Friday, 1st December 2017

Early Years Newsletter

 This week's news from Kindergarten and Reception

Dear Parents,


Here is an outline of our learning this week:

  • With an interest in penguins, we started to learn more about them. We first asked the children what they wanted to find out. They had questions such as Why do they swim? Why do they slide on their tummy? Do they drink water? We then watched an information video and listened for the answers to the questions. If the video didn't answer, we used Google to conduct our research!
  • We dressed up in our costumes for the show - you are in for a treat!
  • The children painted over the clay sculptures they made and we are working on a lovely display to show off their work.
  • We did some Mexican weaving using sticks collected from the Oak Hill Park last Friday.
  • We visited Willows Farm where we met Santa, chose a toy from his workshop, rode on Tristan Tractor and watched a show about Stick Man.
  • ´╗┐The children continued to received postcards from their relatives and we added them to our display in the entrance hall. This is proving to be a lovely activity and the children LOVE receiving mail. If you have not already done so, we really encourage you to ask family members to send a postcard as some children are disappointed not to have received one yet.

 Learning in Kindergarten:

  • We began blending cvc words such as h-a-t, c-a-t, t-a-p, p-i-g, c-u-p etc. The  children had to blend phonemes and recognise the whole word.
  • We played  a game of I spy  by placing a selection of objects on the floor and saying  eg I spy with my little eye a z-i-p. Children repeated the phonemes and then said the word and collected the items.
  • The children continued to recognise shapes in everyday objects. We asked the children to collect different objects around the classroom and sort them by shape
    we made a Venn diagram using coloured playdough.

  Learning in Reception:

  • We learnt about the sounds f, ff and b and introduced the new keywords: go, I and no
    using their knowledge of segmenting, the children attempted to write CVC words (very successfully!).
  • On mini whiteboards, the children worked on their letter formation of the letters: l, t, i, c and o. We rolled a die to find out which letter we had to write next.
  • We played cross the river where the children picked a CVC word and then had to jump over the river (a blue material) in order to find the matching object.
  • 17 was our number of the week and we made the number on the abacus. We also counted to 100 in 1's and 10's.


  • we will perform Penguin Pete next Tuesday and Wednesday and hope that you can join us. The children have been working really hard and we are looking forward to showing you!

Action Homework

One of our skills for our Unit of Inquiry is Research Skills. As the children are so interested in penguins, please can you help them to do the following:

  • Plan what they want to find out - write down their questions for them.
  • Conduct research either in books or by using the Internet.
  • Present your findings (this could be a poster, video, picture etc).

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