Welcome to our Early Years Unit
Welcome back to all of our children and families for the last term of the year. This year has gone so fast and the children have come on leaps and bounds. We have one more term to develop our skills and embed our learning and it will be amazing to have some sunshine to do this in!
This half-term we are learning all about farms. We will be investigating the animals that live on farms and then what grows on a farm. We are organising a trip to a farm for the end of half-term and will also be running our own market on the last week before we break up for half-term.
Our story focus for Talk4writing is Come On, Daisy! By Jane Simmons and we will be creating actions to retell the story and then write our own.
Reception children will be having PE on a Thursday with Chris from The Albion Foundation and Nursery children will be visiting the field every Friday morning.
Easter Bonnet Stay and Play Morning
Wednesday 28th March
We have had an amazing morning with our families. We all loved creating our Easter Bonnets ready for the parade on Thursday. The children were very creative and are all very proud of their bonnets. Well done and thank you all for your support.
Tuesday 27th March
We had a lovely Easter Service today at St. Matthias Church. The children told the story of Easter and reminded all of us why we have Easter every year. The Early Years children have been thinking about Easter in class and they were very good at remembering "Jesus and his disciples", "Jesus died on the cross" and "we remember Jesus coming back to life".
Well done to all of the children for working so hard this year and especially G for earning the St. Matthias Mathematics award for the Spring Term.
Friday 16th March
Our youngest children are great independent investigators. We have been learning all about Spring during our focused learning and the children have been showing their in depth knowledge by discussing what they have learnt when exploring outside and in the field.
"Our flowers need water to grow. They drink it."
"How do flowers eat?"
"Oh no, it's not sunny. Are the flowers going to stop growing?"
"We're working together to find some bugs."
We are such a creative and imaginative class. The children have all loved dressing up and taking up the roles of different characters when engaged in child initiated learning. I loved seeing the children talk about how they could keep safe from Sully and L saying that "a princess can play football too."
Patterns and Missing Numbers
This half-term we are investigating number and patterns and we are amazed at how well the children are already doing. They have loved creating repeating patterns and ALL of the children could identify the missing number on their number line. Keep up the hard work!
World Book Day
Thursday 8th March
The children have loved sharing their favourite stories this afternoon. I loved all of your costumes and thank you to all of our families who put in so much effort. I have loved reading your stories all day and it was lovely to see the Reception children share their stories with the Year 3 children in the afternoon. We also had a special treat when Daddy Bear turned up to tell the children all about a very mischievous girl called Goldilocks who did some very cheeky things. The children loved listening to Daddy Bear telling his tale.
We are very proud of our children and how well they are doing with their reading and writing. Please remember to keep reading with your child and going through their phonics books with them regularly. Here are a few pictures of the amazing work that the children are doing in class. Have a look at the link below to see how we learn our letters and sounds.
Spring and Easter
Welcome back to school for the 2nd half term of Spring. This half term we are learning all about Spring; plants and animals. We will be finding out how plants grow and learning about what baby animals are usually born. The children will also be talking about and investigating the life cycle of a butterfly (The Very Hungry Caterpillar) and a chick.
Thursday 1st March
St David's Day
Happy St David's Day from everyone in the Early Years. We have been learning all about the Patron Saint of Wales and have made cards, flags, daffodils and scrumptious Welsh cakes in the Early Years. The children found out that David was a very important person who told people stories all about Jesus. People in Wales and those of Welsh origin celebrate the life of their patron saint, St David, and the Welsh culture on March 1 each year. Many people pin a daffodil or leek to their clothes and some, especially children, wear traditional costumes.
Baggie Bird Fundraiser
Friday 16th February
We have been very excited today to have Baggie Bird from West Bromwich Albion Football Club visit us and help us to raise money for our school playground. The children have been thinking about what we would like and they have all asked for more climbing frames They all cheered for each other when taking the penalties and we were most impressed with the shooting. England should take top tips from our children ready for the World Cup!!
