Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Apple Class toast Marshmallows!

Apple Class had a fantastic time during their class campfire on Monday. The children were very excited for their parents to join them for this special event. The children enjoyed sharing and singing some of their favourite songs with their grown ups as well as toasting marshmallows. There was lots of sticky faces! We love spending time outdoors and it was lovely to be able to share this with our parents. Thank you for joining us! 

"Campfire's burning, campfire's burning.
Draw nearer, draw nearer. 
In the glowing, in the glowing. 
Come sing and be merry."

"Have you ever seen a penguin come to tea?
Take a look at me, a penguin you will see. 
Penguins attention! 
Penguins salute!" 

Alder Camp Fire

Alder Class had a fantastic afternoon toasting marshmallows and singing songs in the sun! Thank you to all the parents that were able to come and join us, we are always so grateful for your continued support.

Toasting (and eating!) marshmallows over an open fire is a fantastic experience for the children and one of our most enjoyed outdoor activities. The children were able to think about how to keep themselves safe around the fire and got to experience how a material changes when exposed to heat.

Reception Awards!

The children in Reception have been working really hard, both at school and at home. We are very proud of all their achievements and below are the children who received certificates last week.

Alder Class
Silver- Annabel
Star Writer- Areya
Reciprocity- Sahir
Resourceful- Larissa and Ryan-Franklin

Aspen Class

Bookmarks- Jake, Ali, Abdulkarim, Dominic, Ruta, Dominik, JJ, Scarlet and Jimmy.
Bronze- Manuella, Dominik, Ruta, Poppy-Mae, Rosie, Ali, Dominic, Jake, Vanessa, Scarlet, Callum Eric, Elyakim and Princess.
Gold- Alex
Platinum- Flynn
Resourceful- Dominic, Manuella
Reflective- Vanessa, Macie, Jimmy
Reciprocity- Lexi, Callum
Star Writer- Alex and Vanessa

Apple Class
Gold- Mahdi
Platinum- Harvey
Star Writer- Victoria and Oliver
Reflective- Eden
Happy Teacher- Raffy

Keep up the good work!

Gardening Gurus

As part of our summer term, we have been enjoying the topic of 'Growing and Changing'. We have been looking at growth and life cycles, working closely with plants and following the progress of beans becoming beanstalks! 

We read 'Jasper's Beanstalk', learning about what we need to do to nurture a bean into a beanstalk. We carefully planted and watered our beans, watching them grow on our classroom window sill. 

Over the weekend they grew so big, however, that we had to immediately transfer them into our new tyre gardening patches because they became all intertwined and started tangling up the windows like wild beanstalks!

We carefully transferred our potted beanstalks into the soil, digging little holes and then stringing the vines up the sticks to help them grow up towards the clouds just like 'Jack and the Beanstalk'.

We are now waiting to see what happens next, hopefully they keep growing and Foxy Loxy stays away from our lovely gardening project! 

Following all of the beanstalk administration, we then planted and repotted the fiery chilli plant from Flynn's Nanny and planted that alongside our beanstalks. We are very excited to watch the chillies grow too! We are keen gardeners in Reception and we are enthusiastic to observe the changes that occur over time! 

Watch this space!

Aspen campfire

Yesterday Aspen class had their campfire experience, toasting marshmallows with their parents. We were very lucky with the weather and very lucky to have so many adults join us. Even some of our babies tried a marshmallow! 

We try and incorporate as many outdoor experiences into our learning, gaining skills to help us with our own understanding of the world. 

We enjoy observing the changes that happen when we combine different elements - especially when we get to eat the results! 

Thank you for joining us! 

Monday, 20 May 2019

Nursery Newsletter 20.5.19

Dear Parent/Carer,

Thank you for coming to our Stay and Play sessions, it was clear the children really enjoyed showing the adults around their new Nursery!   

A list of Key Dates for this Half Term:

Thursday 23rd May - Polling Day (School closed)
Friday 24th May - Break up for Half term. School re-opens on Tuesday 4th June.

Our story this week is: The Squirrels who Squabbled by Jim Field

We are learning to recognise number 7.
The children have lots of opportunities in the environment for counting, sorting and recognising numbers. In small groups this week we will be matching numeral to quantity.

We will be continuing with junk modelling this week and learning how to join materials.

Communication and Language 
We are listening to rhyming stories and playing lots of rhyming games. We are trying to hear the 'odd one out' in a rhyming string. 

Knowledge of the World
We will be watching to see the cress seeds start to grow and looking carefully at how they change.

 If you would like to contact a member of the EYFS team via email the address is     

 Kind Regards,
The Nursery Team

Sunday, 19 May 2019

Reception Newsletter 20.05.19

Term: Summer 1                          Date: 20.05.19

Dear Parents and Carers,

The weather held off for us and all three classes enjoyed their trip to Central Park. The children looked at the local environment on route and enjoyed playing with friends.

This week we will be reading 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ and ‘The Bad Tempered Ladybird’ which were both written by Eric Carle. The children will be learning about the lifecycle of a caterpillar ready for our caterpillar arrivals next half term.

We will be having class campfires this week for each class. We invite parents/carers to join their child to sing some songs and toast marshmallows at the end of the day. The campfires will all start at 2.15pm.

Monday - Apple 
Tuesday - Aspen 
Wednesday - Alder 

Looking forward to year one, we are going to begin encouraging the children to walk down the ramp independently to their classroom in the mornings. There is no rush to do this immediately, but only when you and your child feel they are ready. Staff will welcome the children as usual and support with choosing lunch or putting their things away if needed. Looking forward, we would hope most of the children will be able to achieve this by the end of the summer term.

