Hamstel Infant School & Nursery Weekly News week ending 6th October 2023

Dear Parents and Carers,

Another very busy week for us here at Hamstel Infants with fabulous learning inside, outside and even away from our school site!

Our Year 2 children headed off to Hyde Hall for a great day of outdoor exploration and they came back buzzing from their day. All of the teachers reported how much the children had learnt and how much they had enjoyed the day. They were a credit to the school and we are very proud of them all.

It was lovely to welcome our Year 1 parents in for their phonics workshop with the children. It was another fantastic event and it was so well attended by the Year 1 parents and carers. Thank you so much to everybody who came along.

On Friday, we sent a team of sporty Year 1 and 2 runners off to the cross country event at Garons. These children needed to run around a HUGE field with over 100 other children from various schools. Well done to everybody who took part, you did yourselves and the school proud.

Next week, we have our amazing Happy’s Circus arriving on Monday for performances on Monday and Tuesday evenings. This promises to be a fantastic feel good event, so if you haven’t got your tickets yet, its not too late!

Also please don’t forget to book your parent evenings appointments for Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th October as it would be a great opportunity for you to talk through your child’s progress and how they have settled this year to date.

I hope you all have a great weekend!

Scott Roche

Celebration Assembly - Respect.

This weeks value has been 'Respect', below are highlights from around the classes.


This week in Nursery we have been sharing the story ‘I’m the Tractor Driver’ and learning about different vehicles. We have been talking about different modes of transport that we have been on.

In Maths we have been learning to find objects that are different to each other and explaining why they are different.

We have also been learning about facial features and our senses.

We enjoyed dancing and mark making to the song ‘The Locomotion’.

REMINDER: OUTDOOR LEARNING - Due to our outdoor learning day being on an INSET day we have changed it to Monday 9th October. Please bring your children in suitable clothing for the weather.

Thank you to those who have sent in a baby photo. If you haven’t could you send in a photo or share it on Tapestry please.

Letter home this week

Rainbow & Starlight


This week the children have been learning about Autumn and changing colours

They have experimented with different sizes and shapes of leaves, twigs, and flowers, making textured 3D pictures. They have also been learning about different animals and the sounds they make.

The children had fun playing and experimenting with coloured rice and pasta and on Friday we had lots of fun with the parachute and sensory lights.


We have had a lovely messy time during our Outdoor Learning with Mr Bailey when we made our own mud monsters.

The children have been learning about the beginning, middle and the ending to the story 'Bog Baby'. The children have had great fun making slime. The children have been working hard on their name writing using the correct formation.

Reception Year

This week we have been learning about the book ‘Wishing for a Dragon’.

We have been continuing to learn about different modes of transport, focusing on how modes of transport have changed over time. We have been looking at pictures of transport from the past and comparing them to what they look like now.

In Art we have been learning about the artist Bridget Riley. We have been exploring her artwork and finding out some the features of her work.

In Handwriting we have been learning about the long-legged giraffe letters ‘l and i’, we have been learning to write ‘l and i’, remembering to start at the top.

In Maths we have been learning to explore how numbers can be composed of 1s and from this begin to investigate the composition of 3 and 4. We have learnt that a whole is made up of smaller parts and therefore it is bigger than its parts.

How to help at home:

Sounds of the week:


Spend time reading stories to your child.

Encourage your child to share their school reading book with you. Encourage them to talk about the pictures using full sentences.


Encourage your children to write the letter l and i. Make sure they start each letter in the right place and finish in the right place.

REMINDERS: Next week the children will be making boats, could you please bring in some junk modelling materials for example plastic cartons, cardboard, cereal boxes.

Letter home this week

Year One

Year 1 have had a great time during Outdoor Learning this week. We made mud monsters and used natural materials to create their eyes, noses and hair. We have also been learning about the different seasons and spotting the signs of Autumn.

This week we continued to read the story – The Bog Baby, and we wrote our own versions of the book. In maths we have been solving addition number stories and writing our own number sentences.

REMINDER: Please label all clothes as children are misplacing things when getting changed during swimming.

