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  • Signs of Spring, Easter & What the Ladbird Heard...

    Published 26/03/23, by Kerry Inglis

    Our final week of our 'Mad about Mini beasts'  topic! We are so impressed with how much knowledge the children have soaked up during this topic and how interested they have been to learn about lots of different teeny tiny creatures! 

    We will be reviewing all of our previous big idea question's (see if the children can talk about these at home)

    What is a mini-beast? 

    What is the lifecycle of a butterfly? 

    Why do spiders spin webs?

    What job do bees do?

    And talking about our new big idea question's:

    What are the signs of Spring? 

    How do people celebrate Easter? 

    We will be sharing these wonderful stories and re-telling them drawing story maps:


    Here are our words of the week we will be sharing with the children in F1:

    Here are the words of the week we will be sharing with the children in F2:

    Talk about the signs of spring - can you go on a walk and spot any of them? Send your photos in on tapestry for a show and tell session this week. 

    You could sing along to our songs of the week:


    • We look forward to seeing everyone at parent's evening this week (Monday 27th or Wednesday 29th)- if you're not sure of your time please check with a member of staff. 
    • We break up for school for the Easter holidays on Friday 31st March - we hope everyone has a lovely Easter break and look forward to seeing everyone back in school on Monday 17th April.
    • Check out the whole school 'design an easter egg' competition here - which is needed in school by Wednesday 29th - if you need another template let us know. 
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    Published 16/03/23, by Kerry Inglis

    The big idea question we will be focusing on this week is:

    What job do bees do?

    We will be finding out how bees slurp nectar from flowers with their tongues, take it back to their beehive where it is turned into honey! How clever! 

    We will be sharing the brilliant story 'Bumblebear' have a listen below- it's the author Nadia reading the story! 



    Can you draw a bee and beehive at home following the instructions from Squiglet? Send in your drawings on tapestry! 


    • F1 & F2 -Please remember to book your parent's evening slot (should have received an email last week with a link to book online). Thanks if you already have :) 


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    Published 09/03/23, by Kerry Inglis

    This week we are talking all things spiders! 

    We will be exploring these big idea question's:

    • Why do Spiders spin webs?
    • How many legs do spiders have? (Spiders are not classed as an insect because all insects have 6 legs!) 
    • What is a predator? What is prey? 

    We will be sharing these brilliant books to help bring our topic to life:



    And of course singing and signing to these classic nursery rhymes: 



    Last week, the children in F2 were learning about 3D shapes and their properties. We looked at these different shapes - cube, cylinder, cone, cuboid, pyramid, sphere.

    We went on a 3D shape hunt in the classroom and found our globe that was a sphere, boxes that were cuboids and dice that were cubes!  Here are some ideas to support this learning at home - we would love to see what you get up to on tapestry! 

    • (F2) The children are doing amazingly with their phonics - please make sure they are reading their RWI books or practising their blending book/speed sounds at home too. The school expectation is at least three diary entries a week (this can include sharing stories together too). Keep up the super work F2! 
    • See if your children can talk about/answer the big idea question's of the week at home:
      -Why do Spiders spin webs?
      -How many legs do spiders have? 
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  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar

    Published 03/03/23, by Kerry Inglis

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    Published 23/02/23, by Kerry Inglis

    The start of 'Magnificent mini-beasts' topic has been a hit with the children. We are finding out what different mini-beasts are called and talking about what they look like (colours, how many legs they have, if they have a shell to protect them etc). 

    This week, the big idea question we will be exploring is:

    Can all mini beasts fly?

    We will be sharing this wonderful book which tells us all about different creepy crawlies and how they are truly awesome in their own unique way.

    We will also be reading this story: 



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    Published 16/02/23, by Kerry Inglis


    Hello Little Dreamers! We hope you have all had a lovely half-term and can't wait to see you all tomorrow. Let's announce our new topic (drum roll please)..... 

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    We will be finding out about magnificent mini beasts!

    We will be exploring things such as- how many legs do insects have? Is this different from spiders? What mini-beasts can fly? What are antennae, and what are they used for?

    We will be talking about and finding lots of fascinating facts about bees, spiders, ladybirds and many more marvellous creatures. We will be scientists observing lifecycles in the classroom and watching how a caterpillar transforms into a butterfly! 

    As always, our topic will be brought to life through brilliant books. For more information please see our big ideas' poster below (a clearer version is also attached at the bottom of this page). 

    Some ideas of how you can embrace our topic at home: 

    • Research your favourite mini beasts - can you find any fascinating facts to share with the class?
    • Make your very own bug hotel! There are lots of great designs online- but they can be made from things such as: old plant pots, small rocks, sticks, stones bark and leaves... You'll soon have lots of mini beasts checking in! 
    • Go on a mini-beast hunt in your garden or local area/park - what can you spot? 
    • Share and discuss the 'Big Ideas' poster, talking about the question's and key vocabulary. 
    • Share any mini-beast related stories you might have at home or spot at the library.

    Thank you for your continued support - we look forward to seeing you all tomorrow! πŸ˜Š



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    Published 27/01/23, by Kerry Inglis

    This week we are sharing the brilliant Supertato stories! (One of our favourites in EYFS, hopefully the children love it as much as we do!)

    Here are the big idea question's that we will be talking about:

    • How do we stay healthy? 
    • Why are fruits and vegetables good for us? 
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    Published 20/01/23, by Kerry Inglis

    Wow, wow, wow! What fabulous storytellers your children are becoming. We are really enjoying our ‘Books, Books, Brilliant books’ topic.

    It is wonderful to see the children confidently re-calling stories in their play and drawings with brilliant expression! 

