Welcome to Early Years

Our Topic on Transport has come to an end this week, finishing with the books 'Whatever Next' and 'The Naughty Bus.' In 'Whatever Next' baby bear travels to space in a rocket (cardboard box). The children have thoroughly enjoyed making and designing their own rockets this week as well as learning a little bit about space. They have acted out the story using props linked to book. In 'The Naughty Bus' book, a London bus goes on an amazing journey, even travelling through beans! So yes, we also had beans in our class this week to feel and explore as well as running buses through. 
 
Reception Literacy: We have thought about character speech this week and in particular what Baby Bear might say. We have enjoyed sitting on the hot seat and pretending to answer questions just as Baby Bear would.
 
Reception Maths: We have practiced counting in twos, and tens this week and relating this to counting in groups of twos and tens using objects.
 
Nursery Literacy: We have been working on identifying initial sounds and writing our Father's Day cards (we hope you like them!!)
 
Nursery Maths: We have been ordering various transport according to height. We can order 3 to 6 items. 
 
Reception Head Teacher's Award: Eva for settling into our school incredibly well.
 
Core Value (Supportive): Penny for always being there to help her friends.
 
Nursery's Bradley Bear goes to Alfie for an improved effort in Phonics this week!  
We have been celebrating the successes of Sir Tom Cowie this week. We learnt about how he progressed in his brilliant career and how he was even born in Sunderland! We were then challenged to see if we could be just like him for a day. Each key group worked fabulously together to plan and design an inventive vehicle. When the plan was made we took turns to go outside and gather the materials we needed to create our invention! We really enjoyed this activity and it was very pleasing to see how well the children worked together and helped each other out! We produced some fantastic vehicles, from super fast sea planes to flying buses! 
 
Reception Literacy: We wrote our own verse to the song Mr Gumpy had a boat.
 
Reception Maths: We have been learning the days of the week in order.
 
Nursery Literacy: We worked independently to design and label our own inventive mode of transport.
 
Nursery Maths: We have been showing Miss Brown how fantastic we are at counting, recognising numbers and naming shapes!
 
Reception's Head Teacher Award: (Not done this week as no celebration assembly)
 
Reception's Core Value:
 
Nursery's Bradley the Bear goes to Isla! For being super positive and showing her big smile all of the time!
 
 
This week we have continued to focus on weddings. On Monday we were all so excited to discuss the Royal Wedding and talk about the different ways in which we watched and celebrated it. We then moved onto looking at different types of weddings. We particularly enjoyed watching an example of an Indian Wedding. We learnt about the different traditions involved and compared how the Bride dresses in beautiful, colourful dresses. 
 
Reception Literacy: We wrote about the Royal Wedding and what we knew about it. 
 
Reception Maths: We have worked on solving subtraction calculations by counting back to find the answer.
 
Nursery Literacy: We have had a big focus on name writing and kept up to date on our termly ink portrait - we have certainly developed our drawing skills!
 
Nursery Maths: We have continued looking at repeated patterns and completed them using different props.
 
Nursery's Bradley the Bear goes to Charlotte R! You have had a wonderful start in Nursery and have really come out of your shell this week! 
This week we have moved on from our topic and turned our attention to weddings! The Royal Wedding inspired us to look at different weddings that we may, or may not have, been to. We enjoyed bringing photos and memorabilia into school to share with our friends. We were very lucky that some children brought in beautiful dresses for us to look at! We discussed why some photographs that were brought in were printed in black and white and why some were in colour. A few of the children liked that we can now choose how we would like our photos to be printed!
 
While looking at some weddings from the past we also had the joy of planning our own EYFS Wedding! We made a list of the things we needed and then worked together to pull it together! We chose our Bride and Groom before choosing the Bridal Party and Groom's men. We made cucumber sandwiches, decorated cakes, wrote our invitations and designed the Bride's dress - phew!! On Thursday it was finally time for our Wedding! Our Bride, Annabelle, made her way down the aisle with her 'father', George. At the end of the aisle was her Groom, Oliver. They said their vows, gave each other rings before signing their certificate. Our wonderful Bridesmaids: Elizabeth, Lily, Tilly, Emily and Scarlett and Best Man, Cole, all did a fabulous job in their role too! Just when we thought the excitement was over, we returned to school to find our classroom had been decorated and it was time to party! After listening to the speeches, we ate the food we made and enjoyed doing some dancing! What a fabulous day!!! 
 
