Sunday, 31 January 2016

Reception Newsletter 01.02.16

The children enjoyed making delicious smoothies last week. They carefully cut the fruit and were willing to taste unfamiliar fruits when discussing what to put in their smoothies. Photos are available on the blog.

This week we are looking at the children's own 'Super' abilities linking with our 4 R's (Reciprocity, Resourcefulness, Resilience and Reflectiveness.) Connecting to this we will be looking at examples of real life 'Superheroes' such as firemen.

Your child will be taking part in the following activities and routines (Although the skills will remain the same, the activities may differ depending on the children’s interests):

Personal, Social and Emotional:
Developing an understanding that good practices with regard to exercise, eating, sleeping and hygiene can contribute to good health.
Discussing the importance of team work.
Practicing resilience - The children will be encouraged to keep trying when tasks may be hard and beginning to overcome difficulties themselves.

Communication and Language:
Uses talk to organise, sequence and clarify thinking, ideas, feelings and events.
Encouraging children to ask ‘why’ and ‘how’ questions in their play.

Physical Development:
Hall session: The children will continue to go out in small groups to work with our Sports Coach, Mr. Portway
Talk about the ways that the children can keep their bodies fit and healthy while at school, so that they can be as fit as a superhero.
Taking part in our daily ‘5-a-day’ fitness routines.

Literacy:
Read, Write, Inc. sessions will continue.
We will be writing captions about the 'Superheroes' we have found out about using our phonic knowledge

Mathematics:
Beginning to use every day language relating to money.
The children will have lots of practical experience with coins; sorting coins of different value, using them in role play shopping etc.

Understanding of the World:
 Shows interest in different occupations and ways of life - talking about Firemen, Policemen, Nurses.

Expressive Arts and Design:
The children have been pretending to make cakes in the play-dough area. We have added piping bags, candles and other resources to enhance their play.


Messages:
Monday 1st February will be our Read, Write Inc presentation and Stay and Play session. It will start just after 9am.
 Thank you for your continued support.

Stay and Play Reminder Monday 1st

                                                          Reminder:  Monday 1st February

                                                                  9.10 am - 11am


All Reception parents and carers are invited into school on February 1st. There will be a short presentation about our reading scheme 'Read, Write, Inc' in the hall. Coffee and refreshments will be available. 


You will be able to watch a short 'Read, Write, Inc' session so you can see how reading is taught in school. 

After the session you will be able to go to the Reception classes for a Stay and Play session. Areas have been enhanced with a Phonics focus so you can practice the reading skills we will speak about with your children. 

  
                                                

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Home made chips...delicious!

The Nursery children made chips. Firstly they peeled potatoes using peelers, then they watched Mrs Light cut them into strips. We all agreed that salt and a little oil would go on top of them. Once cooked we all tried them they were delicious! Some of the children were amazed to discover that chips came from potatoes.



Nursery Newsletter 01.02.16


Term:  Spring 1                          Date 01.02.16

 The children have had great fun exploring farm animals, they have been talking about the names of baby animals, please continue to talk to your child about this at home.  We still have so many animal genres to cover, with so little time!  The children made home-made chips this week and some of them were amazed to discover that the chips actually came from potatoes on a farm, I must say they were delicious! Photos were on our Facebook page and blog.


We will continue with farm animals this week.   We will be reading ‘Hungry Hen’ and singing ‘The Farmers in the den’ and ‘This little Piggy went to Market’.

We will continue with the teaching of phonics, we will teach ‘T’ next.  As always we are playing all kinds of phonological awareness games, to promote the teaching of phonics in an appropriate way for children of this young age.  There are opportunities for the children to write their letters, and we guide the children to the correct pencil grip and formation, however at this young age it is not good practise to write with the children if they are not ready to.

 Personal, Social and Emotional

  • Plays alongside others.
  • Is aware of others' feelings, for example, looks concerned if hears crying or looks excited if hears a familiar happy voice.
 
Communication and Language

  • Shows interest in play with sounds, songs and rhymes.
  • Joins in with singing favourite songs.
  • Developing understanding of simple concepts (e.g. big/little).
Literacy

  • Imitates drawing simple shapes such as circles and lines.
  • Joins in with repeated refrains and anticipates key events and phrases in rhymes and stories.
  • Shows interest in play with sounds, songs and rhymes.
 Physical Development:

  • Runs safely on whole foot.
  • Squats with steadiness to rest or play with object on the ground, and rises to feet without using hands.

 Mathematics

  • Begins to make comparisons between quantities.
  • Recites some number names in sequence.
  • Creates and experiments with symbols and marks representing ideas of number.

Understanding of the World

  • Notices detailed features of objects in their environment.
  • Explores objects by linking together different approaches: shaking, hitting, looking, feeling, tasting, mouthing, pulling, turning and poking

Expressive Arts and Design

  • Notices and is interested in the effects of making movements which leave marks.
  • Begins to move to music, listen to or join in rhymes or songs.
  • Joins in singing favourite songs.
  • Notices and is interested in the effects of making movements which leave marks.

