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 Griffith – Nursery Teaching Assistant
Miss Hodgson-Reception Teaching Assistant
Wow! What busy bees we have been this week. On Monday it was Armistice Day, in key groups we discussed what this day means and why it is so important. We then created our own poppies, they were fantastic!
As it was Anti-Bulllying week we had an assembly with Mr Stewart on Tuesday morning to discuss what anti-bulling is. When we came back to class we discussed how we can be kind friends. In the creative area we made someone we love a friendship bracelet to make them smile.
This week as also been Maths Week. On Thursday we dressed up as rock stars and had our Maths family learning. We had so many exciting activities to do which included shape and number! We had so much fun and we hope you did too!
Then finally it was Friday, Children in Need day. We painted and coloured some Pudsey pictures and we also made some yummy Pudsey Biscuits. It was amazing to see everyone dressed up!
Our Star of the week this week was Alfie for always being so polite and friendly. Well done Alfie!
We have joined Step Up, a new challenge to encourage people who live, work and study in Sunderland to be more active. We have worked out that this week our class walked 280,710 steps while in school, which will be added to our school and the Sunderland total. You could take part in this too. It’s fun, free to register and everyone who takes part will get the chance to receive rewards. You can join in by downloading the Step Up Sunderland app from the App Store or Google Play, or by logging into the website www.stepupsunderland.com
Next week we are going to be learning all about African animals. For your homework can you create your own 3D model of an animal to show on Monday in class?
So far in phonics we have learnt… m-a-s-d-t-i-n-p-g-o-c-k-u-b-f-e-l-h-sh-r
11th – 15th November
We have had a week full of learning this week in Reception. This week has been filled with lots of special events.
We started the week by discussing why we wear poppies and why the 11th November is such a special day. We watched a short movie on Cbeebies about a rabbit who found a field of poppies, after being in a loud dark field, and this helped us to understand why we wear them. We made our own poppies in the creative area and also took part in a whole school two minute silence.
Through the week we have also talked lots about how to show acts of kindness and what to do to be a good friend, as we have celebrated anti-bullying week. Reception have said that every day we are going to give each other a huge smile to brighten up our friends days.
This week was also ‘Maths Week’ so we have spent a lot of time in our provision taking part in maths activities associated with measure and shape. We have been learning how to tell the time and also how to sequence activities according to the time they happen. We enjoyed having our grown ups in the classroom on Thursday to help us with all the fun shape activities.
Friday was a special day as we raised money for Children in Need by coming into school dressed in bright colours.
Our reading area has been developed into a campsite and we have loved reading in the tent with torches. Please remember to share our favourite stories with us at home as our teachers ask us about them at school.
This week we have learnt the sounds ‘f’ and ‘e’.
We have joined Step Up, a new challenge to encourage people who live, work and study in Sunderland to be more active. We have worked out that this week our class walked 554,249 steps while in school, which will be added to our school and the Sunderland total. You could take part in this too. It’s fun, free to register and everyone who takes part will get the chance to receive rewards. You can join in by downloading the Step Up Sunderland app from the App Store or Google Play, or by logging into the website www.stepupsunderland.com
Our Privilege Card went to Nathan this week for being an excellent role model in the classroom. Well done Nathan.
Minutes Late: 75 minutes
Imagine coming into Nursery on a Monday and jumping straight on an aeroplane, well that’s what we did this week! The children have been transported all the way to Africa! We have decided to move from London and England to a hot country, where we have been comparing and contrasting families and the weather. We have focused mainly on Tanzania this week and have been reading the book ‘We all went on Safari’, in this week it counts all the way up to 10 whilst the tribe walks through the safari, past lots of wild animals. In key group we have found Africa and Tanzania on a map, discussing tribes and even learning how to count to 5 in the Swahili language! In the creative area we have been creating our own traditional African masks using lots of bright colours.
On Monday a strange chair appeared in the hall, then in the corridor, then in the classroom; each time it appeared, it had a new clue on it! The boys and girls were very curious as to why this chair was magic and who owned the chair. We discussed as a whole class where we thought it had come from then wrote our own speech bubbles for a whole school display.
In maths this week we have been following on from our Africa topic by looking at the patterns in their clothing. At the start of the week we created our own pattern song, then looked on the internet at different African patterns. Then we went into the creative area to create our own patterns using pom poms and paint!
