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Ten in the Bed

Ten in the Bed

We have had a week full of stories that involve counting. We looked at ‘Ten in the Bed’ and ‘Ten go Hide and Seek’ by Penny Dale. We also explored books such as ‘Five Enormous Dinosaurs’ and ‘One Mole Digging a Hole’. Perhaps you have some counting books at home you could look at?

We have continued looking after all the babies in our baby clinic as well as practising our road safety skills outside. The children have really enjoyed getting very messy whilst exploring colour mixing with powder paints. They’ve really shown their creative skills in the making and designing area. We have seen everything being made from wings and crowns to houses and rockets.

  • Our cooking activity next week will be making fairy cakes. We will be using: eggs, dairy and soya free margarine, self-raising flour, sugar and icing sugar.
  • We are collecting recycled materials for our junk modelling station. Due to allergies that we have in school, we would only like containers that have not had any contact with food e.g. tissue boxes and tubes. Please could the items be brought in a bag and labelled, if possible, with the date they are brought in. Thank you J.

 

Message for Reception parents:

Every Tuesday and Friday your child can change their home reading book. This book will be matched to their current phonic knowledge; therefore, they should be able to read the text using their phonic skills, as well as their knowledge of the tricky words they have learnt to date (i.e. I, the, to, no, go, into, he, she). Please ensure that they read these books as often as possible, to encourage fluency in their reading.

If there is any further support or guidance that we can provide regarding home learning, please do not hesitate to ask. We are always happy to help!

 

Nursery Rhymes

This week we have had a fantastic time introducing the children to a variety of different nursery rhymes. The children have thoroughly enjoyed joining in with the singing and actions and should have built up a repertoire to entertain you with! These might include; Old MacDonald, Jack and Jill, Humpty Dumpty, Incy Wincy Spider as well as many more.

This week concluded our ‘bikeability’ in which all three Reception classes had a wonderful time honing their biking skills and learning how to ride safely. We have also been learning about road safely this week – we watched a video about how to keep safe near roads and all about the ‘Green Cross Code’. We then set up our outside role play with bikes and scooters and a ‘roadway’ with a zebra crossing where we had to stop our vehicles to let pedestrians cross safely! The children have really enjoyed this and are now experts at crossing roads with the support of their adult. Perhaps they can share all they have learnt with you.

  • Our cooking activity next week will be making apple crumble. We will be using: apples, dairy and soya free margarine, flour and sugar.
  • We are collecting recycled materials for our junk modelling station. Due to allergies that we have in school, we would only like containers that have not had any contact with food e.g. tissue boxes and tubes. Please could the items be brought in a bag and labelled, if possible, with the date they are brought in. Thank you J.

Message for Reception parents:

Every Tuesday and Friday your child can change their home reading book. This book will be matched to their current phonic knowledge; therefore, they should be able to read the text using their phonic skills, as well as their knowledge of the tricky words they have learnt to date (i.e. I, the, to, no, go, into, he, she). Please ensure that they read these books as often as possible, to encourage fluency in their reading. If there is any further support or guidance that we can provide regarding home learning, please do not hesitate to ask. We are always happy to help!

Each, Peach, Pear, Plum

Each, Peach, Pear, Plum

This week we have been retelling an old, but still very popular rhyming text. ‘Each, Peach, Pear, Plum’ is an ‘I-spy’ text. As you read through the story, characters are hidden within the pictures. The children have found much delight in finding them and in re- finding where everyone is hiding. They have also enjoyed commenting where the characters were from. Many knew the nursery rhyme: ‘Jack and Jill’ and were equally pleased to be able to re-cap the ‘Three Bears’ story from last half term.

The children were all very eager to try the fruit pies made this week; they were so popular that they only lasted for one day.

Outside, the children have continued to use the ‘fire- fighters’ role play equipment, and have been creating fire engines using the big wooden bricks; tackling fires and rescuing more animals!

The Foundation children took part in a 2-minute silence on Wednesday for Armistice Day.

Children in Need activities were well received today. It has been lovely to see so many happy faces having fun whilst dancing; hand painting; playing ‘find-the-bear’ and taking part in craft activities. Thank you for your kind donations.

Our cooking activity next week will be making oat biscuits. We will be using: flour, dairy and soya free margarine, eggs, sugar, vanilla extract and oats.

  • We are collecting recycled materials for our junk modelling station. Due to allergies that we have in school we would only like containers that have not had any contact with food e.g. tissue boxes and tubes. Please could the items be brought in a bag and labelled, if possible, with the date they are brought in. Thank you.

 Message for Reception parents:

Every Tuesday and Friday your child can change their home reading book. This book will be matched to their current phonic knowledge; therefore, they should be able to read the text using their phonic skills, as well as their knowledge of the tricky words they have learnt to date (i.e. I, the, to, no, go, into). Please ensure that they read these books as often as possible, to encourage fluency in their reading.

