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Anti Bullying Week Odd Socks Day November 2017


All equal- All different. 

The children (and staff ) of Yarley class joined in to celebrate individuality and uniqueness. An array of coloured and patterned socks and  tights were worn and discussions were had on what makes us unique and different. 

 Yarley Class had a wonderful visit to Farleigh Hungerford Castle. The weather was kind as the children set out the explore the surroundings. They peered over the wall into the moat and climbed on the outer walls of the great hall. The towers were examined to find the holes that passed for toilets in the 14th Century, and they learnt what happened to  the wife of Sir Edward Hungerford's son, Lord Walter, who was locked high up  in a tower. She wrote in 1539 that she was 'continually locked in one of my Lord's towers in his castle'. The children learnt how she managed to survive on food passed through the windows by the villagers. How do they do it?  

They studied the artifacts in the Priests House and were fascinated by the model castle, the chapel and the crypt. 


Of course, they could not wait for packed lunches at noon, eaten within the castle grounds overlooked by history. Then the afternoon was spent  dressing up in beautifully made recreations of outfits worn by the Lord and Lady, maids, pages and  scriveners. 'It feels itchy' one child announced. A wonderful day with history brought to life. 

Our Visit to Farleigh Hungerford Castle October 2017

Our Castles

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Key Information for Yarley Class Parent/ Carers September 2017



Welcome to Yarley Class.


This letter will outline the routines and expectations so you and your child can be familiar with what happens in class. If you have any questions, or if anything is not clear, please ask.



Please ensure your child brings in their book bag everyday (including reading records, reading books and sight words). Any letters sent home from school will be put into your child’s book bag so please check it regularly.  They will also need a bottle for water so it can be used throughout their day. (Please label it with your child’s name) The school will provide a snack of fruit every day. We do not encourage toys from home to be brought into class as these can get broken and lost.  


Uniform/ Clothing

Please make sure all uniform is labeled with your child name. If at any time your child has mislaid a garment, there is a red box in the class cloakroom which you can check at the end of a school day. As it often rains, a suitable raincoat should be also named and brought into school. Welly boots will also be useful if the weather is not so good.   We have PE on Tuesdays and Thursday  and your child will need trainers, and daps (for indoors),  yellow T shirt and blue or black shorts and also tracksuit bottoms and tops for when the weather gets colder. PE kits can stay at school on your child’s peg, unless it needs to be sent home to be washed.



To make a link between home and school, homework will be sent out every Thursday to be returned by the following Wednesday. This is to be completed by the child with your feedback and support and will help consolidate the learning they do in school. A book will be provided and please encourage your child to present their work neatly. Any unfinished homework will need to be completed in school during Golden Time (free choice activities). All work should be done in pencil and handwriting joined where children are able.


Reading- We encourage your child to enjoy books and read as often as possible. Please write in your child’s reading record when you have heard them read. We will change your child’s every week. Please remember to use our online reading scheme ‘BUGCLUB’. It has many activities and books your child can use.  Please let me know if you would like a reminder of your child’s log in details.


Independence- We encourage all children to be as independent as possible and have responsibility. Therefore please encourage your child to say goodbye to you at the school entrance and come into class to put their bags and coats away independently, ready for the school day.


At the end of each term, the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), Year R, reception children, will bring home a booklet of observations and activities that they have done over the previous term. These observations are linked to the main areas of the EYFS. If you wish to discuss this, or you have any other questions about anything, and ask!


If you have any questions, concerns or information that you would like to share, you are very welcome to come into Yarley Class at the end of a school day. 


Thank you.   Mrs Chester

Welcome to Yarley Class!


Important information-

  • Please can book bags, reading books and reading records be brought to school everyday. Also, please can parents make sure they are reading with their child (and recording it in their reading record) at least 3 times a week. Remember, regular reading at home can significantly improve your child's literacy skills!)
  • This term PE will be on a Monday afternoon. The children will need named indoor and outdoor footwear (daps and trainers) a jumper and jogging bottoms in addition to the school PE kit.
  • A water bottle should be in school each day.
  • Homework will now be going out on Fridays. Please can it be returned to school the following Wednesday.
  • Golden Time is on a Friday Afternoon. The children are welcome to bring a toy/ game from home. Please can you make sure it is named and that it fits in your child's book bag.





Topic Maps to follow very shortly.





