Sunday, 29 November 2015

Nursery Newsletter 30.11.15


Term:  Autumn 2                          Date 30.11.15

 We will continue with our colour topic, especially looking at nocturnal animals.  Our story of the week is ‘The Gruffallos child’, we will continue to learn our Christmas Songs, we are really pleased with the progress that they are making.

 The children are enjoying the Christmas Shop, they have been developing many skills including communication, language and social skills.

 We will be focussing on many activities this week including cutting skills and name writing. 

 Personal, Social and Emotional

  • Uses a familiar adult as a secure base from which to explore independently in new environments
  • Demonstrates sense of self as an individual.
  • Remembers where objects belong.

 Communication and Language

  • Beginning to talk about people and things that are not present.
  • Learns new words very rapidly and is able to use them in communicating.
  • Beginning to ask simple questions.
Literacy

  • Distinguishes between the different marks they make.
  • Has some favourite stories, rhymes, songs, poems or jingles.
  • Beginning to use three fingers (tripod grip) to hold writing tools.
Physical Development:

  • Beginning to use three fingers (tripod grip) to hold writing tools
  • Shows control in holding and using jugs to pour, hammers, books and mark-making tools.
  • May be beginning to show preference for dominant hand.

Mathematics

  • Attempts, sometimes successfully, to fit shapes into spaces on inset boards or jigsaw puzzles.
  • Developing understanding of simple concepts (e.g. big/little).
  • Creates and experiments with symbols and marks representing ideas of number.

 
Understanding of the World

  • Learns that they have similarities and differences that connect them to, and distinguish them from, others.
  • Is curious about people and shows interest in stories about themselves and their family.
  • Enjoys pictures and stories about themselves, their families and other people.

 
Expressive Arts and Design

  • Beginning to make-believe by pretending.
  • Move their whole bodies to sounds they enjoy, such as music or a regular beat.
  • Experiments with blocks, colours and marks.

 

 

 

 Learning Challenge

 
As mentioned last week,  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: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,

How I wonder what you are!

Up above the world so high,

Like a diamond in the sky.

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,

How I wonder what you are!

Composer/Piece of music: Elmer Bernstein- The Great Escape Theme Tune

Person: Mr Tumble

 

Nursery Rhyme
Piece of music
Person
1.    Learn it off by heart.
2.      Draw a picture to illustrate the rhyme.
3.    Find out about stars.
  1. Listen to the piece of music.
  2. Create some movements to the music.
  3. Draw an illustration to represent their feelings.
1. Draw a portrait of the person.
2. Find out facts about the person.
3. Watch the person in action.
 
 

 

Messages.

 

Early Years Christmas Production  will be taking place on Wednesday 9th December

 

AM Nursery10.30am

PM Nursery2.30pm

 

Costume Requirements:

Thank you for all the costumes that have been sent in as requested, if you haven’t already sent them in please do so, asap.

 

Girls – White tights or leggings and a white t-shirt

Boys – Dressing gown and tea towel

 

Furthermore please don’t buy a costume, the children are happier when they are all dressed the same. 

 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

 Thank you for your continued support.

The Nursery Team

Reception Newsletter 30.11.15

Term: Autumn 2                      Date: 30.11.15
                          Our story of the week is ‘Whatever Next’’.

We are starting to practice songs for our christmas performance. The children need to bring dark clothes Black/Brown for the Christmas performance. Could this please be brought to school in a named plastic carrier bag by Friday 4th December.   

Personal, Social and Emotional
  •  We will help the children to develop their empathy skills by thinking about how other people/characters feel and what we can do to help.
  • We will continue to focus on the children’s ability to take turns without adult support and share their resources by ensuring there are lots of planned opportunities and resources available for the children to do this.
  • We are turning our role play area into a rocket. The children will be encouraged to work together and engage in imaginative play.

Communication and Language
  • Introduces a storyline or narrative into their play.
  • Listens and responds to ideas expressed by others in conversation or discussion.

Physical Development
  • The children will be continuing to go out in small groups with Mr Portway
  • We are developing the children’s ability to balance and develop their arm strength using balance beams and climbing walls.
  • Holds pencil between thumb and two fingers, no longer using whole-hand grasp.
  • Can copy some letters, e.g. letters from their name.
  • We will be making sandwiches with the children and discussing healthy eating.
Literacy
  • We will be continuing with our daily Read, Write Inc. groups.
  • Beginning to read and write simple CVC words such as ‘dog’ or ‘cat’.
  • Writes own name.
  • Please ensure your child’s reading book is in school on their reading day.
  • We will be writing lists for the picnic on  the moon after reading the story ‘Whatever Next’.
Mathematics
  • Finds the total number of items in two groups by counting all of them
  • Beginning to relate this to addition and using the language of addition e.g. total, altogether.
  • Comparing sets and explaining which has more or less.

Understanding of the World
  • Making sandwiches for the ’Whatever Next’ picnic. The children will be encouraged to work independently and learn the correct safety procedures to follow.
  • Investigating the new light box.


