Past and present

Thank you very much for sending in the baby photos and for taking the time to talk to the children about when they were younger. They have been so excited trying to guess who was in each picture. They also enjoyed matching the teaching team to their baby photos. We discussed the similarities and differences between the children now and when they were babies.

Bean plant

I’m unsure what was in the air last weekend but our bean plant experienced an impressive growth spurt. We have started to use string to help us measure its height against the cubes. Sadly, the bean plant isn’t as strong as it is tall and the top broke off on Wednesday, teaching us that we need to be more gentle (our value of the fortnight).


When we arrived at school on Monday and took the caterpillars out of their warm bed, we noticed that they too had grown. We wrote to Betty with the good news that her caterpillars were attaching themselves to the lid of the pot and had started their metamorphosis into chrysalides. On Wednesday morning, we discovered that, unfortunately, two of the five caterpillars had not survived. Betty took the news well and wants us to remain focussed on caring for the remaining three.

Eid al-Fitr

On Monday, we learned about Eid al-Fitr – the festival of sacrifice, which marks the end of Ramadan. The children discovered that Ramadan is a holy month, where adult Muslims fast between dawn and sunset. The day which follows the first new moon after the month of Ramadan is Eid al-Fitr. The festival lasts for three days. During this time, children accept gifts and wear new clothes. They also eat lots of delicious food. Thank you to parents who sent in pictures of the celebrations. Riaab looks very smart here;  he was so proud to go to the mosque with his daddy and pray to Allah – “He protects me”. Taim celebrated by going to the fair with his family. He received a gift from his grandma and “had so much fun”.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend. If you bump into any snails, please take the time to observe them closely as we will be learning all about them next week. Thank you

Mrs Shipley

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