Please find below the slides from Mrs Hinstridge’s presentation to new parents.
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Last week, Nursery and Reception invited their parents in to enjoy an Early Years Forest School afternoon. Together with our parents we worked collaboratively to create an image of all the children in Early Years by combining individual self-portraits made from natural materials.
It was a lovely afternoon and the children thoroughly enjoyed being able to explore the woodland area, finding different ‘treasures’ to combine together to create their final image. A huge thank you to all of the parents and grandparents who were able to attend the afternoon and for your continued support, joining us for different events throughout the year.
Lara’s mummy commented “Lara and I had a lovely afternoon; we really enjoyed looking for things in the forest and deciding what to use to make Lara’s glasses.”
Elspeth’s mummy commented “Elspeth and I had so much fun. We enjoyed trying out different things to make her face and she thought of spelling her name out with sticks.”
Florence’s mummy commented “Great afternoon and to include grandparents is lovely. Florence really enjoyed us being able to see her in Forest School and making her portrait. Thanks for a great afternoon.”
Fraser’s parents commented, “Fraser loves Forest School. He always talks about it at home so it was great to come this afternoon and experience it with him. The self-portrait was a really nice idea too. Luckily we managed to persuade him not to use all of the pine cones he collected for his alien eyes. Lovely afternoon.”
Alba’s mummy told us “Really lovely afternoon in this fantastic weather. A lovely end to Alba’s first year at Summercroft. We really enjoyed it.”
Elliott’s mummy told us, “Lovely afternoon. Enjoyed watching all the children joining in and having fun. Elliott enjoyed collecting specific items for his self-portrait.”
Nursery and Reception have been very busy getting ready for their long awaited sports morning. We have been practising many different skills including balancing along a beam, throwing bean bags into targets, jumping over hurdles and seeing if we are able to keep a quoit on our head whilst navigating in and out of cones.
Not only have we been practising different physical skills, we have also been supporting our peers and showing great sportsmanship by cheering everyone on during our races. Violet in Ash class explained to the children, “It’s the taking part; it’s not the winning that matters.”
Thank you to all of the parents who came and supported and for those who took part in the races…we could see that some of you had definitely been practising!
The Early Years Team
On Monday, Nursery and Reception had a special visit from Mrs Spencer-Chapman who is a paediatric nutritionist. We learnt all about what foods are best to help us grow and what foods keep our bones and organs healthy. We had to work as a team to sort the food into the correct food categories onto the healthy food plate. Mrs Spencer-Chapman taught us a handy trick on how to measure our potion sizes. You need five fists of fruit and vegetables, four handfuls of carbohydrates, three double fingers of dairy, two palms of meat or fish and one thumb of fat.
We then used fruit to create repeating pattern kebabs for our yummy snack. All of us enjoyed tasting the different fruit and making our snack. During ChIL some of us made our own healthy eating plate, practising our portion control.
Nursery have thoroughly enjoyed learning all about dinosaurs and playing with different dinosaur themed activities. In our roleplay area we have been dinosaur experts – looking closely at fossils and different dinosaurs through our magnifying pots and spotting different dinosaurs with our binoculars.
We practiced our cutting skills by cutting out a variety of dinosaurs and we arranged shapes to create our own dinosaur picture whilst talking about the different properties of each shape. We even made our own dinosaur counting books! We also looked at a fossil of an archaeopteryx and discussed what questions we might ask a dinosaur expert to find out more information. We came up with questions such as does it have sharp teeth? Does it eat fish? Does it have spikes to protect itself? Has it got a mouth or a beak? And does it fly?
Nursery has been extremely busy learning all about the story of St George. Together we sequenced the story and then the children retold their versions to their peers. We also made swords during a forest school session by tying sticks together with string, collaged helmets with different textures, created our own shields with foil and made our own English flag. On Monday we came to school dressed in red and white and joined Reception in the afternoon for a parade around the playground – showing our parents all of our amazing creations and also performing a song which we have learnt about St George.