We are also proud to announce that we appeared in the Sunderland Echo on 19th May. Please see the link below for further photographs and our very own video.
 
https://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/sunderland-youngsters-stage-their-own-royal-wedding-1-9170651
 
Reception Literacy: We wrote our own invitations inviting people to our wedding.
 
Reception Maths: We have worked on addition and subtraction and applied our skills to problem solving. We also shared wedding cakes between the guests.
 
Nursery Literacy: We have been busy preparing for our Wedding by writing invitations!
 
Nursery Maths: We have been completing some simple repeated patterns, before moving onto some really tricky ones!
 
Reception's Head Teacher Award: Oliver for being a fabulous groom.
 
Reception's Core Value: Louisa
 
Nursery's Bradley the Bear goes to Annabelle, for playing the role of our Bride brilliantly!
 
 
What an exciting week! On Tuesday, we prepared for our visit to Beamish by planning our journey and predicting what we would see. We were very excited to finally make our way to Beamish on Wednesday after weeks of looking forward to it! Firstly, we arrived at the Pit Village. We visited the pit ponies, had a look around some old fashioned houses and some of us were even brave enough to walk through the dark, gloomy coal mine! We then stopped by the town where we found an old garage! The worker told us all about the different modes of transport that he made and repaired in his garage. As well as visiting numerous other areas of Beamish, we also got the chance to ride by tram and bus! What an enjoyable day we had! The children were definitely inspired by our visit and haven't stopped talking about it since! As always, we are very proud of the children, they were very well behaved (they didn't even complain about all the walking!!!). On our return to school the next day, we have enjoyed recapping and writing about our super visit!
 
Reception Literacy: We sequenced photographs of our visit in order and composed and wrote our own sentences to explain.
 
Reception Maths: We have applied our knowledge of subtraction to further problems.
 
Nursery Literacy: We have been ordering the events of our trip. Some of us have used our new tricky word 'the' to label events, i.e. 'the bus.'
 
Nursery Maths: We have moved our focus onto shape. We have recapped the names of 2D shapes and learnt the names of more 3D shapes. 
 
Reception's Head Teacher Award: 
 
Reception's Core Value:
 
Nursery's Bradley the Bear goes to Jax! For showing a greater effort in school and super behaviour on our school trip!
This week we have continued to look at trains but children have took a particular interest in journeys. We have looked at maps and planned a route that took us to an imaginary place. We enjoyed acting these out. We compared old and new types of transport. We discussed how they have changed over the years, we are hoping to see more old examples on our visit next week! 
 
Reception Literacy: We wrote about what we might be able to see out of a train window.
 
Reception Maths: We have continued to look at subtraction using practical equipment and using number sentences.
 
Nursery Literacy: We created a journey and discussed how a train would go over, under through tunnels and bridges. 
 
Nursery Maths: We have been looking at addition and forming number sentences. 
 
Reception's Head Teacher Award: James for fabulous reading at home
 
Reception's Core Value: 
 
Nursery's Bradley the Bear goes to Cohen! What an amazing first week at Nursery you’ve had!
 
 
This week we have started our transport theme by focusing on trains. We didn't realise how many different types of trains there were! We enjoyed comparing modern trains to old fashioned trains. Lots of us preferred the look of an old steam train! We have learnt different vocabulary associated with trains and have used this to help develop our role play area. Lots of us decided to print train tracks and create collage trains. We have learnt lots of new vocabulary this week such as steam train, The Euro Star, carriages, platform etc.
 
We are very excited to announce that we will be going to Beamish for our class visit this term! This will take place on Wednesday 9th May. Please sign your child's consent form for this visit as soon as you can.
 
Reception Literacy: We have used the stimulus of the book 'Oi get off our Train' and thought of new animals that could board the train. We needed to explain why they had to stay on the train. 
 
Reception Maths: We have worked on subtraction this week. By using a train with lots of carriages we took people off the train. Children needed to calculate how many were left on. 
 
Nursery Literacy: We have sketched our which type of train we like the best and then labelled their features using the correct names.
 
Nursery Maths: We have been identifying one more or one less than a given number.
 
Reception's Head Teacher Award: Scarlett, for much improved listening skills.
 
