What a wonderful start to Year 5!

We have been thrilled by the positive start from all pupils in Year 5. All staff in the year group have noticed how polite, well-mannered and enthusiastic your children are, and we are all very excited to work together to have the best school year imaginable!

In these early days, each class has produced their own art display, drawing inspiration from artists such as Julian Opie as well as techniques such as micrography, to make the year 5 classrooms feel unique and special. We are also enjoying using the music video ‘Titanium’ to help us build suspense narratives, which we can’t wait to share in future blog posts!

To support the children to access all that Year 5 has to offer, please support your child by:

  • ensuring they have a full PE kit (named and labelled in school.) PE days are Monday and Friday (5LS and 5MW) and Wednesday and Friday (5GT)
  • encouraging them to bring in their reading book and reading diary every day. We encourage the children to read for at least 20 minutes a day (ideally with an adult) and try to write in their reading diary as regularly as possible. One parent signature a week, and three pupil comments in the reading diary, will mean your child gains a ticket into the Read to Succeed draw! Reading diaries will be checked on Mondays.
  • ensuring they have a water bottle every day
  • supporting completion of home learning to a good quality (due in on Thursdays)

Your child should have been sent home with a reading list recommending some high quality texts that will support them to read at a Year 5 level. You can find the full list here. https://www.booksfortopics.com/year-5

Well done, Year 5 – keep up the brilliant work!

Ms. Lloyd-Seetim, Miss Webber and Mr. Taylor

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Goldilocks and The Three Bears

Goldilocks and The Three Bears

Wow, what a busy and full week it has been! Your children have all done so well for their first full week at school and will probably be very tired!

We have been focusing on the story of ‘Goldilocks and The Three Bears’, which is a very popular story with the children. We have also learnt the signs for ‘baby’, and ‘bear’.

The children are starting to get used to our routines in school and are becoming very good at washing their hands. We have also been practising our listening ears and looking eyes when sitting on the carpet. During independent learning, the children are becoming confident with navigating around the different spaces where they have been cooking a variety of delicious meals in the role-play kitchen, creating stories in our small world play and drawing colourful drawings.

The children are now becoming confident with going to the hall to have their lunch and remembering to say thank you when their food is given to them. To further support their independence, perhaps you can practise using a knife and fork when they are eating their meals at home.

Please have a look at the Home Learning that has been attached to find some fun activities to do at home.

A few reminders:

  • Please could you check that your child’s uniform and any bags are named.
  • We are approaching that time of year where we all have lots of sniffles. Therefore, we would greatly apprecitae a donation of a box of tissues.
  • We are asking for £3 contributions towards buying ingredients for cooking. These can be made via the School Gateway app.

Thank you

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Nursery – Goldilocks and The Three Bears

We have had a brilliant first full week in the Nursery this week; the children have been very busy and are now probably feeling rather tired!

Our focus story has been the ever popular ‘Goldilocks and The Three Bears’ which was a familiar one for many children. Linking with our story this week, we have been filling different sized containers with oats to make ‘porridge’ for the three bears. We have made loud and quiet sounds with our voices and musical instruments to match the voices of the bears. We have also learnt a couple of Goldilocks songs, which was a lot of fun.

As well as these activities linking to our story, we have been very busy continuing to get to know one another, including learning the names of our classmates and all the adults in our setting. We have been familiarising ourselves with our school routines and becoming much more confident navigating our way around. During our carpet times, we have been working on our looking and listening skills too, which are improving each day!

A few reminders:

  • Please could you check that your child’s uniform and any bags are named.
  • We are approaching that time of year where we all have lots of sniffles. Therefore, we would greatly apprecitae a donation of a box of tissues.
  • We are asking for £3 contributions towards buying ingredients for cooking. These can be made via the School Gateway app.
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WELCOME TO YEAR 3!

What a fantastic start to Year 3 we have had. The whole team has been really impressed by how calmly and happily the children have got back into the school routines. Already, we have begun some fab new topics including skeletons and Prehistoric Britain. We also learnt about British Values which make Great Britain a fantastic place to live. We had a go at drawing our own portraits and then portraits of the Queen. We also had a go at some Andy Warhol pop art in her likeness. Do you think she would be impressed?!

Let’s keep up the good work!

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Welcome to year 1!

It has been a fantastic start to the year. The children have all settled well into year 1.

We have been busy with our Maths learning, counting and representing numbers to 10. The children have been learning how to login to the chrome books where they have been accessing a range of Maths games.

In art, the children carefully drew a self portrait. They focused on face shapes as well as line and shading.

Thank you to to all parents for providing the equipment needed in year 1.

Here is a reminder of the essential equipment needed.

  • a named PE kit (to be kept in school)
  • a named water bottle
  • sensible school shoes (ideally that the children can put on and off independently)
  • a full named uniform

This week we had our first visit to the library. Every Wednesday the children will choose a new book. Library books are due back on Tuesdays.

Home learning was set this week (on a separate blog post). All of the children have been given a purple home learning book to be used to record home learning.

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Welcome to Year 4!

What a fantastic start to year 4! The pupils have got to know their new teachers through various get-to-know-you activities and we have enjoyed getting to know more about them. We have been so impressed by their enthusiasm to learn and try their best in lessons.

In English, we have read two texts about the eruption in Pompeii linked to our History topic on Roman Britain and focused on improving our retrieval skills. Place value has been good fun using Base 10 and other resources to help us progress from 3-digit to 4-digit numbers. 4RW particularly enjoyed Mrs Wang’s magic trick and might even try it on you at home! Our first Science lesson has been very messy and creative with demonstrating and drawing the human digestive system!

Please remember to bring in:

  1. Reading journals on a Monday
  2. Home Learning on a Thursday
  3. PE kits every day

We also sent home a list of recommended reads for Year 4. They offer a range of different texts from poetry to short chapter books to non-fiction so that your child can read widely and enjoy reading in Year 4.

Have a lovely weekend.

The Year 4 team

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Welcome to Nursery!

A big, warm welcome to all the children and families starting in our Nursery class here at Exwick Heights Primary School.

We have had a wonderful time during our first three days, which we have spent getting to know each other and making new friends. We have been familiarising ourselves with our new classroom and the other learning environments which has been lots of fun and very helpful. We now know where we can explore as well as other important things, for example, where the toilets are.

We have thoroughly enjoyed the story ‘Owl Babies’ by Martin Waddell in which the owl mother leaves her babies and then returns again later, much like our grown-ups dropping us at nursery and collecting us later! We have also learnt the Makaton signs for ‘owl’, ‘mummy’ and ‘daddy’.

Over the year, we will be learning about the different forms of narrative that will help us to tell and in the future, write stories. This term, we are looking at ‘who’. We will be learning ‘who’ is in our class and the other classes and we will be exploring ‘who’ the characters are in all the stories we will be reading.

A few reminders:

  • Please could you check that your child’s uniform and any bags are named.
  • We are approaching that time of year where we all have lots of sniffles. Therefore, we would greatly appreciate a donation of a box of tissues.
  • We are asking for £3 contributions towards buying ingredients for cooking. These can be made via the School Gateway app.
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