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Weekly Newsletter - Week ending 4th December 2020


Dear Parents,

Christmas is coming in EYFS as we prepare for the Nativity this Christmas time. We have been busy rehearsing for our special Talk for Writing Christmas Story. The children have been amazing learning all the words and actions to tell the story and are doing so well learning the Christmas songs. We are sure you hear them singing the songs at home as they practice learning the words. 

Thank you for those parents who are providing us with different items for the Christmas play costumes. We are planning to film the play next Tuesday so please make sure you provide all items as soon as possible in a named carrier bag, thank you to all the parents who have provided bits for their children. We are sure that you will love seeing your little ones take to the stage. We will let you know how you will be able to view the play. Watch this space...
We are beginning our exciting Christmas activities next week. Please note that there will be no swimming or PE before Christmas and we will let you know when these will start again in Term 3. On Wednesday 16th December we have our Christmas Santa visit in the Forest (please book to get a place) and as part of that day there will be a delicious Christmas lunch. You can sign up for the Christmas lunch on ParentPay from Sat 12th December, so don't forget to book. Please note that there will not be another option for lunch that day. 
Don't forget on Friday 11th December your child/ren can come to school dressed in a Christmas jumper for our Christmas jumper day. 


Remember there is a Christmas post box in Owls and Hedgehogs where you can post your Christmas cards for your class friends. These will be sorted and handed out in the last week of term.


In phonics this week we have learnt the sounds f/ff, l/ll we only say one f sound even when it is a double ff, just emphasise the ff into a longer sound. We are practicing recognising tricky words, the, I, into, no, go and to. We just need to know them as we cannot sound them out. We are busy preparing some tricky words to go on your book bags to practice and learn at home.

We have enjoyed a second week of looking at patterns, making patterns with different resources around us and also describing patterns. At home you can ask your child/ren to describe patterns they can see around them, e.g. curtains, duvet covers, rugs, clothes etc. We look forward to hearing about their descriptions on tapestry alongside a photo of them and what they are describing. 

We hope you all have a relaxing weekend and we look forward to seeing you next week.

Kind regards

The EYFS Team

Newsletter - Week ending 20th November


It's been another fun and busy week in EYFS this week. Owls had their first swimming session, which went really well and all children were excited to talk about their experiences after the session. We also did our second PE session, which was good fun and the children are all showing great listening skills during these - thanks so much as well for sending them in dressed, this is really helping with the time taken in class getting changed.


In phonics we have learnt 4 new sounds, c, k, ck, and e, these will be in bookbags at the end of the day to look through and practice during the weekend. We also learnt the tricky words 'no' and 'to', please spot these in books also. If you have any questions regarding phonics and the sounds, please do ask, write in contact books or contact us on Tapestry and we will do all we can to support. 


In maths we have started to look at tens frames and understanding that when one row is filled with dots/pictures it is 'full' or 'finished'. The children have been enjoying learning that when it is full we do not need to count every one, we just know it is 5, and then we can continue counting to see how many there are altogether. 


Have a restful weekend and we will see you on Monday for another fun filled week!


The Early Years Team :)

Newsletter - Week 23rd October 2020


This week we have begun to learn the s, a, t  sounds in our phonics sessions so we can apply them in our reading and writing. As each sound is taught it will be attached to your child's reading record book so they can practice saying the sounds when shown each letter grapheme. We ask that you practice these sounds regularly alongside reading the books we send home so that the children get to know them. We are also sending home a phonics leaflet that includes information about how we teach phonics and what you can do to support your child.

The children have been doing amazing well with their number learning this term and they are beginning to grasp the understanding of seeing numbers in numbers up to 5. Next term we will introduce 10 frames so that children understand seeing a full group of 5 and another group of 5. In this way, the children are subitising (knowing how many there are without counting from 1) and they will learn to see 10 and know it is 10. We will begin next term by looking at measures by focusing on measuring using non-standard measures (same sized bricks or string etc) and compare different lengths of objects and explaining how we know they are longer/shorter. Maybe you could try this at home in the holidays using lego bricks or string to see how long your trains/books are.

