Friday, 11th May  2018

Early Years Newsletter

 This week's news from Kindergarten and Reception

Dear Parents,


Here is an outline of our learning this week:

  • We looked at the baby pictures and the children tried to talk about what had changed.
  • In order to get the children ready to learn, we go for a 5-minute Fun Run around the playground every morning. This is a lovely way to start the day with some fresh air in our bodies.
  • The flowers in our garden are looking beautiful. The children are helping us with the watering and we are eagerly watching our vegetable patch and sunflowers for signs of shoots.
  • We read the story of Jasper's Beanstalk and the children retold the story verbally. The next day, we made a story map and then used this to write the story.
  • Using wool and soapy water, we made our own felt so we could observe the changes that occur.
  • We made a cake using scales to weigh the ingredients
    Forest School was lots of fun this week, we spent the morning in Cold Fall Woods observing spring in action and building dens.
  • We finished painting props for our assembly and have been practising retelling the story and learning songs.
  • We planted our beans to see if we can grow a beanstalk.

 Learning in Kindergarten:

  • We revised the names of different shapes and played a bingo game to reinforce this.
  • We listened to the shape song and read a book about shapes called The Shape of Things.
  • In order to find out which number the children can count to, we played a game called My Turn, Your Turn.
  • Our book of the week was The Lost Teddy please listen to your child retelling the story.
  • In Phonics we introduced the new sound o and played games to recognise and hear the sound in words.

  Learning in Reception:

  • We worked on the correct formation of numerals.
  • We continued to learn to count in 2's and 10's.
  • After counting backwards, we started to look at subtraction and realised that numbers get smaller when you take amounts away.
  • Using the story Jasper's Beanstalk, we talked about time and sequencing (days of the week).
  • We are learning about the structure of a story and learnt that stories have a beginning, middle and end. This is helping us with our re-telling.
  • In Phonics, some children continued to learn sh, ch and th and the other children learnt about igh and ur.


    We are going to be looking at ways to care for our planet. Can you make a poster showing one way that you can take care of the planet. For example, picking up litter, not using too much plastic, recycling, watering plants etc.


    Reminder that we have an Assembly on Friday, 18th May starting at 9am until 9.30am, we look forward to seeing you there.


    As you are aware, we have replaced 2simple with a new system called Tapestry. You should have received an email inviting you to create an account. If you have not received this, please let Ms. Tomlin know. This system is very similar to Seesaw and is being used to share learning with families from Years 1 - 6 but it is specific to the Early Years Foundation Stage.


    Dwight School London

    6, Friern Barnet Lane. N11 3LX | +44 208 920 0600