End of year trip: Monday 18 July
Last day of term: Wednesday 2o July
Spring has Sprung!
We’ve continued learning all about farms and farm animals throughout March, and linked our learning to the theme of Spring time. We had a fabulous day out at Grimsbury Farm! It was lovely for the children to see the animals up close and to also see some of the new arrivals. The children were incredibly well behaved – true ambassadors for our Early Years.
We took part in the British Science Week in March and completed some pretty cool experiments – Skittle colour mixing and bean planting. Both had the children in awe! The children now regularly check the beans to see how much they have grown.
On the Farm
We started learning about farms and farm animals, which will continue throughout March.
The children enjoy playing and exploring
in our farm area.
Outdoor active fun - the children played 'The Farmer's in His Den' and loved it!
We explored weight and found out the difference between ‘heavy’ and ‘light’.
The children chose different objects to weigh and discovered that rocks are heavy and feathers are light.
One boy worked independently to build a tall structure – he did an amazing job of balancing the blocks! He also understood that his structure is taller than himself and that he is shorter.
New Year, New Launch!
Into Outer Space
The children were really interested in rockets, so as an extension to their learning, we became space explorers:
We built our very own rocket, and the children all helped to decorate it with pictures or writing.
The children made papier-mâché planets, which they painted for our classroom Solar System.
Did you know we had space people visit us? They came from the planet Zork!
Looking After Our Planet
We were pleased to welcome a representative from Eco Refuse who came to talk to the children about ‘reuse, renew and recycle’. The children were really engaged, asked lots of questions, and learned about some ways they can help to look after our planet.
Christmas 2021 in the Early Years
Exploring the Christmas Story
The children had a great time using the felt board and figures to tell the Christmas story in pictural form.
They worked well in small groups to bring it all together.
Our Christmas celebrations continued with a Christmas Party. The children enjoyed festive treats and they each received a gift from their ‘Secret Santa’.
Supporting the Community
The children took part in Carmel City Church’s annual Christmas ‘Wise & Wonderful’ event for the over 60’s. They sang a song and recited a scripture – we were so proud of them, and everyone loved their performance!
The children also got involved with Carmel City Church’s Christmas ‘Hamper Project’ that distributes food hampers to many people in need throughout Bristol.
We're Going on a Bear Hunt
Our focus story during November was ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’.
The children loved reading the book and going on lots of different hunts. One such hunt saw them embarking on a ‘tree hunt’ from which they discovered lots of different trees in our setting.
As we said goodbye to Autumn, the children investigated pumpkins and squash. Once their investigations were over, we took the vegetables to a wooded area for the woodland creatures to feast upon. In welcoming Winter, we learned about this cold season. The children wanted to explore ice, so we added salt and food colouring to blocks of ice to see what would happen. They enjoyed watching the effects and listening to it crackle.
An important part of the month involved the children learning about the men and women who fought so courageously for the freedom of our country. They painted poppies as a symbol of remembrance and gratitude, and they joined the nation in the two-minute silence on the eleventh.
Life's a Beach!
October was a beach-themed month, with lots of fun and learning:
Our classroom was transformed into our own Early Years beach, complete with a stylish beach hut!
The children enjoyed a picnic on our beach with Mrs Fletcher.
Creative juices were flowing as the children used sand to make art and painted a big picture of the sea.
We took the train to Weston-Super-Mare and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves! The children made marks in the sand and splashed in the ocean!
Forget the Great British Bake Off; we had our very own Early Years Bake Off! The children washed all the equipment before we got started, then the team was ready to go!
Our first month back at school has been full of exploring and learning about things to do with Autumn.
In their investigations, the children discovered a lot of minibeasts, especially spiders! They were fascinated to find that there were so many spiders around, both inside and out. They wanted to take a closer look and talked about what they could see through the magnifying glasses.
We made the most of the sunny days to explore colour by painting in the garden, but we certainly didn’t let the wet weather stop us from playing and learning outside!
Parents, please read this letter from our Early Years Manager regarding the changes to the EYFS framework that come into effect in September 2021.
We ended our school year with a special graduation ceremony.
Do you like the children's graduation caps??
We are so proud of everything each child has achieved during this last academic year.
The Early Years team are now looking ahead with expectation for the autumn term, starting on Monday 6th September.