Chinese New Year
Friday 16th February
The Early Years have loved learning about Chinese New Year and found it very interesting that every year had an animal to represent it. This year is the Year of the Dog and we enjoyed making dog masks. We also developed our fine motor skills using tweezers in red rice, pasta and pom poms, made Chinese lanterns and created our own art work using gold and red resources. Happy Chinese New Year to you all.
Wednesday 14th February
Today we have been finding out all about Valentine's Day and why we celebrate this day. We have listened to an old story that said that Valentine was a priest who had been banned from marrying people. However, he continued to marry people and was sent to prison!! Here he made a friend with a guard's daughter and signed his letters to her 'From you Valentine'. We aren't sure whether this story is factual or not but we did enjoy talking about it
We then made cards for our loved ones, created some fantastic pieces of art and our own paper roses to take home.
Tuesday 13th February
The long build up to Easter is called Lent. The day before Lent begins is called Shrove Tuesday. 'Shrove' means being forgiven for wrong-doings. It happens on a different date each year depending on when Easter is. This year Shrove Tuesday was on 13th February.
Another name for Shrove Tuesday is Pancake Day. Long ago this was a day for feasting and having a good time. People went to church to confess the bad things they had done and would be 'shriven' or forgiven before the start of Lent. As rich foods such as eggs were forbidden during Lent, one way of using them up would be to make pancakes.
Many people make pancakes on Shrove Tuesday and this is what we have been doing today in The Early Years. We had lots of fun adding flour, milk and eggs and whisking it together to make our batter. Mrs Taylor then fried them and then we ate them!!! We have also had lots of fun ordering numbered pancakes from 1-10 and investigating messy flour and water!
Tuesday 13th February
Reception Class and Year 1 listened attentively to Mrs PJ today when she was talking to us about keeping safe when walking by a road. We learnt that we need to 'Stop, Look and Listen' and that we always need to stay on the 'safeside'. Well done to all of the children for listening and behaving so well.
Staying Safe Police Visit
Tuesday 6th February
This afternoon we were very excited to welcome 3 members of the local police team into our class to teach us how to stay safe online and when we are out shopping. The children loved listening to what the police had to say and produced some amazing answers that showed everyone how safe they are being already. I must say that the highlight for the children was being able to dress up at the end of the afternoon and pretend to be police officers. Lots of the children have now decided on their choice of career!!!
Mental Health and Wellbeing Week
w/c 5th February
We have had a lovely week in The Early Years learning all about our feelings and how to express our emotions. We discussed what made us happy and sad, painted portraits of our friends, had our hands and feet painted and enjoyed using scented hand lotion on our hands. The children have had a lovely week and we are so proud of them all and how they can talk about their feelings.
EYFS Gruffalo trip to Queenswood
Thursday 1st February
Our Early Years children (and staff!) loved their trip to Queenswood Gruffalo Trail. We loved finding all of the characters from one of our favourite woodland tales and it was a lovely way to celebrate our Woodland Tales Topic. The children also loved exploring all of the nature that surrounded them and had a fantastic time on the amazing play area that included a superb wood kitchen made out of a tree trunk!
Wednesday 31st January
The Early Years have been learning all about Christingle and what it means to Christians, ready for our service. We talked about the different parts of the Christingle and what they all represented. The children continue to amaze us with their oracy skills. We then rehearsed on Monday at St Matthias Church ready for an amazing service on Wednesday. Well done to all of the Early Years for creating a beautiful value candle on 'Love'. We drew a picture and wrote down the name of someone we love on a heart and then stuck it on our candle. M and P spoke in the church with confidence and S was very sensible whilst holding our class Christingle. All of the other children loved singing and waving their glowsticks in the air!!!
