Welcome to EYFS

Today it has been great to welcome families to some information sessions about the EYFS. New parents bonded over a cup of tea and had opportunities to explore learning from the perspective of a 3 and 4 year old.

We look forward to welcoming new Nursery children to stay and play sessions on Monday 9th, Wednesday 11th and Friday 13th.

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Story Share

This week Year 1 became authors. They finished writing their own version of the story ‘Monkey see, Monkey do’. Today Year one had the chance to become story tellers, sharing their stories with nursery and teaching them the actions to the story. Nursery had a great time listening and Year 1 loved sharing their learning

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Year 1 Oral Story Telling – Monkey Say, Monkey Do!

This week I have been working with Year 1 to develop their writing. They have learnt a story using a story map and retold it many times. They have innovated it with extra details and changed some aspects using drama techniques.

We have focussed on ADJECTIVES, ADJECTIVES, ADJECTIVES! We have used adjectives to describe shape, colour and texture.

On Wednesday we started writing the story in full and this continued on Thursday afternoon. I have been fortunate to work with different groups of children to challenge them on specific focuses for their learning . . . . . ensure all writing sits on the line, write descenders under the line (q,y,p and g), join handwriting and don’t forget full stops and capital letters.

 

The children have shown great focus and concentration to write for over twenty five minutes at a time. Ask them to read you their stories.

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Family Learning in Nursery

Every Friday Nursery welcome their families in to share learning. During this time we show families what learning is and how we break down the complexities of each stage. This week we focused on number using a resource called Numicon. If you want to find out more about Numicon click here.

  1. Ordered Numicon
  2. Arranged Numicon to make pictures
  3. Created patterns with the pegs
  4. Drew around Numicon
  5. Felt for specific shapes
  6. Shared a number story

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Snack Shack is open!

Every Thursday the children in EYFS prepare a healthy snack for others. Today’s snack was toasted crumpets with a choice of toppings.

  1. Menus written to include all the topping options (yogurt, cream cheese, cucumber, tomatoes, raspberries and strawberries)
  2. The children prepared all the toppings

3. An orderly queue is formed!

4. Each child counts 5 pennies to pay for their snack

5. Crumpets are toasted (by the children)

6. Children add their toppings of choice

7. The crumpets are enjoyed in the sunshine

Two children in Reception decided to create a sign to advertise the snack shack and detail todays offerings and costs.

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Caterpillar update!

Week 3 – what has happened to the caterpillars?

Today Nursery checked up on our caterpillars. They noticed they have continued to grow fatter and fatter and fatter! There are webs in the pot and the children are very curious about where they came from and why they are there. The children have started to make a book to keep a record of all the changes.

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Gross, mid and fine motor

In Nursery the children work daily to develop their gross (shoulders and core), mid (elbows) and fine (fingers and hands) muscles. This builds the core strength needed for writing.

This is having a significant impact on learning as all children have secured a good pencil grip and can draw fine details and shapes. They are starting to learn phonemes (sounds) and how to write these with the corresponding letter.

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Growing and changing

There is lots of action in Nursery at the moment. The caterpillars have arrived and the children have started to photo and film them to document their development. Watch out David Attenborough Planet Earth 3 is underway!

 

There has been lots of planting. Some seeds are outside and some are inside and the children are noticing big differences in what is happening.

 

 

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