Seahorses and Turtles
Welcome to the Seahorses (YN) and Turtles page (YR). On this page we will share the exciting things we learn about, the places we go and the events we take part in. Key information about the curriculum can also be found on the Curriculum Overview page.
Teachers: Mrs Tomlinson (Turtles) and Mrs Longworth (Seahorses)
Teaching Assistants: Mrs Clark, Mrs Wilkinson and Mrs Oddie.
School opens at 8.45am.
Seahorses (Nursery FS1) use Nursery door.
Turtles (Reception FS2) use Reception gate and door.
School finishes at 3pm.
PE Days- Seahorses - Monday and Wednesday. Turtles - Tuesday and Wednesday ( plain black shorts or joggers, plain white T-shirt, school jumper or cardigan, sensible trainers)
Homework - Seahorses - See weekly Tapestry link. Turtles - Phonics Shed (2 lists - 5 games each) Maths Shed (1 quiz) Reading ( at least 3 per week)
Both Classes: Explore Busy Things with home access login.
Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage
We are the Sparkling Seahorses and Terrific Turtles!
In the EYFS we take great pride in our learning and we work extremely hard every day to achieve our very best. The early years are the vital years of your child’s education. These are the years when most concepts in language and maths are formed and when key learning and social skills are developed. We have an exciting, action packed curriculum delivered through open ended projects, ensuring all seven areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. Our school motto is 'Happiness and High Standards' and we look forward to working in partnership with parents to ensure that every child builds a strong foundation, igniting a curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, forming relationships and thriving.
Our projects this year - All About Me, Why do squirrels hide their nuts? Celebrations (throughout the year) Winter, Why can't I have chocolate for breakfast? Do cows drink milk? Will you read me a story?
The children in the Foundation Stage are really enjoying their new outdoor area. The new resources are capturing their imaginations and they can't wait for our big equipment to be installed.
The children in Early Years bake each week for their birthday and also for the other children in the school to celebrate their birthdays too. As the year has progressed the children have become really independent in doing this activity. Today these children weighed and balanced, mixed, cracked eggs and then shared the mixture between the cupcake cases independently. They even worked out that one tray had 12 cakes and the other had 6 making a total of 18. The adult baked the cakes and then they chose to decorate them with chocolate icing and lots of sprinkles. As they delivered the cakes they sang Happy Birthday to each child, making them feel special.
Squiggle While You Wiggle
Each morning (and afternoon in Nursery) the children take part in Squiggle While You Wiggle. This is to improve early writing and a way of connecting the brain to the body. The children really enjoy it as it is very active and they have lots of fun.
Chinese New Year
We celebrated Chinese New Year in Early Years. We read the story telling us how each year got its name, we acted out the race with the animal puppets in the small world area, we tasted different foods including noodles, spring rolls, prawn crackers and sauces including sweet chilli, soy and Hoisin. We made a big dragon puppet and then we danced like the street dancers in China Town.
Our Healthy Eating Café
This half term we have been learning all about eating healthy and we created our own café for snack time. We worked in teams to make snack for the other children in the unit. The café had someone to take the orders who then gave these to the kitchen staff who then prepared the snack. The menu included bagels with butter or jam, toast with butter or jam, fresh fruit salad and milk or water. The children really enjoyed being independent in cutting, chopping the fruit, spreading the toppings and using the toaster (with adult supervision!).
As part of our PSHE lessons this half term the children had a visitor from the Education Life Bus https://www.coramlifeeducation.org.uk/scarf/
This half terms topic is Being my Best and the children have been learning all about making healthy choices, growth mindset and good hygiene. All the children met Harold the Giraffe and helped him to make good health choices.
Our current learning plan- Spring 1
The children had an amazing time at the Christmas party. They had a buffet, dancing, party games and there was even a special visitor!
The children in Turtles and Seahorses classes performed The Nativity. Due to the current health issues there couldn't be any parents present, however the children sang their little hearts out and put on a Hollywood style performance. They loved dressing up in their costumes too.