Reception's Core Value: Supportive goes to Freddie for being so caring and thoughtful to his sister Charlotte who has started in Nursery.
 
Nursery's Bradley the Bear goes to Lily! For completing a super tricky maths activity, independently!!
Welcome back after the Easter holidays we hope you had an enjoyable break. This week we have welcomed our new starters in Nursery. We are incredibly proud of how well they have settled in and we cannot wait to see them grow and develop. We have also welcomed the sunshine this week which has helped us to continue our theme of Spring. We have considered the changes that are occurring such as blossom on the trees and flowers growing. On our Spring walk children confidently identified the signs of Spring.
 
We have followed the interests of children moving on from Castles to consider the olden days. It was very funny to hear the children to suggest how old their grandparents were. We would love to see some examples of 'old' toys that grandparents may have. Can we also have a shout out for any transport toys that are unwanted e.g. trains, trucks, buses etc.
 
Reception Literacy - We wrote sentences about what we got up to in the Easter holidays.
Reception Maths - We have worked on knowing our doubling facts and recorded these a number sentences.
Nursery Literacy - We have also wrote about our Easter holidays! Using our knowledge of initial sounds, segmenting and blending to really help us out!
Nursery Maths - We have completed number related Spring activities. 
 
Reception's Head Teacher Award...
Reception's Core Value...
Nursery's Bradley the Bear goes to...
We have continued our theme of eggs. We all enjoyed looking at each other's Easter egg entries for the competition! We look forward to finding out who the class winners are! 
 
We hope you have a lovely Easter holiday with your children! 
This week we have loved watching our chicks grow and grow and grow some more! They are always hungry and have kept us busy either feeding them or cleaning them out. We have been lucky to see nine of our ten eggs hatch which has been amazing to watch. Children have been fascinated not only in observing them hatch but also stroking and caring for them. One of our chicks has a poorly leg and it has been lovely to witness children's caring nature and plans to help it. We sadly say goodbye to our chicks on Friday but I am sure they will have lasting memories with our children. 
Our chicks have led us on to lots of discussions about what comes from eggs. Children have been fascinated to learn about some more usual animals hatching from eggs such as crocodiles, turtles and spiders. We have cooked eggs in a variety of ways such as scrambled, fried, poached and boiled. Some children even tried them all. Yum! Yum!
 
Reception Literacy: We have labelled pictures of chicks this week and wrote our own sentences about how to look after chicks.
 
Reception Maths: We were set the problem what weighs the same as a chick?
 
Nursery Literacy: We have been comparing animals that hatch out of an egg to those that come out of their mammy's tummy.
 
Nursery Maths: We have been doing various Easter activities which have also helped us with our number recognition.
 
Nursery's Bradley the Bear goes to, Bethany! She has been trying really hard in phonics this week and has demonstrated great letter formation.
On Monday, we started the week with World Book Day! The children thoroughly enjoyed dressing up as their favourite characters and describing their favourite stories. In the afternoon we were very lucky to receive some real chick eggs. We watched them closely all afternoon, but it wasn't until Wednesday that we saw the arrival of three very cute chicks!! Currently, we have 6 chicks! So far the children have been the most loving 'mammies and daddies' to the chicks, they are certainly taking great care of them! The children have been thinking of the most unique names to call our chicks - please feel free to give us some suggestions! 
 
On Tuesday, we were extremely surprised to receive the most mysterious package. The package was addressed to us but it was scorched and we had to handle it with great care. We discussed what could possibly be inside and who could have sent it! Inside we found some fabulous dragon eggs!!! There was also a note from George, the little boy from our story 'The Egg.' He asked if we could manage taking care of his eggs too! We have kept all of the eggs safe and warm by using lots of sawdust and a lamp! We'll keep you updated with the progress of those! Some of us made our own armour to dress ourselves as knights to stand on guard and protect the eggs.
 
Reception Literacy: We worked on matching capital and lower case letters together. We tried out best to record them.
 
Reception Maths: We added different amounts of eggs together to make 10. We recorded this as addition sentences.
 
Nursery Literacy: We have been predicting what we think the dragons will look like when they hatch. 
 
Nursery Maths: We have been using our knowledge of prepositions to say and write where Bradley has been hiding in our classroom.
 
Reception's Head Teacher Award: Freddie!
 
Reception's Core Value (considerate): Corey!
 
