Friday, 19 January 2018

Fur and Feathers!

Early Years had a visit from the wonderful Vauxhall City Farm on Wednesday. We learned all about rabbits, ferrets and ducks and were able to stroke the animals as they hopped and waddled around the classroom.

Did you know that ferrets love to eat rabbits and can kill and eat an animal 5 times its own size? We didn't and were surprised to hear about the strength of these little creatures.

 'I liked the rabbit best because he was so soft. His name was Tim.'
Reception child, Firefly class

'My favourite was the ferret because ferrets can eat rabbits and go down holes!'

Reception child, Butterfly class

Rosie, the handler was careful to keep Tim the rabbit away from Flipper the ferret!

Wednesday, 29 November 2017


'If you want Santa to come - you
have to go to sleep!'

This week and last, our Reception children and many of their parents have been visiting the Unicorn Theatre to see the fabulous production - Boing! - which tells the story, through dance, of two boys who are so excited about Santa's visit that they can't get to sleep.

The children loved the magical performance and they also enjoyed the walk from the bus, past the Shard, HMS Belfast and City Hall. We even had time to climb up on top of Tower Bridge for some brilliant river views.

The fun continues this week with theatre workshops at Hill Mead for children and their parents. While, in class, we have been doing lots of Boing-related activities, including maths with teddies bouncing on beds!

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Diggersaur Design

Drawing Inspiration
Our new Early Years class text - Diggersaurs by Michael Whaite - has inspired some brilliant creative work this week. The children are loving the story about the characters who are both dinosaurs and digging machines. 

The children have been building diggers and dinosaurs from blocks, meccano, lego and junk modelling. They have been writing letters to the Diggersaurs and writing their own dinosaur names. Here we can see some of them busy at work, designing their own diggersaur characters with their own unique functions.

'Mine has spikes with wings so it can fly'
'Mine has a giant roller to flatten the ground.'
Children from Butterfly class.

Next week we will be carrying on with our Diggersaurs topic so watch this space for more monster machines.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Allot of fun!

This week the reception children have been visiting our fabulous Hill Mead allotment. With Autumn in full swing we have been finding ripening pumpkins, apples, sweetcorn, herbs and vegetables to pick. 

The children have made natural crowns and have been hunting mini beasts from frogs and snails to spiders and beetles.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Our Class Snails

We are all so interested in the outside world in the EYFS.
We have a glass tank in class, in which the children are putting snails they have found. 
There is so much to talk about, especially when the snails decide to have a race!

Our Portrait Project

There is a lot of excitement about the special things that children have brought into the EYFS. 
They have been talking about why these things are special, and are very interested in each other's.
We have taken a photo of each child with their special thing, and the children will be creating their own portraits soon. 

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

School reading books start on Thursday

This Thursday you can select a reading book to take home and share with your child. 

You can bring it back and change it on Mondays and Thursdays. Don't forget to sign it out and sign it in - just like a library. 

Happy reading!