Friday, 11th November 2016

Early Years Newsletter

 This week's news from Kindergarten and Reception


Dear Parents,

This week we have been busy with activities such as French Day, school photographs and learning songs for our Christmas show.

This week we:

  • introduced children to clay allowing them to explore with their whole body. They stood and jumped on it, sat, knelt and dug their feet into it. As they explored we noted what they were saying and have started to make a project book showing their experiences.
  • encouraged the children to mark, make and write in the areas where they like to play. Some children made labels to explain what model they had made, some made individual books, wrote on the large papers in the role play area and wrote recipes in the mud kitchen.
  • explored capacity, filling and emptying containers at the water tray.
  • made numerous obstacle courses in the playground to help the children use positional and directional words in context. Some children even made a video to talk through their route.
  • used the iPads to play Kodable. This is a game to introduce children to the idea of basic coding but also reinforces directional language.
  • celebrated French Day by completing art activities with red, white and blue, building models of the Eiffel Tower using various construction materials, eating a French-themed lunch and enjoyed eating pain au chocolate for snack.
  • made a class book called Not a Box based on the book by Antoinette Portis they all had a go at writing their own sentence.
  • some of the Kindergarten children were taken to the school radio booth to record a song.
  • used the 'deconstructed role play area' to use materials in a creative way. We built a castle one day and used the story Whatever Next to go on a space rocket adventure another day. This was based on the story Whatever Next by Jill Murphy
    built a Lego city encouraging children to engage in mark making by drawing roads, zoos and animals.


  • Maths Day is on 16th November and the children need to wear their house colours (if you are unsure about which house your child is in, please ask us).
  • Children in Need in on Friday, 18th November. The children can come to school wearing something spotty.
  • The Reception children will visit Highgate Woods on Monday afternoon to complete some Forest School activities.


Over the next few weeks, we will be having a focus on 'People and Communities' as part of our Unit of Inquiry All About Me. We would like to find out more about different celebrations around the world. Can you make a poster about a special celebration in your culture that we can share during circle time. (e.g Christmas, Chinese New Year, Eid, Diwali etc) This may include pictures and information about any special foods eaten, cloths worn, traditions etc. If you need us to provide you with card for your poster, please let us know. Thank you.

Quote of the Week

The soul is healed by being with children - Fyodor Dostoyevsky


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