Celebrating International Cuisines
In July, the school community gathered together to celebrate our diversity. Parents brought food from their countries of origin, and the children were able to taste foods from around the world. Both sweet and savoury dishes were enjoyed by all.
Our Garden is Blooming!
All our efforts in the garden are paying off! We're now enjoying seeing the fruits, vegetables and herbs of our labour. Can you spot what's been growing?
Best Moments in May
The nursery children have been exploring numbers using Numicon, which is an amazing multi-sensory maths resource that helps to make numbers ‘real’ by providing concrete objects to represent each number.
They’ve also been using other objects and the connecting bricks to count. Two of the boys decided to use the bricks in a different way and count them on their fingers.
In the reception class, the girls have been learning how to use a number line to add and subtract - they have been so pleased with their achievements, and we were very proud of them, too!
Fine-Motor Activities and More...
We have been accessing ‘Dough Disco’ on YouTube, which is a fine-motor activity to strengthen muscles in the hands. The children have really loved it – we’ve noticed them using the same words used in the videos when they are playing with the dough!
We have also been planting and growing in our garden as well as learning about healthy eating and looking after our teeth.
We've continued learning about different people who help us and their job roles. This month, we found out about doctors and nurses. We set up a hospital and the children practised looking after each other.
We also created a 'sensory room' where the children can explore different textures and lighting.
A massive thank you to everyone who came to help on our ‘Garden Work Day’ during the Easter Holidays.
The children are already enjoying the revamped outside space: Melvin regularly likes to ‘paint’ the wooden sleepers, which is great practice for his fine motor skills. Florence has mastered stilt walking – hurray! She has also been very creative in the mud kitchen, making a cake mixture and spooning it into smaller ‘cupcake cases’.
All the children worked independently exploring different materials on the grass area. The result? They made dens and enjoyed playing hide and seek!
Lots of people have been involved in improving our outdoor environment:
Thanks to one mum, we now have a dedicated mud kitchen and an attractive array of beautiful flowers inside some wellington boots on the fence (we love the creativity!).
The children, too, have been busy. They worked together to build a bug hotel, where they can now investigate and learn about the natural world as well as take care of creatures smaller than themselves. And they also made windchimes for the garden.
A massive thank you to everyone who came to help on our ‘Garden Work Day’ during the Easter Holidays.
We really appreciate your time and efforts in helping us improve our outdoor learning space.
World Book Day
We joined in with World Book Day on 4th March.
The teachers and children came to school dressed as their favourite book characters (see which characters you can spot in the photo!), and everyone shared their stories with each other.
The Adventures of the 'Naughty Bus'
The children have been enjoying the Naughty Bus, a story that follows the adventures of a toy London bus as a young boy plays with it throughout the day.
The book encourages conversation, visual literacy and imaginative play. It has linked with our exploration of different ways of travelling and people who help us.
Our naughty bus has been on lots of adventures and getting up to mischief, both indoors and outdoors!
To build parental partnerships, the bus has journeyed to each child's home for a unique adventure. Children and their parents wrote about the adventure and added pictures they had drawn or photographs.
The children wanted a bus station, so we built one!
They made some tickets to sell, which led to them learning about money (maths) and practising taking it in turns to be the driver or the ticket seller. They used the map to point to the final destination - one journey took them to see the animals in Mongolia, and it only cost 10p per passenger!
The children also made their own buses and added pictures of their friends and families.
The Naughty Bus has enabled lots of sensory learning and experiences. The children have become emersed in the story, and we're proud of the way they have been exploring, creating and actively learning.
Highlights from February 2021
The cold weather was great for exploring outdoors and finding out what happens when the temperature really drops.
The children became scientists and looked at the changes that happen when water becomes ice and how long it takes for ice to become water again.
Discovery time brought together teamwork, lots of tower building, measuring how tall the towers became and critical thinking to overcome difficulties. The children showed the determination to succeed in their goal by persevering, changing and adapting.
The children had great fun thinking about different colours and what happens when two or more colours are mixed together (cause and effect).
We’ve been learning about ‘Traditional Tales’. Starting with Goldilocks and the Three Bears, the children have been:
getting into character with role play
exploring porridge (measuring, adding water, and also thinking about texture and changes)
creating their own three bears from various materials