Term 2 - dates to remember

Mon 2nd November - Term 2 starts

Tues 3rd November - Flu jabs

Wed 4th November - PE

Fri 6th November - FOF's Pyjama Day  - Come to school in your pyjamas in exchange for a raffle gift

                                                                 Story Time with Mrs Strand

Mon 9th November - Hedgehog swimming

Wed 11th November - PE

Fri 13th November - Children in Need - Come to school wearing spots

                                      Courier publication -First Day of School Supplement

Mon 16th November - Owls swimming

Please provide PE kit for the start of term 2 - this consists of trainers  (no lace up trainers) a Fermor colour group top and Fermor blue shorts (ALL NAMED). We will mainly use the hall for our PE sessions but occasionally when the weather is good we will go outside. For this reason you may want to include a pair of navy or black joggers in the PE bag.

Just to remind you that we have a policy in EYFS that no toys are to be brought into school from home as we are worried that toys will go missing or get damaged and your child will be upset. Thank you for your co-operation with this.

Have a lovely half-term break with your family, we would be grateful if you could post something your child has done/enjoyed during the break so we can share on their return. It is so good for the children to talk about their home experiences with the class and it supports us in our observations and on-going assessments for your child.


Thank you for your support, we look forward to seeing your smiling faces next term.


The EYFS Team

Newsletter – week 16th October 2020


We’ve had another lovely, and fun-filled, week in Early Years this week. The children had a very exciting day on Wednesday when some of them ate a hot lunch and had fish fingers, chips and beans. It was really exciting and we were all really pleased with the children’s table manners and their behaviour. We also had some pictures taken to appear in the Courier, so look out for our famous faces soon!


We have been busy creating portraits this week using pencils and coloured pencils, and then starting to try and use paint to create pictures of our faces too. We had to look carefully in the mirror to check what colours we needed for our hair, our eyes and our skin. We also enjoyed making a few funny faces whilst looking in the mirrors!


In our phonics time, we have been working on rhyming words and alliteration and have had great fun trying to think of works that rhyme and stirring them into our ‘Silly Soup’. Please continue to talk about simple rhyme at home, as we will at school, as this will help to embed the sounds and the patterns of rhyme. Next week we begin learning the Phase 2 sounds, so look out for information that will be sent home on Friday with the children.


During our maths time, we have enjoyed looking at shapes, finding shapes in the environment and starting to use words to describe shapes, such as round, straight, long, tall. Please continue this skill, as being able to spot 2D shapes as part of 3D shapes is an important part of understanding shape. Next week we will continue to learn more about numbers and will try to make sure that we can subitise to 5, which means to recognise 5 objects, spots, pictures and know it’s 5 without counting.


Have a lovely relaxing weekend, and we look forward to seeing all your smiling faces Monday morning, for the last week before half term.


The Early Years Team J


Newsletter- Week ending 9th October


It’s been a fantastic week in Early Years! Our week got off to an exciting start with our school photos. The children were super well-behaved whilst waiting to get their photographs done and we saw so many gorgeous smiles and awesome poses. We felt very proud as we looked through the photos of the children. I’m sure lots of you will be buying new photo frames this weekend!


This week we have organised the children into their colour groups; they are doing a brilliant job of remembering which colour group they are in. The children are continuing to settle and learn the class routines. Tidying up has been a particular focus this week. Each colour group has been given a different area in the classroom to look after and tidy- the children are enjoying completing their jobs and most are assuming their responsibility well!


As part of our Phonics this week we went on a listening walk around the outside of our school. The children wore their special listening ears to help them listen carefully to the sounds in the environment. We heard branches blowing in the wind, drilling, crunchy leaves, children laughing plus so much more!


Next week, it’s all about rhyme and alliteration in Phonics. We will be exploring which words look and sound familiar through games, stories and interactive activities. In Maths we are going to be exploring different shapes in our environment and describing what they look like using key vocabulary such as round, straight, curved etc. Perhaps this weekend you can take your child on a shape walk whereby they explore and discuss the different shapes they can see. It’s so important for children to understand that shapes really are all around us!


The children wore yellow today in honour of World Mental Health Day. We recognise that this uncertain time is a very difficult and challenging time for many of our families. Please be assured that your child’s well–being is at the very centre of what we do and we are working hard to ensure that all of our children feel happy, safe and nurtured during their time at school J


Wishing you all a restful weekend.


