Friday,  2nd March  2018

Early Years Newsletter

 This week's news from Kindergarten and Reception

Dear Parents,


Here is an outline of our learning this week:

  • We returned to our unit about stories as it was Book Week (to celebrate World Book Day on 1st March) and we had a focus on the story of Cinderella.
  • The children pretended to be different characters from Cinderella and we played Hot Seat. They had to answer questions such as, 'did you like dancing with the prince?'

  • At the craft table, the children made Cinderella's shoes, magic wands, hand puppets and they built a castle for the characters.


    Using strawberry flavouring, we made some new playdough. It smells like strawberry ice cream and has been very popular this week.


    For Book Week, we decorated our classroom door with one of our favourite books, How big is a Million?


    Mrs. Kendell came to read us Aliens Love Underpants - one of our favourite stories.


    We had a dance workshop where we learned a Gruffalo dance and a Star Wars dance. It was a lot of fun!


    Even though it was very cold, we did enjoy experiencing the snow. We found icicles on the teachers cars and used colourful water to paint the snow. Some children even helped Mr. Dom to create paths through the snow with his snow shovel.


    Thank you to the parents that gave their time to read us a story this week.


    Some of the children celebrated Purim and told us about it. We enjoyed oznei Haman pastries too.

 Learning in Kindergarten:

  • We learned about the sound 'i' and found pictures and objects beginning with this sound and learned how to write it correctly.
  • Using our knowledge of the sounds s, a, t, p, i we tried to read short words such as: sat, pat, sap, tap, it, is and at.
  • We played a game called Same As where the children had three objects and then they had to roll a die. They had to make sure they had the same number of bears as on the die, either taking more bears from the pot or putting some of their bears back in the pot.
  • The children were comparing quantities saying which had more or less.

  Learning in Reception:

  • All of the children are now working within Phase 3 of letters and sounds. One group learned about j, and the other group worked with the sounds ai, oo and ee.
  • We have set the Reception children a challenge to learn to count to 100 in 10's. We have found there is a confusion with the multiples of ten and teen numbers when they are counting so please help support with this at home.
  • After watching the song/clip Bibbidi Bobiddi Boo from Cinderella, the children thought about their own magic spells. They then wrote their own. For example 'I waved my magic wand and a pumpkin turned into a frog'.
  • On World Book Day, the children completed the Book Quote Challenge. They had to go and find eight teachers that were wearing quotes from well known children's stories and guess which book they were from.
  • We have had a focus on teen numbers and recognising them. We played lotto games and did number hunts to help us with this.

Action Homework

  • We are looking at place value and counting to 100 in 1's and 10's. We would like to make a display called How big is 100? We would like each child to bring 100 (small) things in a clear bag. E.g 100 pieces of popcorn, 100 jelly beans, pieces of pasta, cheerios. Please help them to count the objects into groups of 10 and then count in 10's to 100.
  • We will have a shoe shop role play area so would like to ask you to donate any old children's shoes no longer needed for the children to play with.

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