Happy New Year

January 12th, 2018

What a fabulous first week back we have had! It has been lovely to see all your happy smiley faces again! We hope you’ve all had a brilliant Christmas break. Our topic this term is ‘People who Help Us’. We have had lots of fun in our role play post office, being postal workers, using the tills, buying lots of different things in the shop and posting our letters. We have even had a community visit to the post box, to post the Happy New Year’s cards we have been busy making! This was very exciting, we were all very good boys and girls! Our sensory story this term is ‘The Jolly Postman’ and we are really enjoying this story and exploring all of the props. We have been making playdough porridge for the three bears who feature in the story, using different size bowls and using the baking utensils. In the reading corner we have been creating our own stories using the felt characters and boards. On our writing table we have been designing our own stamps with our lovely faces on and doing lots of mark making with different tools. We especially liked using the cotton buds to make patterns. On our numeracy table we have been matching numbers to the right numbers on the envelopes. We have also been seeing if we can count the number of objects to match the number on the envelope.

It’s Christmassssssss!

December 20th, 2017

It has been a wonderful end to the year in Early Years.This year’s nativity has been fantastic! We are all so proud of the children and how amazing they were in their different roles. There will be a DVD to purchase early next year for those of you that would like one. We are all getting so excited for Christmas! We have been singing lots of Christmas songs and playing lots of fun games. We have especially enjoyed the snow ball fights and seeing which team could build the tallest snowman out of the soft white building bricks! We have had lots of fun making Christmas crafts on the creative table and snowy wintery scenes. We have been busy designing our own snowmen out of playdough and decorating them with buttons all different shapes and sizes, pipe cleaners and cotton buds. We have been busy being Santa’s little helpers in our toy workshop role play area, making lots of toys and using all the different tools. Outside we have had the artic small world; we have really enjoyed exploring the different animals in the flour, rice and oats. We have also enjoyed playing with the penguins in the sparkly icy water outside, doing lots of pouring and helping the penguins slide down the water slides.
It was a lovely sunny day on Friday so we took the opportunity to have a walk into the local community. We stopped at Morrison’s café for some toast and snacks. All of the children were so well behaved, we were all very proud.
On Monday we had a visit from Lindsey’s dad who is a musician. He played us lots of Christmas songs and we even sang some songs we have been in practicing in class for him. He played the saxophone, flute and guitar. It made us all feel very Christmassy.
We had a fun party day yesterday and our visit from Father Christmas was magical! He told us we had all been very good boys and girls and gave us each a present. The grotto looked amazing!
Today is a day of mixed emotions. We are so excited to finish for Christmas but we are sad that it is Lesley’s last day. She has been a wonderful head teacher and we will miss her very much. We wish her a very happy retirement.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

December 8th, 2017

We have been feeling very Christmassy this week! We have been practicing our Christmas nativity and we can’t wait for you all to see it next week! On Tuesday we had the tinsel trolley dash, thank you everybody for the lovely donations for the charity ‘care and share’ we had lots of fun joining in all the games with Paula. We have enjoyed baking lots of yummy treats with the mince pie playdough. We have been busy looking through toy catalogues and choosing what toys we would like on our Christmas lists to Father Christmas. We have been getting creative making Christmas cards and decorating stockings. Our Santa’s Workshop role play area has been a popular place to play this week, exploring all the toys that are being made, using all the tools and wrapping presents. We have had the best time at our Christmas party today, we were all such good boys and girls! We have had so much fun exploring all the different Christmas activities and we even had a very special visit from Father Christmas who gave us each a little present. Have a lovely weekend everyone see you next week for the last week of school!

December 1st, 2017

This week has been our last week of dinosaurs! We have been having a dinosaur tea party, making lots of yummy cakes out of playdough and decorating with sprinkles, counting party hats, writing party invitations and making dinosaur party hats. We have also enjoyed making dinosaur pictures using our handprints to make the spikes. Next week we will be getting ready for Christmas! Next Tuesday is the tinsel trolley dash, we can all dress up in Christmas fancy dress and the best dressed class and most unusual item will win a price! On Wednesday we are having our Christmas lunch and Friday is PARTY DAY!! Every year we have a Christmas party with all of our Seedling friends. We are hoping Father Christmas will pay us all a visit!

November 17th, 2017

We have had lots of fun this week with our dinosaur theme! We have been playing with the dinosaurs in the dinosaur swamp, stomping in paint and making dinosaur footprints outside and digging for bones in the sand. We have been enjoying mark making with the dinosaurs in the writing area, matching colours and shapes to patterned dinosaurs in the numeracy corner and exploring wet and dry messy play in the dinosaur small world. We have been getting very creative and making skeleton dinosaur pictures and making dinosaurs out of penne pasta and salt dough. In RE we have been talking about Christmas as a celebration and have enjoyed the sensory story called ‘Dino’s first Christmas.’ On Tuesday we did some baking and made some yummy mince pies!

