Welcome to EYFS
Welcome to our EYFS page. We are looking forward to updating you on our progress and what we have been learning over the week.
Our EYFS Staff:
Mrs R Watson – Reception Teacher – EYFS Lead
Miss S Burnett- Nursery Teacher
Miss J Oxberry – Nursery Teaching Assistant
Miss R Griffith-Reception Teaching Assistant
20th-24th May 2019
In Nursery this week we have moved from ‘Down by the Seaside’ to ‘Under the Sea’. We started the week by watching some of David Attenborough’s ‘Blue Planet’ and discussing what we could see. We spoke about what we would have to wear if we wanted to go under the sea and looked at the various names for the fish. On Thursday we had our teddy bears picnic which had a fabulous turn out! We enjoyed eating cakes, sandwiches and crisps in the sun with our family and teddy bears.
After the holidays we are going to be looking at the small sea creatures such as jellyfish, seahorses and crabs!
Another busy week in Reception is over and what a fun week we have had! We started off the week with a ‘maths day.’ Our focus for that day was the number 10. We looked at number bonds to 10 as well as different ways we can represent the number 10. Then at 10’o’clock we had a 10p tuck shop. We then had to choose right amount of money from a range of coins to be able to pay Mrs Watson the shopkeeper for our pick and mix.
We have also looked closely at pirate ships this week. We have looked at what the different parts of a pirate ship are called and we have used our new vocabulary to be able to write some interesting sentences.
On Thursday we had our teddy bears picnic with our families. The sun was shining and we all had an amazing afternoon. It was lovely to see everyone there. Congratulations to the raffle winners, Evie (nursery), Chase (reception), Emily (reception), Amelia (reception) and Alfie F (reception). Well done to Jake in nursery for guessing the correct amount of carebears.
From all of the EYFS staff we would like to say a massive thank you for your donations, thanks to you the picnic was a huge success. We managed to raise a huge £161.30 to go towards our end of year trip.
13th-17th May 2019
This week in Reception we have been learning about ‘what is science?’ We have been pirate investigators and have looked at materials that would be best for a pirate ship as well as materials that would make the best pirate underpants. We made our own pirate ships and tested them outside in the tuff spot to see if the materials we had chosen would let water through. We learnt all about how to make an experiment fair and also how to record our findings.
In maths this week we have continued to focus on 3D shapes and have been looking closely at the properties of 3D shapes, including faces, corners and edges.
We have enjoyed being outside, especially as the weather has been so hot! We have had plenty of fun in the sun and made sure we kept ourselves cool by cooling off in the sprinkler.
Miss Cassidy treat us all to an ice lolly and as they began to melt in our hands we spoke about changes and why melting happens.
Minutes late: 0
13th-17th May 2019
In Nursery this week we have moved from occupations down at the seaside to rock pools. We have been watching videos of rock pools on the computer and talking about the animals that live in rock pools, we have also been talking about what we would have to wear and take with us if we wanted to go to a rock pool.
In key group we sorted the animals into rock pool animals such as starfish, hermit crabs and mussels and under the sea animals such as sharks, dolphins and whales.
We enjoyed exploring and pretending to fish in our tuft spot rock pool in the investigation area, we have been making star fish and crab handprints in the creative area and in the play dough area we have been making star fish and decorating with sequins.
On Wednesday it was so hot outside for our Forest School afternoon in the secret garden, that Miss Cassidy bought us all an ice lolly! We enjoyed eating them whilst playing in the sun!
We look forward to moving ‘Under the Sea’ next week, learning about the small sea creatures such as seahorses, fish and jelly fish!
7th May – 10 May 2019
In Reception, we have been exploring our ‘Pirate’ theme. Mrs.Reed brought into school a very special blue bottle which she found when she was at the beach. We soon discovered that there was a ‘message in the bottle’ from a pirate known as ‘Pirate Pants’. We thought of different ways that we could help ‘Pirate Pants’ to find his missing treasure.
On Tuesday, Mrs. Reed asked us what we thought pirates love best. We shared lots of interesting ideas, but little did we know what pirates love the most are their ‘UNDERPANTS’. Mrs. Reed read ‘Pirates Love Underpants’ to us in spotty underpants and a real pirates hat. We also had a special visit from a pirate called ‘Captain Raggy Beard’ who shared exciting pirate stories with us. We all received a special ‘mermaids tear’ to take home and look after.
In Maths, we have explored both addition and subtraction. To practise and apply our ‘takeaway’ learning, ‘Pirate Reed’ recruited a pirate crew and some she sent away and were made to walk the plank for not scrubbing the deck. We also used a number line to help us to visually add and subtract.
29th April-3rd May 2019
This week in Nursery we have been looking at all things to do with the beach! In key group we have been talking about suitable clothing, how to keep ourselves safe in the sun with sun cream and sunglasses and talking about what we can smell, hear and see down at the beach.
In maths we have been learning lots of new words such as tall, short and round. We have been using these words to describe objects that we might find down the beach such as a beach ball, surf board and lighthouse.
This week we have also been working so hard to tidy up our outdoor area and make a garden for the children to plant flowers and vegetables. The Nursery children have had so much fun digging up the dirt using spades, rakes and trowels and on Friday we got our big delivery of top soil which we helped to move! We loved finding lots of minibeasts running around in the soil!
Our Plainsy Pass this week goes to Ollie, for being such a fantastic friend and always making the teachers smile!
22nd-26th April 2019
Our first week back after the Easter holidays has been a busy one in Nursery! It has been ‘Big Me’ week throughout the school, where we have been talking about what we are good at and we even came into school dressed up as what we would like to be when we are older. We had lots of police officers, vets, pilots and teachers!
