Our First Week

We hope your children have enjoyed their first week at big school!

This week please have a look at the homework diary in detail, especially the first ten and last three pages. Also, ensure you read every day!

Thanks for supporting your child’s learning,

The Early Years Team

Tuppenny Barn

This week saw us at Tuppenny Barn in Southbourne near Emsworth. We spent

the day with some lovely adults, both helping us as parents and those providing stimulating and engaging activities for the children to do at the barn itself.

We did 4 activities throughout the day in smaller groups. We looked at creatures on and in the pond, we made a green salad, we went on a tour of the organic farm and we made plant pots out of newspaper and then planted a seed. We all had a great day! It was very warm but we were all very well behaved and drank lots of water to keep us cool. We also tasted cucumber water which the barn made for us. It was lovely and refreshing!


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Welcome back!

This week has seen us starting our new topic focusing in the book ‘We’re going on a bear hunt.’  The children found some paw prints on Monday morning and were very excited about trying to find the bear. We have learnt the book using actions and props and have even been outside onto the grass and trees to reenact the story.



The children have also been writing little books about the story and are really showing that they understand about the structure of the book. Next week we will be drawing some story maps to help us sequence the story. ( See if you can spot the caterpillars in this photo too! We are hoping hey will grow into butterflies soon!)

Thank you to this dog you who have returned the trip slips and money. Please come and see us if there are any problems. We look forward to going in just over a week!

Off to St Peters Fest now. Hope to see lots of you there!

The early years team.

A tortoise comes to visit!

We were very lucky this week to have a tortoise come to visit us!! He is 15 years old and the children were fascinated! We talked about how we need to look after him, what food he likes and where he goes to sleep in the winter. We thought of other animals with similar scaly skin and watched him as he tried to escape the tuff spot! Thank you very much to his family for bringing him in!


We have also done our  Liturgy this week where we talked about Jesus’ Mum Mary and our own Mums and special ladies. The children did very well, learnt their lines and sat quietly while Father Vitalis spoke.

We are entering a period of hot weather which we hope continues into the next half term! Please remember to bring in water bottles and hats and to apply suncream before the children come in in the morning.

We wish you a peaceful and happy half term.

The early years team.

And more growing!…..

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And another week has gone by…..We have been very busy planting more seeds and making grass heads. When the grass has grown we hope it will look like our hair! We will post some photographs when they are done.  Ask the children to explain what we mean!

This week we have been learning all about two dimensional shape. We have been making shapes out of sticks and other natural resources outside. The children were able to tell us about the properties of the shapes.

We have also been writing lots of labels on how to use and be safe on the outside equipment. See if you can spot some of our laminated signs around the outside area.

Please remember to send your child in with suitable clothing for the weather. They will still need a coat if it looks like rain but a hat and sunscreen applied if hot!

The early years team

Home learning

Dear all

Here is this half terms home learning . We hope you enjoy exploring our new topic with your children at home.

The early years team.

Bloom’s HL 08.05.17 – growing

Seeds galore!

Hello again !


This week we have been doing lots of planting of seeds. We have been planting sunflowers in pots and also bean seeds in plastic bags so that we can watch them as the roots and shoots grow. We have also been doing lots of mark making inside and out and lots of the children are choosing to write in their new’discovery books’ which is great to see. If your child shows an interest it would be great to encourage them to write at home. Perhaps they can write your shopping list or write a card for a family member. Some of the children have been using our sequencing input to write about what we did when we planted the seeds. If your child does any writing they want to show please add to tapestry or ask them to come in and show us!

Watch this space for news of a trip on 29th June…

Many thanks

The early years team

New topic!

Welcome back to school from the reception team! We hope that you have all managed to have a good rest and that the children are raring to learn!

This half term we are focusing on our new theme of ‘Growing’. We will be reading lots of fiction and non-fiction books, planting lots of seeds and hopefully tasting some of the results! This week we have talked about what we know about how plants grow and will be building on this knowledge throughout the weeks.

If there is anyone out there with knowledge and expertise/work in this area we would love to hear from you particularly if you were able to come and talk to the children about what you do.

Thank you for all your support.

The reception team

Easter activities!

We have spent the day today doing a carousel of activities for Easter. We wrote Easter cards, made the covers, made Easter baskets and made Easter biscuits! They were delicious! We also had a really interesting assembly from the Hampshire and Isle of Wight air ambulance. The children listened so well and were really engaged with what they had to tell us about how to use the ambulance service in and emergency. Good listening!

We wish you all a really lovely Easter break and look forward to seeing you all rested and ready for learning when you return!

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The chicks have arrived!!

There was great excitement today when our eggs arrived at school. They are in an incubator at the moment but will very soon begin to hatch into chicks when we will put them into a large cage so that we can watch them . We are looking forward to seeing them and being able to have a cuddle! Look out for more pictures and news next week!