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Early Years Foundation Stage 2017 - 2018

 Miss Cheetham & Mrs Gray

Autumn Term

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Newsletter Week Ending 15 December 2017

This week the children have been learning the names of letters as well as the sounds. In maths, we have found things longer and shorter than an object, and we have measured how long things are. The children have also made some Christmas crafts which they will bring home next week.

 

From Monday 18th December 2017

In Phonics, we will revise the letter sounds taught already this half term.

 

Wednesday 20th December is party day! The children are allowed to wear their own clothes all day. The children will still be playing outside during the morning and at lunchtime, so please ensure that they bring their warm coats to school.

Please send some party food in with your child on the day for our buffet – e.g a packet of biscuits, a packet of mini rolls etc.

 

Please can we remind you that school closes on Wednesday 20th December at 3.30 p.m. School will re-open on Monday 8th January at 8.45a.m.   

 

Diary Dates

Stay and Play RG – Friday 12th January at 9 – 9.45am

Stay and Play RC – Friday 19th January at 9 – 9.45am

 

Have a lovely weekend

The Reception Staff

Newsletter Week Ending 8 December 2017

This week the children have been working on length. They have made tall and short towers, long and short paper chains and have found out how much taller one tower is than another. In writing, the children have written labels – drawing arrows to show what they are labelling.

 

Monday 11th December 2017

 

Our letter sounds for next week will be:

Monday – oi

Tuesday – oo as in zoo

Wednesday – oo as in book

Thursday – ow

 

Our Christmas show ‘Angel Express’ will be performed in the Main Hall on Friday 15h December at 2.30pm – doors open 2.15pm. Entry is through the main entrance at the office. No tickets are needed but due to space, a limit of 2 adults are allowed per child. Younger siblings are welcome, but if they are noisy we would appreciate you taking them out of the hall for a while so that the children on stage are not distracted.

 

The PTA have organised a Christmas week next week- beginning 11th December.

There will be a ……

Christmas shop for the children to buy gifts for family and friends – prices range from £1 to £4.

Raffle – tickets 50p each

Name the teddy

Please send money for these in a named envelope or purse.

Christmas Jumper Day – Thursday 14th December – Pay £1 and children can wear a Christmas jumper for the day.

 

The EYFS Xmas party will be held on Wednesday 20th   December. The children can wear their own party clothes all day. Please can each child bring to school some party food on this day – e.g. a packet of biscuits, a packet of fairy cakes, crisps etc. (Children will already have had their lunch!!) Please do not send drinks – school will provide them.

 

The children now have access to extra reading books online. These can be reached through the link :https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk.

Username : child’s first name and the first letter of their surname (all lowercase) eg Sam Jones would be samj

Password: abcd

School code:hila

  

Have a nice weekend!

The Reception Staff

Newsletter Week Ending 1 December 2017

This week the children have been ordering numbers and thinking which number is missing when one is taken away. We have been practising writing captions too – counting our words before we start to write. The children enjoyed the Welly Walk on Wednesday – especially the hot chocolate in the outdoor classroom. We have also begun to practise songs for our Christmas show – you too will be word perfect on the day!!

 

Monday 4th December 2017

 

Our letter sounds for next week will be: ai, ee, igh, oa

 

 Thank-you to all the children who returned their winter pictures to school. They have made a lovely display, and we are turning over one picture a day on the countdown to Christmas. If your child has not yet made their picture, they can still bring it in next week.

  

Our Christmas Show is on Friday 15th December at 2.30pm. Entrance will be through the main door at the school office. No tickets are required, but seats are restricted to a maximum of 2 adults per child. We have plenty of costumes in school for this – you don’t need to worry about getting one for your child! 

The EYFS Xmas party will be held on Wednesday 20th December. The children can wear their own party clothes all day. Please can each child bring to school some party food on this day – e.g. a packet of biscuits, a packet of fairy cakes, crisps etc. Please do not send drinks – school will provide them.

 

PTA Christmas week – begins Monday 11th December – more details to follow

Wear A Christmas Jumper To School Day – Thursday 14th December – Fine £1

   EYFS Christmas show will be on Friday 15th December at 2.30pm.

