Friday, 13th October 2017

Early Years Newsletter

 This week's news from Kindergarten and Reception

Dear Parents,

Here is an outline of our learning this week:

  • we read the story of Harold and the Purple Crayon and talked about how even pencils can go on journeys. The children then used purple pens and pencils to draw their own adventures and we wrote down what they were saying as they drew their pictures. The results are hanging on the washing line in the classroom, please do have a look.
  • one of the skills for this Unit is Group Decision Making, so we set the children the very challenging task of drawing a picture in a small group (3 - 4 children) and gave them a series of decisions to make as a group e.g what colour paper will you use? what will you draw? As we expected, it was very difficult to compromise and make decisions. We will now teach the children some strategies that they can apply next time.
  • we went on a journey to the train station and stood on bridge so that we could watch the trains passing under us. Some of the drivers even waved at us.
  • we opened real pea pods to count how many peas were inside. We made a chart to show the results. After this we played with frozen peas in a tray.
  • the children explored colour mixing by using colourful water and droppers and they invented their own colours in a jar.
  • using red, yellow and blue paint, the children used their fingers to mix the colours together.

 Learning in Kindergarten:

  • in order to learn about data handling, the children sorted smarties by colour and counted how many of each colour there were.
  • we counted the number of girls and boys at school and made a pictogram.
  • we used a fishing game to catch the fish and used a pictogram to find out how many of each fish we caught.
  • the children were thinking about voice sounds, we played a game where they had to make their voices 'sound disappointed, sound like a bouncy ball, like it's going down a slide, buzzing like a bee etc'.
  • the children picked a soft toy animal from a bag and had to think about any songs they know about that animal. For example, 5 speckled frogs and twinkle star.

  Learning in Reception:

  • data handling was the focus of our learning this week. We sorted and presented information in different ways such as: human pictograms, tables, tally charts and by sorting into groups.
  • we used a small box of smarties to sort them by colour and counted how many of each colour there was.
  • the children tried yellow, red and green peppers and then we made a chart showing which was the most popular.
  • 12 was the number of the week. We counted up to 12, made it on the abacus and tried to write it.
  • in Phonics we reviewed the sounds s, a, t, p and introduced i and n.
  • read words using the sounds we have learnt so far, such as at, as, sat, pat, tap.


  • Reception parents, please remember to send reading books and diaries every Monday, Wednesday and Friday so we can issue a new book. Thank you.
  • we will have our Autumn Activity afternoon next Wednesday. The children are welcome to bring party clothes (no Halloween costumes please) and we will help them change at school.
  • we are hoping to go on a train journey next week. We plan to ride the train from Woodside Park to High Barnet as part of our Unit of Inquiry about Journeys.


If you are going on any kind of journey this weekend, please help your child to make a map showing some of the things they saw on the way. The map does not need to be accurate, just a way of showing what they saw on the journey. Perhaps something similar to the story maps you made a few weeks ago.


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