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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RE Visitor & Iron Man Art

This week, we were lucky enough in Year 4 to have a visitor come into school to talk to us more about our recent learning in RE. Sally from ICE spoke to the children all about the Pentecost, discussing why Christians celebrate it, what events happened, and all about what the Holy Spirit represents for Christians. We talked about how different people at the time might have felt about the messages Jesus gave, and all the children were really engaged and gave lots of fantastic answers to all of her questions, sharing how much they know about Christianity and the Pentecost. Some children even got up and acted out one of the Bible stories, whilst others played a game to show what different characteristics Christians believe the Holy Spirit helps us with and why these are important. All in all, it was a great morning that really helped to develop our understanding of the Pentecost.

We have also been finishing off our Iron Man topic by producing some chalk drawings of the Iron Man.

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This week in Year 5…

This week in Science, we have been learning about different animal life cycles. We learnt that both complete and incomplete metamorphosis start at the egg stage but complete metamorphosis has four stages and incomplete metamorphosis has three. I really enjoyed learning about animals as we don’t normally talk about like butterflies, sea turtles and locusts. Butterflies are an example of an animal that goes through complete metamorphosis. They start as an egg, then they become a larva, where they eat ravenously so they can develop into the next stage. This is when they become a chrysalis and finally, after some weeks they moult their chrysalis and become a butterfly. Locusts are an example of an animal that goes through incomplete metamorphosis. They also start as an egg and then develop to become a nymph, which is a miniature version of its adult form. To become an adult, a nymph moults its skin five times, each time becoming larger.  

Courtney C 5GT

We have enjoyed learning how to add and subtract decimals. Also, we enjoyed column addition, which was our favourite. Here is an example…

0.47 + 0.27 = 0.74

Kayla and Lexxi 5LS

In English for a while we have been learning about workhouses and thinking about our opinions of them. Workhouses were around in the Victorian era. However, it wasn’t actually based on our opinions, it’s actually based on everyone’s opinion. We were doing for and against arguments and we were writing in 3rd person. I worked hard to remember to include full stops and capital letters.

Lucas B 5MW

In English this week we have learnt about workhouses, the conditions there and whether children should or shouldn’t have been put in workhouses. A workhouse is a place where children with no parents went to do chores for food and water. As well as somewhere to sleep but sometimes they’d have to share a bed with 3 others!

Daniel G 5MW

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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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This week in Year 4

In Maths, we have been learning all about decimals and the children have been amazing us with how much they have learnt and understood. From part-whole models to dividing by 10 and 100, they have really grasped a fantastic understanding of decimals, and really enjoying it too!

Singing assembly has also recently started back after a break due to the pandemic and the children have been so excited to be back together singing. They have been learning a range of songs, such as ‘Love is all around’ and we have been really impressed by how they have been paying attention and listening carefully to learn the songs really well. Be sure to ask your children the songs they have been singing so they can practice at home too.

We also just wanted to send out a general reminder about reading. Reading journals should be brought into school everyday, particularly on a Monday as this is when the children can earn themselves a ‘Read to Succeed’ ticket. They need to read at least 3 times a week to earn themselves one of these tickets. Your childs’ reading book should also be brought into school everyday as adults in school often read with the children so it is really important that they have their book with them. Thank you for your continued support.

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Year 5’s Handball Tournament…

It was a great day to play handball because it was sunny and warm. However, we did get very sweaty! It was all worth it because we got to meet new people and play many matches. Winning the competition with my team made me feel very proud it was lovely to work with people across the year group.

Ava 5GT

What I liked about the handball tournament is that we were against another school as it was quite a challenge. Additionally, everyone played fairly. Furthermore, I met lots of different people and learnt lots of new skills. Also, we had to do a walk back to school but at least we were being healthy and getting our exercise.

Daisy 5LS

The whole experience was very fun. The trip, playing handball at West Exe then walking back. I liked playing on a team and using different strategies. I really enjoyed it because I experienced teamwork, problem solving, winning and sometimes failure.

Blossom 5MW

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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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