Reception- Zog and Firefighters

Our focus story this week has been ‘Zog’ who was a fire-breathing dragon, which linked well with firefighters. We have watched a D.V.D. about the role of fire fighters and what happens behind the scenes at a fire station. We then created our very own fire station outdoors and the children were very excited to ‘save the day’. Our busy fire fighters have been creating fire engines using the big wooden bricks, tackling fires and rescuing cats amongst other tasks. The fire control centre has been busy taking calls and directing the fire engine to help others with their problems.

The children were all very eager this week at the thought of seeing fireworks and did not forget that it was ‘firework’ night on the fifth. They enjoyed making many different colourful firework pictures. It was also an excellent opportunity for us all to talk about fire and ‘match’ safety and the need to look after our pets during this time of year. We have also learnt the signs for ‘fire’, ‘firefighter’, ‘stars’ and ‘sky’.

We have practised extending our vocabulary by exploring different words that we can use for ‘hot’. We have learnt to say: ‘warm’, ‘boiling’, ‘scorching’ and ‘sweltering’.

In Phonics, we have revisited all the phonemes we have learnt so far. We have also practised writing the graphemes during our handwriting sessions. For Maths, we have been continuing to explore the numbers 1, 2 and 3, looking at what number is more or fewer.

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: Friday 19th November, is a non- uniform day where a £1.00 donation is made towards the Children in Need charity. We ask that you make this donation via the School Gateway App. Please do not bring in any money donations in cash. There will be a variety of exciting activities happening that morning. Many thanks.

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Nursery – Zog and Firefighters

This week our focus text has been Zog, a story written by the popular children’s author Julia Donaldson. The story linked nicely with firefighters and bonfire night as Zog learns how to breathe fire at dragon school!

We have learnt all about the role of a firefighter, the jobs they have to do, what they wear, what they do when they are at the fire station and all the equipment they have to use and look after. We used this knowledge to set up our very own firefighter’s role-play where the children dressed up and took on the role of a firefighter themselves. We have had many emergencies to attend to; our control centre has been very busy directing the fire engine to fires and people or pets that needed urgent assistance!

The children have been very excited that it is ‘Bonfire Night’, which provided a great opportunity to talk about fire safety. The children were very knowledgeable; we discussed how to keep safe when watching fireworks and how to look after pets when there are fireworks also.

We have made many different firework pictures this week using a range of different media and materials; we used coloured chalk on the playground and on black paper for the night sky. We explored paint and salad spinners to make some beautiful pictures that we thought looked just like fireworks and we also used forks to paint pictures too.

Notes: Our Makaton signs this week have been; ‘fire’, ‘firefighter’, ‘sky’ and ‘stars’ this week. Perhaps your children could show you how to sign them.

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Reception – Room on the Broom

Our focus story this week has been ‘Room on the Broom’, which links nicely to Halloween. We have transformed our role play area into a witch’s cave; the children have loved creating different potions and have turned many adults into frogs. We have also learnt the signs for ‘cat’, ‘dog’ and ‘frog’.

We have practised extending our vocabulary by exploring different words that we can use for ‘help’. We have learnt to say: ‘assist’, ‘lend a helping hand’ and ‘support’.

In Phonics, we have learnt the phonemes h, b, f and l. We have also practised writing the graphemes during our handwriting sessions. For Maths, we have been exploring the numbers 1, 2 and 3. To support our understanding of the world around us, we have talked about nocturnal animals and why we celebrate Halloween.   

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. Thank you 

We hope you all have a lovely, restful half term.

We look forward to seeing you after the break J

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Nursery – Room on the Broom

This week our focus has been the popular Julia Donaldson story ‘Room on the Broom’. This story links nicely to Halloween – a witch flies on her broomstick with her cat and drops some of her belongings on the journey! A dog, a bird and a cat each return the lost items and ask if they can join the witch on the broom, the witch agrees, much to the dismay of her cat!

The children have been highly engaged this week, they have been very excited to talk about Halloween and have enjoyed the many activities available. We made witches potions in our cauldrons with a whole range of ingredients including leaves, pinecones, small pumpkins and much more. We have enjoyed learning a ‘spooky’ counting song, which allowed us to recite numbers correctly and we acted out another yoga story.

We have been talking about responsibility this week and how we can be responsible. We have practised being responsible by completing lots of jobs and tasks in our nursery, we decided that we are all responsible for some of them such as tidying up, looking after the resources and being kind to each other.

During our narrative work we are still looking at ‘who’ ,we were fantastic at recalling ‘who’ found each of missing items in the story when Mr Dowrick hid the characters and we have worked hard on our listening and speaking skills during carpet times. Our Makaton signs this week have been: dog, cat and frog. Perhaps your children can remember them and teach you?

Notes:

Please have a look at the attached Home Learning (for week beginning 1st November) 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. Thank you.

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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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