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Monday 13th May - Friday 17th May

 

Our learning has included:

  • odd and even numbers and recognising patterns in numbers
  • beginning to think about doubling numbers and printing 'doubles' with the numicon and paint!
  • thinking about the key 'ingredients' of a story and creating our own recipes and stories
  • following recipes in the mud kitchen
  • learning even more Tricky Words (high frequency words)!
  • engaging in role play with our babies as we keep them healthy by washing them, feeding them, putting them to sleep, etc

 

Have a wonderful weekend from Mrs McCaughey and the rest of the EYFS team :) 

Tuesday 7th May - Friday 10th May

 

Our learning has included:

  • odd and even numbers and sorting numicon into 'odd' and 'even' teams!
  • listening to our class book 'Recipe for a story' and thinking about the key 'ingredients' of a story
  • creating and telling our own stories 
  • plenty of small world dinosaur, collaborative den-building and 'schools' role-play!
  • continuing to explore further ways of keeping our minds healthy
  • rotating and manipulating shapes as we completed our own tangram puzzles! 

 

Enjoy the sunshine everyone :) 

Monday 29th April - Friday 3rd May

Another full-on week in the wonderful world of Merlins!

 

Our learning has included:

  • exploring the composition of number 10 and number bonds songs 
  • retelling the story of 'Dinosaurs Love Socks' and writing parts of the story for ourselves
  • plenty of turn-taking and sharing
  • discussions about keeping your mind healthy and mindfulness 
  • designing and creating our own dinosaur sock puppets!
  • lots of throwing and aiming games in PE 

 

Enjoy the bank holiday weekend everybody!

Monday 22nd April - Friday 26th April

What a busy busy week!

 

Our learning has included:

  • exploring the composition of number 9
  • retelling the story of 'Dinosaurs Love Underpants' and discussing series and collections of books by the same author 
  • innovating the story as a class and creating the new version, 'Dinosaurs Love Socks' 
  • discussions about healthy eating and the importance of a 'varied diet'. We talked about the ways that different food can help our bodies.
  • role playing in the 'healthy food shop' 
  • learning about printing with the paint and some healthy vegetables! This led to lots of fabulous conversations about colour mixing and creating new colours.

 

Enjoy your weekend everybody!

Monday 15th April - Friday 19th April

The dinosaur madness continues this week as part of our topic 'Our Wild World'.

 

Our learning has included:

  • what fossils are and becoming paleontologists ourselves!
  • talking about the features of a church where Christians go to worship
  • problem solving and using our knowledge of number 8 to find the 'hiding numbers'
  • a visit from SCARF and our giraffe friend Harold. We talked all about looking after our bodies and taught Harold to brush his hair and his teeth and how to help when he feels sad and lonely 
  • we made our own dens and obstacle courses and completed mazes and talked about resilience and the importance of not giving up, even if things get tricky!

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Love Mrs McCaughey and the EYFS team :) 

Monday 8th April - Friday 12th April 

 

Welcome back everybody!

We have started our topic 'Our Wild World' and are beginning with learning about dinosaurs!

 

Our learning has included:

  • comparing dinosaurs and discussing their similarities and differences 
  • learning about silhouettes and making our own dinosaur silhouette art work
  • we did both addition and subtraction within 7
  • we wrote about our favourite dinosaurs
  • we sorted fiction from non-fiction books
  • talked about resilience and the importance of not giving up!

 

Love Mrs McCaughey and the EYFS team :) 

*** A HUGE THANK YOU ***

 

To all the parents/carers of Merlins,

 

Thank you so very much for my surprise wedding video, gifts and vouchers! I feel so very spoilt! I had the most magical wedding day and am still on cloud nine!

 

Love Mrs McCaughey :) 

Monday 11th March - Friday 22nd March

 

 'We have lift off!' has ended with a (big) BANG this week! 

 

Our learning has included:

  • continuing to find which group has more and less and using new vocabulary 'fewer than' and 'greater than' 
  • we visited the local church to speak to the Vicar all about our Easter learning 
  • we spoke about looking after our environment and the importance of putting our rubbish into the bins!
  • we learnt about money and looked at some coins. Some of us enjoyed some coin rubbing too!
  • we tried fencing with a new sports coach
  • we have been working on our formation and short sentence writing 
  • we rounded off the term with a big Easter egg hunt!