   EYFS Christmas party will be on Wednesday 20th December

   School closes for Christmas on Wednesday 20th December

 

Stay and Play RG – Friday 12th January at 9 – 9.45am

Stay and Play RC – Friday 19th January at 9 – 9.45am

 

 Have a nice weekend!

The Reception Staff

Newsletter Week Ending 24 November 2017 

This week the children have been working on finding out which number is 1 more or 1 less than a given number. They have played lots of number track games and have built 1 more and 1 less towers. The children have also found out about how they have changed from when they were a baby, and we have tested food to see how it changed when it was cooked.

 

Monday 27th November 2017

Our letter sounds for next week will be the consonant digraphs ch, sh, th, ng.

We will also be mixing colours to make new ones, and finding the missing number in a number sequence.

On Wednesday 29th November we will go on our last welly walk of the year. Please can children bring their wellies to school on the day in a plastic bag.

A reminder that the EYFS Christmas show ‘Angel Express’ will be on Friday 15th December at 2.30pm. No tickets are required for you to come and watch the show.

Attached to Letter Link is a piece of card. Please could your child decorate it as a Christmas/ winter picture – you can use whatever materials you have – glitter, paint, cotton wool, sequins etc and return it to school next week – this will be used for our class advent calendar.

Diary dates

   PTA Christmas Market – 11th – 15th December

   EYFS Christmas show will be on Friday 15th December at 2.30pm.

   EYFS Christmas party will be on Wednesday 20th December

 

 Have a nice weekend!

The Reception Staff 

Newsletter Week Ending 17 November 2017

This week the children have been finding out about British Values. We have discussed where we live, looked at photographs of the Queen, and have voted for our favourite stories. We have also talked about being proud of ourselves and thought about what we are good at doing. In Maths, we have been comparing groups of objects to find out which has more or fewer.

 

From Monday 20th November

Our letter sounds for next week will be: y, z, zz, qu

Next week we will be talking about how the children have changed. We would like them to bring a photograph of themselves when they were a baby so that we can compare then and now.

Now that the weather is getting much colder, please can your child practise fastening their coats by themselves. They can bring hats, scarves and gloves to school to keep them extra warm too!

Diary Dates

   PTA Christmas Market – 11th – 15th December

   EYFS Christmas show will be on Friday 15th December at 2.30pm.

   EYFS Christmas party will be on Wednesday 20th December 

 Have a nice weekend!

The Reception Staff

 

Newsletter Week Ending 10 November 2017

This week the children enjoyed doing some more work on patterns. They have made size patterns and number patterns. We have also read the story ‘The Rainbow Fish’ and discussed how to be a good friend. The children loved coming to the ‘Monster Ball’ on Thursday – we didn’t recognise them in their scary costumes!

 

From Monday 13th November 2017 

Our letter sounds for next week will be:

Monday – j

Tuesday – v

Wednesday – w

Thursday – x

 

Thank you to all the parents who attended our Stay and play sessions. The children really enjoyed you coming to work with them in the classroom. We will hold further ‘Stay and Play’ sessions throughout the year – the next ones will be:

RG – Fri 12th Jan   at 9 – 9.45am

RC - Fri 19th Jan at 9 – 9.45am

 

Next week the whole school will be working on British Values and Parliament Week. We will have daily votes for the story of the day, and we will also talk about London and the Queen. If any of the children have visited London and have any photographs that they could bring to school, we would love to share them with the class, or if your child would like to bring in their favourite story for us to read, please send them in next week.

 

Diary Dates

   

   EYFS Christmas show will be on Friday 15th December at 2.30pm.

   EYFS Christmas party will be on Wednesday 20th December

 Have a nice weekend! 

The Reception Staff

  Newsletter Week Ending 3 November 2017

The children have settled very well back into school after their half-term break.

This half term, we will be learning and talking about ‘Changes.’ We had a visit from some Owls on Monday and looked for changes on our Welly Walk. The children have also done some work on patterns – they have made 2 and 3 step patterns with cubes and Autumn objects.

From Monday 6th November 2017

Our letter sounds for this week will be: l, ll, ss. We will also be reading the book ‘The Rainbow Fish’ and will make more patterns.

