WELCOME TO THE EARLY YEARS CLASS PAGE!
Welcome to the EYFS class page! We will update this page with news of your child’s education, tips for supporting their learning at home and photos of what we have been up to.
(The most recent posts are at the top, scroll down to see older posts)
Forest Schools-‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt!’
17th January 2019
This week in Literacy we are studying the story ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt!.’ In our forest schools session we decided to go outside to read the story again, however, when we got to the seating area we found a letter addressed to ‘Early Years!’ We opened it and read it out, it was from Mr Big Brown Bear from the story. He explained that he wasn’t chasing the family in our story but only wanted a friend. At the end of the letter he asked us if we could go on a bear hunt to find his friends hiding in the woodland, so off we went to find them!….
21st January 2019
In our vocabulary sessions this week we have been reading the story ‘Hamilton’s Hat’s’. The children have absolutely loved exploring the different hats that Mrs Bland brought in and have been using lots of our new words, from our vocab sessions, to describe them. For example: ‘a towering hat’ ‘a gigantic hat’ and ‘a stripy hat’. Some of the children even made their own hats in their independent learning time!
This week we have learnt the new words: ‘patient’ ‘determined’ ‘fond’ ‘teetering’ and ‘plodded’.
Forest Schools-The Treasure Hunt!
10th January 2019
On Thursday we went out into the woodland area of our school grounds and did forest schools. This week we read the Percy the Park Keeper story ‘The Treasure Hunt’. In this story Percy sets up a treasure hunt for his animal friends.
After we had read the story we discovered the Gold Star Fairy had set up a treasure hunt for us! She told us that we had to find 40 gold stars that were hidden around the woodland area, so off we went!
The children were great at finding the gold stars and looked very carefully underneath the bracken and leaves. Here are photos of our treasure hunt…
When the children estimated we had 40 stars in the jar the class gathered back together to count them. We thought about the best way to count and check them and decided it was best to put them into groups of 10. EY then discovered that one of the groups had 5 missing! One of the children pointed out ‘this means we have 5 more to find.’ We checked this was right by counting on our fingers and 5 were missing so off we went again!
After a short while one of the children found 3 more so we gathered again and discussed what that meant. The children made these comments, (some of the children even used their maths voices to explain)
‘That means that we still have some to find!’
‘It means that there are 2 more to find!’
‘If we find 2 more then we will have 40!’
‘3 isn’t enough!’
‘We need to off and hunt for stars again…they must be hiding!’
‘The fairy is trying to trick us! She is super evil….she’s done some difficult ones!.’
‘We need to work as a team!’
‘3 more means we have 38 now.’
We decided to communicate with each other about the areas that we hadn’t searched and where we thought the last 2 stars could be and the children went off to work collaboratively to find them.
Unfortunately by the end of the session they were still unfound, so we decided to leave the last two. Lots of the children offered to have another look when they were next in the woodland.
We all had so much fun on our treasure hunt; finding the stars, communicating, working collaboratively, persevering and applying our maths skills to problem solve.
Year 6 Buddies-Stories
18th December 2019
This week our Y6 buddies surprised the children with their very own stories, written by Y6 themselves! They thought carefully about how to include their EY buddy as a character and about what sort of story they might like. EY really enjoyed reading them.
Our Trip to The Deep!
EYFS and Key Stage One have been learning all about animals and their habitats. EYFS have been reading the book ‘Commotion in the Ocean! and as part of our learning we went on a trip to The Deep in Hull. First we went on a coach, which was very exciting because we saw the River Humber and the Humber Bridge. When we got to The Deep we went a a special glass lift through a gigantic fish tank and we saw loads of wonderful sea creatures including: jellyfish, sharks, sting rays, starfish and LOADS of different types of fish, both big and small! The children even spotted a couple of divers that were feeding the fish! During the day we also had a workshop about how to clean up the ocean. We listened to a story about a seal and his friends who needed rescuing from the rubbish and learnt about how we could help sea creatures ourselves! The children then had a go at lots of different activities including: studying real life shrimp, jigsaws, sketching sea creatures, story retelling, rubbish sorting, fishy counting and creating under-the-sea small worlds. It was FANTASTIC!
