Friday, 21 July 2017

Our final blog.
Thank you very much for your generous gifts. We hope you all have a wonderful Summer and we look forward to seeing you all again in September.
Mrs Robinson:)

Thursday, 13 July 2017

We seem to have done so much this week and the children are still coming up with new ideas to extend their learning. Usually at this time of the year the children become a little unsettled, as conversations have turned to them moving into reception. Preparing a 3-4 year old child for an event that is in September is like buying next years Christmas presents in the January sales, but still this ritual happens every year and we wonder why are children are confused and uneasy about moving. Well thankfully this wont happen this year as the transition is straightforward and as far as the children are concerned everything that is important to them will stay the same.  We have not had lots of discussion about reception but we have told the children that they will be having some new friends and that they will be the older children who can show the new children our lovely unit. If you have any concerns about this please speak to me before the end of term.
Next week will be our last week. Could I please ask that all library books are returned. I will be giving you your child’s learning journey to keep as Miss Jaeger has spent time looking at them and doesn’t need to keep them for a few weeks as in previous years. I have stuck in your child’s report at the back of the book.
School will finish at 2.00pm on Friday. It gets extremely busy on this day as the year 6 children parade out of school at the end of the day and lots of parents attend. It becomes very congested from about 1.45pm so you may want to consider your child’s pick up time in relation to this.
The photos this week are  all about the wedding and as you can see they really embraced it. Not all the children wanted to make costumes but they all wanted to eat cake!

Have a good weekend

Mrs RobinsonJ

Friday, 7 July 2017

I can't believe how the time has flown since we started in the new building. The transition into reception will happen naturally and the children will have the benefit of another year with us all. This will be a fantastic time for them as they consolidate all the learning from nursery in the same environment. It will also be good for the children to be the oldest and take some element of responsibility for showing the new children around.
Next week we are going to be having a wedding theme. This is because Miss Jaeger is getting married in August so we are going to  be creating our own version of a wedding. This will include making a cake, invitations, outfits, dances and we may even find a bride and groom. The children are very excited so if you have anything at home that you could contribute to this topic please bring it in on Monday.
On Wednesday we are having our big maths day which will be the same as our big draw day but with numbers. You should all have received a  letter which gives you a time slot to come in and enjoy numbers with your child. Unfortunately I will not be in on that day as my son is graduating from university.
On Thursday the children will be meeting the new nursery children and also the children who will be joining their class. This will be between 11.00am and 12.00pm
I hope you all have a good weekend.
Mrs Robinson:)

Friday, 30 June 2017

During child initiated play this week the children were talking about April's missing cat. They all decided to make posters  to help find it. Both nursery and reception children were engaged in this activity and were actively helping each other to write and display the posters. Some children decided it would be a good idea to post letters through doors. It was very sad for April but this was a really positive response to understanding other children's emotional needs.
We are very fortunate that transition will not be a problem as the children move into reception. The only difference for them will be which carpet they sit on. I have spoken to many parents explaining how the nursery children will take on some responsibilities when the new children arrive and this will be a positive experience and time for them to grow. Time is going very quickly and I cant believe we are nearly at the end of the year. The next few weeks will be very busy but we will keep you updated with what is going on.
Hope to see you at the fair this weekend.

Mrs Robinson:)

Friday, 23 June 2017

The foundation unit has been a hive of industry this week as we have been making shoes. This all started the previous Friday when a child mentioned she wanted to wear flip-flops. Before I could think I said no problem lets make some. Unfortunately I was not in work on Friday afternoon but they did not forget so first thing on Monday morning we set to work. I worked with Gracie using foam and tape. We worked together to make a pair of prototype flip flops. I then stepped back and within 5 minutes all the children were involved making their own shoes and designs. It was like the Elves and the Shoemaker or maybe Clarkes!
The amount of learning was fantastic as the children were working together, sharing resources, measuring feet, sharing space and supporting each others with problem solving. It was one of those Early Years moments that you would like to record for all to see as it was an exciting insight into the world of child initiated play, allowing the children to take the lead with the adults resourcing and extending their thinking.  It was also impossible to differentiate between nursery and reception children as they were all working at their own pace.
The following day I didn’t give them any extra resources so they used the resources that were readily available to them. The shoes were been made out of tissue, boxes and anything else they could find. This took the learning to a different level.
Getting back to our week we had Sports Day on Thursday which unfortunately I could not attend, but I hear the children had a good time and lots of fun was had.
Next week is parent consultations. I have put times up on the wall in the entrance to the unit so please check. If you have not returned your slip can you speak to me please.
Have a good weekend.