On Monday we were lucky enough to have a visit from Pudsey Bear from Children in Need. Thankyou everyone today for their donations. The children looked wonderful in their spotty outfits.

Have a lovely weekend everyone, see you on Monday.

Happy Half Term

October 27th, 2017

What a fantastic week we have had in early years! We have enjoyed doing lots of dressing up, reading spooky stories, mark making with magic wands and glow sticks, making our own witches hats and moulding googly eyed scary monsters out of playdough. We have been matching different shapes to objects such as triangles for witches hats and circles to pumpkins. We have been learning all about celebrations in RE and on Tuesday we had a birthday party, we had lots of yummy treats to try and played pass the parcel which was lots of fun! We have been on a skeleton bone scavenger hunt around our playground, looking very hard to see where the bones had been hidden! We enjoyed following our maps of the playground and working together.

We are so proud of all the children’s achievements this half term. It has been lovely to see them settle into Pear Tree life so well!

Have a great half term everyone see you all on 4 Tuesday 7th November!

October 20th, 2017

We have had a spooky week in early years, lots of dressing up as witches and wizards, counting out creepy crawlies from gooey jelly using tweezers, mixing magic witches potions and creating our own spooky stories in the reading corner. We have been threading wool through paper plates to make spiders webs, making spooky silhouette pictures on the creative table and making lots of different Halloween shapes out of pumpkin seed playdough.

On Thursday our focused activity involved us taking turns to press a switch to activate the hairdryer. The hairdryer melted wax crayons onto a pumpkin. We were fascinated as we watched the colours melt and blend together, dripping down from the pumpkin!

Have a great weekend everyone, see you all on Monday.

October 13th, 2017

What a colourful week we have had in early years! Our theme has been rainbows and we have enjoyed moulding unicorns out of magical multi-coloured sand and playdough. We have been busy at the creative table making unicorns out of paper plates and decorating our own unicorn masks. We have had lots of fun using syringes to make our own rainbow pictures using edible coloured paint made from natural yoghurt. We have had a very colourful reading area with the lovely story, Rainbow fish. The children have enjoyed exploring the props and identifying the different colours. We have also had lots of fun using the switch activated animals, we enjoyed listening to them singing and making different animal sounds. In phonics we have been practicing our listening and attention skills by identifying animal and everyday object sounds, which we are getting very good at! In RE we are learning about celebrations, on Tuesday we talked about Harvest and explored the story the little red hen. We did some tasting of different vegetables, sweetcorn, peas, carrots and potatoes. On Thursday we loved watching our faces being painted as sunshines, rainbows and clouds. Some children also enjoyed painting Lindsey’s face for her!

We have also been learning to ‘Speak Out and Stay Safe’ with some help from the NSPCC. We have learned about how to keep ourselves safe and the importance of speaking out if we need to talk to someone we trust. More information to follow on Healthy Schools blog.

Have a lovely weekend everyone! See you all on Monday!

October 6th, 2017

Our weather topic took a frosty turn this week as we have explored activities linked to snow and winter. We have made playdough snowmen, decorated snow flakes, counted penguins and practiced our mark making in flour. We loved playing with the arctic small world on the light box and balancing sugar cubes to build igloos and snowy structures.

Next week is our ‘Speak Out, Stay Safe’ week across school. We are teaming up with the NSPCC to learn about keeping ourselves safe and speaking out to a trusted adult when we need to.

There are still places left for parents to attend our workshop on Friday afternoon, starting at 1pm. Please come along if you can make it. It will be really useful to all families.

October 4th, 2017

This week we have been busy with autumn activities. In our sensory story we have been reading the story ‘Peppa Pig Plays in the Rain.’ We especially enjoy going underneath the umbrella and listening to the water spray being sprayed on the top. We have been looking at what it means for containers to be ‘full’ and ‘empty’ in numeracy circle time, we enjoy exploring the water and mud and enjoy emptying and filling up the containers. We have been busy mark making by conker rolling in our writing area, we have made some lovely autumnal pictures. We have enjoyed playing with different woodland animals in the small world and we have been using our imagination to make lots of yummy treats for a picnic in our role play woods whilst sitting around the camp fire with the woodland animals. We have been busy making cinnamon scented playdough leaves and designing lentil and collage autumn pictures on our creative table. Next week our theme will be winter and snow! See you all on Monday have a great weekend everyone.