Thank you to all the children who brought their ‘All about Me’ papers back into school - they have made a fantastic display. If your child has not yet brought their homework back, please do so as soon as possible.

We will swap the children’s home reading books every Thursday, so please ensure that they are in their school bags along with the reading record.

This week, the children have brought home a picture that they have painted in school. These can be made into cards, mugs and gift tags. If you would like to order any of these, please complete the order form on the back of the picture and send it back to school with the appropriate money by Wednesday 15th November. 

In school, we keep a record of your child’s achievements in their ‘Learning Journey.’ If your child has done anything out of school that you are proud of and would like us to include in their learning journey books, please complete a ‘WOW’ letter (on the reverse of the weekly Letter Link) and send it into school with your child. We would also love to see certificates, photographs, models etc. This information will enable us to plan the next steps for learning for your child, as well as giving them a great sense of pride to share their achievements with their friends and teachers.

Diary Dates

    • PTA Monster Ball – Thursday 9th November at 4.30 – 5.45pm – please drop off and collect your child from the Main Hall.
    • RG Phonics Stay and Play – Friday 10th November at 9am
    • For Stay and Play - Please bring your child to school as normal and then go to the KS1 hall for a brief talk about phonics and reading.Unfortunately, due to health and safety considerations we are unable to extend this invitation to younger siblings. EYFS Christmas show will be on Friday 15th December at 2.30pm.
    • We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible.
    • You will then have the opportunity to go to the classroom and play with your child until 9.45am.
  • EYFS Christmas party will be on Wednesday 20th December

 Thank you once more for your co-operation!

Have a nice weekend!

Newsletter Week Ending 20 October 2017

This week we have done lots of work about Autumn. The children have used photographs and non-fiction books to find out information. The children have also made hedgehogs in the dough area, and have made rolling tracks for pine cones in the Outdoor Area. In Maths, the children have been adding 2 numbers and recording the total.

From Monday 30th October 2017

In phonics we have been making books and trying to sound out the words to write a label.

Our letter sounds for after half term will be:

Monday – h

Tuesday – b

Wednesday - f

Thursday – ff

 

Home reading books have been given out this week. These books are for the children to read to you at home. Please encourage them to talk about the pictures and to point to each word as they read it. The books will be changed every Thursday so please ensure that they are in their book bags along with their library books. It would be appreciated if you could write in the reading record when the children have read at home.

 

Stay and Play

  • RC Phonics Stay and Play – Friday 3rd November at 9am
  • RG Phonics Stay and Play – Friday 10th November at 9am
  • For Stay and Play - Please bring your child to school as normal and then go to the KS1 hall for a brief talk about phonics and reading.Unfortunately, due to health and safety considerations we are unable to extend this invitation to younger siblings. Some diary dates for you –EYFS Christmas show will be on Friday 15th December at 2.30pm.
  • Welly Walk – Wednesday 1st November – please bring wellies in a carrier bag
  • We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible.
  • You will then have the opportunity to go to the classroom and play with your child until 9.40am.
  • EYFS Christmas party will be on Wednesday 20th December We would like to take this opportunity to say thank-you to you all for helping the children settle so well and so quickly into school – we can’t believe that we have only known them for 7 weeks!!
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School closes for half-term today Friday 20th October at 3.30pm and reopens on Monday 30th October at 8.45am.

 

Have a lovely half term!

Newsletter Week Ending 13 October 2017

This week we have done lots of work around keeping healthy. We have sorted in food into that we can eat lots of, and food we should eat as treats. We have made exercise trails in our Outdoor Area, and practised washing our hands. In Maths, we have added two numbers together to find a total. The children loved coming to school in their pyjamas on Thursday! 

From Monday 16th October

In phonics we have been listening to the first sound in words, and also practised reading and writing words with 3 letters.

Our letter sounds for next week will be:

Monday – ck

Tuesday – e

Wednesday – u

Thursday – r 

Next week, we are going to talk about Autumn. If your child has any books, conkers, acorns, colourful leaves etc that they would like to bring to our investigation table, we would love to see them. 