 Nursery Learning Challenge Spring 1

Poem/Song to learn: 5 Little Speckled Frogs

Five little speckled frogs
Sat on a speckled log
Eating some most delicious grubs - yum, yum
One jumped into the pool
Where it was nice and cool
Now there are four green speckled frogs - glub, glub.
(Repeat down to 0)
 
Painting: Illustrations by Rod Campbell

Person:  Traditional tale character


                                                     Nursery Rhyme               Illustrations          Person         

Basic
Learn it off by heart
To find out 2 facts about the illustrator
Read a story with the traditional tale character in
Advanced
Draw a picture to illustrate the rhyme
To draw a picture in a similar style
Draw a portrait of the traditional tale character
Deep
Find out about frogs
Produce a collage of other pictures by the illustrator
Find out facts about the traditional tale character

 

Messages.

Thank you to all of the parents who have sent in photos so we can talk to your children about what they do in the free time, if you would like to email in any photos please do to the address below.

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 farmer's in his den,

The farmer's in his den,

E -AH – A – DE- OH

The farmer's in his den.

 (with one child in the centre of a circle)

The farmer wants a wife,

The farmer wants a wife,

E -AH – A – DE- OH

The farmer wants a wife.

 Repeat with child, nurse and dog

  

This little piggy went to market,

This little piggy stayed home,

This little piggy had roast beef,

This little piggy had none,

And this little piggy went wee wee wee all the way home

Super Smoothies!


The children in reception have been busy making smoothies this week and they were delicious! This has fit in well with our focus of the week about keeping our bodies healthy. We've been talking about healthy eating, exercise, washing our hands, drinking water and getting lots of sleep. The children all got to work in a team to create their own smoothie. It was a great opportunity to safely practice our knife skills and to get creative with the flavours. Afterwards lots of children chose to design a recipe card for their smoothie creation. Temilola said her smoothie was yummy, but she would maybe put some milk in next time. Maisie also enjoyed the smoothie she made but said that perhaps next time she would add a cupcake!







Thursday, 28 January 2016

A perfect pencil grip!



Victoria demonstrated some fantastic fine motor skills today when she copied her name.

Look at Mimi's wonderful number formation!

After a directed activity about recording numbers Mimi went outside and independently practiced  her number formation. Wow Mimi!




Using Numbers through Play!

Good old fashioned hopscotch, a great way to promote number recognion and order.

Amelie our Transient Artist 😄


As previously mentioned our Transient Art Resources are a great way for children to develop many creative and mathematical skills. Amelie took great care over this beautiful piece of art.  She has clearly demonstrated an understanding of size, texture, shape and pattern.

WOW! Livi is Student of the Week

Livi Middleton has only been going to karate for a few weeks and yet she received 'Student of the Week'. We are all so proud of her in Nursery. 

We love to hear what the children have been doing at home.  Please keep us informed and make sure you send in any photos you would like your child to share with us.  When children share their news from home it boosts their confidence and helps to develop their speech and language skills.  It may be photos from over the park, helping with siblings, playing or doing some cooking. As always the email address is eyfs@broadford.havering.sch.uk

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Malachi's Learning Challenge

Malachi drew a picture of his favourite superhero, the green Power Ranger.  Malachi said he liked the Power Ranger's mask and belt. We love how detailed your picture is Malachi!


Sunday, 24 January 2016

Learning at home

Tutu took her learning challenge a step further and found out about frogs. She told her peers about how they swim and the importance of their strong back legs for jumping.


Roller Painting in the Nursery

A great opportity for the children to get creative, strengthen this finger muscles ready for writing whilst revisiting their colour names.

Nursery reading at home

Thank you for your ongoing commitment to reading at home!

Ruby's Home Learning

Ruby brought her picture in from home today.  She spoke about the frogs eggs that she had drawn and then pointed to the tadpole and named it.  Ruby told the adult that when it is a frog it goes into the water.  We then sang our nursery rhyme challenge, 'Three Little Speckled Frogs'.  Well done Ruby!

AM Circus Skills


The reception class kindly invited us to their curriculum enhancement which was Circus Skills. The children had great fun spinning plates and balancing Peacock Feathers! Great for the development of motor skills and  hand eye coordination.




Reception Newsletter 25.1.16

This week, our superhero is ‘Sportacus’ from the children’s programme ‘Lazy Town’ linking with the theme, ‘Healthy Lifestyles’.

Your child will be taking part in the following activities and routines (Although the skills will remain the same, the activities may differ depending on the children’s interests):

Personal, Social and Emotional:
Developing an understanding that good practices with regard to exercise, eating, sleeping and hygiene can contribute to good health.
Discussing the importance of team work.

Communication and Language:
Uses talk to organise, sequence and clarify thinking, ideas, feelings and events.
Encouraging children to ask ‘why’ and ‘how’ questions in their play.

Physical Development:
Hall session: The children will continue to go out in small groups to work with our Sports Coach, Mr. Portway
Talk about the ways that the children can keep their bodies fit and healthy while at school, so that they can be as fit as a superhero.
Taking part in our daily ‘5-a-day’ fitness routines.