 

We hope you all have the best Easter break and look forward to seeing you in a couple of weeks!

 

Love Mrs McCaughey, Mrs Clements, Miss Pinto, Mrs Parry, Mrs Giles and Mrs Knight :) 

Monday 4th March - Friday 8th March

 

 'We have lift off!' continued with lots of 'Aliens love underpants' fun this week! 

 

Our learning has included:

  • finding which group has more and less and using new vocabulary 'fewer than' and 'greater than' 
  • Obb and Bob arrive in Merlins with real and nonsense words! 
  • exploring the use of clocks and the long and short hands
  • playing lots of describing aliens
  • thinking about how we can all work as a team to look after our classroom
  • decorating pants for our own class washing line!
  • exploring why we have day and night and learning about how the Earth orbits the sun
  • torch and shadow making play! 

 

See you next week! 

Monday 26th February - Friday 1st March

 

This week we have been fully immersed in our topic 'We have lift off!' 

 

Our learning has included:

  • finding one more and one less in a variety of ways
  • continuing to practice our subitising to 5 
  • playing lots of partner games and working on being a good listener
  • innovating our class text 'Whatever Next' by changing the main character to Baby Dog instead
  • making props for Baby Dog including a helmet, picnic blanket and teddy bear
  • comparing the 8 planets in space and singing about them!
  • learning about the first man to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong

 

See you all next week for even more 'out of this world' fun!

Monday 19th February - Friday 23rd February

 

This week we started our new topic 'We have lift off!' 

 

Our learning has included:

  • exploring the composition of number 6 and looking at the 'part-part whole' model
  • finding one more and one less
  • retelling our class text 'Whatever Next', dressing up as Baby Bear and writing lists of items we would like to take to space with us!
  • learning about the 8 planets in space
  • using our funky fingers to weave our own planets!
  • organising the Spaceship folder by hole punching the paperwork so we can keep it all safe

 

It's been a blast! 

Monday 5th February - Friday 9th February

 

This week has been as busy as ever and we have really enjoyed our learning!

 

Our learning has included:

  • continuing to explore the composition of number 5
  • creating our own versions of The Naughty Bus story and using plenty of 'story language'
  • finding out about what happens to water when it gets too cold (freezes)
  • finding out about what happens to ice when we heat it up (melts)
  • exploring floating and sinking objects in the water tray
  • discussing the different seasons and what clothes we can wear to look after ourselves in different seasons!

 

And that's a wrap!

Happy half term everybody! 

Monday 29th January - Friday 2nd February

 

This week has been so busy and we have been learning so much!

 

Our learning has included:

  • learning about the composition of number 5
  • reading about the adventures of the Naughty Bus and exploring other versions
  • controlling the remote control cars and driving to reach the targets!
  • sorting different materials and discussing why we use certain materials for certain jobs 
  • Idris' story telling!

 

See you next week!

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Monday 22nd January - Friday 26th January

 

This week was enrichment week and full of Music, Art, Drama and Dance fun!!

 

Our learning so far has included:

  • an urban dance class with a professional dance instructor 
  • listening to brass instruments 
  • engaging in drumming workshops
  • a drama session with a drama teacher 
  • finding one more in all sorts of ways!
  • designing and making our own cars!

 

Roll on next week!

Tuesday 9th January - Friday 19th January

 

We have had a fabulous beginning to term 3!

We kicked it off with a big Christmas catch-up and then got gong with our new topic 'Brum Brum, Beep Beep!'

 

Our learning so far has included:

  • lots of train role play and selling tickets at 'Uplands train station'
  • reading our current class text 'The Magic Train Ride' and discussing new vocabulary, eg, 'aboard' and 'destination' 
  • lots of construction and building our own vehicles
  • small world play relating to the 'lands' in our class text 
  • discussing different types of 'vehicles' and 'modes of transport'
  • subitising numbers to 4 in a variety of ways, through a number of different activities
  • creating and continuing 2, 3, 4 step patterns and beyond!

 

We are also saying a big welcome to Mrs Parry this term :) 

Happy New Year to you all!

Monday 18th December - Thursday 21st December

 

We have had another super busy Christmas-crazy week!

