Thursday, 14 February 2019

Apple Class Learning Challenges!

Congratulations to Eddie, Lily, Aisha and Olivia, who have all been busy at home working on this terms learning challenge. We have heard recitals of 'Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear', seen fabulous pictures of bears as well as learning facts about real bears. Olivia drew a beautiful picture of a teddy bear with lots of detail and Aisha sewed her own teddy bear. 

Lily and Eddie were busy researching and learning about the illustrator Axel Scheffler. They both made fabulous collages, told us facts and shared their favourite books he has illustrated. Lily created her own illustrations in the style of Axel Scheffler and Eddie created his own stickman while visiting the Stickman trail. 

Well done to you all, thank you for sharing your learning with Apple class! 

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Who's been visiting Reception and left a big mess?

It is likely that you have heard about the events of Tuesday lunchtime already! The Reception children and staff were quite busy eating their lunch and playing outside whilst some mysterious person was making a big old mess in the three Reception classrooms! 

The children returned from lunch to find not only had there been a visitor, they had left a mess and they most definitely had not being looking after the children's resources. The visitor had carelessly left behind a lots of clues and evidence and the children set about to solve the mystery. 

Thinking about the clues they could see, the children shared these ideas wth their friends as well as the other classes. 

"There are footprints all over, but they are child size." Alex 
"Look a pink ribbon!" Maxi 
"There are three chairs and three bowls and a lot of mess." Ma
"They've been in all three classrooms!" Peter 

We put all of the clues and evidence together and thought about who might be behind it all. There were lots of guesses including the Gruffalo, witches, a troll, spiders and even ants. Aspen thought that perhaps the builders were behind all of the mess! After a lot of thinking and teamwork, we figured it out! It was Goldilocks!

"It was the builders. They brought their mess from outside inside!" Vanessa 
"Cheeky Monkey doesn't have shoes." Lexi 
"I'm not sure ants can turn over tables." Miss Poulter 

Whilst the children were busy investigating lots of children decided to write a lists of the clues, applying their phonics knowledge. This exciting hook will inspire the letters to Goldilocks and the wanted posters that we will write later in the week! 

Reception Awards!

The children in Reception have been working really hard, both at school and at home. We are very proud of all their achievements and below are the children who received certificates last week.

Reciprocity- Eddie
Resilience- Hasir, Bernado

Reading Awards
Bronze- Ralph
Silver- Emma
Gold- Aisha

Reciprocity- Scarlett
Reflective- Francesca
Resourceful- Ali 
Resilience- Lexi


Happy Teacher- Asher, Ryan, Domenique, Eivis, Anushri, Larissa, Lucas
Star Writer- Eivis
Reciprocity- Lacey
Reflective- Faramade

Reading Awards
Bookmark- George
Bronze- Loju, Khalifa, Grace,
Silver- Lucas
Gold- Larissa

Keep up the good work!

Sunday, 10 February 2019

Nursery Newsletter 12.2.18

Dear Parents,

Our focus story this week is: Guess how much I love you..
The children will be encouraged to talk about people who are special to them. If you haven't already please sent in a photo this year please send in family photos to to support the children to talk about people they love.

Our Nursery Rhymes to focus on this week are:
Mary had a little lamb
Teddy bear, Teddy bear

Our number of the week is number 2. We will be learning the Ten Town song for the number and the children will have lots of opportunities to develop number recognition and counting skills in all areas of our learning environment. This week the children will be encouraged to recognise and count accurately by using tweezers to move pom poms. 

Communication and Language  
This week we are continuing to support the children to listen and copy simple rhythms. They will also be discussion people who are important to them.

The children have cupcakes available to create their own tasty playdough cakes.

This week we have added a potion themed enhancement to the water tray. The children will be encouraged to use the pippettes and basters to transfer water. This is a great way to develop hand-eye co-ordination and fine motor control, important skills for little hands to develop!

The children will be able to use the resources available to stick, cut and create their own valentines inspired designs.