Now that the children need to wear a coat at playtime and lunchtimes, it would really help if they could practise putting them on and fastening them. 

The PTA will be having a tuck shop on Friday 20th October. Children can bring £1 to buy a drink and a chocolate bar / crisps.

The children will finish for half term on Friday 20th October , and school will reopen on Monday 30th October at 8.45am. 

Diary Dates : ‘Stay and Play’ sessions in school for EYFS parents.

Our first session will be on Phonics.

RC – Friday 3rd November at 9am

RG – Friday 10th November at 9am 

Welly Walk – Wednesday 1st November

PTA Disco –Thursday 9th November 4.30-5.45pm 

Have a lovely weekend, The Reception Staff  

 Newsletter Week Ending 6 October 2017

This week we have done more work on our senses. The children have talked about and painted food that they like to eat. In Maths, the children have matched an amount of cubes to

a number, and have also made a chart to show which was their favourite flavour of crisps.

From Monday 9th October 2017

Thank you to everyone who attended our open afternoon last Friday. It was lovely to meet you all and to have the chance to chat about how your child has settled in school. The children enjoyed being able to show you around their classroom, and we were very proud of them. 

The children are doing very well with their phonics. They have been listening to the first sound in words, and also practised reading and making words with 3 letters.

Our letter sounds for next week will be:

Monday – g

Tuesday – o

Wednesday - c

Thursday - k 

The children can buy a drink of sugar free juice at lunchtime. If your child would like juice, the cost is 10p each day. Your child can bring the money into school and keep it in their drawer until lunchtime. 

Next week, the PTA are having their first event of the year to raise money for school by holding a Onesie Day. Children can come to school on Thursday 12th October in their pyjamas or onesies. The ‘fine’ for this is £1.

 

On Friday 13th October, the photographer will be in school to take individual/ family photos. If you have younger children who are not yet in school and would like them to be photographed together with your children of school age, the photographer will be in school from 8.30am so please go to the Main Hall before school.

All other family or individual photos will be taken during the school day. 

A reminder that Parents’ Evenings are taking place on Wednesday 11th and 18th October. Please send the appointment slip back to school if you have not already done so. 

Each half term we will be holding ‘Stay and Play’ sessions in school for EYFS parents. This is a chance for you to find out what we are doing in class, and then play some games with your child.

Our first session will be on Phonics.

RC – Friday 3rd November at 9am

RG – Friday 10th November at 9am 

Have a lovely weekend,      the EYFS Staff

Newsletter Week Ending 29 September 2017  

The children really enjoyed the welly walk this week. They used their senses and recorded what they heard, saw and touched on the walk. In Maths, the children have been grabbing as many cubes as they can in 1 hand, and then counting how many they have on a ten frame.  

From Monday 2nd October 2017 

The children have been telling us how much they are enjoying doing their homework.

Our letter sounds for next week will be:

Monday – i

Tuesday – n

Wednesday – m

Thursday – d 

Please check the school website for updates on what is happening in school. You can also follow us on twitter where we regularly post photographs of what we are doing during the day @higher_lane. 

Please can you ensure that your child has a coat in school each day. In EYFS, children are able to play outside whatever the weather, so a waterproof coat is really useful. 

Parents’ Evenings will be held on Wednesday 11th October and Wednesday 18th October. Please check your child’s bookbag for a letter to make an appointment. 

Have a lovely weekend, The Reception Staff 

 Newsletter Week Ending 22 September 2017

This week we have done lots of work about our body parts. We have labelled bodies, and painted pictures of ourselves. We have also been working on 2d shapes – naming and describing them, and have played shape games and made shape pictures. In the outdoor area, the children have dug for shaped ‘treasure’, then sorted it into sets. 

From Monday 25th September 2017 

On Monday the children will bring home a ‘homework’ book that they can keep at home and complete with you. This is a phonic book, and the children can practise writing and recognising the letter sounds that we have covered in school. We will learn one letter a day in school:

Monday – s

Tuesday – a

Wednesday – t

Thursday - p 

Next week we will be going on a Welly Walk around the school grounds. Please can you send your child’s wellies (named please!!) in a carrier bag on Wednesday 27th September. 