So far in phonics we have learnt m-a-s-d-t-i-n-p-g-o-c-k-u-b-f-e-l.
Minutes Late: 100 minutes
4th – 8th November 2019
This week in Reception, we started our new topic ‘Into the Woods.’ We have been so excited to learn about rabbits since Colin arrived in our classroom, that our teachers decided to build our new classroom theme around this, as the woodland is the natural habitat of rabbits.
We started our topic by reading our first Percy the Park Keeper book, After the Storm. Please ask us all about it at home, as we have had lots of discussions around the story and are all able to retell it in great depth. Our role play area has been transformed into Percy’s Hut with the help of all the children.
In phonics this week, we have leant two new sounds, u and b. Please help us at home with the formation of these letters and remember to ask us how to write them with the matching rhymes.
We have been thinking about measure this week in maths and have been comparing heights of different objects, including Percy’s shovels and sweeping brushes. We all gathered twigs in the outdoor area and compared and ordered the length of the twigs from shortest to tallest. We then measured the length of the twigs using cubes.
We’ve also been busy in the creative area this week, painting toadstools and pictures of Colin. Some of the boys in our class designed an amazing new park in the construction area and then built some of the things using the wooden blocks.
We would like to say a big well done who Adam got given our Privilege Card for putting 100% effort into all his learning this week! Amazing!
Minutes Late: 31 minutes
What a wonderful week we have had in Nursery! On Tuesday we met our new rabbit friend Colin Gucci, we have loved watching him bouncing around the classroom and think he is so “crazy cute”. On Thursday we had our Halloween parent stay and play where we decorated candy apples, made our own witches and pumpkins and played in gloop! On the afternoon we put on our dancing shoes for our Halloween disco, we had so much fun!
Throughout the week we have also been following our All around the World topic by looking at The World and talking about how we are all different and special in our own way.
On Friday we had our Wellbeing Friday, on the morning we went into the hall to play on our new ‘Box of Tricks’ climbing frame and in the afternoon we had footy phonics!
So far in phonics we have learnt m-a-s-d-t-i-n-p-g-o-c-k-u-b.
In maths we have been decorating pumpkins using 2D shapes.
Minutes Late: 10
21st – 25th October 2019
What an amazing week we have had in Reception! We welcomed a new friend into our classroom. Our class rabbit, Colin! We were so excited when Miss Cassidy told us we were getting a rabbit. We have spent lots of time with him this week, getting to know him, learning how to ensure we are safe around him and how to keep him safe. We have made Colin some lovely pictures and cards to welcome him into our classroom.
At the beginning of the week we thought about the difference between hot and cold countries in our world and looked at the different animals that we might find in a hot or cold country.
On Thursday we enjoyed spending time doing Halloween crafts at our family learning session and had a brilliant time at our Halloween disco. We danced and played games until we were red in the face!
Well-being Friday saw us taking notice of the changes that autumn brings. We spent time in the secret garden collecting a range of different items to bring back to class, where we then made art work using the leaves and berries.
We have all worked so hard this half term and our teachers wish us an amazing holiday !
Minutes late: 12 minutes
14-18th October 2019
We are continuing to learn and have so much fun in Nursery! On Tuesday Nursery were taught all about ice cats. We first had to listen out for good and bad sounds using our listening ears, we then learnt that when an adult says ‘pat, pat, pat’ we have to pretend to be a hedgehog on the floor, then when they say ‘swoosh’ we have to pretend to be superhero’s on the floor! Finally we learnt how to turn ourselves into a fast moving train by holding our partners shoulder and watching the adult in front. We had so much fun!
This week we have also been learning about the different types of transport that can take us around the country and around the world. In key group we have been discussing the difference between land, air and sea transport. In the creative area we have been making our own transport using junk modelling and decorating using creative resources. In maths we have been practicing how to measure vehicles using counting cubes, the children blew Miss Burnetts socks off with their amazing counting skills!
So far in phonics we have learnt m-a-s-d-t-i-n-p-g-o-c-k-u.
Minutes Late: 40 minutes
We’ve had another wonderful week of learning in Reception this week. We started the week thinking about London and the special person that lives in the palace in London! The Queen! We looked at pictures of the Queen and lots of us were shocked to discover that she does not always wear a crown. We thought about the questions we would want to ask the Queen if we were ever to meet her. Some of these were:
‘Do you have any pets?’
