Campfire in EYFS

The children in Nursery and Reception had a campfire today.  Firstly we needed to find a safe area clear of leaves to place our fire. We collected sticks for kindling and then safely lit the fire making sure we didn’t stand too close.  Once the fire was burning well, we toasted crumpets on it. The  children told us that we shouldn’t get too close or we might get burnt and of course, at the end we poured cold water onto it so it didn’t continue to burn.

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Christmas has come early…

Thank you so much to everyone who came and joined in with our Christmas card making day. It was so lovely to see so many adults come to make cards with the children. The cards look fantastic and we can’t wait to see what they look like when they are professionally printed. The Year 6 children did a brilliant job preparing all the resources and the PTA were fantastic at keeping the day running (and the room clean!)

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Snails!

There has been great excitement in Reception this week as the African Land Snails have arrived! We were expecting 2 snails but were very fortunate to receive 3. They have been named as Slimy, Spike and Speedy. We have learnt how to spell ‘snail’ just look at our writing. The children have remembered to wash their hands both before and after handling the snails and have been very gentle whilst they have held them.  This afternoon they decided to have a snail race with them but the snails were not that good at staying in their lanes.  The race was abandoned after 22 minutes when the snails left the course.   We will keep you updated on the snail developments.

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Potato Bucket Challenge

Maple Cross Nursery 18/19 now Reception 19/20 entered the Potato Bucket Challenge set by Rickmansworth Garden, Arts and Homecrafts Society. They were given 10  buckets, each containing three seed potatoes and were asked to grow the potato plants over the next few months. We are pleased to announce that Maple Cross won with the largest combined weight of potatoes. Mrs Biss has just collected the winning certificate and trophy. Well done to all involved.

 

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Amazing sports week in Nursery

This week in Nursery, just like the rest of the school, has been all about sports.  We have had some amazing support from the rest of the school.  Each day we have sampled different activities.  On Monday we tried running skills on the playground, Tuesday we sampled ballet,  Year 1 on Wednesday led a ball skills session and today, Year 6 organised and delivered different activities for the Nursery and Reception children on the field.  Thank you everyone for your support, we’ve learnt new things and had lots of fun!

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Chicks in EYFS

What a fascinating couple of weeks Reception and Nursery have had seeing 13 chicks hatch and grow…

The children have loved observing the chicks and how they have been changing in appearance and developing new skills such as jumping.  They also had the opportunity to hold a chick and describe how that felt.  Sadly today we had to say good bye to the chicks today.   If you would like to talk more to your child about how they will look when they are fully grown please look up the breed Cream Legbar Chicken.

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EYFS – exciting hen egg arrival

 

This morning we received a special delivery of eggs.  They will be kept in an incubator until they have hatched, both Nursery and Reception will have the opportunity to watch them hatch and develop over the next 2 weeks. Through this we will learn more about the life cycle of a chicken.  It looks as though one may hatch later this afternoon. How exciting!

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Reception – World Book Day

For world Book Day Reception spent the day exploring activities around the book ‘Shark in the Dark’ by Nick Sharratt. The small world area had sharks and other sea creatures and non fiction books.  In the creative area the class all had the opportunity to make their own telescope like Timothy Pope from the story. They also supported their class mates who performed the story to the rest of the school by joining in with the repeated refrain ‘Could it be a Great White Shark?’ This afternoon we also had the pleasure of being joined by Year 4 to share stories and read to each other.

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