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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Sports Day Success in Year 5!

We were so proud of our Y5 children this week for their fantastic efforts during Sports Day. Despite the heat and the nerves of performing in front of a crowd, our team of superstars rose to the challenge and put on a spectacular display of sporting talent and enthusiasm! Congratulations to the victors, 5LS. There were only 17 points between all three classes, so it was an incredibly tight race to to the top! Below are just some recounts of the eventful morning:

During Sports Day, I liked the relay because it was fun to do it with other people, communicate with others and not be on your own! Mr. Taylor was very impressed with my handover, and my team won! I liked the shot put because not many schools get to do this sport, so it’s nice that we get to do something special! Maia 5GT.

I loved the relay because it was a really speedy race in a small zone – I didn’t have to waste any energy and could rest quickly! My group were really good at passing the baton. I was one of the last to do the hurdles – they knocked down very easily but I carried on, even with the extra challenge of higher bars! Ruby 5MW

I liked most the relay race because it was really fun and everyone enjoyed it – everyone was in high spirits. My part of the race was very exciting and was a close race between me and my competitors. I did the cross country race, which was cool because we got to go where no one else has been before! The amount of laps was just right for me – we had to do 2 laps of the nature area (up and down the hills) and along the field. Ewan 5LS

Relive the memories below with some in-action photos from Sports Day.

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Healthy Eating Week

This week at Exwick Heights it has been Healthy Eating Week. The children have been doing a range of activities to learn about different things that we need to do to make sure we are healthy. This has included doing a 10-minute step exercise every morning, learning about fibre and hydration, as well as having a debate about snacks at lunchtime. Wednesday also saw the return of Funky Fruit where the children were invited to bring in a decorated piece of fruit to enjoy at break time. There were some amazing creations brought in, a big well done to all who participated.

We also had our annual sports day on Wednesday afternoon. The children had a great afternoon and enjoyed taking part in all the different events and cheering on their classmates. It was also lovely to welcome back parents to enjoy and watch.

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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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Catch up with Year 3

As usual, we have had a busy last few weeks in Year 3! We had lots of fun celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee. In art, we loved creating Greek patterns. The children also really improved their measuring skills. This week was Healthy Eating week and we enjoyed seeing your funky fruits! Every day, year 6 pupils led us in a “WHAM” inspired dance workout which both staff and pupils enjoyed greatly! We h completed 1500 steps in each session!! Sports day was also a huge success. Thank you to all the parents who attended and a big shout out to the Y6 helpers and Mr Tanner! We are really looking forward to our trip to the museum soon. Please let us know if you want to join us. Thanks again for all your support; Year 3 is FAB!

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Sports Day

We have thoroughly enjoyed our jam-packed Sports Day this week! Our Year 6 children participated in so many events: hurdles, javelin, discus, shot put, long jump, middle distance running, sprints, relays and long distance running! We really crammed in all the sports that the children have been practicing! We are very proud of all children.

We also wanted to give a little shout out to our Year 6 sports leaders – Rylan, Bella, Ella, David, Niko and Martha who all helped to organise the day and provide support to our younger pupils in the Year 3 and 4 Sports Day too. They were a real credit to our school and we are all very proud of them.

Here are some pictures of our day!

Best wishes,

Miss Baxter, Miss Stone and Mr Tanner

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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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