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Helpful information for Gnome Class


Key dates:

Wednesday 5th January - First day of Half Term 3

Monday 10th January - No After School Club

Tuesday 18th January - Flu Vaccine Catch Up

Friday 11th February - Last day of Half Term 3


Key times:

8.40am - Gates open

8.45am - Children line up and Miss Unwin and Miss Mills collect from playground

3.20pm - Pick up time from KS1 playground


Outdoor learning:

Our Gnomes will be learning outdoors every day, whatever the weather so please make sure clothing is suitable for the changeable weather. Named wellington boots and wet weather coats are essential items.  We have a small selection of extra wellington boots and some wet weather jumpsuits for really wet days.



Our Gnomes do not need a change of clothing for PE.  We will be involved in physical activity every day so comfy clothing is a must.  We will be focussing on developing strength, balance and coordination in gross motor movements.


Snack Time:

Please send healthy snacks in a named tub or bag.  Snacks are also availabe to order from the kitchen as follows:

Monday to Thursday - toast 30p, tea cake 40p, croissant 50p

Friday - pizza muffin 50p

Please send snack money in a named envelope or purse. (weekly or half termly is best for us to organise) 

Milk and fruit are also available at snack times.  The fruit is free of charge.  Milk is also free until the child’s 5th birthday then there is a small charge, remember to sign up for milk at coolmilk.com



If you need to contact us please email - cunwin@gateford.notts.sch.uk

If your message is urgent, then please either email or call Mrs Ellis in the school office.


This week we have started to focus on learning our sounds.  We introduce these sounds in a particular order and would really appreciate if you could find some time at home to practice the sounds we introduce each week.  We will send home a pack containing sound cards, tricky word cards, a small whiteboard to practice writing and a whiteboard pen.  


The following schedule shows the dates and order of introduction.


Week beginning 10th January - oo  ar   or  ur  (and tricky word 'was')

Week beginning 17th January- ow  oi   ear   air   (and tricky word 'you')

Week beginning 24th January - ure  er                 (and tricky word 'they')

Week beginning 31st January -                             (and tricky word 'all')

Week beginning 7th February -                             (and tricky word 'my')   



If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask.

Monday 17th January 


Gnome Class Work 

Into the Unknown


This half term we will be exploring space, visiting the Moon and the planets in our solar system.  Then our unknown element will be more related to creatures.


Week 2


This week in our learning we have been exploring facts all about the Moon and Astronauts. We shared the book 'The Man on the Moon and Aliens?' and found out lots of interesting facts, from the first man on the moon to different phases of the moon. In our maths learning we have been exploring all of the number bonds to 10. In phonics we have learnt some new sounds and have been working super hard on improving our writing and talking about the structure of a sentence. We now know that all sentences must start with a capital letter and end with a full stop.

Week 1


This week we have settled back into school really well and are hard at work. In our learning we have focused a lot on our writing and our new morning task is to write our names and practise writing our tricky words and writing sentences independently. We shared the book 'Whatever Next' and was introduced to our new topic 'Into the Unknown' where we discussed what we would take in a rocket up to space. We also had our very first Yoga session in the hall which we loved taking part in. We can't wait to see what other learning is in store next week. 

Into the Woods


Our topic this Half Term 2 is called 'Into the Woods' and we will be learning all about the British Woodland. We will find out about the animals and plants which live in a woodland habitat.


Week 7


We got up to lots of Christmas fun this week. From our Santa Dash where we met the lovely Mrs Clause to our very first Nativity Performance where we were absolute superstars! We also had our Christmas Party Day this week where we played lots of fun games, including pass the parcel and musical statues which we are very good at. Check out the pictures below to look at all the fun and exciting things we got up too. 

Week 6


This week we have had a very busy week. We have been learning all about Spiders in our Topic and we shared the book 'The Very Busy Spider' together. We took part in our very first vote on whether or not we liked Spiders. The results showed us that seventeen of us liked spiders whilst eleven of us didn't and the Gnomes gave some very good explanations as to why they made their vote. We have also learnt about Christmas Around the World and how different countries celebrate Christmas time which we found very interesting. We have also done lots and lots of practising for our Nativity Performance this week and we can't wait to share it with you all. 

Week 5


This week we have been learning all about owls and we shared the book 'Owl Babies' together. Owls are amazing birds and we of course learnt some amazing facts about them. Did you know that a group of owls are called a parliament and their feathers are coloured to provide camouflage? In our maths learning we have been focusing on the number 8 and number 9 and how we can show these numbers in many different ways. 

Week 4


This week we have been learning all about the four seasons. We have learnt the sequence of the seasons and the types of weather and events that we experience in each one. We especially can't wait for Winter and we are hoping for lots of snow this year! In maths we have been learning all about the numbers six and seven and have been working hard on our number formation. It's safe to say that we've become experts on these numbers. In our phonics learning we have been focusing on our sounds and reading words that start with these sounds. All of the Gnomes are working so incredibly hard and making Miss Mills and I so very proud. 

