Reception- The Bear Under the Stairs

This week we have been reading ‘The Bear under the Stairs’ which has had many of us debating whether the boy in the story was imagining the bear or if the bear was actually there!

The children have learnt some interesting facts about bears such as where they live, what they look like and what they like to eat. In addition, they have been practising how to collage their bear drawings by tearing up pieces of paper and sticking using glue sticks.

We have also had our week of ‘bikeability balance’ in Reception. Come rain or shine the children have been learning how to balance, glide and some have even learnt how to ride a bike without stabilizers! The children’s perseverance and growth in confidence has been amazing! We hope you enjoy the short video that has been created to show some of the children during the session.

Please have a look at the Home Learning that has been attached to find some fun activities that link to each area of your child’s learning. We would love to hear from you about your child’s home learning. Please could you email these to us at: fshomelearning@exwickheights.devon.sch.uk

A few notes:

  • We would love to receive any recyclable material for our junk modelling station. These can include cardboard boxes, cleaned out yoghurt pots or plastic containers. Please can we ask that anything that contained nuts does not come in due to allergies, thank you.

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Nursery – This is the Bear

This week we have been reading ‘This is the Bear’ by Sarah Hayes. In the story, a boy’s teddy bear is put in the bin by his dog! The bear is then taken away with the refuse collector all the way to the dump! The boy catches the bus to the dump to find his bear, eventually his dog ‘smells a smell’, and they are reunited with the bear.

We have enjoyed a few other from the same collection of stories including ‘This is the Bear and the Bad Little Girl’, ‘This is the Bear and the Scary Night’ and ‘This is the Bear and the Picnic Lunch’. They have all been very popular with the children.

Our Makaton signs of the week have been ‘bear’ and ‘dog’. The children have been super at remembering them; perhaps they could show you at home?

We have been continuing our narrative theme of where this week. In the story, the bear asked if they could go on another day out. We talked about the rubbish dump not being much of a day out and the children came up with some much better ideas, including the funfair, the park and the cinema to name a few.

We have been talking about our emotions this week, we decided that the bear would be sad if he fell in the bin and the boy was happy when he had found his bear. We had a go at using our drawing skills to draw an emotion, starting with a happy face; we talked about all the things that make us feel happy too.

Linking to our text, we had made a paper plate bear using collage this week. Our bears looked brilliant and we worked hard to complete them! Please have a look at the attached Home Learning to find some fun activities that link to each area of your child’s learning. We would love to hear from you about your child’s home learning. Please could you email these to us at: fshomelearning@exwickheights.devon.sch.uk.

Notes: We would love to receive any recyclable material for our junk modelling station. These can include cardboard boxes, cleaned out yoghurt pots or plastic containers. Please can we ask that anything that contained nuts does not come in due to allergies.

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We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

This week we have been looking at the very well known story of ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ by Michael Rosen. The children have loved to join in with the repeated refrains throughout the story.

We have been learning different words to extend our vocabulary and have learnt that instead of saying big we can say; large, huge, enormous, massive and gargantuan. We used these to change the words of the story when we were reading it. For example, “We’re going on a bear hunt. We’re going to catch a massive one”

As the weather is getting colder, we spent some time learning about the different seasons and what clothes we might need to wear. We decided we would definitely need warm clothes in the winter but would not wear a woolly hat in the summer!

Please have a look at the Home Learning that has been attached to find some fun activities that link to each area of your child’s learning. We would love to hear from you about your child’s home learning. Please could you email these to us at: fshomelearning@exwickheights.devon.sch.uk

A few notes:

  • Bike-ability will be happening all next week. Please can we ask that your child comes into school wearing trousers, joggers or leggings to make movement easier for them. They can remain in these for the day.
  • We would love to receive any recyclable material for our junk modelling station. These can include cardboard boxes, cleaned out yoghurt pots or plastic containers. Please can we ask that anything that contained nuts does not come in due to allergies.
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Nursery – We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

Our focus text this week has been the popular story ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ by Michael Rosen. For many children this was a story they are familiar with, they really enjoyed joining in with the repeated refrains throughout the story.

We have a new narrative focus this term to add to our previous learning around ‘who’. We will now be talking all about ‘where’ and the story this week has given us plenty of opportunities to talk about ‘where’, as the family ventured through a snowstorm, a river and a forest to name a few!

