Week Ending Friday 13th July 2018
With only 8 more days until the end of term we write our penultimate update of what we've been up to in Early Years this week.
We started the week by thinking about how we would describe ourselves to our new teachers. We wrote sentences about who we are, how old we are, what we like , who our friends are and what we are good at - lots of sentences to help our new teachers get to know us a little bit!
In our maths work this week we have been sharing numbers into equal groups. We did this practically, and had to think carefully about how to give each duck the same number of biscuits.
We geared ourselves up for the very important football match by using our creative skills to make hats and flags, and even had our very own football match outside.
Also outside this week the children have been discovering ways to move across the monkey bars. Lots of risk taking and demonstrating our Have a Go Hector Learning Power.
On Wednesday we enjoyed spending some time with our new teachers who visited us down in Early Years and we wowed them by showing them what great busy learners we are. They stayed for our final Learning Journal share with mums and dads.
Don't forget next Wednesday is our Summer Fun Day - you received an email last week with the details of this event. Please see a member of staff if you did not receive this email, and please remember to pay your donation via ParentPay.
Have a good weekend!
The EYFS Team.
Week Ending Friday 29th July 2018
It's been a hot, hot week this week down in Early Years and we've been doing our best to keep the children nice and cool whilst still engaging in lots of purposeful play and busy learning activities. Lots of water breaks, staying in the shade, quiet reflection times and the odd ice lolly!
This week our focus has been the text 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' by Eric Carle. We started the week by learning to retell the story, joining in with the repeated parts of the text and sequencing pictures in the correct order. The children have even been using the iPads to record each other retelling the story in their own words. Our writing focus has been a mixture of writing about our favourite parts of the story, retelling the story by writing simple sentences and some of our writers have been using their imaginations and changing the story to their own 'Very Hungry' stories; we've had Very Hungry Spiders, Slugs, Ladybirds and Worms to name a few.
In our maths work this week we have been working on simple addition, using pictures and objects, and then we challenged the children to make up their own addition sentences.
Our own furry caterpillars turned into chrysalides over the weekend and this week we have transferred them from their eating pot to the hatching habitat. As it happened over the weekend, we have watched clips on the IWB to see how it happens. This created lots of questions from the children which we tried very hard to answer accurately, and used good old Google to help us with the tricky ones! We are now practising the skill of patience as week eagerly await their transformation into butterflies.
We turned ourselves into hungry caterpillars this week and have been enjoying tasting a selection of the foods which the Very Hungry Caterpillar ate in the story. Of course, everybody wanted to eat the chocolate cake, but the deal was we had to be like our friend Hector the Have a Go Hedgehog and try everything else first - even if we thought we wouldn't like it. Everybody was great at this and showed a real Growth Mind set. Some children really surprised themselves with what they discovered they liked, and even said that they were going to ask their mums to buy some the next time they went shopping. We had pickles, salami, swiss cheese, pears, watermelon and of course the chocolate cake!
This week also gave us the opportunity to sneak up to Key Stage One as they were on their visit to Hunstanton. We put our best detective disguises on and our quietest voices and we spent a little bit of time exploring the classrooms and then sat to have a story. But shhhhhhhh, don't tell anyone what we did!
As the hot weather continues, please ensure that you apply an all day sun cream before school, provide a sun hat and that the children are in loose fitting lightweight uniform.
Enjoy the weekend,
The EYFS Team.
Week Ending Friday 22nd June 2018
This week in EYFS has been one of the busiest ever! It is that time of year again when we welcome our new September pupils into the setting for Stay and Play sessions. Your children have been amazing and an absolute credit to you! They have welcomed the new children with kind words and actions, included them in their play and shown what independent learners they have become. 😊
On Monday morning the children received a special delivery linked to our learning about Minibeasts. Can you guess what they are? Ok I will tell you, it was caterpillars.
We talked to the children about how the caterpillars will grow and change over time this then formed the basis for our busy learning challenges.
The children have made Minibeast zig zag books, read Minibeast facts and created their own fact sheets, observed the caterpillars and have drawn and wrote what they could see, created high frequency word caterpillars using words that they could read, ordered their numbers to 20 and challenged themselves further to order numbers to 20 and beyond by counting in two's, they have taken part in balance bike activities, phonic sessions and walked the mile.