We have also been very excited to meet our 6 new Nursery friends who have joined our class this week. We hope they have a fabulous time in our Nursery!
We also had Wellbeing Friday this week where we watched a whole school film in the hall with hotdogs and sweets then in the afternoon we played football with Nathan and then went out into the garden for some gardening.
Next week we are looking forward to starting our topic ‘Down by the Seaside’ where we will be learning all about the beach, the sea animals and the occupations relating to the seaside.
Minutes Late: 35 minutes
23rd – 26th April
We started our new term with a “Big Me Week.” During the week we spoke about the word aspirations and talked about what the word means. In key groups we talked about what we like and what we are good at and how this can help us decide what we want to be when we’re all grown up. We have high aspirations in reception as lots of us want to be, police officers, teachers, artists, astronauts and many more fantastic occupations. We even had a visit from a nurse to talk to us about her job and what we need to do to become a nurse. We ended the week by coming into school dressed up as want we want to be when we are older.
Literacy we used our ‘Big Me,’ theme for our sentence writing, as we wrote a sentence about what we want to be when we grow up. We focused on remembering to use our capital letter, fingers spaces and full stop.
In maths we used stones to talk about how objects can be sorted into groups according to size, shape and colour. We then weighed the stones using the balance scales to see which stone out of them all was the heaviest.
We have spend a lot of time in the outdoor area this week as we are starting to make an EYFS reading garden in replace of the wooden stage. We needed to turn the soil over before we could put down the new grass and while doing so we found deep roots of an old tree. We were fascinated by the roots and how big they were. We tried to pull them out and ended up falling over!!! We couldn’t stop laughing.
Minutes Late: 110 minutes
1st-5th April 2019
With it being our last week in school before the Easter holidays, Nursery decided to look at Easter as a mini topic. We have been looking into different traditions, tasting hot cross buns and the Easter story in key group. In the creative area we have been designing our own Easter eggs using paint and a range of creative materials such as collage, sequins, feathers etc. In the sand area we have had a mini egg hunt with shredded paper and tweezers to pick up the eggs!
In maths this week we have been recapping all of the shapes we have learnt so far by playing shape snap, going on shape walks and singing shape songs!
On Thursday we had our Easter Fair on the afternoon so we had to make chocolate crispy cakes to sell! We worked in small groups to mix rice crispies and chocolate then added mini eggs to decorate!
On Friday we had our Easter stay and play where our parents and carers came into Nursery to support us with Easter arts and crafts. We enjoyed making cards, eggs and bunny rabbit masks!
We hope that you have a relaxing Easter break and cant wait to come back and learn all about ‘Down by the seaside’.
1st – 5th April 2019
We’ve had a lovely week in Reception this week, and what a brilliant surprise we got on Friday to end the term on a high. We won the whole school attendance treat! We love to come to school so much that we had the highest overall percentage of all the classes in our school, this term, and to celebrate this we were allowed to watch a movie and enjoy sweet treats! Our teachers were so pleased and thankful to all of our parents for bringing us into school everyday. This is definitely the reason why we are doing so well and are progressing with our work the way we are!
We enjoyed tasting some yummy hot cross buns this week and talked about words that we could use to describe the buns. We then wrote our own sentences using these words.
In maths we have continued to look at one more and one less to make sure we fully understand the concept and can apply this in our maths problems.
On Friday we enjoyed making Easter crafts in family learning, which was great as we were able share our learning with our families.
We have had a fantastic term this term and have enjoyed taking part in lots of great activities. Our teachers are proud of each and every one of us and hope that the Easter holidays is filled with fun and chocolate!
When we come back to school we’re going aboard a pirate ship to discover mermaid coves and much more!
25th – 29th March 2019
As the lovely weather is fast approaching, we have been noticing changes in our outdoor environment. For this reason, we thought it a good opportunity to look at all things related to the season of Spring. We talked in our key groups each morning, about what changes we can see around us and discussed why these changes are beginning to happen.
In literacy we chose four things of spring that we to draw a picture of and then we had to label them. To further our learning even more we then had to write a full sentence about one of the things, making sure we used a capital letter, finger spaces and a full stop.
In maths this week have being doing one more and one less than a given number. It would really help us if at home we practised this with our grown ups as it’s a tricky concept to learn.
Friday was a fun, chilled day! At Plains Farm Academy we are very aware that mindfulness is the key to good success. Throughout the day we did some yoga, listened to stories, enjoyed time in the outdoor area talking to our friends, listened to music and played some ring games. We had a great day!
Our Privilege Card this week went to Harper! Well done Harper for being so amazing!
Minutes Late: 0
25th-29th March 2019
This week in Nursery we have been looking at Spring! We have been talking about the changes that happen to plants and animals at Spring time, talking about the role of the farmer and even went on a Spring walk around our school! We cant ait to move onto Easter next week and learn all about traditions and the Easter story.
On Friday we had a mindfulness day where we did yoga, ring games, football and colouring in with Reception… it was so much fun!
This week our Plainsy Pass winner was Jake, for being so brave with his broken arm!
18th-22nd March 2019
We have had such an exciting week in Nursery this week! On Wednesday we came into school to find a tiny door in the corner of our classroom, we decided that it must have been a door to a fairy or elf house! We spent the rest of the day building houses for the fairies in the construction area. On Thursday morning we came into Nursery to a CRIME SCENE! All of our houses were smashed on the floor and there was a giants footprint next to it! We checked the CCTV cameras to see if we could find the giant but we ended up seeing the fairies playing around in our classroom! On Friday we had our fairy tea party, we eat sandwiches, cakes and crisps then played party games with our friends.