Week 3


This week our book was 'Squirrel's Busy Day' we were introduced to lots of different woodland animals in the story. We have learnt about all of the animals and insects which inhabit our woodland. We have also filled out vocabulary with big and exciting words such as nocturnal, carnivore, herbivore, omnivore and camouflage. In our maths learning this week we have been looking at one less than an amount all the way to ten and even beyond. We also had lots of fun taking part in the wheelathon see some pictures below. 



Week 2


This week has been all about hedgehogs. We shared the story 'The Very Helpful Hedgehog' together and thought about what it means to be hepul and all of the people that help us. We have also been looking at animals that hibernate and even found out what the word nocturnal means. We also know that animals do one of three things during the winter period: Hibernate, Survive or Migrate. We've had so much fun learning all of these new and incredible facts. We even went on our very own Hedgehog Hunt and had lots of fun playing in the Autumn leaves. In our maths learning this week we have been focusing on the number zero as well starting to find out One More Than an amount. We have learnt so much this week and can't wait to see where next week will take us. 

Autumn Leaf Fun

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Week 1

This week we shared the book 'We're Going on a Leaf Hunt'. We learnt about all of the different types of trees and why they are so important to us. We loved exploring and learning about all of the different parts of a tree and we discovered some fun and interesting facts too! In our maths and phonics learning this week we have been recapping our number bonds to 5 as well as all of our sounds and tricky words and practised writing sentences too. 

Into the Deep


This half term we will be learning all about the sea and all things related.  Keep checking our class page for photographs of what we have been doing.

Week 7


The last week of Half Term 1. How did that go so quickly? We've had lots of Spooky Fun this week, from dressing up to spooky jelly slime! In our topic we have been learning all about the five oceans of the world and how they are all joined together. Fun Fact: Did you know that Mount Everest isn't the tallest mountain on Earth? It is in fact Mauna Kea which is in the Ocean! We also explored the different layers of the oceans and were amazed at some of the strange creatures living in the deepest layer of the Abyss. In our maths learning we have been revising and consolidating all of the number bonds to five, with the help of Jack Hartman of course. We are ready for our half term break, but very excited about what awaits us in Half Term 2.

Week 6


This week we have been learning all about coral and the Great Barrier Reef. We did lots of research about octopuses and sea horses and couldn't believe the amazing facts we found out about them. In our maths learning we have been exploring all of the number bonds to five with a little help from our friend Jack Hartman. We also had lots of fun this week taking part in a lot of messy play, take a look at the pictures below! 

Week 5


This week has been all about snails and whales. We shared 'The Snail and the Whale' and learnt all about whales and sharks and how different they are. We also discovered lots of fun and interesting facts. Did you know that the Blue Whale is the largest animal in the world and that their tongues can weigh as much as an elephant! Why don't you ask your Gnome what other interesting facts they can remember? Later on in the week we talked about pollution and recycling and the different ways that we can help. In maths we have been learning all about the number five and partitioning whole numbers into parts.

Week 4


This week we have been learning about lighthouses, herring gulls and puffins. We shared 'The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch' and just like Mrs Grinling we had a go at making our own sandwiches (we even got to eat them too). Later on in the week we searched the internet for facts about sea birds. Did you know that a herring gull can drink both salt-water and fresh water? In our maths learning this week we have been learning all about the number four and during our indoor and outdoor learning we found out that there are number fours everywhere! 

Week 3


This week we have been learning about all of the different types of creatures that live in rock pools. We read 'Rock Pool Secrets' together and talked about how important it is that when we search for things in nature, that we put everything back. We learnt the phrase 'Take nothing but memories and leave nothing but footprints'. We also learnt some amazing facts about the creatures that live in rock pools and even had a go at drawing our very own crabs. Did you know that a starfish isn't actually a type of fish? It should be called a Sea Star! Why not ask your Gnome what other amazing facts they can remember? 

Week 2

This week we have been learning about the seaside.  We shared the book 'Lucy and Tom at the Seaside' and talked about our own visits to the coast.  Barnaby the Bear told us all how to stay safe at the beach by staying with our grown-ups and what to do if we saw someone in trouble in the water.  In maths we are investigating numbers 1, 2 and 3.  You could ask your Gnome to practice writing these numbers, do they remember the rhymes?  We have also started to focus on phase 2 sounds in phonics and have brought home our sound cards, tricky word cards and Pocket Rocket book 1 to share.  Here are some photos of the week...

Week 1

This week has been all about settling into our new class and learning all the new rules and routines.  We have had a lot of fun too.  Check out our photos to see what kinds of things we have been doing this week.

Gnome Class is almost ready for all our new Gnomes to begin making lots of memories in September.

Our outdoor area is also ready and waiting for all our new Gnomes.

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