Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Digging Galore

The children worked well together and demonstrated tremendous reciprocity. They had a shared goal of preparing the digging area for the mud kitchen, which we anticipate will be installed during half term.

Nursery Wishing Tree

A big thank you to all of the parents who completed a leaf . Don't worry there is still time if you want to complete one.

Nursery Family Photos

Thank you for all of the family photos, we look forward to receiving the rest 😄

A Big Thank you to Lilly's Mum

Lilly's Mum kindly donated all of these pieces of material and ribbon. We will have great fun using these resources in the work shop 😄

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Nursery Family Photos

A big thank you to all of the parents who have brought in a family photo.  You will have noticed that the display is progressing well.  The photos are also a great tool to encourage the children to develop their communication and language skills by talking about their home lives. We look forward to receiving the rest (we can photocopy them and return the original immediately). 

Thank you for your support!

Coffee/Stay and Play Session for the Nursery

Thursday 1st October

10am or  2pm  

All Nursery parents and carers are invited to a coffee session with our School Nurse.

This will be an opportunity to discuss toileting, bed time routines and other developmentally appropriate milestones.

After the session with the Nurse you are welcome to have a quick stay and play session with your child before you take them home.

Any questions please ask a member of staff.

Princess Mania in the Nursery

Victoria was reading a Princess book and she found instructions on how to make a hand bag. She asked the teacher to help her make it. She got an opportunity to be creative, use one handed tools and follow simply instructions. Of course the other girls wanted to join in. We endeavour to follow the children's interests as skills can be tailored to most topics.

Monday, 28 September 2015

Crime scene in Reception!

The children came back into class  from lunch today to find a crime scene! Somebody had broken into Aspen class and had broken a chair, poured porridge everywhere and made a big mess. We found some clues that might help us find the culprit; a pink ribbon, a strand of hair and a small foot print. After carefully examining the evidence we shared our thoughts on who the culprit could be.

Some children thought it might be the big bad troll from our story last week but we agreed trolls probably wouldn't have blond hair and wear shoes. Mia thought it was probably a child because all they had used the small chair and the smallest bowl! The children have been brilliant detectives this afternoon and have been searching for more clues and collecting evidence. We have explained we will be checking the video footage tonight to see if we can find any more evidence.

Oats in the sand tray

The children have enjoyed using the oats in the sand tray this morning. They have been carefully filling different sized bowls using wooden spoons and have enjoyed making pretend dinners! They soon discovered that using sieves allowed the oats and the sand to be separated. The children are looking forward to using oats to make real porridge over the next two weeks whilst we are reading the story of 'Goldilocks and the three bears.'

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Reception Newsletter 28.9.15

Term: Autumn 1         
The children have really enjoyed using our large outdoor area. As the weather is getting colder could the children please bring in a pair of wellies to stay in school and ensure they have warm, waterproof coats so they can go outside even if it raining.

            This week we will be focusing on the story of 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears'

Personal, Social and Emotional
  • Being encouraged to demonstrate friendly behaviour, initiating conversations and forming good relationships with peers and familiar adults.
  • Beginning to accept the needs of others, take turns and share resources, sometimes with support from others.

Communication and language
  • Supporting the children to use the past, present and future tense correctly.
  • Encouraging children to question why things happen and give explanations.
  • Listening to and joining in with the story of 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears'. Discussing the characters and events in the story.
Physical Development

  • Holding a pencil between thumb and two fingers moving away from a fist grip.
  • Mr Portway our PE specialist teacher will be starting PE groups. The children will start to get changed for PE so will need a PE kit.

  • The children have been issued  with a reading book and reading record. Please encourage your child to talk about the pictures and make up their own stories. Every time you listen to your child read, please make a comment in their reading record- this may even be a bedtime story. It does not have to always be their school reading book.
  • We will continue learn the initial phonics sounds in small groups this week. We will send the sounds home so you can see what the children have been learning in school. We will also be using Fred talk to support early reading skills ( saying the sounds in a word separately and asking the children to say the word back e.g. P-e-g is peg and c-a-t is cat.)