Nursery's Bradley the Bear goes to...Annabelle, for using phonics knowledge brilliantly in her writing!
 
Last week (before the snow mixed everything up!) we read 'Sleeping Beauty.' Not everyone was as familiar with this fairy tale as they are with others, but we still enjoyed it! The story led us onto a discussion about the importance of sleep. We now know that children need about 10-12 hours sleep so that we can have lots of energy and learn things at school! As well as the importance of sleep, we also discussed other aspects of healthy living. We talked about how being clean and eating healthily is very important too. 
 
This week we focused more on castles as we had a very exciting day coming up! On Wednesday we visited Newcastle Castle and what a fantastic day we had!!! We were in awe of the castle and the interesting facts we were told! A very busy and fun day led to a very sleepy bus journey back to school! May we take this opportunity to tell you that your children are an absolute credit to you - they were so well behaved, polite and we couldn't have asked for any better of them! We are very proud teachers. 
 
Reception Literacy:
 
Reception Maths:
 
Nursery Literacy: We wrote key words and phrases about our fabulous time at the Castle!
 
Nursery Maths: 
We have been learning about different measurements of time.
 
Reception Head Teacher's Award: 
 
Reception Core Value:
 
Nursery's Bradley the Bear: Ivy, for a great effort in phonics this week!
 
 
This week we have celebrated Chinese New Year. We thought about how each year is a different animal and worked out which animal represented the year we were born. We have particularly looked at dragons and compared them to the dragons we have been reading about in our fairy tales. Dragons are very lucky creatures in China and we enjoyed watching a Chinese dragon dance. We have made our own dragon this week including a giant dragon which will live in our class. The highlight for some of us was tasting Chinese food. This included prawn crackers, sweet chilli dip, chicken wontons, prawn toast and spring rolls. We thought about how hard it must be to eat them using chop sticks. On Wednesday we had a fun filled day celebrating Rhubarb's birthday. Children enjoyed singing happy birthday to him and making him lots of treats including birthday cards and carrot cake. Who can believe he is one already!
 
Reception Literacy - we have worked on putting words together to make meaningful sentences. We have tried really hard to record them using capital letters and full stops.
 
Reception Maths - we have looked at addition this week and added money in money envelopes. Some of us tried to record our number sentences. 
 
Nursery Literacy - we have been writing and drawing about our week holiday.
 
Nursery Maths - we have consolidated our knowledge of new 2D and 3D shapes. We have also started learning about prepositions and positional language.
 
Reception Head Teacher Award - Maison, for a fantastic effort in phonics this week!
Core Value - Unique - Jacob!
Nursery's Bradley the Bear goes to...Caleb, for amazing maths work! Mrs Dowdle was very impressed!
 
This week we have focused on the fairy tale 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears'. Although a lot of us already knew this fairy tale very well, we still enjoyed reading it. We created a story map while acting out the different events. We pretended to tip toe around the three bears cottage before tasting the different types of porridge. We also read 'Mr Wolf and the Three Bears.' We thought this story was quite funny, especially when Goldilocks was cooked in a pie!!
 
On Tuesday, we celebrated Pancake Tuesday a week early! We helped each other to weigh out the ingredients, mix them together and then a grown up flipped them in the frying pan! We tasted our pancakes with lots of different toppings to see which one we preferred. Nutella and golden syrup were very popular choices! If you make pancakes with your children next week, ask them to sing you the 'Pancake Song' - you will love it! 
 
Reception Literacy: We have sequenced photographs to show how to make pancakes and wrote our own simple instructions. Please ask your child to tell you some ingredients needed for pancakes and how they are made. 
 
Reception Maths: Goldilocks set us a problem to solve. She wanted a new porridge bowl and wanted to know which held the most porridge. We gave our guesses then measured using how many scoops to fill the different bowls. There was lots of team work, estimating and good vocabulary used to explore this problem. 
 
Nursery Literacy: We have been drawing our favourite part of 'Mr Wolf and the Three Bears.' We tried labelling our drawings with initial sounds and simple words. 
 
Nursery Maths: We have started looking at the difference between 2D and 3D shapes. We have learnt the tricky names of some 2D shapes too!
 
Reception Head Teacher's Award: Amelia, for applying her phonics knowledge in her writing!
 
Reception Core Value (Respectful): Millie!
 
