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Early Years Blog

September 2021

 

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. 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 2021

 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.

 

The children have started 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.

 

Many children chose to copy some of the words or letters they see around the provision. Some children know some of the letter names or the sounds they make. They recognise 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!

October 2021

 

The children have been enjoying the Autumnal weather and been busy exploring all that Autumn has to offer. They have opened pumpkins and felt the flesh and seeds inside, using tweezers to get the seeds out. We have now dried the seeds and they will be added to the playdough next week.

 

They have also been making Autumn transient art pictures using natural resources such as conkers , pine cones, leaves, sunflowers and petals. we looked at Autumn scenes and books to give us inspiration.

 

There has also been fantastic robot making going on in the creative area. The children have been looking at pictures and trying to re-create them. The results have been amazing and you can see for yourself how creative the children are.

 

In Venus Class the children have been going on a train ride. They discussed what you would see out of a train window and then built it next to the tracks. We looked at what you would find and see in a train station and the children built several stations which they named after themselves. They also made the 'Fat Controllers' office, adding a phone and computer. We have lots of houses, animals, people around the tracks and the children made train tickets and maps for the passengers to use.

 

The cafe has been very popular with the children paying for their fruit and milk using 1p coins. There has been lots of turn taking, maths, problem solving going on and they even ask where the person is to pay before they take their goods.

ROBOTS!

ALL ABOARD!

November 2021

Thanks to the pantomime company who came in and performed Aladdin, the children have been experiencing magic carpet rides around the world! They have been using a map of the world to see and look up different countries. There has been lots of discussions about countries they and their families have visited and they have been comparing  the weather, distance from England and who has been to the same country. We also looked at a globe and talked about how it is the same as a map and has the same countries on it.

Magic Carpet Rides

We have also been reading Traditional Tales. The children have been enjoying 'The Three Little Pigs' and 'Little Red Riding Hood'. They have become one of the characters, dressed up and re-told the story in their own words. They have had an audience to perform to and we fully hope to see some of these children on stage in the future!

Traditional Tales

We have had fantastic roleplaying in the doctors. So many children were poorly that we needed lots of doctors to treat them. We had a hospital to send the most poorly children to and friendly receptionists to book appointments. Language, vocabulary, turn taking, knowledge and understanding of the world, literacy and math's was used throughout the children's play. Thankfully the doctors all managed to treat the patients and make them feel better!

We had the Eiffel Tower built using the community blocks. The children used the ladders to support their building and we used the tape measure to compare the sizes of the real Eiffel Tower and the one the children built. They took the trundle wheel around the outdoor area of the school to measure the length (324M) of the Eiffel Tower. They were amazed at how tall it was. There was so much problem solving, negotiating, turn taking, modifying and adapting taking place it was lovely to see how engaged the children where.

Christmas Songs

 

Below are the Christmas songs that Early Years will be singing. We have given you a copy of the words, can you please help your child to learn these at home.

Thank you

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

this is the children's version of 'santa claus is coming to town'

Jingle Bells (original song)

5 Little Snowmen Standing in a Row | Snowman Songs for Children | Lyric Video | The Kiboomers

Below are the sounds your children have been learning. Each week we will upload the new four sounds. Can you please listen to them and support your child to say the sound correctly. 

 

Thank you

 

November 2021

 

The children have all now finished Phase 2 Phonics. All the sounds are below from beginning to end. Please help your child by listening to how the sound sounds and practice with your child at home.

 

Thank you

Phase 2 Phonics 's' sound

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Listen to the sound each letter makes and use this to support your child at home.

Phase 2 Phonics 'a' sound

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Listen to the sound it makes and support your child at home to say it.

Phase 2 Phonics 't' sound

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Listen to the sound it makes and support your child at home to say it.

Phase 2 Phonics 'p' sound

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Listen to the sound and support your child at home to say it.

Phase 2 Phonics 'i' sound

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Help your child at home to say the sound correctly

Phase 2 Phonics 'n' sound

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help your child to say the sound correctly

Phase 2 Phonics 'm' sound

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Phase 2 Phonics 'd' sound

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listen to the sound and help your child to say it

Phase 2 Phonics 'g' sound

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Phase 2 Phonics 'o' sound

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Phase 2 Phonics 'c' sound

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Phase 2 phonics 'k' sound

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Phase 2 Phonic sound 'ck'

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Phase 2 Phonic sound 'e'

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Please help your child to say the sound correctly.

Phase 2 Phonic sound 'u'

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Phase 2 Phonic sound 'r'

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Phase 2 Phonic sound 'h'

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Phase 2 Phonic sound 'b'

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Phase 2 Phonic sound 'f'

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Phase 2 Phonic sound 'ff'

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Please help your child to say the sound correctly.

Phase 2 Phonic sound 'l'

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Please help your child to say the sound correctly.

Phase 2 Phonic sound 'll'

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Please help your child to say the sound correctly.

Phase 2 Phonic sound 'ss'

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Please help your child to say the sound correctly.

Tricky words

 

 

Tricky words are words that the children just have to know. They are words that cannot be segmented (sounded out) just said as one word. Please get your child to say them everyday. The ones that the children have learnt so far are:

 

I                                no                                go   

 

                     

the                     is                   to                             into        

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