Take a look at what Early Years have been doing so far this term.
Our PE day is a Thursday
Berry Class (Nursery) Autumn 2
We are all back after our half term break and ready to learn. Berry class will be learning about our new story, 'Rosie's Walk'. We have been working very hard and collecting all the resources to go into our class small world tuff tray to help us retell the story. We have a windmill, hen house and lots of Autumn things.
Whilst exploring the story, Rosie's Walk, the children will be learning about positional language. For the next few weeks, our focus will be under and over.
Our colour focus is the colour orange. We have collected lots of things from around the classroom that are orange. What can you find in your home that's orange?
This week Berry have been looking at the vocabulary and practising the phases from our story 'Rosie's Walk'.
We have been using the small world tuff tray to support us to use our newly learned vocabulary and phrases and act out our story with our friends. We have used finger puppets characters to help us do this.
We're have been practising our Kinetic Letters animal positions this weeks, such as; sitting like a bear and standing like a penguin.
This week we have looked at the characters from our story, Rosie's Walk. We talked about the hen, who has a beak, two legs, wings, has feathers and lays eggs and the fox who has four legs, a bushy tail, fur, pointy ears and nose.
We have also been working hard to learn and repeat phases from the story.
In maths we have been singing counting nursery rhymes and using positional language 'on and off'.
Berry class have been very arty and created some hens using paper plates, pipe cleaners and tissue paper.
Berry Class (Nursery) Autumn 1
Welcome to Berry Class.
The children have settled in really well this week and have been working on learning the new routines in their class such as carpet time and washing hands before snack and lunch.
Our story focus for this half term is Little Read Riding Hood. This week the children have been exploring activities to help them to find out more about the story and the characters.
We have had another busy week in Berry. We have been focusing on practising our scissors skills; making sure that we use scissors safely and carefully. We are also learning how to share the activities around the classroom and outdoors.
This week in Berry, we have been remembering the Queen and thinking about our new King and the crown that he might wear. We used paints to decorate crowns to show what we think the King's crown might look like. We have also been strengthening our hands and using are creative skills to mould and manipulate playdough into different shapes. Whilst outside enjoying the garden, we have been negotiating space when having races using the cars and bikes and exploring our new play house.
This week, Berry class have continued to focus on the story of The Little Red Riding Hood and we have been looking at and talking about, what the Little Red Riding Hood may have in her basket for Grandma. At the activity table, we have created a basket of our own with different foods in that we would like to take to Grandma.
Our focus number of the week has been the number 5. We have been explored the number 5 in all areas of our classroom and in the garden.
For snack this week, along with our usual selection of fruit, we have enjoyed some apple picked from Mrs Patel's very own apple tree. Mrs Patel has worked hard all year to care for her apple tree and was very excited to share the green, juicy apples with Berry Class.
This week we have been focusing on learning our Kinetic animal positions 'Bear and Penguin'. Can you practise these positions at home with your family?
We have been continuing to explore the story of The Little Read Riding Hoof and we have been making bread with dough for Little Red Riding Hood to take to her Grandma's cottage.
If you go down to the woods today... you will find Berry Class!
We took a little walk down to the wooded area of the school playground and took Little Red Riding Hood's basket along with us! We spent time looking at the trees and plants that we could see and even spotted a squirrel! We put some scrummy cakes in the basket to enjoy in the woods.
Also this week in Berry Class, we have been counting up to 5 and working on recognising numerals up to 5.
It is the Hindu festival of Diwali next week and in Berry Class we have been enjoying lots of activities about Diwali. We painted rangoli patterns and made diva lamp cards. We really enjoyed using the glitter!
Also this week, we have been continuing to learn all about Little Red Hiding Hood and the characters in the story. In maths, we have been looking at numerals to 5 and chanting to 10 together at carpet time.
Maple Class (Reception) Autumn 2
Welcome back Maple Class!
We have hit the ground running after the half term break. This week we have started to explore our new Talk for Writing story, The Little Red Hen. We have read the story and joined in with the repeated phrase, "No, not I!". We have enjoyed investigating the wheat, flour and bread that the Little Red Hen works hard to grow, make and bake in the story and we have also had a go at making our own red hens.
In PE with Miss Jones, we have continued to develop our balancing, jumping and climbing skills. We have been practising how to climb and land safely and to use the equipment carefully.
On Friday, we celebrated Bonfire night by using our artistic skills to create firework pictures using chalks and cardboard tubes to make 3D fireworks. We also enjoyed a lovely, yummy treat of hot chocolate, cream and biscuits whilst learning all about how different people celebrate Bonfire night all around the UK.
In our outside area, we have been creating our own opportunities to balance, climb and jump inspired by Miss Jones, using our wooden blocks, foam bricks and slide. We worked together as a team to set out the equipment and enjoyed using it together; taking turns to balance and jump.