Nursery's Bradley the Bear goes to Guy! For showing ultimate bravery and doing some lovely writing!
 
We hope you all have a lovely week off with your children! We will see you on Monday 19th February!
 
Please remember, we open our doors at 8:50am and close them at 9:00am.
We have been really intrigued by the Royal Family this week! We started thinking about Queen Elizabeth and discussed what is included in her role as Queen. We think she works super hard to run our country! We looked at the Royal Family tree, comparing the different generations and exploring why some photos were in black and white. In particular, we focused on Prince George and Princess Charlotte and considered how different their lives are compared to our own. Lots of us said we would like to try their life for one day then come back to our own! Various discussions about the Queen and her family, led us onto thinking about our own family tree. 
 
This week we have also looked closely at the different features of a castle. We learnt some very tricky words such as portcullis, battlements and drawbridge! We looked at different types of castles, including the castles from hundreds of years ago which were made out of wood. We figured that a castle made out of stone was much more purposeful. To enhance our own castle in school, we have been designing our own 'coat of arms.' 
 
Reception Literacy: We created our own family trees. We tried hard to write each persons name with a capital letter.
 
Reception Maths: We continued our theme of capacity. We filled containers to show full, half full, nearly full and empty. 
 
Nursery Literacy: We have been thinking about our own family and writing this on a family tree.
 
Nursery Maths: We have started looking at adding objects together. Some of us are becoming familiar with the signs 'Mr Add' and 'Mrs Equals.'
 
Reception Head Teacher's Award: Oliver Cruickshanks for trying really hard to listen during carpet time sessions.
 
Reception Core Value: (Proud) Luke Burnip for being the best big brother to his baby. Luke has been reading his reading book to his baby. We are sure his brother is super impressed just like we are!
 
Nursery's Bradley the Bear goes to Aaron, for settling into Nursery so well!
This week we have studied the fairy tale 'The Princess and the Pea.' This has led onto a discussion about materials and words to describe them. We thought about our own beds and described them as 'warm', 'soft', 'fluffy', 'comfortable'. We looked at materials we would not like our beds to be made from describing them as 'bumpy', 'hard', 'spiky'. Lots of children were unaware we had a Queen of England. We have looked at lots of photographs of our Queen and learnt a little bit about her life. Children were set a challenge this week to make themselves look like a Queen, King, princess or prince. We have had some fabulous creations including crowns, necklaces, tiaras and knights. Look out for some exciting news next week!
 
Reception Literacy - We have continued to identify rhyming words and tried to continue a rhyming string. Can you continue: - rat, cat, mat...
 
Reception Maths -  We have estimated amounts of peas and counted them out. We thought about which container would hold the most peas. 
 
Nursery Literacy - We have been doing ink drawings of ourselves as well as continuing our work on rhyming strings.
 
Nursery Maths - We have been ordering numbers (some of up to 20!!!) and finding the missing number!
 
Reception's Head Teacher Award - Jack, for a greater contribution in class
 
Core Value - Considerate - Scarlett 
 
Nursery's Bradley the Bear goes to Olivia, for excellent work on number!
 
 
 
We have continued our theme of fairytales and have considered the book 'George and the Dragon.' This led us onto discussing whether dragons are real. Lots of children have created their own dragon in the creative area and using ICT. George in our story was afraid of a mouse, so we thought about what we are afraid of. We had lots of different fears but we helped each other to think of ways to overcome this. We have continued to develop our castle role play area and have enjoyed dressing up as Kings, Queens and Knights. 
 
Reception Literacy: We have focused on identifying rhyming words and trying to continue a rhyming string. 
 
Reception Maths: We have been estimating measurements, i.e. Rapunzel's hair, and trying to measure in using cubes. 
 
Nursery Literacy: Similar to Reception, we have also been identifying rhyming words.
 
Nursery Maths: We have continued learning about one more and one less.
 
Reception Head Teacher's Award .......
 
Reception Core Value....
 
Bradley the Bear goes to Liam! For an improved effort towards his learning!
 
Important Dates: Reception parents, please remember family learning meeting on Wednesday 24th at 9:30. Come and see what it's all about!
May we take this opportunity to wish you a very Happy New Year. We have started our brand new topic 'Once Upon a Fairy Tale', and this week we have started with the fairytale Rapunzel. We have thought about the characters within Rapunzel and how some are good and some are bad. We have begun to change our classroom making a castle role play area along with a banqueting suite. We thought about our new year wishes and all made a wishing wand. 
 