In the water tray we made our own fairy soup with petals, leaves and glitter. In the writing area we made our invitations to invite the fairies to our fairy tea party on Friday. In the play dough area, we had to make cupcakes for our tea party, using gems and sequins to decorate. In the sand pit our sand turned green! We had to use the tweezers to pick up the teeth, just like the tooth fairy!
Our winner of the Plainsy platinum pass this week is Alfie, for being so enthusiastic about our new topic!
Our Hero of the week is Luna, for her increased attendance!
11-15th March 2019
This week in Reception we read the story, ‘Winnie the Witch.’ In key groups we talked about what we know about witches and stories that we have read with witches in them. We read spells and thought about what spells we would make if we were a witch. We noticed that often in spells there are lots of rhyming words. We also talked about the type of things witches might put into potions and then some of us wrote our own potions at the writing table.
We then received a letter from Winnie asking us to help her find the best material for a new hat. We tested out lots of different materials in the water tray and learnt words such as, waterproof and lightweight. We all decided that plastic would be the best material as no rain could get through and it’s nice and light to wear.
As we did such a good job with the material testing, we then received a further letter from Winnie telling us about a problem she was having. All the objects she was putting in her potions were bubbling over the top and so from now on she only wanted to use objects and materials that would sink to the bottom of the cauldron. We tested out different objects in the water tray to see if they would sink or float and we then spoke about the materials that all the sinking objects were made from and what was similar about them.
In maths this week we looked at the concepts of halving and sharing.
Friday was a fun day, as we joined in with Red Nose Day by coming into school in non-uniform.
This week our Privilege Pass went to Dottie, for always giving 100% in everything she does. Well Done Dottie !!!
Minutes Late: 0
11th-15th March 2019
In Nursery this week we have been looking at Dragons. On Monday we had a surprise waiting for us in our classroom… an egg! We had to find out what kind of egg it was and what we thought was inside. Throughout the week we have been doing lots of dragon activities. In the water tray we have been using the fishing nets to catch the floating eggs. In the sand pit and construction area, we have been making our own nests using sticks and wooden blocks. In the creative area we have been using watercolours to paint pictures of dragons.
This week has also been Science Week throughout school. We have been taking part in 3 different experiments to do with eggs! For our first experiment, we used vinegar to dissolve baking soda eggs, we loved watching them fizzle and pop! For the second experiment, we watched frozen eggs melt in the water tray and spoke about why we thought the ice was melting. Our last experiment was looking at floating and sinking, we used 3 different types of eggs (plastic, polystyrene and a chickens egg) and guessed whether they would float or sink before testing them out for ourselves!
On Friday we celebrated Red Nose Day by having a ‘dress down day’ to raise money for Comic Relief.
This week, Mia has been given our Plainsy Platinum Pass for trying so hard with her numbers… well done Mia!
Next week we are so excited to continue our Mystical Creatures topic and learn all about fairies!
4th-8th March 2019
Nursery have had another fun and busy week this week! On Monday we started to look at witches as part of our topic ‘Mystical Creatures’; with ‘Room on the broom’ being our book of the week! In the creative area, we have been making room on the broom pictures using watercolours for the sky and practising our cutting skills by cutting out the characters from the story. We also pretended that spaghetti was a broomstick and used it to make marks with the paint (that was very messy!). We changed the water area into a mud pit where we had to save the characters who were getting stuck by using tweezers to pick them up.
On Tuesday we celebrated Pancake Day, on the afternoon we baked our own pancakes by mixing flour, eggs and milk then we were able to choose chocolate spread, jam or syrup to put on top! We spoke about the different toppings we could put on pancakes and decided if they were healthy and unhealthy and why.
On Wednesday afternoon the children went out to the Secret Garden for their weekly visit. This week we have been investigating all the mini beasts. We found spiders, woodlice, worms and even a centipede!
On Thursday we had World Book Day where the children came into school dressed in their pyjamas and a bedtime story. Throughout the day, we shared all of the books with the rest of the class. On the afternoon we had our parent ‘Stay and Play’ which was World Book Day themed. We had lots of activities like word hunts, caterpillar crafts and reading areas for the children to share with their parents.
Lates: 68 minutes
4th -8th March 2019
We have been so busy in Reception this week, with lots of different things happening.
On Monday we continued with our book of the week, Zog! He’s a big, orange dragon (but don’t worry, he’s really friendly). In the story, Zog goes to Dragon School, so we thought about the type of things he might learn about. We said in our key groups, he would learn how to fly. This led us on nicely to our writing for this week, which has been writing a set of instructions. Together, in our key groups, we wrote a set of instructions on how to teach a dragon to fly. We had to think really carefully about what we said in our sentences, as well as remembering all of our punctuation we now use. Our teachers then challenged us to write our own instructions in the classroom.
Tuesday was a yummy day, as we all went into breakfast club to make some pancakes to celebrate Shrove Tuesday. We spoke in our key groups about why this was a special day for lots of people. While we made our pancakes we talked lots about doubling the ingredients as well as saying out loud what we were actually doing as when we got back to class we all wrote our own set of instructions on how to make pancakes.
Thursday was another busy, fun day, as we celebrated World Book Day, by coming into school in our pyjamas and we all brought in our favourite bedtime stories, which we shared in our key groups. We also enjoyed a family learning session on the afternoon by doing lots of different book related activities, like making the Hungry Caterpillar by threading and doing a word hunt within our favourite books.
