Nursery – The Gingerbread Man

The traditional tale of ‘The Gingerbread Man was our focus text this week, a firm favourite that most of the children were already familiar with. The children joined in with the repeated refrains in the story and they enjoyed listening to many different versions, often with different animals or characters chasing the cheeky gingerbread man!

We learnt the Makaton signs for ‘ginger’, ‘bread’ and ‘man’ this week linking to the story and we also revisited ‘cow’, ‘sheep’ and ‘pig’ when we came across the animals in different versions of the story. The children have once again been brilliant and recalling ‘what happened next’ throughout the story. We even explored different ideas for an alternative ending to the story, with suggestions such as the gingerbread man sailing a boat across the river or running until he found a bridge to cross safely (as well as many other scenarios!)

At our creative area, we have designed and cut out gingerbread men, made story masks to retell the story and used cookie cutters to make our gingerbread men. We explored flour with multi coloured gingerbread men in our sensory tray this week and for our cooking activity this week, we baked our own gingerbread men. They were so tasty and we made so many that we had them with our snack on two consecutive days!

The children have enjoyed lots of time exploring our wonderful outdoor areas this week as the weather is becoming more bright and sunny. Please ensure your child brings a sun hat and has a high factor sun cream applied before school in the morning to protect them from the sun.

Have a look at the attached home learning (for the week beginning 23rd May) 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 – Three Little Pigs

This week we have been looking at the very popular story of ‘The Three Little Pigs’. We have explored various texts by different authors and talked about how they are different and similar. We have also learnt some lovely songs linked to the story and the children were very good at being the big, bad wolf!

We have learnt the signs: ‘pig’ and ‘wolf’. In addition, linking with our narrative work, we have learnt the sign for ‘what happened next’ and have made predictions as to what will happen next during our story times.

To help develop our vocabulary we also learnt different words for ‘little’. These are ‘tiny’, ‘minute’ and ‘minuscule’.

We have talked about different houses around the world and what they are made of. We then had a go at drawing a plan of our own home and then building it using LEGO or Duplo. We have also discussed materials and what different things around us are made of. The children loved exploring the Discovery Garden and finding things that were man-made and natural.

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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Reception- The Ravenous Beast

Our story this week is called ‘The Ravenous Beast’ by Niamh Sharkey. This story is all about different animals who talk about what they like to eat. However, no one is as hungry as the ravenous beast who ends up eating everyone!

We have learnt the signs: ‘hungry’ and ‘eat’. In addition, linking with our narrative work, we have learnt the sign for ‘what happened next’ and have made predictions as to what will happen next during our story times.

To help develop our vocabulary we also learnt different words for ‘hungry’. These are ‘ravenous’, ‘starving’ and ‘famished’.

RSB really enjoyed our egg-speriment this week! We all thought about soft and hard materials that we could put at the bottom of the wall. We predicted which materials would keep Humpty whole and which materials would make him crack!

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 – Big Red Bath

We have had a fantastic week in the nursery class this week; the children adored our focus text ‘The Big Red Bath’ and asked to listen to it numerous times over the week. In the story, the children are having a bath and are then joined by a whole host of different animals who make a big splash! The story lent itself nicely to our narrative theme of ‘what happened next’ as they guessed which animals would arrive to join the bath and what would happen!

Continuing our theme of relationships this half term, we have been talking about friendships again in some of our carpet times. This week we all chose a peer and told them something we like about them. All the children were so kind and thought of some wonderful characteristics they liked about their friends; the most common was that they make each other laugh!

This week we conducted an experiment to find out which materials would be waterproof and which wouldn’t. We tried many materials in an attempt to keep our toys dry, some worked and others left our poor toys soaking wet as they perished! This was lots of fun and the children made lots of correct predictions.

We have learnt the Makaton signs, ‘lion’ and ‘giraffe’ this week as well as revisiting ‘dog’. These where are all characters from our story. Please have a look at the attached home learning (for the week beginning 16th May) 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 – Dear Zoo

Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell has been a fantastic story for us this week – many of the children were already familiar with the text and it gave us plenty of topic for discussion. In the story, the reader writes to the zoo to send a pet. The zoo sends lots of animals however they are all unsuitable to be a pet! We had lots of fun talking about the animals from the zoo being pets and in the end; we decided that the puppy the reader keeps at the end of the story would be the most sensible option for a pet!

Continuing our focus on relationships, we thought about friendships this week and especially what we could do in the event that somebody looks or feels lonely. The children had some brilliant ideas, were able to talk about their friends and times they might have felt lonely. They decided that if they spot a peer who is on their own they could ask to play with them or ask what they like doing.

In our hall time this week, we have focused on catching and trapping objects in order to control them. We were very good at catching balls with two hands as well as stopping a moving ball with various parts of our body; we discovered that some were much easier than others were!

As part of our nursery narrative this week we again recapped ‘who’, ‘where’ and ‘when’ components as we used a series of pictures to tell a story with an emphasis on ‘what happened next’. The children created all sorts of scenarios using their imaginations, some made us laugh a lot! Our Makaton signs for the week have been; ‘elephant’, ‘snake’ and ‘frog’ to help us retell ‘Dear Zoo’. Our grow word to extend our vocabulary has been ‘happy’, we explored using the synonyms ‘delighted’, ‘content’ and ‘jolly’.

Please have a look at the attached home learning (for the week beginning 9th May) 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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Dear Mother Goose

This week we have read the story ‘Dear Mother Goose’ and the children have enjoyed coming up with all sorts of solutions to solve the problems that the nursery rhyme characters have. For example, suggesting that Humpty Dumpty just stops sitting on walls to keep himself safe. This has also been our inspiration for guided writing this week and we have thought about how to solve many problems!

