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Nicola Gibson - EYFS Leader

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20th December 2019 - Class News

The Foundation children have had a really busy end of term. Last week the children performed in their first school play. Despite lots of children feeling under the weather, everyone was amazing. The singing was beautiful and the words spoken loud and clearly. The children have spent the last week making cards and calendars to give to their families and friends.

Our highlight of the week was our trip to the Double Dragon Chinese restaurant for our second pledge. The children worked really hard to earn the money to pay for the meal, raising a fantastic £81. We all enjoyed a three course meal which included sweet and sour chicken, lemon chicken, chicken in black bean sauce and egg fried rice. The children were very adventurous. As ever, we were so proud of their behaviour. Each and every child had beautiful manners which was commented on by the owner of the restaurant.

We still have a few raffle prizes remaining to collect – check your tickets please.  All that is left for me to say is thank you for your support this term. We wish you all a very Happy Christmas and look forward to a great new year.

11th December 2019 - Class News

F1 learning to count to 6.
On the way to the concert
Learning about 6
At the concert

The last few weeks have been very busy in Foundation, we have been out and about in the community, visiting the library to exchange our books and to The Manor Academy to see their Christmas show. The children have been very busy learning new songs for our Christmas show. We are all very excited for our performance on Friday.

Amidst singing and rehearsals we have continued to learn all about festivals, Divali, Birthdays and Weddings to name a few. We are currently learning all about the true meaning of Christmas as we read the Christmas story. We have been writing lists, cards and invitations. Everyone was very excited to make and decorate their own diva lamp as we learned about Divali. In number work, we have been counting and sorting objects, we have investigated numbers and explored 2D shapes.

Thank you to everyone who has supported our cake sales the last few weeks. We are holding the final one on Friday. Any donations are gratefully received. The money raised is going towards our pledge.

We look forward to seeing you all on Friday for our Nativity show. Have a very Happy and restful Christmas.

19th November 2019 - Class News

The foundation and Nursery children had a very busy week this week. We began our week learning about Remembrance day and what it means. The children painted some beautiful pictures of poppies which we have displayed in the entrance hall leading to our classroom. On Tuesday we has a day learning all about anti bullying. Our learning was focused on the book ‘Elmer’. We spent time celebrating how unique and special we all are. Everyone decorated their own unique elephant. We held circle times when we spent time talking about being kind to each other and how to be a good friend. We also touched on the subject of internet safety. We feel that it is vital to have safe internet practice embedded in our children from a young age. We will revisit this subject frequently throughout the year.

We have also been leaning about the Hindu festival of Diwali. Everyone has made and decorated their own Diva lamp which we have proudly displayed in our classroom. The children enjoyed role playing the story of Rama and Sita using different puppets and masks.

Please can I remind parents that the children need their reading books and a water bottle in school everyday. As the weather turns colder, please ensure that your child has a thick coat and hat, scarf and gloves in school. We like to go outside in all weathers.

Finally – We always welcome volunteers on our visits. If anyone is interested in accompanying us, please ask at the school office for details of how to help. 

8th November 2019 - Class News

The Foundation children have come back to school with fully charged batteries all ready to learn again. We began our new topic of celebrations and festivals by looking at Bonfire night and learning about the gun powder plot. In maths we have been learning about sorting and discussing all of the different ways that we can sort things. There was great excitement the day a space rocket appeared in the classroom. The children enjoyed role playing trips to the moon.

Please can I remind parents that PE kit needs to be in school every day. Our PE day is Wednesday. The children also need a water bottle and their reading book in school every day. Please can you try to read with your child at least five times a week.

18th October 2019 - Class News

The Foundation children have had a very exciting week so far. On Monday morning we came into our classroom to find that Mable , Our Bramble Reading dog, had left us a very special parcel. We opened it up to find that Mable had left us a recipe book for soup and the ingredients to make the soup. With great excitement we set about making the soup together. Everyone in Nursery and Foundation helped prepare the ingredients. Then we all sat down to share the soup together. Mr Atkin came to join us and declared our soup delicious.