If there is any further support or guidance that we can provide regarding home learning, please do not hesitate to ask. We are always happy to help! 

Firefighters

Fireworks and firefighters

This week we have watched a D.V.D. about the role of fire fighters and what happens behind the scenes at a fire station. We then created our very own fire station in school and the children were very excited to ‘save the day’. 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.

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. 

The children were all very eager this week at the thought of seeing fireworks and did not forget that it was ‘firework’ night on the fifth. They enjoyed making many different colourful firework pictures. 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.

Our cooking activity next week will be making fruit pies. We will be using autumnal fruit, such as apples and berries. We will also be using flour, dairy and soya free margarine and sugar.

Just a reminder: next Friday, the 13th November, is a non- uniform day where a £1.00 donation is made towards the Children in Need charity. We ask that you make this donation via the School Gateway App. Please do not bring in any money donations in cash. There will be a variety of exciting activities happening that morning, including the use of face paints on their hands. If your child has an allergy to these, then please inform your class teacher before next Friday. Many thanks.

 

Message for Reception parents:

Next Tuesday your child will bring home a reading book.  This book will be matched to their current phonic knowledge; therefore, they should be able to read the text using their phonic skills, as well as their knowledge of the tricky words they have learnt to date (i.e. I, the, to, no, go, into). Please ensure that they read these books as often as possible, to encourage fluency in their reading. The reading books will go out every Tuesday, returned on Friday and then a new book will be given out.  

If there is any further support or guidance that we can provide regarding home learning, please do not hesitate to ask.  We are always happy to help!

Room on the Broom

Our story of the week has been the wonderful ‘Room on the Broom’ by the popular children’s author Julia Donaldson. The witch allows many animals to join her in her journey, on her broomstick, but then something terrible happens. Her broom snaps in two and a scary creature tries to eat her! Perhaps your child can tell you ‘who’ it was being very scary and loud, trying to eat the witch! Luckily for the witch her animal friends come to her rescue, maybe your child could explain how the animals scared the creature away?

The children have had a brilliant time in the role play area this week where our home corner has been turned into a witch’s kitchen. There have been some interesting and creepy concoctions made by our witches and wizards, they have been particularly imaginative with their creations! They have also been making spooky magic potions in our outdoor space this week with lots of mixing and stirring, despite the unfavourable weather.

Our cooking activity was a popular one this week, the children enjoyed baking their own jacket potatoes which they had with beans as their filling. During our carpet times we have talked about being responsible and how to look after our belongings. We were each given an object to be responsible for during our ‘independent learning’ time and had to return it to our teachers at the end of the session. We were very responsible and almost all the objects were returned! We have talked about being responsible for our coats, jumpers, book bags and water bottles during the day.

Please have a look at the Home Learning that has been attached to find some fun activities that link to each area of your child’s learning. We would love to hear from you about your child’s home learning. Please could you email these to us at: fshomelearning@exwickheights.devon.sch.uk .

A few reminders:

  • For our cooking activity this week, we will be making scones. The only ingredients we are using will be self-raising flour, dairy free margarine, sugar, water and raisins. If your child has any allergies to these or you do not want them to take part please let your child’s teacher know.
  • We are collecting recycled materials for our junk modelling station. Due to allergies that we have in school we would only like containers that have not had any contact with food e.g. tissue boxes and tubes. Please could the items be brought in a bag and labelled, if possible, with the date they are brought in. Thank you J.

Handa’s Surprise

Handa’s Surprise

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? 

The children have enjoyed looking after our poorly animals at the vets and have been creating animal homes using recycled materials as well as construction. They have also been tasting some fruity jam on toast this week, which has been very popular!  

Please have a look at the Home Learning that has been attached to find some fun activities that link to each area of your child’s learning. We would love to hear from you about your child’s home learning. Please could you email these to us at: fshomelearning@exwickheights.devon.sch.uk .

A few reminders:

  • For our cooking activity this week, we will be making jacket potatoes with baked beans. The only ingredients we are using will be baked beans and potatoes, if your child has any allergies to these or you do not want them to take part please let your child’s teacher know.
  • We are collecting recycled materials for our junk modelling station. Due to allergies that we have in school we would only like containers that have not had any contact with food e.g. tissue boxes and tubes. Please could the items be brought in a bag and labelled, if possible, with the date they are brought in. Thank you 

Farmer Duck

Farmer Duck

This week, linking with our introduction to the theme of autumn and harvest time, we have read the story ‘Farmer Duck. Alongside talking about the role of the farmer at this time of year, the story is about working together and co-operating. In the book, the farmer lay in bed and just gives orders and commands to the poor old duck, who become sad and weary. With support from duck’s friends; the cows, hens and sheep, the lazy farmer is ‘run out of town’ and the friends work together to complete all the farm jobs. This story has enabled us to remind the children about the rules of helping each other, including the need to work together at ‘tidy-up’ times; we are getting there!

