Every child from Early Years will today have brought home a book to share with their families. This is for them to keep and was provided by The Book Trust. We hope that you enjoy your new book and share it together as a family.
As we mentioned to many of you during our home visits, the first 2-3 weeks of EYFS are us getting to know the children and completing an initial baseline assessment. This year we are lucky enough to be taking part in a Government pilot scheme, where they provide us with the resources and the assessment tools on line.
For further information here is the document provided by the National Foundation of Educational Research. There is also a video that has been produced for you to watch.
The children are not aware this is any kind of assessment, they have just been completing a 'fun job' with their class teacher! By the end of this week we hope to have completed the phonological blending and early comprehension parts of the assessment. Next week, we will then move onto counting and maths calculation.
We are so proud of how all your children have settled into school and are loving getting to know all of their individual personalities.
This Wednesday we were lucky enough to take a trip to Linford Reservoir on the school Minibus. This was an amazing start to our new book of The Hungry Caterpillar.
Once we were introduced we then went off bug hunting in the grass! We caught lots of things, including Ladybirds and Green Grass Bugs. We then saw birds nesting on the lake and had to very quiet.
Finally, we heard The Hungry Caterpillar Story and acted out the parts. Then we sequenced the life cycle of a Butterfly.
All the children had a fantastic time and the staff at The Parks trust even commented on how fantastic the behaviour was. We were very proud of them.
Thank you to the parent volunteers that came along with us
Thank you to all the families for helping the children celebrate with such fantastic costumes! The children have been really excited to show us which characters they are and we are having a fantastic World Book Day, sharing lots of stories and learning about different books.
To celebrate Pancake day today, we had the opportunity to try pancakes and some different toppings. We talked about our PSHE topic of Healthy me and looked at which choices we could make as a topping that would be healthy.
The children could choose from lemon, syrup, bananas, strawberries and chocolate sauce. Many of them chose to try toppings that they have never had before!
Today in EYFS we celebrated our 100th day of being at school! As well as being able to wear our party clothes, we celebrated in lots of different ways.
We started the day by learning what 100 looked liked. We used number squares and objects and even counted all the way to 100. Over the course of the day, we completed activities such as trying to stack 100 cups, trying to write 100 words, writing about what school has taught us so far and painting the numbers to make 100.
Thank you to everyone who sent in food today, the children had a fantastic celebration tea this afternoon and then showed us their amazing dance moves. A fantastic day of celebrating was had by all!
Well guess what we did on Friday!! After we have layered everyone up, we headed to the school field to enjoy the snow.
As well as snow ball fights with Miss Harris, we made footprint tracks and snow angels! A great time was had by all, including Miss Funnell who managed to avoid all of the snowballs!
We then headed back into the classroom and changed into dry warm clothes. Mrs Mutchell then brought round hot chocolates for everyone with cream and marshmallows! A fantastic way to warm us back up.
On Thursday, the children in EYFS were lucky enough to receive a visit from our local PCSO's. This followed on from the Fireman visiting earlier in the week for our real life Superheroes topic.
The police officers talked to the children about how to keep safe and what they do as part of their jobs. They also brought extra uniform and helmets for the children to try.
We are looking forward to seeing our PCSO's out and about in the community, as they have encouraged the children to come and say hello.
The Owls and Hedgehogs were very excited today as some real life superheros visited us. We were very lucky to have the Newport Pagnell firefighters join us today. They showed us their engine and all the equipment they carry to help people who are in trouble. They let us all sit in the fire engine and some of us - including Mrs Collick - got to try on their helmets! The children asked lots of questions and found out lots interesting facts. We are looking forward to using the information we found out in our learning this week.
I am sure many of you have wondered where I have been this week! So thought I would share my excitement. I was lucky enough to be sent on some training this week.
The first course was looking at possible ideas for our outside area, whilst we are doing our best to raise funds to make our current outside area even better, the course was amazing to look at other outdoor areas and think of possible ideas that may support the children we have in their learning.
On Wednesday I caught a very early train into London and was very excited to attend a course specifically aimed at learning outdoors, why it is done and how to engage all children. There were teachers from all around the country in attendance. So as well as gaining the knowledge of an expert on outside learning. we were also able to discuss what we already do and compare what we find is effective.
Whilst it was an extremely long day packed with knowledge, I of course missed my lovely class. But I came home with a wealth of knowledge that I aim to share with our fantastic team. As well as high fiving myself for not getting lost on the underground!