The children all had such a good time and were so well behaved and considerate of the other people at The Deep. Most of them enjoyed the seeing the sharks the best. Well done EY!
Judo Taster Session-15th November 2018
The children all had so much fun learning about Judo and some of the basic Judo moves. Early Years met the Judo bear who demonstrated how to wrestle someone to the ground safely. Everyone had so much fun and listened very carefully to the instructor.
Here are some photos of our Judo taster session:
Writing to Jump Start Jonny! 12th November
The children have decided to write letters to Jump Start Jonny, asking him if he would be able to come in and read the children a story at story time and share his favourite story with them. As a class we wrote a letter together and then some of the children chose to write individual letters to him and drew him pictures.
On Monday we walked to the local post box to post the letter. Fingers crossed Jonny receives our letter and replies!
Autumn Term ‘Stay and Play’ Maths morning!
Thank you to everyone that was able to attend our first Maths ‘Stay and Play’ of the year! It was great to have so many parents come in and join us to do maths!
This time our focus was on patterns. During our focus activity, the children learnt about what patterns are and had a go at identifying different animals by just looking at their patterns-they were very good at describing these patterns and talking about what they could see! Well done EY!
We then talked about how patterns are all around us and looked at some items from in and around the classroom that had patterns on them. We also learnt about repeating patterns and played an interactive game on the smart board, where we had to work out the colour in the sequence.
During the morning we had lots of pattern activities going on in the classroom. The children got really stuck in making bracelets; making repeating patterns with the beads and making their own jigsaws for their friends using patterned paper. We also had a peg board pattern activity, a duplo pattern challenge and a interlocking cube caterpillar challenge! It was a super busy morning with lots and lots of learning taking place. We all had so much fun and the children were all very focused. Lots of the children completed ALL of the different pattern challenges-WOW!
Armistice Centenary-11th November
On Thursday the whole school participated in an ‘Armistice art’ morning, to commemorate 100 years since the First World War. Each class attended a special remembrance assembly and then completed remembrance art work. In EYFS the children enjoyed creating a giant mosaic poppy and their own mini poppies out of card.
This is our whole school display with all the different pieces of art work and writing that the children at Longman’s completed on Armistice day…
Money: If you are ever handing in money to school, it is always really helpful if you can put it in a named, envelope, explaining what it is for. That way it is easier to keep track of who has brought money in, how much, and why. It can get very confusing if we have up to 30 lots of money coming in and we don’t know whose it is. Thank you!
EY Library books: We have collected in all the EY library books this week, as all the children are now bringing home reading books. Please send any you find any at home and bring them back into school.
ZooLab Visit-9th November
As part of KS1’s learning about animals, habitats and life cycles, Zoolab came to visit us at school! Ella from Zoolab brought in some different animals for us to meet, including; a rat, a tarantula (YIKES!), a cockroach and a snake. The children really enjoyed stroking and touching the animals. Ella taught us about where the animals like to live and what they like to eat. It was very interesting and the children were super quiet and well-behaved as to not disturb the animals.
On Wednesday learnt about the Indian ‘Festival of Light’s called Diwali! We learnt about why Diwali is celebrated and watched a video of some Hindu children that were preparing for their Diwali celebration. We read a non-fiction book about Diwali and learnt about how people celebrate it all over the world, but mainly in India, and how they light Diva lamps, eat special food, put up decorations and have fireworks. Some of the children noticed that it was a bit like bonfire night!
The children then got to try on some of the sarees that people wear during special celebrations and during their independent learning time lots of the children enjoyed wearing the sarees and dancing to Diwali music. At story time we read ‘Rama and the Demon King’ which tells the story of why Diwali is celebrated. The children really enjoyed reading the story and especially enjoyed the ten headed beast!
Harvest Festival-18th October
This Thursday we walked to the church for our whole school harvest festival. We walked up with our Y6 buddies and sat with them in church whilst Rev. Pete conducted the service. We sung the harvest songs that we had been learning in school.
