Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Jack and the Beanstalk Part 2

Growing Beans

This week we have been very excited to see the beans that we planted last week grow. We looked at their roots, shoots and leaves. Later on in the week we will make some observational drawings.

Pretending to plant beans and grow flowers in the play dough - what do plants need to grow?
We have been investigating different kinds of beans and what they look like.

We have been continuing to rehearse and recall Jack and the Beanstalk, and compare different versions such as Jim and the Beanstalk, Jaspar's Beanstalk and Shh! Why not try to find some of these at the library to read and talk about at home.

Creating our own beanstalks...

And a giant beanstalk
Later this week we will be thinking about what a magic bean might grow into and making magic bean packets. This will support our speaking and listening skills and our drawing and writing skills.

As we were so interested in the mini beasts in the Nursery garden, Mrs Ivory bought her African land snail in to see us. We had the opportunity to hold him. First we had to wet our hands to make sure that he was comfortable, and then wash our hands carefully afterwards.

Outside we have loved converting the boxes our new furniture arrived in into all sorts large construction for role play. This helped our language skills, drawing and writing and our imaginative play.

We have been rehearsing reading 3 letter words. Why not try sounding out 3 letter sounds and asking your child if they can blend them together.  

Next week we will be reading Oliver's Salad and thinking about healthy eating.

Very excitingly, on Wednesday 9th May there will be a visiting theatre company who will be putting on a performance of The Three Billy Goats Gruff. There is a letter coming home shortly with more details.


Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Fee Fi Fo Fum...

Welcome back!
We have been super excited at the beginning of this term because our Early Years rooms have had a revamp. There has been new flooring and the walls have been repainted. We have resigned the rooms and added some new furniture. The children have been loving the changes. This term our topic is Growth. This week our text is Jack and the Beanstalk. We have been using this book as the focus for our learning.
We have learned what plants need to grow and have planted our own beans. We are looking forward to watching them grow.

On our play dough table and in our messy play tray, we have been sowing seeds and 'planting' flowers.

We have used our maths skills to make beanstalk number lines with missing numbers.

We have been watching tadpoles and frogspawn and will be watching how they change and grow.  

We have been lucky to have some beautiful sunshine and the weather is set to get even better. Please make sure your child comes to school in sun cream and with a named sun hat as we play indoors and out and want the children to be safe. Children who don't have a sun hat will be asked to play indoors while it is hot outside to make sure they don't get sun burn. Children can find it upsetting to be unable to play with their friends in the outdoor space so please make sure your child is sun ready.  We also request that the children bring in a named water bottle. Many thanks!

Please also remember that milk should be ordered online.

Next week we continue with our Jack and the Beanstalk theme.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Happy Easter

Happy Easter!!

At the end of last week, the children celebrated Sports Relief by coming to school in their own sports clothes and participating in a series of sports challenges in the hall. A great time was had by all!




This week, the children have enjoyed learning all about Easter. The children have learned about Easter traditions such as egg decorating and rolling and eating hot cross buns and Easter eggs.

We have been learning that in Spring, there is new life like lambs, bunny rabbits, calves, butterflies and chicks. 

Look at us in our Easter bonnets looking fabulous. We wore our hats around the school on an Easter parade to show the other children.
We went on an Easter egg hunt in our outdoor area, hunting for numbered eggs and swapped our filled in egg sheets for a real chocolate egg.


We have made our family an Easter card, making a marbled effect by using our fine motor skills to squeeze pipettes of powder paint onto our paper and blowing the paints with a straw.

After the Easter break, we will be thinking about life cycles including frogs and butterflies. We will be thinking about healthy eating and fresh vegetables, as well as focusing on Jack and the Beanstalk as our text.
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Have a wonderful relaxing holiday and we look forward to seeing you again after the holidays.

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Spring is in the air...

This week we have been thinking about the changes we have noticed as the seasons are changing.
Although Jack Frost doesn't want to say goodbye just yet, we are noticing that the birds are singing, there are plenty of daffodils waving in the breeze and the blossom is appearing in the trees.

We went on a Spring treasure hunt, looking for signs of spring and found lots of things to tick off our picture lists. Perhaps you can have a look for signs of spring when you are out and about too. 


We have made observational drawings of the daffodils

We have matched baby animals to their  mothers and thinking about the things that grow in Spring time.
We have used the role play farm animals to think about baby and mummy animals
We have been singing Five Little Ducks and counting numbered ducks in the water tray.

We are learning to blend letters s, a, t, p, i, n to make words like pin, pan, pit and sip.

Next week, we will be thinking about Easter traditions and continuing to think about new life.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

I'll huff and I''ll puff...

3 Little Pigs

This week we are using the book The Three Little Pigs as our main text and our learning has included thinking about the properties of materials, characters in the text, position and how to build a steady construction.
Using the props to retell the story, recalling repeated refrains and thinking about what each character would say.
Building towers with different kinds of block - how steady can you make it? How many blocks did you use? Can you make it taller than you?


We enjoyed playing a counting and number recognition number game with the blocks. First we rolled a number dice and took the matching number of blocks. Then we built our towers. Once our towers were quite tall, we threw a bean bag at our towers and counted how many bricks we could knock over.

We have been writing and reading about the characters in the story, learning that print goes from left to right and how to point at each word as we read.

In our phonics session, we worked in colour teams to see which team could add the most 'i's' to the large sheet of paper.

 We have been looking at different materials and thinking about if they would be good for making a house. What do you think about these materials?

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Which one would you choose for your house? Why?

 Practising our cutting skills and learning how to hold the scissors.

Over the next two weeks we will be learning about the changes we can see in Spring and also about Easter.