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Welcome to Early Years!

Friday 24th June

The learning never stops in Early Years! This week we have been finding out all about grouping and sharing. We have learnt lots of new mathematical language and it has lead to some interesting discussions about making things fair, how we feel when things are unfair and how to use our words to find a solution.

Friday 17th June

The sun came out this week and helped us have a fantastic Sports Day. We joined in with Key Stage 1 and competed in our Houses: Michael Morpurgo, Charles Dickens, William Shakespeare, Malorie Blackman , Beatrix Potter and Julia Donaldson. We took part in lots of fun events such as the egg and spoon race, Obstable race, Frogs in the pond and relays. Everyone tried their very best and cheered each other on. Then we had a celebratory picnic lunch with our parents on the school field.

Friday 10th June

What an exciting week in Early Years! We started our final term by celebrating the Platinum Jubilee. We made crowns and had our own street party in our outside area. We celebrated World Ocean Day and learned how plastic can pollute the sea. We made some super posters to tell everyone to look after our sea. On Friday we had our first school trip! We had a fantastic day at Abberton Reservoir where we did pond dipping and identified different trees. Our teachers were very proud of how well we listened and behaved.

Friday 27th May

We have been delighted to see how well our plants are growing. We can't wait to see the flowers appear on our sweet peas. We already have some on our strawberry plant. This week we wrote some labels for the plants and then felt inspired to paint pictures of the plants, using watercolours. 

Friday 20th May

This week the sun shone on our Sponsored Walk afternoon. Everyone was very excited to go on the field and join Key Stage 1 to do ten laps of the school field. Some of us ran it and all we all joined in and kept going! It was lots of fun!

Today it was time to release our butterflies. We have enjoyed watching them develop and learning about their lifecycle and noticing symmetrical patterns on their wings. We took them to the forest area and sang them our caterpillar song one last time. Then we made a wish for them all and gently helped them out on to some flowers. Most of the butterflies then flew high into the sky and away!

Friday 13th May

Great learning and excitement this week, inspired by the classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle! We were interested to watch a video of the author reading his book and then we used story maps to familiarise ourselves with the structure of the story. The fruit sounded so delicious that we decided we would like to try some. We wrote shopping lists for the fruit and then made fruit salad, using real knives and practising our cutting and slicing skills. It was very popular and some of us had seconds and even thirds! To round off a fantastic week, some of our caterpillars hatched into butterflies, provoking lots of questions and excited faces!

Friday 6.5.22

This week we learned about the Muslim festival of Eid. We were fascinated by the beautiful mendhi patterns used to decorate hands and had ago at designing our own.

Friday 29th April

After our Easter break we were keen to enjoy some warmer weather and use our outdoor space. We practised our number and turn-taking skills with a game on a giant number line. We strengthened our gross muscles by rolling tyres and made up some imaginative games, hiding under a barrel and building a throne. It has been lovely to hear lots of sharing of  ideas and to see collaboration in action!

To finish off our Superhero learning , we learned about a real life superhero, Captain Sir Tom Moore. We really enjoyed hearing about how he inspired lots of others. We learned about how life has changed since 1920, when Sir Tom was born and even had a go at flapper dancing! We learned about the Easter story and used our cutting skills and shape knowledge to make some chicks and rabbits. To round off a busy term, we were very excited to see the snow and rushed out to enjoy it. Happy Easter everyone!

Friday 25th March

In preparation for Mother's Day we enjoyed reading My Mum by Anthony Browne. We thought hard about the qualities we love about our Mums and what they look like, then painted their portraits! In forest school time we also got creative - this time with clay. We rolled out a ball of clay to form a tile then decorated it by pressing natural materials in to make patterns with the indentations.

Friday 17th March 2022

We have had a busy week dressing up as Superheroes for Comic Relief. Some us were real life heroes, such as doctors and nurses. We even had red nose and spoon races, as we found out that they were going to do that on television! We also learned about the Hindu Spring festival of Holi. It is the ferstival of colour and celebrated with splashing lots of powdered paint around. We had lots of fun with balloons and paint and found we could make pretty patterns on the ground.

Friday 4th March 2022

We had lots of dinosaur-themed fun on World Book Day! Our book was called Dinosaur Roar. We learned lots of new facts by reading and sharing this book and  other dinosaur books. We mixed paints to make dinosaur colours for our printing and some of us drew some enormous dinosaurs on the ground!

