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This half term we have been spending a lot of time practising our story telling skills. We have already enjoyed dressing up as our favourite characters for World Book Day and creating some fantastic story boxes. The children clearly spent a long time planning and creating their story boxes and have had the opportunity to share them in class and retell the story to their friends.

Over the coming weeks we are planning to use some fun resources to create familiar stories in class and to encourage the children to retell them using interesting language and  full sentences to explain what is happening. We introduce some interesting words to the children each week and hope they will be more confident using them in playful storytelling activities.

Please remember to share any videos or photographs of your children retelling some of their favourite stories at home. We would love to share the videos with the other children in class.

Mrs Neo
EYFS Phase Leader

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Half term already!

It has been a very busy half term in Reception. We spent the first part learning about Pokémon and superheroes; the children loved changing our reading area into a superhero village and role playing superheroes in class.

We used this topic for our Design and Technology project where all of the children were tasked with creating a trap to catch an evil villain! Reception had such wonderful ideas, of using nets, boxes and crates to catch their villain. Please do have a look at the video that will be shared after half-term, showing you all of the children’s D&T work.

Our next topic is going to be ‘transport’ where we will look at and learn about different types of transport including buses, boats, planes and trains. We have some exciting stories to share with the children, including ‘The Naughty Bus’ and ‘Whatever Next!’

If you take part in something exciting or use different types of transport during the half term, please remember to share them with us via Tapestry. We really look forward to seeing some of the fun activities you take part in, during the break.

Early Years Team

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Our reception children have been learning about dinosaurs this term. We have learnt about the different types of dinosaurs that existed, the land and environment they lived in and watched videos of erupting volcanoes. The children have learnt so much new vocabulary including: volcanoes, meteors, carnivores, herbivores as well as the names of the different dinosaurs.
To end our topic, we arranged for the children to take part in an exciting dinosaur workshop hosted by Dinogirl Kay. The children had a fantastic time learning about how big the dinosaurs were and what they ate. We took part in an experiment called ‘Smelly Belly’ where Dinogirl ‘re-created’ the belly of a herbivore dinosaur using leaves, rocks and water: it was very smelly indeed!
The children also took part in a fossil dig where they used small brushes to move sand away to reveal and discover different types of fossils. They even had the chance to hold different types of fossils including the egg of a dinosaur and dinosaur poop!
It has been a wonderful topic. Our reception children have impressed us with how much they have learnt and we really enjoyed finishing with such a fun day.
Mrs Neo
EYFS Leader

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Welcome back Reception!
Autumn has most definitely arrived, the children have already noticed the frosty mornings and the masses of autumnal leaves in our school. It has been lots of fun collecting them with our wheelbarrow, piling them up and running through them.
Our first week back was a busy one, full of lots of colour and celebrations. We began our week learning all about Diwali, reading the story and learning about how it is celebrated. The children have been mesmerised by videos of how to make Rangoli patterns and have spent a long time drawing them and creating their own using coloured sand, rice and beans. They have looked carefully at the details, colours and patterns and have created some wonderful designs. The children also created their own Diva lamps using clay which they will be bringing home. Fireworks have also been a feature of our lessons and we have had so much fun creating pictures using chalk, marbles, glitter and sand.
If you are taking part in celebrations over the coming weeks, please be sure to add photos and videos onto Tapestry. We would love to share them with your children and give them the opportunity to show their friends in class.
The EYFS Team

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Last week was really exciting in Reception. We have begun to learn about our new topic – Dinosaurs. The children spent last week transforming our classroom and watching videos of the volcanic eruption in Spain, to inspire us when creating our own volcanoes.

They have worked together to create a fantastic Dinosaur book corner, complete with different types of dinosaurs and volcanoes. The children spent a long time creating these, painting them and hanging them up. You can find endless dinosaur books in our book corner; stories, non-fiction and magazines. If you look closely, you will see the dinosaurs have slowly started to appear in other places too. Even the playdough and the writing areas haven’t been able to escape the dinosaurs!

Outside, the children have been trying to rescue dinosaurs that have been frozen in ice and have been building dinosaur worlds on the top of our little hill.

We have lots of exciting things planned to keep the children busy, inspired and interested during this topic and we hope that they enjoy it as much as we will.