‘What biscuits do you like with your tea?’
‘Do you have a special tiara?’
As we all agreed we probably won’t get to meet the Queen anytime soon, we decided we would write her a letter to include all of our questions. We really hope she replies.
Continuing with our discussions around London, we looked at the history of London and how it was not always like what it is like today. We learnt about the ‘Great Fire of London,’ and discussed how things have changed since this happened.
This week in maths, we have been looking at 2D shapes, using their names and mathematical language such as, sides and corners to describe the properties of the shapes we are familiar with. We also used 2D shapes to spot and create our own repeating patterns.
We are continuing to work hard with our phonics by learning new sounds everyday and would love all of our grown ups to remember to help us with ‘Fred Talk’ at home.
On Tuesday, we had a special visitor come into our classroom to teach us all about keeping safe and listening to noises that we may or may not be familiar with. We are now amazing at turning ourselves into superheroes when our teachers use special words or actions. We had great fun playing games, putting our training into action, after our superhero training!
Minutes late: 0 minutes
7th-11th October 2019
What a fabulous week we have had in Nursery this week! We have followed on from our interest of London and this week we have been learning all about the royal family.
On Monday we celebrated World Smile Week, we spoke about how to make other people smile and what makes us smile. We then decorated smiley faces, sang the smiley face song, made our own stickers to give to our friends and decorated biscuits and gave them out around the school. On Tuesday we made crowns in the creative area using jewels, pom poms, sequins and glitter. In the writing area we wrote out invitations to the Queen to invite her to our tea party the next day. We then used those crowns on Wednesday when we had our very own Royal Tea Party! We had cucumber sandwiches, jam scones, fruit and orange juice just like the Queen! On Thursday we raised awareness for World Mental Health Day by coming into school with bright coloured clothing. We played with spaghetti in the tuft spot, danced to music and decorated our own biscuits.
In phonics we have learnt letters m-a-s-d-t-i-n-p-g.
In maths this week we have been working on recognising numbers to either 5 or 10.
The Plainsy pass this week is Evan for being so brave!
The Star of the Week this week is going to Maddie, for blowing us away with her knowledge on London!
Minutes Late: 10
7th – 11th October
This week we have learnt all about our capital city ‘London’. We looked at different landmarks in London and spoke about whether or not we thought London was a busy or quiet place. We all decided that we think it is a very busy part of our country! We imagined ourselves being on a London Red Bus and spoke about the places we would want to visit around the city. We showed great interest in the Queen and who she so our teacher told us that next week will learn all about her.
We had a great day on Tuesday as we began the special day by sliding into school with a smile, for World Smile Day. We also painted smiley faces and said something nice to a friend for them to pass a smile back to us. As we often show our teeth when we smile, we thought about who helps us to look after our teeth and also about how we can help ourselves by making healthy choices.
Thursday was World mental Health Day and we asked ourselves the question, ‘What will make today a good day?’ This helped us to start the day on a positive note. Our brightly coloured clothes helped us to smile too!
We are continuing to learn new sounds each day in phonics and will soon be getting reading books with word in!! We are very excited about this and need lots of practise at home when we get them.
In maths, we have continued with numbers to 10, counting, ordering and forming. We are getting good with this now and will be moving quickly onto numbers to 20.
Well done Zac for getting our Privilege Card this week!
30th September-4th October 2019
This week in Nursery we have been learning all about London! In key groups we have located London on a map of the UK, we have researched and discussed famous landmarks and we have discussed what transport we would use to get down into London. The children have shown a keen interest in the Queen and Buckingham palace so we have decided that next week we are going to have a deeper look into the royal family, what their jobs are and where they live.
In the creative area we have been creating our own 3D Big Ben using our old bagel boxes and decorating with paint and a big clock face. In maths this week we have been looking into recognising and describing 2D shapes. In phonics this week we have been trying so hard in our new Read Write Inc lessons and have currently learnt the letters m-a-s-d.
On Thursday we were invaded by Year 3 children who were carrying out research, the Nursery children beamed with confidence when answering the Year 3 children’s questions!
We have such a busy week next week with World Smiley Face Day on Monday and Parents Evenings on Tuesday and Wednesday, please try turn up for your appointment because we would love to show you how amazing your child is in school!