Next week our learning will be based around the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar!
We would like to wish you all a very happy and sunny weekend 😌
The EYFS Team
Week Ending Friday 8th June 2018
Our week started off with a brilliant Everybody Seaside Writes Day. The children wrote postcards, built boats, paddled in the sea by the lighthouse, created seaside pictures using different media and textures to name just a few things. In the afternoon we were treated to a Punch and Judy Show.
On Tuesday the fun continued with our trip to the Pightle in Eaton Socon. This was a fabulous introduction to our Mini Beast topic. The children then used their Pightle experiences whilst busy learning throughout the rest of the week.
Look at what we have been up to........
Week Ending Friday 25th May
This week in Early Years we have been continuing our celebration of the Royal Wedding. The children have been designing wedding dresses and drawing pictures of the happy couple, and using our phonics to write sentences about the exciting day.
The children have started writing a 'Bean Plant Diary', writing in the style of a 'recount' using words like first, then and next to start our sentences about how we planted a bean. The children have been observing the plants this week and some have already started to grow roots!
In maths this week we have been developing our understanding of subtraction. Some children have been doing this practically using dice and getting on and off a bus and recording number sentences. Some children have been using a number line to count back from the larger number to find how many are left.
We were extremely proud of all of our children in their performance of our class assembly on Wednesday. We hope you enjoyed it too and the opportunity to share their Learning Journals after.
We practised our Sport's Day races earlier in the week so are a bit disappointed that the weather was not kind to us today, but we look forward to being able to do it after half term.
Enjoy the break!
The EYFS Team.
Week Ending Friday 11th May 2018
This week in EYFS we have used the story of 'Jack and The Beanstalk' as a stimulus for learning.
We began the week by sharing and talking about the story. The children then took their understanding of the story and used it in their learning!
So what have the children been up to in their busy learning? Well they have been designing their own giant pictures, writing the story of Jaspers Beanstalk, creating magic bean repeating patterns, beanstalk leaf threading and learning how to complete addition number sentences using a numberline.
When we reached Thursday the children were greeted with a mystery to solve!!!!!!!! There were footprints in the cloakroom, up turned chairs and a letter left for them to open!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guess what it was from the giant and he was looking for Jack!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So the children busied themselves with creating posters to warn the children of Bushmead that a giant had been in their school, they made traps to try and capture him and generated words to help describe what the giant looked like to others.
At this moment in time the giant has not been found!
Week Ending 4th May 2018
This week the children have been continuing their learning from the story of Jasper's Beanstalk and have made their own story maps to help them with the retelling. They all did amazingly well, remembering the sequence of the story, which included remembering the order of the days of the week.
In our maths work this week we have focussed on height, building and comparing different towers and walls with our block play, and creating taller and shorter beanstalks. We have focussed on the language tall, taller, tallest and short, shorter, shortest.
The children have been successfully using our self service paint station to create pictures from the story, and using their joining skills to make cat masks.
Building on Mr Down's assembly about our new THRIVE values, we have been encouraging the children to work together as a community. In class this has been shown through children taking on the roles of 'team leader' in our different learning areas within the classroom, and their role has been to ensure that the members of their team (the children using the area for busy learning) are taking care of the resources, sharing, taking turns, modelling ways to do things and working together to tidy away. We hope to build on this idea over the next few weeks.
Today the children have enjoyed taking part in our PE festival along with Key Stage 1.
Enjoy the long weekend!
The EYFS Team.
Week Ending 27th April 2018
This week in Early Years we have been focussing on the story of Jasper's Beanstalk by Nick Butterworth. The children have been learning to retell the story themselves, with actions and have been shown how to draw a story map, with pictures to help them retell it. Next week the children will be having a go at making their own story maps. The children have also been looking at non fiction books about plants and growing and some children have chosen to make their own books, writing about the things they know or have found out from reading.
In Maths we have been comparing objects by length, using the language long, longer, longest and short, shorter, shortest.
Mrs Bannister has been introducing our new self service painting area to the children, allowing them to pour, mix and clear away their own painting equipment. Next week we hope to see the children using this area independently.
To help with our fine motor skills we have been mashing Jasper's beans and threading leaves onto sticks to make a beanstalk.
