Today Mr Watson led a group of children to create faces on trees. Using a natural playdough recipe, the children worked in mixed year group pairs to create everything from funny to scary faces. Watch out when you next visit the woods!
This week group 1 and 5 worked collaboratively to create a new den. After reading the book Home by Carson Ellis we were inspired to build a shelter that would offer both practical and aesthetic appeal. The real challenge was making it strong enough to hold me!
I was blown away with the team work and sharing of ideas. All the children offered ideas and supported each other with the build.
Reception, Year 1 and Year 2, all joined forces this afternoon to kick off a new year of maple cross explorers. Group 4 greatly enjoyed creating their own nature necklaces. Working collaboratively and using problem solving skills to help them both collect and piece together their necklaces. Another fun afternoon of outdoor learning adventures!
Today Reception had a dance session with Miss Emily and Miss Chloe. We learnt about the farm and had to move like a tractor. We also met some puppets and moved like them too. The children thoroughly enjoyed the session and we are already looking forward to next week.
It was wonderful to welcome so many EYFS families at school today to enjoy the story of Little Red Riding Hood.
The children impressed us with their articulation of story lines and singing. It has had such a positive impact upon classroom learning as children have been retelling the story, making books and describing characters.
Today some of our Early Years team traveled to Stevenage to collect our Gold award for the EYQS. This was part of the journey and not the end! It has been two years of hard dedication by the whole team to transform the EYFS into a learning centered environment.
Our consultant described the project as follows . . . . .
A very cohesive and reflective team who work tirelessly to improve the learning opportunities for their children. Over the last two years, they have developed and transformed the EYFS into an inviting and accessible environment that reflects the individual needs and learning of each unique child. Their ‘gold’ project enabled children in the nursery and reception classes to improve the achievement and outcomes for their children. The EY Leader is inspirational in driving forward the Early Years practice and enables all practitioners to be part of a cohesive and dedicated team. Well done to all the team!
Today Reception created maps of our school to help new children know where to go. We pretended we were birds and flew over school to help us understand what a birds eye view is.
As a class we made a list of all the important areas of school new children might need to know.
We them welcomed Butterflies children and gave them a guided tour of the Nursery classroom.
The NSPCC are in school on Tuesday morning to collect the sponsorship envelopes. Please ensure you have put your envelope in the collection box.
The winning class are the class with the most returned envelopes not the most money. Will it be your class? The NSPCC will be in school on Friday to say thank you.
On Tuesday Nursery and Reception had a fabulous morning out to watch the Tiger Who Came to Tea. This is one of our favourite stories and the children enjoyed joining in, especially with the dancing!
Many thanks to our PTA who funded the coach travel costs.
Again we have been fortunate to have a warm, sunny afternoon to explore in. One group have been using natural materials to make animals masks. Here are some of the things the children said.
“I’m going to rip the leaf to make the sharp bit of the ears, I’m going to do the outside first.”
“I’m going to make a bird, oooo that’s an orange leaf, I’m going to use this for the feathers.”
Another group made a picnic for the teddy bears.
“I’ve got stones for the cup cakes and berries and flowers for the salad.”
“We’ve been collecting some leaves and sticks to make the cake.”
“We have been collecting grass, leaves and daisies. Making the teddy bears picnic.”