In maths this week we have been looking at how to double a set amount of objects and a given number. We read a story about a doubling machine which helped us to understand what this meant. We then used dominoes to sort them into doubles and none doubles. Next week we are going to looking at problems involving halving numbers and objects.
We have thoroughly enjoyed playing in our new role play castle this week, as well as making up our own stories in our new Woodland Village tuff spot.
This week our Privilege Pass went to Kayden for his lovely manners and always being there to help a friend. Well Done Kayden !!!
Next week we will be looking at another type of mythical beast………witches!!!
Minutes Late: 80 minutes
25th February-1st March 2019
This week we have started our new and exciting topic ‘Mystical Creatures’. We have kicked off the topic by reading the book ‘Princess and the Wizard’ by Julia Donaldson. We then got a letter from the postman, which was off the princess… she asked for our help to save her from the castle!
We have made our own wands using sticks, glitter and sequins in the creative area, designed our own wizards hat in maths and even made our own potions in the role play area (which has now turned into a witches workshop!). On Wednesday, we went out into the secret garden to find the wizard. We found lots of different clues like footprints and a big wizard wand… we couldn’t find him so we set a trap using tyres!
Next week we are going to be reading ‘Room on the broom’ and finding out all about witches!
We also have Pancake day on Tuesday and World Book Day on Thursday, so we are going to be very busy!
Lates: 30 minutes
11th-15th February 2019
This week, Nursery have been learning all about love, kindness and friendship just in time for Valentines Day. In key groups we have been talking about who we love, how we show we love someone and the different types of love (family, friends, objects). We have been making and writing Valentines cards for our friends and family in the creative and writing area, using name cards for support.
On Wednesday we had our EYFS Clown school day where all of the children came into school wearing clown costumes or bright outfits. We had lots of fun activities set up indoors and outdoors for the children and adults including stilt walking, bean bag throwing, biscuit decorating and puppet making. When we were finished with all the activities, we went into Reception for some yummy hot dogs and popcorn!
On Thursday afternoon we had our Valentines disco where we dressed up in our best outfits and danced until we couldn’t feel our feet!
Minutes Late: 5
WOW! What a fun filled week it has been in Reception this week. To end our circus topic, we enjoyed a clown school day on Wednesday, where we dressed up as clowns and took part in activities such as mask making and acrobats. On the afternoon we invited our grown ups into school to continue our learning with them, both indoors and outdoors. With our grown ups we enjoyed biscuit decorating, puppet making, juggling, stilt walking and splatting our teachers, all before we enjoyed popcorn and hotdogs.
On Thursday we came into school all dressed up in our fancy clothes to take part in our Valentines disco. We spoke on the morning about who is special to us and why they are special. We talked about how we can show someone how special they are, by giving them a big smile or doing something nice to help them.
We looked at a special book this week called, ‘The Sidewalk Circus.’ It’s a picture book that has no words, so we made up our own sentences to match the pictures. We discussed the type of words that might be used a story.
In maths we have been investigating, using the language full, empty, half full, half empty, nearly full and nearly empty. We did a lot of problem solving around this in our large outdoor sandpit.
We can’t believe it’s the end of another term! Our teachers are so proud of us and are very pleased with the progress we are making. After the holidays we are going to continue with developing our sentence writing and also working hard on solving problems in maths.
Our new theme after the holidays will be, ‘Mythical Beasts.’ We will learn all about, wizards, witches, goblins, dragons and castles and much more!
Have a great holiday everyone! We look forward to hearing about your adventures when you return to school on Tuesday 26th February.
Minutes Late: 5
4th-8th February 2019
We have had an interesting and exciting week in Nursery this week; we have been learning all about Chinese New Year! In key group we have been talking about where China is located on a map and what transport we would use to get there, we looked at the different traditions in China and how they celebrate this event. We have been making our own Chinese dragon masks and fans, practicing to use chop sticks in the tuft spot to develop our fine motor skills and even writing our own Chinese words such as ‘pig’ and ‘dog’. We learnt all about the history of the celebration and now we know that they wear red and have loud parades to scare away the monster that came into the Chinese town a long time ago.
In maths we have been looking at developing our counting and number recognition skills and also our number formation up to 5 and some children are now able to do this up to 6!
Next week we are going to be looking at ‘Love’… just in time for Valentines day! We are going to talk about who we love, and how we show that we love someone.
Minutes late: 12 minutes
4th – 8th February
This week in Reception we have learnt all about Chinese New Year and how Chinese people celebrate the coming of a new year. We started the week by learning to write our names in Chinese and each morning our grown ups have been coming into our classroom to help us. By the end of the week we were very good at writing our names in Chinese.
We learnt all about the story of the twelve animals that took part in a race for the Emperor and how this led to the Chinese believing that each year is named after an animal that took part in the race, in the order in which they came. This year is the year of the pig. This helped us with our maths this week as we have been ordering numbers and looking at the language first, second, third and so on.
We showed everything that we have learnt this week in our writing, as we had to write about the customs and traditions of Chinese New Year, such as, giving money in a red envelope, the brave and powerful dragon, new clothes and cleaning the house to get rid of the bad and welcome the new. Some of use had to label Chinese pictures, things like chopsticks and noodles, using the sounds we know.
We finished off all our fantastic learning this week by tasting some Chinese food. Some of us have already experienced the taste of spring rolls. noodles and prawn crackers, but to some of us this was a brand new tasting experience!
Minutes Late: 17
28th January-1st February
This week in Nursery we have been looking at the different animals in a circus, including tigers, lions and elephants. In key group we have been talking about where they live when they are in the circus, where the animals have come from and then we also watched videos of the animals performing. After watching the video, we went into the hall and practiced our own circus skills using the climbing apparatus, dancing ribbons, beanbags and hula hoops.
