Term 1 - 30th September 2021
Over the last two weeks all of the children have settled in beautifully. We have opened up our outside learning environment which means the children can freely access the entire space. We have been observing the signs of autumn and discussing the changes that we can see.
We have been exploring our creative areas and have discovered different ways to secure objects in our junk modelling play. This includes: using tape, pins, string and glue. We have also enjoyed using water colours and paint mixing. We are now experts at making the colour brown!
This week we had our first trip to the school library. The children were able to choose a book to bring home and share with you. We discussed as a class how we look after our books.
A few EYFS reminders:
Class 1 library day is Tuesday please return books on a Monday.
Class 2 library day is Tuesday please return books on a Monday.
Class 3 library day is Thursday please return books on a Tuesday.
Please ensure that you label your child’s uniform to prevent items going missing.
PE for EYFS is on a Wednesday.
Stars of the Week: Jacob W, Pixie, Sophia, Maisie G, Louie
Workers of the Week: Lilia, Riley H, Kaydence, Jacob L, Luna
Summer Reading Challenge:
Term 1 - 17th September 2021
learning environments continue Our topic is Wonderful Me! We would love your child to bring in a copy of a family photo for them to discuss in school.
Term 6 - 19th July 2021
To end our learning about pirates, we have had a pirate day in school. The children used their hooks, eye patches and paper hats to dress up, we walked the plank, played games, and had a pirate snack. Lots of fun was had by the staff and children!
With the end of term nearing, we are finishing Tapestry observations and your child’s learning journal will be available for you to download and keep. Please follow the link for a tutorial on how to complete this process: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=I4SMTo8B91s.
Children in EYFS have taken home some of their art work this week. All of their other books and learning remain safely in school. We thank you for your support during your child’s first year at school and wish you a wonderful summer break together.
Pirate Day - 16th July 2021
To finish our Under the Sea theme we had a pirate day. We learnt new songs, walked the plank, made pirate treats, went on a treasure hunt and made treasure maps.
EYFS Sports Day - 9th July 2021
The EYFS children had a fantastic morning completing their sports activities. Children were grouped in teams for each activity, and I’m pleased to announce that the Green Team won the overall event.
Class 2 ended the morning by winning the highly prized Relay Race. A huge well done to all of the children taking part and trying their very best. We had a lot of fun and developed both our physical skills and ability to work together as part of a team.
Term 6 - 6th July 2021
We have had a busy few weeks in our EYFS classes. The children have been learning about pirates. We have followed their interests and have made flags, eyepatches and arm hooks. Our English is going to focus on character descriptions from the book ‘Ten Little Pirates’. There has also been a focus on learning new vocabulary - ‘swashbuckling’ is a firm favourite! We have practised some new songs and tongue twisters. Don’t forget to look out for our class photos in the ‘First Class’ supplement of the Weston Mercury newspaper. We also have our EYFS Sports Day this week on Friday 9th July 2021.
Term 5 - 27th May 2021
We have all been fascinated by the transformation of the caterpillars which are now chrysalises. There have been plenty of discussions about what we think they will look like when they emerge as butterflies. In our self-chosen activities, many of us have made symmetrical butterfly paintings by folding paper in half. We have recently come to the end of our music unit ‘Big Bear Funk’. Within this unit, we have used body percussion such as claps and stamps to explore simple rhythm patterns. We hope you enjoy the audio clip of each class singing along. You can find it on your child’s Tapestry account. In our phonics lessons, we have been learning the sight words; some, come, what, when, little and one. Please make sure you practise reading and spelling these words at home. You can find these on your summer sight word sheet. It has been such a joy seeing all the children being able to play on the playground as a year group bubble; many old friendships have been rekindled and new ones made.
Term 5 - 13th May 2021
The children in our Reception classes have been very engaged with the caterpillars that we have in class; I'm sure it's not going to be long before they move to the next stage and we see metamorphosis take place!
Since sharing a shortlisted book from the North Somerset Reading Award called ‘Clean Up’, the children have been showing a real interest in taking care of their environment. We are exploring this further in our Outdoor Explorer sessions and will be undertaking litter picks around our school grounds. It's great to see the children showing such care and concern for their local environment.