We have:

  • done our Christmas performance and enjoyed taking part in our first Nativity!
  • making Christmas cards
  • learning about the months of the year and making calendars  
  • more post office role play
  • more decorating the classroom Christmas tree
  • a 'Christmas cinema' treat!

 

We are also saying goodbye to Mr Brown today :( We wish him lots of luck in his new role! 

 

Merry Christmas to all the Merlins and their families! We will see you in the new year!! :) 

Monday 4th December - Friday 15th December

 

We have been learning lots as well as getting ready for our upcoming Christmas performance!

Our learning has included:

  • using our maps of the local area to plan a route and go on our very own 'Winter Walk' together - featuring a snack and story and a play in the park!
  • retelling the story of We're going on a bear hunt
  • number 9 and number 10 counting and comparison 
  • comparing different objects and using vocabulary: heavier, longer, heaviest, longest
  • learning about the Christian Christmas story! 
  • post office role play!
  • printing Christmas trees and stars!

 

Well done Merlins!!  

Monday 27th November - Friday 1st December

 

What a busy week!

Our learning has included:

  • retelling the story of The Little Red Hen
  • 'hot seating' characters
  • comparing different objects and using vocabulary: longer, longest, shorter, shortest, taller, tallest, etc
  • learning about welcoming a new baby to the Muslim community with an Aqiqah 
  • pizza restaurant role play 
  • looking at 'Starry Night' by Van Gogh and creating a large scale collaborative Starry Night artwork of our own 

 

Well done Merlins!!  

Monday 20th November - Friday 24th November

 

What a busy week!

Our learning has included:

  • learning all about The Little Red Hen and comparing different versions of the story!
  • learning about 'characters'
  • having a visit from Ted's grandad to tell us all about the 'past' and what school was like for him as a young boy, long ago
  • representing the number 8 in a variety of ways
  • comparing the size of different objects and using the appropriate vocabulary 
  • learning about welcoming a new baby to the Christian church with a Baptism - we even baptised our dolls in the water tray!
  • lots junk modelling 
  • firework pictures using new painting 'techniques'

 

Fab work team Merlins!!  

Monday 13th November - Friday 10th November

 

What a wonderful, wet, windy week it has been!

Our learning has included:

  • plenty of story telling and actions!
  • making 7 in a variety of ways, using a variety of resources
  • ordering number rockets
  • continuing with our learning about Diwali and creating diva lamps to 'light the way home' for Rama and Sita
  • playing dodgeball for the first time with our buddies!
  • lots of games and turn-taking 
  • learning about changes over time and writing with 'quills' and 'ink', just like they did in the past

 

Well done Merlins!!  

Monday 6th November - Friday 10th November

 

What a fabulous start it has been to term 2!

Our learning has included:

  • reading Read on the Broom and enjoying lots of role play on our broomsticks
  • mixing colours and making potions
  • learning about Diwali and creating Rangoli patterns 
  • learning about healthy and unhealthy foods
  • lots of work around the number 7

 

Well done for all your hard work and efforts this week Merlins!!  

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One final treat for you all before half term begins...

Have a lovely break everyone :)

 

Term 1

 

It has been a very busy term here in Merlins class! We have all transitioned into school amazingly well and have become familiar with the rules and routines. We have developed brilliant friendships and have learnt so much already! Most importantly, we have had a LOT of fun too! Well done team Merlins for a brilliant start to school! 

We look forward to next half term already!

 

Miss Allen, Mrs Giles, Mrs Clements, Mr Brown and Miss Pinto :) 

Monday 3rd July - Friday 14th July

 

I am not even sure where to start - it has been a busy busy busy couple of weeks! 

Our learning has included:

  • lots of counting, discussing patterns in numbers and problem solving
  • comparing where we live to a village in Kenya, Africa
  • recapping lots of phonemes and tricky words and growing hugely in confidence with these!
  • visiting The Wild Place Project and seeing lots of African animals close up!
  • using various construction resources to build animal homes
  • And of course, ART WEEK!! - weaving, painting, sticking, etc!

 

Well done for all your hard work and efforts Merlins!!  

