Class 1 Crowpoint
Friday 8th Sept
Unfortunately the previous years posts have not been archived yet so I am not going to post too much in here yet in case it all disappears too when it does eventually get archived! But, I did just want to say a quick well done to all the children (and to you all too) for such a brilliant first few days at school. The children have settled in really well already and are beginning to learn where everything is. Mrs Elphick and I have already made loads of observations which is unusual this early on but a very positive sign as it means the children are already engaged and involved. Don't be surprised if Monday brings a few more tears...usually happens when they realise that they have to come everyday! It has been lovely meeting with some of you already and to learn more about your children. This information really helps us to plan the continuos provision and the best way to help your child reach their full potential. Thank you for being so welcoming. Just one photo for now....there are more on the wall by the pegs. Have a lovely weekend. See you all bright and breezy on Monday.
Mrs M and Mrs E 😄
Friday 21 July
We started our final week visiting the chicks. it was a beautiful day and they children were superbly well behaved. We had an exciting trip on the bus and were warmly welcomed by Mrs Wilson. We had a quick drink and a snack and then went on a hunt for some very interesting animals! On the way home we had a quick dash for the bus and then the long hot walk back up the hill. the children were great and we all had a wonderful morning. On Wednesday the children visited their new class. A lot of them were very nervous before they went. When they came back they all looked very excited and thrilled with their bags to fill over the holiday. I asked them how it was and they all said 'fantastic' 'brilliant' excellent'! And then suddenly it is the last day. What a year it has been. All the children have worked really hard and it has been lovely to see how they have progressed and grown over the last few months. Thank you so much for all the lovely and thoughtful gifts. You have been very kind. It has been an absolute pleasure to teach your children this year and we wish them all the best in Class 2. Have a wonderful Summer - don't forget to come and visit next year!
The EYFS team
Visit to the chicks
Friday 7th July
Last weekend our caterpillars officially became butterflies. So this week we have looked carefully at the beautiful creatures, beginning by drawing them. But they didn't just draw them once. After their first drawing, their friends gave advise on how to make their drawings even better. They listened to the advice and went back to do a second draft. Some people even did third and fourth drafts! Great perseverance! As butterflies do not live very long we decided not keep them for too long and we all enjoyed watching them fly away. We have also enjoyed spotting them in the playground all week...seems they like it here! Well done everyone for completing your first sports day! You should be very proud of yourselves.
Mrs M and the EYFS team 🏃🏻🏃🏽♀️
Friday 30th June
On Monday we had another very successful family workshop. The children are really enjoying having that special time with you and are very keen to talk about the activities they have done when we get back to class. This week we have continued to look at minibeasts, in particular making our own representations of our chosen minibeast using felt and then Plaster of Paris. The children have been fine tuning their fine motor skills with pipettes and making their own potions using water and food colouring (highly diluted!) There has have been some lovely writing happening this week and they have truly blown my socks off. I always tell them this and today our conversation turned to where my socks have gone! They ended up being the best travelled and most adventurous socks I have ever owned! The children have a wonderful imagination and we all enjoyed 'The Adventures of Sock!' Have a great weekend
The EYFS team
Friday 23rd June
This week has been mostly about trying to keep cool and we all had loads of fun with our water play at the beginning of the week. If the hot weather returns just keep sending the spare clothes in!! On Wednesday it was our turn to audition for Instow's Got Talent and wow! what a confident little bunch they were. I will try to upload some of the videos. We are continuing to look at minibeasts and have focused on habitats this week. We collected numerous woodlice and carried out a little habitat investigation in one of our 'Tuff Spots. (and yes that is how you spell 'Tuff'!) We put sections of straw, sticks, lego, water etc, tipped in the woodlice and watched to see where they would go. They were an adventurous bunch of woodlice! At Forest school today we played the '1.2.3 where are you?' game and then made houses for more woodlice. Some were definitely 5 star hotels! Enjoy the photos - rather a lot this week :-)
Friday 16th June
In maths this week we have continued to look at capacity and how we can measure the capacity of containers without using water. We have looked carefully at the plants in our garden and the children have each done a pencil study of one of the plants. They then used the ipad to take a photo of the plant the had drawn. The children have also explored the technique of 'wax resist'. They looked carefully at the spiral on a snail shell and created they're own lovely snail pictures using this technique. We are all enjoying watching the caterpillars grow and have begun to think about the life cycle of a caterpillar. We are actually off to the woods in Forest School today. Photos to follow.