Local Area Walk – Please dress appropriately

  • Tuesday – Newt and Duck
  • Wednesday – Heron and Dragonfly

Letters home this week

Year Two

What a fantastic week Year 2 have had visiting Hyde Hall. All the children were represented Hamstel brilliantly! The children enjoyed exploring the various gardens and woodland areas, playing games, looking for different colours in nature and building nests for birds. Time was also spent in their classroom planting seeds, making clay models of mini-beasts and making observations on the ‘dead’ table.

In Literacy we thought about our exciting day at Hyde Hall and wrote a recount of our day thinking the sequence of our events using time conjunctions such as First, Next, Then and Finally.

In Maths we have continued to develop our calculating skills and methods used to solve this and represent our methods.


Next week: Outdoor Learning

Wednesday: Nite Owls are visiting

Letters home this week

Pirate Dress Up Day

Nursery enjoyed a fun filled day dressed as Pirates, even our teachers dressed up and joined in the fun.

Our Pirate activities included finding treasure hidden in the sand, making telescopes and making Pirate hats. We drew our own treasure maps and went on a treasure hunt in the Nursery garden to find items that pirates have on their ships. We made a Pirate ship and sailed the 7 seas all before lunch. We even walked the plank, thank goodness there were no sharks!

Diary Dates


  • Monday 9th - 4.15pm - 8pm Happy's Circus
  • Tuesday 10th - 4.15pm - 8pm Happy's Circus
  • Year 1 Newt & Duck local area walk
  • Wednesday 11th - Nite Owl visit Year 2
  • Year 1 Heron & Dragonfly local area walk
  • Parent Council Meeting
  • Monday 16th - Prospective Parent tour
  • Tuesday 17th - Parent Teacher Meetings between 3.30pm and 5.30pm
  • Prospective Parent tour
  • Wednesday 18th - Parent Teacher Meetings between 3.30pm and 7.20pm
  • Prospective Parent tour
  • Thursday 19th - Handwriting workshop 9am - Kingfisher & Owl
  • 2.30pm - Woodpecker & Peacock
  • Friday 20th - INSET DAY
  • Monday 23rd - Friday 27th - October Half Term
  • Monday 30th - Year 1 Outdoor learning week at The Hive
  • Prospective Parent tour
  • Tuesday 31st - Prospective Parent tour


  • Wednesday 1st - Prospective Parent tour
  • Thursday 2nd - Prospective Parent tour
  • Individual photos
  • Friday 3rd - Non Uniform Day
  • Monday 6th - Year 2 Library visit Fox & Otter
  • Tuesday 7th - Year 2 Library visit Squirrel & Hedgehog
  • Wednesday 8th - Year 2 Reading Rocks Day
  • Friday 10th - Share a book Open Door 3pm
  • Remembrance event
  • Monday 13th - Odd Sock Day
  • Tuesday 14th - Phonics workshop -
  • 9am - Woodpecker & Peacock
  • 2.30pm - Kingfisher & Owl
  • Wednesday 15th - Year 1 Maths workshop
  • Friday 17th - Children in Need
  • Monday 27th - Friday 1st - Reception walk to the postbox
  • Wednesday 29th - KS1 Christmas Fair
  • Thursday 30th - EYFS Christmas Fair


  • Wednesday 6th - Reception Nativity 9am
  • Thursday 7th - Reception Nativity 9am
  • Friday 8th - Christmas Jumper Day
  • Wednesday 13th - Nursery Christmas Production 9am
  • Year 2 Christingle
  • Thursday 14th - Nursery Christmas Production 9am
  • Year 2 Christingle
  • Friday 15th - Year 1 Christmas Crafts
  • 9am - Newt & Heron
  • 2.30pm - Duck & Daragonfly

Dinner menu

Week 1

Monday - Ham & Pineapple Pizza with Baked Jacket Wedges - Margherita Pizza with Baked Jacket Wedges - Jacket Potato with Baked Beans - Chicken Mayonnaise Baguette - Cheese Salad Wrap - Sweetcorn -Chocolate Rice Krispie Cake

Tuesday - Vegan Bolognaise with Spaghetti - Jacket Potato with Cheese - Ham Sandwich - Cheese & Tomato Bloomer - Peas - Carrot Cake