Tuesday 23rd January
Reception children have had a lovely afternoon listening to stories with Amanda from Malvern Library. They loved the story of The Bumblebear and thought that Norman was very cheeky!! All of the children were very excited about taking their book packs home
Little Red Riding Hood
We have loved exploring the story of Little Red Riding Hood in the Early Years. The children have found out how there are lots of different versions of the story and we have made our own story maps. We loved engaging in messy 'red' play and lots of the children produced amazing productions in our puppet theatre. The children made constructed Grandma's cottage using the large blocks outside and with the junk modelling. Keep up all of the hard work Early Years!
We're Going on a Bear Hunt
We have been very busy in the Early Years learning all about one of Mr Salmon's favourite stories, We're Going on a Bear Hunt. The children have loved listening to the story, creating their own story maps and being artistic in the creative area. We have had great fun going on our own bear hunts and I have loved seeing all of the nursery and reception children exploring their learning areas and adding to their learning.
Friday 5th January
This term Reception children are using the large PE apparatus in the school hall. We will be building our confidence in using the apparatus and in turn this will develop our skills in climbing, jumping and balancing. Keep checking to see how well we are doing.
After half-term Reception children will have Exploratots with Worcestershire Cricket Club. This is a story telling initiative delivered through the medium of cricket and ball skills.
The Nursery children have got Chris from The Albion Foundation delivering their PE lessons this term alongside our team. They had an amazing first session and Chris can't wait to come back next week!
We would like to take this opportunity to welcome you all back for the Spring Term and we hope that you all had a lovely Christmas.
This term is going to be action packed with learning. We are going to focus on Woodland Tales and will be going on a trip in February to a woods to help us with our learning. We will be learning all about number and will be investigating 1 more and 1 less.
Well done to all of the children in our Early Years Unit who performed amazingly for their family members. They retold the story of Christmas with passion and a smile on their face. Thank you to everyone who turned up to support the children and we wish you all a very merry Christmas.
St. Andrew's Day
Thursday 30th November
Early Years have been learning all about St. Andrew's Day today. We found out why Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland and found Scotland on a map. We made shortbread, created tartan patterns using vehicles and created our own Scottish collage flags.
Tuesday 14th November 2017
Today we welcomed Jen, our Malvern School Nurse into our Reception Class. The children were very excited to have a visitor and listened beautifully to what she had to say about germs and washing our hands. We then sang happy birthday to her 2 rabbits as it was their birthday. This is the song that we need to sing twice when washing all the germs off our hands! Every child then got to put their hands under a special light that showed off the germs before we washed them. We then checked them again and we are pleased to say that our hands were nice and clean
This week we are learning all about Elmer the Elephant and his adventures with his friends and cousin, Wilbur.
Elmer is helping the children in the Early Years learn about our new sound 'e' as well as exploring colours. We are having lots of fun designing our own Elmer using the coloured multilink, developing our fine motor skills by using tweezers to pick up coloured pom poms, creating Elmer collages in the creative area and developing our pencil control by colouring in Elmer colouring pictures.
Early Years have been learning all about Remembrance Day at school. We have found out why we wear poppies and have listened to and thought about Flanders Field. We then chose to make our own poppies using collage resources, paint and junk modelling. Our children were very reflective and said "We wear poppies to remember people in the war" and " the picture looks like the man is looking at the cross like Jesus". What do you think about when you see the following picture?
Tuesday 17th October
Today we had great fun making a scarecrow to take to our Harvest Festival at St. Matthias Church. Our children were very brave taking up the apples and pears that we collected yesterday on our trip to the farm. Also, an amazing well done to Elsie and Lily who stood up in front of the whole school to sing and show the actions to 'Dingle Dangle Scarecrow'.
Monday 16th October
Class Trip to Clive's Fruit Farm
Reception children have had an amazing day out at Clive's Fruit Farm today where we collected lots of ginormous pears and apples for our Harvest Festival.