Outside we have been giving our learning area a good spring clean - and the children have been busy planting the seeds and flowers we bought at B & Q last week. Each child has planted their own sunflower seed and over the next few weeks the children will be taking care of them and watching them grow.
Next week we will be practising our skills on the balance bikes. We have our own set of balance bikes but if you have a spare helmet which you would like to donate to our unit we would be most grateful! Alternatively, if your child could bring a named helmet to school each day this would be most helpful. In Maths we will be learning about height.
Could we please also remind you that the children need to bring a waterproof coat to school every day. Don't forget to keep reading with your child AT LEAST 3 times a week and to practise the high frequency words.
Have a great weekend!
The EYFS Team.
Week Ending Friday 24th March 2018
This week has been another busy and productive week! The children have enjoyed their visits to Pets At Home and Aldi! During their visit to Pets At Home the children read signs and labels to support navigation of the shop, looked at and discussed what things different pets needed and met some pets which need re homing. In Aldi the children worked together to choose one healthy and one treat snack to bring back to school. The groups chose things such as strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, fairy cakes, chocolate brownies, mini rolls, apple juice and chocolate milkshake.
The children carried their own baskets, paid for the shopping and packed the shopping bags. As they walked around the store the children spotted many of the yellow price labels and could say what some items cost! Whilst walking around both shops we had many lovely comments from other shoppers about how engaged and well behaved the children were! We were all very proud of them!!!!!!!!!
In school this week the children have had great fun writing clues to guess their favourite pet, learnt how to use er and ear to read and write words, looked at a range of coins and discussed how to identify them leading on to adding a selection of coins to find a total amount, created Easter cards and have drawn and painted pictures of spring flowers.
Next week we will be focusing on the Christian celebration of Easter.
Have a lovely weekend.
The EYFS Team
Week Ending Friday 16th March 2018
This week has been Science Week at Bushmead. Our focus for the week has been Humpty Dumpty and the children were given the challenge of finding a suitable material to make a soft landing for Humpty so that he wouldn't crack when he fell of the wall. Lots of great discussions about different materials and their properties, lots of predicting and testing; and lots of cracked eggs! The children have also enjoyed our new building blocks; building walls and testing how strong they are by rolling a ball at them. We had a great workshop with James Boffin (Secret Science Agent) finding out about electricity, and on Wednesday we had a visit from a science technician at Longsands who demonstrated a number of experiments for us.
This week we were able to finish our visits to Croxton Farm. There were lots of new lambs born, and on the Monday visit Mrs Howitt and the children got to see a lamb which had been born that very morning. The children have been busy back in class writing about their visit. The children are becoming so much more confident with their writing. In Maths the children have been measuring the walls they have been building; working with a friend to take turns to build taller and shorter walls.
We've been blessed with some drier warmer weather so have been making the most of getting back outside, looking for signs of spring and making observational drawings.
Next week we will be visiting Pets at Home and Aldi as we will be focussing on money. Please ensure you have returned your permission slip by Monday.
Week Ending Friday 2nd March 2018
This week Early Years have been immersed in a number of Book Week related activities.
The week started with the Bushmead Teaching Staff telling the story of 'The Day The Crayons Quit' by Oliver Jeffers during whole school assembly. Following that the children created pictures with crayons, talked about their favourite colours and brought crayons to life with a range of materials. The children have been busy all week making their own books, either making up stories of their own or retelling favourite stories.
The children also had the opportunity to visit different classes and listen to a story read by a different member of staff.
On Monday we also had a visit from staff at Medivet St Neots, who talked to the children about how to look after pets and all of the important and fun jobs they do. The children have been exploring weight, comparing different packets of pet food in the balance scales, and using language such as heavy/heavier/ heaviest and light/lighter/lightest.
Of course we have enjoyed the snow too! We have had short bursts of time outside exploring, catching snowflakes, making snowballs and throwing them! Inside the children have been making snowy pictures with a range of materials.
On Wednesday we were joined by our lovely parents who together with children to produce some lovely books and share stories.
Today the children have enjoyed telling us about the book character they have dressed up as, making more books and drawing pictures and writing sentences.
Next week we will be taking groups of children each day to Croxton Farm on the minibus, so please make sure you have sent your permission slip back to school and that your children are dressed for the cold weather each day.
