Newsletter - Winter Term, 20.09.17
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Newsletter - Winter Term, 20.09.17

The new term — and school year — are firmly established and the first exeat of the term is already on our horizon; it’s a welcome breather as pupils reacquaint themselves with the depth and breadth of school life after the summer break. 

 
Sports Round Up
Soccer
The soccer season gets under way with matches and a soccer festival, while a there’s a new addition to the girls’ sporting curriculum as we introduce lacrosse this term.  We look forward to catching up on all the news!
 
Netball
All 10 U9 girls took part in their very first match on Wednesday at home to Great Walstead’s   ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams. A strong fight wasn’t quite enough to overcome the bigger girls, however a much more confident game by the 2nd team resulted in a comfortable win of 4-0. Fine accurate shooting, determined defence and busy, confident passing in the centre third gave   a glimpse of what we can expect from these talented girls.  Isabella shone throughout and  was deservedly awarded Girl of the Game for both games. “A good start!” said Mrs Watkin.
 
Golf Family Foursomes
The sun gave us the run-around at times on Sunday, but this annual family day was the usual happy mix of sporting bonhomie and golfing prowess. Our Ostrich Feather course was the glorious setting and the winners of the competition were: Dimash and his father. 
 
Pre-prep news
The new school year has got off to its customary flying start in the Pre-prep, where the children have really settled well into their new classes and the term’s work is well under way. 
 
Jeans for Genes Day will be taking place in the Pre-prep and the little ones will be joining with the Prep school pupils in raising valuable contributions to the charity by wearing jeans to school for the day next Friday 29th September. 
 
Plans and rehearsals are gathering momentum for the Harvest assembly on Friday 13th October at 8.40am, to be followed by coffee in the dining hall. This will be a Pre-prep led assembly where the children will explore the meaning of Harvest, and collect in donations of dried and tinned goods. These will be taken to Age Concern in Horsham by Mrs Kennedy. Please bring in your donations any time from Monday 9th October to Friday 13th (not before or after this date please).
 
Here’s the latest class news: 
 
Reception
Their ‘All About Me’ topic has seen the Reception children discussing their likes and dislikes, taking turns in conversation.  They have been noticing similarities and differences and completed self-portraits, making some frames for them. In Maths they have been working with numbers to ten and to twenty, thinking about one more and one less, and matching quantities to digits. Patterns in shape, number and sound and colour have also been part of their Maths lessons. 
 
Pencil control has featured too, correcting the grip if necessary and beginning some handwriting exercises, including name writing practise. In the computer room the children have been logging on and off, while also learning about the parts of the computer.  They are looking forward to drama, as well as learning out of doors. 
 
Year 1
Year 1’s creative writing has begun with the story of the Little Red Hen, followed by Tattybogle the Scarecrow. In Maths the children are counting up to 100 and beginning to count in tens and twos. They have been will be working on their numbers up to 10 and doing some simple addition and subtraction work. In Science they are learning about autumn and the topic will be introduced by walking around the grounds of Cottesmore looking for signs of the changing seasons. Their art work will include painting their portraits, scarecrows, autumn pictures and they will also work on the story of the Little Red Hen.
 
Year 2 
The children have been considering two things that they are good at and one thing that they would like to get better at, creating ‘Two Stars and a Wish’. They have been reading ‘The Jolly Postman’, mapping out the route the Jolly Postman takes and the fairy-tale characters he delivers mail to, leading to discussions about different types of mail and their purpose.  They have also been planning and will create a class poem for the Harvest Festival, as well as adding capital letter and full stops to sentences. 
 
In their Maths work, Year 2 has been finding the number bonds to 10 and 20 using a bead string, using this knowledge to add larger numbers. They have also used a number line to count on in jumps of 10. In History, the class will learn about what life was like in the time of Christopher Columbus and they will discover his plans for his journey. As an introduction to ‘Special Books’ in Religious Studies, they have been talking about books that are special to them. In their art lessons, the children have been taking inspiration from indigenous people who decorated rocks, creating their own rock animals.  
 
In Science, the class will study the different ways that animals have babies. In ICT, they will finish the typing up of their ‘2 Stars and a Wish’ work from last week. In RS the children will have the opportunity to share their favourite book with the rest of the class.
 
Year 3
Year 3 began their term by practising their information collating skills by writing and then presenting their own weather forecasts. In Maths sessions they have been ordering two and three digit numbers, partition numbers, as well as adding and subtracting multiples of 10 and 100. They began their Geography topic on India by identifying where in the world it is, its climate and its major physical features. In Art this term their focus will also be India, exploring the history and styles of Indian painting, focusing in particular on Madhubani painting. In Science the children have begun their unit of work on health and movement by identifying that humans get the nutrition that they need from what they eat.  In their RS lesson they have begun their topic of Hinduism by learning about its origins and its followers.   The children have been very excited about a visit from Prep school teacher Mr Pearson, who is coming to talk to them about his recent trip to India. 
 
There’s a treat in store on Friday when they are off to see Awful Auntie by David Walliams with Forms 1 and 2. 
 
Other News
Sunday Fundays
Over 50 excited Cottesmorians headed south to Brighton Pier on a gloriously sunny afternoon, armed with money for ice creams, as well as wristbands for unlimited rides at the funfair. It was inevitable that a great time would be had by all! The wind was less strong than on our last visit, so every ride was open and the children loved them all, especially the high-adrenaline roller-coasters and the huge ‘Booster’ which shot pupils 50 metres above the pier, giving incredible views before spinning them around and safely delivering them back to earth. The sign of a successful excursion is when the bus is quiet on the way home as the children are asleep!
 
Jeans for Genes Day - 29th September
Cottesmorians will be joining in this national fundraising day by wearing jeans to school for the day and we look forward to making a sizeable donation to the charity which researches life-altering genetic conditions in children. 
 
Open Morning: Sat 30th September 1000-1200
Once again we look forward to welcoming prospective Cottesmorians and their families to our Open Morning. A warm welcome awaits, along with an opportunity to see Cottesmore at work and at play. 
 
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