Our maths learning last week provided opportunities to explore tangrams. The children have been fascinated by the 7 shapes being able to be positioned back into a square. We have also used the shapes to make pictures of animals; you may have seen some examples as part of your child's Tapestry observations.
Term 5 - 29th April 2021
The children in EYFS have come back full of enthusiasm after the Easter holidays and it’s been a pleasure to hear about their holiday news. This term our topic is ‘Animals’. The children have shown a huge amount of interest in sharing their existing knowledge and asking us questions that we will explore for our next steps.
Last week, we had an exciting visit from Mrs Pennington who introduced us to our key text ‘Dear Zoo’ and taught us the Makaton signs. We’re super signers in EYFS and we’ve been learning the story to retell and perform. We’re awaiting our delivery of caterpillars which we’re going to grow into beautiful butterflies! This has created a lot of excitement and anticipation!
Please can we remind you to record all of the lovely reading that you’re doing at home with your child. When we check the reading journals, a lot of children don’t have any record of reading but we know you hear them regularly. Please see a member of the team if you have any questions. Also, we would like to encourage you to engage in your child’s Tapestry journal online. We love seeing what the children are doing outside of school and we welcome any comments or questions about your child’s learning linked to the observations we upload. Keep your eye out for some challenges coming soon!
Term 4 - 31st March 2021
We have been very busy in EYFS over the last few weeks. We have explored the story ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and we have done some planting. We hope the sunflowers that the children brought home are growing well. In our outdoor explorer sessions, we have looked at and discussed the new life we have seen around our school grounds. This has linked nicely with our experimentation with different forms of media such as water colours and printing. We have used various ways to create still life images. In our phonics sessions, we are learning the digraphs; ai, ee and oa, and the trigraph igh. Please remember to practise these at home. Remember to check your child’s Tapestry account for all the lovely learning we have been doing in school. You can also add in the all the wonderful fun things you do at home. If you are having trouble logging on please see your child’s class teacher. We are looking forward to seeing you all in Term 5 for more fun and brilliant learning!
Term 4 - 18th March 2021
We are incredibly proud of the way the Reception children have returned to school following the period of closure. They came back with excitement, energy and smiling faces! During the first week back we have re-established relationships and routines. We are developing our learning under the focus of ‘Spring’ and will be exploring planting, change and growth over the coming weeks. This will lead into developing children’s knowledge of the Easter story and relating this to eggs and new life. We continue to hear children read regularly and would encourage you to share some reading or phonics activities on a daily basis to support their reading and spelling development. If you have any questions or concerns then please feel free to speak to your child’s teacher.
A Message to Our EYFS Children and Families - 2nd March 2021
We are so looking forward to welcoming all of the EYFS children back to school on 8th March - we can't wait to see you.
Click the link below to see a video message from Mrs Hodgson.
A Message From The EYFS Team - 14th April 2020
I hope you are all staying safe and enjoying your time with your families. I can’t wait to hear all about what you have been doing and have loved seeing some of it already.
I know that you are being amazing at home and are all really helping your grown-ups who may have their own learning to do. Make sure they are behaving too!
Remember to have kind hands, kind feet and kind words. I miss you all and can’t wait to see you soon!
I have loved seeing the rainbows, drawings and pictures that you have created. I hope you are watching the bedtime stories that the adults have been recording for you. I wonder which one is your favourite.
I have enjoyed joining in with Joe Wicks during his daily workout. I am also very busy in my garden. I hope that you are enjoying lots of playtime and fun activities. Don’t forget to look on the school website for lots more activities that I know you will enjoy!
I’m thinking of you all and I believe you all deserve a ‘Supersonic smile’ from me!
Lots of love,
Mrs Hodgson xxx
Hello Class 3. I'm missing you all so much and I hope you're all having lots of fun at home. I'm sure you're helping your families and you're being kind, like I know you all are. "In a world where you can be anything, be kind."
I love seeing what you're doing with your families. I can't wait to hear about all of your adventures at home and I'm looking forward to seeing your smiley faces again.
Stay safe and keep smiling,
Term 4 - 27th February 2020
We have been dodging the showers and the wind this week but have still been enjoying the challenges in our outside provision. Our maths focus has been linked with time and the children have enjoyed using stopwatches to time themselves completing an obstacle course! Please can I ask that children do not play on the equipment in the outside area before school as it is often set up ready for focused learning activities. Children are also not allowed in the sheds or container.
