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Morning Kingfishers!

Today is the 1st April which is commonly known as April Fools Day but do you know the history behind this?


Some historians speculate that April Fools’ Day dates back to 1582, when France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar, as called for by the Council of Trent in 1563. In the Julian Calendar, as in the Hindu calendar, the new year began with the spring equinox around April 1. 

People who were slow to get the news or failed to recognize that the start of the new year had moved to January 1 and continued to celebrate it during the last week of March through April 1 became the butt of jokes and hoaxes and were called “April fools.” These pranks included having paper fish placed on their backs and being referred to as “poisson d’avril” (April fish), said to symbolize a young, easily caught fish and a gullible person.


Have a good day everybody and stay healthy.

Best wishes from Mrs Hallihan, Miss Copley and Miss West



Morning Kingfishers!

I can't believe it's the end of March already. What have you all been doing? You all know how terrible I am at computers? Well, today all the teachers are having a staff meeting using something called Zoom, so fingers crossed that I can manage to join in laugh

I hope you have all been doing some home learning but that you are also using the time to maybe learn a new skill? Who has done something new which they have never done before? Feel free to share on our class email. Has anybody managed to complete their home learning Bingo challenge yet?

Stay well and safe!

Until tomorrow, best wishes,

Mrs Hallihan, Miss Copley and Miss West 

laugh Hi Kingfishers!

So, here we are in week 2 of this very strange situation. What did you all do at the weekend? I hope you managed to get out into your gardens and spend some time in the fresh air. I did a lot of gardening and actually found time to start reading a book - this is one of my favourite things to do. I'm looking out into my garden right now and can see a very fat pigeon balancing on my fence.

I hope you are keeping your diary whilst you are off school. It will be interesting to look back at this time when things are back to normal or when you are older. You will be able to remember how, on the 1st day of British Summer time, we saw hail and some snow, plus we were freezing cold. Maybe you could write a poem or draw a picture about this then your parents could send it to us using the email address on our class home page.

Look after yourselves and your families.

Speak to you tomorrow,

Mrs Hallihan, Miss Copley and Miss West

smiley Happy Friday Kingfishers,

good morning, we hope your 1st week of home schooling has gone well; we don't know about you but it is very odd not being at school to do our learning. We hope you are all well and taking care of yourselves. We miss you all and hope it won't be long until Kingfisher class are all together again.

Don't forget to click on the links on our page to find interesting activities to keep you busy but don't forget to spend time outdoors or learning new skills at home - I actually tried making flapjacks this week and they were very delicious! 

Also, just a reminder that you or your parents can contact us by using the email address on our class home page.

Have a happy Friday, speak to you all again tomorrow,

Best wishes,

The Kingfisher team: Mrs Hallihan, Miss Copley and Miss West




Good Morning Kingfishers!

How are you all today? We hope you are staying healthy and well. We know that these times are a little bit scary but with all the beautiful sunshine helping to keep us smiling, we will all be okay. Try to go for a walk every day with your families, spend time in the garden, just to make sure you get some fresh air.

Hopefully, it won't be long until we are all back together in our ABC family. Remember that if you or your parents have any questions or just want to say hello, you can contact us using the class email address on our home page.

Look after yourselves and your loved ones. Speak to you again tomorrow!

Best wishes,

Mrs Hallihan, Miss Copley and Miss West


Good morning Kingfishers!

How are you all? We hope you are all staying safe and well. It is certainly a strange time at the minute but we don't know about you, waking up and seeing the sun shining through the curtains makes us happy.  It makes me want to go and spend a bit of time in the garden. I know we all wish we could go to the seaside but hopefully it won't be long until we can do that again.

If your parents need to contact us with any questions, our class email address is on the class home page. It would also be lovely to hear from you to see how you are all doing. Please follow the links to the home learning activities on our page.

Look after yourselves and your families. 

Best wishes,

Mrs Hallihan, Miss Copley and Miss West

March 2020

Dear Kingfisher Class,
Firstly, we just wanted to say how absolutely amazing you have all been over the last couple of weeks. You have shown us what truly kind and compassionate children you all are. Mrs Bone is certainly so proud of you for upholding all of our school values. We do not know how long we will be off school for, but it will probably be quite a few weeks. You have all worked so hard this year and made such amazing progress, that we really want you to keep it up, so that when you do come back to school you are able to pick up where we left off.
Please do try to some work every day. Also, keep up the good work on TT rock stars and Mathletics. Choose a wonderful book to read and enjoy it! Keep fit and active and maybe ask your grown up at home if you can do the daily Joe Wicks workout, as it looks great fun!
We will add more work to the class web page every week, so please do check in with the web page and complete as much as you can.
Most of all, be kind! Your parents and carers will need your help, if you have brothers and sister, think about how you can make them smile!
Take care Kingfishers and we hope to see you very soon.
With Very Best Wishes,
 Miss Copley, Mrs Hallihan and Miss West