LIBRARY - Your child's library session will be on a Monday afternoon. Your child will be able to bring a new book home every week, please read and share the book with them to encourage that love of reading. Books must then be returned on a MONDAY MORNING for your child to be able to borrow a new one.
P.E- Your childs' physical development session will be on a THURSDAY MORNING, please ensure your child has appropriate clothing and footwear to get changed into for these sessions, including trousers and jumper for outdoor sessions.
Tuesday 12th & Thursday 14th November 2019 - Parents evening
Wednesday 13th November 2019 - Share & Learn session 8:40-10:00
Friday 6th December - School closed
Tuesday 17th December 2019 - EYFS Christmas production, (refreshments after) 9:00-10:15
Thursday 17th October 2019 - 'People who help us' + 'The Little Acorn'
The past two weeks have been very exciting, starting off with a fantastic visit from our local Fire service. Four Firemen came along in their fire engine, loaded with equipment for the children to explore. The children represented our school brilliantly, using manners, demonstrating great listening skills when answering questions and adapting their behaviour when outside for an hour, I was extremely proud of them. We got to touch and use some of the special equipment that Firemen use to cut people out of cars, open lifts if people are stuck inside and learnt the special number that we call if we are ever in danger. Maybe ask the children to see if they can remember this, as we never know when they may need to use it. After a tour and Mr C dressing up as a Firemen, which the children thoroughly enjoyed they got to go inside the cabin of the engine. The children were so eager to get inside and demonstrated how happy they were through their beaming smiles. This lead to some great drawing and labelling of a Fireman in Literacy and identifying who can help us in what way.
In maths we have been looking at addition and counting the total amount of two groups. We started with domino addition where the children added both sides of the domino to find the total, understanding that when we add our total always gets bigger. If you have any dominoes laying around at home try this out, the children really enjoyed this as we made it more game like. We then looked at what numbers made 5 and 10 (number bonds). There are some great number bond songs and poems on youtube that you could listen to at home to re-cap this learning. Mr Johnston paid a visit to Firetips during maths this week and he commented on engaged the children were in their learning and how well they were all doing, the children enjoyed showing off their learning but did however miss Maggie.
This week we have been learning about 'The Little Acorn' story. This is a Twinkl orginal story and tells the life cycle of an oak tree through a story. The children have really grasped the concept of how the Acorn turns into an Oak tree and then the acorns fall off and the cycle starts again. Tomorrow we will be thinking about and writing what we would like to be when we grow up, just like the acorn.
On our investigation station this week we have been exploring 'What is magnetic?' The children have shown lots of curiosity about magnets, how to hold them, what they do and explaining the items that "stick" to the magnets and which items "doesn't stick," in the words of the children. So many children have explored this with various peers, lots of great discussion had about the various objects on the table and children initiating others to come over and have a look and what they've found.
In French we are now learning how to say the weather in French. Madame Bresson gave out so many house points today and commented on how she couldn't tell the children apart from the French children she has taught before. We have some great Linguists blossoming in Firetips class.
Last but by no means least, yesterday was our extremely successful 'EYFS Share a story morning.' What a brilliant morning we all had, I particularly enjoyed dressing up as a witch as I read 'Room on the broom.' It was great to hear such amazing things from Miss Claridge and Miss Banes about all he exciting things the children and adults had been up to. A massive thank you to all the families who came to support this event, it wouldn't have been the same without you, we will certainly be doing another one.
One more week before half term, we will be decorating our home corner with all things Halloween, don't forget the PTA Halloween disco next Thursday at 5:30 its going to be a spooktacular event and I'll be there with reception the whole time, so please do get their tickets soon. We will also be baking Halloween biscuits as our cooking activity next week.
Thursday 3rd October 2019
We are now well into our daily routines and the children are most certainly finding their feet exploring all the areas our classroom has to offer.
We continue learning our phase 2 sounds following 'Letters and sounds' and 'Jolly Phonics,' please do practise these sounds at home, if you need a new sound mat do come and ask for one. As well as learning our phase 2 sounds we now working on applying the learnt sounds when blending and writing CVC words such as; dog, cat, tin, pin, sat. If you have spare time at home ask the children to have a go at writing some of these, writing in flour and shaving foam is lots of fun, don't forget to upload any home learning onto Tapestry, I love to see what you are getting up to.
In Maths we have been working on 2D and 3D shape names and properties. We have played games, such as 'what's in the bag?' and 'Shape shop,' we have sang songs and been on a shape hunt, looking at shapes in our environment. The children really engage in these practical lessons and are really easy to be done in and around the home too. This week we have been exploring capacity, length, height and weight. The children have been recognising which containers hold the most water and how to check if their predictions are correct, ordering two or three items shortest to tallest and comparing the weight of two objects by using the scales and objects from our environment. Lots of new language learnt which I have heard applied during child initiated time, especially during their own versions of the games we have played.
In Literacy this week we are reading, 'The Little Red Hen.' The children are really enjoying this story and today we even made our own bread just like the hen. We have spent the week sequencing the story, acting out the story and being a good audience for our peers, changing the end of the story and adding speech to some of the characters form the story. You should ask if they could re-tell it to you before bed time.
We continue working on numbers in our French lessons, the children adapt to this lesson well and try hard to gain extra house points during these sessions.
Next week we are looking at 'people who help us.' We are very lucky yo have the Fire service visiting, with their engine and equipment which will be a real treat for the children. Week 5 almost done, this term is flying.
Friday 20th September 2019
Wow what a great few weeks settling into new routines! The children have now completed their first week of full days and certainly have been busy.
Over the past few weeks, we have started learning our sounds in Phonics where we have explored, 's,' 'a,' 't,' 'p,' 'i,' 'n,' 'm' and 'd'. I am holding a phonics workshop on Monday morning and hope to see as many of you ass possible. We will be playing lots of games and I'll be showing you how we teach phonics at school, so that you can repeat this at home. Jolly phonics songs on youtube are a great quick and easy resource that you can use at home.
We have started our creative curriculum by starting our weekly Music and French lessons. Music is taught by Mr Mitchell, where this term we are focusing on pitch, volume and tempo. French is taught by Madame Bresson, where so far we have learnt hello and goodbye in french and the french names for colours, red, blue and white.
In Literacy we have been retelling past events, drawing our families, writing our favourite food and looking at similairities and differences using baby photos as a hook.
In Maths we have been learning all about numbers 1-10, the order they go in. The children are really enjoying counting our first 100 days of school as we reach a new number everyday. The become very excited as they know when we reach 100, we are going to have a number party.
We have been exploring other main areas of the EYFS that include;
* Personal, Social and Emotional development - where we have been taking turns and accepting the needs of others. We have also been making and building new relationships with children who didn't come to our nursery. This area is extremely important and it is important that we remind all children to be kind and follow our Golden Expectations at school at all times.
* Physical development - In our P.E sessions this term we are looking at different ways of moving, negotiating space and landing appropriately.
* Communication & Language - A real focus of ours to ensure the children are using words to express their needs and wants and that the children are speaking in full sentences. We are using talk partners which is going really well and ensuring lots of chat happens in our group times.
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