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Whipperley Infant Academy ‘Learning, Growing, Together’

Early Years Blog

September 2020


The children have been settling into school life and have all enjoyed their first few weeks at school, making new friends and reconnecting with friends from nursery.  They have had great fun exploring all areas both inside and out.

We have been talking about classroom rules and together have come up with rules we think are important in all our environments, making sure we follow these at all times. We have also talked about diamond points, these have become very popular for the children to get for their class.

Outside we have seen some talented performers in the music area and fabulous designers in the construction area, also it has been about MUD! Children in the mud kitchen have created all kinds of sloppy, oozing, mucky dishes.

Playing with mud offers children rich learning opportunties and promotes development across all areas of the Early Years curriculum. In addition, research shows that playing in dirt can strengthen young immune systems. Without exposure to everyday germs, which can be found in mud, children miss out on building a stronger immunity to sickness. 

Although we do our best to ensure the children's clothes stay clean by providing them with waterproofs, they will inevitably come home at least a little dirty. Opportunites for getting mucky and real meaningful play can be sadly missed if parents tell their child not to get dirty, as they will feel pressured into keeping clean.


Dirt washes off but the memories last a lifetime!


Inside has also been very popular. The children have been enjoying playing in the café, ordering fruit and milk and using pennies to pay for it! Looking after and caring for the babies has been a hit, they have been feeding, changing and bathing them.

In the creative area we have seen lots of collaborative play, turn taking, and sharing with the indoor sand and water. Also painting on glossy wood has been very popular, the children have loved wiping off their creations to start again and to see colours mixing with each other. Using the puppets and wooden spoons to re tell traditional tales is busy everyday and the children are becoming more and more confident to put on shows for their peers.


If you have any concerns or issues please speak to your child's class teachers and we will do our best to help in anyway we can.


Thank you for your continued support.


Early Years Team




September/ October 2020

 Learning to listen, listening to learn


Phase One of phonics concentrates on developing children’s speaking and listening skills and underpins the phonic work which starts in Phase Two. The emphasis during Phase One is to draw children’s attention to the sounds around them and to get ready to begin blending and breaking down the sounds in words. Since September the children have been exposed to a range of different Phase One activities which includes singing, exploring the sounds they can make with their body and with musical instruments, listening to environmental sounds and noticing words that rhyme.


When the children start Phase Two phonics they will be taught how to form each letter as well as the sound each letter makes. Our environment provides writing and mark making opportunities in all areas. For example, this week the children have been given notebooks to take orders when serving their friends in the café. In the creative and construction areas the children are encouraged to draw their designs before creating models.


Adding a logo alphabet to our environment this week sparked much conversation from the children. They recognised so many of the names and were able to talk about where they had seen them. It was lovely to see some of the less confident children keen to share their knowledge. Many children chose to copy some of the words or letters. Some children knew some of the letter names or the sounds they made. They recognised letters that were in their own names or those of their friends.


When you are at home or out and about,  ask your child which words they recognise on signs or packaging. You will be surprised at how many they will know!