This week Evie is our Star of the Week, for blowing us away in phonics and blending some simple words independently! Our Plainsy Pass this week is going to Alfie, for coming into school with a big smile no his face everyday!
23rd – 27th September 2019
We have had such a busy week in Nursery this week. We started the week by introducing the children to Sunderland, we spoke about what we have in Sunderland such as The Bridges shopping centre, Penshaw monument and The Stadium of light. We then looked at the map of the UK and spoke about where England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Sunderland was located on the map. In the creative area we created our own maps, remembering to add buildings and roads. On Wednesday we made our own Rocky Road cupcakes to sell for Macmillan, we spoke about washing our hands and making sure there was no germs on our hands before we baked our cakes. On Wellbeing Friday we had so much fun learning in the hall with the hula hoops, footballs and playing ring games.
Next week we are going to be learning all about London, we cant wait to find it on the map and create our own landmarks in the creative area.
Our Privilege Pass went to Harry, for blowing us away with his knowledge of the world!
This week in Reception we started our ‘All Around the World’ topic and began by thinking about how fortunate we are to have a home that is filled with the things we need for everyday living. We discussed the word ‘fortunate’ and what this word means. We then began to think about the things we actually need in a home compared to the things we want to have in our homes and spoke about the difference between the two. Next week we will be moving onto the location of our homes and where Sunderland is in comparison to the rest of the country. We will be looking at maps.
In maths, we are taking our time to think carefully about the formation of the numbers 0-9. We all now know a rhyme to say for every number to help us when we write the number. We have also ordered the numbers and are recognising the numbers both in and out of order.
Coastal School was definitely wet this week!!! But that did not stop us from having a great time . This week, we explored the different media and materials that are available at the beach and made our own art work using sand, seaweed, driftwood and pebbles.
Friday was well-being day and we all enjoyed developing our turn taking skills by playing new games, as well as keeping active outdoors.
Our Privilege Pass went to Polly, for her attitude to learning and for the lovely smiles she gives her teachers every morning. Well done Polly!
Lateness: 15 minutes
16th-20th September 2019-Nursery
This week in Nursery we have began out topic ‘All around the world’ by looking at homes and houses. We have looked at who lives in our home, what furniture we have in our home, what our home is made of and what it looks like. We have been linking this weeks investigations with ‘The three little pigs’ and have been talking about building houses of straw, wood and brick and discussing why some are suitable building materials and some aren’t. In the creative area we have been making our own houses using junk modelling and paint. In the sand area, we added water to create cement and used this to create our own structures. In the maths area we have been creating our own homes using 2D shapes such as squares for windows and triangles for the roof. The children have loved exploring in our new ‘Plains Farm Airport’, pretending to be desk assistants and pilots in our aeroplane!
On Monday we invited the parents of our new children in for a dinner date, we had a fabulous time!
This week our star of the week is Breanna, for always making the teachers laugh and blowing us away with her name writing.
Minutes Late: 2019
16th -20th September 2019
This week in Reception we looked at the changes we could see outdoors. We all noticed that the leaves are beginning to fall off the trees, as we are coming into the season of Autumn. We also spoke about other things that we might see or celebrate during Autumn. We took this opportunity to collect some of the fallen leaves and practised our printing skills. We had to think carefully about the colours we would use as the Autumn leaves are no longer green.
We are continuing to practise our name writing each morning with our grown ups and already our teachers are noticing a difference with our pencil control.
We have continued to develop our ‘Travel Agents Role Play,’ and spent some time talking about the things you might do or see in a travel agents. A small group of us then painted some large scale aeroplanes to display in the classroom.
Coastal School was great fun this week! We made up our own games using only the natural rescores from the beach. We had to think carefully about turn taking and listening to each others rules. Lots of us noticed a difference in the beach this week as the tide was all the way out. We could see some rock pools, which we can’t wait to explore in the near future.
This week our Privilege Card was awarded to Lola! Well done Lola, you have had a great week doing lots of independent learning.
Reception Attendance: 91.9%
Lateness: 0 minutes!
9th-13th September – Nursery
This week in Nursery we have been settling into our school routine with our old and new Nursery children. We have been exploring all the new areas and resources that have been created for the children to learn with, we have been making new friends and learning all the school rules. The teachers have loved getting to know the new children’s interests and finding out what the older Nursery children have been doing in the six weeks holiday.