EYFS Team

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Hello and welcome to all of our new children and families in Reception. It has been wonderful getting to know the children and learning about the things that they have been doing with their families during the summer holidays. The children have settled into their new school amazingly well – we are so proud of them!
We have been spending lots of time playing and learning in our outside area; the vegetables, the sand area and the bikes are already some of the favourite areas to explore.
So far, children have been practising writing their names and drawing pictures of their families. They have taken tours around the school and even had their first PE lessons with Miss Bliss. They have really enjoyed playing with the fire engines and creating their own with junk modelling. They have also been practising their counting with the songs 5 Little Ducks and 5 Current Buns.
The next few weeks will be spent learning a little about our similarities and our differences and familiarising ourselves with the Bowmansgreen school rules, ‘Be kind, Be safe and Be Respectful.’ This week we have been learning about Elmer and why it is so important to be kind.
If you would like some ideas of games and activities that you can do with your child at home, please refer to our school website under the Learning, Phonics and Curriculum tabs.
Mrs Neo

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We have reached the end of the school year and I am sure many of you are planning some exciting activities for the next 6 weeks.
Reception have had a fantastic year here at Bowmansgreen. They have worked tremendously hard during a school year that has been very unpredictable and we are all incredibly proud of them. We have spent this year creating wormeries, watching caterpillars turn into butterflies and have really enjoyed caring for baby ducks and the new school rabbits, which have had many cuddles from us all!

This week has been spent paddling in the tuff tray of water and playing with iced flowers to keep ourselves cool, as well as tasting the delicious peas the children helped to grow.  The children have spent some time reflecting on everything they have learnt and achieved this year and they have told us how happy they are, having learnt to ride bikes, read books and hunt minibeasts in our plants.

We would like to take a moment to say ‘thank you’ to you all, for your help and support this year and we hope that you enjoy the summer holidays. We are all very proud of everything the children have achieved and know that they will all go on to achieve so much more in Year 1.

Well done Reception!
Marina Neo
EYFS Lead

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We would like to start off by thanking families for the kind donations for our outside area. We have been able to create a mud kitchen which our children have loved using, to make mud pies and cakes. We have also created a brilliant small world area with our tyres, some plants and artificial grass. The children have really enjoyed using the tyres and the dinosaurs to make up stories. We are now in the process of designing a reading area, with the wonderful tree stumps that were donated.
We finished our topic of ‘Food’ by planting lots of vegetables and we are hoping that we will be able to try some produce, by the end of the year. So far they are growing well!
This half-term, our topic is ‘Let’s Pretend’ where we will be using our imagination to create stories and settings.
Some of the books we will be enjoying are ‘Not a Box,’ ‘Billy’s Bucket’ and ‘Blue Balloon.’ We are sure the children will come home with lots of interesting and imaginative versions that they have created at school, to share with you.
Thank you for all of your support.
The EYFS Team

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Dear parents and carers,

Some of you may have noticed that Reception is currently in the process of developing our outdoor mud kitchen, sand area and small world area.

We are really excited to make these spaces inviting and interesting areas for our children to learn and play in. We are therefore asking for some donations of items you may have at home and are no longer using, to help us to do this. We are looking for:

  • Potted flowers or herbs
  • Children’s magazines
  • Children’s comic books
  • Bark
  • Plastic jars
  • Soil
  • Offcuts of artificial grass
  • Tree stumps (for children to sit on)
  • Silicone cake cases
  • Clothes pegs
  • Clean builders’ buckets or flexible tubs

If you are able to kindly donate any of these items, please contact the school office.

Thank you all for your help and support.

EYFS Team

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We can’t quite believe it but Reception have been in school for a whole term! They have settled fantastically into school and have all worked tremendously hard in class. Well done Reception!
Our topic this term has been Festivals and our EYFS children have learnt about Diwali, Hanukkah and have finished the term learning about the Christmas Nativity. The children created Diva lamps, learnt about the Hanukkah candle and have enjoyed decorating our classroom, making decorations and creating their own Christmas cards during these last few weeks.
Reception have also been very busy in preparation for their Nativity. They have worked so hard to learn the songs, actions and all of their words ready to perform their show. All of the children performed beautifully this week. We hope you enjoy their show as much as we did.
Mrs Neo
EYFS Leader