Wednesday, 21 April 2021

Nursery: New names

Dear Parents and Carers,

This is just to clarify some new staff names your children my be using this week.

Mrs Luca is now the nursery Teaching Assistant. She has previously worked in nursery and is excited to return to the team for the summer term.

Miss Cumming got married on Sunday 18th April and has returned as Mrs Ellender.

If you have any questions please let us know.

Kind regards,

The Nursery Team

EYFS: Havering Children Centre Virtual Spring

April 2021 Update 

Throughout the pandemic, children’s centres have continued to remain open for midwife, antenatal and postnatal appointments and for families who have needed to access one to one support in person. Government guidelines for COVID19 meant we were unable to deliver our usual groups on site but knew it was crucial that they stayed in contact with our families and offered as much support as possible, which included virtual activity sessions, online parenting classes and workshops.

As government measures begin to ease this allows for parent and child groups to take place outdoors from 29th March and indoors from the 12th April. We are reviewing all necessary risk assessments so they can focus on ensuring everyone’s safety at all times.

From the 4th of May, they will start buggy walks and outdoor stay & play sessions and limited baby groups and baby massage classes within the children’s centres. These sessions will be by invite or pre-booked appointments so they can manage numbers and keep to social distancing guidelines.

Details of the activities and how to book will be available on this page from Friday 23rd April 2021. Please only attend a children’s centre for a group if you have a pre booked space. Their virtual programme will run as normal for anyone to attend.

If you require any advice, support or guidance on child development, infant feeding, healthy start applications and much more please call 07812 496901 to speak to an early years practitioner or e-mail






Pre-birth and Pregnancy

New Beginnings will cover all aspects of making the transition to becoming a parent with a focus on the practical tasks of caring for a baby and looking to support the parent’s emotional and physical wellbeing. 

The workshop enables will focus on supporting a parent to:-

• Bond with baby before/after the birth

• Explore the practical tasks of caring for a new baby

• Working out baby’s sounds, signals and cues

• Coping with crying and comforting a baby

• Exploring how parents can look after their emotional and physical well-being.

Who is it for? Anyone expecting a baby – mums, dads and carers – from 28 weeks of pregnancy.

When is it? Every Tuesday at 10am-12pm

If you would like to find out more about this workshop, please contact us at



Becoming Dad is a 4-week course with a weekly one-hour session for men who are soon to be dads. Whether you are a first time dad or already a parent/carer, Becoming Dad will explore the practical and emotional aspects of the journey to fatherhood and beyond.  

The course will also give dads to be the time to come together to share their concerns, excitement and expectations of becoming a dad. If you would like to find out more about the Becoming Dad course, please contact 


Butterflies Peer Support Group Supporting families who are experiencing low mood, depression and anxiety during pregnancy or following the birth of their baby. Telephone support and weekly Zoom group available. Please contact for more information. 


Butterflies perinatal peer support group are also now offering a fathers only group to provide support where a partner or themselves are experiencing low mood, anxiety or depression since becoming a parent. If you would like to find out more about this service, please contact


Mellow Bumps Antenatal Programme

A 7 week online antenatal programme designed to support parents-to-be. Mellow Bumps is a relaxed, safe environment to explore: Bonding with bump, looking after emotional wellbeing during pregnancy and after birth, building confidence and self-esteem as a new parent, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, thinking about how babies communicate, and learning about services and support in the local community once baby is born.

Please complete a parenting referral form and return to


New Birth – 0-12 months


Baby Massage

Our Baby Massage course is now being facilitated by our trained Infant Massage Instructors online via Zoom over five weeks. Baby Massage can support a babies overall development, help relax baby and parent/carer, support digestive issues like wind, gas and colic, promote better sleep habits and support the relationship between parent/carer and baby. Suitable from birth to 6 months old.  Please contact for further information.

Infant Feeding Café

Trained Infant feeding advisors are available to provide support and information on breastfeeding, bottle-feeding, expressing, formula feeding. Telephone support and weekly Zoom group available.

Please contact for further information.



Starting Solids Workshop

Starting Solid Foods (for babies around 4 months old). In this workshop you will learn about starting and progressing with solid foods with your baby in a practical and friendly session with an early years practitioner and a health professional.

Please contact for further information.




