Sunday, 31 March 2019

Nursery Newsletter 1.4.19

Dear Parent/Carer,

We hope you all had a lovely Mother's day weekend and were able to spend some quality time with your children. This week is finally moving week! Please excuse any interruption to normal routines this week, furniture and resources will need to be gradually moved. We have lots of fun activities planned around this to minimise any disruption to children and plan to carry on as normal as much as possible.  We can't wait to let the children explore their lovely new classroom the following week.
 The Nursery will be closed on Friday 5th April to enable staff to safely move and position furniture and create a great environment for the children to come into on Monday. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Thank you to parents who were able source some materials for  our upcycling projects, we have had lots of donations!  We are still looking for:

  • Wooden cable reels
  • Clean cot mattress
  • Any unwanted wooden ornaments (e.g. animals figures etc.)

Maths
This week we are consolidating numbers previously taught and playing Maths bingo. The children will be encouraged to count small quantities together and match this to the numbers they have learnt. Please continue to support your children to count objects and spot shapes and numbers around you.


Communication and Language 
We will be using the outside environment this week and listening carefully to the sounds we can hear. The children will be encouraged to find natural objects that can make a sound together, e.g. 2 sticks to clank together or a handful of leaves to rub together. We will listen to each others sounds in small groups and try and play along to some group tunes. 

Knowledge of the World
We are sharing stories about mini beasts this week including The Very Busy Spider. After talking about the minibeasts and looking at evidence to check where we might find them the children will go on their own minibeast hunts in small groups. They will be encouraged to look closely at creatures and talk about similarities and differences.



 If you would like to contact a member of the EYFS team via email the address is  eyfs@broadford.havering.sch.uk.     


 Kind Regards,
The Nursery Team

Reception Newsletter 01.04.19


Term: Spring 2               Date: 01.04.19

Dear Parents and Carers,

Last week was a busy one, full of rescuing carrots, capturing peas and a lot of letter writing as well. We are continuing with ‘Supertato’ for a few more days as we make our own vegetable superheroes.

This week we will also begin reading ‘Superworm’ by Julia Donaldson. The children will be searching for minibeasts and worms as well writing potions to defeat the evil lizard wizard.


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.

Maths
We are looking at time this week. We will be timing how long it takes us to tidy up, line up, get ready for home. Perhaps you could time things at home, how long it takes to brush your teeth, how long it takes to get dressed. We will be encouraging the children to use everyday language related to time as well as time short periods of time.

Literacy
We will be writing potions to help save Superworm and defeat the evil wizard lizard.

Expressive Arts and Design
The children will be designing and making their own vegetable superheroes from a range of vegetables and resources. 


Messages:
We are looking to make a family display in our home corner and would love a photo of your child and their family to display. If you are happy to have a photo of your family displayed please hand to your class teacher or email it to the Early Years email address: eyfs@broadford.havering.sch.uk. Thank you for the ones we have received already.

If you would like to contact a member of the EYFS team via email the address it is: eyfs@broadford.havering.sch.uk.


Kind Regards,
The Reception Team

Thursday, 28 March 2019

WANTED: The Evil Pea

This week Reception have been reading 'Supertato'. We have LOVED this book, but it has come with some dramas. We have spent all week trying to un-meddle the mess of a particularly rotten vegetable: The Evil Pea. He has accidentally escaped the freezer and has been causing absolute chaos, kidnapping our carrots and leaving ransom notes and detective clues for us to unravel. 

Today, we came in from lunch and our classrooms were chaos again, this time they had been invaded by The Evil Peas cheeky minions and the place was rolling in escapeas! We decided that, once and for all, enough is enough! We were not going to take any more of his funny business. 



We set out to capture The Evil Pea and his green gang so that we could lock them all up in Jelly Jail!



We made 'wanted' posters, so that everyone can help us track down this Evil Pea, using our phonic knowledge to describe what he looks like. We had lots of great ideas about how we will conquer this wicked vegetable and we feel quite confident that this pesky pea won't be bothering us any time soon!




We successfully captured our Evil Peas for the Jelly Jail, and we put their pesky pea leader on Sad Face. 



My goodness, are we pleased to see the back of that pea!


And, if the Evil Pea does come back, SuperDom will be here to protect us from any future pea invasion!


Beware! 


Wednesday, 27 March 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.


Aspen Class

Reading Awards
Bookmark- Lexi
Bronze- Manreet
Silver- Eleni, Francesca
Platinum- Elise

Happy Teacher- Dominic
Star Writer- Elyakim
Reflective- Eric
Resourceful- Ruta
Resilience- Jimmy


Apple

Platinum Reader - Eddie
Reciprocity- Ryan






Alder

ReadingSilver- Khalifa, Anushri
Gold- Anushri, Annabel
Platinum- Lacey, Larissa

Star Writer- Anushri, Ryan
Resilience- Lily-Anne


Keep up the good work!











Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Kidnapped Carrots!

The Reception children returned from lunch to find a letter and photograph from The Evil Pea. The carrots had been kidnapped, gasp! The children used their phonics knowledge to read the letter and were also able to correctly read the red words. They then set off to rescue the carrots from around the setting. 