Next week we will be making musical instruments with the children. If you have any empty yoghurt pots at home, please send them into school for us to transform!! 

A reminder that we are having an EYFS open afternoon next Friday – 29th September - at 3pm. This is a chance for you to look around our unit with your child as the guide!! Please come into school via the KS1 playground – the entrance that the children use in the morning. 

The PTA are holding their first meeting of the new school year on Tuesday 26th September at 7pm. This one will be held in school. They will be discussing fundraising ideas and planning future events. Everyone is welcome to attend. 

Thank you again for the contributions to the EYFS fund. This week we have used it to buy ingredients for bear toast!! 

Have a lovely weekend, The Reception Staff

                 Newsletter 15 September 2017   

This week the children have had lots of opportunities to explore the classroom and to try out the different resources in the room. We have also thought of some class rules that will help us to make friends and to keep safe. The children have also visited the school library, and chosen a book to share with you at home.  

From Monday 18th September 2017 

Lots of children have now got book bags to carry their belongings in. To make it easier for your child to identify their own bag, please attach a key ring to the strap. 

The children have visited the school library today, and have chosen a book to bring home. Please return the books each Friday, so that they can exchange them for a different book. 

On Friday 29th September - at 3pm, we are having an EYFS open afternoon in school. This is a chance for you to look around our unit with your child as the guide!! Please come into school via the KS1 playground – the entrance that the children use in the morning.

 Please check the school website for updates on what is happening in school. You can also follow us on twitter where we regularly post photographs of what we are doing during the day @higher_lane. 

Foundation Stage Fund

Thank you to all who have already sent in their donation to this. This week it has paid for each child to make and decorate a smiley face biscuit.

This year we would like to ask our parents and carers to support us by donating a voluntary contribution to the unit.

This will enable us to enhance the provision and learning opportunities for the children further by purchasing consumable resources including ingredients for cooking, bulbs and seeds for planting, foods for tasting. The contribution we are asking for is £5 per term. This can be placed in an envelope and given to the class teacher.

Have a lovely weekend, The Reception Staff 

 Newsletter Week Ending 8 September 2017

The children are settling into school very well. They have been busy exploring the EYFS unit, and making new friends.

Please check your child’s bag every Friday for any letters. We send a Letter Link home each Friday to tell you about our week in EYFS and to inform you what we will be doing in the future. Newsletters can also be found on the school website.

 From Monday 11th September 2017

 Please could you make sure that all clothing is named, including P.E. kits and book bags. It makes it much easier for us to reunite lost clothing when it has a name in it. 

Children only need to bring their book bags to school each day. They can leave their pump bags on their pegs and we will send them home at the end of each half term to be washed. Children do not need to bring their own pencils/pens etc – we have plenty of them in school.            

Children can bring a water bottle to school each day filled with either tap water or flavoured water. Please make sure that the bottles are labelled so that we can give them out again each night. 

Our school day starts at 8.45am and the children can line up in the playground with their friends. For the first few weeks, we will bring the children out into the playground at 3.25pm, so that it is easier for them to see you. 

Book bags are available to buy from the school office. Please attach a key ring to your child’s book bag to make it easier for them to identify. 

We will be holding a ‘drop in’ session at the end of school for you to come and see our EYFS unit. This will be on Friday 29th September at 3pm. 

Foundation Stage Fund

This year we would like to ask our parents and carers to support us by donating a voluntary contribution to the unit. This will enable us to enhance the provision and learning opportunities for the children further by purchasing consumable resources including ingredients for cooking, bulbs and seeds for planting, foods for tasting. The contribution we are asking for is £5 per term. This can be placed in an envelope and given to the class teacher. 

Have a lovely weekend, The Reception Staff

Web Links

Here are some web links for children to enjoy at home

Phonics play – lots of free phonic games to play at home

Cbeebies – Alphablocks - blend and read the words that the Alphablocks make

Oxford Owl – lots of free e-books, games and activities

Ladybird Spots – counting, matching and ordering numbers

Underwater Counting – count the underwater creatures to find the treasure

Gingerbread Man Game – count sequence, and order the numbers