Mrs Martin and EYFS team
Friday 9th June (Lunchtime)
Everyone sounds like they had a wonderful half term, there has certainly been a lot to Show and Tell this week! We have begun to think about minibeasts. The children already know which animals are minibeasts and now we want to find out about their habitats and what they like to eat. We have looked at The Snail by Henri Matisse and the children have ripped paper to make their own interpretation of their favourite minibeast. In maths we have begun to look at capacity and what that actually means. They have been using water and multilink cubes to compare the capacity of various containers. This afternoon we are off to Forest School. The children are very excited. I will put the photos on here when we get back.
Mrs Martin and the EYFS team
We had a wonderful afternoon in the field (one child named it Field School today not Forest School!) There are lots of photos and some more information about what we got up to on the Forest School Page. Go to 'Children' and then 'Forest School'.
Thursday 25th May
For various reasons the chicks have had to go to their new home a little earlier than planned. The children were obviously a little disappointed but have on the whole taken it in their stride. This week we have completed more challenges. These included finishing their chick diaries, weighing and comparing the weights of toys, writing all the letters of the alphabet, finding out how many numbers you could write in a minute etc. In maths we have been looking at number bonds to 10 (pairs of numbers that go together to make 10 e.g. 6 and 6, 9 and 1, 7 and 3 etc) We have used the numicon to help us and lots of the children have a good grasp of this concept. Some of the children have been asking about the structure on top of the hill. So yesterday we took a walk up there and talked about what it used to be. We stood with our backs to the windmill and just looked. It was fun seeing what they could spot! We then walked back through the churchyard and talked about how and to be respectful around graveyards. When we got back to class I asked the children to write about our little adventure. Most of them wrote about the sheep poo. You've got to love the mind of a 4/5 year old! It is has been very hot today and it due to be so tomorrow too. If the weather continues like this please send your child in with a sun hat and sun cream that they can apply themselves (supervised by an adult) before lunch. We had to keep some children in this afternoon as they were looking a little pink. Have a lovely half term.
The EYFS team
19th May 2017
What a week of ups and downs! Monday we were very excited about the 4 gorgeous chicks that were no happily in the brooder. The children wrote their choice of name on a piece of paper and then 4 were picked out. Rainbow, Oo oo, Rosie and Gary. We all had a lovely cuddle on monday afternoon and there was lots to write about in our chick diaries. Then sadly on Tuesday Rainbow died. We have no idea why. I guess that's just nature sometimes. The children dealt with it very well. We talked about how they felt and what we can do when we feel sad. The other 3 had a quick trip to the vets who assured us they were fine and looked very healthy. We have talked about how to care for the chicks and also how to care for ourselves when handling animals i.e. hand washing etc. We have measured the chicks and weighed them and recorded our findings. Surprisingly Oo oo, despite being the biggest, is not the heaviest. That would be Gary. Wonder how much they have changed by monday! Today the children have had a wonderful morning with Mrs Harvest in the school garden listening to and identifying bird calls. This week, for home learning, we are encouraging the children to get out in the garden, or beach, or to go for a walk, and to spot as many different birds that they can. This afternoon in cooking they made chocolate crispy cakes. They looked yummy!
Liz Martin and the EYFS team.
Cooking 12th May
Once again, the children have been brilliant and learnt a new skill of making pastry for jam tarts this week. They were very good working in their pairs and thank you very much for the adult helpers who came along.
Mrs Guymer and Miss Graves
Cooking 5th May
This week the children made some delicious chocolate chip cakes. They were very good and remembered that they had to wash their hands first and put the aprons on. They then very carefully mixed up some butter and sugar and then carefully poured in the egg. After that they added the flour and chocolate chip and mixed some more. They then chose some cupcake cases and carefully spooned in the mixture. The children were great at washing up, tidying up and sweeping the floor. We hope the cakes were yummy.