Reception Maths - we looked at the most popular hair colour within our class creating a pictogram. 
 
Reception Head Teacher Award - 
 
Core Value - 
 
Nursery Bradley the Bear goes to Will, for a great improvement in his writing!
This week is all about our Party. We had a fabulous time dancing, playing party games and eating our yummy party snacks. We got very excited when we heard a special visitor had come to see us with a early little present. We also watched the Polar Express and went on our own adventure with hot chocolate and marshmallows.
 
Reception Head teacher Award :
 
Core Value :
 
From all the children and staff in EYFS we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a very happy, healthy new year. 
We look forward to seeing you in the new year. (Tuesday 9th January 2018)
This week has been all about our fabulous performances! On Monday, Nursery parents were wowed by our rendition of 'Let it Go!' On Tuesday and Wednesday, parents were amazed by our production of 'Whoops-A-Daisy Angel!' We hope you all agree that the children not only sang their hearts out, but had a thoroughly good time take part! They certainly rose to the challenge of performing in front of an audience. 
 
We have been visited by the one and only Stickman this week! We learnt all about his family tree and this led us onto thinking about our own. 
 
We have also been busy making our Christmas calendars and cards to send home. We hope that you think they are amazing because we think so!
 
Reception Head Teacher's Award: 
 
Core Value (Respectful) 
 
Bradley the Bear...
 
Important Dates:
Monday 18th: EYFS Party (1:30 - Please bring a change of clothes in a bag)
Friday 22nd HALF TERM!!!!!!
After reading 'One Snowy Night,' we considered what happens to animals during winter time. We learnt about hibernation and the different animals that go to sleep during the winter time and why. We moved onto thinking about the animals that live near Santa Claus and his friends! 
 
One of Santa's friends, Jingles, came to visit us this week to check that we are behaving in the lead up to Christmas! He has been letting Santa know all about us! So far, Jingle hasn't caused any mischief...
 
We have been very excited to welcome our parents into our classroom and share our hard work with them.
 
Reception Literacy: We have used our phonics skills to segment and blend Christmas words
 
Reception Maths: We have focused on adding one more. 
 
Nursery Literacy: We have continued working hard with our sounds. Miss Brown's phonics group have been learning 'f' and 'e'. Mrs Elliott's phonics group have been learning 'o'.
 
Nursery Maths: We have continued our focus on money.
 
Reception Head Teacher's Award: Fletcher, for fantastic mental recall of one more
 
Reception Core Value (Proud): Maison!
 
Bradley the Bear goes to Sophia, for a great effort in all areas!
 
Important Dates: 
Monday 11th December - Nursery Carol Service (1:30)
Tuesday 12th December - Reception/KS1 Christmas Performance (1:30)
Wednesday 13th December - Reception/KS1 Christmas Performance (10:00)
Friday 15th December - Christmas Fayre (2:00)
This week we have looked at the story 'Tickly Octopus.' This led us onto thinking about what we are good at. We came up with lots of different reasons why we should celebrate ourselves! 
 
We also started to think about the change in season and coincidently it started to snow!! A Santa Workshop also appeared in school so this made for a very excitable day! 
 
Reception Literacy: We have wrote letters to Santa Claus with a list of toys we would really like. 
 
Reception Maths: We have found one more than a given number and tried to write this as a number sentence. 
 
Nursery Literacy: Just like Reception, we have also been writing letters to Santa Claus!
 
Nursery Maths: This week we have been introduced to money. We are beginning to recognise different coins and have used them at Santa's Toy Shop. 
 
Head Teacher's Award: Scarlett S, for increased confidence in all areas.
 
Core Value (Considerate): Freddie!
 
Bradley the Bear goes to Noah this week, for an amazing effort within phonics and for always making people SMILE!
 
Upcoming Events: 
Invitation Afternoon - Thursday 7th December (1:30pm)
Christmas stories under the tree - Friday 8th December (1:30pm)
We have continued our theme of being kind to our friends. We thought about what our friends do to make us happy and sad and discussed this in relation to the story 'Bright Stanley.' In order to promote this, we decorated our own kindness bucket. Whenever we saw an act of kindness, we placed a reward in their bucket. At first, there were a lot of children filling their own buckets however we quickly began to realise that if we filled someone else's bucket we could all feel proud and happy. So everyone's a winner! We made our own sparkly fish as well as experimenting with watercolours to create the sea background. 
 