After safely rescuing all of the carrots, the children settled down to listen to our story of the week, Supertato! This afternoon lots of the children wrote letters back to The Evil Pea, inspired by the exciting start to the afternoon. The children focused on using their Fred fingers to help when segmenting words as well as using their finger spaces. I wonder if The Evil Pea will reply?!



"It's the Evil Pea, he's taken all of the carrots!" Kenzie 
"I'm going to catch you and flush you down the toilet Evil Pea." Chisom 
"I will turn you into a pig." Eddie 

Monday, 25 March 2019

Nursery Newsletter 25.3.19

Dear Parent/Carer,

We are very excited to finally be able to move into our new building on Monday the 8th April. The building looks fantastic and we can't wait to let the children explore their new environment and make lots of fantastic memories in their last term of Nursery. This means the Nursery will be closed to children on Friday 5th April. This is to allow staff to safely move and position furniture and create a great environment for the children to come into on Monday. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Our story this week is 'Alan's Big Scary Teeth'. A story of a crocodile who prowls the jungle ready to scare the other animals in the day but who loves nothing better to take a bath and remove his false teeth. That is until his teeth go missing! The children's listening skills and understanding are really improving and they are able to follow stories with more complex plots now. We will be talking about the characters in the story and making some posters to help Alan find his false teeth!

This week we are learning the Nursery rhymes 'Elephant's have wrinkles' and 'Hey Diddle Diddle.'


Maths
Our number of the week is number 6. We will be learning the Ten Town song for the number and the children will have lots of opportunities to develop number recognition and counting skills in all areas of our learning environment. The children have magnetic fishing rods to hunt for the numbered fish in the Tuff Tray this week. They have then been sorting them into the correct bowls.  

Communication and Language  
This week we are continuing to focus on syllables. These are the large chunks you can break words into which are sometimes referred to as the 'beats' of spoken language. The word cat has one syllable the word purple has two (pur and ple). We will be playing lots of games to support the children to understand this.
We are also encouraging the children to follow conversations and respond back to comments made by other children and adults.

Malleable
We have added cupcakes, gems and sticks to enhance children's baking play.

Creative
The children are completing collages for a Mother's Day gift. They have also been enjoy using chunky felt tips to create their own drawings. We are modelling the correct pencil grip to the children and are encouraging them to add details to their drawings, hopefully you will notice faces have eyes, noses, hair and even eye lashes on occasion now!

Water
The children have hand pumps, soap and sponges to explore different ways of moving water.

Snack
This week we are making jelly in groups. The children will see how the cooking process changes the jelly. They also have a variety of fruit they can cut and add to their jelly cups before the mixture sets.


 If you would like to contact a member of the EYFS team via email the address is  eyfs@broadford.havering.sch.uk.     


 Kind Regards,
The Nursery Team

Sunday, 24 March 2019

Nursery - Help our upcycling projects!




We are very excited to shortly be able to move into our new purpose built Nursery. As we will have lots of space to create lovely new areas for the children there are a few items we are looking to source for upcycling projects. If you think you can help please speak to a member of the team.

  • Wooden cable reels
  • Wooden pallettes
  • Carpet tubes 
  • Clean cot mattress
  • Fairy lights 


Image result for cable reels eyfs

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Careful Counting in Nursery

Nursery have been developing their mathematical skills in our counting Tuff Tray. We have been focusing on accurate counting and ensuring the children understand the last number they count is how many they have. We have learnt that if you move objects in different positions there will still be the same amount. The children have also been developing their number recognition by learning the Ten Town stories. If you are walking or scooting to school this week encourage them to look carefully at door numbers on the way and see if they can spot any they recognise!

"I have two cards.. you just keep counting. That is 7 spots now!" Teo





Reception Newsletter 25.03.19


Term: Spring 2            Date: 25.03.19

Dear Parents and Carers,

The children all had a fantastic time at Jump Evolution last week and were all a little tired when they got back to school. The children loved recounting the trip and wrote some beautiful writing about it. Thank you to all our parent helpers, without you school trips would not be possible.

This week we will be reading’ Supertato’ as well as creating our own Mother’s Days cards. We will be rescuing carrots, catching peas and writing letters to The Evil Pea. Keep your eyes on the blog to see what we get up to this week.


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.

Maths
This weeks number is 20. Perhaps you can spot the number at home or outside. We are back looking at 3D shapes this week, we will be recapping the names as well as the different properties.

Literacy
We will be writing Mother’s Day cards as well as letter to The Evil Pea. We will also be writing wanted posters to catch the pea!

Expressive Arts and Design
We are taking a different approach to Mother’s Day cards this year. We will be providing children with a range of ideas and of course resources. But they will be creating their own designs and making them independently. Every card will be different, and completely led by the child. We cannot wait to see how they turn out!

Messages:
We are looking to make a family display in our home corner and would love a photo of your child and their family to display. If you are happy to have a photo of your family displayed please hand to your class teacher or email it to the Early Years email address: eyfs@broadford.havering.sch.uk. Thank you for the ones we have received already.

If you would like to contact a member of the EYFS team via email the address it is: eyfs@broadford.havering.sch.uk.