Incredible Years Babies Parenting Programme

A 8-10 week parenting programme focusing on improving the parent infant relationships and attachment by promoting positive parenting strategies. Suitable for ages 0-8 months.

Please complete a parenting referral form and return to


Activities 0-5 years

Baby Stay and Play Online Baby Stay and play group via Zoom, for babies and their parent/carer to connect with other families, discuss various parenting topics and enjoy some interactive song and rhyme time with one of our early years practitioners. Guest speakers are invited with topics covered including sleep, oral health and car & home safety.

Musical Jelly Beans-Get active and get moving with our fun, interactive, music, singing and rhyming online session. Activities include dancing, singing, parachute games and bubbles. For ages 0 to 5 years

Toddler Stay and Play- This is play session for families with children aged 18 – 30 months. It gives parents the chance to socialise with other families in the comfort of their own home joined by our Early Years Practitioners. The sessions are themed and will change on a monthly basis. In addition to this there will be a structured activity plus a messy play activity each week.


Please contact for further information.

Ready Steady Talk! - An early communication group delivered over 5 weeks online with a 45 minute Zoom session. The programme is for children having difficulties in their home language between the ages of 18 months and 30 months.

The group will help to:


Develop a child’s attention and listening, and turn-taking skills

Develop strategies that can be used at home to encourage language development

Support the development and expansion of a child’s vocabulary through play and group activities

Encourage a child to use those important first words to name or request items in their environment

Oral Health Workshops

The children’s centres host Virtual Oral Health Workshop for parents with children aged 0-5 years led by a Dental Nurse each month. The workshop covers a number of areas to promote good oral health including tooth brushing, preventing tooth decay and infection, diet and dental visits. Please contact for further information on upcoming workshops.  



Home safety workshop via Zoom virtual delivery:

This is a 40-minute workshop full of information and tips on keeping babies and children safe in the home and when out and about. In this session, the Early Years practitioners will guide your through top tips for child safety, including burns, poisoning, falls, choking, safer sleeping, drowning and more.


Toileting workshop via zoom virtual delivery:

This is a 40 minute workshop designed to support families through their child’s potty training journey. Through this session Early Years Practitioner’s will provide information and guidance with: recognising and understanding  the signs that your child may be ready to start potty training, when/ how to start, building a toileting routine, potty training on the go, plus many other useful factors and tips.


Fussy eating workshop via zoom virtual delivery:

Meal times are a common source of stress for parents. Often children learn they can gain some control over their parents using food. When a child refuses food or demands alternative meals, parents may become frustrated or concerned that their child is not eating enough. We will provide tips designed to help you manage meal times and to develop good eating behaviours. Early Years Practitioners will be running fussy eating workshops online. We focus on attention on equipping parents with healthy weaning and food choices knowledge to give children the best start in life. Mealtimes should be all about sharing, laughter, fun and love!


Coming soon….

HENRY (Health, Exercise & Nutrition for the Really Young) Healthy Families Programme This is an 8-week programme, which supports families in achieving healthy lifestyle goals. We are aiming to co-deliver an online-facilitated course co-delivered with colleagues from Health


Our team of early year’s practitioners are all trained in a range of specialist areas and can offer support on a one to one basis which includes providing advice on infant feeding, early communication skills, parenting, child development, toileting, sleep, perinatal mental health, healthy eating and oral health. They can also assist with supporting online applications for the 2, 3 & 4 year old educational funding offers.   


If you would like any further details on any of the above please contact:-

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 Children Centre Coordinators.

Tuesday, 20 April 2021

20.04.2021 Reception Summer 1 Newsletter

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 Dear Parents and carers,                                Term: Summer 1 

We hope you have had a wonderful holiday with your families and are rested for the exciting term ahead. The children have settled back and have been excited to share their Easter holiday news. It has been amazing hearing about all of the children’s adventures. This term, we will be revisiting our rules and expectations in the setting ensuring we remember all of our jobs!

Baby Photos

Please could you email a photo of your child as a baby. Alternatively we can photocopy hard copies of photos and return originals.