In the creative area, we have been turning ourselves into lions and tigers using card, tissue paper, string and buttons. We even made elephants, using loops of card for the trunk. In the play dough area we have been creating our own circus animals using feathers, pipe cleaners, googly eyes and beads.
This week we have also noticed that it has gotten very cold outside! Our tuft spot and water pump turned to ice! The children enjoyed painting the ice various colours and even brought it inside to watch it melt!
Next week we have a special celebration that we cannot wait to learn about… Chinese new year! We are going to be learning lots of amazing things about China and the celebration.
Minutes Late: 45
28th January-1st February
It’s been a cold week this week but that hasn’t stopped us from having lots of fun learning!
We continued with our circus theme this week and looked at the animals that sometimes take part in a circus show. We spoke in our key groups about whether we thought it was right or wrong for animals to be doing tricks in a circus. We had lots of different opinions within our groups.
We were also introduced to a new phrase this week when we looked at an aerial picture of a circus. We now know that when a picture is taken from up above us it is called a ‘birds eye view.’
In maths this week we have focused on shapes, to make sure we are confident with naming all common 2D shapes as well as talking about the properties that each shape has.
In literacy we are still working hard on developing our sentence writing. We are always reminding ourselves about using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. We are still continuing to learn new sounds and tricky words so that we can apply these in our sentence writing.
21st-25th January 2019
This week in Nursery we have continued to look at our topic ‘The Circus’. In key group we have been linking this to the 5 senses, what we can hear, smell, taste, touch and see in the circus tent. We even got to taste popcorn and candy floss!
In the creative area we have been making our own popcorn and circus tent pictures using collage materials. In the water tray we have been playing a game of hook the ball where we had to try and catch a ball with a fishing net then tell an adult what number they could see o the ball. In the circus we have been playing a game of ring toss using numbered bottles. In the sand tray we have been making our own pretend refreshments for the circus.
In phonics this week we have started to look at alliteration and what it means. We noticed that all of the characters in Peppa Pig have alliteration in their names!
We look forward to moving onto circus animals next week, starting with elephants and tigers!
Minutes Late: 0
14th-18th January 2019
This week in Nursery we have started to look at our new topic ‘The Circus’ following the children’s interests. We have been creating clown masks, face painted, created our own acrobatic obstacle course and even made our own Circus! In Maths this week we have been creating our own 2D shape picture using squares, rectangles, circles and triangles. In phonics we have been visiting the library and looking at all the different book on offer.
On Thursday we had our first snow fall! The children in Nursery wrapped up and went outside to play in the snow then came in for a nice hot chocolate with marshmallows.
14th – 18th
Roll up! Roll up! Come to our circus! We have thoroughly enjoyed enhancing our classroom this week with all things circus related. We were so surprised to see our very own big top in the corner of our classroom and have really enjoyed acting out our parts in the circus under the big top. We have been walking on stilts, juggling bean bags and selling tickets to our audience.
In literacy this week we have been writing sentences about what you can expect to see at the circus by using the phrase, ‘I can see….’ Our letter formation is improving each week and our teachers are so proud that we are now beginning to write independent sentences.
In maths we have been focusing on positional language and to do this we looked at images of clowns and where they were stood in relation to other circus objects around them. We used language such as, ‘next to,’ and ‘behind,’ to describe the clowns position.
We have enjoyed making clown faces, using paper plates, as a way of displaying our tricky words, which will help us when we come to write at the writing table.
A special treat this week (that our teachers had nothing to do with) was snow that arrived on Thursday. We all went outside to play in the snow and enjoyed throwing snowballs at each other, as well as talking about where the snow was coming from and why it was falling.
Nursery and Reception
We’ve all had a wonderful, festive week in EYFS this week. All of the EYFS staff would like to wish all of the children and their families a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Please take a look at our whole school Christmas video to see all of the Christmas activities the children have taken part in!
See you in the new year!
What a busy week we have had !! On Monday it was our Christmas Nativity performance and we were fabulous! We showed all of our grown ups just how confident we are with speaking and singing in front of an audience. We all worked so hard to learn our lines and practise all of the songs and it really paid off!
On Thursday we enjoyed a magical day . It even snowed in our outdoor area! We came into school dressed in our pyjamas and dressing gowns, already for our Polar Express day. On the morning, we made our own train tickets in readiness to climb on board the movie afternoon that afternoon. We also made play dough hot chocolate and did some snowmen maths. Our adults came into school on the afternoon to watch the film with us and we all enjoyed our hot chocolate and biscuits.
Friday was yet another fun filled day. It was Christmas jumper day. We all looked brilliant in our festive jumpers and we enjoyed our Christmas dinner at school with our friends and teachers. We have also started to make lots of special things to bring home with us next week, but for now they are a secret!!!!
We have been so busy in Nursery this week! On Monday we had our Christmas Nativity performance for all of our family and friends, we dressed up in all of our costumes, read our lines and sang our songs for the audience. We were AMAZING! On Thursday we had our Polar Express day were we had hot chocolate play dough, designed our own train tickets and decorated our own Christmas jumper in the creative area. On the afternoon, we all went down to Reception to watch the Polar Express film with our mams, dads, nana’s and granddad’s. We had a snow machine, hot chocolates, biscuits and even a bell to take home to remember the day! On Friday we had our Christmas jumper day and even had our Christmas dinner with the teachers! We have even started making our Christmas cards and Christmas baubles to take home! We’ve had such a busy week at Nursery and we only have one week left at school until we break up for Christmas, we’re all so excited!
