Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Broadford and the Beanstalk!

Fee Fi Fo Fum!

In reception we have been developing our understanding of the world and have been discussing the life cycle of plants. After reading ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ we got our own magic beans and planted them to observe our own beanstalks grow. 

We discussed how our beans would need the right amount of water, sunlight, air and warmth to grow into tall beanstalks. 

We carefully placed our magic beans into a bed of soil and used a pipette to water our beans to make sure that we didn’t over-water them! 

Fran: “It needs water.”

Rubie-Rae: “I’ve made sunshine to help them grow.”

We are so excited to see how tall our beanstalks will grow and if there are any giants at the top! 

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Reception Walk to Central Park & Mead Farm

Local Trip

Image result for picnic in a park

We are delighted to inform you about an upcoming Picnic in Central Park and a visit to the Farm at Mead. Please click on the link to complete the form:

Monday, 23 April 2018

Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum, there is lots of measuring to be done!

The Reception children have enjoyed reading the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. After lunch they returned to their classrooms to find a letter from the giant. The giant had left them a series of footprints and set the children a challenge to work out which belonged to him. The children first discussed and ordered the footprints from shortest to longest remembering to use the correct vocabulary. They then set about measuring the length of the footprints using cubes. The children recorded the length of each footprint and used these numbers to justify their answers.

"The red footprint is the shortest because it was only eight cubes long." Lucas 
"The orange one is definitely the giant's footprint. It has the largest number of cubes." Ellie-Jane 

Reception Newsletter 23.04.18

Learning Federation - Schools.png

Term: Summer 1                     Date: 23.04.18
Dear Parents,

We have a very exciting week ahead, continuing with our ‘Growing and Changing’ topic, we hope that our caterpillars arrive this week.  We will be caring for them over the next few weeks and encouraging the children to observe their transformation into butterflies. This week we will reading ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ and carrying out related activities.

Important Notices:

Thank you to all of the parents and carers who have already sent their child’s baby photo in,  we would appreciate the rest of them by the end of this week so we can prepare the activity. We can photocopy originals or email them to us directly.
Image result for sun
Please apply sunscreen to your child before they come to school and ensure they have a sun hat.

       Picnic at Central Park and visit to Mead School’s Farm - You will need to complete the lunch forms that will be sent out this week.  Any parents who are able to help come on this trip please speak to your class teacher:
 Monday 14th May - Aspen Class
Tuesday 15ths May - Apple Class
       Wednesday 16th May - Alder Class

      The learning objectives:
Personal, Social and Emotional
Aware of the boundaries set, and of behavioural expectations in the setting.
Confident to speak to others about own needs, wants interests and opinions.
Explains own knowledge and understanding, and asks appropriate questions of others.

Communication and Language
ELG: Children express themselves effectively, showing awareness of listeners' needs.
Uses talk to organise, sequence and clarify thinking ideas, feelings and events.
Extends vocabulary, especially by grouping and naming, exploring the meaning and sounds of new words.

ELG: They use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately.
Uses vocabulary and forms of speech that are increasingly influenced by their experiences of books.
Knows that information can be retrieved from books and computers.

      Physical Development:
Eats a healthy range of foodstuffs and understands the need for variety in food.
       Shows some understanding that good practices with regard to exercise, eating, sleeping and hygiene can contribute to good health.
Use a pencil and holds it effectively to form recognisable letters, most of which are correctly formed.

ELG: Children count reliably with numbers from one to 20, place them in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number.
To count reliably with numbers 1-20
To select the correct numeral to represent 1-20.

Understanding The World
Looks closely at similarities, differences, patterns and change.
Children know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things.
Recognises and describes special times or events for families and friends.

Expressive arts and design
Understands that different media can be combined to create new effects.
Manipulates materials to achieve a planned effect.
Selects appropriate resources and adapts work where necessary.
Learning Challenge
Each half term we will be setting our pupils a challenge related to their learning. We believe that it is important for us to provide guidance for parents on how their children's learning can be extended at home.
The learning challenge will include either a nursery rhyme, famous person, illustration or a piece of music. Please talk to your child about the challenge and help them to engage in their learning. The children can choose how they present their learning challenge outcomes to their teacher or class. Please find some ideas in the table below.  Please ensure the completed challenge is handed in to your child’s teacher by Monday 21st May, so that the certificates can be prepared.
 Person:  Mr Bloom
 Piece of Art: Eric Carle - illustrator
Illustration by Eric Carle
Person: Mr Bloom
1.  To find out facts about the illustrator.
2. To make a collage of one of his illustrations.
3. To choose a favourite illustration and talk/write about why you like it.
  1. Draw a portrait of the person.
  2. Find out facts about the person.
  3. Watch the person in action.