Please email: 

Subject: Baby Photo  Child/Children’s Name & Class 


We will continue to share our home learning pages each week. The home learning document is a great way to see what we will be learning each week in class too. Each week we will still be sharing a sound session, and the word and spelling time sessions too. If you are unsure of your child’s RWI group, please email us at

The children’s reading is progressing well, with some strong sound recognition and blending skills. The more they practice these skills the more fluent your child will become at decoding words, this then allows them to develop their comprehension skills. We would like to remind everyone that the school’s expectations related to homework, is to read every day

Try to make reading a part of your daily routine, finding a time that this fits in with your schedules at home. This could be when you first get home from school or after dinner. This time could include your child reading to you, practising reading green and red words, practising sound recognition or sharing a story together. 

105 Books to Read.

Please remember to record your 105 reading books and bring your child’s record to school. Your child will receive a certificate for every 5, 10 and 15 books read! This time should be in addition to a bedtime story, where you are reading just for pleasure. Aim for ten minutes a day. Of course there will be days when it doesn’t happen due to special events, trips out or extreme tiredness.

Growing and Changing Topic 

Our focus this term will be Growing and Changing. We will be growing our own plants, and butterflies this term. We will also be looking at similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things. Our focus texts this term will be, Jack and The Beanstalk, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Bad Tempered Ladybird, The Teeny Weeny Tadpole, Naughty Bus and Major Glad, Major Dizzy. 

Communication and Language 

We are encouraging children to use talk to organise, sequence and clarify thinking, ideas, feelings and events. The children will also be encouraged to discuss and share about their holidays, home life and the environment. Our focus this term will be on growing and changing. 

Physical Development 

As we continue to develop the children’s fine motor strength we are now also focusing on their letter and number formation as well. Particularly encouraging and correcting backwards formed letters and numbers. This term we will be focusing on our letter and number formation, ensuring the children have the right patterns, formation and direction. It is vital we encourage these from the beginning, so the children do not form bad habits. We ask if your child is writing at home and forms a letter or number backwards that you work with them to write it the correct way. We will also be continuing with fine motor activities to strengthen our hand and finger muscles. Of course we will still be working on our gross motor skills in the outdoor areas and during PE lessons. The PE sessions will take place on Mondays.


We will begin the term recapping our number recognition to 20. We will be practising ordering numbers 0-20 as well as saying one more/less than a given number to 20, adding and subtracting single digit numbers, doubling and halving to 20 and measures.


We will be writing recounts of our holidays, writing about our ‘dream week’. We will be focusing on writing simple sentences that we can read back, as well as spelling our red words correctly. We will also be focusing on life cycles of caterpillars and tadpoles, creating food diaries, and looking at how the children have changed and grown too.

Understanding the World 

The children will be planting their own seeds and looking at different parts of plants. We will be caring for our own class caterpillars and looking at the life cycles of butterflies, frogs and other animals too. 

Helpful Websites:

  • Phonics Play ( Click on the free phonics play and then children for phonics games. Most children are working within phase two or three at this point. Our favourite games are Picnic on Pluto (reading real and alien words) and Pick a Picture. 



  • Please ensure your child has a named set of spare clothes on their peg at all times. 

  • All uniform should be labelled with your child’s name including shoes!

  • Please can toys from home stay at home. We have lots in school and it saves toys being lost or broken. 

  • We ask that your child’s reading book is in school on their reading day each week so it can be changed and your child read with.

If you have any questions or concerns please speak to your class teacher. If you would like to contact a member of the EYFS team via email the address is:


Kind regards,

The Reception Team

Monday, 19 April 2021

19.04.2021 Jack and the Beanstalk Remote Learning


Jack and the Beanstalk


Jack and the Beanstalk: Ladybird First Favourite Tales

Dear Parents and Carers, 

Please email us at if you have any queries or questions with regards to your child’s learning. We will be here to support you! Please find below this week’s learning. We have attached web links for documents and files which you can share with your child and/or children at home. 

Phonics & Reading

Days of the Week Song

Click on link for the   19.04.2021 RWI Virtual School

for this week’s phonic sounds sessions. We have also added Learning to Blend videos too. 

Learning to Blend

At this stage your child is segmenting the letters ---- c-a-t but then saying another word, e.g sounding out c-a-t and saying the word mat! This is a developmental stage to learning to blend and you may find the additional links in the document useful! 

Links will expire in 7 days.

Phonics Comic

My Book Blog

Reading Questions Booklet 

(Reading and Spelling 15 minutes each)

Please record your daily reading in your reading records.

Read a book or Click here for Oxford Owl electronic  reading books.

My Book Blog

Please email us at for your child’s login information.

