Tuesday, 28 April 2015

EYFS enjoy a visit from the author and illustrator Louise Yates

This morning we had a very special visitor. Louise Yates came to share her books and illustrations with us and the children had an opportunity to create their own illustrations. Louise spoke to the children about what inspires her to write her stories and we discussed what inspires us to write. 

Louise told the children that she practises daily in order to improve her illustrations and the children discussed what they want to be better at and if we try, try, try we can do it!  Louise started to draw pictures when she was just three years old. 



Monday, 27 April 2015

Weekly Reception Newsletter 27.4.15

Term: Summer 1       Date: 27.04.15         

Topic: 'The world Around us (including Cultural and fantasy Stories)'.

This week we will be basing our learning around the story of ‘Where the Wild Things Are.’ On Tuesday the author and poet Louise Yates will be visiting to share her books with the children. This week the children will be also completing their Team Marathon Sponsored event.

During the week your child will be taking part in the following activities within the seven areas of development (activities are subject to change, depending on the children’s interests; however, the skills remain the same):

Personal, Social and Emotional

·         Children talk about how they and others show feelings, talk about their own and others' behaviour, and its consequences, and know that some behaviour is unacceptable.

·          We will share story of ‘Where the Wild things are?’ and discuss Max’s actions in the story. How was he behaving? How did his behaviour affect the story? Relate to the children’s own experience of good behaviour and bad behaviour and its consequences.

Communication and Language

·         The children will be shown how to use the new small world area outside to develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or event.

·         Children answer 'how' and 'why' questions about their experiences and in response to stories or events.

·         Children will be encouraged to express themselves effectively, showing awareness of listeners' needs.

·         In small groups the children will be asked to work as a group to discuss the story ‘Where the Wild Things Are.’ In the story Max had a dream. The children will be asked to share their experience of dreams. In the story Max goes away from home they will be asked to share their own experiences of being away from home.. How did it feel? What did they take?

Physical Development

  • Children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements.
  • They move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space.
  • Fine manipulative skills set up daily to improve children’s pencil control.


  • We will be continuing with our daily Read, Write Inc. groups.
  • Please keep practising ‘Fred talking’ the words we send home and encouraging your child to you’re their ‘Fred Fingers’ to help them spell the words.
  • The children need to be bringing in their reading books daily. We praise the children who regularly read at home to an adult and have a reward system in place
  • Writing our names encouraging correct pencil grip.
  •  Children will be making their own ‘passport’ for our role play travel agents and attempting to write short sentences in a meaningful context.


  • Compare quantities and objects and to solve problems.
  • Creating their own pictogtams in  order to compare quantities and solve problems.
  • Securing recognition of numbers 1-20 and ordering correctly.
  • Ensuring children understand more and less and are able to find one more/less from a given number.

Understanding of the World

  • Children use pictures in the role play travel agents to talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another.
  •  They make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes.

Expressive Arts and Design
  • Enjoying our daily dance warm up to the ‘5 a day’ fitness programme.
  • Children will be encouraged to represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through role play and stories using the new small world areas inside and outside the classroom.
  • The children will experiment with using different collaging techniques independently.
      ·         Children sing songs, make music and dance, and experiment with ways of changing them.

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, 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.

Poem/Song to learn: Teddy bear, Teddy bear

Teddy bear, teddy bear,
Turn around!
Teddy bear, teddy bear,
Touch the ground!
Teddy bear, teddy bear,
Jump up high!
Teddy bear, teddy bear,
Touch the sky!

Teddy bear, teddy bear,
Bend down low!
Teddy bear, teddy bear,
Touch you toes!
Teddy bear, teddy bear,
Turn out the light!
Teddy bear, teddy bear,
Say good night!

Person: Famous Disney character

Painting: Illustrations Axel Scheffler (illustrator)

Nursery Rhyme
Learn it off by heart
To find out 3 facts about the illustrator
Watch the character in action
Draw a picture to illustrate the rhyme
To draw a picture in a similar style
Draw a portrait of the character
Find out about the rhyme
Produce a collage of other pictures by the illustrator
Find out information about the character


  • The children may bring in something related to our topic for Show and Tell on Friday.
  • Please make sure your child has a spare change of clothes in school just in case they have any little accidents. The spare change of clothes does not have to be school uniform.
  • We regularly update our EYFS blog. Please like our Broadford Primary Facebook page every time you see an EYFS blog. Feel free to make a comment on the children’s experiences.
  • If you wish to contact a member of the EYFS staff please email them at eyfs@broadford.havering.sch.uk
  • Please remember that your child should not return to school for 48 hours from the last time they had sickness or diarrhoea.
  • Please remember that children still need to bring a coat into school as sometimes the weather can still turn chilly. For those sunny days remember to send in a sun hat and apply sun protector before they come to school.

Dates for the diary

·          Wednesday 13th May 1.30-3.00 Reception Maths stay and play

·          Friday 26th June 12.00-1.30 EYFS Stay and Play Summer picnic


Sunday, 26 April 2015

Ladybird hunt in the afternoon.

Sadly by the time the afternoon children went looking for ladybirds they must have all gone home! So we had to explore the new windy day resources instead; bubbles, windmills, wind catchers and some children even made kites.

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Apple and Aspen have a visit from PC Wayne

Today we had a very special visit from PC Wayne Hopkins. PC Wayne spoke to us about the role of a police officer. The children were able to have a look at the different hats that the officers wear and Wayne explained why he wore each of them. They even had a demonstration of how the handcuffs worked.

Did you know that there is 32,000 police officers in London and 8 million people living in London?

Apple have a visit from the fireman

Apple class thoroughly enjoyed our visit from the local fire fighters. They each had an opportunity to sit in the fire engine, wear the helmet and use the hose. The fireman even showed the children the different equipment and the uniform that they wear too!

By the end of the session every child wanted to join the fire service as a job! Thank you to Mrs Atkinson who led the session for the children.

Aspen Class will have their visit from the fire fighters next week and no doubt they will have just as much fun as we did!

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

A Special Visitor - The Lollypop Lady

We had an exciting visitor today Karen the Lollypop lady came in to see us. She talked to us about road safety and explained her job role. The children sat beautifully, listened and made some relevant comments.

More Firefighter Photos

Don't worry Nursery Parents, if you haven't seen a photo of your child, we did make sure we took a photo of every child. These photos were just from one group. More photos will be on by the end of the week 😄