Reception- Handa’s Surprise

Our focus story this week has been ‘Handa’s Surprise’ where a little girl goes on a journey to meet her friend carrying a large basket full of tropical fruits. There is a twist however, and Handa’s friend, Akeyo, is presented with the basket containing a surprise! Perhaps your children can explain what happened!  We have also learnt the signs for ‘monkey’, ‘giraffe’, ‘elephant’ and ‘fruit’.

We have continued to practise using the words; happy, jolly, joyous, delighted, content and jovial.

In Phonics, we have learnt the phonemes ck, e, u and r. We have also practised writing the graphemes during our handwriting sessions. For Maths, we have been creating repeating patterns using our bodies, instruments, objects and cubes. 

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

We are collecting recyled materials for our junk modelling station. Ideally we would like small boxes, washed yoghurt pots and small containers. Please can we ask that any recycled material that previously had nut products inside do not come in due to allergies that we have in school.  Please could the items be brought in a bag. Thank you 

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Nursery – Handa’s Surprise

Our focus story this week has been ‘Handa’s Surprise’. In the story, a little girl called Handa carries a basket full of different fruits for her friends Akeyo. When Handa arrives however, she is in amazement as her basket is full of tangerines and none of the seven other fruits are left! Perhaps your child can tell you what happened to the other fruits and how the tangerines got there!

In class, we have explored some of the fruits from the story. We looked at and described them before using our cutting skills to chop them up and taste them. Some we really enjoyed, some we have tried before and others were new to us. In our water tray, we have had containers to explore capacity as well as some sliced lemons, limes, orange, and more which gave the water a lovely citrus smell.

We have been thinking about our rights this week and how we all have the right to play and be happy. We played some circle time games such as ‘fruit salad’ and ‘jailer and the thief’, which we really enjoyed and had to use our listening skills. We talked about how playing games makes us feel and decided that it wouldn’t be much fun if we weren’t allowed to play!

The story gave use lots of opportunities to use our narrative skills – with our focus on the ‘who’. We were good at remembering ‘who’ took each fruit from Handa’s basket when the animals were hidden. We have also been comparing quantities (more/fewer), we have been looking at fruits hanging from trees and comparing which tree has the most fruits. We were very successful and have done some brilliant counting too.

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Farmer Duck

This week we have read the story ‘Farmer Duck’. Alongside talking about the role of the farmer at this time of year, the story is about working together and co-operating. In the book, the farmer lay in bed and just gave orders and commands to the poor old duck, who became sad and weary. With support from duck’s friends; the cows, hens and sheep, the lazy farmer is ‘run out of town’ and the friends work together to complete all the farm jobs. This story has enabled us to remind the children about the rules of helping each other, including the need to work together at ‘tidy-up’ times; we are getting there! We have also learnt the signs for ‘duck’, ‘help’ and ‘cow’.

We have continued to practise using the words; support, assist and lend a helping hand.

In Phonics, we have learnt the phonemes g, o, c and k. We have also practised writing the graphemes during our handwriting sessions. For Maths, we have been comparing a variety of different objects by size using the following language big/little, large/small, tall/long/short.  

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 .

We are collecting recycled materials for our junk modelling station. Ideally we would like small boxes, washed yoghurt pots and small containers. Please can we ask that any recycled material that previously had nut products inside do not come in due to allergies that we have in school.  Please could the items be brought in a bag and labelled, if possible, with the date they are brought in. Thank you 

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Nursery – Farmer Duck

Our story this week was Farmer Duck. In the story, the duck is made to do all the work on the farm and the lazy old farmer stays in bed all day bossing the poor duck around! The cows, sheep, hens are upset by the farmer’s behaviour and decide to help the duck. They chase the farmer away and decide to all work co-operatively to help look after their farm.

The children have really enjoyed this story; it has repeated refrains allowing the children to join in with the words when sharing the story. This has demonstrated their listening and attention skills. We also learnt more makaton signs this week; we have been using the signs for ‘cow’, ‘duck’ and ‘help’ regularly and have been brilliant at remembering them when talking about the text.

Throughout the week, we have worked on our physical development through a variety of means. We used our gross motor moments when playing a farmyard tag game in the hall; we have enjoyed a farm themed yoga as well as many other physical challenges.

Our narrative work with a focus on ‘who’ has continued once again and we are improving each week with our group games. We had a lovely treat this week; one of our Polish speaking teaching assistants shared our story of the week in Polish. The children had a wonderful time comparing each page of the story in English and Polish and talking about words that they thought were similar. We even learnt the Polish for ‘duck’. Our Polish children in particular enjoyed this and we had a discussion all about languages.