Communication and Language
We are encouraging children to use talk to organise, sequence and clarify thinking, ideas, feelings and events.

Physical Development
As we continue to develop the children’s fine motor strength we are now also focussing on their letter and number formation as well. Particularly encouraging and correcting backwards formed letters and numbers.

We will be looking at shape, space and measure this week in Maths. The children will recap positional language, weight, length and money.

The children will be labelling the lifecycle of a caterpillar as well as creating and writing the sequel for The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Understanding the World
We will be caring for our beans and sunflowers and observing them grow over the next few weeks. The children will be looking at the lifecycle and changes of a caterpillar.

If you would like to contact a member of the EYFS team via email the address it is:

Kind Regards, 
The Reception Team

Friday, 17 May 2019

Aspen Park Trip

Today Aspen class went on their trip to Central Park. We were a little bit worried that the rain was going to pour down on us but luckily the clouds held it together until we got safely back to school

We were so fantastic at walking sensibly and listening to our grown-ups. We had checklists to observe our local surroundings, ticking off bus stops, zebra crossings and looking at some bird boxes.

When we got to the park we had a super time exploring all of the different apparatus and playing with our friends. 

We even had a delicious snack at the end, to refuel us for our uphill journey back to school. We will probably sleep very well tonight!

A big thank you to the parents who volunteered to join us today. Thank you for helping make our afternoon so successful!

Thursday, 16 May 2019

Alder Class Visit Central Park!

This afternoon Alder Class embarked on their trip to Central Park! The children have been excited and ecstatic about their trip today and asking when are we going to the park all morning!!!! On route the children were keen Geographers as they looked at the local environment. The children took turns ticking off the items they saw on route on their checklist.

Quickly, we discussed a few rules to keep us safe when we arrived at the park, and the main rules to stay safe and have fun! The children had a fantastic time playing on the swings, slides and climbing frames. Everyone enjoyed a quick snack and drink, another play and then we were ready to walk back to school!

Thank you to all our Parent helpers today!

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Reception Awards

The children in Reception have been working really hard, both at school and at home. We are very proud of all their achievements and below are the children who received certificates last week.

Alder Class
Platinum- Ryan
Star Writer- Faramade, Reagan
Reflective- Lily-Anne
Resourceful- Louisa
Resilience- Reagan

Happy Teacher- Aida
Resilience- Dominic
Reflectiveness- Asda
Reciprocity- Rosie

Bookmark- Louise-Maria
Bronze- Ryan, Louie-Ray, Olivia
Reciprocity- Max

Keep up the good work!

Reception Campfires!

Next week each Reception class will be having a class campfire. We are inviting parents and carers to join their child for the campfire from 2.15pm. If there weather is particularly bad, we may have to reschedule but will keep you posted. We will be toasting marshmallows and singing songs and hope you can all join us!

Apple - Monday 20th May 2.15pm 
Aspen - Tuesday 21st May 2.15pm 
Alder - Wednesday 22nd May 2.15pm 

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Aspen and the Beanstalk

Reception have been looking at the topic of 'Growing and Changing', enjoying 'Jasper's Beanstalk' and 'Jack and the Beanstalk'. After reading 'Jasper's Beanstalk' we were able to work out how best to plant our seeds, nurture them and hopefully grow some tall beanstalks!

We have discussed what a seed needs to grow, and we decided that a mixture of sunlight, respiration and water would help our beanstalks grow so we decided to plant ours by the window where they would get best access to all these things! 

We found our beans, we planted it, we watered it and we have been checking on our beanstalks everyday to see how much they are growing. 

First we saw the beans burst open, next we saw the roots spread through the soil and then we saw our shoots and leaves start growing up. Everyday we use a pipette to water our beans to ensure that they don't over-water them. 

We have been comparing our beanstalks everyday, commenting on our observations and seeing whose are growing the fastest! 

We are looking forward to planting our beanstalks outdoors and seeing how tall they can grow when they have direct access to sunlight! 

Dominic: "When can we climb our beanstalks?" 

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Apple Class visit Central Park!

This afternoon Apple Class embarked on their trip to Central Park! With lots of excited faces we set off in the perfect weather. On route the children looked at the local environment, ticking off things they saw on route. There was much discussion over who the park belonged to, where the children lived and how many buses they could spot.

On arrival to Central Park, we recapped a few rules to keep us safe and then it was off to play! The slides and the zip wire were a big hit and there were lots of smiling faces. The children had time to squeeze in a quick snack and another play with their friends before it was time to head uphill back to school! Thank you to all our parent helpers without you we wouldn't be able to organise trips like these.

"That's four bus stops!" Bernardo 
"We're going to my park!" Oliver 
"I liked the slides best" Louise-Maria 

Sunday, 12 May 2019

Stay and Learn Nursery -Thursday 16th May

                                                 Thursday 16th May 

Please join us for our Nursery Stay and Learn session based around Understanding the World. We will have hands on practical challenges that you can complete with your child during the session to support the children to learn about the world around them.
Morning sessions will start at 10.15am.
Afternoon sessions will start at 1.45pm.
Sessions will last for one hour, parents can take children home when the sessions are finished. 
Parents with children who attend all day are welcome to attend either session. If working parents struggle to make sessions we would also be very happy to welcome other family members!

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