All children in the Early Years Foundation Stage are offered the maximum opportunity to develop intellectually, emotionally and socially within a safe environment that is both stimulating and caring. A wide range of high quality indoor and outdoor experiences which challenge, stimulate and extend their learning support children in developing their natural desire, interest, excitement and motivation to learn. Children learn to become confident and independent decision makers, ready for the next stage of their primary education. All children are encouraged to develop care, respect and appreciation for others, including those with beliefs, cultures and opinions different from their own.

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Father’s Day Breakfast Challenge- 14.06.22

Last week, we held a Father’s Day celebration for the special men in our Nursery and Reception children’s lives. The challenge was linked to our half term theme of ‘Holidays’ and required each child and special man to design and make a holiday related creation using recycled materials. We had a wonderful morning of junk modelling, which resulted in an array of holiday modes of transports, holiday scenes and landmarks. The celebration was topped off with a breakfast sandwich and drinks together. Every child who participated received a certificate in our weekly celebration assembly and the two winners of the challenge, Jessie and Phoebe, received a prize. Thank you to all the dads and special men who came and supported this event!

Ash End Children’s Farm Trip- 10.05.22

This week we visited Ash End Children’s Farm as part of our ‘Traditional Tales’ topic. We were taken on a guided tour of the farm which included learning all about animals and their young. The children had the opportunity to stroke all the animals and feed the goats, lambs and ducks. During the tour, the children took part in acting out and retelling traditional tales and nursey rhymes. The children also chose their own egg to take home after visiting the hatchery. We all enjoyed our packed lunches in the picnic barn and playing in the playground area. Find out more about our educational visit in the photographs below.

The Three Billy Goats Gruff 25.04.22/03.05.22

This week the children have been learning about the traditional tale of The Three Billy Goats Gruff. Children have used various actions and story maps to retell the story in their own words. They had an opportunity to change the characters and make up their own version of the story! We have been busy creating characters from the story using various art and craft materials. Children have been using various construction and junk modelling materials to create a bridge for the Billy Goats to cross over onto the fresh green grass!

Chick Handling 28.03.22

This week the children have had a great opportunity to hold a chick and to understand how to care for them. We talked about how it felt to hold them and the changes we could see from when they hatched. Children also made life cycle hats discussing the stages of the life cycle of a hen.

Mother’s Day Celebration 24.03.22

This week the children have been thinking all about their mums and the special ladies in their lives, appreciating everything that they do for them. The children painted their special lady, thinking about their skin and eye colour and also the colour, length and style of their hair. The children then spoke or wrote about why they love their mum or special lady.
The children then presented their reasons and their pictures to their mums and special ladies at a Mother’s Day Breakfast where there were lots of ‘oohs’, ‘ahhs,’ smiles and a few tears!
We wish all of you a very happy Mother’s Day!

Eggs to Chicks 23.03.22

As part of our ‘Growing’ topic in the Early Years, we had ten eggs delivered this week from the ‘Living Eggs Ready Hatch Program’. They were kept warm in an incubator and this morning, the children were overjoyed to see that four of the eggs had hatched.

The children have continued to watch closely today, in awe and wonder, as two more chicks appeared throughout the day.

The chicks have all since been moved to their new home the ‘Brooder Box’ and they will soon be ready for the children to handle and care for over the next week. The children will also be learning about the life cycle of a chick.

More photographs to follow over the next week!

Healthy Eating

Nursery and Reception have been learning about healthy living where they have been investigating healthy and unhealthy foods. They made their own fruit kebabs which they then got to enjoy at snack time!

Chinese New Year Workshop and celebrations 4.02.22/16.02.22

What a fantastic week our children have had exploring how our friends and families celebrate Chinese New Year…The Year of the Tiger! We have had a Chinese New Year workshop where children have taken part in dragon and lion dances and creating music using traditional Chinese instruments. Children had the opportunity to take part in a range of creative activities, food tasting Chinese food and to talk about what flavours they could taste and what they enjoyed eating!

People Who Help Us 07.02.22

The children have had an exciting few week of learning about the people who help us in our community this half term. We have had visits from paramedics, dentist, and police where children had the opportunity to ask questions, dress up and look at all the equipment they use to help the people in our community. Children had an opportunity to take part in how to brush their teeth correctly and to even take a new toothbrush home to continue good dental practice!

Road Safety Day 17.01.22

A busy day was had for road safety day, where the children brought in scooters and bikes from home to act as our vehicles. They discussed how to be good pedestrians and learnt to stop, look, listen and think! It was great fun to get dressed up in different costumes and create a small road (with zebra crossing, roadworks and obstacles) in the big playground. Well done EYFS for your fantastic listening, riding and scooting skills.

Polar Regions  w.b. 10.01.22

What a fabulous week EYFS have had exploring the Polar Regions. They looked at the planet Earth and found the two coldest parts. In the small world area, they explored the different animals you might find in the North/South Poles. The children enjoyed rescuing the penguins from their frozen ice blocks in their science investigation and even took part in an Arctic ‘Cosmic Yoga’ session. They discovered how much fun it is to play in snowdough and to paint on tinfoil to improve their fine motor skills.

Leapfrog Sports – Autumn Term

Over the last term, Nursery children have been enjoying a wide variety of sports in their Friday afternoon Leapfrog sessions, led by our fabulous sports coach Amanda. It has been so lovely to see the high level of engagement, enthusiasm and enjoyment from all of the children. They have had an introduction to tennis, volleyball, rugby, gymnastics and athletics to name but a few! We are so pleased to be able to offer it again this term.

Wriggly Nativity

It was showtime for Nursery and Reception this week. They have spent the half term rehearsing lines, learning songs and practicing dances and it all came together in their fantastic performance of the Wriggly Nativity. It certainly was wriggly at times!  Thank you to all of the EYFS team who took on additional roles as casting directors, costume designers, choreographers and stage managers! The children performed beautifully, have learnt about the real meaning of Christmas and hopefully may have been inspired about a future career in theatre! It was wonderful to be able to welcome our families into school to watch the show and to see the children’s delighted faces on spotting their family. Thank you to all!

Christmas Activities

The children have also been engaging in lots of creative activities and play this week. The children have been developing their fine motor skills through making decorations and their creative and literacy skills through creating Christmas cards for their families. There’s also been Christmas dressing up in the home corner, independent card and list writing, Christmas bauble making and generally lots and lots of glitter! Let’s also not forget playing in the snow and our fabulous Christmas party.

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

The Early Years Team