Expressive Arts and Design
  • Manipulates materials to achieve a planned effect.
  • Constructs with a purpose in mind, using a variety of resources.
  • Uses simple tools and techniques competently and appropriately
  • Creates simple representations of events, people and objects.
  • Chooses particular colours to use for a purpose.


Messages


  • If you wish to contact a member of the EYFS staff please email them at eyfs@broadford.havering.sch.uk
Thank you for your constant support.


Thursday, 26 November 2015

Apple Star Readers

Apple class have been very busy reading at home! Congratulations to Connie Harvey, Finley Hudson, Grace Horne, Aimee-Leigh Parmenter, Freddie Sheppard, Malachi Wright and Andrew Mihai-Stoian who all received their Bronze Star Reader Awards.

Charlie Porter loves reading at home with his family, and has now read 50 books to receive his Silver Star Reader Award and gift certificate.

Fantastic job everyone, keep on reading! 




Sunday, 22 November 2015

Nursery Newsletter


Term:  Autumn 2                          Date 23.11.15

 We will continue with our colour topic, especially looking at nocturnal animals.  Our story of the week is ‘The first Christmas story’, we will learning our Christmas Songs.

 The staff and children will be busy developing the role play corner into a Christmas Shop (as requested by the children), this week. 

 Personal, Social and Emotional

  • Demonstrates sense of self as an individual.
  • Remembers where objects belong.
  • Expresses own preferences and interests.
Communication and Language

  • Beginning to talk about people and things that are not present.
  • Learns new words very rapidly and is able to use them in communicating.
  • Beginning to ask simple questions.
Literacy

  • Has some favourite stories, rhymes, songs, poems or jingles.
  • Beginning to use three fingers (tripod grip) to hold writing tools.
  • Imitates drawing simple shapes such as circles and lines.
Physical Development:

  • Shows control in holding and using jugs to pour, hammers, books and mark-making tools.
  • May be beginning to show preference for dominant hand.
  • Makes connections between their movement and the marks they make.

 Mathematics

  • Attempts, sometimes successfully, to fit shapes into spaces on inset boards or jigsaw puzzles.
  • Developing understanding of simple concepts (e.g. big/little).
  • Creates and experiments with symbols and marks representing ideas of number.

Understanding of the World

  • Learns that they have similarities and differences that connect them to, and distinguish them from, others.
  • Is curious about people and shows interest in stories about themselves and their family.
  • Enjoys pictures and stories about themselves, their families and other people.
Expressive Arts and Design

  • Beginning to make-believe by pretending.
  • Move their whole bodies to sounds they enjoy, such as music or a regular beat.
  • Experiments with blocks, colours and marks. 

 Learning Challenge

As mentioned last week,  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: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,

How I wonder what you are!

Up above the world so high,

Like a diamond in the sky.

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,

How I wonder what you are!

Composer/Piece of music: Elmer Bernstein- The Great Escape Theme Tune

Person: Mr Tumble

 

Nursery Rhyme
Piece of music
Person
1.    Learn it off by heart.
2.      Draw a picture to illustrate the rhyme.
3.    Find out about stars.
  1. Listen to the piece of music.
  2. Create some movements to the music.
  3. Draw an illustration to represent their feelings.
1. Draw a portrait of the person.
2. Find out facts about the person.
3. Watch the person in action.
 
 

 

Messages.

 

Early Years Christmas Production  will be taking place on

Wednesday 9th December

 

AM Nursery10.30am

PM Nursery2.30pm

 

Costume Requirements:

Please send these items in for your child by Friday 27th November

 

Girls – White tights or leggings and a white t-shirt

Boys – Dressing gown and tea towel

 

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

 

Thank you for your continued support.

 

The Nursery Team

Nocturnal Animals

The morning nursery children made some wonderful creations in the malleable area today.  They looked at pictures of owls, hedgehogs, badgers, foxes and bats.  Using some matchsticks, feathers, beads and googly eyes they made their nocturnal animals.  This activity helps the children to develop their fine motor skills and provides a range of vocabulary to enrich and extend their vocabulary.  In the process the children had great fun.










Nursery Nocturnal Animals

The afternoon nursery children made nocturnal animals in the malleable area using play dough, sticks, beads, feathers and googly eyes.  As you can see we had some amazing creations including owls, bats, foxes, hedgehogs and a few badgers.  Not only does this activity aid the children's fine motor skills by picking up tiny pieces to place on their animals but also helps to enrich their language by developing a range of vocabulary.  The children also had great fun in the process.







Wow, look at our new scooters!

We are so lucky in the Early Years as we have been bought 5 new scooters called a Twister Lexus. The children have been mastering them this week.  They are quite tricky as you have to use your core muscles to manoeuvre them.





Reciprocity and Resourcefulness in EYFS

The children had to work collaboratively to organise the resources in the loose parts area this week. They used colourful balls, guttering, crates and blocks to find ways to roll the balls down the guttering. The children were supported to share ideas and discuss where to play objects with other children 















Thursday, 19 November 2015

Digging for phonics!