In the creative area this week we have been creating our own self-portraits using crayons and pencils. In the water area we have been practicing our motor control by pouring and tipping water in the various sized jugs. In the small world area, the children have shown an interest in cars and transport so we introduced a city floor mat and new vehicles for the children to learn with.
This week we have been preparing for our new topic by transforming the role play area into ‘Plains Farm Airport’ with our very own aeroplane! We can’t wait to start our new topic ‘All around the world’ next week where we will be learning all about local, national and international landmarks and cultures.
This week all of our children in Nursery are Star of the Week for having a fabulous first week back after the six weeks!
Nursery Attendance: 99.3%
Lateness: 0 minutes!
9th-13th September – Reception
‘This week in Reception, we have continued to reinforce the rules and routines of our new classroom. At the beginning of the week, we talked about what the word ‘bullying,’ means and how we can make sure we are a good friend, not a bully! Together with Nursery, we have made an anti-bullying charter, which is a promise that we have all made to each other to be a good friend.
We have also made our own ‘feelings’ display for us to show our teachers each morning how we are feeling. When we come into the classroom each morning, we will be encouraged to move our picture towards the happy or the sad cloud, depending on how we are feeling. Our teachers hope to see lots of happy faces!
Our first Coastal School took place this week and what a great time the children had! We learnt all about beach safety and then went on a scavenger hunt where we developed the things we had found into a wonderful story about pirates!
Since our first day in Reception we have made lots of creative pictures to remind us of our first week in our new class. We have made hand prints and painted self-portraits to see how much we grow by the end of the year.
Very soon we will be starting our phonics, maths and our new topic, ‘All Around the World.’ We will learn so many exciting things about where live and about other countries across the world. Our teachers are busy turning our role play area into a ‘Travel Agents!’
Our first week in Reception has been a very successful week. We have had great fun getting to know each other and our teachers are excited to watch us grow.
Reception Attendance: 94.3%
Lateness: 0 minutes!
On Thursday and Friday in Nursery we have welcomed our 9 new children who have been settling into our classroom and getting to know the teachers. We have been exploring the school, learning with our new toys and exploring the outdoor area. We cant wait to welcome back our old Nursery children on Monday and begin our ‘All around the world’ topic.
1st-5th July 2019
In Nursery this week we have been reading ‘Pirates love underpants’ for our book of the week. We have enjoyed creating our own patterned underpants in the creative area using paint, pencils and crayons.
Throughout the week we have been taking advantage of the sunshine by learning outdoors, we have been climbing the tree house, playing in the mud kitchen and exploring in the secret garden. The children were very excited on Wednesday as we saw a birds nest with eggs inside! We had to be very quiet and careful around the nest in case we scared the mammy bird.
1st – 5th July 2019
In Reception this week, we continued with our story ‘Pirates in the Supermarket.’ We talked about the different characters in the story and thought about words that we might use to describe the different pirates, based upon how they look. We then used these words in our independent writing, as we wrote sentences to describe the characters.
In Maths we did some problem solving, which we thoroughly enjoyed. We were able to apply our knowledge of ‘sharing’ to solve the problem we were given.
Footy phonics was really fun this week! We worked mainly in teams and had to follow lots of different rules to ensure we played the games correctly.
We have been talking a lot around changes and the changes which we are expecting to happen over the next few weeks. The biggest change is that we are getting ready to move into Year 1! Lots of us are very excited about this and can’t wait to meet our new teacher next week.
It is also our Summer Fair next week and as a class we have decided to make lots of tasty sweet treats to sell at the fair. We hope you can all make it.
24th-28th June 2019
This week we had special visitors in Nursery… Pirates! Peg Leg Polly and Barnacle Boris came into our Nursery, crashed our ship and lost their treasure! We had to follow the treasure map into the secret garden then hunt for the treasure in the trees and bushes. We made our own treasure maps in the writing area using tea stained paper, made telescopes in the creative area, looked at floating and sinking in the water tray and painted sand pictures in the outdoor area.
On Friday we had our big assembly performance in the hall for our family! We were amazing!!
17th – 21st June 2019
We have had a fantastic week this week in Reception. On Monday we started the week by thinking about water safety and how we can keep ourselves safe around water, in preparation for our trip to the beach. We all now know to look for a life guard on the beach as well as looking to see if there are any red flags flying.
