Who works in our classroom?


Nursery Adults

Mrs Alison Butterfield

Nursery Teaching Assistant
0730 - 1530 (Thurs & Fri)

Mrs Heather Brooks

Nursery Teaching Assistant
1000 - 1800

Isabel Pile

Nursery Apprentice

Miss Gemma Buttress

EYFS Lead
Little Elvers

Mrs Claire LLoyd

Little Elvers

What are we learning about?

 

Summer Term 1: Growing and Changing

Theme

This half term, we will exploring the world around us and investigating all that grows and changes this special time of year. We will learn about plants and what they need to grow and have a go at growing some of our own plants too. We will then learn about life cycles such as frogs and butterflies and how these animals change as they grow. Finally we will explore how we ourselves have grown and changed in our lifetimes and think about how we will grow and change more in the future.

Characteristics of Effective Learning

We will use our senses to explore the world around us whilst showing curiosity and expressing our particular interests. We will also continue to promote persistence and a positive attitude when coming across challenges in our learning and finding new ways to do things.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

In Little Elvers, we will be continuing to build upon our learning of teamwork, collaboration and finding solutions to problems they may encounter during play. We will learn how to look after the world around us and the part we can play in caring for our environment.

Physical Development

This half term, we will continue to experiment in different ways both in gross motor skills outdoors including large-scale mark-making and fine-motor skills. We will begin weekly 'dough disco' sessions to help build the muscles in our hands for fine motor control and also ‘squiggle whilst you wiggle’ to build refine our gross and fine motor skills.

Communication and Language

We will be learning lots of new vocabulary during this topic with lots of opportunity to explore and embed this newly-acquired vocabulary during play experiences. We will learning new language based around plants, animal life cycles and ourselves with reference to growing and changing. We will focus on explaining our thoughts and knowledge using ‘and’ and ‘because’ to connect our ideas.

Literacy

In Little Elvers, we will be exploring a range of fiction and non-fiction books about plants and life cycles. We will also read some new core texts to extend our vocabulary in accordance with our theme with a key text for each week that will be referred to in the Weekly Newsflash for your information. 

We are also continuing Talk for Writing this half term with our focus text being The Little Red Hen. We will learn the words with actions to help us re-tell the story and then we will make up our own versions using the same story structure but with our own characters!

We will continue to develop the motor skills needed to mark make and write and encourage the children to give meaning to the marks they make and for some supporting writing some or all letters from their own names.

For those who will be starting Reception in September we will also be starting phonic sessions, which will be based on key listening skills to prepare them for September.

Maths

We will be continuing to practise reciting numbers to 10 and beyond in order and will delve deeper into each number to 10 over the summer term where we will look at concepts including representing number and the composition on numbers.

We will also be exploring mathematical concepts such as ‘more’, ‘fewer’ as well as ‘big’ ‘bigger’ and ‘heavy’ and ‘light’ as well as 2D shape.

Understanding the World

We will be learning about the ways in which different living things grow and change from plants, animals and ourselves!

Expressive Arts and Design

We will explore colour mixing and symmetry when printing butterflies. We will also explore movement to represent a plant growing from a seed.

We will also look at Walter Crane’s Illustrations for Jack and the Beanstalk

 

Weekly Newsflash

9/05/2022

This week, we have thoroughly enjoyed our new outdoor garden. The children have loved taking their shoes and socks off and getting in the giant sandpit as well as making some gloopy meals in our mud kitchen! We have also enjoyed our updated construction shed – complete with loose parts and den building materials. We have had go-karts, busses, and a 'school' den. When we were creating our new bug hotel, we found some carrots that were growing in the pre-existing vegetable bed which sparked some conversation about food and how we grow different fruit, salads and vegetables. We read Oliver’s Vegetables by Vivian French and explored the different things that we can grow and watched the Tesco 'Farm to Fork' video about carrots to see the whole process which they found very interesting! Our beans have also started growing and we have measured them to see how quick they grow over the coming weeks and we have also been trying the cress we have grown during snack time. We also read 10 Seeds by Ruth Brown which provided some great conversation and mathematical talk about 1 less and counting backwards from 10.  Our bean experiment has some very interesting results so far and turns out a bean can even grow in a piece of duplo! We then moved on to reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle which has been very popular! The Little Elvers have found the process of metamorphosis fascinating (and we have enjoyed trying to say our new word too!) and we have learnt, retold and acted out our hungry caterpillar story and even made our own butterfly wings, caterpillars and shakers to do a caterpillar growing to a butterfly dance! We will revisit the butterfly life-cycle when we get some caterpillars of our own in Little Elvers soon. 

Next week, we look forward to sharing our baby photos and discussing how we have grown and changed and how we will grow and change in the future. We are looking forward to see the children in their fancy dress next week seeing what job they would like to do when they get older!

 

And finally, we are collecting suggestions for the 'Ely20' - a list of experiences that our children should have before they leave at the end of Year 6. We would like to collect your suggestions and then the school council will take the ideas to the children who will vote for the top twenty. Once we have the completed #Ely20, the school will then work to create opportunities for all of our children to enjoy these community experiences.

So, we need your help! This survey will be open until Thursday 26th May. Then the children can decide our list and we can share it after the half term break. Thank you.

 

2/05/2022

This week we have focussed our learning on Jack and the Beanstalk and Jasper's Beanstalk by Nick Butterworth and planted our beans. Everyone helped to fill the pots with soil and plant our beans and now we are eagerly awaiting a beanstalk! We learnt how Jack and the Beanstalk is a fairy tale which has been told for many years and has lots of different versions - in one story the cow was called Daisy and another it was Milky White. A keen-eyed Little Elver also noticed how there was a giant in one story and an ogre in another! We have been focussing of mathematical language of size to describe and order the heights of beanstalks from shortest to tallest. We have also started a science experiment where we have planted some beans in plastic bags some with just water, air, soil and water and even a duplo piece to see if and how well they grow. Next week, we will continue to follow our interests in plants but also start talking about animals and how they grow and change too. 

 

25/04/2022

We started this week reading the story, Tree, by Britta Teckentrup and looking how plants change throughout the year particularly during the season of spring. We looked at some blossom and did some wonderful artwork on our observations. We then moved on to read The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle to learn about how plants grow from seeds; we did some yoga pretending to be seeds ourselves and we also planted some cress seeds which have already started to grow and change. We are also fortunate to have some tadpoles in our classroom which has sparked many amazing conversations and learning opportunities - did you know a tadpole has external gills which it then loses as it grows lungs as they get older?! We visited the wildlife area in school to collect a plant to put in our makeshift tadpole pond in our classroom and explore the signs of spring. We found blossom, herbs, wildflowers, an ant nest, ladybirds and more! Next week, we will plant our beans and explore plants grown on farms. 

 

18/04/2022

Welcome back Little Elvers and a warm welcome to our newest members of our class! Our Little Elvers have been fantastic at looking after the new children showing them where things are and offering to play with them too which has really helped them to settle in so well. We have been very excited to share our half term news of all of the wonderful Easter-themed activities you have all been up to over the holidays and they have enjoyed seeing their friends again. We have discussed why this time of year is so special with the plants growing and lots of animals having babies this time of year too and we have enjoyed the warmer weather too. Next week we look forward to exploring plants in more detail and what they need to grow before planting some seeds of our own.

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