Have a great weekend - stay safe and warm and enjoy the snow!
The EYFS Team.
Week Ending 23rd February 2018
What a busy and exciting week we have had in Early Years this week!
We started off on Monday with our whole school Everybody Writes Day. The theme was 'Make 'Em Laugh' and we focussed on the story of Mr Happy. We discussed the things which make us happy, smile and laugh and the children shared some really lovely ideas. They certainly made us smile - as they do most days! The children then wrote down their ideas, demonstrating how far they have come on with their writing, using their phonics, remembering to leave finger spaces and finishing with a full stop at the end. Congratulations to Jack from Oak and Emily from Ash who were chosen as the winners. Their work is on display in the entrance hall.
Take a look through the photos to see the other activities children took part in for Everybody Writes Day.
This week we also started our new learning about 'Pets'.
We started off by discussing which animals made good pets or not, and why! The children had some great ideas - ranging from "My mum is allergic to guinea-pigs, although I'd really like one but it wouldn't be a good pet for me," from Alex to "These animals are so cute!" from Leia. We sorted soft toys and then moved on to recording this by cutting out pictures of animals and sorting into groups.
The children have been using their creative skills to make pet puppets - some with moving parts, using the skills they have been developing over last half term.
We have moved on to writing about pets which we have in our own homes, or a pet we would like to have.
On Thursday we had a visit from Helen who works at Wood Green Animal Shelter. She talked to the children in Oak and Ash class about how to make the perfect home for Martha the Mouse. During the whole school assembly she talked about the 5 rights every pet animals is entitled to by Law in England.
The children have also enjoyed having a closer look at the gerbils this week as Mrs Palmer has been getting them out of the cage and giving them some exercise. The children have enjoyed stroking them and watching them travel around in the exercise ball. Today Tyler and Nicky brought in a skin from their pet snakes! If you have any interesting or unusual pets which you would like to bring in to talk to the children about, please see a member of staff.
Next week is Book Week and the focus of the week will be the story 'The day the crayons quit'. Please refer to the information which was sent out via email from the office with regard to events happening throughout the week, but please note that we have had to change the date of the our Family Afternoon to Wednesday instead of Thursday due to staff training.
Have a good weekend,
Week Ending 9th February 2018
Kung Hey Fat Choi - Happy New Year!
This week the children have been engaged in a number of activities to help us learn about Chinese New Year. We have looked at where China is on the globe, listened to stories from China and watched clips of children getting ready for and taking part in the celebrations. We have found out about the lucky colour red and learnt a song about dragons. Outside we have made firework pictures.
In Literacy the children have continued to generate their own rhyming words, linked to the animals in the story of the Chinese Zodiac.
The children have made lanterns to hang, made dog hats and masks, practiced their Chinese symbol writing and folded paper to make fans. We have danced to Chinese music and played along with the instruments and done Dragon Dancing.
Our Dragon making afternoon was very well attended and the children enjoyed sharing their creations with the whole school during Celebration assembly. We are looking forward to our Chinese Banquet this afternoon.
After half term our learning will focus on Pets. We have a number of visits on the minibus planned to Croxton Farm. Please see the Spring Term topic web.
Enjoy your half term,
The EYFS Team.
Week Ending 2nd February 2018
A favourite story for lots of children has been our focus this week ....'The Gruffalo's Child' by Julia Donaldson. Our reading and writing activities have focussed on rhyming words. The children have been matching objects which rhyme, making rhyming ladders by generating and writing lists of rhyming words and making rhyming word paper chains.
In our Maths work this week we have been identifying numerals within the environment and marking them off on a 100 square. A great opportunity for identifying numerals larger than 20! We started off in the classroom and Mr Beavis took the children on a number hunt around the classroom. On Thursday we extended this activity by sticking number sentences around the classroom and the children had to work out the answer and mark that off on their grid.
In our Creative area this week the children have been painting pictures of the characters, using the loose parts to make a Gruffalo face, making puppets to retell the story and making their own Gruffalo books.
We were treated to a visit from Sycamore class who have been writing their own stories. The children listened well and gave constructive feedback on which parts they liked and any improvements which might be made. Thank you Sycamore - we can't wait for the finished stories.
