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Thursday 16th May 2024

As part of Mental Health Week we kept ourselves active and calm with a yoga workout.


Wednesday 15th May 2024

We read our English work to each other and used our red pens to make improvements. We also took a sneaky look at the library room before the installations begin! 

Friday 3rd May 2024

We have had a lot of indoor play today. Adharv persevered in balancing the penguins. Good job! I hope the weather cheers up for the Bank Holiday, enjoy.

Friday 26th April 2024

We have started our art exhibition pieces. Later in the year you will be given an opportunity to view the children's work and purchase them if you wish.

Thursday 28th March 2024

We have had our marble jar treat this morning. We have made Easter baskets and decorated a hard boiled egg. I Hope they survive the journey home!


Friday 8th March 2024

We have had a brilliant World Book Day. I was so impressed at the effort put into the children's outfits, they were AMAZING!

I'm sure the children have been telling you all about it. Here are a few photos of the day.

Thursday 7th March 2024

We were busy programming our brand new bee bots.


Wednesday 6th March 2024

In English we are learning about instructions. Today we had to follow instructions to make either a paper aeroplane or a pirate hat.

Monday 4th March 2024

Well the fruit tasting was interesting! Here is picture of the fruit we tasted. Please encourage your child to try new fruit as it will help this half term.

Friday 1st March 2024

We've had a fun week back after half term. On Thursday we had a visitor who helped us compile a whole school poem. We proudly worked on the first verse together then we performed it as a whole school at the end of the day.

Here we are listening to Chris.

Thursday 8th February 2024

We celebrated Safer Internet Day this week with a special assembly. We talked about it more in our PSHE lesson. I was surprised at how many children shared that they had seen something scary on the internet 'by accident'. Parental settings came up in our story and they have all promised to hound you to check the settings on their devices at home! We talked about how 'Kiddle' was a safe search engine.

Wednesday 7th February 2024

We didn't have a whole school sports assembly today so Esmae, Benjamin and Darcie shared their sporting achievements with the class. We are very proud of them all. 

Thursday 1st February 2024

Today one reading group performed their guided reading book to the rest of the class. They have been reading a play as their text. We all enjoyed it, especially the good voices they used for their characters!

Monday 29th January 2024

We had great fun printing using Lego blocks. We tried to overlap primary colours to make secondary colours.

Friday 19th January 2023

We put our phonics learning to the test today. Segmenting and blending real and alien words.

Tuesday 19th December 2023

We had a fabulous time at the Panto.....oh yes we did! 


Monday 18th December 2023

Friday 15th December 2023

We had a great time at the Christmas Fair! We even get to see Santa!

Friday 3rd November 2023

We had our first Book Swap in Year 1 today. Don't worry if you forgot, there will be another chance next term!  If we didn't bring a book we still had a browse, pretending we were in Waterstones!


Tuesday 10th October 2023

Miss Dove and I have put up our class art display. Be sure to look out for it at Parent's Evening, it is outside Juniper (Year 3) classroom. Here is a sneak look at it in the 'planning stage'. 

Monday 9th October 2023

I hope the children have told you what great fun they had with the athlete visit today. He really put them through their paces!

Monday 2nd October 2023

Today we introduced the story Bog Baby in English. We were all very excited as we designed what we thought our own Bog Baby might look like.

Wednesday 27th September 2023

Snack is provided each day, which the children have at first break. You can give your child a snack if they prefer. Here they are today on their banana phones!

Friday 22nd September 2023

We had a Mystery Reader today! Thank you to George's mum. Please email the office if you wish to sign up; the children get very excited! Here they are, eyes closed, waiting for the reader.

Friday 15th September 2023

Another successful week Cypress Class. We even managed to fit in phonics to a very busy Friday! Don't forget to read on Saturday and Sunday for 5 minutes with your child. Have a great weekend! 

Tuesday 5th September 2023

What a fantastic first day we all had! We had a lot of 'firsts' and the children should definitely be ready for an early night!

In English we learnt the term noun. We then went on a noun hunt, here's what we found!






































































































Thursday 13th July 2023

We have had great fun doing our first experiment. We now know what a fair test is! 

