EYFS Learning Updates

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Term 6

We are very excited this term as we will be learning all about farms and farm animals. Our question of discovery is 'who lives on a farm and why are they special?' We have been thinking about what we already know, what we would like to learn and we are preparing for our trip to Godstone Farm. 

Week 1 and 2

Godstone Farm

We had so much fun on our trip to Godstone Farm! We met lots of different animals, fed them, learnt facts about them and had a go at doing important farmer jobs! 

Week 3 and 4

We absolutely love building using construction resources so this week we decided to challenge ourselves by using Knex! We follows the instructions to help us. 

Term 5

Welcome back everyone! We hope you had a great half term break, thank you to all the children who sent us lots of lovely home learning over the holidays. 

When we came back to school we were very shocked to see that a alien spaceship had crash landed in our outside area!

We were so excited that we decided to make our 'Question of Discovery' all about space! So our question is, 'why does it change from light to dark every day?'

Here are some of the activities we have been up to! We can't wait to learn more about our solar system.

Week 2 and 3

We have loved learning to retell the story 'Beegu', we decided to make our own clay Beegu's!

In Maths we have been learning all about 2D shapes and we made shape art inspired by Kadinsky. We also used a light box to make transparent 2D art.

We have loved learning all about what it is like to be an astronaut so we decided to make our own junk modelling rockets! Here are some pictures of our learning:

 

This week we decided to extend our construction skills by learning wood work! This week we learn safety and how to hold and use a saw.

Week 4 and 5

Soon it will be the Queen's Jubilee celebrations, so we have been learning all about the Queen Elizabeth. We have looked at pictures of her across the years that she has been Queen, we have learnt about where she lives and all the famous London Landmarks. We have been using our love for construction to build amazing castles which we think the Queen would love to live in! We have made exciting crowns using our pattern making skills and we can't wait to wear them for the celebration day. We have also loved looking at different flags and learning about The Union Jack flag.

Term 4

Week 1 and 2

Welcome back to Term 4! Our Question of Discovery for this term is 'what is a fairytale and how do we become story tellers?'

This week we were very excited because when we came back to school we had some visitors! It was 'The Three Little Pigs'! We couldn't believe it. They built a house using our construction resources. We were so excited we have been learning to retell their story. 

We had pancakes for Pancake Day! They were so yummy! We learnt about how to make them and which ingredients we needed.

Week 3 and 4

This week we celebrated our own 'Maths Day', we took part in lots of fun activities linked to Maths. We love using our Math skills to explore and learn about the world. 

Week 5/6

This week it was 'Science Week', we had so much fun learning about growth, seasonal changes and doing a daily experiment! We are very lucky to have our very own tadpoles, so we have also been learning about life cycles. We love being Scientists! 

This week we have been learning all about the story of 'Easter'. We have learnt all about the special celebrations that happen and had lots of fun Easter themed activities!

Happy Easter Everyone!

Term 3

Week 1 and 2

Welcome back and Happy New Year!

Our question of discovery this term is, "Who are people that help us and what do they do?" The children are very excited about this topic and they have thought of lots of amazing questions we are going to answer on our learning journey. We have also been amazed at all of the knowledge and facts the children know already about our community. 

We have had so much fun on our first week back, we have been learning about the season Winter and we have been learning how to use hammers to smash the ice! We have also learnt how to use watercolours and used them to make our own painting of our favourite person who helps us, some of us what to have this job when we grow up! 

We have been learning how to build with the wooden blocks, we have learnt skills such as, stacking and balancing. In Maths we learnt about positional language and we having been using the words we have learnt to describe parts of our models. 

In Week 2 we have started our journey of discovery by learning about the job of a Dentist. This taught us lots about how to take care of our teeth and why it is so important. Did you know children have 20 teeth but adults can have 32!

Week 3 and 4

This week we have continued our learning journey by learning about medical staff such as doctors, nurses and paramedics. We have learnt about instruments they use to help people feel better when they are poorly and we have spoken about how important and special these jobs are! We have also been learning all about our bodies and our senses. At The Discovery School one of our values is kindness so we know and love looking after one another, especially when we are feeling poorly!

You will never believe what happened in EYFS this week! The Evil Pea attacked our home corners, he drew on our fruit and vegetables and trapped them in different ways! We wrote down all the evidence we could see to try and catch him and if we learn to retell the story 'Supertato' hopefully he will come and help us! It was lucky that we are learning about Police Officers this week as hopefully this will teach us how to catch him.

We used vegetables to make our own super veggies! We also cut vegetables up and used them to print with paint. We made lots of exciting patterns! 

Week 5 and 6

This week it is Chinese New Year so we have been celebrating and learning all about the Chinese Zodiac! We have loved learning about the animals, especially tigers because it's the year of the tiger! We have been looking at China and discovering lots of things about their culture. We tried lots of yummy Chinese food and took part in a Chinese New Year workshop. We got to wear a real lion costume and dance with ribbons!

Term 2

Week 1 and 2 - 'What are celebrations and why are they special?'