RSD took part in an egg-speriment and thought about the different materials that we could put at the bottom of the wall to stop Humpty from cracking when he falls off. RSB will investigate this next week.

We have talked about what makes a good friend and gave ourselves a challenge to make a different friend to play with. The children were really eager to take on this challenge and we saw many smiling faces.

The chefs in the kitchen have been mixing up some yummy jelly that everyone enjoyed eating!

This week we have begun to explore our wonderful Discovery Garden. We talked about how to keep ourselves safe in this new environment and spent a couple delightful afternoons seeing everything the garden has to offer.

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 – The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear

Welcome back everyone; we hope you had a wonderful Easter break! Our first week back after the holiday has been a busy one and we have welcomed some new families to our nursery.

Our focus story this week was about a little mouse who picked a strawberry, the mouse had to watch out however for the big hungry bear who would like to eat the strawberry and could smell it from a mile away! We decided that the mouse felt frightened about the bear and in the end, he decided to save the strawberry from the bear by cutting it in two and eating it!

We have a new narrative focus for developing our story-telling skills this term. We have previously focused on ‘who’, ‘where’, and ‘when’, we are now thinking about ‘what happened next’. We have looked at all sorts of different scenarios and the children have been brilliant at using their imagination to describe what could happen next, we have had some fantastic suggestions!

Relationships have been a focus as part of our carpet times this week; we have been looking at families and the different people that can make up a family. We talked all about the different members of our family, how they make us feel and the things we do with them. We counted how many people each of us had in our family and compared with our peers. We had a go at drawing a family portrait with all the members of our family, which was lots of fun.

Our Makaton signs of the week have been, ‘what’, ‘next’, ‘mouse’, ‘bear’ and ‘strawberry’ this week. Perhaps your children can show you them? To extend our vocabulary this week we used synonyms for ‘eat’. We experimented using ‘munch’, ‘scoff’, ‘devour’ and ‘consume’.

Finally, Friday was our Dress up for Digits day where we celebrated maths and had a big focus on our number work. We all enjoyed dressing up and had lots of different costumes with numbers on them. We did lots of counting, matching number and quantity and subitising (saying the number without having to count). Please have a look at the attached home learning (for the week beginning 2nd May) 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- You can’t take an elephant on the bus

This week we have read the story ‘You can’t take an elephant on the bus’ which the children have found great fun! We have learnt the signs for ‘monkey’, ‘elephant’ and ‘tiger’.

For our guided writing this week we used our story as inspiration so instead of saying ‘You can’t take an elephant on the bus’, we thought of a different animal and vehicle for example ‘You can’t take a lion on a bike’ or ‘You can’t take a monkey in a car’.

We also talked about what a family is, who are in our families and what important jobs we have. The children talked about the jobs we do in school and what jobs they can do at home for example tidying their toys away or helping mummy or daddy wash up the dishes.

We hope you all have a lovely bank holiday weekend see you next Tuesday!

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:

  • Every Tuesday we will be having our PE sessions. Therefore, can all children come into school wearing their PE kit and they will remain in it throughout 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, thank you.
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Reception- We’re going on an egg hunt

This week we have read the story ‘We’re Going on an Egg Hunt’, which is a retake on the story ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ with an Easter twist. We have learnt the signs for ‘rabbit’, ‘egg’ and ‘chick’. To help make our vocabulary grow, we continued to practise words that we can say instead of eat. These are: chew, munch, devour, ingest and consume.

For our understanding the world session, we talked about why Easter is so important to many people and how it might be celebrated. We looked at information books to find out as much as we could about Easter. We even learnt that the reason we have Easter eggs is to symbolise new life.  

We learnt about what Stranger Danger means by reading the story ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ and discussing what a stranger is and what they might look like. We learnt to say NO! to strangers and always find a trusted adult for help.

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 have collected in the reading books for the Easter holidays; therefore, your child will not have a reading book to take home today.
  • Every Tuesday we will be having our PE sessions. Therefore, can all children come into school wearing their PE kit and they will remain in it throughout 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, thank you.
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Nursery – We’re Going on an Egg Hunt

Our final week of the spring term in the nursery has been a very exciting one; the focus text linking with spring and the Easter celebrations has been ‘We’re Going on an Egg Hunt’ by Laura Hughes.

The children showed high levels of engagement despite it being the final week of a very busy and tiring term! They joined in with the repeated refrains in the story, recalled each of the animals they saw along the way and talked about the similarity and differences to the story ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ that we have read previously.

We took the children on their very own egg hunt this week in our hall. There were many eggs to find and all the eggs were part of a matching pair, this was a tricky job as lots of the eggs were very similar so we had to look closely to spot the slight differences in the patterns. This was a very popular activity that we enjoyed but were also very good at.

During our adult let time this week we used our expressive art skills to make some spring blossom pictures. We use a combination of drawing with pencils and fingers painting to make a tree just like the ones we spotted on our spring walks last week. These were brilliant and all unique!

Our Makaton signs of the week have been, ‘egg’, ‘rabbit’ and ‘chick’ this week. Perhaps your children can show you them? To extend our vocabulary this week we used synonyms for ‘eat’. We experimented using ‘munch’, ‘scoff’, ‘devour’ and ‘consume’.

Please have a look at the attached home learning (for the week beginning 25th April) 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 Have a wonderful and safe Easter break and we will look forward to seeing you again soon!
The foundation stage team

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