The children have toast available to cook themselves and butter to spread on top.

Here are the words to this weeks Nursery Rhymes so you can practice at home:
Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn around,
Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the ground,
Teddy bear, teddy bear, reach up high,
Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the sky,
Teddy bear, teddy bear, bend down low,
Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch your toes,
Teddy bear, teddy bear, go to bed,
Teddy bear, teddy bear, rest your head,
Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn out the lights,
Teddy bear, teddy bear, say “good night”.

Mary had a little lamb,
It's fleece was white as snow;
And everywhere that Mary went
The lamb was sure to go.
He followed her to school one day
Which was against the rule;
It made the children laugh and play,
To see a lamb at school.

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

 Kind Regards,
The Nursery Team

Reception Newsletter 11.02.19

Term: Spring 1            Date: 11.02.19

Dear Parents and Carers,

Last week the children all enjoyed following the recipe and making bread rolls, they smelt and tasted delicious.

We will be finishing our traditional tales topic this week with the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We hope you are all looking forward to a restful half term holiday with your family. The last day of the half term will be Friday 15th February.

We are looking to make a family display in our home corner and would love a photo of your child and their family to display. If you are happy to have a photo of your family displayed please hand to your class teacher or email it to the Early Years email address: Thank you for the ones we have received already.

Communication & Language

The children will be solving a mystery. They will use talk to organise their ideas and clarify their thinking. They will also be discussing whether it is okay to borrow something without asking.

This weeks number is 15. Perhaps you can spot the number at home or outside.

We are revisiting one more and one less than a given number this week as well as adding two groups of objects to find the total.

We will be writing letters and making missing posters. As well as completing treasure hunts around the classroom, where we will attempt to write simple sentences independently.

Dates for your diary:
Literacy Stay & Learn Session: Tuesday 12th March
Jump Evolution School Trip: Tuesday 19th March

Can we please ask that your child has their reading folder in school on their reading day so that their reading books can be changed. If you are unsure of what day this is, please ask. A staff member will read with your child on this day also writing in their record. Remember to write in your child’s reading record each time you read together at home, as these will be counted towards reading awards as well as letting staff know how your child is getting on at home. You should be aiming to read together for around ten minutes on most days.

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

Kind Regards,
The Reception Team

Thursday, 7 February 2019

Baking Bread in Reception!

This week the Reception children have been reading and retelling The Little Red Hen. In the story the Little Red asks the other animals to help her bake bread right from the beginning by growing the corn. At all of the stages the animals say they will not help. The children were shocked by this and quickly pointed out this wasn't very kind. It also sparked some fantastic discussions over whether the Little Red Hen should have shared her bread at the end of the story.


"She should have shared her bread, it is kind to share." Niamh  
"Well the animals didn't help her when she asked and now they want to help eat it!" Darci 

The children demonstrated a lot more reciprocity than the animals in the story as they set to baking bread rolls in small groups. Before we started we read our new recipe book using our phonics knowledge and then of course we washed our hands. 

The children have become a lot more confident and proficient at baking as the year has gone on. The adults stepped back as much as possible as the children followed the step by step instructions. The children thought that the yeast smelled a bit funny and Lily also commented that "it looks a bit like breadcrumbs!". Once we had made our dough it was time to knead it. This was a great workout for our fingers and we all did a great job as our bread rose beautifully. The Reception classrooms also smelt pretty great as the bread baked! 

"I'm covered in flour!" Charleigh 

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Reception Awards!

The children in Reception have been working really hard, both at school and at home. We are very proud of all their achievements and below are the children who received certificates last week.

Star Writer - Emma
Reciprocity- Louie-Ray

Reading Awards
Bookmark - Ryan
Silver- Mahdi, Olivia

Happy Teacher- Scarlett
Reciprocity- Eleni
Resourceful- Elyakim
Reflective- Rosie

Reading Awards
Bronze- Asad, Liam

Reflective- Peter, Emily
Resilience- William 
Star Writer- Sahir

Keep up the good work!