Our theme this term continues to focus on’ Our Environment’. We are being led by the children's interests and curiosities. We have been using a wide variety of art and media resources to undertake observational drawings of flowers and plants.
On Tuesday the children enjoyed learning about Shrove Tuesday and we talked about how it linked to Lent and Easter. When we tasted the pancakes the favourite topping was certainly lemon and sugar!
STARS OF THE WEEK: Sonny, Nina, Max T, Louisa, Samuel, Kizzy, Cooper, Max R, Jacob, Lily, Brysen, Kainan, Arthur, Dominic
ROLE MODELS: Connah, Daisy, Frankey, Otis, Theo, Jorja, Kieran, Olivia, Elira, Tommy, Immy, Harriet, Lily, Logan
Term 3 - 16th January 2020
In the EYFS classes, we have been learning the story ‘The Little Red Hen’. Children have learnt to tell the story with actions. Ask them to show you and maybe you could join in too! As part of the story, we made bread rolls and I hope you enjoyed a nibble when they got sent home. Now we have taught all of Step 2 graphemes for our phonics, we are focusing on handwriting and correct letter formation. The children have enjoyed practising the letters and are using pencils and other tools with control. Pleased continue to read frequently with your child and also recap the sight words. The updated school website has an area for phonics so take a look if you need further information.
STARS OF THE WEEK: Amelia
ROLE MODEL: Daisy, Ed A
STAR WORKER: Flynn
Term 2 - 28th November 2019
In EYFS, our preparations for Christmas are already underway with many attempts at making salt dough tree decorations. We have been making Numicon cities and freeing trapped animals using our fine motor skills. Our Christmas performance rehearsals are going very well and the children are being super stars with their singing and listening. Please make sure you sign up on the lists outside the EYFS classrooms to attend the production.
ROLE MODELS: Finley, Ben, Darcie-Mae, Poppy, Louisa STARS OF THE WEEK Elira, Emilia, Preston, Maisey, Charlie B
Term 2 - 14th November 2019
In EYFS, we celebrated Diwali by creating Mhendi hands and Rangoli patterns using natural materials. Each class joined in with Remembrance Day by having a two minute silence and learning about why we wear poppies. Some of us chose to draw poppies. Last week, we started to learn about money and we had to ‘buy’ our snack. Each class created lots of spider web pictures using colourful pastels and crayons. In phonics this week, we have started to learn our sight words. Please remember to bring coats, hats and gloves for the cold weather.
ROLE MODELS: Kieran, Poppy, Ivy
Term 1 - 22nd October 2019
We had a wonderful Harvest service this morning. The children sang beautifully and we are so proud of them! Thank you to all those parents who attended the phonics session. If you need any further information, please pop in and see Mrs Hodgson in Class 2.
Term 1 - 10th October 2019
In EYFS, we have been enjoying watching the leaves on the trees start to change colour and have explored printing as a way to recreate what we have seen. All three classes have enjoyed visiting our school library. We have started to learn our phonics and the children have been excited to spot the letters in our school environment. Please remember to bring a coat to school with your child’s name in as the weather is very unreliable. There will be two Christmas performances for EYFS which will be Thursday 5th December and Friday 6th December
Term 1 - 26th September 2019
Phonics teaching starts next week so please send your child to school with their book bag every day. Look out for a reading record and the sound (phoneme) sheets that will be going home in your child’s book bag. Encourage your child to tell you about the phonemes that we have learnt in school. You can also play games to help your child hear these sounds in words and develop recognition of the letter shape (grapheme). We are holding a phonics information session for parents in October so please join us for further information about the teaching of phonics and learning to read.
Term 1 - 12th September 2019
Following very successful home visits last week, we welcomed the new Reception children into our EYFS classes on Monday. The children have settled incredibly well and have been exploring the wonderfully inviting resources and new learning environments. The outside ‘Water Wall’ has proved very popular and we are very grateful for the talents of Mr Redding, who kindly made and donated the wooden equipment to the school. We look forward to the children attending school for full days next week and continuing their learning journey. As always, if parents have any questions please come along and see us.