Wednesday - Roast Chicken with Roast Potatoes & Gravy - Macaroni & Cheese - Jacket Potato with Salmon Mayonnaise - Tuna Sweetcorn Baguette - Cheese Sandwich - Seasonal Greens - Vanilla Ice Cream

Thursday - Chicken Fajita Wrap - Vegetable & Bean Burrito - Pasta with Roasted Tomato & Basil Sauce - Tuna Mayo Sandwich - Cheese Salad Wrap - Steamed Carrots - Maryland Cookie

Friday - Breaded Fish Fingers - Vegetable & Bean Chimichangas - Pasta with Cheese Sauce - Ham Sandwich, Egg Mayo Baguette - Chips & Baked Beans - Chocolate Sponge

Freshly Baked Bread: Pesto Bread or Wholemeal Bread

Messages from the Office

Please refer to the items attached to this week's newsletter which we have been asked to share by the local authority. All parents have the right to reply to a consultation on any school.


Ticket sales using your ParentPay account close on Sunday 8th October.

Tickets will still be available to buy from the school office or on the gate for CASH. While stocks lasts.

Outdoor Learning

Week commencing 9th October - Year 2

  • Tuesday 10th - Fox Class
  • Wednesday 11th - Squirrel Class
  • Thursday 12th - Hedgehog Class
  • Friday 13th - Otter Class


  • Tuesday - Heron & Squirrel Classes
  • Wednesday - Newt & Hedgehog Classes
  • Thursday - Dragonfly & Otter Classes
  • Friday - Duck & Fox Classes

PE Days


  • Friday


  • Thursday
  • Friday


  • Monday - Woodpecker
  • Tuesday - Peacock
  • Wednesday - Kingfisher
  • Thursday - Owl

Year 1

  • Monday - Duck
  • Tuesday - Dragonfly
  • Wednesday - Heron
  • Thursday - Newt

Year 2

  • Tuesday - Otter Class
  • Wednesday - Fox Class
  • Thursday - Squirrel Class
  • Friday - Hedgehog Class


Weekly Attendance Award

Reception Year: Kingfisher Class - 94.8%

Overall Reception Year attendance for the week 93.5%

Year 1: Dragonfly Class - 98.6%

Overall Year 1 attendance for the week 95.7%

Year 2: Hedgehog Class - 97.5%

Overall Year 2 attendance for the week 96.7%

Whole School: 95.3%

If your child is going to be absent from school please contact the school office by 9am and leave a message on our answerphone or via ParentPay giving your child's name, class and specific reason for their absence.

Any planned absence for example medical appointments should be advised to the school office with a copy of the confirmation letter or text being provided. For other absence i.e weddings, holidays etc then a Leave of Absence Request form should be completed in advance. Copies of this can be obtained from the school office.


Premier Education Clubs

Clubs for after the Summer holidays are available to book now using their website at this link www.premier-education.com Please see the flyer for details of clubs and how to book.

Open to children in Year 1 & Year 2 for the Autumn Term.

For before school clubs run by Premier Education drop-off is in our Infant School Hall. Enter through the Poynings Avenue gate and walk across the playground. The register will be taken by the club coach and once the club is finished children will be taken to their classrooms. Please arrive promptly.

For clubs after school run by Premier Education collection is from the Infant School Hall. Enter through the Poynings Avenue gate and walk across the playground. Children will have been escorted to the club by school staff for the start.

Collection time for all Premier Education after school clubs is 4.15pm. Premier Education staff will telephone parents/carers of any uncollected children after 5 minutes. Any child not collected after 10 minutes will be escorted to Hamstel Infant School & Nursery After School Club and a fee of £7.00 will be charged.

If you are unavoidably delayed please telephone the school emergency telephone number on 07526 079300 to speak with a staff member of our After School Club.

Bricks4Kidz Club has returned for new sessions in September, club will be held in our Welcome classroom. Collection for this club is from the Reception Learning Garden (No mow) outside Woodpecker Class.

Collection time for the club is 4.15pm. Any child not collected after 10 minutes will be escorted to Hamstel Infant School & Nursery After School Club and a fee of £7.00 will be charged.

If you are unavoidably delayed please telephone the school emergency telephone number on 07526 079300 to speak with a staff member of our After School Club.