Thursday 6th July 2023

We had a fabulous time at Berkhamsted Castle. We were able to see so many castle defences which will help us when we write our explanation texts in English next week.

Monday 3rd July 2023

So many photos from Sports Day! Enjoy!


Friday 23rd June 2023

Friday 9th June 2023

It was wonderful to see so many parents come into the class to share their children's learning. Thank you and I hope you enjoyed looking at the amazing progress they have made! 

Friday 19th May 2023

Thank you to Ruby's dad who was our mystery reader today! You can email the office or sign up on-line to be our next one. The children love it. Today's story was very funny! 

Monday 15th May 2023

In PE today we made wide, narrow and curled shapes whilst on the apparatus.

Wednesday 10th May 2023

In maths we have been chanting counting in 5s to help us quickly recall them. We were all amazing - obviously! ;-)

Friday 5th May 2023

We have really enjoyed celebrating the coronation today. As well as looking fabulous in our red, white and blue clothes we did some watercolours this morning. We had a tour of Highgrove Gardens, virtually.

We ended the day by taking home some delicious cake that Anaise brought in.

Thursday 4th May 2023

We are reading and writing about the book Whatever Wanda Wanted in English. Today we made our own kites and they took us flying off to a desert island, just like in the story! The children have brought their kites home.


Friday 28th April 2023

The children were absolutely AMAZING in their class assembly this morning. I am so proud of their clear voices and I am sure you are too! 

Friday 21st April 2023

Today in science we looked at a plant through a microscope. We then chose either a sunflower or runner bean to plant. Can you guess what these photos are?

Thursday 20th April 2023

We have been very busy deciding what we want to include in our class assembly. Her we are reminding ourselves of what we have learnt, before deciding what learning we want to share. We had even had a run through already and we are doing brilliantly! 

Don't forget it will be on Friday 28th April at 9AM! Entrance by the hall.


Thursday 30th March 2023

Wednesday 29th March 2023

We completed our chocolate egg and spoon race. The children were delighted to receive the egg and certificate to take home. Look at the concentration on their faces! 

Thursday 23rd March 2023

We had a fabulous time at Woodside Animal Farm. This helped us with our science learning. When we saw an animal we had to decide whether it was a mammal, bird or reptile. We had a tractor ride and also got to hold a guinea pig and stroke the goats!

Thursday 2nd March 2023

The costumes are amazing! We have a wonderful array of book characters.

Monday 27th February 2023

To start off World Book Week we had a visit from the Might Pen, AKA Paige Turner (!).

She got us excited about our writing focus which is heroes. 

Friday 24th February 2023

Our class door has been decorated ready for the start of World Book Week. Can you guess what book we are reading?

Tuesday 20th December 2022

We ended our last full day of the year with a Christmas Party.

Friday 9th December 2022

We had a fabulous afternoon at the school Christmas Fair!

Friday 2nd December 2022

We have started using whoosh in's in our handwriting. Here we are having a practise.



Friday 25th November 2022

Linked to 'Just Talk' week we reminded each other how important it was to talk to each other. Sometimes we say we are OK but inside we feel something else. We encouraged each other to not hide behind a mask (masks in books bags) and JUST TALK>

Anti-Bullying Week

Friday 4th November 2022

We have really enjoyed starting our new science topic about the Human Body. 

Monday 26th September 2022

We have been working on our super hero poses and balances in PE. Can you guess who we are?

Wednesday 21st September 2022

We went outside this morning to see what shapes we could see in the clouds. This was linked to our reading extract.

Monday 12th September 2022

We have enjoyed our new reading sessions last week. 

The children have settled into Year 1 incredibly well.

We have learnt about nouns and adjectives in English.  Here we are holding a 'noun' which we then described using an adjective.




























































Wednesday 20th July 2022

After surviving the past few really hot days we enjoyed our end of year party. We even had a bouncy castle!

See Google classroom for the photos!


Tuesday 12th July 2022

The children's behaviour was impeccable during our trip today. This afternoon they continued to work hard and all received a merit for their outstanding attitudes today!