Throughout the week the children have shared their thoughts on who St George was Miles explained “George is a knight who fights a dragon with his sword.” Stanley told his peers “St George is a knight about England. He saves people from the dragon and he is brave and never dies.” Shifra told everyone “St George is a knight. He killed the dragon and he wears armour. He wears the flag of England. It has red and white.” Adam explains, “St George has a horse. He is the patron of England. He has the England flag. It has a red cross.”
Last week Nursery learnt all about the life-cycle of a sunflower. We planted our own sunflower seeds and spoke about what they would need to grow and what would happen to them. The children then discussed the life cycle of a sunflower between themselves with Lilah explaining, “You put the seeds in then the stem comes out. It grows and then it dies and it starts to grow again.” Lucas also told his peers, “First you put the seed in and then the stalk comes and then the head of the sunflower opens and it dies and it goes into the ground and grows more.” The children were very excited when after a few days some of the shoots were beginning to show! The children will bring their sunflowers home over the Easter holidays to continue their journey. Please do take photos of them as they grow so the children can share their sunflower’s journey with the class.
Not only did we plant our own sunflowers we also spruced up our flower beds in Nursery garden whilst looking at different bulbs. We planted daffodils, tulips and crocuses. We then discussed how we could look after our flowers. Zachary told us, “Give water for them to grow and they can shoot out. They don’t like being picked, they die and bees can’t eat it.” Ronnie explained, “You give flowers water to grow and don’t pick them because they will die and bees need them to make honey in the sun.”
Last Friday our Mummies joined us for a craft afternoon. Throughout the afternoon we made crowns for our Mummies using lots of glitter, sequins and feathers. We planted a flower, decorated biscuits with marshmallows and sprinkles and even made a lolly stick photo frame. It was lots of fun having our Mummies at school and being so creative with us!
Lucy spoke about the afternoon, “I liked making the flowers with Mummy. We have to put soil around the flower. I liked eating the biscuits too. We made one for each other and Mummy made a castle one for me and I made one with sprinkles on.”
Elspeth told us, “I liked when she made me a biscuit with icing and sprinkles and the marshmallows. I liked making the crown with Mummy. I made one with sparkles and pretty things and Mummy made a pretty one with glue sparkles and feathers on the top.”
Kitty told us her favourite part of the afternoon, “I liked making the crowns. I put glitter on them and also sparkly bits and glue. I put stickers on the photo frame, they were pink and purple and I put pom poms on there. We are going to put me and Mummy in the frame.”
Last week Nursery and Reception had a visit from the firefighters who are based at the Bishop’s Stortford Station.
They showed us all of the equipment which is kept on the fire engine, teaching us the different names of the tools and explained that they had a variety of different ladders and hoses depending on the incident. They even let us sit in the back so we could experience what it is like to be in a fire engine. They then talked to us about what different rescue services they provide and talked us through the special protective equipment which they wear. We all got to try on the helmet and some of us even tried on the jacket and trousers. They then taught us what to do if our clothes ever caught fire and showed us a special fireman dance.
Florence talked about the visit, “I sat in the fire engine, it had ladders and a big steering wheel. They told us about fire alarms and when it sniffs smoke there is a problem and it goes a big beep.” Fraser told us, “They told us that there was a secret ladder in the back of the fire engine. They told us you stop, drop, roll if our clothes are on fire, it gets the fire off your clothes.” Meraj explained, “They let us hold the water hose. They have daddy hose, mummy hose and a baby hose. They have hats to keep them safe, we wore it.”
Maya explained, “They told us about fire engines and how they put the fire out with water. They had ladders, daddy, mummy and baby ladder.” Oliver told us, “They had a tank so they won’t run out of breath when they are in smoke. They had metal boots so they won’t hurt their feet in the fire.” Elliott added, “They have a special uniform to protect them. If they go in a fire they do a sweep, sweep, tap, tap to make sure they don’t fall over.” Kayden explained, “They have ladders and hoses. Dad and mummy one and a baby one. They got special clothes to keep them safe.” Blake told us, “The fan blows the smoke away. They have a boat to rescue people in the river.” Lila also told us, “They put out a fire with the hose. You stop, drop and roll because you got a fire on your tummy.”
The firefighters also explained that if you do not have a fire alarm fitted in your house then please call the Bishop’s Stortford station on 01279 696800 and they will come and fit one for you.