Reception Literacy: We wrote labels and captions to describe Bright Stanley.
 
Reception Maths: We have continued our work on time, recognizing o'clock times and what we can do within a minute. 
 
Nursery Literacy: While ordering the events within 'Bright Stanley,' we have began writing key words by identifying the initial sounds and segmenting and blending.
 
Nursery Maths: We have thought about height and weight this week. We have been comparing different items and we are beginning to order according to height and weight too. 
 
Head Teacher's Award: Penny, for a greater effort with writing!
 
Core Value (Responsible): Louisa
 
Bradley the Bear this week goes to Elizabeth, for amazing work in phonics!
 
 
As part of a whole school theme, in EYFS we have all considered the theme of bullying, as it is national anti-bullying week. We have thought about what bullying is and what it looks like. We looked at the different ways that bullies might hurt our feelings. We all felt very sad about this but decided upon ways in which can demonstrate acts of kindness. 
 
Reception Literacy: We have worked on writing simple sentences and aim to improve this over the forthcoming weeks.
 
Reception Maths: We have looked at our daily routine and sequenced events in order. We have worked on recognizing o'clock times, please can you work on this at home.
 
Nursery Literacy: This week we have been reading 'Tiddler.' We are beginning to order and sequence a story, while also discussing its main characters and events.
 
Nursery Maths: Similarly to Reception, we have been looking at out daily routine in and out of school.
 
Reception Head Teacher's Award: Zack, for trying his best to improve his writing!
 
Core Value (Unique): James
 
Bradley the Bear goes to Jax this week, for showing great improvement in phonics and trying super hard to write his name!

Well what an exciting week we have had in EYFS this week with our visit to the Blue Reef Aquarium! We enjoyed getting up close and ‘very’ personal to a range of sea creatures. We especially enjoyed seeing the sharks that were swimming above our heads and the smiling rays in the tunnel tank. During our rock pool experience we were able to hold a star fish, a hermit crab and see some mean and nasty looking crabs. We were fascinated to learn about star fish being able to grow extra legs especially if they are eaten by a crab. Don’t get us started on how star fish poo and eat! Everybody was keen to know when it was lunchtime, it was the quietest we had been all day! Watching the seal show was rather chilly but it was amazing to see the tricks the harbor seals could perform. On the bus journey home we had lots of quiet and asleep boys and girls (a sign of a good day!). A fabulous visit with lots of first hand experiences of sea creatures but most of all our teachers are super proud of our excellent behaviour.

We have created our own jelly fish this week using a range of resources practicing joining materials using a stapler. In our water area we have explored soapy sea foam and experienced different textures in our under the sea sensory tray.

Reception Maths

We have continued our work with money practicing paying for items using one pence and two pence coins.

Reception English

We have continued to learn new sounds practicing segmenting and blending to read new words.

Nursery Maths

We have considered our daily routine and discussed this in relation to time. 

This week Bradley the Bear goes to Annabelle, for her constant positive attitude and always giving everything 100%!

Head teacher award: Freddie, for much improved letter formation

Core Value award (Supportive): Skye

Our current topic is 'What do you see at Sea.' This week we have read 'Rainbow Fish' and thought about sharing and being kind to our friends something that is very important in our setting. We have created our own Rainbow fish and explored other sea creatures that live in the ocean. We have considered how we 'sparkle' just like Rainbow fish. 
 
Reception Head Teacher Award: Louisa, for fabulous reading.
 
Reception Core Value: Emily, for being respectful.
 
Bradley Bear: Leo, for excellent behaviour and always trying his best!
 
 
Upcoming events:
Wednesday 8th November - Blue Reef Aquarium. Please ensure all reply slips are in school before this date.
Welcome to our Early Years page! Our class blog will be updated on a weekly basis so you can see what we have been up to. We look forward to updating you with the exciting things we have been learning about! 
 
Our Nursery Staff:
 
Miss Brown - Class Teacher
 
Mrs Elliott - Teaching Assistant 
 
Our Reception Staff:
 
Mrs Kirby - Class Teacher
 
Mrs Johnston - Teaching Assistant