The children enjoyed looking for letters in the sand. They developed their physical skills by digging and patting the sand, they also enjoyed building castles and then they dug the sand looking for the buried phonics to decorate their castles.
 
Brooke found a 'd' and said 'd d d dinosaur'
Alfie found an 'a' and said 'I have an a in my name'
Siena said 'This is from my name' holding up a 's'
Jacob enthusiastically shouted 'I've found a j for my name!'

EYFS Quote of the week

Early Years Christmas Production

Monday, 16 November 2015

Amazing Readers!

Wow, look at all these book reviews returned to us, we love to hear about your reading at home.


Coat Display

Thank you to all of the parents who have been supporting their children to independently put their own coat on. We hope to have everyone's faces on here soon!

Light and Dark

All of the children had the opportunity to explore the torches in the tent today. Tutu and Isla sang twinkle twinkle little star while they talked about light and dark. They also developed a number of Knowledge and Understanding of the World Objectives whilst also working on those all important Communication and Language Skills....Some people might have thought they were just playing???


Sunday, 15 November 2015

16.11.15 Reception Newsletter

Term: Autumn 2                               Date: 16.11.15

                           Our story of the week is ‘Owl Babies’.
 
The children enjoyed learning about Diwali last week and sampling Indian food. Thank you to Kanishka’s parents for sharing pictures of their Diwali celebrations with the children and Peter’s parents for lending us tea lights to use for our Diwali tasting table!

The story of the week this week is ‘Owl Babies’. On Tuesday afternoon the children will have a visit from the ‘Owl Lady’ who will be bringing a selection of owls to visit us. 
Your child will be taking part in the following activities. (Activities are subject to change, depending on the children’s interests):

 Personal, Social and Emotional
        We will discuss the characters feelings in the Owl Babies story and encouraging them to share their own experiences of times they have felt happy, sad, scared etc.
      We will help the children to develop their empathy skills by thinking about how other people/characters feel and what we can do to help.
      We will continue to focus on the children’s ability to take turns without adult support and share their resources by ensuring there are lots of planned opportunities and resources available for the children to do this.

Communication and Language
      We will be focusing on the story of Owl Babies and encouraging children to join in with repeated refrains. We will be discussing feelings of the Owls and learning alternative words for ‘happy’ and ‘sad’.
      Uses talk to organise, sequence and clarify thinking, ideas, feelings and events
      Uses a range of tenses (e.g. play, playing, will play, played).
      Introduces a storyline or narrative into their play.

Physical Development
      The children will be continuing to go out in small groups with Mr Portway
      We are developing the children’s ability to balance and develop their arm strength using balance beams and climbing walls.
      Holds pencil between thumb and two fingers, no longer using whole-hand grasp.
      Can copy some letters, e.g. letters from their name.

Literacy
      The children will be receiving lots of Owl Mail this week from the characters in the story. We will enhance the writing area with envelopes, stamps and a post box and encourage them to write letters back.
      We will be continuing with our daily Read, Write Inc. groups.
      Beginning to read and write simple CVC words such as ‘dog’ or ‘cat’.
      Writes own name.
      Please ensure your child’s reading book is in school on their reading day.

Mathematics
      Finds the total number of items in two groups by counting all of them
      Beginning to relate this to addition and using the language of addition e.g. total, altogether.
       Counts actions or objects which cannot be moved.
      Revising formation of number and checking the correct orientation.

Understanding of the World
      Learning about Owls and Nocturnal animals.
      Using torches to explore light and dark in the Dark Tent outside.
      Investigating the new light box.



Expressive Arts and Design
      Manipulates materials to achieve a planned effect.
      Constructs with a purpose in mind, using a variety of resources.
      Uses simple tools and techniques competently and appropriately
      Creates simple representations of events, people and objects.
      Chooses particular colours to use for a purpose.

  
Messages

       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

Thank you for your constant support.
  

 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, person 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 Fireworks

5 Little fireworks standing in a row,
5 Little fireworks standing in a row,
And if 1 little firework decides its time to go
Whoosh!
There will be 4 little fireworks standing in a row.

Artist: Kandinsky
The children are learning about patterns, colours and colour mixing during this half term. Kandisky uses lots of bright bold colours in his art and we will be encouraging children to produce their own pictures using these colours in our Art area.

 

Person: Judith Kerr (Our Author of the Half Term).

 Nursery Rhyme
Piece of music
Person
1.    Learn it off by heart.
2.      Draw a picture to illustrate the rhyme.
3.    Find out about Bonfire Night or other celebrations involving fireworks.
  1. Draw a picture in a similar style.
  2. Compare two pictures and talk about which one is your favourite.
  3. Create a picture through mixing primary colours to make secondary colours.
1. Find out about the stories she wrote and draw a picture.
2.Find out facts about her life.
3. Create a poster about your favourite story by Judith Kerr.