The children were all very excited to come into school ready for their first ever school trip and loved being "really high" in the coach. We had some snack when we got to the farm and then searched for the 'biggest', 'heaviest' and 'funniest' apples and pears that we could find. After this big job we went and had our lunch together before exploring the park...Max even shared his pastry from his sausage roll with a hen! We were then given lots of old apples and pears to feed the pigs and hens and it was "amazing" to see the pigs getting very excited. Finally, we went on a lovely walk in the woods and loved hunting for the Gruffalo and Trolls under the bridge before we dragged our tired bodies onto the coach for the journey home.
It was a privilege to be out of school with the children as they had such a lovely, fun-filled day whilst behaving impeccably.
Well done and thank you!
Thursday 12th October
'Our Senses' Stay and Play
We had a great morning with our families in the Early Years Unit. It was amazing to see the children share their learning with so many family members and we had so much fun. It was great to see the children taste so many different foods, even olives! We also had fun painting with smelly paint, smelling pots, balancing with a blindfold, making playdough, enjoying spaghetti play and lots more.
Thank you for all of your support, your children really appreciate it
W/C 9th October 2017
Keeping Fit and Healthy
This week was Science Week at St. Matthias CE Primary School and we have been learning about staying healthy. We have learnt all about healthy eating, exercise, looking after our teeth and being happy. The children really enjoyed seeing how germs travel by investigating what happens when you have glitter on your hands. We also voted for our favourite fruit in the Early Years and we all made a tasty smoothie. There were lots of different activities going on so please make sure you ask your child what they have been learning about.
PE in the Early Years
We love to learn all about movement and balance in PE. This term we have been lucky enough to have specialists from The Albion Foundation support us and one of our favourite activities was moving like a rabbit and frog.
Wednesday 4th October
No Pens Day!
Today is a national 'No Pens Day' and our Early Years children have joined in with the challenge. We have focused our day on The Little Red Hen and have loved retelling the story using Talk4Writing skills. We have developed our oracy skills by telling the story and by having more time for the children to talk to each other. The children have loved playing with the wheat, mastering their fine motor skills whilst searching for barley in the sand and being creative to make their own picture of a red hen. Well done to all involved!
Our new Early Years Unit is open and it is a pleasure to be the manager of this exciting venture. We have an amazing group of staff who are all very qualified as well as having years of experience in the Early Years.
The children have really loved accessing all of the activities, resources and space that our new unit supplies and we have already noticed how much their learning and independence is coming on. We have set learning times in our Nursery and Reception class and then free-flow learning opportunities in the morning and afternoon for an hour. During the free-flow times staff members will have set tasks to do with the children that will be aimed appropriately at every individual child. Due to this, every children will be encouraged to fulfill their potential.
Please talk to a member of staff if you have any questions and I am always free to talk to you
Dates for your diary
Monday 25th September – School photographer in
W/C Monday 9th October - School Science Week
Thursday 12th October – Early Years ‘My Senses’ Stay and Play. Please stay with us when you bring your child in
Monday 16th October – Reception Class trip to Clive’s Fruit Farm for Harvest collection
Tuesday 17th October 1.30pm – Harvest Festival at St. Matthias Church
Tuesday 17th and Thursday 19th October – Parents Evening
Friday 20th October – School closes for half term
A very warm welcome back to all of our Early Years families; we hope you have had an amazing and relaxing summer together and have returned raring to go in our new Early Years setting.
Here are a few notes for your information:
Reading - book change is available on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Please ensure that your child brings their book folder in every day so that they can read in school and to bring home important letters.
Your child will soon be bringing home a phonics book that will have our daily sounds that we are learning in them. Please work through this book with your child every night and bring it into school everyday to be marked and updated.
PE Kits - need to be in school every day as our PE days can change at any time. Please ensure all kit is named, including pumps, and that you check pumps for size regularly. We will send PE kits home at the end of each half term.
This half-term the Reception children will be having PE on a Thursday with the Albion Foundation Coach.