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Spr1 Week 2 

 

This week we had a letter from an alien introducing this weeks Rainbow Challenges. If ALL of the Early Years children completed the green challenge an alien would make an appearance. The children worked very hard and on Friday we discovered an alien peeping out from the red house! The challenges were exciting this week, we went on an alien hunt to find the different aliens that were hiding, we were size ordering and Beebot programming, we had a massive game of Alien Tig, counted alien jelly balls and did some fantastic writing focused on the story Whatever Next. 

 

This weeks dinosaur winners are...

 

  

      Isla (Pridosaur)               Daniel (Tryceratops)            Olivia (Solvosaurus) 

  

Darcie (Pretendatyl)               Annie (Predictor)              Cole (Explorosaurus) 

 

This weeks Nursery (FT) and Reception Always Children are...

 

 

This weeks Nursery (PT) Always Child is...

 

 

 

Spr1 Week 1

 

A very warm welcome back and we hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and New Year. This term our topic is 5 4 3 2 1 Blast off and the set up in Early Years has changed in preparation for this. We have had a great first week back and the children settled back into routine very well! We have really enjoyed using the new IT area and were very excited to explore the space rocket in role play! I wonder what next week will bring...

 

This weeks dinosaur winners are...

Riley (Tryceratops)            George (Predictor)           Ethan (Pridosaur) 

Monica (Solvosaurus)             Jerzie (Explorosaurus)          Luke (Pretendatyl)

 

 

This weeks Nursery (FT) and Reception Always Children are...

 

 

This weeks Nursery (PT) Always Child is...

 

 

Take a look at the EYFS children exploring the IT area...

 

 

Aut 2 Week 7

 

As the countdown to Christmas begins we are super busy making calendars and Christmas cards to take home. On Thursday morning we will be hosting an Early Years Christmas Party which will include snacks, dancing, games and a Christmas movie. Due to finishing on Thursday there will be no celebration assembly this week. What a great term we have had and we look forward to seeing you in the new year. The Early Years team would like to wish you a wonderful Christmas! 

 

Aut 2 Week 6

 

Lights, camera and action! This we was finally performance week. Early Years did an amazing on stage and it was great to see so many people come to support the children. We want to say a massive thank you for all of the effort that went into costumes, we are sure that you will agree that everyone looked the part! This week we have been mathematicians and completed many challenges such as, making arrangements with shapes and blocks, balancing and positioning them to create pictures. We used clipboards to tally how many boys and girls are within the unit. We were excited to solve mathematical problems by ordering number trees and matching numeral to quantity. We also used a variety of tubs to estimate which one contained the most water. 

 

This weeks dinosaur winners are...

 

Willow (Solvosaurus)              Seren (Pridosaur)              Riley-Jay (Pretendatyl) 

 William (Explorosaurus)              Mea (Tryceratops)  

and Luke (Predictor).  

 

This weeks Nursery (FT) and Reception Always Children are...

 

 

This weeks Nursery (PT) Always Children are...

 

 

Aut 2 Week 5

Busy busy busy... This week we had another fantastic week completing our challenges. We would like to thank you for your ongoing support by encouraging your children to 'reach for the rainbow' by earning their coloured lolly sticks. The children have been busy with many challenges such as matching numerals and exploring number bonds in the sand, developing their physical skills with a throwing challenge and been making bird feeders to keep the wildlife healthy during the winter months. We also has our first dress rehearsal this week which went fab! 

 

This weeks dinosaur winners are...

Kyle (Solvosaurus)              Emilia (Predictor)               Cole (Tryceratops)

Louie (Pretendatyl)           Riley (Explorosaurus)           Isabella (Pridosaur)

 

This weeks Nursery (FT) and Reception Always Children are...

 

This weeks Nursery (PT) Always Child is...

 

 

Aut 2 Week 4

What a great week! Everyone has been working so hard to to remember all the song words and lines for the Christmas performance. Many thanks for all your continued support with costumes. Remember, Friday 8th we will be having a dress rehearsal so please ensure children come in their costumes with their school uniform in a bag. This week we have really encouraged children to earn their rainbow lolly sticks and we are super proud of the amount of children that did.  We have been working on many things this week including positional language, self care (dressing life size dolls), threading straws onto string to make pattern bracelets, we made polar bears and penguins and arranged 2D shapes to create pictures. 

 

This weeks dinosaur winners are...

  Haleema (Tryceratops)         Louie (Predictor)             Bonnie (Explorosaurus)

      Kai (Pridosaur)             Jakub (Pretendatyl) 

and Bella (Solvosaurus)

 

Nursery (FT) and Reception Always Children are...

 

 

Nursery (PT) Always Child is...

 

 

Also, all of the children that completed their Rainbow Challenges were entered into a prize draw.

A massive well done to Yongsheng who won this weeks draw!

 

 

Aut 2 Week 3

We are super excited have started to practise our Christmas performance songs this week. It is tricky to learn all of the words AND the actions but everyone is trying very hard! This week Early Years was taken over for a day by some year 5 pupils. The year 5 'teachers' read a story and did a number task with the children which was so much fun! We also spent the week busy reaching for the rainbow. The challenges included estimating marsh mellows, building a snowman and finding treasure in the sandpit! A big well done to the children that completed their rainbow this week! 

 

This weeks dinosaur winners are...

 

Naomi (Explorosaurus)          Lexi (Pretendatyl)              Lillie (Predictor)      

   Daniel (Tryceratops)             Lois (Solvosaurus)            George (Pridosaur)   

 

Nursery and Reception Always Children are...