Our focus ‘superhero’ rule has been ‘kind hands’. We have talked about the many things we use our hands for and all the things they are useful for. We have played many games with our hands and use them in kind ways. We shared a story called ‘hands are not for hitting’ and decided on different strategies we could use if we ever feel angry. 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 Enormous Turnip

The Enormous Turnip

This week we have read the story ‘The Enormous Turnip’. The story is a traditional tale in which a farmer plants turnip seeds and grows a very large turnip. He then attempts to pull it out of the ground with lots of difficulty and has to call upon many helpers before the turnip eventually pops out of the ground. The farmer and his wife then invite all the helpers into their home to enjoy some delicious turnip soup! We have also learnt the signs for ‘turnip’, ‘mouse’, ‘man’ and ‘lady’.

We have been working on making our vocabulary grow and using different words that mean the same thing. This week, we have focussed on the word ‘help’ and have learnt that we can also say; support, assist and lend a helping hand.

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 reminders:

  • We are asking for £3 contributions towards buying ingredients for cooking. These can be made via the School Gateway app
  • We are collecting recycled materials for our junk modelling station. Ideally we would like small boxes, washed yoghurt pots and small containers. Please can we ask that any recycled material that previously had nut products inside do not come in due to allergies that we have in school.  Please could the items be brought in a bag and labelled, if possible, with the date they are brought in. Thank you 
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Nursery – The Enormous Turnip

This week we have enjoyed the traditional tale ‘The Enormous Turnip’. In the story a farmer plants some seeds and grows turnips, one of the turnips grows and grows and grows until it is so big the farmer cannot pull it out of the ground! The farmer then asks many characters to help him and they all pull until eventually it pops out of the ground.

We thoroughly enjoyed the story and we compared many versions, some were very similar and some were quite different. We have continued our narrative work and were very good at remembering who grew the turnip and who helped the farmer.

Our focus ‘superhero’ rule this week has been ‘sharing toys’. We have all been very co-operative when working collaboratively and enjoyed many turn-taking and sharing games this week. We also talked about being a superhero at ‘tidy up time’ and how it is much easier if we all help!

Linking with our vegetable theme, we have talked about healthy eating and the importance of eating a balanced diet. We even practised our chopping skills and chopped up some different vegetables, which was an enjoyable challenge!

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

A few reminders:

  • We are asking for £3 contributions towards buying ingredients for cooking. These can be made via the School Gateway app.

We are collecting recycled materials for our junk modelling station. Ideally we would like small boxes, washed yoghurt pots and small containers. Please can we ask that any recycled material that previously had nut products inside do not come in due to allergies that we have in school.  Please could the items be brought in a bag and labelled, if possible, with the date they are brought in. Thank you :).

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Reception – So Much

This week, we have focussed on the story ‘So Much’ by Trish Cooke. It is a lovely story where many different people come together for a big birthday surprise. They all talk about how they love the baby “so much!” We have also learnt the signs for ‘party’, ‘cake’ and ‘happy’.

We have been working on making our vocabulary grow and using different words that mean the same thing. This week, we have focussed on the word ‘happy’ and have learnt that we can also say; jolly, joyous, delighted, content and jovial. As part of our Jigsaw sessions, we have talked about different emotions and what might make us feel certain ways. We explored things that we can do if we are feeling upset or cross.

As the weather is becoming a little cooler, we have been discussing autumn and what happens around this time of year. We have learnt a lovely song called ‘Crunching Through the Leaves’ to sing whenever we are out and about and see leaves on the ground.

Please have a look at the Home Learning below 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.
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Nursery – Birthdays and So Much!

We have had another super week in the nursery this week, our theme has been ‘birthdays’ and we have enjoyed stories that include a birthday or a party. One of our favourites has been the story ‘So Much!’ In the story, a family all get together and have a surprise party for the dad. 

We have been rather busy again, this week, we are now becoming much more confident with the routines of our school day and have been learning our ‘superhero rules’, perhaps your child could tell you what they are?

We have continued with our narrative work and our theme of ‘who’. It has been lovely to hear the children recalling each other’s names when playing different ‘who am I’ games. We have decorated birthday balloons, made our own birthday badges using our scissor skills and we enjoyed playing the party game ‘musical bumps’.

Our focus story for next week is the traditional tale ‘The Enormous Turnip’, please find the attached home learning for some fun activities to try 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 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. Thank you!
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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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