Welcome to our Early Years page

We are looking forward to welcoming a new group of children in September, when you will be able to see all the exciting things we are doing on this page. Until then, why not watch the video below which will give you lots of information about what our early years setting could offer to you and your children.

Early Years Staff

Mrs Negus

Mrs Whitbread

Ms Dathan

School Day 9.00 - 3.00

PE - Friday morning

Library - Books given out on a Friday and collected in on a Wednesday.

Please share your child's library book with them, reading the words and talking about the pictures

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Termly Newsletter

What have Early Years been up to?

Sports day was a great success and all the children were really excited about taking part in their races. Well done for good teamwork Reception. 

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We have been exploring shape in our environment. The children went on a shape hunt and we then used shapes to create patterns and images. This week we are thinking about bees and have looked at how they tessellate their shapes in their hive. 

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Forest school 

The woods have been very exciting over the last couple of weeks as we have seen the cow parsley grow taller and taller. It's been great to play hide and seek and listening games amongst the cow parsley. 

We have been learning how to transport long sticks and also used small sticks and bark to make spiders. 

The children had great fun finding the woolly worms and comparing the lengths with a friend. 

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The children have been enjoying playing with the loose parts equipment outside. It has been good to see them working together and solving problems. 

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We have been thinking about Chinese New Year and the different things people do to celebrate this. It is a very colourful celebration and in school we have enjoyed making and experiencing some of the traditions.

This year is the year of the OX. I wonder what year you were born in? 

Celebrations began on:

  • February 11 - Chinese New Year's Eve

This is often viewed as the most important celebration as it includes the family reunion dinner, and staying up until midnight.

  • February 12 - New Year's Day

New Year's Day is spent visiting family, and giving presents.

  • February 26 - Lantern Festival

This day marks the end of the Chinese New Year when lanterns are lit and hung, and people watch dragon dances in the street. We enjoyed doing our own dragon dance in school using colourful ribbons to wave.

How do people celebrate Chinese New Year?

Millions of people celebrate Chinese New Year across the world, bringing a period of colourful decorations and feasting.

The event is usually celebrated with parades and performances, with people in traditional costumes and plenty of fireworks.

Here are some of the things we made in school when learning about Chinese New Year. 

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The children in school have been busy creating new displays based on our Fairy Tales topic. They used their cutting skills to create the grass, enjoyed choosing colours for their characters and used their phonic knowledge to support their writing. 

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                     This week we have been reading the story by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury,

                   

                            We're Going On A Bear Hunt

Our learning has focused on counting bears, painting bears, talking about bears and going on our own bear hunt. 

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We can't go under it, we can't go around it. We have to go over it. 

We can't go around it, we can't go over it. We have to go under it. 

We can't go under it, we can't go around it. We have to go along it. 

It's a BEAR!

The bear had some biscuits to share - yum yum. 

Ask your child to retell the story We're Going on a Bear Hunt.

Over the last two weeks we have been using bears in lots of our learning. We have counted bears, painted bears, compared the size of bears and even built homes for our bears. The children have also enjoyed listening to bear stories and acting out the story using the small world characters. 

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The children had great fun today smelling chocolate and then breaking it up and watching it melt.  They then dipped their breadsticks in and added sprinkles to make firework sparklers. The best bit was then eating them.

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Last week we started outdoor learning and the children enjoyed going out for a walk around the school grounds looking for signs of Autumn. On our walk we collected leaves, conkers and helicopter seeds. 

The children also learnt some of the names for areas of our school - orchard, meadow, woods, bug hotel. We the used some the natural resources to make faces.

It was great to see so many of the children wearing the correct clothing and footwear. 

 

Navy or black joggers with school jumper, a raincoat and wellington boots. 

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The children had great fun in their first PE lesson and enjoyed following the obstacle course. We were looking to see who could run in and out of the cones, balance on the beam, jump into the hoops and finally travel across the stepping stones without falling off. A great effort and perseverance was made by all. Well done. 

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The children have been settling in well and making lots of new friends. 

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