and then you can choose to enter your sunflower as ‘Tarporley CE Primary’s Tallest’! Measure your sunflower and take a picture on Monday 18th July and send the results into school (via email/print out/Tapestry) by Wednesday 20th July. The gardener of the tallest sunflower in EYFS, KS1, LKS2 and UKS2 which each receive a special prize.  

Top Tips:

  • You need a sunny, sheltered spot and good soil
  • Protect them from slugs and snails; you can even use crushed eggshells around the base!
  • Water daily and feed weekly for good growth
  • You may need to tie your sunflower to a take if they get very tall!

Spring Challenges

We are setting the children a couple of Easter challenges over the holidays. For each challenge that your child completes, they will receive a sticker in their sticker book!

  1. Read to an adult and write in your reading record a minimum of eight times over the holidays. All online books have been reset for the holidays.
  2. Complete the Spring booklet in their book bags.


Easter Bonnet Competition

It is that lovely time of year when the first signs of spring are upon us and Easter! This year on Wednesday 20th April we will be having an Easter hat/bonnet competition for the children in Key Stage One and EYFS. Please could you support your child in designing and making an Easter hat or bonnet. Your hat could be made from card, paper, or use a baseball cap/sunhat/woolly hat as a base. Then allow your child to decide what they would like on their hat, it could be flowers, signs of new life such as Lambs, chicks and chocolate eggs. It can be anything linked to Easter. Please send the hat in with your child on the 20th April, we look forward to seeing all the wonderful hats and bonnets! Pictures of the parade will be on Twitter and Tapestry. 

Trip to Quarry Bank Farm

Cheshire Wildlife Trust have offered EYFS the chance to connect with the wildlife in our local area by visiting Crown Sand and Gravel Farm Quarry for a day learning about habitats. The best part is, Cheshire Wildlife Trust are paying for both days…and the coach!

We are planning to visit the farm on the 6th May, arriving at 9:30am and coming back to school for 3pm. For the day the children will need a packed lunch and a drink. If your child requires a packed lunch from school, please circle the packed lunch option on the form below. The deadline to hand the slip in for is Friday 22nd April. All children will need to carry a small rucksack for their lunch and a drink.

All children should wear comfortable bottoms and appropriate shoes for the activities. Children must wear their school jumper. Your child will need a coat if the weather is bad and hat/sun cream if it is hot. The centre recommends bug repellent is applied in the morning if the weather is nice too.

This half term in phonics we have learnt eleven new sounds; OO (book), AR, UR, OO (spoon), OR, OW (brown), OI, EAR, AIR, URE, ER and OW (snow). These will be in your online reading books for the children the practice. After half term we will be consolidating these sounds and moving onto learning  a wide range of Harder to Read and Spell words such as said, like and their. 

In Maths, we have been exploring the concept of mass. We have been thinking about the language of ‘heavy, heavier, heaviest’ and ‘light, lighter, lightest’ to compare objects. We also talked about making the scales balance by making sure both sides of the balance scales are equal. If your child uses the language of ‘heavier’ and ‘lighter’ to compare/order two or three objects at home, then please upload these to Tapestry. Think about moments that make you say ‘WOW!’

On Monday, we finished our story ‘The Pirates are Coming’. We wrote letters to Mum (who turned out to be the pirate captain!) and enjoyed retelling the story together.  

On Tuesday, we continued to write our letters and made Easter cards for our families. We have been learning all about the story of Easter in our RE lessons and finished this today. Please ask us what we can remember!

On Wednesday, we made Easter nests using lots of yummy treats!

On Thursday, we enjoyed celebration worship in the morning and found out our stars of the term. In the afternoon we received a letter from the Easter bunny telling us he had hidden eggs around the school grounds for us to find. What a lovely way to end the term!

Our mystery readers this week were Sofia’s Mum and Jonah’s Mum. Thank you for coming to share a story with us! Please speak to your child’s class teacher to put a date in the diary if you would like to be mystery reader.

Congratulations to our Stars of the Term, Jasper and Lewis!

Happy Easter!

Miss Nicholas and Miss Selwyn

Tarporley CE Primary, Park Road, Tarporley, Cheshire, CW6 0AN

Tel: 01829 708188 | Email: admin@tarporleyce.cheshire.sch.uk

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