In Reception this week we have learnt lots about people who help us, and have discussed the different types of transport they use. We began the week by looking at a picture of a fire engine and we all shared our ideas about who we thought used this source of transport. We all agreed it would be firefighters!! We then looked at ambulances and police cars and spoke about the people who use these sources of transport to help us.
In writing this week we labelled a fire engine. Our teachers are so impressed with how we are becoming independent writers, as we are using the sounds we know to help us with our writing. We have also learnt more new sounds this week including, oa, ar, oo, and or.
In maths we have started to use the language associated with adding and we have used lots of practical objects to begin to add two groups together. We were introduced to the + and = sign so we can begin to write our own number sentences.
In the small word area our wooden house was on fire!!!! We used the fire station and the fire engine, together with our imaginations to put the fire out! The wooden blocks in the construction area were transformed into large flames and we used these to build our own burning buildings. We then thought about what we would need to put the fire out and if we were real firefighters, what protective clothing we would need to wear.
Christmas has slowly started to arrive at Plains Farm Academy and we have helped to decorate the main tree in the school hall, by making our own Christmas decorations to hang on it. We are also working really hard to practise our nativity for and can’t wait to show our play to our grown ups on the 10th December 2018.
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This week Nursery have reading Jack and the Beanstalk. In Key Group we planted our own beanstalks using compost, broad beans and water. We have placed them on the windowsill and have been waiting for them to grow all week! In the water area we have been making our own magic beans by mixing food colouring and glitter to butter beans. In the creative area we have had so much fun painting magic beans with marbles!
In maths this week we have been looking at comparing different sized footprints from our Jack and the beanstalk story. We have been learning the new mathematical words ‘big, medium and small’
In phonics we have been working to improve our pencil grip and pencil control. To do this we have been drawing lines, circles and zig-zags with the chalks on the floor outside. After that, we wrote our names really big so the giant could see them from all the way up in the clouds.
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12-16th November 2018
We have been very busy in Reception this week! We have continued with our topic, ‘Transport,’ with a focus on cars and it has also been Anti-Bullying Week and Children in Need.
At the beginning of the week we looked at images of the very first car that was built in 1769! It looks nothing like the cars we ride in now. We then looked at cars through history, which we really enjoyed, right up to the modern day cars that we see all the time on our roads. This led us onto our Literacy task which was to label the features of a car.
In maths we have been consolidating our number recognition and have been matching numbers to the correct quantity. We are becoming good at recognising numbers 1-10 and are beginning to work within numbers 1-20.
On Thursday we spent key group time talking about what makes a good friend and we all made a promise with a green handprint that we would always use kind words and kind hands when we are playing with our friends. On Friday we celebrated Children in Need and made Pudsey faces with play dough and decorated pictures of Pudsey.
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12th-16th November 2018
This week has been Anti-Bullying Week in School. Through the week, Nursery have been talking about how to be kind to our friends. We made our own rules for Nursery that the children and teachers must follow to make sure we are all kind; We also shared our treats that we made with the other teachers in our school, learning that ‘Sharing is Caring’.
Through the week we have also been learning about the ‘Gingerbread man’ story. We have been creating gingerbread men collage pictures and on Thursday we made our own gingerbread men to eat! They were so yummy!
On Friday we celebrated Children in Need. The children wore brightly coloured clothes to raise awareness for the charity. We enjoyed painting Pudsey faces and making our own Pudsey biscuits!
In maths this week we have been learning to match numeral to quantity. So when we noticed that our gingerbread man didn’t have any buttons, we had to put the correct amount on for him to be happy again.
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5th-9th November 2018
In Nursery this week we have been celebrating lots of events! On Monday and Tuesday we spoke about Bonfire Night. We enjoyed creating firework pictures in the creative area with paint and used a variety of tools to create amazing firework effects. On Thursday and Friday we spoke about Remembrance Day, the children watched a video that told us all about WW1, poppies and the soldiers who got hurt in the war. We created our own versions of poppies in the creative area using collage materials and even using balloons to print our poppies with paint!
In maths this week we have been looking at the number 5, we practiced recognising the number, counting to 5 and even writing the number 5!
In phonics this week we have been looking at rhyming words! The children are very excited to go to the Beacon of Light on the 21st for our Nursery Rhyme afternoon.
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In Reception this week we have been learning about why we have Bonfire Night. We enjoyed creating firework pictures in the creative area and outdoors with paint and used a variety of tools to create amazing firework effects. We splatted paint everywhere!! On Thursday and Friday we spoke about Remembrance Day, the children watched a video that told us all about WW1, poppies and the soldiers who got hurt in the war. We created our own versions of poppies in the creative area. We also made a poppy wreath using our handprints as the leaves around it.
We have started our new topic ‘Transport’ – we are exploring what transport is and the different types there are. This week we are learning about cars and have read the story ‘Mr Grumpy’s Motor Car’ as a stimulus. We have had toy cars with pens attached to the back for us to practise writing our tricky words. This week we also talked about what a list is and how we write one. We wrote our own lists of all the animals in our story.
In Maths we have being practising one more, looking at a given number and then using counters and number lines to help us find one more. We are going to continue to work on this.
29th October- 2nd November
We’ve had a spooky time in Reception this week! We’ve been doing all things Halloween with our story ‘Room on the Broom,’ as a focus.
We have been looking at the author Julia Donaldson and how all her books rhyme and are written in a similar style. We shared with each other the Julia Donaldson stories that we are familiar with and enjoy.
We have been doing some amazing writing this week as we labelled the different characters and objects from our story using the sounds we know. We wrote words such as, cat, hat, dog and cat.
