Wednesday, 29 January 2014

The 3 Little Pigs

The children worked together collaboratively to help Mrs Chisholm make this eye catching display of the 3 Little Pigs and their houses of straw, sticks and bricks.  They had thoroughly enjoyed listening to the story and acting it out.   The nursery children are beginning to join in with the repeated refrains,  "I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow your house down".

Reception children to the rescue!

Oh no! When the children arrived today, they soon realised that some of the superheroes had disappeared. It didn't take long for our little detectives to find the superheroes. Unfortunately, the superheroes had been captured by Mr Freeze and had been frozen into solid ice blocks. The children's next mission was to try and get the superheroes out of the ice.

Oliver quickly realised that the ice would melt in the warm sun, however, it was very cold outside. Kaden then thought that we could put the ice near a fire - Unfortunately the campfire wasn't lit. Samara suggested that if we needed something warm, we could use hot chocolate or a cup of tea...once again we didn't have these to hand.

But then... Super Charlie suggested we use a jug of hot water from the tap!

A few jugs later and a bit of prodding, the superheroes were rescued. Great job, Reception children. Mission complete!

Monday, 27 January 2014

Nursery Make Playdoh.

The nursery children wanted to make pink playdoh this morning. They told Mrs Greening they needed 2 cups of flour, 1cup of salt, a spoonful of cream of tartar, a spoonful of oil, 2 cups of hot water and some food colouring. We have played with the pink playdoh all morning.

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Nursery Newsletter

Term: Spring 1 Date 27.01.14
The children will continue to make snacks this week. They enjoyed making their chocolate rice crispy cakes; unfortunately most of the cakes did not make it home!

This week we will be singing ‘1, 2, 3, 4, 5’ and ‘Row, Row, Row the Boat’. We will be reading ‘Little Red Riding Hood’.

Personal, Social and Emotional
Interested in others play and starting to join in.
Shows understanding and cooperates with some boundaries and routines.
Washing and drying hands.

Communication and Language
Joining in with the Nursery Rhymes.
Responds to simple instructions.
Can retell a simple past even in the correct order.

Physical Development:
Develop fine motor control when writing their name.
Play dough manipulation to music.
Threading laces through templates. 

Notices simple patterns and shapes in pictures.
Recap on all of the number songs.
Beginning to categorise objects according to properties such as shape or size.

Understanding of the World
Learns that they have similarities and differences that connect them to, and distinguish them from, others.
Notices detailed features
Seeks to acquire basic skills in turning on and off operating some ICT equipment. 

Expressive Arts and Design
Experiments with blocks, colours and marks.
Role playing the story of Little Red Riding Hood.
Using available resources to create props for role play, creating a boat.

Beginning to be aware of the way stories are structured.
Beginning to join in with repeated refrains
Practise copying name.

Just a reminder that our morning session starts at 8.30 until 11.30. We have had to rearrange our time table and our letters and sounds session will start promptly at 8.50. We do not want any of the children to miss this important part of the day.

Don’t forget the ‘Whole School Challenge Afternoon’ is taking place on Thursday 30th January. This is an afternoon event, therefore as always the morning children are welcome to attend the afternoon session, if you would like to be involved. The afternoon session is from 12.30 – 3.30. The actual challenge talk starts at 1.30. So the afternoon children can be dropped off just before 1.30 or alternatively you can drop your child off at the usual time of 12.30 and return at 1.30 for the talk.

Kind Regards,

The Nursery Team

Row Row Row the Boat

Row, row, row your boat

Gently down the stream

Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily

Life is but a dream

Row, row, row your boat

Gently up the creek

If you see a little mouse

Don't forget to squeak!

Row, row, row your boat

Gently down the stream. If you see a crocodile

Don't forget to scream!

Row, row, row your boat

Gently to the shore

If you see a lion

Don’t forget to roar!

1, 2,3,4,5

One, two, three, four, five,

Once I caught a fish alive,

Six, seven, eight, nine, ten,

Then I let it go again.

Why did you let it go?

Because it bit my finger so.

Which finger did it bite?

This little finger on the right.


Reception Weekly Newsletter

Term: Spring 1 Date 27.01.14

We will be continuing our topic ‘Superheroes’ as the children are really enjoying it and are full of ideas. This week our focus book is ‘Max’.

This week your child will be taking part in the following activities within the seven areas of development (although the skills remain the same, the activities may differ):

Personal, Social and Emotional Development:
During Circle time we will be discussing ways in which we have been using Reciprocity, Resilience, Resourcefulness and Reflectiveness. 

Communication and Language :
In small groups throughout the week, children will be playing games to reinforce their understanding of asking and answering questions.
All the children have a set reading day. Please make sure their book is in school at least for their reading day. We praise the children who regularly read at home to an adult and have a reward system in place. Many children have already received their bronze award.

Improving our Superheroes obstacle course based on the children’s trials and new ideas.
The children will be continuing to go out in small groups with Mr Clark. All children will need a PE kit in school. 

Writing our names encouraging correct pencil grip.
We will be continuing our daily Read, Write Inc. sessions.

Make superheroes using pre-cut shapes. Children to describe using mathematical terms.
Hunting for superheroes hiding in the garden – using tally charts to record.
Forming numbers accurately from 0 to 20.
To solve Superhero number problems.

Understanding of the World
Ice investigation – trapped Superheroes! Encouraging the children to carefully explore and describe the ice. What is starting to happen? How can we rescue the people? Encourage the children to think of ways to make the ice melt more quickly.
Introducing Chinese New Year. 

Expressive Arts and Design 
Creating our own Superhero characters in the Superhero workshop
Enjoying our daily dance warm up to the ‘5 a day’ fitness programme.
Taking part in a music scheme – Music express – linking music with stories.

Please follow Broadford on facebook (remember to press the ‘like’ button) and twitter. We update the Early Years blog regularly with photos and information.

Children may bring in something related to Superheroes for ‘Show and Tell’ on Friday afternoon. We have enjoyed the children bringing in their Superhero costumes.

Don’t forget our ‘Whole School Challenge Afternoon’ is taking place on Thursday 30th January. The challenge talk starts at 1.30. After the talk you will be welcome to come down to the classes to take part in some challenging activities.

Please continue to read daily with your child and sign their reading record. When your child brings home their words, please practise them as this supports their learning in school.

Thank you for your continued support.

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Stay and Play - The Love of Reading

Jo the librarian came back on Friday afternoon for another reading workshop. Many thanks to all the parents and carers who attended. I'm sure you all picked up some handy hints and tips. Jo brought with her plenty of registration forms if you want your child to join the library.

EYFS Stay and Play Love of Reading

Thank you to all the parents and carers that came along to our 'Love of Reading' session with Jo the librarian. We hope you all gained lots of handy hints and tips about how you can support your child with reading at home.


Friday, 24 January 2014

Learning Power Heroes

Learning Power Heroes at the ready!

The children in Reception have been looking closely at the 4Rs-Reciprocity, Resourcefulness, Reflectiveness and Resilience this week and having a think about what our learning powers are. What are we good at? What do we do if we are stuck? What other approach could we try? How could we have done that better?

The children have been enjoying dressing up as Superheroes and taking on different learning challenges.

100% Attendance for Aspen...again!!

Once again, the children of Aspen class have been attending school everyday, earning us another cake party and the attendance trophy. Well done Aspen Class, Mrs Stanley is so proud of you. Keep it up!