Friday 25th February 2022

We were very excited to have a visit from a real author! Natalie Newman came to share her book, 'Lark the Shark' with us and we learnt about how important it is to look after our oceans.

Friday 4th February 2022

This week our EYFS children have been learning about Chinese New Year. We have looked at Chinese traditions and explored elements of this celebration. Today we were very excited to make our own Vegetable and Noodle Stir Fry. We grated carrots, chopped peppers, spring onions, pak choi leaves and added mange tout, bean sprouts and noodles. It was great to experience the smells as it cooked and to then taste our stir fry that we had made. Most of uas loved it and wanted seconds as well as enjoying some prawn crackers. Yum!



Friday 28th January 2022

We have been learning about nocturnal animals in the woods today. We collected lots of natural objects and came back to class to make some collages of the nocturnal animals we had talked about. We collected and used leaves, grass and small sticks to make our collages.



Friday 21st January 2022

This week we have been investigating weighing. We used the balance scales to compare weights of lors of different objects and used some mathematical language, such as, " heavier, lighter, balanced, the same as , equal."

Friday 14th January 2022

During Forest School , we talked about woodland animals and how they need shelter during the Winter months. The children explored a variety of joining methods and had to consider how to improve their designs if it was unsuccessful. We were really impressed with the thought and dedication they showed.



Friday 7th January 2022

We were very impressed with all the children that took part in the Christmas reading challenge. Lots of thought went into this and we shared the pictures with their whole class. We would like to share a few examples on here and thank you all for your fantastic pictures. Well done!


Friday 9th December

The Christmas spirit had truly arrived at Stanway Fiveways for this week!  We were very excited to perfrom our Nativity for our parents and show off all our hard work. Then we celebrated with a delicious Christmas dinner!

Friday 3rd December

This week we started getting in the festive spirit! The children thought of their own ideas for Christmas-themed role play areas. They had lots of fun looking after poorly reindeer, sending letters  to Santa and pretending to be in an icy Santa Land.

Friday 19th November 2021

As it is 'Children In Need' today, we have spent the week planning and praparing a party for Pudsey. He is always so generous to others that we decided to treat him for once! We have been busy writing shopping lists, making cards, wrapping presents, making playdough cakes and decorations. This afternoon all of our hardwork came to fruition with an amazing party that we all enjoyed so much. 


Friday 12th November 2021

This week we took part in the 2 minute silence to show our respects on Remebrance Day. We enjoyed creating poppies to mark the occasion. We have made great progress in phonics and are now identifying what a words initial sound is and are beginning to blend and segment the sounds in cvc words.


Friday 5th November 2021

Remember, remember the 5th November! We have been very busy this week looking at different celebrations. We made rangoli patterns and diva lamps for Diwali and fireworks and sparkler biscuits for Bonfiore night. We ate our biscuits sitting round the 'fire' at the log circle whilst singing the Bonfire songs that we learnt.

Friday 22nd October 2021

We have been getting ready for Halloween this week by dressing up in scary costumes and carving peppers. We put tea lights inside them to see them glow!



Friday 15th October 2021

During the week we have been learning to recognise and continue repeating patterns. We had lots of fun doing this in many different ways; we even used materials gathered on our welly walk and delicious, healthy fruit!


Friday 8th October 2021

This week we started our Star Wars letters sessions! This is the time when we use our pens as light sabres to practise holding our pens correctly and form some pre-writing patterns. We listen to the theme music as we work and this inpsires us to train like Jedi Knights!


Friday 1st October 2021

Today we went on the first of our Welly Walks. We explored the area and found out about how to stay safe in the environment. Over the next few weeks we will be learning about which leaves come from which trees and a variety of bugs. We will investigate our varied Forest School facilities over the weeks including our school pond, wooded area and creative resources. 


Friday 24th Sept 2021

Wow! What a great end to another fantastic week in Reception. The children have continued to explore the different classrooms and outside area and have made new friends. We have been doing some listening and sounds games this week and the children have been comparing drumming sounds after playing their own beats on the drum. We finished the week with crazy hair day. Don't they all look amazing?

Friday 17th Sept 2021

This week the Reception children have loved exploring their new environment and making new friends. We have been so impressed with how they have all coped with their first full week at school. 


Friday 10th Sept 2021

The EYFS children have settled into school life amazingly. We are so proud of how well they have adjusted to their new surroundings, have started to make new friends and have been ready and willing to explore their new environment. Today was their first day of being in school for a full day and they loved it!

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