Enjoy the weekend,
Mrs Guymer and Miss Graves
We hope you enjoyed the Cheese and Cress Muffins as much as the children enjoyed making them today. They were perfect chefs - helping each other hold the bowl while the other whisked or mixed and carefully putting their muffin mixture into the trays. They even dried up, cleaned the tables and swept the hall floor!
See you next week, Miss Graves and Mrs Guymer
Our finished Terraniums
Friday 24th March
Thank you for supporting Red nose Day today. The children looked fab and were remarkably calm and sensible today. Maybe it was because yesterday was such an exciting/exhausting day for them! We mustn't underestimate how nervous the children get when it is our assembly, we always have a few wobbles. I think they did amazingly well considering we only had Wed and Thurs to practise. They all spoke clearly and many remembered what they were supposed to say without prompting. I am so proud of the way they told our story. That was the best they have ever done it! Next term we will be learning another story. Not sure which one yet! This afternoon we started to make our terraniums. We have 5 almost completed ones and they look brilliant. We are all so excited about continuing them next week! Home learning is to look at the technology we use in our homes. I have added the photos of their kite flying as I am not sure how clear they were in the assembly yesterday. Enjoy the jokes below
The EYFS team
Red Nose Day Jokes
Red Nose Day Jokes
Red Nose Day jokes
Red nose day jokes
Red nose day jokes
Friday 10th March
The Theatre Company 'Furry Fingers' came to visit at the beginning of the week. It was a lovely puppet show all about the importance of eating healthily and the children really enjoyed it. They especially loved giving the puppets a high five at the end of the show! In phonics we have now covered all the phonemes in phase 2 and we will be revising all of these over the next few week, whilst also learning how to apply our knowledge of these phonemes when we are writing and reading. In maths we have been looking at addition and how to record this in pictures, symbols or numerals. We are also continuing to tell lots of stories, focusing on characters and story language. Don't forget to listen to your child read as often as possible, keep practising number recognition to 20 and please keep helping the children to learn the tricky words that are in their reading diaries. It sounds a lot but it doesn't all need to be done at once -and remember the golden rule - make it fun not forced.
Enjoy the sunshine
The EYFS team
Friday 3rd March
This week has been all about stories and pancakes! First thing on Tuesday we watched 'Pancake Pancakes' by Eric Carle and from this the children were able to tell me what the ingredients they needed and what to do. They measured the flour and milk themselves and also cracked their own eggs. Then they stirred and stirred and stirred until we had a few complaints of aching arms! Thursday they all looked amazing in their costumes and we had a little fashion show in the hall for everyone to see what everyone else was dressed up as. We enjoyed reading some of their stories too. We drew our favourite story characters and used adjectives to describe them. In our art carousel we will be making out own story Terrarium. They have designed them today and they may come home asking to bring some small things in from home in order to make them. If they do they will need them for friday please. If they don't, no need to worry, it all depends on what they want to put in theirs.
Enjoy the weekend.
The EYFS Team
Friday 24th February
This week we have started out new writing books. We are using these for phonics and for guided writing. They all love the books and are doing their very best writing in them. In maths we have been measuring. They have measured themselves using strips of paper and have also measured using multi link cubes. I had some furniture delivered from IKEA and the packaging made very handy pieces of cardboard for us to compare lengths and to measure! We have also entered a friendly potato growing competition. Our seed potatoes are currently 'chitting' and we have all been talking to them and some of the girls have even been singing to them. On Tuesday afternoon the children made up their own board games. They worked in pairs or small groups and they worked so hard getting the games just right. We were very impressed at the level and length of concentration. Similarly today we have had our Art Carousel. We have begun by developing our drawing skills by 'looking' carefully. We first all drew a dragon from memory. Then we watched and followed a dad and his 2 young children draw a dragon step by step. This is helping to develop essential skills such as fine motor, listening, and the biggest one of all - confidence. Can't wait to do another one next week!
The EYFS team
Friday 10th February
Half way through the year!! Crazy. This week in phonics we have looked at ur, ow and oi. In maths we have continued to recognise numerals to 20 and we have begun to look at 1 more/1 less than a given number. All the children were encouraged to make finger pompoms and we taught them the game tick tack toe (or naughts and crosses). Sadly we had to say goodbye to the pirates today. They have gone back to Never Land but they did leave us a parting gift...some treasure. It was very tasty! They also left a version of my favourite story 'Peter Pan' and next term we will be thinking a lot more about stories, story language, characters etc. Next half term we will be changing for our PE sessions so please could you ensure that your child has a white t.shirt, black shorts and trainers in school. We will mostly be inside for our PE sessions (until the weather warms up at least!) but you may also wish to provide a blue hooded top and tracksuit bottoms or legging. Please make sure everything is clearly named. We hope you all have a wonderful. relaxing half term.