On Tuesday we went on our trip to Seaham beach. We had an amazing time!! We enjoyed every bit about the day, from the ride to the beach on the double decker bus to building sandcastles, splashing in the water and eating our ice-creams.
Our writing skills have come on so much since we started in Reception . After discussing water safety we wrote our own sentences about how to keep safe at the beach. We are really trying hard with our capital letters and full stops and some of us are starting to use words like ‘and’ and ‘because,’ to help to improve our sentences.
In maths this weeks we have focused upon one less than a given number. We made ourselves into a human number line and then played a game where we had to sit down if we were holding the number that was one less than a given number.
This week our Privilege Card has gone to Alfie for his fantastic behaviour at the beach. He listened to every word the adults said, making sure he kept himself safe at all times. Well done Alfie!
17th-21st June 2019
This week has been such an exciting week in EYFS! On Tuesday we went on our trip to Seaham beach, we had such a wonderful time! The weather was lovely and sunny so we were able to dip our feet in the sea, eat ice creams and build sandcastles with our friends. We would like to thank you all of the staff and parents who came and helped on this trip.
Throughout the week in key group, we have been discussing ways in which to look after the beach and the sea creatures; we spoke about litter and how it can be harmful for the sea creatures. When we were at the beach we made sure that we took all of our litter home and put it in the bin so it didn’t go near the sea!
This week our Plainsy Pass is going to Bradley, for being such a good boy on our trip to the beach!
10th-14th June 2019
This week in Nursery we have been looking at all of the big sea creatures that live under the sea such as sharks, whales, dolphins ad octopus. In the creative area we worked together with Miss Oxberry to create a large scale whale pictures using paint and tissue paper. In key group we have been learning about what the sea creatures eat, looking at the different types of whales and sharks and comparing them together.
We have also had My Money Week in Nursery where we have been looking at the different types of coins and notes we have in this country, making our own money boxes and talking about what we spend our money on. In maths this week we have been spending our pennies in the Penny Shop, where we used 1p coins to pretend to buy the toys in Nursery. In phonics we have been talking about if we were inventors, what would we make; we had to draw a picture and either writ our name on or use phonic knowledge to label it.
Our Plainsy Pass this week is going to Archie H for coming into school with a smile every day this week!
10th – 14th June 2019
This week, across school, it has been ‘My Money Week.’ In Reception we started the week with a money hunt. We had to search all around the classroom to find as many different coins as we could. We then discussed the value of each coin and talked about its appearance. After discovering all the coins we then thought about what we could do with the money. We decided to have a ‘Plainsy Pirate Shop!’ This is a shop where a pirate can go to buy all the equipment and things they might need. The shop sold eye patches for 20p, cutlasses for 50p and treasure chests for £1. Before we could buy anything at the shop we needed to decide what coins we would have to use to make our purchases.
In our key groups we discussed the importance of money and how it is important to save money. We made posters, to put up around school, that would help our school to save money. We said things like, only using a little bit of paint in the pots instead of filling them to the top and flushing the toilet only once would help to save money.
We also thought about machines that we have seen that need money to be put into them to make them work or to give us something out. We made our own machines using, junk modelling, that required money to make them work. Kayden designed a water bottle machine where you put 10p into the machine and a filled water bottle came out.
On Monday we had a visit from Hoopstarz. During this session we learned how to hula hoop, jump while hula hooping and how to dance with a hula hoop. We had so much fun!
Our Privilege Card this week went to Harry for remembering lots of tricky words in his reading group. Well done Harry!
Minutes Late: 40 minutes
3rd-7th June 2019
This week in Nursery we have been looking at all of the small sea creatures that live under the sea. We have been looking at how sea turtles lay their eggs in the sand and how sometimes, the daddy fish carry the eggs! In the creative area we have been making our own jelly fish using paper bowls and different coloured tissue paper. In maths we have been matching numeral to quantity by fishing out the different sea creatures in the water tray to match the correct numeral.
On Friday we got a delivery of strawberries for snack, we enjoyed cutting them up and preparing them for our friends.
Our Plainsy Pass this week is going to Maddie, for trying so hard with her numbers!
Next week we are going to be learning all about the big sea creatures that live under the sea!
Minutes Late: 90
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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Reception – 5 minutes
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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Reception – 0 minutes
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!
Nursery – 94.3%
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Reception – 15 minutes
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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Reception – 37 minutes
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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