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)
Maths in Art ‘Stay and Play’
The theme for our latest Maths ‘stay and play’ was Maths in Art. In EY we started our morning with a maths story about pattern, we then had lots of different rainbow challenge activities for the children to complete in our provision. These included; making nature patterns, decorating 3D shapes and putting them together, painting art work inspired by Kandinsky, designing patterns for clothing, making 2D shape pictures and completing join the dot reveal pictures. The children all worked so hard and got so busy with the different activities, lots of the continued to complete the challenges in the afternoon!
Thank you to the parents that were able to stay and play for our ‘Maths in Art’ maths morning! We hope you enjoyed yourselves.
Lots of the children have been enjoying writing sentences and stories recently. They have all been working hard on applying their phonics, remembering how to form our cursive letters and reading their work back. Some of the children have even been including the some of our ‘words of the week!’
Here are a few examples of the children’s independent writing. We are SO proud!
21st March 2019
Today the children took part in a skipping workshop. The instructor gave the children step by step instructions on how to skip using a skipping rope. The children had to remember to stand like a penguin with their little fingers at the thick end of the skipping rope. They then had to remember to move the rope with their wrist rather than their arms and move the rope in a forwards direction (this was something the children found tricky at first but with perseverance and determination most of them were able to by the end of the session!) The children all had a go at moving the skipping rope over their heads and then jumping over it when it reached the floor. Everyone worked SUPER hard and had so much fun learning to skip. In assembly some of them were picked to show of their skills to the whole school!
The instructor said he had never met an EYFS class with such good skills! Well done everybody!
World Book Day!
7th March 2019
On Thursday this week it was World Book Day. The children all looked fantastic in their outfits! We had such an exciting day; hearing different messages from famous people about reading, reading our favourite stories, talking about our favourite characters and, of course, the launch of our very own Longman’s Little Library! The children in EY all really enjoyed having a go at writing their own stories and sharing them with their class mates. It was lovely to see their story ideas all written down on paper.
On Friday we visited the Longman’s Little Library and everyone in the class got to choose a book to borrow.
Tour De Yorkshire Assembly
5th March 2019
We had a very special visitor today! ….. came to talk to us about The Tour De Yorkshire, which is happening in Selby soon! He brought in the trophies to show us and we found out that one of the races will be finishing in Selby! How exciting!
HAPPY HALF TERM!
We hope you have a wonderful half term holiday! We are so proud of all of the EY children and how much they have grown their brains over the last half a term. They deserve a well-earned rest! Well done everyone!
See you on the 4th March!
French Culture Day!
21st February 2019
This week we enjoyed taking part in French Culture day at school. In Early Years we enjoyed exchanging French phrases whilst eating our French breakfast and learnt about different traditional French foods. We also learnt French colours and the children painted rainbows. We watched ‘Bonjour Tonton!’ and Tonton and Heidi taught us how to count to 10 in French.
Early Years also really enjoyed making their own French flags and we had an Eiffel Tower construction competition! The children had to try and construct their own models of the iconic Eiffel Tower using their choice of construction materials. Poppy was our winner as she had thought very carefully about the different elements of her model and paid attention to detail. Well done Poppy!
14th February 2019
Today we learnt about dinosaur fossils! We looked at some real fossils using magnifying glasses and discussed what type of creatures they could have been. The children found this very exciting and all made great palaeontologists!
We also did a matching activity in science, where we had a photo of a skeleton and had to match it to the correct dinosaur. EY were brilliant at this!
In science we also watched a video that explained how fossils are formed. Poppy remembered that she had found out about fossils in a non-fiction book from our reading corner, so she decided to find it and we shared it with the class!
We found out that fossils are made from animals that died millions of years ago; the earth and mud crushes down on them and then the animals die, this leaves a ‘mould’ (space) in the ground. As time goes on bits of rock and sand get inside the mould to form a fossil. When the fossil gets to the earths surface people find them when they are digging!
EY decided they’d love find some real fossils one day!
The children in EY are really enjoying playing on Mathletics! It’s great to see that so many children are accessing it at home and choosing to use our computers at school to access it. Lots of the children have commented on the certificates and points they have earnt so far and, where possible, we are spending time celebrating their achievements in class. It’s great that it’s been so well received.
On Tuesday 13th February we were very lucky to have Steven from the Mathletics Team to come and do a launch assembly for our school. During the assembly he taught the children about the different elements of the Mathletics website and gave them tips on how to earn extra points. He also explained, importantly, that Mathletics is focused on improving your maths and is not just about achievement and progress. Mathletics stresses the importance of regular maths practice every day and Steven told us that research shows just 20 minutes a day can improve children’s quick recall maths by a staggering amount.
In the assembly the top scorers in our school were given certificates. The top scorer for our class was Lewis who has spent a huge amount of time improving his maths! Well done Lewis!
Week commencing 4th February 2019
In maths this week we have been learning about weight. We have been busy using the balance scales in our classroom to compare the weight of different objects and then decided to further our learning by weighing dinosaurs! The children were all very excited to weigh the dinosaurs and enjoyed counting how many compare bears and dinosaurs it took to balance the scales. We found out that the ‘Big Diplodocus’ was the heaviest dinosaur in our classroom! In their choosing time EY have really enjoyed exploring the weight of different things around our classroom.