    ’Run, run as fast as you can… You can’t catch me I’m the gingerbread man!’ Can you guess what our story of the week will be? Of course… It’s The Gingerbread Man! Have a listen to the tale we will be sharing: 

    We will also be singing these jazzy tunes:



    This week we will be becoming scientists and learning the words 'absorbent' and 'waterproof' (F2) along with 'float' and 'sink' (F1). We will be exploring why the Gingerbread Man didn't want to swim across the river... And experimenting making our own rafts to help him cross our water tray without getting wet! 

    You could collect some objects at home (waterproof ones!) and predict whether they will float or sink before testing them out your sink, bath or a big container.  We would love to see your photos of this - send them in on Tapestry, and we will share them in our show and tell sessions. Along with any gingerbread man inspired activities you might like to do- especially delicious gingerbread baking! (see PDF's at the bottom of the page). 

    F1 will be exploring the number 4 and the different ways the number four can be made-here are some activities you could try at home:

    In F2, we are starting our new white rose focus on growing, 6, 7 & 8. We will be digging deeper by combining two groups and finding out how many altogether. Check out this numberblocks episode to look at the part-whole model. We will be using this model in school to help us visualise combining numbers to find the total. 


    • F2- You are doing so well with your doodles! We are in the top 3 on the score board. Look at all of those stars you have collected - 1035! πŸ€©πŸŒŸ well done, keep up the super work! 





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  • Celebrating the Chinese/Lunar New Year...

    Published 13/01/23, by Kerry Inglis

    What an exciting week we have ahead! We are celebrating Chinese New Year! We will be finding out how and why this tradition is celebrated, sharing stories and joining in with some celebrations ourselves. 

    The Lunar New Year is celebrated by many different cultures and many different places. For people in China and Chinese communities around the world, the New Year celebration is full of fireworks, the colour red, and delicious food. But what’s the story behind this celebration? Watch this video to find out about what the children will be talking about next week: 

    Here's Abbie and her brother preparing for Chinese New Year:


    Here are our words of the week that we will be sharing with the children:

    (F2) Please see your children's reading diary for how you can support their blending at home - this might be practising their speedy sound cards (or certain ones), practising letter formation of the letters they find tricky, sharing a blending book together or sharing their reading book/ditty story. 

    We are beginning to blend sounds together to read longer words... Check out this alphablocks episode where they can blend some longer words. If your children are confident with their set 1 sounds, they could also have a go at our 'I spy and read' sheet for an extra challenge.

    (F1) In F1, we are helping the children to develop their phonological awareness (helping them to distinguish sounds). This week, they will be playing the beat/syllables in words using our wooden claves and other instruments.

    E.g Kangeroo- kan-ger-roo (3 beats)

    Bear- bear (1 beat)

    Alligator - al-i-gat-or (4 beats) 

    Caterpillar - cat-er-pillar (3 beats)

    The children will also be clapping the syllables in their names. 


    • The children have been FABULOUS storytellers following on from our stories last week (We're going on a Bear Hunt and Goldilocks and the Three Bears). We have been BLOWN AWAY by the wonderful story language they are using and how confidently they can recall the stories... We have also LOVED their different voices for characters. Keep up the wonderful work Little Dreamers! 
    • (F2) Most PE kits are in school, but if we could make sure all children have their PE kit in school for our lessons which will be on Wednesday mornings - thank you.
    • Remember to send in a photo of your child's favourite book/books on tapestry if you haven't already done so- the children really enjoy talking about these in show and tell sessions. 

    Thank you for your continued support πŸ˜Š



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    Published 05/01/23, by Kerry Inglis

    Hopefully you've had chance to check out our new big idea for this half term: Books, Books, Brilliant Books!

    Over the next couple of weeks, we will be sharing these texts and answering our big idea question's

    • Can you re-tell a story?
    • Can you describe the setting of a story? (using We're Going on a Bear Hunt to support this)
    • Can you describe the characters in a story? (Using Goldilocks and the Three Bears to support this).

    We will be drawing simple story maps and acting out the stories to help the children remember and re-call them.

    This week we have started sharing the brilliant book 'We're going on a Bear Hunt',  the children are loving it! They are already so confident re-calling the different settings and story language used in the book (e.g. 'thick oozy mud' 'deep cold river'). Next week, we will be going on a 'Bear Hunt adventure' across school to try and find a bear ourselves!

    Have a listen to the story at home (and Michael Rosen, the Author performing it himself!)

    Here is the Goldilocks and the Three Bears Story that we will be sharing in school:

    We will also be singing this song linked to the Goldilocks story:

    Here is the vocabulary that we will be sharing with the children for 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt'

    • Remember to enjoy sharing stories and record these in your reading diary-the school expectation is to read at least 3 times a week and get along the way to collecting the next reading award!
      (F2) practising your speedy sound cards, or doing any reading or writing activity can also count as an entry.
    • Can you send in a picture on tapestry sharing your children's favourite story? We will be using these throughout our topic and sharing them during show and tell sessions. 
    • (F2) Keep up with those doodles! Little and often. Mrs King is monitoring which class is in the lead.
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  • Our New Big Idea: Books, Books, Brilliant Books!

    Published 02/01/23, by Kerry Inglis

    Over the next half-term our topic is: Books, Books, Brilliant Books!

    We will be sharing wonderful stories with the children, repeating them over and over, so the children can familiarise themselves with the story, gaining the confidence to talk about them and re-call the key parts.  We will also be talking about the different settings and characters that we discover in stories, and having lots of props in the classroom, so the children can recreate them and invent their own narratives.

    Check out our big ideas' poster to share with your children at home (a clearer version is attached as a PDF below)

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  • Making Musical sounds

    Published 01/01/23, by Wendy Boon

    Phonological awareness finale!

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