The EYFS team.
Friday 3rd February
This week in phonics we have learnt oo, or, ar and igh (our first trigraph!) In maths we have been looking carefully at numbers to 20 and how to read and write these. We have also been investigating floating and sinking. The children enjoyed another music session with Mrs Wattley this afternoon where she showed and demonstrated some woodwind instruments, flute, clarinet and saxophone. The library can also came and we chose 20 new books. The children have really enjoyed some new stories and looking at the books independently. Well done to everyone who has been able to play on 'How to teach your monster to read'. I know some children have not yet had their log in. They are now ready and will be given out on Monday. If you are having any problems please let us know.
The EYFS team
Friday 27th January
The children are really getting the hang of the handwriting in the morning. Along with this activity will be other pre-writing activities which even the best of writers will benefit from . This week we have had finger painting and sewing which the children have loved. We are going to try running our week from a wed to a Tues so that the same activities will be out on Monday. Hopefully this will help those children who still find Monday mornings a little tricky. We are still enjoying being pirates and the role play and deconstructed roleplay (boxes, planks, tyres etc) has been great. So much terrific language is being used and so many social skills are being learnt. Our pirates are now finished and ready for the Burton Art Gallery. Please go and have a look if you can. I will let you know when they are up and ready for inspection! In phonics we have looked at sh, ch, th, ng, ai, ee, oo and oa. In maths we are continuing to look at naming 2d and 3d shapes and also number recognition. For home learning this week I have sent home a game to play. There is no one way to play and it will be up to you to use it at your child's level. Some will be recognising numbers to 5, some to 10, some to 20 and some can use the number cards to make numbers beyond that.
Have a lovely weekend
The EYFS team.
Friday 13th January.
This week we have had two very special visitors. Pirates!! They have brought all sorts of goodies with them and every day they are in a different place in the classroom! We have found out that our pirates love stripes and they even left us their favourite stripy top so we could think about stripes when we were drawing our own pirates. In maths we have continued to practise counting in 10's and also learning about 3D shapes. Thank you for digging around in your recycle boxes for the shapes for their models. I know some of you had some challenging shapes to find! I hope you are impressed with the final models. Some are still to be made next week.
Homework this week is reading and maybe some counting in ten's. Thank you for all the lovely birthday wishes on wednesday. The children decorated cakes (and ate them!) and then we tried Maypole dancing for the first time. They were brilliant! Have a great weekend.
The EYFS team
Friday 6th January
What a great start to the New Year. The children have come back refreshed and ready to learn. We have started phase 3 of our phonics and have looked at sh ch and th this week. In maths we have been using the numicon to really think about numbers and the meaning of numbers. We have also started thinking about number bonds to 10! On Friday afternoons we will be joining the rest of the school in Carousel. Our first one is music with Mrs Wattley and today we were the first children to explore the new percussion instruments that arrived at the end of last term. Don't forget the homework in your book bags which will help us when we are looking at 3D shapes next week.
Apologies for the late entry. I have been having a few difficulties logging in but all seems ok now thankfully. What a month December was! I was so proud of the children for the way they coped with numerous rehearsals for the Nativity. They all learnt the song words really well and they all knew what they were supposed to be doing and where they were supposed to be. We hope you enjoyed watching it as much as we enjoyed performing it. We also had our Winter party. The children planned the whole thing, wrote the invites, decided what food and drink to have and decorated the room. We were really chuffed with how many of you were able to come. Thank you so much. On a very frosty morning we wrapped up and went for a walk to see how our environment had changed. We wrote our names in the frost and then collected pots of frost and put them in different places - indoors and out- to see which pot would last the longest. It has been a busy term and I hope the children are all managing to have a good rest. Thank you so much for all the lovely Christmas presents. We all feel very spoiled. See you next year for another exciting term!