Welcome back to a new school year, we have been getting the classroom ready this summer and are excited to welcome the children back from their holidays.
As we now have tapestry most photos and whole class activities will be found there. Please check your child's tapestry account regularly to see all the exciting things we have been doing.
2016-2017 School Year
Spring 2 Growing Topic
We are thoroughly enjoying our topic all about Growing and Changes! We began with the story 'Jim and the Beanstalk' (an alternative to Jack!), which led to us growing our own beans and learning about what plants need to help them to grow.
Our new book is The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We had a very special delivery to our classroom... some baby caterpillars! We are learning about the life cycle of a caterpillar and are excited to watch the caterpillars grow, form a cocoon and turn into beautiful butterflies!
Wednesday 22nd March is our EYFS 'Giant Wiggle' fundraising event, where we are dressing in bright colours, filling up a chalked butterfly on the playground with coins, and going for a 'wiggle' through every classroom in the school! This is in aid of 'Action for Children'.
Look our for our new visitors in our classroom... not only are we watching how the caterpillars are changing, we have also had a delivery of some chicken eggs! We can't wait for them to begin to hatch!
SPACE / WHATEVER NEXT!
We are starting off the Spring Term with the topic of 'space'. Our story is 'Whatever Next!'. We will be singing '5 little men in a flying saucer' and counting one more and one less. We will be creating rockets using different junk modelling materials as well as building and counting in our construction area. We will also be talking about healthy foods and what we would pack for a picnic on the moon!
Remember to check your child's online learning journey on Tapestry to see all the exciting activities that we have been doing!
The Christmas Party!
The children have all been busy today making gingerbread men ready to eat at our Christmas party on Wednesday 14th. Don't forget there is a competition for the best party hat and that the children can come to school wearing their party clothes.
Our First Nativity!
WOW! The children ALL did a fantastic job in their first ever Nativity! The children will be rewarded with a special treat of hot chocolate and marshmallows tomorrow!
Thank you to all the parents and carers for coming to join us and for helping with the costumes this year.
The three little pigs
Our new topic is based around 'The Three Little Pigs' traditional story!
We have enjoyed learning about how people celebrate Diwali and hearing the story of 'Rama and Sita'. The children have taken part in all sorts of exciting activities such as firework printing, acting out the story, creating Mehndi and Rangoli patterns, creating and writing in Diwali cards, making repeated pattern necklaces, and even making and eating some Indian sweets!
The children have had a fantastic start to the new school year and have settled in really well to the Nursery class. Our first theme has been based around the story 'Harry and the Dinosaurs go to School' and we have been talking about how we felt when we first started school, and how we feel now after the first few weeks. We have also been talking about our school rules (with help from Mr. Potato Head!)
The EYFS staff have been busy in school setting up the new classroom. We have had a total re-decoration! We have new flooring, carpets and paint on the walls! It looks fantastic!
Will post some photos soon!
Nursery have loved celebrating Queen Elizabeth's 90th Birthday! We read a special story about the Queen's birthday crown and the Nursery children were invited to attend a special lunch celebration with the rest of the school!
A Visit from a Nurse
The children have been finding out all about people who help us when we feel unwell. We have been making up stories in our role play area, pretending to be doctors and nurses. Barnaby the bear had to visit the doctor because he had been sick. We found out that he hadn't been washing his hands properly. To help us understand how important it is to wash our hands before eating, we did an experiment involving touching bread with clean and dirty hands. The children predicted that the bread touched with dirty hands would turn mouldy quicker. They were spot on and were absolutely right!!
On Monday we were very lucky as Mrs Wilkinson, who is training to be a nurse, came to talk to the children about how nurses help others. She talked to us about her uniform and all of the things she uses with her patients. The children helped to take Miss Pratt's temperature, test her blood pressure and give her some medicine. We all felt for our pulse and talked about how we can keep our bodies healthy.
The children had a great time dressing up and talking their favourite book characters.
In Nursery as well as superheroes and princesses we had a Burglar Bill, Charlie Bucket, Hermione from Harry Potter, Red Riding Hood and Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz.
Last week the children were learning about the fire service, we were very lucky to have the fire-service came in to talk to the children about their jobs and how children can help to stay safe. We were able to see the uniforms, fire engines and have a go at using the hose.