End of Autumn Topic
This half term we have been learning all about autumn. The children have looked at the changes in the season, walked around their environment, sang autumn related songs and read lots and lots of autumn stories and books. To end our topic the children made a bread roll/hedgehog and some autumn flavoured soup. We added carrots, swede, sweet potato, parsnip and onions. The children really enjoyed the independence of preparing the vegetables and kneading the dough.
RE (Turtles Class)
The children in reception class have been learning that for Christians the word ‘God’ is important as the name of someone very important: the Creator of the universe and all that is in it, including people and animals.
They read the story about Tom and Tessa (two imaginary Christian children) who visit their Grandad and make jelly.
Excerpt from book:
Grandad read them a story from their Bible storybook, about God
creating the world. ‘Which day did God make jellyfish, Tom?’ asked Grandad. Tom knew the answer.
Tessa said, ‘God is an amazing Creator, Grandad, but why did he make jellyfish? We can’t eat them
and they might sting us.’ I wonder what Grandad thought. Tom said, ‘I think he just liked the idea.
After tea, I’m going to make a jellyfish, just like God.’
The children then tried to create their own jellyfish out of jelly to see how easy this was. They found that it wasn't easy.
Autumn Walk in Nursery (Seahorses)
The children in nursery had a lovely time exploring the school grounds looking for the signs of autumn. They found lots of different coloured leaves, holly with berries, sticks, mushrooms and conkers. They heard lots of sounds too including bird song, traffic noise, crunching of leaves a s they walked and squelching of mud under the shady trees. The children also found a bug hotel, a hedgehog hide and newly planted fruit trees. The weather was bright and sunny and very chilly.
Our previous learning plan
Previous Learning in EYFS
End of Year Picnic
To celebrate a fantastic year in Early Years the children had a picnic. They made sandwiches and cake and then they had a disco outside. It was a very hot day so they sat under the shade of the tree while we ate our food. The children played together, running and jumping on the grass and playing football. They all had a great time.
The children in the foundation stage had a great time taking part in sports day. They completed various different challenges and really enjoyed the hurdles at the end. Well done everyone!
What can you see in the Summer?
Our first book that we have been learning is The Train Ride. We have been learning actions to the story and a song with actions too. You can share this by following the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHbE8kaBDKU
Why not ask your child to show you the actions so as that you can join in?
Why do Ladybirds have Spots? (Minibeasts)
Why not share our class song all about how bugs move together?
In the foundation stage we grew our own butterflies. We looked after the tiny caterpillars and they ate and ate until they grew big. Eventually they built a chrysalis (cocoon) around themselves and stayed inside for 2 weeks. Finally they turned into beautiful butterflies. After 4 days we released them into the wild.
Can your child tell you about the lifecycle of the butterfly? Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3o_nE1X014U
We read the story The Very Hungry Caterpillar together at school.
The Ugly Bug Ball
Our Class Rivers.
In Irwell class we talked about where we live in Bury and looked at pictures of the River Irwell. We used Google Earth to find our school and saw that the River Irwell runs near our homes. We made pictures of our houses and talked about who lives with us.
In Thames class we talked about London and looked at pictures of the River Thames. We looked at landmarks on the River Thames including the London Eye, Tower Bridge and The Houses of Parliament.
Can you name some London landmarks?
Where does The Queen live?
How would you travel along the River Irwell?
Our topic is Autumn....Why Do Leaves Go Crispy?
We will be learning all about the changes in autumn and the way the world around us begins to change colour. We will be exploring conkers and other autumn treasures such as acorns and pumpkins. We will begin to think about the animals that we see in autumn, how to care for them when it starts to get cold and we will find out which animals hibernate.
We will learn a poem about the leaves and the sounds that they make in autumn as they begin to change. We will be learning lots of new vocabulary around this theme.
We will go on a woodland walk using our senses.
Can you answer these questions?
What can you see, touch, smell and hear on the autumn walk?
Why do leaves go crispy?
Can you describe the changes to the leaves in autumn?
Can you recite the poem?