What a fantastic week we have had in Maple Class.
We have enjoyed continuing to explore our Talk for Writing story, The Little Red Hen. This week we have made bread, just like the hen in the story.
The adults had to do a little research to learn how to make bread and to find out what ingredients were needed.
First, we measured out the salt, flour, yeast and water and added them to the mixing bowl.
Next, we mixed and mixed and mixed.
Then, we kneaded the dough and put it on the baking tray.
The bread was baked in the oven and once it had cooled... we ate and ate and ate the bread.
Also this week, we have been learning about Remembrance Day and making lots of poppies. We have made 3D poppies using sticks and tissue paper, play dough poppies and abstract painted poppies using sponges.
Christmas has started early in Maple Class as this week we started to rehearse for our Christmas performance. We will be sending home the songs next week for children to practise so please check reading folders.
This week we created yummy chocolatey nests using cornflakes and melted chocolate and used skittles as tiny eggs. We enjoyed mixing the melted chocolate together with the cornflakes!
In maths, we have started learning all about 3D shapes and how they are 'fat' not 'flat'. We have explored 3D shapes by building and constructing them. We have also hunted around the classroom to see which 3D shapes we could find.
Whilst enjoying the playdough activities this week, we have been thinking about using words to describe what we are doing. We have been squashing, moulding, shaping and rolling.
Maple Class (Reception) Autumn 1
Welcome to Maple Class!
We have enjoyed a great first week together in Maple Class. We have been settling into new routines and exploring new areas of the classroom. This week we have really enjoyed playing outside, using scissors and tape to create models and developing our fine motor skills using tweezers.
Week 2 already!
We have been busy bees in Maple this week. We have started our phonics sessions and we have now learned m,d,s,a and t. On Friday we sent home flashcards for the sounds we have learned in school, please practise these with your child.
We have really enjoyed learning outside and we are making the most the nice weather whilst it's still here. We have been riding bikes and scooters around the garden and practising our throwing and catching skills using different sized balls.
This week in Maple Class, we have started learning our first Talk for Writing story, The Gingerbread Man. The children have really enjoyed joining in with the story, shouting in their loudest voices, "Run, run as fast as you can. You can't catch me, I'm the Gingerbread Man!". We have explored ginger using our senses through gingerbread playdough and have made our own gingerbread-shaped people.
Maple Class have been doing lots of mark making and writing this week and have been using the sounds that they have been taught during our phonics lessons in their writing.
Each week we will send home a copy of the sounds that we have been learning at school for you to practise at home together with you child. Please click on the links below to watch a short clip for each of the sounds learned this week.
We have been busy bees in Maple Class this week.
In maths, we have been learning about all things 3. We have been on a hunt around our classroom and in the garden and have found dice with 3 dots, Numicon pieces with 3 parts, 3 pebbles, 3 jumps, 3 hops and 3 fingers.
In Talk for Writing, we have been continuing to explore our story, The Gingerbread Man. We have looked at the vocabulary in the story and have investigated the words gobble and ginger. We smelled some fresh stem ginger and gobbled up some yummy Gingerbread man biscuits. We have also used our phonic knowledge to label pictures of the Gingerbread man.
We would like to say a big THANK YOU to Morrisons CMK for their donation of messy play resources this week. We have used some of the flour to make our own playdough using Mrs Patel's Perfect Playdough recipe.
The Child have been working really hard this week during their phonics lessons and their new sound cards have been added to their reading folders. Please use the links below to remind your children of the sounds that they have learned this week.
Maple Class took a trip to our school library this week. We explored the non-fiction and fiction sections of the library and shred stories together.
In PE, we have been working on our ball skills and had a go at dribbling the football between the cones.
Whilst playing outside, we have been using our all-weather suits to explore the mud! we have made mud cake, mud soup and a lovely mud pizza. Yum, yum!
We have also been using our large wooden construction pieces to make ramps for our bikes and scooters.
This week in Maple class, we have enjoyed doing lots of writing! We have been writing on paper, card, chalk boards, whiteboards and very long pieces of paper. Outside we have been writing on the floor and walls with chalk, on clipboards and also on our outside easel.
In maths, we have been learning all about the number 5. We looked at our 5 fingers and toes and what other things we could find in 5s.
We had a go at making our own gingerbread person using junk modelling and lots of glue and tape.
In PE with Miss Jones, we had our first gymnastics lesson. We really enjoyed balancing and jumping safely off the equipment.
Maple Class have been learning all about the Hindu festival of Diwali this week and have enjoyed creating rangoli patterns, mendi and Diwali cards.
Our outside area has been a busy place this week. We have been riding bikes and scooters, counting how many jumps we can do in muddy puddles, creating assault courses and finding creepy crawlies!
Miss Jones treated us to some pumpkin carving today (Thursday). We helped to carve the pumpkin and to scoop out the slimy seeds.