Nursery – Fabulous Fireworks!

Welcome back Nursery! I hope you had a lovely Half term holiday. Big Thank you to everyone who shared lovely pictures and videos with me during the break. It’s been lovely seeing you all doing different activities and spending time with friends and family.

This week in nursery we have been learning all about fireworks. The children had various opportunities to explore fireworks.

Funky Fingers Activities:

We have been practising our prewriting skills by threading pipe cleaners through a colander and drawing fireworks with our fingers.

Our art table was so busy… We did fabulous fireworks with lots of glitter and PVA glue.

Physical Education:

The children had so much fun dancing with colorful ribbons, pretending they are fireworks. We did Catherine Wheels, Rockets and even Cascade movements. We also learned a new fireworks song. You can have a go too:

Religious education:

In RE this week we talked about Baptism. Children explored what it means to be ‘welcomed’ and draw on their own experiences.  For example, how do we welcome each other when we arrive at school?  We also talked about how we welcome a new baby into God’s family through Baptism.  We were focusing on the words “I baptise you in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy-Spirit.” We even have our own church in the classroom! How exciting!!!

Things to remember:

Look at photos or other reminders of your child’s own or other family members’ baptisms.  Please send into school a reminder for your child to share in class.  This could be a photo, memory book, candle or item of clothing.

Please practise putting on a coat independently. As the weather is getting colder it is important children are wearing coats when going outside. You can try the flip technique explained below:

Lie the coat on the floor with the hood by your feet.

Put your hands into the arms and wriggle them in.

FLIP your coat over the head!

Thank you for your continued support!

Stay safe and enjoy your weekend!

Mrs Solakova

Reception – Playing maths games

I thought it may be useful to share some games that you could play with your child whilst at home in this lockdown period.

Our current maths focus is subitising – up to the number 6.  Subitising is seeing how many are there without counting. This help develops calculation strategies when your child is older.

Many games encourage subitising so at home teaching your child to play games will support subitising. Dominoes, snap, rolling multiple dice to show the same value, are all good games to support subitising. 

Traditional board games, such as Snakes and ladders, Ludo etc. are great for counting and encourage children to rehearse the order of the numbers and match each number to an action. 

You may wish to try the following game at home :


Once your child has identified two dice that are the same value.  Put those dice to one side, roll the remaining dice and keep repeating until you have all the dice the same value.

To extend your child’s learning begin to identify ‘same’, ‘more’ or ‘less’ when subitising. 

Here is another activity you could try at home.

It would be great to see any games played at home on your child’s learning journal – Tapestry.  The children always enjoy sharing their home activities with their friends.

Wishing you a safe, wonderful weekend

Nicola Palmer

News from Year 3

What a great first week back for Year 3! We have really enjoyed being back in the classroom and starting our learning this half term.

In English, we have carried on looking at the book ‘Dr Xargle’s Book of Earth Hounds’. We have been focusing on different sentences openers and structures to help us write our own information texts about aliens next week.

In Maths, we have continued to focus on using the column method for subtraction. We have developed this method to include two lots of regrouping, which has been tricky. But the children have persevered and are a lot more confident with regrouping multiple times within a calculation.

In PE, we have started focusing on basketball. This week, we have practiced our passing skills, using bounce and chest passes to help pass the ball efficiently and effectively.

Don’t forget we have PE every Tuesday and Thursday afternoons so kits will be needed on those days. We also have individual school photographs on Wednesday 11th November.

Stay safe and have a lovely weekend,

Miss Battams 🙂