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EYFS Weekly Newsletter 03.04.2020

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To Our Wonderful Early Years Children, Parents and Carers...


We know this is a strange time for everyone, and everything is very different but please do not worry. Everyone is working hard to look after each other and keep us all safe and happy. Please stay at home and stay safe. We know that you will keep being the superstars that you all are!


You make us all proud every day and we are missing you lots. This is not goodbye, it is simply ‘see you soon!’

We cannot wait to hear all about the amazing things that you have been up to when we are back at school.


Miss MacDonald and Miss Greene

Miss Noon and Mrs Malooq

Mrs Bullock and Miss Brown






Hi everyone!

We are going to do an update to share with you on the school website every week. It will let you know what all your teachers are doing and will give you some ideas that we would like you to do at home. It’s great for us to keep in touch!

Early Years Foundation Stage team update

We have all been very busy this week staying at home and staying safe.                               We are very lucky that the weather has been so good so lots of us have spent time in our gardens.

Miss MacDonald planted a wild flower meadow in her garden. Let’s hope the birds don’t nibble all the seeds. Mrs Bullock has been busy getting the nursery ready for when baby arrives. We can’t wait to meet them soon! Miss Noon has been watching lots of Disney movies and now knows all of the avengers! Look at this jigsaw she completed. I wonder how long it took her to finish!

Teachers are at home looking after their own children and helping them learn in lots of different ways. Mrs Humphrey and her children have been comparing finger prints. They used talcum powder to plant finger prints around their house and then had a closer look using magnifying glasses. They are also having a fitness competition where they time each other to see who is the fastest.


Mrs Pearson has being doing lots of crafts using cardboard boxes with her children. Look at the den they made.                                     They also made pasta together for tea. Sounds yummy!


The most exciting news is that Miss Olivia Grattidge got engaged. Her partner gave her this beautiful ring. Congratulations Miss Grattidge!


Have a look below at some more ideas to help you with your learning at home as recommended by your teachers.


Miss Jenny recommends…

Cosmic Kids Yoga is a great way to help your children exercise and relax. The teacher Jamie supports the children in becoming stronger, calmer and wiser by making yoga and mindfulness fun for kids. There are lots of videos that teach yoga through stories and characters that children love and connect with – see the link below for lots of free videos


Miss Baker recommends…

It’s really important to spend time playing with your children. Play is a vital skill which will support children’s development. Miss Baker has found an app which provides you with lots of different activities which you can play at home. You click to register and then it will send you a link to your phone. You can then access lots of clips of families playing as well as fun ideas to try out – use the link below to register for free


Miss MacDonald recommends…

It’s important to keep active even though we are all at home. We all love dancing in Early Years. Oti Mabuse from Strictly Come Dancing does live dance classes every morning on Facebook, YouTube or Instagram at 11.30am but uploads them onto YouTube so you can access at all times. Last week’s dances were Disney themed. I really enjoyed the jungle book!  This week the theme is musicals - see the links below. - Mary Poppins – Aladdin - Jungle book - Shrek – Trolls

            Mrs Bullock recommends…

Practising your counting with songs and games. Mrs Bullock loves singing with Jack Hartman to help her with counting. You can practise counting and exercising at the same time! – use YouTube to find Jack Hartmann Kids Music Channel which has lots of free videos.


Miss Noon recommends…

Practising your writing at home using online pictures. Miss Noon says this website has lots of interesting pictures. She is right. There are some fantastic pictures on here! Look at the picture and talk about what you can see. Can you try writing some sentences about what you can see?  Here is an example of my sentence about the animal town picture –  - The bear is on the yellow bus.

Type in to google Pobble 365  - and you can flick through lots of pictures to talk and wrote about.

Play dough Recipe:

You will need

  • 8 tbsp plain flour
  • 2 tbsp table salt
  • 60ml warm water
  • food colouring
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil 


1. Mix the flour and salt in a large bowl. In a separate bowl mix together the water, a few drops of food colouring and the oil.

2. Pour the coloured water into the flour mix and bring together with a spoon.

3. Dust a work surface with a little flour and turn out the dough. Knead together for a few minutes to form a smooth, pliable dough. If you want a more intense colour you can work in a few extra drops of food colouring.

4. Store in a plastic sandwich bag (squeeze out the air) in the fridge to keep it fresh

Here is a list of activities you can do every day….

Make your own play dough following the recipe

Practice writing letters or numbers by tracing them in sand, flour, shaving foam or salt.

Make your own lunch today. Write a list of the ingredients you used.

Do yoga following a routing from YouTube. Search ‘Cosmic kids yoga’

Help mummy or daddy fold the washing. Sort the clothes into colour group.

Go on a nature hunt around your garden. Count how many objects you find.

Prepare a fruit salad. Chop up a banana. How many slices have you got?

Watch a CBeebies ‘Bedtime story’

Tidy your bedroom and make your bed.

How many birds can you spot in the garden? Keep a tally for the day.

Observe the weather today. Write a sentence or draw a picture.

Log what time the sun sets every day.

Help wash up the pots and pans.

Set the table for dinner, count the amount of knives and forks you need.

Practice tying your laces and zipping up your coats.

Draw or paint a picture of your family. Include your pets.

Make an obstacle course in your living room or outside.

Use your recycling materials to make a junk model of an animal.

Run 5 laps around your garden.

Dance and sing to your favourite song.


We know that supporting your children at home can cause worry and stress. Remember that you are not expected to know how to teach your children the way teachers would in school.

Use the resources and websites that we are recommending, keep reading with your children every day and spend time playing together and having fun. Use this time to teach your children everyday life skills such as cooking, keeping fit and the importance of talking to each other. We are always here to help. Remember what an amazing job you are doing!

Have a fun week everyone!

Take care, stay safe and stay at home,


Miss MacDonald and the Early Years team