In maths this week we made magic wands by collecting long and short sticks and then we put them all out to order them all by height.
In creative this week we used apples and orange paint to print pumpkins and then added faces to the shape with black pen once they had dried. We had fun investigating the insides of a pumpkin and used the seeds as counting material. We are getting really good at counting beyond 10.
Our favourite part of this week was sharing our learning with our families during the family learning session and then we burnt off all our energy by doing some amazing dancing in our EYFS Halloween disco!!
29th October- 2nd November
We have had such a fun filled week this week in Nursery!
We have been learning about Halloween this week and we have had a Halloween Disco. All the children made a fantastic effort with their costumes and they all looked amazing! We had some party food after dancing lots at the disco. We had a Halloween Family Learning morning and some of our grown ups came in to see what we get up to in Nursery. We decorated biscuits, made spiders out of clay and made some bubbling and fizzing potions. We loved it!
Our book of the week this week was ‘Room on the Broom’ we have started to look at rhyming words and were looking for them in the story. We also used a ‘Goblin Snot Rhyming Pot’ to identify rhyme.
The star of the week this week in Nursery is Lily C for trying so hard with her number work. Our Hero of the Week this week is Alex. Well done!
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This week in Nursery we have been learning all about Autumn, we have made some amazing autumn pictures using the leaves we collected ourselves from outside. We also made some gorgeous watercolour pictures of leaves.
We have been learning about the season Autumn and finding out what usually happens in Autumn. We have been reading the story ‘Pumpkin Soup’ and we actually made our own pumpkin soup and ate it!
In phonics this week we have been learning and practicing a range of nursery rhymes we are getting very good at this! In maths we have been focusing on the number 3 this week our number of the week.
We also celebrated Freddie and Charlie’s birthday this week they are both now 4 years old!
The star of the week this week in Nursery is Lacey for trying so hard with her number work. Our Hero of the Week this week is Charlie. Well done!
I would like to wish all of our Nursery children a happy and safe half term and I hope you have lots of fun! While you are out and about keep an eye out for the numbers 1, 2 and 3!
This week in Reception we have focused on where we live. We have talked about our own houses and used language such as, ‘semi-detached’ and ‘bungalow’ to describe what our house looks like. We also thought about the environment of where we live and used language such as, ‘busy’ and ‘quiet’ to describe our streets. We looked at local landmarks that are close to our homes, including Penshaw Monument, Queen Alexandra Bridge and The Angel of the North. Some of us have visited these landmarks and were able to talk about our first hand experiences.
In phonics we used the large outdoor sandpit to help us develop our letter formation by using our fingers to write in the sand. In maths we have learnt all about shapes including 2D and 3D shapes. We created pictures by printing with 2D shapes and then described the shape to the adult working with us using language such as, points and sides.
We had fun with the indoor sandpit this week as the sand was very wet!!! We were able to manipulate the sand to build houses and castles. In the creative area with used brick printed wallpaper to make our own houses.
Over the holidays our teachers would like us to practise our sounds and reading but most of all they would like us to have fun outdoors!!! If we ride a bike or slide down a slide or collect some leaves, it would be great if we could bring some photographs into school to show our friends.
Have a great holiday!
Reception – 45 minutes
8th – 12th October
In Nursery this week we have been learning about daily routines. We have been talking about our daily routine at Nursery and our morning and bed time routine at home. We have had lots of fun we read the story ‘Peace at Last’ and had some hot chocolate with marshmallows in while discussing our bed time routines, it was very yummy!
In Maths this week we have been looking at the number 2, we have learnt what the number two looks like, how to count out 2 objects and some people have been practicing to write the number 2!
We have spent lots of time exploring outside this week and have enjoyed making potions and gloop using shaving foam, food colouring and flour. We love exploring new textures and getting our hands dirty in Nursery!
Our Hero of the week this week is Jake and our star of the week this week is Lily W for being an excellent role model. Well done!
This week in reception we have been learning all about the importance of good hygiene and why we should keep ourselves happy and healthy. We have had lots of fun learning all about why our heart is important to our bodies and how it works. We have also been learning about why we need to wash our hands and have even carried out an experiment to observe germs growing with pieces of bread which became green and mouldy. Yuk!
In our phonics this week we have been learning even more new sounds! We have learned, ss, ll and ff. We have also been learning how to write a sentence using two or three words and we were really good at this! We continue to practise recognising and writing our high frequency words such as I, the, no and go.
In maths we have been learning about money and have practised recognising the different coins. When asked what the children thought ‘money’ was they gave responses such as ”it comes out of the machine” and ”you have to go to work to get money”. To do this we have been looking at different coins, looking at the different colours and sizes they are and what their numbers mean. We have also been continuing to practise forming our numbers and we are becoming a lot more confident with this.
In creative this week we have been using fresh vegetables to print pictures to make fruit baskets, we have also been making models of our teeth using the white playdough.
We have had an amazing week this week and have learned so much!
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This week in our Reception Class we have been learning all about how to stay healthy and happy! We have had lots of fun taking part in all of our different learning activities. We now know that to be healthy we need to eat a healthy diet with lots of fruits and vegetables and we also need to exercise to keep our bodies fit and strong.
In our phonics this week we have been learning even more new sounds! We have learned, e, u, and r. We are now getting really good at blending our sounds together to read words which helps us with our reading at school and at home.
In maths we have been learning about ”more” and ”less”. To do this we have been looking at two groups of objects and comparing them, looking at which group has more and which group has less. Some of the children said ”they knew which group had more because that group was bigger”. We have also been practising forming our numbers and our teachers were so impressed with how well we did.
