Friday, 7th October 2016

Early Years Newsletter

This week's news from Kindergarten and Reception


Dear Parents,


This week we have been:

  • looking at shapes by naming them, counting the number of corners and sides, using language such as straight, curved, side and corner.
  • playing in our apple shop. We have been using numbers, taking turns at being the shopkeeper, mark-making and using the till.
  • making patterns with tessellation tiles.
  • looking for shapes that were hiding under the rice.
  • printing circles with cardboard tubes.
  • hunting for shapes in the garden using a clipboard to record what we found.
  • completing a 1 minute challenge to take toys from a water box and tallying the results.

Kindergarden have been:

  • learning about shapes and matching shapes.
  • playing phonics games by listening to and remembering sounds.
  • playing Mrs Browning Has a Box and guessing which sounds were coming from the box.
  • hunting for shapes hidden in the park and finding favourite things.



Reception have been:

  • reviewing the sounds we have learnt so far: s,a,t,p,i,n,m,d,g,o,c,k,ck and reading words that contain these sounds.
  • reading the keywords: in, on, and, into, I, an.
  • learning the names of the characters in their reading books: Mum, Dad, Biff, Chip, Kipper and Floppy. There is a useful website that has pictures of the characters and a couple of related games:
  • continuing our inquiry in 'Our Bodies' by using the photographs we took last week to trace around the outlines. We looked at the artist Keith Haring (NOTE: internet safety - please be careful if looking up this artist with you children as some of his work may not be appropriate) and made our own versions of his work.
  • tallying the number of sides on different shapes
  • comparing shapes to say what is the same and what is different.
  • making shapes with our bodies.
  • learning how to tie knots and playing games with natural objects during our forest school session.

Next week we will:

  • explore clay with our whole body.
  • mix black and white paints to see what happens.
  • print apple trees, apple, volcanoes.
  • make apple sauce.
  • sort shapes into Venn diagrams


  • We will be looking at shapes on the front of our houses. Please can you email a photo of your house to or
  • Can you share a simple recipe that uses apples as we will be cooking with apples next week.


  • Back to School Day is for Years 1 - 6 only. We will do something similar a bit later in the year.

  • If you have any unwanted pots and pans we would love them for our mud kitchen

  • We are sending a link to a document that you may be interested to read. This may be useful when you receive your Settling-In Report as we will be indicating which age band we feel the children are in.

Quote of the week

Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury, it is a necessity ~ Kay Redfield Jamison, American clinical psychologist and author.

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