Friday, 18th November 2016

Early Years Newsletter

 This week's news from Kindergarten and Reception


Dear Parents,

It has been another action-packed week in Early Years!

This week we:

  • continued our clay explorations by adding water using sponges. The children enjoyed discussing the texture of their sticky clay and tried to describe the sounds it made as they manipulated it.
  • looked at some of the celebration posters that were returned. So far we have learned about Bonfire Night, Australia Day and Sinterklaas. Please continue to send these to school if you have not had the opportunity to do so already.
  • read a book called Shades of People to talk about all the different shades of skin. Following on from this, some children spent time at the painting table mixing different shades using white, brown, black and pink paint. As they mixed, the invented names for their colours such as chocolate milkshake, cocoa, coffee, caramel etc.
  • celebrated Maths Day by using Maths in our play and in the afternoon we completed a treasure hunt organised by our Year 5 and 6 students.
  • started to learn about the language of capacity such as: full, empty, half full, half empty, overflowing, nearly full etc.
  • We have had a focus on Critical Thinking and the ability to work through a problem with multiple solutions. This is to encourage children not to give up if their efforts are not successful the first time they try. The marble run helped with this as the children worked together to try and work out how to make sure their marbles travelled down successfully.


  • Played a game called Silly Soup where the children had to choose rhyming objects to put in the bowl.
  • Sang old songs with new words e.g Instead of Baa Baa Black Sheep have you any wool, we sang Baa Baa Black Sheep have you any spots? Using the tune from Twinkle Star, we used the shakers to sing Shakers, shakers in the air.
  • Recognised numbers 1 - 10.
  • Looked for containers and learned what a container is/does.
  • Collected red objects to go in containers.


  • Learnt about the sounds: b, f, ff and h. We are practising letter formation with a game called Quick Write - I say the sound and the children write it on their whiteboards as quickly as they can. They love this game and it easily played at home if this is something you wish to reinforce.
  • We began a 'stand alone' Maths Unit of Inquiry about containers. This will last for two weeks and aims to introduce the idea of capacity and measuring the contents of different containers.
  • Recognised numbers 1 - 20.
  • Visited Highgate woods to do Forest School and we spent time building dens in small groups with sticks and leaves. In line with our focus on critical thinking, we then visited each den and reviewed the process by asking What was the most difficult part? Was anything easy? What would you change if you built your den again?


  • We would like the children to research playground games, particularly anything that you might have played as a child. If you are willing to come and teach your game to a group of children please let us know. We are aiming to make a book of playground games that link to our Unit of Inquiry Let's Play.
  • Costumes - We would like to start collecting costumes for our upcoming performance as we are having photographs taken for the progamme on Thursday, 1st December. If you costume just involves winter clothes, please make sure they have their hats and scarves on that day. We will also need the white T-Shirts/white tights for the snowmen before this date so that we can add decorations. Thank you.
  • Reading books - We are noticing that many diaries and reading books are not being returned on Monday/Wednesday/Friday. We will be unable to send a new book until the previous book has been returned and the diary has been signed. This is so that we can keep track of all of our books.

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