Monday 26th June - Friday 30th June

 

Our learning this week included:

  • the arrival of the butterflies! 
  • discussing 'Superworm' and his talents and sharing what talents we have. We then celebrated our friends talents and made certificates, badges and rosettes for our peers!
  • growing our own cress 'hair'!
  • more subtraction and subitising 
  • introducing new tricky words
  • discussing special stories for Hindus and recapping the celebration of Diwali 
  • joining in with the whole school Danceathon!

 

Happy July!! :) 

Monday 19th June - Friday 23rd June

 

What a super busy week that was - it has flown by!!

 

Our learning this week included:

  • our first ever sports day! 
  • reading 'Superworm', learning new vocabulary and making up nonsense rhymes!
  • threading pasta and pipe cleaner 'Superworms' of our own!
  • our pet caterpillars are remaining safely in their cocoons... watch this space!!
  • addition and finding the missing number in the sum 
  • discussing that some religions also share some special stories

 

See you on Monday for the final week of June everybody :) 

Monday 12th June - Friday 16th June

 

Merlins have had a very super and very sunny week! 

 

Our learning this week included:

  • our pet caterpillars spinning their cocoons... watch this space!!
  • minibeast hunts
  • subtraction using concreate objects and pictorial representations too
  • the staff at the healthy eating cafe continued serving delicious food and drinks to their customers
  • more playdough and loose part butterfly and caterpillar models, which led on to creating more detailed, clay models of butterflies!
  • comparing stories that are special to Muslims and stories that are special to Christians
  • retelling the story of Noah's Ark in the water tray
  • engaging in Pyjamarama Day and spending the day in our PJs, listening to stories, drawing and doodling - all for a good charitable cause!  

 

Enjoy the sunny weekend Merlins team! :) 

Monday 5th June - Friday 9th June

 

Merlins have had a fabulous first week of term 6! We are so excited about our learning this week and have had so much fun!

 

Our learning this week included:

  • learning all about the butterfly life cycle and OUR VERY OWN CATERPILLARS ARRIVED!
  • writing suggested names and then voting for our 5 favourite caterpillar names
  • writing and making signs to remind people of how to take care of our caterpillar friends
  • adding numbers and finding one more and one less
  • the healthy eating cafe opened 
  • playdough and loose part butterfly and caterpillar models
  • learning about features of a mosque where Muslims go to pray
  • butterfly symmetry paintings 

 

Brilliant beginning to your final half term in Merlins team! :) 

Monday 22nd May - Friday 26th May

 

Merlins have certainly ended this term in style (and sunshine!)

 

Our learning this week included:

  • doubling numbers
  • more distributing equally and sharing fairly in maths
  • more story writing and telling 
  • lots of 'Who Am I?' games
  • bedtime routine discussions and role play 
  • the importance of brushing our teeth
  • beginning to look at the parts of a flower

 

Well done to everyone for working so hard right up until the final day this term - you are all stars! 

 

See you for after half term team! 

 

Miss Allen :) 

Monday 15th May - Friday 19th May

 

What a wonderful week it has been. Merlins have been very much enjoying the sunshine we've been having!

 

Our learning this week included:

  • distributing equally and sharing fairly in maths
  • cooking up a storm in the mud kitchen!
  • story telling and writing our own stories 
  • puppet shows!
  • learning about Mosques 
  • tangrams/creating shape pictures

 

Roll on the last week of this half term! :)

Monday 1st May - Friday 12th May

 

It has been a odd couple of weeks with bank holidays and lots going on in Merlins! Our dinosaur interest is continuing to grow and develop. 

 

Our learning this week included:

  • discovering different types of dinosaur fossils
  • discovering dinosaur bones in the sand and working on our fine motor skills whilst pouring and transporting the sand with accuracy 
  • story telling and writing 
  • learning about odd and even numbers and the patterns in numbers
  • number formation practise
  • designing and creating dinosaur sock puppets!

 

We wonder what's in store for next week... :)

Monday 24th April - Friday 28th April 

 

What a week for Merlins! Our 'Our Wild World' topic is in full swing and the children are loving their learning! 

 

Our learning this week included:

  • learning more about dinosaur fossils
  • reading to our dinosaur cuddly toys!
  • reading and writing our own non-fiction dinosaur books!
  • exploring the composition of number 10 and learning about number bonds to 10
  • learning about silhouettes and incorporating them into our own artwork
  • the importance of persevering on a task and to keep going even when something is hard!

 

Roll on next week team! :)