Literacy:
Read, Write, Inc. sessions will continue.
Writing recipes and instructions in the role play area.
Writing signs about keeping healthy
Sharing the non-fiction book, ‘Healthy Eating’. Discussing features of non-fiction text.

Mathematics:
Playing number bingo – focussing on recognition and number formation.
Understanding one more than and one less than a given number.
Making a class pictogram of our favourite fruits.
Focussing on doubling and halving when chopping fruit for snack time.
Weighing fruits.

Understanding of the World:
Comparing the similarities and differences of fruits and vegetables.
Naming and sorting fruits and vegetables.

Expressive Arts and Design:
Fruit printing – reinforcing repeating patterns.

Messages:
Next Monday 1st February will be our Read, Write Inc presentation and Stay and Play session. It will start at 9am.
 Thank you for your continued support.

Nursery Newsletter 25.01.16


Term:  Spring 1                          Date 25.01.16

The children had a wonderful time at the Circus Skills Workshop last week, photos have been put on our Early Years Page please take a look at them and like them.   We will continue with our animal topic and this week we will start to look at farm animals.   We will be reading and singing ‘Old McDonald’ and ‘Five little ducks’.

We will continue with the teaching of phonics, we will teach ‘d’ next.  The children have picked up the phonics really well and are enjoying all of the phonics related games.

Personal, Social and Emotional

  • Plays alongside others.
  • Is aware of others' feelings, for example, looks concerned if hears crying or looks excited if hears a familiar happy voice.
  • Responds to the feelings and wishes of others.

Communication and Language

  • Developing understanding of simple concepts
  • Developing understanding of simple concepts (e.g. big/little).
  • Beginning to ask simple questions.

Literacy

  • Imitates drawing simple shapes such as circles and lines.
  • Joins in with repeated refrains and anticipates key events and phrases in rhymes and stories.
  • Shows interest in play with sounds, songs and rhymes.

 Physical Development:

  • Drinks well without spilling.
  • Can kick a large ball.
  • Develops likes and dislikes for food.

Mathematics

  • Recites some number names in sequence.
  • Creates and experiments with symbols and marks representing ideas of number.
  • Begins to use the language of size.

 Understanding of the World

  • Explores objects by linking together different approaches: shaking, hitting, looking, feeling, tasting, mouthing, pulling, turning and poking
  • Learns that they have similarities and differences that connect them to, and distinguish them from, others.
  • Enjoys playing with small world models, such as farms.

Expressive Arts and Design

  • Begins to move to music, listen to or join in rhymes or songs.
  • Joins in singing favourite songs.
  • Notices and is interested in the effects of making movements which leave marks.

 
Nursery Learning Challenge Spring 1

Poem/Song to learn: 5 Little Speckled Frogs

Five little speckled frogs
Sat on a speckled log
Eating some most delicious grubs - yum, yum
One jumped into the pool
Where it was nice and cool
Now there are four green speckled frogs - glub, glub.
(Repeat down to 0)

 
Painting: Illustrations by Rod Campbell

 
Person:  Traditional tale character

 
                                                       Nursery Rhyme               Piece of music          Person         
                                       

Basic
Learn it off by heart
To find out 2 facts about the illustrator
Read a story with the traditional tale character in
Advanced
Draw a picture to illustrate the rhyme
To draw a picture in a similar style
Draw a portrait of the traditional tale character
Deep
Find out about frogs
Produce a collage of other pictures by the illustrator
Find out facts about the traditional tale character

 

 
Messages.

 
Please ensure your child is dressed suitable for the cold weather,   Also please ensure all removable items are named, if the children remove their jumper  and it is not named it is very difficult to return it to them.

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

 
Old Macdonald had a farm
E I E I O
And on that farm he had cow
E I E I O
With a Moo Moo here and a Moo moo there
Here a Moo there a Moo
Everywhere a Moo Moo
Old Mcdonald had a farm E I E O U

Repeat with Pig, Sheep, Horse, Hen

 

5 Little Ducks went swimming one day
Over the hills and far away
Mother Duck said Quack Quack Quack
 and only 4 little ducks came back
Repeat with 4,3,2 and 1

Apple Class Star Readers!

Apple class have been busy reading at home this term. Gabriela has received her bronze star reader certificate. Moyin, Temilola, Bella, Kaley, Mia, Malachi and Noah all received a bookmark for reading 25 books. Riley Taylor has now read 50 books and received his silver star reader certificate and £5 book voucher. Finally Charlie Porter has shared 75 books with his family and gets to choose a book of his choice, a big decision. What a lot of reading, keep it up Apple Class! 



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Thursday, 21 January 2016

PM Circus Skills

The reception class kindly invited us to their curriculum enhancement which was Circus Skills. The children had great fun spinning plates and balancing Peacock Feathers! Great for the development of motor skills and  hand eye coordination.


Apple Class join the Circus!

Apple class have had a busy morning with their circus workshop! We have been spinning toothbrushes and plates, balancing feathers and twirling ribbons. The children worked together as a team to tackle the tightrope and some children even had a go on the pogo sticks, balancing balls and flower sticks. The children had to use lots of skills, coordination and resilience when trying these new skills.