2D Shape Hunt! 24th October
We have been learning about 2D shapes! We all went on a shape hunt to find out which shape was the most popular around our school. The children each made their own tally of how many times they saw each shape.
We found out that rectangles and circles were the most popular, whereas pentagons and hexagons were the least popular. The children all had so much fun exploring and hunting for shapes!
Reminders and Notices 19th October:
School Disco: Don’t forget the KS1 school disco is on Thursday 25th October, starting at 3:15pm. The children are allowed to come to school in their school disco outfits all day on this Thursday.
CD/Music Player: Unfortunately our class music player is broken and we need to source one for the children’s music area. Before we spend some of our budget buying one, we were wondering if anyone happened to have an old one that they were able to donate to school. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy as it for the children to use during play. A small CD player would be ideal. If anyone has one they would be willing to donate please let a member of staff know. Thank you!
The Little Red Hen-October
As it fits in with our learning about Autumn and harvest time, we have been learning the traditional tale of The Little Red Hen in our Talk for Writing sessions. We have learnt the story and drawn a class story map and the children have drawn some of their own story maps to help them remember the different story parts.
As part of our learning we have been finding out about corn. In the story the Little Red Hen uses the windmill to grind her corn into flour which she then makes into bread, so we decided to have a go at making our own bread! First we worked in groups to weigh out and measure the ingredients, then we kneaded the dough, next we shaped them into rolls and put them in the oven to bake. When they were ready we all sat together to eat them and spoke about what we thought. Some of the children took their bread home to show their families, others thought it was just too delicious to save! We had so much fun making the bread that in the afternoon Mrs Bland made us some pretend bread dough for the playdough table. We all enjoyed reliving our bread making experience having another go, independently kneading the dough and shaping it with our hands or cutters-What fun!
In Talk for Writing we have been learning the story ‘Rosie’s Walk’ by Pat Hutchins. The children have really enjoyed learning the story using our class story map.
They have all done so well at showing us they can re-tell it using finger puppets and their own pictures and story maps. We have also listened to the audio book of Rosie’s Walk and watched an animated version also. If you’d like to watch the animated version click the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3kNUTwJhf8
Here are some photos of the children drawing their own story maps.
Forest Schools Session -October 2018
As part of our learning about Autumn and the changing seasons, we decided to have a forest school session outside in our school woodland area. First we had a story called ‘The Wild Woods.’
After our story we played a Autumn treasure hunting game. In groups, the children were given a number and some ‘autumn treasure’ to go collect, the children then had to go work as a team to find their treasure and bring the correct amount back to the treasure hoops.
The children absolutely loved this activity and had so much fun finding the different items to bring back. There was lots of collaboration, team work and communication. When we had all found our treasure we checked to see if we had brought back the right number of items by practising our ‘good counting.’ The children then went off individually to explore the woodland and see what else they could find.
Autumn Walk-1st October
The children have really been noticing the changes that are happening in nature when we have been learning outside, so we decided to go on an Autumn walk through the school woodland areas. The children predicted what they might see and were given a tick list on a clipboard to check off anything that they saw on their way. We all had so much fun looking for different coloured Autumn leaves, talking about the changes that we can see and collecting items to take back to our classroom. Lots of the children collected brightly coloured Autumn leaves so the next day we used them to create leaf rubbings to put up in our classroom.
Settling In-Sept ’18
The children have settled really well into their roles as pupils at Longmans. There have been a few tears, but all of the children have settled well once they’re busy with an activity. The classrooms have been full of lots of busy little learners getting stuck in! Lots of the children have been enjoying playing in the home corner. We’ve had lots of role play and ‘Mums and Dads.’ Many of the children have been enjoying playing with the trains, building models with Lego and we’ve had lots and lots of children getting busy outside in our mud kitchen and searching for bugs in the digging area! Some of the children have shown us that they can use scissors and have been getting creative with our craft resources. It’s been great to see the children getting so stuck in!