The Elephant and the Bad Baby

This week we have been reading the story ‘The Elephant and the bad baby’. Throughout the book, the baby forgets to use his manners; this is ‘bad’!  However, at the end of the story, he finally remembers to say ‘please’; this is ‘good’!

Each class had a demonstration of how to make apple and oat muffins. We used the nursery kitchen to mix the dry and wet ingredients together, then each child got to spoon in the mixture into a muffin case ready to be baked. We all really enjoyed eating them at the end of the day!

We have also been talking about how we will soon be moving to Year 1 and what different emotions we may be feeling. We listened to the story ‘The Huge Bag of Worries’ by Virginia Ironside. We learnt that if you have worries the best thing to do is to share them.

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

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Nursery – Avocado Baby

What a fantastic story we enjoyed as our focus text this week, ‘Avocado Baby’ by John Burningham. In the story, The Hargraves family have a baby that they want to grow up to be big and strong, however, he hardly eats anything! One day Mrs Hargraves finds an avocado in the fruit bowl, which the baby eats and then becomes so strong he can do all sorts of crazy things! The children found the story hilarious and it sparked lots of conversation about the things the baby could do in the story and the things babies really do.

Thinking about babies, we talked about the human lifecycle this week, linking to the work we have completed the last few weeks on plant lifecycles and butterfly lifecycles. The children noticed many differences in the pictures of them from their first day in nursery and what they look like now! We talked about how people change throughout their life from baby to being elderly.

We have been observing both our bean plants and our class caterpillars closely this week; our beanstalks have grown very tall which we were very excited about, and our caterpillars have now built their chrysalises! We hope they will emerge soon as beautiful butterflies.

In our cooking activity this week, we baked some apple and oat muffins. The children were brilliant ay listening to the instructions in order to bake them and we thought they were so tasty when we ate them for our snack time.

Have a look at the attached home learning (for the week beginning 4th July) 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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The Munching Crunching Caterpillar

This week we have been looking at the story ‘The Munching Crunching Caterpillar’. The children have loved to see our own caterpillars each day and comment on how much they have grown! We have learnt all about the lifecycle of a caterpillar and we are eagerly waiting for ours to form their own chrysalis.

The children have loved learning the songs ‘If I were a mini-beast’ and ‘Pitter Patter Caterpillar’ – perhaps they could sing them to you at home.

We have also been talking about habitats and micro-habitats – can you remember what they are? We went into the Discovery Garden and enjoyed finding different mini-beasts and seeing where they live.

The Sports Day was really successful. Thank you to everyone who came to support the children. They loved every minute of it and must have slept very well that night!

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

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Nursery- The Very Hungry Caterpillar

What a busy and exciting week we have had this week! We started the week on Monday with our class photo, which was something new for us – the children were very sensible and showed us their very best big smiles for the camera.

We had our Foundation Stage sports day on Thursday, which was a wonderful event; the children were amazing and thoroughly enjoyed competing in our 5 different races all in front of a huge and very supportive crowd! Included in our races were the egg and spoon, jumping race, beanbag-balancing race and the hoop race. We also had a running race, which the children voted as their favourite! This was a brilliant event and we would like to thank you for all the support you gave the children to make the event a special one for them.

Our focus story has been the ever-popular ‘Very Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle, which many of the children were already familiar with. We have been talking all about the lifecycle of a caterpillar to link with the story and our class caterpillars have now grown so much and look like they are beginning to form their chrysalises! We are very excited to see ‘what happens next’. 

Have a look at the attached home learning (for the week beginning 27th June) 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 Little Red Hen

This week we have been reading the very popular traditional story ‘The Little Red Hen’. None of her farmyard friends would help the hen complete any of the processes involved in making bread, although they were keen to help her eat the freshly baked bread! The Little Red Hen had other ideas, perhaps your child can tell you if she decided to share her bread or not?

We revisited the words: help, advise, suggest and give tips. We also learnt the signs for bread, red and help.

Each class had a demonstration of how to make the dough for our own bread. We also joined Mrs Saunders in nursery to roll, bake and then taste their own bread rolls, which went down a treat!

We have enjoyed our ‘Healthy Eating’ week where we have learnt all the important things we need to do to keep ourselves healthy. We had Year 6 children leading exercise dances each morning and thank you to all who brought in your tasty funky fruits to eat for snack.

We have some very little visitors that have joined us in our class this week. We will be learning all about them next week. I wonder if your child can remember what they are? 

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:

  • Next Thursday (23rd) at 9.30am is our Sport’s Day. Please could your child ensure they bring a hat and water bottle into school. Could they also ensure they have had sun cream applied before coming into school.
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Nursery – The Little Red Hen

The traditional tale of ‘The Little Red Hen’ has been our focus text this week. In the story, the Little Red Hen finds a grain on the floor and decides to plant it. She plants the grain, grows some tall wheat, which she harvests and takes to the mill to be ground into flour and finally kneads dough and bakes bread! Throughout the story, she asks her friends (the other animals) to help her with the break making process but they all refuse to help, until it is time to eat the bread when they all greedily offer to help! The Little Red Hen however decides not to share as they wouldn’t help her make it and she eats it all by herself! The next time the other animals are much more helpful and they make and eat bread altogether.