Week commencing 4th February 2019
We have been continuing our learning about Dinosaurs! The children have absolutely loved this topic and are all so interested to find out more, so in Literacy we have been using non-fiction books, the computer and videos to learn more facts about dinosaurs and as a class we have been recording this in our class fact file.
This week we have also been painting our clay dinosaurs and finishing our writing about them. They look brilliant!
Chinese New Year
6th February 2018
In RE this week we have been learning about Chinese New Year. We learnt the story of Chinese New Year which taught us about the different years of the Zodiac and we watched a video teaching us how Chinese children, and their families, celebrate at this time. We linked this to the types of things we do when we have celebrations.
In the classroom the children enjoyed having a go at lots of different Chinese New Year related activities, including; using chop sticks to pick up noodles, trying on Chinese clothing and hats, looking at Chinese calendars, reading information books and looking at photos and making their own paper Chinese dragons! In their independent learning time some of the children made up their own Chinese dragon dances! (Unfortunately we don’t have many photos as we had problems with our ipad)
Clay dinosaur models
4th February 2019
On Monday the children made their own dinosaurs using clay. First they had to warm the clay using their hands, then they had to mould the clay with their fingers to shape the dinosaur body and features. They had to think carefully about; where their dinosaurs might live, what they might eat and their personalities.
The children are then going to write a fact files about the dinosaurs they have designed.
Here are our dinosaurs!
This week the children have been absolutely mesmerised by the icy weather conditions. They have been busy exploring the frost and ice in different ways; with their senses, with tools and dropping it on the floor and cracking it with their wellington boots.
One group of children spent all afternoon trying to crack the thick ice that had formed in the sand tray. They thought carefully about the different ways they could do it. The adults saw lots of the characteristics of effective learning taking place; collaborating, determination, planning, communication, creativeness, perseverance, problem solving, evaluating, persistence and resourcefulness.
The children then spotted icicles hanging from our wendy house!
‘Look! Ice cubes….’
‘I wana touch one!…’
‘They’re so pointy and…sharp!’
‘They will crack off!’
Innovate! ‘We’re Going on a Dinosaur Hunt!’
29th January 2019
We have finished our class innovate of ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt!’ EY have written their own version called ‘We’re Going on a Dinosaur Hunt!’
We used Just2Easy to write our story and made pictures to go with our text. The children were great at thinking of adjectives to describe the different places we went on our journey and even thought of ways we could include some of the new words we have recently learnt in vocab sessions.
The children really enjoyed sharing our innovated story with their Y6 buddies and have taken a copy of it home to share with their families.
If you would like to read our story just click on this link:
Measuring dinosaur bones!
29th January 2019
Today as part our learning about dinosaurs, we decided to measure the length of the different bones we had found in our sand tray. We learnt that length is when you measure how long something is. Mrs Bland demonstrated how we could use cubes to measure the bones and we made some estimations, for example: there were two bones that we thought looked the same length but actually one was 14 cubes long and one was 15 cubes long! We then discussed the other ways we could measure the length of the bones and came up with: ‘pens’ ‘cubes’ ‘blocks’ ‘a ruler’ and ‘tape measure.’
In their independent learning time the children enjoyed finding out the different lengths of the bones and used a variety of approaches to see how long they were. They recorded them by writing numbers…
Some of them enjoyed measuring the length of other things in the classroom…
Week commencing: 28th January
This week we are following the children’s interest and will be learning all about dinosaurs! Last week we decided, as a class, to innovate the ‘Bear Hunt’ story into a ‘dinosaur hunt’ story, since then lots of the children have been interested in dinosaurs and have asked to find out more about them.
Our week started off rather excitingly with Mrs Nicholson discovering some mysterious things in the sand tray on Monday morning. In maths we decided to do some investigating to see what these mysterious things were…
We found out they were dinosaur bones! We were all SO excited that we had found dinosaur bones!
Whilst we dug them up we counted them and laid them out onto a piece of paper. It was very interesting to see the different sizes of the bones. Some of the children were able to use their maths voices to describe the different sizes of bones ‘medium’ ‘that one is large’ ‘long’ ‘small’ ‘titchy’ ‘mini’ ‘baby ones.’
We then had a go at putting them into order according to their length, from shortest to longest.
In independent learning time the children really enjoyed playing with the bones in the sand. They all had a go at using the special brushes to excavate the bones carefully discussing the different dinosaurs they could have come from. Once child commented ‘They must be from a long time ago! It’s a dinosaur skeleton! They’re all dead now.’
Some of the children had a go at ordering them according to their size and some children chose to use measuring equipment to see how long they were.
Making secret words-Messy Play
24th January 2019
In the creative area today, we enjoyed making secret words for our friends to read using wooden letters. Mrs Bland showed us what to do and demonstrated how to make a secret word! She told us to lay out the letters in the tray to make a word (we had to use our phonics for this bit!) then we took a spoonful of flour and put it into the sieve. Next we shook the flour gently over the wooden letters. Finally we carefully moved the letters out of the flour to see our secret word. We then asked our friends if they could read our secret words. It was super messy, but SO much fun!
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-‘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!….
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!