Meet the Teacher
We have had a busy and exciting start to the new school year, welcoming our new friends to both the Nursery and Reception classes.
Look at the self portraits of the Reception children. They have looked closely at their facial features and compared similarities and differences between themselves and others.
We have already celebrated lots of birthdays. Every child bakes their own cake with their friends to share.
We continue to care for our Fairfield goats, Betty, Billy, Roger and Mable. The children enjoy feeding and stroking them everyday.
As part of our topic for Winter the children looked at snowflakes and how these are all different. They created their own using small parts.
The Life Bus
The children in the foundation stage visited the Life Bus. They learned all about their bodies and keeping healthy. The children got very excited when Harold the Giraffe arrived and sang a special song to them They had the opportunity to help him get ready for his day at nursery.
A Rainy Day
Today was such a rainy day that the only thing to do was to get the bubbles out. The children had a great time blowing bubbles of all sizes, trying to catch them and then watching them float away into the sky. The bubbles brought such joy and excitement on a dreary day.
Stay and Play
The children in Nursery invited their parents into school to show them what their learning looks like. First the parents watched whilst the children had their phonics session. Today was instrumental sounds. Following this, the children helped their grown ups to make a music shaker using pulses, rice, popcorn and not forgetting the important ingredient, glitter!
As it is almost Christmas the children decorated a Christmas bauble and took them home to hang on their tree.
Thank you to all the parents who attended.
The children in the foundation stage unit learned all about harvest by reading the story Stone Soup. They brought in one vegetable and together made soup to share. They also baked bread shaped like hedgehogs and to finish this topic they performed an assembly for the school and parents, telling them why harvest is so important. Mrs Rowlands talked about the Porch Project and how this helps people in need in the community.
Our Outdoor Classroom
The outdoor area is a vital part of the children's learning. They enjoy the variety of activities that are available each day, including maths, mark making, balancing, playing cooperatively with others, problem solving, gross motor development and making music. The goats also give the children the opportunity to care and nurture living things.
In the Foundation Stage we acknowledge the importance of celebrating the children's individual birthdays. Every child bakes and decorates their own cake with a group of friends. We collect fresh eggs from our school chickens. This is then shared and enjoyed with the class.
Early Writing In Foundation Stage
In the foundation stage the children work on their early writing skills within the continuous provision with support from the staff. Early writing comes in many forms e.g. painting, whiteboards, pattern making, story scribing, threading and making marks in sand.
We Love to Learn Outdoors
Outdoors we can run, jump, balance, explore and use our imagination in role play situations. We also learn how to problem solve and to be persistent when a challenge occurs.
The Life Education Bus
We had a visit from the Life Education Bus this week. The children learnt all about their bodies, staying healthy and safe and how to exercise their hearts to keep them healthy. The children also got to meet Harold the Giraffe. They helped him get ready for his busy day at nursery by brushing his hair, brushing his teeth and helping him have a wash. It was such a fun experience and the children had a great time.
The day the horses came to visit
Today we had a special visit from three horses, Misty, Rainbow and Cody. The children helped groom them with their special brushes and then gave them some of their favourite foods, carrots and apple. The children asked some really interesting questions such as
Why do the horses have long tails?
Have they got their shoes on?
What else do they eat?
We found out that the horses love to eat grass and hay and even a burger!! The children were also surprised to discover that the horses did not have shoes on their feet. Arctic Foxes said that all horses wear shoes! It was explained to them that the horses had really strong feet and that is why they did not need shoes.
Thank you to Caden and Edie Blundell’s Mum for bringing them into school.
We love numbers!
In Early Years we love counting and singing number rhymes whilst we are playing.
We had a special visitor when we had our Christmas party.
Today the children made pancakes. They measured the ingredients, mixed them together, tossed them in a pan and then ate them.
Maths in Early Years
The children in FS2 used excellent counting and reasoning skills in maths. They used the counters to cover their elephants and then had to explain why each elephant had different amounts of counters on them after they had counting each set.
World Book Day
We celebrated World Book Day by dressing up as our favourite book character and sharing our books from home with our friends.