 

 

 

Aut 2 Week 2

Challenge time! This week we were super excited to start our Rainbow Challenges. Everyone worked hard to collect their coloured challenge sticks. Some children got every colour and were awarded a special  rainbow card in Fridays assembly. More information about this will be shared soon. We had a great week using special UV pens to discover invisible words, we developed our fine motor skills by squeezing fresh oranges, lemons and limes and we read the story 'The Snowman' and sequenced pictures from the book! 

 

This weeks dinosaur winners are...

      Lilly (Pretendatyl)            Louie (Explorosaurus)             Patrick (Solvosaurus) 

  Darcie (Predictor)                 Lillie (Tryceratops)                 Ruby (Pridosaur) 

 

Aut 2 Week 1 

This week Early Years has been chilly! We have set up our very own Arctic campsite and been fishing for our dinner in the role play area for the 'Brr It's Cold' topic this half term. We had special visitors come into school to teach us all about road safety which the children really enjoyed. The children also worked very hard making a poppy reef  for remembrance day. We want to say a massive well done to all the children for showing such respect during the silence and thank you to all of the parents that were able to join us.

 

This weeks Nursery and Reception Always Children are...

 

This weeks dinosaur winners are...

 

Farryll (Solvosaurus) Jesse (Tryceratops) Frankie (Explorosaurus) Kai and Darcie ((Pretendatyl) Luke (Pridosaur) Amira (Predictor)    

 

Aut 1 Week 8 

This is our final week of the Bucket Fillers topic. We shared the final buckets and recapped some of the things we have learnt. A massive thank you from the Early Years team for all of the effort that went into putting the buckets together. All of the buckets were wonderful, they really engaged the children  and it was great to get to know more about everyone. This week we have been learning about how we learn. Six dinosaurs delivered in a special box and each is looking for a child who shows a particular characteristic of learning.  The child who wins this characteristic has their name and picture displayed with the dinosaur for all to see! 

 

This weeks dinosaur winners are...

 

Poppy (Solvosaurus)                        Lexi (Tryceratops)                          Amelia (Explorosaurus) 

Emilia (Pretendatyl)                           Willow (Pridosaur)                         Emily (Predictor)    

 

Aut 1 Week 7 

This week has been super busy. We had four mysterious boxes delivered to Early Years and we had to feel inside the boxes and describe what we though it was. Everyone used fantastic language and described the objects really well using words like heavy, lumpy spiky and soft. Also, we all dressed up for the Emergency Services Day. Early Years was full of Doctors, Police, Firemen/women and many more! We had such fun showing off our outfits and spent much of the day rescuing friends in role play. Finally, four Nursery and four Reception children were awarded their Always badge. What a fab week!

 

 

This weeks Nursery and Reception Always Children are...

 

 

 

Aut 1 Week 6 

This week we have become investigators and used brushes to discover letter sounds within heaps of porridge oats. We also used magnets in the water area to explore real and fake money. It was buzzing in early years as we developed our programming skills using the beebots. We introduced an addition station in our maths area and hammered colourful shapes onto wooden blocks which was a huge hit! Lastly we did some mark marking in relation to our I Know a Bucket Filler topic. This week we had our first Early Years Celebration Assembly. Some children have worked hard to reach the top of the Always Tree and gain their Always badge! Watch this space for pictures...

 

Aut 1 Week 5

This week has included some pretty big changes which everyone has adapted to so well!! A massive well done to those Nursery children brave enough to come into school independently with a smile smiley This week we have started our Phonic sessions. We will following the Letters and Sounds framework which can be found online. The children have enjoyed getting into their groups and have really focused during the daily phonic sessions. Also, we have also been introduced to a member of Early years that we haven't met before... A dinosaur called Dina. Dina will be visiting Nursery and Reception weekly to discuss personal, social and emotional topics related to our bucket filling theme. We are super proud of how beautifully the children introduced themselves. All of the children were very gentle and kind to Dina. I wonder what next week will bring...

 

Aut 1 Week 4

Each week is just getting better and better in Early Years! Nursery are settling into their school day with a smile and embedding the school day routine brilliantly. Reception are adapting to new changes too, they have been working very hard getting changed for PE and are becoming much more independent. This week we made our own very own play dough and designed a play dough cake for the MacMillan Coffee morning. We also got messy painting some pictures to display and had a go at drawing still life parsnips! Well  done everyone another great week! no

 

Aut 1 Week 3

Reception are super excited to have received their first reading books this week! We are also pleased to see our first set of children bringing their happy buckets into school to share personal items with the other children! Both Nursery and Reception have become writers and mark makers this week by drawing and labelling what a bucket filler looks like. Also, we had our first Tatty Teddy diary entry come back this week. It was wonderful to see his first adventure and I wonder where he will be going to next?

 

Aut 1 Week 2

Another fantastic week this week.. We have been super busy exploring how to be an 'Always child'. Each child has been allocated an owl and when it reaches the top of the tree they will be awarded with an Always badge. We are really pleased to have read our topic book for this term, Have you filled a bucket today? by Carol McCloud and discussed how to be a bucket filler during circle time. Finally, EYFS are getting fit this year... We have attempted our first mile run! We did a little bit of running and walking but we are confident next week we will run for longer! 

 

 Whitegate End EYFS are bucket fillers because...

"We play with kind hands"

"We read stories to our friends"

"Have good manners and share"

"We smile at people"

 

Aut 1 Week 1

Wow what an exciting first week?! The children have spent the week familiarising themselves with the routines, rules and boundaries within the EYFS setting. We were super impressed to see so many children having a go at self registration and coming into school with a smile ready for the day. We started each morning with a circle time discussing how to keep safe and completing the Early Years Safety Checklist. We had group tours around the various areas within the classrooms and have begun to explore the exciting resources. We had so much fun making self portraits in the 'make it' area and everyone looked super smart so we had our pictures taken too!

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