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‘Oi’ rhyming books

It has been yet another rather busy and exciting week in the Foundation stage! We have been enjoying the ‘Oi’ series of books by the authors Kes Gray and Jim Field. The children have found these books hilarious as the animals sit on and wear all sorts of items that rhyme with their name! This led to some rather amusing conversations this week and the children have been working on their rhyming too.

Friday 15th was ‘Children in Need’ day – the children enjoyed non-uniform and donated money towards the charity. We have talked to the children all about how the money is used and how it can benefit others, thank you for your generous donations. As part of our Children in Need activities we had ‘keep fit’ exercises, arts and crafts as well as the rather popular face-painting. The children had a fantastic day.

This week has also seen the start of our ‘bikeability balance’ in Reception. Mr Dowrick’s class have been the first to take part and have had a wonderful time. They have been learning important balancing and riding skills such as how to stop, turn, change direction as well as avoid obstacles! The children have been amazing and learned these new skills so quickly.

We have been exploring how to make our vocabulary grow and have learnt three new words for ‘sad’. These are: unhappy, glum and miserable.

Notes:

  • We would like any clean recyclable materials (e.g. cereal boxes, clean pots and kitchen rolls). Please could you ensure they haven’t had any nuts in them due to nut allergies. Thank you.

 

 

Fireworks and firefighters

Fireworks and firefighters

“Remember, remember the 5th of November…” The children were all very excited this week at the thought of seeing fireworks and did not forget that it was ‘firework’ night on the fifth. It was also a golden opportunity for us all to talk about fire and ‘match’ safety and the need to look after our pets during this time of year.

After watching a D.V.D. about the role of fire fighters and what happens behind the scenes at a fire station, the children were keen to take on this role outside, in our own fire station. We talked about how important the fire fighters were not just during the fireworks season, but all year round, and that they not only attend fires but help us in many different ways.  

Our busy fire fighters have been: creating fire engines using the big wooden bricks; making safety checks before the fire engine is used; tackling fires and rescuing cats amongst other tasks. The fire control centre has been busy taking calls and directing the fire engine to help others with their problems. Busy fire fighters have also enjoy eating home-made vegetable crisps, which many children have peeled and chopped themselves.

Just a reminder: next Friday, the 15th November, is a non- uniform day where a £1.00 donation is made towards the Children in Need charity. There will be a variety of exciting activities happening that morning, including the use of face paints. If your child has an allergy to these, then please inform your class teacher before next Friday. Many thanks.

Room on the Broom

This week has been Halloween madness! Our role play area has been turned into a witch’s kitchen and the children have loved cackling away as they create different potions. They have also enjoyed digging out the insides of pumpkins; not minding the slimy middle at all. In the witch’s kitchen, we also made pizza. They vanished as if by magic!

The weather has become very cold, but that hasn’t stopped the children who have been keen to go outside to concoct potions in the water tray, dress up as witches and ‘fly’ around to spooky Halloween music.

We have been exploring how to make our vocabulary grow and have learnt three new words for ‘scary’. These are: terrifying, fearsome and frightening.

Notes:

  • We would like any clean recyclable materials (e.g. cereal boxes, clean pots and kitchen rolls). Please could you ensure they haven’t had any nuts in them due to nut allergies. Thank you.
  • For Reception children – we are aiming to go and use the Discovery Garden from next week, could your child bring in a pair of named wellies to change into for those wet and rainy days 

Handa’s Surprise

This week the children have continued their learning about all things autumn as well as exploring different fruits. Our focus story this week has been ‘Handa’s Surprise’ where a little girl goes on a journey to meet her friend carrying a large basket full of tropical fruits. There is a twist however, and Handa’s friend, Akeyo, is presented with the basket containing a surprise! Perhaps your children can explain what happened?  

We have explored a wide range of fruits over the week including; avocado, passion fruit, mango, pineapple, kiwi and many more. We have chopped, tasted and made observational drawings of them all as well as using some in our outdoor water tray.

The start to the school year has been rather busy and exciting, the Foundation Stage team wish you all a happy, safe and well-deserved half-term holiday and hope you enjoy some family time.

 

Notes:

  • We would like any clean recyclable materials (e.g. cereal boxes, clean pots and kitchen rolls). Please could you bring them into school for the children to make models with. Thank you.

Farmer Duck

Farmer Duck

This week we have been continuing to learn about the season of autumn and the role that the farmers play in helping us by harvesting our food. As well as the lovely autumn treasures that you have brought into school this week, we were also delighted to receive several big bags of cooking apples – thank you so much! With a little adult support, the children peeled and chopped the apples, and made cake mixes, to produce three large apple cakes which were delicious. One person even said: “This is the best cake that I have ever eaten!” The left over apple slices were turned into apple crumble!  

The story of Farmer Duck is also moralistic and we have been discussing the benefits of helping each other at school and at home. Hopefully, you might have some ‘helpful hands’ at home this weekend.

We have continued to learn our harvest songs and have recorded them for you to enjoy.

Notes:

  • We would like any clean recyclable materials (e.g. cereal boxes, clean pots and kitchen rolls). Please could you bring them into school for the children to make models with. Thank you.