The children are really enjoying their Friday morning Music sessions with Ms Myers. They have been exploring a range of different instruments and learning to play them in time to songs. They have demonstrated great listening and turn taking skills, and we have also observed the children using the instruments freely during their busy learning time.
Next week, the final hurdle before a well deserved half term break we will be finding out about Chines New Year. An exciting week for all - and don't forget to collect and bring in clean (washed up) junk for the Dragon building session for Dad's on Thursday afternoon. On Friday we hope to finish the week with a Chinese style banquet! YUM
Have a good weekend,
The EYFS Team.
Week Ending 26th January 2018
Another chilly week in Early Years this week as we focused on the story 'Lost and Found' by Oliver Jeffers, a delightful story about a penguin who turns up on a little boys doorstep, and their adventure back home to Antarctica. We used a globe to discover where the cold places on Earth are and explored ice in the tuff tray, sharing our ideas about the changes that happen.
In our Writing this week we have been making 'Lost' posters and writing descriptions of the penguin. The children really are becoming more confident in using their phonics to help them write. In Phonics we have continued learning the vowel digraphs 'ai, ee & oa'.
In Maths this week we have consolidated our learning on 'one more' and 'one less' through a range of practial activities, and some children have begun to record in number sentences.
Our creative tasks this week have had the children making penguins and boats. They have used a range of joining skills which we have practised throughout last term.
Outside the children have had the opportunity to make boats and test them on the water to see if they float or sink.
In our learning next week we will be focussing on rhyme through the story of The Gruffalo's Child. Our Maths learning will be about shape.
May we take this opportunity to remind you that if your child has laready turned 5 they no longer receive milk. If you would like your child to have milk you need to sign up to the 'Cool Milk' scheme, details from the office.
Also, on Thursday 8th February we are inviting all Dads to join us for an afternoon of dragon making. This will be linked to our learning about Chinese New Year. We will provide some of the resources but if you would like to collect some bits and peices together yourselves there will be a prize for the best dragon.
Have a great weekend,
The EYFS Team.
Week Ending 19th January 2018
This week the children have all enjoyed a trip to Priory Park, where we looked for animals from 'One Snowy Night' and had a walk through the woods. They have also all enjoyed a lovely hot chocolate to warm us up on the cold days we have had. In Maths we have been learning 'one more and one less', and we have written lists of things to help keep Percy the Park Keeper warm on a snowy day. On Tuesday we had a great session doing Yoga!
Have a good weekend!
The Early Years Team
Week ending 12th January 2018
This week in Early Years we have started our Winter Adventure learning. On Tuesday when the children entered the unit they discovered that Winter had arrived and turned the cloakroom all icy and a mysterious pile of objects had been left on Oak carpet. We spent some time exploring and identifying the objects and the children shared their current knowledge about Winter and cold places. We looked at a globe to identify cold places on the Earth.
Leading on from this the children have learned to mix powder paint to paint snowy pictures. They have decorated scarves with repeating patterns and practiced the tricky skill of cutting wool to add fringing. The children have enjoyed dressing up in the winter clothes and going on their own winter adventures. Our tuff spots have been filled with snow themed small world resources and the children have been making up their own stories.
Each child has walked a mile this week - as we all put on our wellies and walked around the school field four times. This will become a regular mission for Early Years.
To help develop our reading skills the children have been matching simple sentences with pictures this week, and in our phonics we have learned the four digraphs sh, ch, th and ng.
In our number work this week we have been recognising numerals to 20 and building matching towers with bricks.
Today ended with the discovery that some of our number and phonic resources had been frozen in ice and the children enjoyed using a range of tools to try and set the resources free.
Next week we are looking forward to learning the story of One Snowy Night by Nick Butterworth. Each Key Worker group will be visiting Priory Park (please remember to bring your signed permission slip in on Monday), and making a lovely hot chocolate drink.
Have a good weekend,
The Early Years Team
Week Ending 8th December 2017
This week we have been busily preparing for our Nativity performance, which is next Friday 15th December. Make sure you have ordered your tickets from the main office! The children have been doing a fantastic job with learning the songs and this week we have been on the stage. If your child requires a costume to be sent in please do this by Monday 11th if you have not yet done so.