Mrs Robinson

Friday, 16 June 2017

Firstly I must apologise for last weeks blog as it had huge photographs on it for some reason. Its always easier to blame the computer than myself so I will try harder this week to get it right.
We are all very settled in the unit and it feels like we never left. The interaction between the children is fantastic and we have a wonderful mix of children who are engaged at appropriate stages in relation to their development. We have all been observing this and are providing resources to extend their play. I feel that the nursery children are benefiting from a larger group as this has allowed them to expand their friendships which in turn has helped them engage in different activities that they would not have accessed previously.
We have sent home library books this week so could you make sure they are returned no later than next Thursday when your child will be able to choose another book. If you can help to run our library then please speak to myself or Miss Jaeger.
Next week is going to be very busy. We have our induction evening for our existing parents and our new parents who will be joining us in September. We will also be having our annual sports day on Thursday. I have put some information about this on the door so please read it so that you have an idea of what is happening. You are all invited and we hope that the weather will be kind to us.
Have a good weekend.
Mrs Robinson:)

Friday, 9 June 2017

What an exciting week we have had in Foundation. The children have settled very well and have enjoyed opening boxes and exploring their new surroundings.  We have spent a lot of time discussing how we play and learn in the new unit and the children been involved in many decisions that we have made. We have been talking about holidays and travelling as we have an airport in the room. The children have made tickets and boarding passes and have been using their writing skills and phonics knowledge to help their friends travel to the right destinations. I think Mrs Horsewood got tickets to fly to Japan.

Next week we are going to continue with this theme and extend the children’s learning and experiences as they travel.

I have put together some information that may help you understand the benefits of combining Nursery and Reception classes together. I hope this will help but please speak to me if you have any concerns or questions as I will be happy to discuss this with you.

What are the benefits of working as a Foundation Unit?

Children can move through the Foundation Stage curriculum at their own pace with Reception children getting support, if needed, at an earlier level and Nursery age children progressing through to later stages, if they are ready. Continuity and progression are ensured.

The Unit further benefits children as they are in the same part of the school for a longer period of time. This makes the first few years of education a time of emotional security which builds confidence and reduces the disruption which may be caused by transition. Children have familiar routines and work with the same team of familiar adults. Staff will know children and families very well, making it easier to cater for their needs.

We believe our play based curriculum reflects the children’s interests and needs whilst developing positive attitudes toward learning.

A major benefit of working as a Unit is that children are able to work on adult lead activities that are appropriate for their stage of development. We can arrange groupings so that children learn what they need to learn, when they are ready to learn it. Nursery children may work alongside Reception children if is appropriate and vice versa. Groupings are more flexible to benefit the children’s individual needs and learning styles and staff can provide opportunities that are challenging and meet individual needs.


Learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Children will learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.

All children will be following the EYFS curriculum at a stage appropriate for their age and development.

Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating his/her understanding through seven areas of learning and development.

Children should mostly develop the three prime areas first. These are:

  • Communication and language
  •  Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development
    These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.
    As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in four specific areas. These are:
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  •  Expressive arts and design


These seven areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. The professionals teaching and supporting your child will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs. This is similar to a curriculum in primary and secondary schools, but it's suitable for very young children and it is designed to be really flexible so that staff can follow your child's unique needs and interests.

Have a good weekend

Mrs RobinsonJ