South Petherton Church of England Infants and Pre-School

South Petherton Church of England Infants and Pre-School

Buzzard - The Shed

Summer Term 2021 part 2!

Dear Buzzard Year 1s and Parents,

I hope you have all had a refreshing half term holiday, enjoyed the sunshine and are ready for the final block of the Summer Term. We are so fortunate to be able to be part of the beautiful learning environment at the SHED and to know that we can enjoy all it has to offer in the coming weeks. 


We have a busy time ahead of us with our learning and also will be celebrating some important events. We will be supporting Nick Bragg from Frogmary Green Farm in his next great running and cycling endeavour and will post some more details soon! We would like to take part in the National Thank You Day on 4th July, showing our thanks for those who have helped us during the difficult times of the Covid pandemic. We are also starting an environmental mini topic, looking at ways we can help to care for our wonderful world.


As always, please do keep reading at home every day with your child. Reading for pleasure is the most important way to help your child succeed as a learner. Every time you read, you help to build vocabulary, understanding, thinking and imaginative skills. We really hope you will take part in our School Summer Reading Challenge too, which runs until 14th July We have been pleased to be giving out so many Mathletics and Readiwriter certificates to celebrate the practice you have been doing at home. Keep going Buzzards!


Best wishes, Mr Halford

Summer Term 2021

Welcome back to the SHED for what we hope will be a super summer term, weather wise and learning wise.

We have planned lots of outdoor learning in many curriculum areas so hope to make the most of the amazing space we have at the farm. Please can you ensure your child has a sun hat in school every day and also consider sending your child to school already sun-creamed!

Fingers crossed for fine weather and no disruptions.

I look forward to zoom parents meetings over the next few weeks and hope that you have all had a great Easter holiday.

Summer Term 2021 Year 1 Curriculum Newsletter

Monday 11th January


We are aware that at certain times of the day Tapestry is very difficult to access, due to the number of people all over the country trying to log on at the same's the same for us!

Please don't worry if you can't log on at 9am; the resources are there all day so you can access them at any time. I am going to put stories that I record onto the school website under the 'Children' tab, 'Video Resource Centre' so that stories can be accessed more easily. You could always start the day with a story, or with a spot of Joe Wicks on YouTube. Thank you for all that you are doing to support your children's learning at home. Mr Halford

Tuesday 5th January 2021

Buzzards in Lockdown


Happy New Year to all Buzzard children and families. 

This is a strange time for all and I want you to know that we are thinking of you all and will do our utmost to continue educating the children as well as possible under the current circumstances. Learning for most children will now be online and daily learning will be signposted and linked through 'Tapestry', so please look there daily. There will be daily phonics, reading, maths and English activities for each morning, as well as 'topic' work and some Mathletics for the afternoons. Mrs Spurway and I will end each day with some form of story...either a video of us reading one or a link to follow.

Please be aware that one member of the Year 1 team will be available via Tapestry from 9am to 3pm daily to support children learning at home. Please contact us via Tapestry if you need support or reassurance.

Mr Halford

                Welcome to Buzzard Bubble!                  

'Embracing the Fullness of Life'

John 10:10 "I am come, that they might have life, and that they might have it abundantly".

We are a group of 18 happy and enthusiastic Year 1 children with Mr Halford as teacher and Mrs Simmons as trainee teacher with the class. Mrs Witcombe and Mrs Walker also work with us and Mrs Poole is with us at lunchtimes.


We are very lucky to be learning at the SHED at Frogmary Green Farm as it means we have lots of fabulous outdoor space to learn and play in. We have great views from our bubble and are called 'Buzzard' as we can often see buzzards flying past.


We have spent the first two weeks of term looking at the book 'The Dot' by Peter H Reynolds and have done lots of artwork inspired by the book. You will be able to see our work in The Gallery.


Now starts the business of becoming Year 1's! We are establishing routines and getting used to a more formal style of learning. It is not easy sitting at tables all day, so there are plenty of opportunities for outside learning and we will often have story time outside as well. 


We know that this year is very different to what the children have been used to; please be assured that we have every child's best interests and well-being in mind. As always, if you have any concerns or questions please do let us know. 


Mr Halford and Team Buzzard Bubble





October Half Term Update

Home learning:

Each of the children now has a common exception word booklet with all of the 'red' words to learn. Please could your child complete one page per week, as noted at the top of each page. 'Red' words cannot be sounded out, so need to be learnt!

Also, please could you encourage your child to engage with 'Mathletics' each week. This is a proven way for children to consolidate their learning in maths, and to tackle new challenges. The children love receiving certificates too! If you are uncertain of your child's log-in details, please let us know.

I hope that you all have a restful and enjoyable half term.

November update!
Please see the video resource centre for a short video about the children”s learning this term.

Year 1 Curriculum Newsletter Sept 2020

Have a wonderful Summer Holiday