In between practices the children have been writing letters to Father Christmas, and we are now seeing that many children are applying the phonic skills they are developing during our taught phonic sessions.
Don't forget Monday is our annual trip to the Panto! Each child will require a packed lunch on this day so please send one in a named carrier bag.
Have a good weekend!
The EYFS Team.
Week ending 10th November 2017
Another extremely busy week in Early Years!
First of all we would like to thank parents for their supportive comments on Parent’s Evening last week about how your children have settled into life at Bushmead. We hope you found the meeting informative and enjoyed the opportunity to look through your child’s Learning Journal. Please remember if you have any queries about the report, or Next Steps, please do not hesitate to come in and ask a member of the team.
This week our learning has focused on a number of skills developed through various Firework and Poppy themed activities.
The children have been developing their language and communication skills through sharing their experiences of fireworks and bonfires. We thought about words we could use to describe fireworks and watched clips of fireworks, describing our feelings towards the colours, shapes and sounds.
The children have been extremely creative this week! Progressing on from last week printing activity of using classroom objects to print with, this week we introduced the children to the skill of impressed printing. Each child had a polystyrene tile which they used various implements to ‘score’ a picture or make marks into. They then used a roller to apply paint to the tile and then took a print by pressing the tile onto paper. The children explored layering up different colours and the effects produced from doing this. They look really effective!
Another progression from last week where the children were developing their gross and fine motor skills hammering golf tees into a pumpkin, we gave the children the opportunity to hammer and drill using the things that hammers and drills are intended for – and would have possibly seen at home – wood and nails. The children are very aware of the need for safety and are provided with safety goggles and the working section has been taped off – if you’re not wearing goggles you can’t’ come in! A number of different joints are worked during this type of activity; the elbow pivot for hammering, the shoulder rotation for drilling, the wrist rotation for screwing – all vital for good fine motor control and pencil control for writing. The children have demonstrated great determination, team work and a sense of achievement. A small number of children took this step even further and started to attach bottle tops to the wood by hammering the nail through the bottle top into the wood. Next step for progression – using the saw!
In the outside learning area Mr Beavis has been assessing the children’s ball skills and their ability to travel in a variety of ways. This enables us to plan appropriately for our outside provision based on the children’s current skills. The children love it when Mr Beavis comes down to visit us each week.
Moving on to Poppies. Towards the end of the week our learning shifted to finding out why people wear poppies at this time of year. Jack said ‘It’s to remember the soldiers’, and we briefly and sensitively discussed the origins of Remembrance Day. Again, the children have demonstrated their creative sides, using various collage materials to create stunning poppy pictures. The children took part in the minutes silence today, and again this was discussed sensitively.
We are enjoying introducing the reading scheme books to the children. We aim to read with each child once a week. Sometimes they may bring home a book which has not been read at school, so please remember that the most important step of reading a new book is to do the ‘book walkthrough’ first, and not to expect your child to attempt to read the words straight away. Your child may bring home a book without words. The purpose of these books is to encourage your child to develop skills in ‘telling’ stories, by ‘reading’ the pictures, explaining what is happening and making predictions about what might happen next. You can model ‘telling’ the story first, using storybook language for your child to copy and then have a go themselves. Please refer to the ‘Reading Workshop’ PowerPoint which is on this page. Please remember to read with your child at least three times a week, and write a comment in the reading diary. If there is not a comment in the diary we will assume the book has not been read and will not change. We will change books on a Monday and Thursday, but may read with your child any day of the week so please ensure books and diaries are in school every day.
As the days are becoming colder please ensure your child has a warm coat, hat and gloves in school, which are clearly named. If you have not done so yet, please make sure you child has a pair of wellies and a change of all clothes in school.
Wishing you all a Happy Weekend!
The EYFS Team
Welcome to the class page of Early Years - Ash and Oak class.
On this page we will regularly post updates of life in Early Years, along with photographs of the children engaged in their busy learning, special events and any notices.
As we come to the end of a very busy half term, we would like to congratulate you and your children on a very successful first term at Bushmead School. We have been overwhelmed with how settled, happy and engaged the children are on a daily basis. During this settling in period the children have already demonstrated to us that they are eager to learn and that they are developing skills in independence.
We hope that you enjoy your half term holiday and we look forward to seeing you all back on 30th October.
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