Welcome to our Early Years page
Working together morning - Friday
Children need their book bag and Reception children need their PE kit in school every day
PE is on Monday and Thursday for Reception children. For the Nursery children its every other Thursday.
Phonics homework given on Fridays.
Library books are changed on a Friday.
What have Early Years been up to?
This week is STEM week - we have been focussing our learning around dinosaurs and discovering all about Mary Anning - ask your child why she is famous.
The role play area has been transformed into a vets. We are enjoying this area.
It was very cold today. It started to sleet. The children enjoyed trying to catch the flakes. We discussed why the ground was wet. Ask your child what we found out.
This half term the children are learning about wild animals. The children have been painting some of these animals and starting to write a caption about their work.
Today we followed a trail on a map to find the mystery at the end. Ask your child about the mystery. When we returned to school some of us made our own maps.
This week we have been exploring which writing markers will write best on shiny silver foil. Ask your child what they found out.
"Is it shiny?" is our new theme of learning. We started the new topic with a wow adventure - looking for the missing shiny things. We searched in the garden to find the missing shiny objects. We will also be thinking about "will it sparkle?" and exploring a range of questions about materials and their properties.
This week we have been thinking about festivals and celebrations - we have talked about Diwali, fireworks, Chinese New Year, birthdays, Halloween, New Years Eve, etc. We have been enjoying a range of activities about these celebrations.
This week we based our learning around the story 'Room on the Broom.' The children looked fantastic in their outfits. Thank you for supporting our celebration.
We have been using large movements to strengthen our muscles tohelp us with our mark making.
In PE we worked together to make the parachute move.
This week we had some special visitors in school. They are helping all the children to create a special school mosaic.
Heres a glimpse of some of the things the children have been doing at school.
Today all the children celebrated Roald Dahl day. The children all dressed up as one of the characters from his many books.
Everyone looked fantastic.
What characters can you see?
To all the children and parents in Early Years,
We wish you all a safe and fun summer. Thank-you for being such great children, we have really enjoyed teaching you. Good luck to those of you moving on to Year 1, it's great to have Mrs. Blunden going with you and I know Miss Dathan and Mrs. Lee are looking forward to meeting you.
We are excited to be welcoming our reception children in and new friends in the nursery phase.
Thank -you parents for making our Working Together Mornings so successful and for all your support this year.
Enjoy your summer. from The Early Years Team
Today’s learning focuses on remembering the good times and preparing to move on to Reception and Year 1.
In LINK 1 I have attached a memory page about who your teachers were in ? Nursery and Reception and would like you to draw and write about something you enjoyed during your time here. If you can, please bring these back in September for u to keep as they will be a valuable resource when making your Year 6 memory books in years to come.
I have also attached a transition sheet (LINK2) for you to fill in so that Mrs. Blunden and Miss. Dathan know who your friends are, what you are good at and what you want to get better at. Please fill in and post onto your tapestry pages for the adults to see.
That’s all I have posted that’s new today, please continue with the learning already set and we will add more tomorrow to keep you going into the holidays.
Have a fantastic summer and once again thank-you children for being such great learners and parents for all your support this year.
Suggested Learning Activities for the week (week beginning Monday 13th July). Please choose from a selection of activities for you to try this week.
It is the last week of school before we officially break up for the summer holidays. We will be posting up some learning linked to our current topic and also some fun activities for the children to do, as it is our last week.
Daily Handwriting/Fine Motor Activities;
Encourage your child to make marks using chalks, pencils, crayons, pens, paint brushes or sticks.
Make a list of castle words together. Encourage your child to name the sounds in each word.
Practise dressing; Buttoning, lacing, zipping, tying… There are SO many fine motor skills required for dressing. Perhaps your child likes dressing up as different characters this is a great opportunity for them to practise their dressing skills.
If the sun is shining, pull out the water toys! Water toys with a trigger, such as a water gun, really work to strengthen the index finger. Ball-shaped water squirters work to strengthen the whole hand, and those tube-shaped water cannons work to promote coordination between the right & left sides of the body.
Listen to the story, ‘The Paper Bag Princess’ Click on the link below;
Can you create your own story about a castle? Who lives there? What exciting event/problem happens? How does the story end? Does it have a happy or sad ending? Use puppets, draw pictures or write your story down. You could ask someone in your family to film you telling your castle story.
The knights would often have target practice. Can you set up a target, perhaps an empty box /bucket/hoop? Now see how many times you can throw a ball at the target. Keep note of your score. If you have chalks and a wall you could ask a grown up to draw a target. It could be shapes with different numbers in. Can you score more than 5?
I’ve attached a ‘Maths Bingo’ sheet. Why not try a few of these activities with your child. See link 1 on website or documents on Tapestry.
Look at these fantastic tapestries;
A tapestry is a piece of think textile with a picture woven or embroidered on. These would have been hung up in a castle.
Here is a very famous tapestry from 1066. The Tapestry tells the story of the events surrounding the conquest of England by the Duke of Normandy.
Why not try some weaving;
I’ve included some paper weaving instructions (see link 2 on website or documents on Tapestry).
Not only would tapestries have been woven but cloth and different fabrics would have been woven for peoples clothing. Here is a photo of a tablet being used to weave the threads to make fabric;
Also, baskets would have been woven too. Below are some photos and pictures of some woven baskets;
What do you think they were made from?
Watch the video clip showing some of the animals you might find at Stansted Mountfitchet Castle. Click on the link below;
What animals did you see? Tell an adult. You could draw some or write about tm
I’ve attached some photographs of animals (see link 3 on websitdocumentson Tapestry). Look at the selection of animal pictures. Talk about the animals. Can you name them? Do you think they would have lived in a castle? Why?
Click below to watch the catapult at Stansted Mountfitchet Castle;
Click on the link below to watch the catapult at Warwick Castle;
You could have a go at making your own catapult. There are lots of simple catapult designs, click the link below to see some different designs and choose which one you would like to make;
Five Queens Finger play
There were five queens on a quest (Hold up five fingers)
To see who was the very best (Wiggle fingers)
The first queen went to take a test (Touch thumb)
The second queen said, I’ll go out west (Touch index finger)
The third queen climbed Mount Everest (Touch middle finger)
The fourth queen made a beautiful vest (Touch ring finger)
The fifth queen said, I’ll just take a rest. (Touch little finger)
The Queen of Hearts
The Queen of Hearts, She made some tarts,
All on a summer's day.
The Knave of Hearts, he stole the tarts,
And took them clean away.
The King of Hearts, called for the tarts,
And scolded the knave full bore.
The Knave of Hearts, brought back the tarts,
And vowed he'd steal no more.
Five Kind Kings
5 kind kings sitting in the castle.
1 went out to find the queen. Oh, What a Hassle!
4 kind kings eating at the table.
1 went out to find his field with its own label.
3 kind kings sitting on their thrones.
1 went out to give the dragon some delicious bones.
2 kind kings putting on their crowns.
1 dropped his and it fell to the ground.
1 kind king went to the keep (a keep is a tower in the castle),
He climbed on his bed and he fell fast asleep!
Choose from the fun list of free choice activities below;
Play a game with your family – matching pairs, a board game, hide and seek…etc.
Sing a song
Complete a puzzle
Do a dance
Read a book in an unusual place
Make something using play dough
Have a tea party with your toys
Go on a picnic
Dress up as your favourite character
Make a model (using your recycling)
Cook something with your family
Paint a picture