Garden Work Day - Tuesday 13th April 2021
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. We 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).
January 2021 Highlights
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 our own three bears from various materials
December 2020 Learning
Amongst all the celebrations, the children have also extended their learning in maths and literacy.
Literacy: All the children explored mark-making and pre-writing skills. Using wallpaper on the floor meant that they could use big movements. They loved working together and were excited for the other children to look at their work.
Christmas Party: The children really enjoyed dressing up in their Christmas and/or party clothes for our Christmas Party! They pulled crackers, tucked into some favourite foods and were delighted to receive their Secret Santa gifts.
Christmas Play: Due to the Tier 3 restrictions, parents were sadly not able to attend our Christmas Play in December. However, it was filmed and DVD copies were given to parents.
Maternity Cover Teacher - November 2020
We'd like to inform you that Mrs Joanne Collins is the successful applicant of our interim position to cover Mrs Fynn's maternity leave.
Jo has over 20 years of experience working in Early Years settings, and she oozes with passion for little ones, considering it a privilege to play a part in laying the true foundations of learning.
We are delighted to welcome her onto our team and are confident that she will be a great asset to our setting.
Over the summer, our Early Years setting benefitted from a much-needed facelift!
New flooring, new lights, and fresh paint on walls, doors and some furniture have transformed the place! Our little ones are already enjoying the bright and inviting environment, and we have places available for more children.