On a Friday we have footy phonics which all of the reception children love! We use our sounds which we have been learning in phonics whilst playing football!
We would also like to say a big thank you to all of our parents and children who brought in a model of their home. We were so impressed with how brilliant they all were!
This week in Nursery we have been learning all about ‘Senses’. We have enjoyed going on listening and looking walks around our school grounds, tasting lots of new food and using feely bags in key group. We have also really enjoyed reading, listening to and carrying out activities linked to our book of the week this week the ‘Hungry Caterpillar.’
In Maths this week we have been looking at the number 1, we have learnt how to count out 1 object, write the number 1 and count to number 1.
On Monday we completed our first Daily Mile. On the first day we ran around our school yard twice but since then we have been running around three times as we are getting faster!
Our Hero of the week this week is Polly and our star of the week this week is Lola for trying so hard in phonics. Well done!
This week we have had a fun filled week in our Reception class, learning all about our five senses. We now know that we use different parts of our bodies for sight, touch, taste, smell and hearing. To test out our senses we have tried different foods, listened to music, smelt different things (good and bad) and we even got to play in beans and spaghetti to help us talk about how different things feel and look.
In phonics this week we have learnt more new sounds and are starting to become really good at using the sounds to build words. Our letter formation is developing really well and all of our teachers are so proud of us!
In maths we have continued with our counting within 10 this week, making sure that we count aloud and accurately. We were also introduced to the word ‘estimate,’ and we now know that this means a sensible guess. Our families can help us with our estimating skills by using simple questions and every day objects like, how many sweets do you think are in the packet?
On Friday it was a very special day for one of our friends, it was Dottie’s birthday ! Happy birthday Dottie! We all hope you have a fabulous time celebrating your birthday with your family and cant’ wait to hear all about it on Monday.
24-28th September 2018
This week we have been learning lots more about our friends through our ‘All About Me’ bags the children filled the bags with 4 items from home and brought them in to share with the rest of the class.
We had lots of fun making crispy cakes for our Macmillan Coffee Afternoon. The children stirred the chocolate into the crispy cakes, spooned them into bun cases and decorated them with sprinkles. We even tried some to check they were okay first!
We have started to learn about our senses and have been discussing two of the five senses touch and hearing. We have been working really hard on our listening skills and have even been on a listening walk around school.
Our Hero of the week this week is Carlton and our star of the week this week is Mia for outstanding behaviour. Well done!
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17th-21st September 2018
This week in Reception we started our new topic, ‘All About Me.’ We started the week by talking about the things that we are really good at. We said things like, ‘being a good friend,’ ‘good at painting,’ and ‘sharing.’ All of these are good skills to have and we are working on becoming good at others things too.
We also told our friends in our key groups about what we want to be when we are older. Harry wants to be a train driver and Layla wants to be a teacher.
It’s been a really windy week this week and we have loved spending time in the outdoor area investigating the wind. We threw leaves up into the air and watched to see what direction they flew in. We then worked together to build a den to protect ourselves from the wind.
We have learnt more new sounds this week including i,n,m and d and together with the sounds we have learnt so far we are now beginning to write some words independently.
This week in the creative area we used clay to make our portraits. We learnt lots of skills and techniques like rolling, squeezing and joining.
This week in Nursery we started our new topic ‘All About Me.’ Myself and Miss Burnett have really enjoyed getting to know lots more about the children. We started the week off by sharing our All About Me homework which told us about our families and our favourite things.
We have been very creative this week, the children have completed self-portraits of themselves and were able to talk about some of their features. Lily said she had ‘golden hair.’ We have also made mirrors and drew pictures of our family members.
We had dinner date this week, our new starters were able to share our lunchtime routine with a family member, we all had a lovely time.
Our star of the week this week is Jake for being a ray of sunshine everyday. Our hero of the week this week is Sophie and she has taken Fire Engine Bear home for a weekend of fun at her house. We can’t wait to hear all about it on Monday!
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10-14th September 2018
Hello and a big welcome back to all of our children, including all of our new children who have started with us this year. The children have all started the year with big smiles and have settled back into the rules and expectations of the classrooms very well.
This week in Reception we have been focusing on the rules and expectations of the classroom. The children have had a lot of time to explore their new environment while showing us what they can already do.
We have welcomed our parents into the classroom this week to support us with our name writing as we are all trying hard to write our name independently.
This week we have started our phonic lessons and we have learnt the new sounds s,a,t and p. These sounds have also been sent home this week as part of our homework. It is important that we also learn the matching rhymes which help us with the formation of our letters.
On Friday we took part in our first footy phonics session. During our first session we practised our gross motor skills by kicking a ball and running in different directions. We also had to bounce the ball over to the sound flashcards that were on the floor. Before we placed the sound under the cone we had to say it out loud.
We love exploring in the outdoor area and have had fun this week in the nature garden where we have climbed up ladders and swung on ropes.
This week in Nursery we worked together to agree on rules for our classroom. We have spent lots of time exploring our routine and learning how to tidy up. The children have enjoyed exploring their new environment while showing us what they can already do.
Parents have started to come into the classroom this week to support us with our name writing as we are all trying hard to write our name independently.
This week we have started exploring stories and songs in Nursery our favourite so far is five little speckled frogs!
Fire Engine Bear has gone to Alfie’s house for the weekend as he has displayed outstanding green behaviour all week. We can’t wait to hear what they have been up to!
The children have been given homework this week to introduce our new topic for the coming week. Our new topic is ‘All about me.’ We are looking forward to learning more about the children.
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