  • In the playdough area we will be assessing the children's ability to recognise numbers and count objects accurately using candles, playdough and number cards.
  • We will be continuing to introduce ten town our number formation scheme.
  • During the second half of the week we will be teaching our maths in smaller groups to assess the children's understanding of number and ability to match numeral to quantity.

Understanding of the World
  • Making porridge in small groups. The children will be encouraged to think about how the materials change during the process.
  • We will be supporting the children to select and use simple maths games on the computers.
  • We will be modelling how to use the 2 simple paint programme to draw pictures from our story of the week.

Expressive Arts and Design
  • Introducing pastels; experimenting with ways of smudging the colours and creating their own pictures.


  • 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.

  • If you wish to contact a member of the EYFS staff please email them at
Thank you for your support.

Nursery Newsletter 28.09.15

Term:  Autumn 1                          Date 28.09.15

 We had a great start to the Nursery year.  Most of the children seem happy and settled. 

 This first half a term is about settling the children and helping them to understand the Nursery expectations.  Our topic this half term is ‘All About Me’.  We have a Professional Chef coming in to do some cooking with the children on Wednesday 23rd October.

Our story for the week will be ‘Hello, Goodbye’ and we will be singing many songs including ‘The Grand old duke of York’ and ‘Wind the Bobbing Up’.

Personal, Social and Emotional

  • Aware of the boundaries set, and of behavioural expectations in the setting.
  • Plays cooperatively with other children and adults.
  • Responds to a few appropriate boundaries, with encouragement and support.

 Communication and Language

  • Listening to and joining in with the stories.
  • Enjoys rhymes and demonstrates listening by trying to join in with actions or vocalisations.
  • Beginning to ask simple questions.

Physical Development:

  • Makes connections between their movement and the marks they make.
  • Beginning to balance blocks to build a small tower.


  • Interested in books and rhymes and may have favourites.
  • Making connections between their movement’s and the marks they make.

  • Beginning to organise and categorise objects.
  • Enjoys filling and emptying containers.
  • Associates a sequence of actions with daily routines.
Understanding of the World

  • Tasting and describing various fruits.
  • Remembers where objects belong.
  • Matches parts of objects that fit together.


Expressive Arts and Design

  • Paibting houses.
  • Joins in with nursery rhymes.
  • Expresses self through physical action and sound.


 You are invited to a Coffee Meeting/Stay and Play on Thursday 1st October at 10am or 2pm.  This will be an opportnity for you to meet our School Nurse. She will be talking about toileting, bedtime routines and developmental milestones. Afterwards you will be able to play with your child before you take them home.

Thank you for your patience and understanding while we get used to all the new faces so that we can ensure your children go home safely.  Don’t worry we do get quicker at sending them home!

When your child comes in to begin their session please help them to find their name and place it under their key worker.  Please ask a member of staff if you are unsure who this is.

Thank you to everyone who sent in a family photo, we look forward to receiving the rest of them.

We are still awaiting some spare clothes and wellington boots. These items should all be named and we would ideally like them to be left in school.

Our wishing tree is looking very full.  Thank you to everyone who has completed a leaf.  If you would like a spare leaf please ask a member of staff.

The half termly snack money is now due, please be aware that this is a voluntary contribution which we put towards cooking ingredients and snacks.

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

 Thank you for your support

 The Nursery Team



Wind your bobbin up (x2)
Pull, pull, clap, clap, clap
Wind your bobbin up (x2)
Pull, pull, clap, clap, clap
Point to the ceiling, point to the floor
Point to the window, point to the door
Clap your hands together, one two three
Put your hands upon your knee

Wind it back again (x2)
Pull, pull, clap, clap, clap
Wind it back again (x2)
Pull, pull, clap, clap, clap
Point to the ceiling, point to the floor
Point to the window, point to the door
Clap your hands together, one two three
Put your hands upon your knee

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Friday, 25 September 2015

Apple class plant an apple tree!

Apple class (and a few friends from Aspen) have been busy today planting their Apple tree in the flower bed. The children have enjoyed watering the tree over the last two weeks and it was a lovely way to mark the children's first full week of school!