See you Monday!


Kind regards


The EYFS Team

Newsletter - Week ending 2nd October 2020


Well can you believe that your children have now completed their second week at school! They are doing so well with settling in and getting used to staying all day, it's a long day for them but they are having so much fun in their environment that the time passes so quickly when you're having fun. We are really getting to know the children well and they are showing us, through play, what they enjoy and want to go back to.


Firstly, thank you all for your generous harvest contributions this week, we had quite a few heavy bags to deliver to the food bank yesterday. We were encouraged by all your generosity at this time.  In the environment, the children have explored fresh produce this week and found out about the seeds and nuts that grow and are harvested at this time of the year. We had our first practice fire drill this week and the children were amazing at listening to the adults as we all kept safe together on the playground. We were so proud of all the children who are learning what to do in the event of a fire.


Next week we have school photos on Monday morning (5th October) so we will need to be smartly dressed in our Fermor uniform with our cardigans or jumpers. We will be continuing to learn about listening for sounds next week and will go on sound walks to hear different sounds in the environment. We will also be making sound pots, filling pots with beans or rice to listen to how they sound. In maths we are exploring sorting in different ways and matching pairs (e.g. socks, boots etc) As always, you are encouraged to have a go with your child at home and post on tapestry for us to see.


The children are still enjoying sharing their special boxes with the class, it is great to see what the children have put in their boxes and how they share them, keep them coming.


We look forward to seeing you all next week, have a lovely weekend.


Kind regards


The EYFS Team


Newsletter – week ending 25th September 2020


It has been another exciting and busy week in Early Years! All the children have completed their first full week in the classroom and we have had lots of fun talking, playing and getting to know each other better. The children have really been enjoying the outside space, even during a few rain showers!


The children have listened well to new instructions and new information and are already showing the ability to work together and support one another, which is so wonderful to see. More children have shared their special boxes in the classroom as well, so if there are any more to come that would be brilliant, as it is a great introduction and a great exercise to talk in front of a small group.


Next week we will continue to understand how we can respect our learning environment and be kind to one another. We will continue to sing lots of number songs and will start to look at numbers to 3 during our Maths time. We will be continuing talking about, making and listening to sounds around us. This week we will think about sounds on the farm and we will head off on a ‘Listening Walk’ and see what sounds are around us all day, some that sometimes we don’t hear because we are just too busy. You could begin this at the weekend by being very quiet and listening to the lesser heard sounds that surround us daily.


Also, a gentle reminder that next week is the week we observe Harvest Festival as a school, and so it would be hugely appreciated, if you are able to, that you bring in some items to add to the box that will be collected by the Food Bank on Thursday 1st October. There will be a box outside our Early Years area Monday-Wednesday ready for the collection date. We thank you in advance for your support and consideration.


Have a lovely relaxing weekend, and we look forward to seeing all your smiling faces Monday morning.


The Early Years Team J

Newsletter – week ending 18th September 2020


Well, what an exciting week we have had in Early Years! We have welcomed all the children in small groups throughout the week, explored and played fantastically each day and have all eaten school lunch together; it has been amazing.


We would like to start by saying a huge thank you to you for your support with start and finish times, entrance and exits points around the school, and remembering to social distance when out on the playground. The children’s lunches have also run extremely smoothly thanks to your quick work at sorting out the Parent Pay accounts.


We have been so very impressed with the children’s attitudes and their overall behaviour. In both classes, we have started to think about the routines of our day, like when we eat fruit and have a drink, and we have been learning to tidy up and help our friends.


Next week we will continue to understand how we can respect our learning environment and be kind to one another. We will also be singing lots of number songs and continue to play ‘getting to know you’ games, to help the children learn the names of all their new Hedgehog or Owl friends. We will also be taking tentative steps into the very beginning of our phonics journey, by stopping and listening to the sounds around us, thinking about the sounds that everyday objects make, and talking about the different sounds that we can hear in our homes. Maybe you could do this as a family over the weekend as well and share any sounds you hear on Tapestry so that we can talk about it with the children throughout next week.


Have a lovely relaxing weekend, and we look forward to seeing all your smiling faces Monday morning.


The Early Years Team J