Our Spring term our topic-


The Reception children at Coxley School have been having an exciting time searching for bears within their school grounds. The children were not scared despite the many obstacles they faced including long wavy grass, a cold deep river, thick oozy mud, a big dark forest, a swirling whirling snowstorm and a narrow gloomy cave! Within the cave, the children discovered a bear and ran back to the safety of the school! Following their bear hunting experience, the bear wrote a letter to the children explaining that he just wanted some friends and whilst he understood why people were afraid of bears, in this case there was no need. The children decided to write back to the bear, who has now decided to come and live in their classroom.

Can you figure out which story the children have been reading?




The Year 1s and 2s have been studying a book called 'Wild' by Emily Hughes.


The children have thoroughly enjoyed this story. Below are some examples of the work they have produced.


by Leo


By Maggie


By Reece


By Sammie


The children wrote letters to Frank and Ed sharing their thoughts on the men trapping a young girl in the jungle. Here is their reply.


By Finlay




Previous Topics:


Please return by the end of the week to find the topic plan in the documents section below to find out what we are learning this term.



Curriculum Maps for 'Treasure Hunters - Victorians'



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The children in Yarley Class were invited to Southwood Common Farm where they had thechance to take part in various activities to teach them about life as a dairy farmer. The children helped feed the calves, learnt about how to keep cattle healthy, explored the milking parlour and equipment, visited the cows in the field learnt about various machinery used on the farms and about the variety of wildlife that can be found on farms and in surrounding fields. A particular favourite of the children was being treated to some food produced with milk. The cheese, yogurt, desserts and ice cream were very much enjoyed by the children.
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Yarley class have been busy making their own Gruffalo on the school field. We made him using twigs, mud, acorns and grass.



This term the children will be 'going wild!'  We started our topic by spending the day camping on the school field. We put up tents, had a camp fire, made hot chocolate and went on a minibeast  hunt!

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Coxley School held their very own chocolate tasting event on Thursday 2nd July 2015.

For the event we made our very own chocolate bars by melting chocolate, pouring the chocolate into a special mould and adding our own special ingredients. We also designed chocolate bar wrappers on the computer for our bars. We also painted Oompa Lumpas, made giant sweets, created giant lollipops, made a giant ‘Coxley Chocolate Tasting’ sign and learnt an Oompa Lumpa song and dance that we performed to the parents as a ‘flash mob’. There was also a viewing of our very own episode of ‘Yarley Masterchef’ where Yarley children designed recipes to include chocolate, bread or bananas. 12 children made their recipes in the episode and the overall winner was announced. Some children also supported with the sound and filming!

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We had great fun at Cheddar Chocolate Factory!! We were allowed to try lots of different chocolates and Mr Sweet even made some special Coxley School wrapped chocolate. 
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(See the Gallery for more pictures)

We have been having great fun practicing our basic skills in P.E. Here we are trying to keep a balloon up in the air whilst standing on one foot.
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This term we are learning about food and where it comes from, with a particular focus on CHOCOLATE!!

We have been reading the Story of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and have created our very own Chocolate Factory role play area in the classroom.
Chris Weale (Yeovil FC Goalkeeper)
As part of our Be The Best You Can Be topic, the children had a visit from Yeovil Town FC goalkeeper Chris Weale. The children asked him questions about how he achieved his goal of becoming a professional footballer and the obstacles he had to overcome to achieve his dream. He also treated us to a Coxley FC Vs Yeovil FC penalty shootout!
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(See gallery below for more pictures)

Lego WeDo and Wonderbugs

As part of our topic To Infinity and Beyond the children have been exploring robotics. They have made their very own robotic alligator out of a speacial Lego set and the Year 2s built a programme on the computer that made the alligator open and close his mouth! (video on the podcast section).
They have also been having great fun with remote control Wonderbugs!

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World Book Day- Thursday 5th March!

To celebrate World Book Day, the children in Yarley class had a special activities week based on the story of Little Red Riding Hood.
The children  baked cakes for Grandma, they made wolf masks to use in their role-play, they acted out the story to an auidence and they made some clay models of the characters to use in their own animation productions. (See the podcast section for their BRILLIANT animations!) 

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Last half terms topic was 'Going Global'
Yarley airways flight 2015 took off from Coxley Airport last week bound for a Kenyan Safari. After handing in their passports the children were entertained with some inflight Kenyan Music, were able to undo their seatbelts and have a play with some authentic Kenyan toys, were able to try on some real Kenyan Jewellery and fabric, tapped out a beat on some Kenyan drums and finally watched out of the window as we flew over Lake Victoria before landing in Kisumu.


We have been reading the story of Mama Panya's Pancakes and have had a go at making our own Pancakes. Some children enjoyed them with chocolate spread and bananas and some with lemon juice. We are now learning how to write a set of instructions using 'bossy' verbs.