During our ‘Personal and Emotional Development’ sessions, we have been talking about ‘being kind and thoughtful’ and about the different ways of using our hands. Perhaps you could discuss with your child about the ‘good and useful’ ways to use our hands and the reason why using hands for hitting or poking are not appropriate.

We have been fruit tasting this week. Blueberries, pineapples, plums and melons were very popular but the grapefruit was an acquired taste and not often chosen!

Please have a look at the Home Learning that has been attached to find some fun activities that link to each area of your child’s learning. We would love to hear from you about your child’s home learning. Please could you email these to us at: fshomelearning@exwickheights.devon.sch.uk .

A few reminders:

  • We are collecting recycled materials for our junk modelling station. Due to allergies that we have in school we would only like containers that have not had any contact with food’ e.g. tissue boxes and tubes. Please could the items be brought in a bag and labelled, if possible, with the date they are brought in. Thank you J

The Enormous Turnip

This week we have read the story ‘The Enormous Turnip’. The story is a traditional tale in which a farmer plants turnip seeds and grows a very large turnip. He then attempts to pull it out of the ground with lots of difficulty and has to call upon many helpers before the turnip eventually pops out of the ground. The farmer and his wife then invite all the helpers into their home to enjoy some delicious turnip soup!

Linking with our theme this week we have been doing lots of supervised vegetable chopping to improve our fine motor skills using a wide range of new and interesting vegetables. We also did some fantastic observational drawings of these vegetables and explored some less common ones we hadn’t come across before!

We also enjoyed the story ‘Oliver’s Vegetables’ this week. In the story Oliver goes to visit his grandparents and says he doesn’t eat vegetables but he only eats chips! During his stay he picks and enjoys a range of different vegetables in different meals and enjoys each one more and more. This is a brilliant story enjoyed by all and has led to some excellent discussions about healthy eating and the importance of a balanced diet.

Please have a look at the Home Learning that has been attached to find some fun activities that link to each area of your child’s learning. We would love to hear from you about your child’s home learning. Please could you email these to us at: fshomelearning@exwickheights.devon.sch.uk .

A few reminders:

  • For Reception children: Next week we will be sending home your child’s name cards. Please support your child’s letter formation by following the arrows on each letter just focusing on their first name to begin with.
  • We are asking for £3 contributions towards buying ingredients for cooking. These can be made via the School Gateway app (if your child is in Reception) or put in a pot outside Nursery (if your child is in Nursery)

We are collecting recycled materials for our junk modelling station. Ideally we would like small boxes, washed yoghurt pots and small containers. Please can we ask that any recycled material that previously had nut products inside do not come in due to allergies that we have in school.  Please could the items be brought in a bag and labelled, if possible, with the date they are brought in. Thank you.

So Much

So Much

This week we have read the story ‘So Much!’ The story is about a family who get together for a surprise birthday party. The children have really enjoyed the story and have talked lots about their own birthday experiences.

Linking to our birthday theme our mark making area has been set up for writing and decorating birthday cards. Also outside on our stage the children have been singing, dancing and playing a range of musical instruments to get them in a party mood!

One of the main characters in the story is a baby so we have created a baby clinic for our role play. This has been very popular, the children have loved cuddling, dressing, feeding and changing our baby’s nappies.  

A big thank you to those who have already sent in your clean recycled materials for our junk modelling station. The children have been learning how to attach their chosen materials using tape and scissors safely to create a range of models such telescopes, robots, cars and their favourite animals.

Next week, we will begin to look at the changes that autumn brings. We would like collections of leaves, acorns, fir cones etc. Please could these be brought to school in a bag so that they can be quarantined initially.

 Please have a look at the Home Learning that has been attached to find some fun activities that link to each area of your child’s learning. From now on, the home learning will cover what we are going to be learning the following week. We would love to hear from you about your child’s home learning. Please could you email these to us at: fshomelearning@exwickheights.devon.sch.uk .

A few reminders:

  • Please could you check that your child’s uniform, lunchboxes and any bags are named.
  • We are asking for £3 contributions towards buying ingredients for cooking. These can be made via the School Gateway app (if your child is in Reception) or put in a pot outside Nursery (if your child is in Nursery)
  • We are collecting recycled materials for our junk modelling station. Ideally we would like small boxes, washed yoghurt pots and small containers. Please can we ask that any recycled material that previously had nut products inside do not come in due to allergies that we have in school. Please could the items be brought in a bag and labelled, if possible, with the date they are brought in.

Thank you 🙂