(Please note books can only be reviewed on the book blog site not read.) 







Recognise the number 14 and different representations of 14.  Look at the Number 14.

Can you write the number 14?

 Can you write the numbers from 0-9?

Ten Town Number Formation

Can you make simple action patterns such as: knees, clap, knees, clap, knees, clap? Try Hands up, hands down, up, down, up, down. Can you come up with a new action pattern of your own. Can you make sound patterns with the sounds you have learnt? For example: ch, sh, ch, sh, ch, sh. Can you make your own? Go through the Patterns. Can you complete them?

Go through the Patterns and complete them.  What do you notice? What is the same and what is different? What is different this time? 

Can you make a pattern using cubes or counters? Can you describe your pattern? 

Using the Pattern Frame build patterns around the edge of your frame putting one item in each space. Try different patterns and see which will fit around the frame exactly and which won't. Which patterns will fit exactly into the frames? Are there any patterns which fit exactly around both frames? How many more spaces did you need for a pattern that wouldn’t fit? Can you test some of your own patterns in the frames? Which of your patterns fitted exactly? Which didn’t fit?

Go on a walk around and collect natural objects to make a pattern such as long stick, short stick, leaves or pebbles. Arrange your patterns in straight lines or around the edge of a hoop to create a particular pattern. 


Please email us at for your child’s login information.

This should be found in your child’s Reading Record.


Listen to the story - Jack and the Beanstalk 






Listen to the story Jack and the Beanstalk and go through the Vocab Slides. Read the Letter from the Giant. Can you measure the Jack and Giant's Footprints? Or do you have any shoes at home that you could measure? How many cubes long are the different footprints? What else can you use to measure how long the footprints are? What objects are longer than the Giant’s footprints and what are shorter? Do you have any objects that are the same height? 

Please find here any additional resources for 

Jack and the Beanstalk

Watch the video of Beanstalk's Growing and listen to How a Seed Grows

What does a seed need to grow? Read about Plants. In school we are going to plant our own bean seeds and measure them each week to see how high they grow. If you have a bean seed at home you can plant yours and measure it each week at home too! We are also going to experiment by seeing what happens if we have one seed that we water and one that we don’t and one that we keep in sunlight and one in the darkness. What do you think will happen to the one we don’t water? What will happen to the one in the darkness? 

Listen again to the story of Jack and the Beanstalk.

What would you like to find at the top of the beanstalk? 

Think of some ideas for what you would like to find at the top of your beanstalk.

Can you measure your height?

You could use paper and pens to record your height. 

Could you measure your different family members heights? 

Can you compare your family's different heights? 

Use the sentences __ is taller/shorter than ___.

Listen to Titch and The Tiny Seed and look at Flowers

Look at how to label a flower. 


Measure the footprints using cubes or other objects from your home. Compare with different objects and record your measurements. 



Plant your bean seed. Or you can draw and label a bean plant. What do bean seeds need to grow into bean plants? 


What would you find at the top of the beanstalk? Write the sentence I found a ____.


Measure your family’s heights. Use paper to mark each family member's height. Discuss who is the tallest/shortest in your family.



Label the parts of the flower. 

Please use the website links below for any additional learning that you may wish to complete with your child. 

Helpful Websites:

There are lots of new and updated websites providing additional online learning and support during this period of school closure if you wish to complete additional learning activities.


Phonics & Reading



Wellbeing Wednesday

Reception, on Wellbeing Wednesday you can take a break from your computers and devices and take part in lots of fun, different activities outside or around your home.

This afternoon, complete a finger breathing exercise. Calmly breathe in and out, as you trace up and down your fingers.


Five Finger Breathing Calming Technique for stress, anxiety, etc. feelings

You could also go for a walk in your local area. What did you notice on your walk? Did you see any animals or notice any changes to any of the trees or wildlife?

You may want to help your family with any chores around the house. You could tidy your room or help with folding clothes away or washing up.

Why not help your family to prepare and make a healthy dinner or bake something delicious in the afternoon! 

We hope you enjoy taking part in Wellbeing Wednesday. 

Please let us know what you got up to and share your learning with us!


Please email us at to contact a member of the Reception Team. Please submit work using a Parent Postcard on Evidence Me. Keep checking the Broadford More Blogs page EYFS Blog Page and Facebook page for updates. 


Best wishes

The Reception Team