Healthy Porridge Toppings
This week the children have been thinking about healthy breakfasts and making healthy choices when choosing a topping for their porridge. All the children have been given a sachet of porridge to cook at home and top with their pot of fruits. Please encourage your child to talk to you about healthy choices and ways to keep our bodies healthy.
Your child's Learning Journey is always free for you to pick up and have a look through. The perfect chance to do this is during one of our 'stay and play' or 'stay and read' sessions. We would love to hear about all the fantastic things that the children are doing at home, so grab a 'wow star' from the cloakroom and return it to school. We will share your child's sucesses with the class and add your star to the 'parents voice' section of the learning journey.
Children have 'free flow' access to our outdoor area throughout the year. We have a selection of wellingtons and waterproof capes that the children have access to. Please feel free to send your child in with their own wellies if you would prefer. Just pop them in a bag on their peg in the cloakroom.
Last week the children came into school to find out that someone had eaten all of the teachers porridge and broken one of our chairs!! Who could it have been? We looked for clues and Officer Pratt asked us some questions! Please have a look at our display during our 'Stay and read' and 'stay and play' sessions which shows some of the children's suggestions about who might have stolen the porridge and broken the chairs!
Over the next few weeks we will be listening to the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We are looking forward to tasting some porridge and making some healthy choices for breakfast.
Thank you to the parents who came and listened to me talk about reading today! We are really looking forward to Stay and Read starting next week and hope to see lots of you there.
As a reminder to parents it starts next Thursday (8:40-9am).
Please see the link for the powerpoint presented below.
We learnt about Guy Fawkes and how to be safe on Bonfire Night. We also thought about the noises that fireworks make. We chose some colours to make our own firework splatter paintings.
Settling in observations
You should have received your child's 'Settling in' observation. Please take a few minutes to fill in and return the speech bubble and tell us about all the fantastic things that your child can do at home.
New topic overviews for parents.
Please keep checking in to have a look at our 'Topics' page. Here you will find an overview for parents, giving details about what the children will be learning and how children can be supported at home with some homework ideas.
We would love to hear about all the fantastic things that the children are doing at home. Please help yourself to a 'wow' star on the cloakroom display board. Simply fill it in and return to school where we will be able to share your child's achievements with the rest of the class.
Parents evening will take place the first week back after the half term break. The children will be bringing home letters this week for you fill out and return to book an appointment. Nursery parents may book an evening appointment however if it would be more convenient, a lunchtime appointment can also be arranged.
Black History Month
This week (12th October) we will be celebrating 'Black History Month'. The children will be listening to a traditional African tale and finding out about life in Africa. You may have noticed that the classroom is now covered in spider webs! Over the week we will be making spiders, flags, listening to African music, looking closely at pattern and also finding out about our school values; Love, Trust, Perseverance, Faith and Trust.
Check out the You Tube link to the story on the class 'Topics' page.
28th September 2015
Lots of the new Nursery children have now started school, we have loved getting to know the children and they have settled really well so far. In the first week we got to use some balance bikes, explored the areas of our classroom and read lots of stories-Pete the Cat was a particular favourite. Photos coming soon!
We hope the children are having a good summer and we are very much looking forward to seeing all the children soon at their home visits. The staff are all busy setting up the classroom, there will be lots of exciting new changes to look out for.
We hope that everyone had a good Easter and thanks to all the parents who helped their children to complete the Family Challenge. Please look at our Topic page to find out about what we will be doing this term.
It has been a busy two weeks in nursery, we had World Book day then Red Nose day and today we set up an experiment to attempt to show the children the Solar Eclipse. Unfortunately, it didn't work very well so we used the BBC coverage instead.
25/02/2015 Stay and Read
Stay and Read starts tomorrow: 11:40-12:00.
Either read with your child in the classroom, look through your child's Learning Journey or take a book home.
23/02/2015 Welcome back
Welcome back to a new half term. This half term is only 5 weeks long so we will be packing in as much as we can.
Our topic for the next three weeks is: Growing and we will be reading Jim and the Beanstalk by Raymond Briggs. This book is a different version of Jack and the Beanstalk.
Photos coming soon...
Baby Bear goes to Space 26/01/2015
We have been busy learning about Space and reading 'Whatever Next' by Jill Murphey. The children found out that Baby Bear had travelled to the moon in a spaceship, on the moon Baby Bear had a picnic. The children thought about the foods they would take in their picnic and have written postcards from the moon. Using recycled materials the children made rockets and talked about the shapes that they noticed.