Our ‘what happened next’ narrative theme continued and we were able to remember the whole process of making bread, which was handy as we made our own bread on Tuesday to eat for our snack! It was delicious just like the loaf the Little Red Hen baked! To add to our repertoire of Makaton signs we have learnt ‘bread’, ‘red’ and revisited ‘hen’ this week.

The beans we planted last week we have been observing carefully and we are seeing some changes in them, perhaps your child can share with you what is happening to them!

This week we celebrated ‘healthy eating week’. We had some of the Year 6 children join us each morning to lead a morning workout, which was rather fun and energetic! We have been looking at different ways to be healthy including the ‘5-a-day’ initiative for increasing fruit and vegetables in our diet, the importance of drinking enough water (especially in the hot weather) as well as much more.

Have a look at the attached home learning (for the week beginning 20th June) 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- Jack and the Beanstalk

This week we have been reading the story ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. We have learnt some songs to go with the story. The children have particularly enjoyed learning the giant’s song and using their giant voices. We revisited the words: huge, large, enormous, massive and gargantuan. We also learnt the signs for hen, bean and cow.

Everyone has enjoyed some delicious beans on toast in our kitchen – unfortunately, they were not magic beans!

Over the week, the children have been learning about drawing simple maps, using shapes to create other shapes and what plants need to grow. We have also started a new science experiment where we have three different conditions for beans to try to grow in. Will they grow better in the dark, without any water or with sun and water?

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:

  • Please could your child bring in a sun hat and have sun cream applied before coming into school.
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Nursery – Jasper’s Beanstalk

‘Jasper’s Beanstalk’ by Nick Butterworth and Mick Inkpen was our focus text this week. Although the story is quite a short one, about Jasper the cat who found a bean, it provided plenty of opportunity for quality talk about beans, plants and how they grow. The story also highlights the days of the week, which allowed us to talk about the order of the days – the children were fantastic at remembering which day came next and ‘what happened next’ in the story.

We learnt the Makaton sign for ‘bean’ this week and we revisited many others. For our cooking activity this week, we enjoyed beans on toast linking with our stories with beans in them! The children decided that baked beans were much more of a tasty choice and that the beans we were planting didn’t look so appetising to eat!

Cutting skills and pencil control have been a focus for many of the children this week as we made our own spiral beanstalk like the one that Jasper grew in the garden. The children that are starting school in September have been working hard at recognising and writing their names.

This week we began conducting our own bean experiment. We found out that seeds need water and light in order to grow. We are testing three beans all in different conditions to see ‘what happens next’. We are looking forward to finding out which beans grow and which ones stay the same!

Have a look at the attached home learning (for the week beginning 13th June) 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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On The Way Home

On the Way Home by Jill Murphy

This week we have been reading the story ‘On the Way Home’ that is all about a little girl called Claire who is walking home to tell her mum about how she hurt her knee. On the way home, she meets her friends and tells them how the fall happened. But just how did it happen? Was she dropped by a wolf, a slithering snake or an enormous dragon? This story has really allowed our imaginations to run wild!

The weather is starting to get better and we have enjoyed making the most of our discovery garden. Outside we have used the story to enact different scenarios, whether this is pretending an alien spaceship or a witch on a broomstick meets us on our way home. What will happen on your way home today?  

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

Happy half term everyone!

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 – Suddenly!

Suddenly! A Preston Pig story has been our focus text this week, yet another fantastic story, which has helped us develop our narrative focus of ‘what happened next’. In the story written by Colin McNaughton Preston Pig is making his way home from school, little does he know that he has a hungry wolf pursuing him! At the end of each page, there is a moment where suddenly something happens and Preston luckily manages to avoid the hungry wolf.  The children found it hilarious each time the wolf has a little mishap and enjoyed predicting what would happen next each time.  

We learnt the Makaton sign for ‘wolf’ this week and we revisited ‘pig’ and ‘hungry’. For our cooking activity this week we enjoyed making our own cheese straws, these were very tasty and we were so pleased to enjoy them at snack time on Wednesday.

On Friday we celebrated the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee by dressing in red, white and blue, bringing in a soft toy and a delicious snack to enjoy as our high tea in the afternoon! This was a fun filled day; we talked about the Queen and the Jubilee celebrations, made bunting to decorate our classroom and enjoyed some craft activities too.

Have a look at the attached home learning (for the week beginning 6th June) 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.

We hope you have a wonderful half term break and we will look forward to seeing you for our final half term of the academic year.

The Nursery Team

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