Today was our first school trip. The children were an absolute credit to the school. We enjoyed looking around the library and listening to a story. We then headed to the orchard to look at all the different fruit trees. We even saw some local bee keepers tending to the hives. The keeper explained to the children what he was doing. We finished our visit by collecting leaves ready to print with tomorrow when we are back in school.

Have a happy and restful half term. I am very proud of how the children have settled into their new class this term. I look forward to seeing you all after the holidays when we will be learning all about celebrations.

11th October 2019 - Class News

The Foundation children have enjoyed another busy week. In our number work, we have been learning all about the number 5. The children have been sorting Numicon into sets and then seeing if they could make 5 from smaller pieces. We have been labelling scarecrows using our phonic knowledge to build up the words.

The highlight of our week was a short walk around the grounds to look for signs of Autumn. The children really enjoyed looking at all of the different things that they could see. We continued our learning inside looking at different photographs and artefacts linked to Autumn. Some of the children were very knowledgeable.

Can I take the opportunity to remind parents that our visit t the library and Orchard is on Tuesday. Please ensure that your child has a warm coat and a drinks bottle containing water in school.

4th October 2019 - Class News

The Foundation children have had another busy week learning all about their bones. Everyone enjoyed the story Funny bones. We looked at pictures of x-rays and made our own skeleton models. We also had fun learning a new song all about bones. We have done a lot of work around 2D shapes. The children enjoyed making their own squares, rectangles and triangles from straws. We had fun one rainy afternoon learning new ring games in the large hall, the children especially enjoyed in and out the dusty blue bells.

Everyone is really enjoying their phonics lessons. Miss Willets and I were very impressed with the effort that the children put into learning new sounds.

We have also picked our first winner of the ‘Mabel award’ – the child who has shown our school values throughout the week. It was such a difficult decision that we have two winners this week. We are really proud of Abigail who shows endeavour, ambition and integrity everyday in her behaviour and work and also to Kayden who demonstrated great maturity, wisdom and integrity this week. Well done to you two.

Please can I remind parent that the children need their PE kit and reading books in school every day. Can you also ensure that all PE kit and jumpers/ cardigans are named.

Finally, please can you ensure that your child’s permission slip for our visit is returned to school by Friday 11th October.

27th September 2019 - Class News

The Foundation children have had another busy week. Everyone enjoyed blowing bubbles in the sunshine to help with forming our letter sounds correctly. We have been talking about our houses and what we do in each room. In number work we have learned all about the number three. The children enjoyed going on a number hunt around the outdoor area.

Without a doubt the highlight of the week was our visit from Mrs Cuthbert with Mabel, the school reading dog. The children had prepared a story to tell Mabel, which she listened to very carefully. Lots of the children had drawn pictures and written letters to Mabel. We had a question and answer session too. We were so proud of the children who behaved impeccably throughout the visit. Mrs Cuthbert and Mabel were so impressed, they have said, on a Friday one child from Foundation can take Mabel for a walk around the school grounds. The person will be someone who has worked hard and tried their very best all week long. Miss Willets and I are looking forward to choosing one deserving person every Friday.   

20th September 2019 - Class News

Recent activities undertaken by the children in EYFS:

  • Making faces using natural resources collected from the school grounds.
  • Writing number two – outdoors activity following on from maths input.
  • Ordering numicon shapes according to value.
  • Kayden’s independent learning. He chose to fill a board with shapes and then enjoyed counting.
  • Water play outside – how can I make the water mills turn.
  • Labelling body parts. 

13th September 2019 - Class News

The children have settled in well to school life. Everyone is coming into school with a big smile on their face ready to start their learning. We have begun our topic Marvellous Me by talking about our families. We have been learning to make labels for pictures of our family and to talk about the people that we live with. In maths we have been investigating the number 1. Today we have had great fun printing with welly boots and shoes of all shapes and sizes.

Without a doubt, the highlight of the week for the children has been taking home their first reading book. The air was filled with excited chatter as they went home clutching their new folders.

Next week we will continue with our theme Marvellous Me. We will be reading the book My Mum is amazing by Nick Butterworth and talking about all of the things our families do to help us. We will be investigating number 2 and 2D shape.