Friday 1st July 2022

I was so proud of how well all the children participated in sports day this afternoon. They showed super sportsmanship. Well done!

Monday 13th June 2022

Mrs Arthurs was really proud of how well we played our glockenspiels this afternoon.

Have a listen and let us know what you think!



Wednesday 25th May 2022

Despite a windy and rainy picnic we had a wonderful morning celebrating the Queen's Jubilee. We went for a tour through Buckingham Palace, played pin the tail on the corgi and drew flags from the different commonwealth countries. Not forgetting that we also designed the Queen some new knickers!


Thursday 5th May 2022

We thoroughly enjoyed our 'Beach Day'. Luckily no one suffered from sunburn, dropped their ice cream or got scared by the seagulls!

Friday 29th April 2022

We hope you enjoyed our class assembly this morning. We are so proud of them. Thank you for supporting them with such a wonderful attendance. A special thank you to Tallis' mum for the doughnut treats!


Tuesday 19th April 2022

Welcome back.  We started off half term with science.  We have each planted a seed; either a pea or a sunflower.  We will watch these grow during the next few weeks.

Wednesday 30th March 2022

We have hopped our little legs off this morning.  Thank you for all your sponsorship.



Friday 25th March 2022

We had an AMAZING time at the zoo yesterday. The children were thrilled with the whole experience.

Here are a few photos from yesterday.


Friday 4th March 2022

We were thrilled to have our Mystery Reader back once again. If you are interested in signing up to do this then please contact the office to add your name to the list.

World Book Day

Thursday 3rd March 2022

We have had an AMAZING day today.  A big thank you to parents and carers....all the children have looked amazing.

We have been busy all day long, writing our own stories, listening to stories, showing off our costumes and making finger puppets.


Twosday 22nd February 2022

Here we are celebrating 'Twosday'.  22.2.22!

Thursday 10th February 2022

Today we learnt about Safer Internet Day, with the theme 'All Fun and Games?'  

We discussed that whilst the internet IS a safe place to play games and learn we also have to be safe.  We should only play games that are for our age and tell an adult if we feel unsafe.

Monday 7th February 2022

We had a great start to Feel Good Week with our meditation session today.  Thank you for bringing in the stones.

Friday 28th January 2022

The Covid restrictions have been lifted to some degree back in the classrooms.

We are all pleased and enjoyed a virtual assembly this afternoon.

Thursday 20th January 2022

Today we created animal posters.  We thought about what message we wanted to show.

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Oh yes we are!




Thursday 16th December 2021

Apologies for the delay…. I have lots to upload. Hope you enjoy!

Thursday 2nd December 2021

Today we have used the iPads to make short videos and take photos. This has been great fun and we may even have some budding directors in Cypress Class!



Friday 26th November 2021

As promised, after school Mrs Gill and I sent your letters to the aliens into space. Well done for saving planet Earth! 


Thursday 25th November 2021

Today in DT we learnt how to use a wheel mechanism. When posing for their photo some children copied the faces they had drawn. 


Friday 19th November 2021


Today we have celebrated Children in Need and learnt about ways to be kind for Anti-Bullying.



Friday 12th November 2021

We have had a very busy day in Cypress Class today.  We had our Neil Armstrong workshop.  Just before home time we had a visit from our mystery reader. We really enjoyed both events and we can’t wait to see who our next mystery reader is! 


Thursday 11th November 2021


Today we had great fun learning tag rugby skills from the Game On coach.



Monday 8th November 2021

We have all been thrilled to partake in the first indoor PE lesson the children can remember having! Here’s a taster of one of the games we played.



Friday 5th November 2021

Today we have been learning the names of parts of the body and where they are. Look at the fun we had being scientists! 

Thursday 4th November 2021

Can you guess what our class book is? We are all enjoying listening to this well known story.


Friday 21st October 2021

We have had a fantastic art day today. We tried cartoon drawing, bubble writing and finished our stained glass windows.

Happy half term!

Friday 15th October 2021

A huge thank you for all the Harvest donations we received for Watford Foodbank.

Monday 11th October 2021

Today we made our very own Bog Babies. We were very creative. We will be using our babies alongside our English learning over the next 2 weeks.