The weather has started to get cold and frosty so we decided to go on a walk around the school grounds and see what we could find. The children had a fantastic time playing in the snow and the goats enjoyed it too.
Mother's Day Afternoon Tea
We had a lovely time celebrating Mother's Day with our Mums, Grandmas, Nanas, Aunties and even Dads. The children spent time making cupcakes and decorating them, creating and writing cards and learning a special song to perform during the afternoon. A big thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate.
Our Continued Learning
We love to come to school and learn by exploring and socialising with our friends.
Arctic Foxes enjoyed a session of Bikeability. We gained practical skills and understanding of how to cycle on today’s roads. We also learnt the skills and confidence for all kinds of cycling.
The children in nursery have been learning about 2d shapes this week. They learnt the names and properties of a triangle, circle, square and rectangle. They then went outside to find these shapes in the environment. As you can see they found lots of 2d shapes amongst everyday objects.
The children in Foundation Stage enjoy socialising and making friends. The love to help each other and and work together.
Handa’s Surprise Fruit Tasting
This week we have been reading Handa’s Surprise in class. We have been learning all about the different animals in the story and the country that the story is set in. The children looked at the map of the world and we talked about where we live in England and then found Africa on the map. In the story Handa takes a delicious basket of fruits to her friend Akeeyo but along the way the animals steal the fruits one by one. As the children hadn’t tasted some of these fruits before we decided to try them and choose our favourite. The fruits we tried were banana, orange, pineapple, mango, passion fruit, papaya and avacado.
The children got together today during choosing time to perform some rhymes. They made decisions together and chose to sing “If You’re Happy and You Know It”. This activity was such fun that it encouraged others to come along and join in too.
The children in foundation stage had a fantastic time at Blackpool Zoo.They saw lots of animals and watched the sea lion show. The weather was great too.
This half term we will be learning about:
Winter: The children have been thinking about the type of clothing they wear when it is cold outside and what these are made of. They have also looked at where wool comes from and how it is made.
Bears: real and fiction bears with lots of stories. The children have been learning about the different types of bears including the brown bear, the sun bear and the polar bear. They have also looked at where these bears live.
Space: The children will be reading lots of stories about space and aliens including Aliens Love Underpants and Whatever Next.
Here is a snapshot of our learning so far......
In nursery we have been learning about outer space.
We read some really exciting stories such as Whatever Next! and Aliens Love Underpants but our favourite was Aliens Love Underpants Save the World.
We acted out the story of Whatever Next and we pretended to have a picnic on the moon. We also made a huge pair of underpants by sticking together lots of small pairs. We then counted how many pairs we had altogether. It was 24!
In science we made planets using milk. It was just like magic when the colour started to move about on the surface when we put the soap in. We also made aliens using the playdough and then gave them silly names.
In Letters and Sounds we made some rhyme rockets. We decorated a bottle and then we chose three pictures that rhymed to stick onto them.
Making Planets with Milk
Making Rhyme Rockets
Our Huge Underpants
Welly Bobs Farm trip
We visited the farm as part of our topic for growing and farms. Although the weather was really cold we had a fantastic time. We fed the animals, rode a pony, held small animals and learnt about the animals from the farmer. After a long day we had a play in the play barn after lunch.
As part of our topic for growing and farms we made vegetable soup. We prepared the vegetables by chopping them up and then after we cooked the soup we ate it with crusty bread. It was delicious!!
Early Numbers and Measuring
The children in Arctic Bears love to use blocks during their play. We have used them to measure the beanstalks. We counted how many blocks were as tall as the beanstalk. We even measured our friends with them.
After hatching our chicken eggs we now have to look after them in our school chicken coop. The children love visiting them everyday to feed them and top up their water. The chickens are really friendly and love to have special treats like lettuce, cucumber, apples and sweetcorn.
To see a video of the chickens hatching visit the School Events.
Special Visitors in Foundation Stage
A big thank you to Roddy's Mum who brought in six kittens to show the children. They are only five weeks old. You can see how much the children loved this experience by the huge smiles on their faces.