Wednesday, 15 September 2021

Welcome to Early Years!

 Welcome to all our new year R children and their families! Last week we had family meetings so the children could visit their new classroom and this week we have had a lovely stay and play session too. The children have been really good at coming in without their adults and settling in to their classes. They have been making friends with some new children and some have found friends they knew from preschool. 

We have our new small world area and construction zone in the shared area. The classes will get allocated slots where they can access these spaces while they learn to use the resources and practise tidying up after themselves.

We have been exploring our surroundings and getting used to the rules and routines of school. Lots of the children have been drawing and mark making in different areas of their classrooms. We have been using mirrors to look at our skin tone to try and mix paints for our self portraits. Small World role-play has been very popular with the children starting to create their own stories and using lots of sound effects!

Tuesday, 18 May 2021

Down on the farm

We are all enjoying our 'down on the farm' topic this half term and have been reading lots of different books about farms, animals and vegetables. This week we have listened to the story 'Supertato' and were inspired to create our own superhero vegetables. We talked about how to attach different parts to our vegetables and the children talked about the special powers they each had. We are very impressed by the results!

We are looking at creating and continuing different patterns. We are exploring patterns with shapes and patterns with colours. Some children have challenged themselves to do both at the same time! This is something we will keep practising in school and that you could practise at home too.

The children explored different techniques to create their own farm animals. They worked with adults to think about different ideas and what materials we could use to collage - over the next days the children had a chance to apply these skills independently in the art area. Our walls are now full of lots of unique farm animals!

As well as all of the farm fun, we are still enjoying all of the other things that school has to offer: sharing books together, learning new sounds in phonics, practising adding and taking away amounts in maths, looking after outdoor area (including keeping an eye on the bug hotel and tadpoles) and much, much more!


Thursday, 29 April 2021

Spring has sprung!

In Early Years, we had a very exciting egg delivery! The children made predictions about what they thought would hatch from the eggs. We had all sorts of ideas: ducks, crocodiles, snakes, chickens and even dinosaurs! Once they hatched we watched them get stronger and more confident. We have noticed that their wing feathers have started to change. All of the children had the opportunity to hold and stroke the chicks and we talked about how to do this safely.

The chicks have inspired lots of different art work and writing. Children have been describing the chicks after looking at them carefully.

As well as this, we have also been watching some tadpoles develop - they arrived to us as frogspawn and we created them a pond area outdoors so we can observe them as they change and grow into frogs! 

Thursday, 25 March 2021

Lots of learning!

 As always, our children have been working their socks off now they're back into the swing of things in school again. 

We have been practising making words in different ways, using magnets, cutting out letters, using sand and glitter as well as by writing onto paper. Some of the children are writing sentences about our 'around the world' topic talking about different places and animals. 

Each class have enjoyed being creative in their art areas. We have had lots of free choice with different materials for collage and making - creating jewellery has been very popular! We have experimented with different ways of using colour including using marbles to roll around on paint in trays and using food colouring on shaving foam for printing.

Maple Class spent a very long time sorting out the Hama beads into colours to make it easier when they were making patterns on the boards. It took 45 minutes with the help of an adult and lead to lots of interesting conversations about shades and tones of colours as well as estimating the amount of beads in our hands or the amount of time it was taking!

The staff have been busy making dough and the children still love creating different textures with the rollers and using cutters to make different shapes. We love finding different ways to make our hands nice and strong for writing and drawing!

All of the children are just about ready for the Easter holidays ... just one more week of amazing work to do and they can finally have a bit of a rest after a busy term working at home and school :-)

Thursday, 11 March 2021

Settling back in

 We are so pleased that all of the children have come back to join us in Early Years! They have taken the time away from the building in their stride and area pleased to be back in their classrooms with their friends and teachers again. We have spent the week settling back in and remembering the routines that are in place in school and applying some of those skills we have been practising during home learning and key-worker provision since January. 

We have been remembering how to do careful counting using different resources and matching amounts to numerals.

There is a lot of independent writing going on - we are using word mats to help us with some of our trickier topic words. This week the children have been writing about Arctic and Antarctic animals after we read the story 'Poles Apart' by Jeanne Willis and Jarvis.

Lots of teamwork has been happening in our new role-play areas and with our construction toys. The children have been talking with each other about models they are making and working out what bits they might need next.

The adults have enjoyed being able to play some different games with the children and have been really impressed with their turn-taking skills. We are getting good at recognising the number we have rolled on a dice without having to count all of the dots.

And of course, there has been lots of practising of our tricky words that we are learning to read. The children have enjoyed uncovering the words and reading them aloud.

A big thank you again for all of the support during home learning and hopefully we won't need to worry about that again any time soon!

Monday, 1 March 2021

Home Learning

 We are all so impressed with the effort that our families have been putting in with their home learning over the last few weeks. We thought we would share with you some of the fantastic work that has been going on.

This is just a small selection of the things we are being sent every day but as you can tell, there is a lot going on! We are very excited to see all the children back next week for the remainder of the spring term 😁😁

Wednesday, 27 January 2021

Our impressive children!

 A very huge well done to all of our children and families for their amazing efforts at home from the Early Years team. The children in key-worker provision are also working incredibly hard. So far there have been so many exciting activities including some science experiments, PE lessons, music, stories, making pirate things... We are really pleased to see some of the fantastic outcomes and thought we would share a few pictures from the home learning so far...

Keep up all of the hard work and we can't wait until we are all back together again!