Early Years Sports Day

Sports day events

This week early years had their Sports Day activities.

At the beginning of the week we had a field events morning. Skills including hockey stick dribbling, bean bag throwing, catching and bouncing and football goals.

We finished off on Friday morning with the traditional races, Relay, Sprint, Hurdles and Egg and Spoon.

All the children did very well for their house teams. A big thank you to the Year 6 Team Captains and their helpers for supporting this event.

Forest School Mandala Patterns

Mandala Patterns

This week we have continued with our Forest School learning. We collected different natural materials t make Mandala patterns on the ground.

The children enjoyed finding leaves, sticks, stones and grass to use.

Nursery – Forest School leaf printing

Leaf Printing with hammers!

Today the Nursery went to the dell armed with hammers and pieces of white sheet.

We collected different types of leaves and then placed them between the materials and gentle hit them with a hammer. All the children were shown how to safely use a hammer. The effect was lovely and provoked lots of conversation about the different colours and shapes.

Early Years Water Day

Monday 19th June Water Day Ignite

On a really hot day Early Years had a wonderful time experiencing activities  with water.

We had lots of buckets, paintbrushes, paddling pools, things to squirt water and to spray bottles to create water art.

The children had a lovely learning experience and enjoyed the morning.

Here are some of the activities they enjoyed.

Early Years Playground

Our New Playground

After many months of planning the early years playground has had a makeover. Thanks to FOMS and Lottery Funding for helping to fund this project. Many of the children have been watching the diggers and machinery and have used this learning in their role play. The children have at last been able to use the trail and new climbing frame. Hopefully when the weather improves we will be able to make the sandpit available too.



Nursery – Bug Hotels and Garden centre

Making Bug Hotels

On Friday 12th Nursery took a trip to the dell to collect sticks and leaves. We returned to class and the children worked in pairs to put them in plastic bottles to make bug hotels. Some of the hotels were hung in the Nursery garden, some out the front of school and the rest in the dell. We will be visiting them to see if any mini beasts have made them home.

Thanks to the parents that provided us with seeds and plants. A big thanks to our parent helpers who spent time potting up the tubs and baskets. The garden centre is looking lovely and the children are enjoying playing and learning there.


Mini Beasts -Nursery

Exploring the dell and making mini beasts

As part of our topic Nursery and Reception have been visiting the dell to look for creatures in the trees and undergrowth. Today we collected natural materials to use with clay to make mini beasts. Here are a few of their amazing mini beasts.

Early Years Spring Term

Spring Term Topics and Learning

This term Early Years have been busy with our topics.

We started the term off with People that help us. We had many visitors, Police, Nurses, Physiotherapists and Mr Armoogum came to talk to the children about his job.

Many of our visitors were parents so I would like to thank them all for their time.

We also took a walk down to the Markyate Fire Station to see how it all works.

The topic for Spring 2 has been Take one book, we have chosen different books to work through with the children. Activities have been varied with each story. Books included What the Ladybird Heard, Georges Marvellous Medicine, Rhinos Don’t like Pancakes, The Way Back Home and We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.

The whole of Early Years then had a trip to Radlett Theatre to watch the show We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. The children all enjoyed the show and talked about their favourite thing about it. It seems getting wet was top of the list!


Early Year World Book Day


We had a great time dressing up for world book day, many thanks to years 6 and year 4 who down to help with the celebration.


Nursery News

The new Nursery children have really settled well. We have been getting used all about the different activities and routines and they have had great fun exploring and learning, with help and encouragement from all the children – it has been lovely to see how well our children work together and help each other. We have really enjoyed our topic ‘Places Far Away’, and have really produced some beautiful drawings and paintings of African animals. We have looked at a map of the world to see where the different countries are and have been learning about the different people, cultures and weather. We were lucky enough to have a visitor for Chinese New Year to talk to us and we learnt about the food, writing and numbers. We also watched some Chinese drumming and created our very own collage of a Dragon and a Snake which we now have hanging up in our classroom which looks amazing. We have had our own Travelling Ted, who has started to visit the children’s homes and he seems to be having great fun so far!

Earlier in the term, some of our Nursery children spent the morning at the village coffee shop where we bought juice and biscuits. The children showed impeccable table manners and learned how to order and pay for food. Customers commented on the excellent behaviour and abilities of our children of whom we are very proud. When we came back to school, we made our own biscuits, using rolling pins and cutters to make different shapes. We then decorated them and ate them – yummy!

We are now into our next topic Spring and we have started with The Very Hungry Caterpillar and have talked about some different lifecycles, and how the little egg becomes a beautiful butterfly! We have produced some beautiful art work of caterpillars, cocoons and butterflies. We will be exploring different aspects of spring, looking at animals and plants, doing some planting of our own and talking about the changes in the seasons and the weather.

It has been a pleasure this term to start our Open Coffee Mornings, Stay and Play sessions and Parent Workshops as we seek to further develop our links with families and their involvement in their children’s learning.