Dates for your Diary:

       Hungry Caterpillar workshop - Monday 30th April
Sharing Assemblies - Apple  Wednesday 9th May
                                       Alder Wednesday 13th June
                                       Aspen Wednesday 4th July
Paradise Park -  Trip for children - Thursday 28th June

      The school will be closed on the following days for pupils:
       INSET Days (Non Pupil Days) Polling Day:
  25th May 3rd May
 29th June  

If you would like to contact a member of the EYFS team via email the address   is
               Kind regards              

      The Reception Team

Monday, 16 April 2018

Nursery Learning Challenge: Summer 1

 Summer 1 Nursery 

Learning Challenge

Each half term we will be setting our pupils a challenge related to their learning, this is in line with the rest of the school. We believe that it is important for us to provide guidance for parents on how their children's learning can be extended at home.

The learning challenge will include either a nursery rhyme, illustration or a piece of music. Please talk to your child about the challenge and help them to engage in their learning. The children can choose how they present their learning challenge outcomes to their teacher or class however the table below details some ideas for the learning challenge.

Poem/Song to learn: 5 Little Monkeys Jumping on a bed.
Five little monkeys jumping on the bed,
One fell off and bumped his head. Mother called the doctor and the doctor said: 'No more jumping on the bed!'
(Repeat down to 0)

Painting: Guido Daniele – Animal Hand Painting

  Image result for Guido Daniele รข€“ Animal Hand Painting

Nursery Rhyme
1.    Learn it off by heart.
2.    Draw a picture to illustrate the rhyme.
3.    To create your own hand art and take a photo.
4.    To create your own animal picture at home.

Nursery Newsletter 16.4.18

Dear Parent/Carer,
We hope you had a lovely Easter Break. We are looking forward to an exciting Summer term, hopefully the warmer weather will continue! Our topic is 'Amazing Animals'. We are starting the topic this week by thinking about the question 'Are eggs alive?' The children have a variety of eggs to examine, including frogspawn!

There school will be closed for pupils on the following days this half term. This is for a polling day and inset days.
25th May 
3rd May
29th June

Our school trip for Barleylands is on the 10th May. Information about this will be available
next week.

Mark Making/Creative
The children have feathers and other collage materials available to create their own fluffy birds/chicks.

We will be encouraging the children to count objects accurately and learn that the last number said is the total. The children have plastic eggs on the maths table, they will be encourage to count the spots on the eggs and match this with the number.

In their weekly PE lessons the children are learning different running and chasing games. They
have to listen carefully to instructions to achieve this.

Communication and Language
We are continuing to focus on rhyme this week. The children are playing matching
rhyming games in small groups. Please point out any rhyming words in stories you
are reading at home.
Encouraging children to use simple sentences correctly.
Encouraging children to hold a conversation and respond to comments.

Understanding of the World
The children will be examining different eggs and watch a clip of chicks hatching. This half term we have tadpoles they will be able to observe them closely as the grow and change. The children will also be able to visit the chicks coming shortly to Year 2.

In the home corner we will be giving the children opportunities to re-enact
experiences and talk about their home lives.

Personal and Social Development
Ensuring children are able to co-operate with routines and some boundaries.
Modelling the correct behaviours in play, ensuring children use resources well
and begin to share with other children.

Kind regards,
The Nursery Team

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Reception Star Readers!

Congratulations to all our star readers this week! 

In Alder Class Starla Olley has achieved both her bookmark an Bronze award for reading over 25 books. Great work Starla! Well done to Shivangi Zala  for receiving her Platinum award for reading 150 books.

In Aspen Class Janiyah Cousins has achieved her bookmark for reading over 10 books! Well done to Frankie who has achieved his silver reading award and book token for reading over 50 books whilst also completing his learning challenge! 

In Apple Class Lidia Catlin and Isaac Gilmour-Woodstock have read 75 books receiving a book of their choice. Summer Carruth and Tele Onabajo has enow reached 150 books and received their platinum star reader trophys.