The children have been using positional language this week, with an emphasis on ‘over’, ‘under’ and ‘through’, linking nicely with the story, on their bear hunt they decide they can’t go over or under their obstacles and they have to go through them! We learned the Makaton signs for ‘over’, ‘under’ and we revisited the sign for ‘bear’.

Please have a look at the attached Home Learning to find some fun activities that link to each area of your child’s learning. We would love to hear from you about your child’s home learning. Please could you email these to us at: fshomelearning@exwickheights.devon.sch.uk.

Notes: We would love to receive any recyclable material for our junk modelling station. These can include cardboard boxes, cleaned out yoghurt pots or plastic containers. Please can we ask that anything that contained nuts does not come in due to allergies.

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Happy Christmas from the Early Years Team!

What a lovely final week we have had at school! The children are well and truly in the Christmas spirit.

We have been making some delicious mince pies, enjoyed Christmas stories and playing party games. 

On behalf of the Early Years term, we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We look forward to seeing you all in 2022!

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Reception- Stickman

Stickman

This is a firm favourite with the children. They have loved joining in with the repetitive refrains. We have talked about ‘who’ Stickman encounters throughout the story and the children got very excited when Santa fell down the chimney.

We have learnt how to draw a face, created some wonderful Christmas cards and have been busy little elves in our Santa’s workshop.  The Early Years building has smelt amazing, thanks to the chefs who have been cooking up some delicious gingerbread men cookies.

On Tuesday, our children came into school looking very festive in their Christmas clothes. They have made a very special video for you all to watch at home so watch this space ……..

Please have a look at the Home Learning that has been attached to find some fun activities that link to each area of your child’s learning. We would love to hear from you about your child’s home learning. Please could you email these to us at: fshomelearning@exwickheights.devon.sch.uk

Just a reminder:

  • We will now be collecting in the home reading books but please continue to use the online resource to support your child’s reading at home.
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Nursery – Stick Man

What a fabulous final full week of term we have had in our nursery. Our cheeky class elf has been full of mischief once again which has interested and excited the children, we have continued our advent calendars and enjoyed counting down the ‘sleeps’ until the big day!


Our story this week has been the ever-popular Julia Donaldson story ‘Stick Man’. It has linked nicely with our festive theme as Stick Man gets lost and used for different purposes by a range of characters who don’t realise that he is ‘Stick Man’. He then helps to rescue Santa who is stuck in a chimney and is then returned home to his family tree on Christmas Eve.

Our youngest children have been able to join in with key phrases and listen out for words that rhyme. The story has been read many times and well received with lots of enthusiasm.

The elves have been extremely busy in their workshop this week (our role-play area) where they have been designing, constructing and wrapping many toys and presents ready for Christmas! It has been a delight to observe the children at work applying their expressive art and design skills. We were also very busy in the kitchen baking gingerbread men, which smelt and tasted amazing!

With just four days of our school term left the children are all very excited and can’t wait for our last week before they can enjoy even more festivities as we break up for the Christmas holiday. Please have a look at the attached home learning to find some fun activities that link to each area of your child’s learning. We would love to hear from you about your child’s home learning. Please could you email these to us at: fshomelearning@exwickheights.devon.sch.uk

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Reception- The Nativity

The Nativity

The children have enjoyed learning about the Nativity story and have been able to act out the story using our Nativity scene characters. We have talked about who the characters in the story are and how Christmas is the day when Jesus was born.

We gave ourselves a challenge to draw a camel and the children really embraced this. Some of the camels even had 6 humps! We have been using our cutting skills to make stars from triangles then made them sparkle using glitter.

The chefs were busy cooking up star biscuits in the kitchen, they did a very good job and they were delicious.

Linking with nursery rhymes this week, we have learnt the signs for baby, sheep and stars

We have continued to practise using different words for ‘tired’, we learnt that we could use the words: ‘sleepy’, ‘drowsy’, ‘weary’, and ‘shattered’.

Please have a look at the Home Learning that has been attached to find some fun activities that link to each area of your child’s learning. We would love to hear from you about your child’s home learning. Please could you email these to us at: fshomelearning@exwickheights.devon.sch.uk

Just a reminder:

  • The librarian has collected all the books in for the term. Therefore, your child will be able to take a new book out in January.
  • On Tuesday 7th December, we will be making a video of us singing some Christmas songs. Please can your child come into school wearing their party clothes or Christmas jumpers (only if they have them) Can they also bring their school uniform in a named bag for them to change into afterwards?

Thank you

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