Kind Regards,
The Reception Team

Friday, 22 March 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.


Apple Class

Bookmark- Karimah
Silver- Bernardo 

Star Writer- Kenzie
Resilience- Karimah
Reflective- Eddie 



Alder
Star Writers- Annabel and Irfan
Reflectiveness- Camila, Lewis and Eivis
Resilience- Billie and Loju


Keep up the good work!

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Perfect Pancakes

After reading the story Mr Wolf's Pancakes we created our own delicious pancakes in Nursery. They were able to attempt to write the recipe, follow the recipe, mix the ingredients together and chose their own topping to eat and enjoy! We had a selection of fruit to choose from to encourage the children to try new and healthy pancakes. The children used scales with adults to carefully balance and weigh their ingredients.

"I had raspberries, they were yummy!" Hope
"We had to stir really hard!"





Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble

We were so excited to learn about bubbles at our science show, that we have continued exploring the properties and qualities of bubbles and soap in our free-flow time.

We have been very busy, using soap and water to help us make plenty of bubbles to play with. We reflected on our findings, making links with our own experiences. 

Jake: "Wow, so much bubbles!"
Manreet: "It's like bath time!"
Eric: "I am mixing the soap and water to make bubble."

We have been very resourceful and taken the initiative to use our soap, bubbles and sponges to clean up some of our dusty resources! 

Alex: "I am going to wash the trolley."
When we play in the water area, we know that we need to wear aprons to stop our uniform getting wet. Sometimes it is a bit tricky to put the aprons on over our coats, but luckily we demonstrate reciprocity and our friends help us!

Dominic: "I can help you, Liam!"
Liam: "Thanks, Dom!"





Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Reception visit Jump Evolution!



The Reception children have been looking forward to their school trip to Jump Evolution for quite some time. The day finally arrived and there was much excitement as the children arrived at school. Jumping socks and high vis jackets on, we set off for Jump Evolution. The children walked sensibly and spotted some things in the environment on their way.

Eden “That’s my house!”

After we watched the safety video, it was time to bounce, jump, flip, swing and balance. The children all showed great skill and lots of braveness as they tackled the challenges with ease. There were lots of smiling faces and by the end everyone was exhausted. The hill back up to school proved quite the challenge after bouncing and before lunch!

Louie-Ray “Can we go back again?”
Megan “I liked the swing best.”
Aisha “The foam pit was really tricky to get out of.”


Sunday, 17 March 2019

Reception Literacy Stay and Learn

Today Reception enjoyed sharing their literacy learning with their parents in our 'Stay and Learn' session.

We were proud to show off our reading and writing abilities and teaching our parents and carers how we use our skills in different games and activities. We focused on green and red words during the carpet session and how we use these skills to write sentences independently. The children enjoyed taking part in dinosaur writing hunts, making shopping lists, and lots of other writing activities with their adults. 


We look forward to inviting you to our next session!







Reception Newsletter 18.03.19

Term: Spring 2             Date: 18.03.19

Dear Parents and Carers,

Thank you to everyone who attended the Literacy Stay and Learn last week, we hope you found it useful. The children love showing you their classrooms and what they are learning.

This week we are visiting Jump Evolution on Tuesday morning. We have lots of Jump Evolution socks at school but if your child has their own please could they wear them or bring them with them. The children should be in school uniform but can wear leggings or tracksuit bottoms for the day.

This week we will be reading ‘Elliot the Midnight Superhero’. We will be discussing real life heroes such as firefighters and doctors.


Communication and Language
We will be recounting our trip to Jump Evolution and using photos to help us do so. We will be talking about our favourite parts of the trip.

Physical Development
We will be putting all of our physical skills to use as we become Superheroes at Jump Evolution.

Maths
This weeks number is 19. Perhaps you can spot the number at home or outside. This week we will be looking at estimation as well as ordering numbers 0-20.

Literacy
We will be writing recounts of our trip to Jump Evolution as well as writing about about different real life heros.


Dates for your diary:
Jump Evolution: Tuesday 19th March

Messages:
We are looking to make a family display in our home corner and would love a photo of your child and their family to display. If you are happy to have a photo of your family displayed please hand to your class teacher or email it to the Early Years email address: eyfs@broadford.havering.sch.uk. Thank you for the ones we have received already.

If you would like to contact a member of the EYFS team via email the address it is: eyfs@broadford.havering.sch.uk.


Kind Regards, 
The Reception Team

Friday, 15 March 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.

Apple
Star Writer- Lily
Star Writer- Ralph
Happy Teacher- Lillie

Reading Certificates
Silver Award- Amber
Gold Award- Harvey




Aspen
Happy Teacher- Flynn
Star Writer- Macie
Resourceful- Callum
Reflective- Aida
Reciprocity- Lexi
Keep up the good work!


Thursday, 14 March 2019

Jump Evolution Socks!

The Reception children are looking forward to their upcoming trip to Jump Evolution on Tuesday morning! We have quite a lot of special jump socks at school, but if your child already their own jump socks from a previous visit please could they wear them or bring them with them on Tuesday morning. Thanks in advance!


(The children's jump socks are black and green!)