Dear Parents and Carers,
Another week down in the EYFS, and another very busy one it has been too!
It has been a dry and sunny one, so we have been outside a fair bit, trying to sort out our outdoor area a little. We were excited to receive a parcel of new bits and bobs from the PTFA (thank you so much everyone!) which will make our play area a bit more colourful and fun. We got some blackboards for outdoor, all weather, extreme drawing….
And some exciting wooden chutes for water and toy car play. This required some assembly, which is a VERY serious business.
We also focussed on using mathematical language to measure things, specifically animals, using the book ‘The Snail and the Whale’ and ‘The Enormous Turnip’ as a stimulus. It was fun making snails from playdough, which we then measured using interlocking bricks. It became quite competitive, I must say!
Staying with the theme of size and measurement, we did some dance and movement based on ‘The Enormous Turnip’ in the hall. I was impressed by the children’s expressive skills and their superb pair work.
And of course we headed up to the church on Wednesday for the Harvest service. It was a delight to be able to head out of school and into the town again, and to sing our favourite harvest songs in such a beautiful building. The Big Robins were brilliant, listening beautifully and singing enthusiastically. It made me very proud. I count myself very fortunate to be able to work with such a wonderful group of children.
This coming week I hope to start sending home some ‘proper’ reading books as well as the usual picture books to share. These will contain words which children can decode using the letter knowledge they have gained so far. Please remember that the most important thing is, still, to enjoy reading together. Children develop at such different rates and in different ways, and some will not be ready yet for this formal skill – but they will always benefit from love of books, and lots of great talk.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone, only one week to go until the holidays!
Lisa, Ed and all the EYFS team