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Welcome to Gnome Class

Helpful information for Gnome Class


Key dates:

Thursday 2nd of September - first day of Half Term 1

Friday 8th October - Wrates photographers in school

Monday 11th October - Flu vaccinations

Friday 15th October - last day of Half Term 1


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, ice pop 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.  We will also send home some small 'pocket rocket' books for you to read and share with your Gnome.


The following schedule shows the dates and order of introduction.


Week beginning 6th Sept - s   a   t   p   (and tricky word 'I')

Week beginning 13th Sept - i   n   m   d   (and tricky word 'go')

Week beginning 20th Sept - g   o   c   k   (and tricky word 'to)

Week beginning 27th Sept - ck   e   u   r   (and tricky word 'the')

Week beginning 4th October - h   b   f   ff   (and tricky word 'no')   

Week beginning 11th October - l   ll   ss   (and tricky word 'into')


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

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 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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