This term our question of discovery is 'what are celebrations and why are they special?' Through this we will be learning about lots of exciting celebrations and why they are special! 

We have been very busy in week 1 and 2 learning about Halloween, Bonfire night, Diwali and Remembrance Day! Here is some of our learning:

We made beautiful Diva lamps with clay, to celebrate Diwali. We were very patient and waited for them to dry before we decorated them with paint and glitter! We hope you enjoy using them at home.

Week 3 and 4

In week 3 and 4 we have been very busy learning all about the story of Christmas! This is helping us with our performance of 'The Nativity'. We have learnt to retell the story using actions and sequence the story using pictures. We have done lots of fun activities linked to the story. We have also been learning how to use Tales Toolkit to make up our own stories! It was also 'Kindness Week' and 'Children in Need' so we listened to lots of stories about kindness and learnt how we can be kind. Here are some pictures of our learning:

Week 5 and 6

The children have been learning all about different charities over the last few weeks so as a year group they voted to give money to children who are in need. The children chose to buy blankets for children, to keep them warm over the Winter months. We are so proud of how caring and kind the children have become and some of them even said they would like to give some of their old toys to others! Well done Reception!

This week we took our letters for Santa and posted them! After we got to have a yummy babyccino in Costa! We made our roleplay house into our own Costa because we loved acting out stories related to this.

Also this week the gingerbread man came to visit our classroom! We were so excited so we have been learning to retell the story.

Week 7

This week we have been having so much fun doing lots of amazing Christmas activities!

We have learnt about 2D shapes and made our own 2D shape snowmen!

Here are some of the things we have been up to: 

We have also been making yummy gingerbread biscuits! We measured out the ingredients and followed a recipe to make them, they were delicious! We loved picking our own design. 

Merry Christmas everyone! Have a wonderful break.

 Term 1

Week 1/2/3 - slow transition weeks

EYFS have had a very busy start to their new adventure of starting school! The children have been so brave and are now walking in all by themselves! The children have been learning how to use their new inside and outside learning environment and they have been very good at learning how to share. Across our first two weeks we have had lots of fun getting to know each other and playing lots of exciting name games. The children have also made up their own class rules to follow so everyone knows how to make the right choices. Here are some pictures of us having fun in our new school:

Week 4 - 'Why is it good to be me?'

Week 4 was our first full week at school! We worked very hard! We have started to go on a journey to find out the answer to our question of discovery which is 'why is it good to be me?' We thought we would begin by learning about our feelings. We have been doing this through the story, 'The Colour Monster' and he has been teaching us about different feelings through colours and how we can tell each other how we are feeling. We have also been using our feelings stones every day to tell everyone how we are feeling and why. We have been doing lots of fun and exciting activities linked to this story and emotions:

This week we have also been learning about the Write Dance village! We found a special parcel with a letter in telling us all about the Write Dance people! Each week we are going to learn a different story and each story has a special song. Week 3 our story was about a volcano and week 4 was about the Write Dance people walking through valleys and forests and meeting exciting animals called Kronglidongs!

We have been doing lots of exciting activities linked to these stories and thinking about how the songs make us feel. Here are some of the activities we have been up to:

In Phonics we have been learning how to listen to sounds! We loved playing sound bingo, it was so much fun!

Show and Tell Shoeboxes

To learn more about each other we have been sharing our 'All About Me' shoeboxes which we made at home over the summer. We have been learning how to talk in front of the class and ask questions. We have loved learning about things others like and their families. We have discovered that some things are the same but some things are different. Most importantly we have been learning why it is great to be unique!

Write Dance Story 3

We received our third story from the Write Dance people and it was all about a robot called Zwarg! We were so excited we decided to learn how to make robots with junk modelling! We learnt how to cut, join and manipulate materials using a range of tools.

In Maths we have been learning about sorting and how to sort different objects into groups of two or three. We have been very good at using the colour skills we learnt from 'The Colour Monster' story! We have also enjoyed going on a Autumn walk and collecting signs of Autumn to help us sort:

Week 5

We have been very busy this week in EYFS learning about all the story 'Elmer'. We started our week by going on a colour hunt and then we made our own unique patch work elephants using printing with paint. We also learnt how to make a patch work patterns using tissue paper:

We have also been learning how to remember events from the story and put them in the right order of when they happened: 

Our Write Dance story this week was all about a train which Zwarg the robot had made! We were very excited because we were also learning the 't' sound in Phonics! 

We did lots of exciting activities linked to the story:

In Maths we have been learning about size and measuring. We have learnt how to use language such as big, small, large and medium. We have also found ways to measure size and loved playing lots of fun games.

Our Elmer Portraits

This week we learnt how to use tissue paper to make a collage, just like Elmer's patch work! All our collages look different, just like us! We decided to draw our portrait on top to celebrate being unique.

Week 6

We have had such a busy first term at school and the children have worked so hard, we are very impressed. To finish our term we were very lucky to have an amazing 'Colour Monster Workshop'. We had so much fun making our own colour monster puppets and doing lots of dancing! 

In Maths we have really enjoyed learning about repeating patterns!