A Princess party and a beanstalk growing in reception…

March 30, 2016 at 4:06 pm

A huge well done to all the children in Reception who made the Princess’ birthday one to remember. They worked incredibly hard to make it a huge success and we had a lovely time at the party last week.

This week we have been reading the story ‘Jasper’s Beanstalk’ and we have compared the story to ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. The books sparked  lots of discussions about how seeds grow which leads us nicely into our new topic after the holidays which is ‘Growing’.

The children have been busy making story maps to sequence the story of ‘Jasper’s Beanstalk’ and have been writing labels and captions to explain what things are. They have also been writing some super sentences to explain what they think will be at the top of the beanstalk.

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In maths, the children received a letter from Jasper asking them to help him count his magic beans. The children have been busy sorting normal beans and magic beans and then adding the total number of beans together. Most children are adding with numbers up to 10 and 20 which is great. The children need to be able to add and subtract using numbers to 20 by the end of the year.

We hope the children have a super two weeks break – they fully deserve it after all their hard work!

See you in April!

The Reception team


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Decorated egg competition

March 22, 2016 at 8:04 pm

Well done to all the children that took part in the competition. It was a very difficult decision. The nursery winners were:

Aayush, Eli M and Mason.

Congratulations, enjoy your eggs.

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Easter fun in Nursery

March 21, 2016 at 6:14 pm

This week is very short but in 2 days you would be amazed at what we can fit in! The children have listened to the story explaining the true meaning of Easter. Although it is a sad story the children understood it happened a very, very long time ago.

We have created Easter cards by practising our fine motor skills and counting the number of eggs in our Easter baskets.

The fun part of the week will be making chocolate nests. How will we get hard, solid chocolate on to crushed shredded wheat?

We would like to take this opportunity to introduce a new member of the team – Miss Stirk. Miss Stirk is a final year teaching student who will be planning lots of exciting learning for the children in Nursery.

Don’t forget that school is closed on Wednesday and Thursday as these are training days. We look forward to seeing you all back at school on Tuesday 29th March.

The Nursery team

We wish you a lovely long weekend

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We went on a bear hunt in Nursery…

March 17, 2016 at 12:06 pm

Nursery had 2 super trips to Abbey House Museum. The children enjoyed travelling on the school minibuses, making their own bear ears and a particular favourite was searching for Albert the Bear.

Thank you to all the adults on the trip for your help we couldn’t have done it without you!

The Nursery team.

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A Royal Visitor in Reception

March 15, 2016 at 3:09 pm

We have had a very exciting start to the week. The children went outside yesterday morning to find a Princess sitting alone and crying. The Princess had lost her friends, her carriage and her crown. She was especially upset as it is her birthday next week and she was worried that she wasn’t going to be able to celebrate it.

The children in both classes have come up with lots of ideas to help the Princess and have decided to throw her a party  next Monday afternoon. They have already been busy writing invitations, making cars and carriages and wrapping up presents for her. Please can the children bring a party outfit to school with them on Monday 21st March to change into for the party during the afternoon.

We have been very impressed with the children’s thoughtfulness towards the Princess and with their ideas so far. The children have been making cakes in the mud kitchen, building castles outside and even making perfume for the princess using leaves and flowers!

In maths, the children have been recapping 2D shapes and looking at 3D shapes. In school, we describe 2D shapes as ‘flat shapes’ and 3D shapes as ‘solid shapes’. For the rest of the week, we will be describing the properties of shapes and will be looking at the different faces of 3D shapes. It is also important for the children to recognise 2D and 3D shapes in the environment, so we will be doing lots of exploring in and out of the classrooms.


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Reception Story and Pyjama Evening

March 10, 2016 at 7:35 pm

We have had a lovely evening reading stories in our pyjamas! The children have been very excited about this event and all their hard work baking biscuits and writing signs has paid off.

It was an enjoyable evening for all. Thank you very much for coming.

The Reception team




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Nursery Fun!

March 10, 2016 at 2:29 pm

This week in Nursery the children have been reading ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’. They have been sequencing the pictures from the story and have been making story maps. We have been very impressed with the children’s story maps and they have remembered the story really well.

The children have also been making bear masks and have been using  bear masks on the stage in Nursery to act out the story.


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March 8, 2016 at 3:14 pm

This week in Reception we have been getting things prepared for our Story and Pyjama Evening. The children have been writing signs for the evening and making biscuits. We have been concentrating on writing full sentences this week and the children have been spotting (purposeful) mistakes in my writing. For example, I may have missed out finger spaces, capital letters or full stops. We have also been modelling the correct spelling of key words to ensure that children learn these by the end of Reception. In addition, we have been following instructions and recognising that instructions start with an action word (verb).

In maths, we have continued our work on subtraction. The children have been using number lines to complete subtractions and have also been making marks on whiteboards to complete subtractions.

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Most children have been subtracting using single digit numbers. Some children have been subtracting using 2 digit numbers and have also started to look at sharing and halving.

Dojo points are used in school to promote positive behaviours. If the children are praised for something or complete our class ‘Bee Jobs’, they receive Dojo points. Each child has a Dojo character which shows the total number of points they have. The Dojo system also has a negative Dojo section. This is something which we try not to use, but in the event of any poor behaviour a negative Dojo point can be given. The negative Dojo does not get removed but we will always work hard with the child to help them make the correct decisions in order to receive more positive Dojos. The Dojo points (both positive and negative) are reset at the start of every week. The children respond well to this system so please do ask your child how many Dojo points they have or have received during the day.


Some of the children have reached the end of Phase 3 phonics sounds.Please watch the Jolly Phonics video below with your child to help them remember the sounds. We also encourage children to practise writing the sounds.

Dont forget our Story and Pyjama Evening is  this Thursday  from 6.15 – 7pm. 

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday.

The Reception team

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Fun in Foundation Stage

March 4, 2016 at 3:47 pm

The children in Foundation Stage have had a very busy and exciting week!

This week we have celebrated World Book day and it was lovely to see all the children in their costumes. Nursery have been on a trip to the library and all the children took part in a World Book Day assembly on Thursday where the winners of each class were chosen. A huge congratulations to Florence (RH), Madeline (RF), Aicha and Bridget (Nursery) who were our winners. Thank you for all the efforts that went in to making the children’s super costumes. It is much  appreciated and the children really enjoyed acting out their characters and listening to stories.

We have also had lots of fun playing in the snow this morning. The children have enjoyed throwing snowballs, making snowmen and sledging down the hill – the adults enjoyed this too!

We hope you have a lovely weekend and stay safe in the snow!

The Foundation Stage Team

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