Friday 12th June 2020
Dear Early Years families,
Your teachers have been busy getting classrooms ready to welcome reception and nursery children back to school. It was lovely to see some reception children back in school to join their bubble.
We have had more birthdays in the team this week. Miss MacDonald had a lovely day opening presents, having a family happy birthday zoom chat and going on a bike ride in the rain. She also enjoyed eating lots of yummy cake that Chris made for her. It was delicious!
It was also Mrs Humphrey’s birthday. She had lots of visitors pop by for a socially distanced hello. Her husband Dan and her children made this lovely cake for her.
It was Miss Brown’s grandma’s birthday this week. They had a birthday call on zoom to wish her a happy birthday. Have you used zoom to keep in touch with anyone during lock down?
Have you been on a rainy walk this week? Look who Miss MacDonald bumped into during one of her walks with Chris.
He had terrible tusks and terrible claws and terrible teeth in his terrible jaws. He had knobbly knees and turned-out toes and a poisonous wart at the end of his nose. His eyes were orange, his tongue was black, he had purple prickles all over his back. Can you guess who it was?
Mr and Mrs Bullock are settling into life as a family of three. Here is a little message from her…
“Hi everyone it’s Mrs Bullock here! I hope you are all ok. I miss you all very much and can’t wait until we are together again. Stanley can’t wait to meet you all. He loves listening to stories and I’ve told him that one day the children in reception would love to read to him too! He can’t wait! Sending big hugs to you all and we will see you soon” xxx
The Early Years Team
Please remember to come to school between 10 o’clock and 1 o’clock to collect the weekly learning packs for your children. The learning packs include a selection of activities to support your children at home. Here are some other activities that you can try.
Miss Brown recommends…
This week Miss Brown and her girls made butter. They put cream in a jar and gave it a good shake for 10-15 minutes. That would be good exercise! Then they used a sieve to get rid of the liquid. Wow! What a great way to make butter!
I love a slice of toast and butter in the morning. Why don’t you give this recipe a try!
Mrs Ahmed recommends…
Mrs Ahmed and Huzaifa love messy play. Here is Huzaifa using different objects to paint a picture. This is not normal paint though. It’s edible paint! Yes that’s right, edible paint! Mrs Ahmed used yogurt and food colouring to make different colours and then Huzaifa had fun getting messy.
Follow the link to find the recipe – https://mericherry.com/2014/06/08/make-yogurt-paint-babies-toddlers/
Miss Jenny recommends….
Miss Jenny enjoys using her imagination to create stories, role play and games. “Find a stick and pretend it’s something else” she says. You could use these ideas or think of your own. We love sharing the story ‘Stick Man’ together in school. Why not listen to the story ‘Stick Man’ read by the author Julia Donaldson. Can you count how many different things Stick Man is used for in the story?
Follow the link to watch and listen - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3lCfKhsOsY
Miss MacDonald recommends…
I have loved finding different ways to keep fit during lock down. I have enjoyed going on walks, bike rides and using online exercise videos. You all know I love a good dance and I’ve been missing our Friday dances together. Why not do a Friday dance with your family? Try out some of the dances on Oti’s Boogie Beebies for a quick 5 minute workout. I love the sea creature episode.
Follow this link or search on BBC iPlayer - https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/m000jsds/otis-boogie-beebies
Here are some other activities for you to try...
It is important that you are reading with your children every day. You can share stories throughout the day but a bedtime story is always a perfect way to prepare children for bed. If you are finding bedtime tricky, build a bedtime routine into your day. After their bath or shower sit down together and share a story. It’s a lovely way to spend time together and build a calm and relaxing environment. World Book Day have created an area on their website called The Big Little Book Corner where you can access lots of classic stories read out loud.
Follow this link to access - https://www.worldbookday.com/big-little-book-corner/
We have been in lock down for a long time now and you may be struggling to think of different activities to do at home, especially with the weather at the moment stopping us from being able to spend lots of time outdoors. Hungry Little Minds is an excellent website that provides useful ideas, videos and apps with things you can try out with your children. It is broken down into age groups so you may find it useful if you have younger children at home.
Follow this link to access - https://hungrylittleminds.campaign.gov.uk/#3
Sometimes a big squishy hug is all you need so here is one from all your teachers. Please remember we are here if you need any help with your child’s learning at home. You can contact me on my email firstname.lastname@example.org. We love seeing what you have been doing at home so feel free to send me any photographs you have.
Miss MacDonald and The Early Years Team