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Welcome to Nursery


Our Teacher is Mrs. May

 Our Nursery Nurse is Mrs. Pope & our Teaching Assistant is Mrs. Clarke

19th May 2018

Walk to School Week 21th to 25th May 2018 2018 is Hertfordshire’s Year of Physical Activity and your challenge is to support your child/children to participate in your MPL’s Walk to School Week. We would like to encourage all our pupils to try and walk, cycle or scoot to school during this week. If it’s not possible to walk all the way, then it would be great if you could park 10 minutes away from school and walk or scoot the last part of your journey. We all know the health benefits of walking so please help us this week to reduce congestion, support children being more active and lower carbon emissions this walk to school week.


Monday – Weekend News – thank you for the notes, these really do help us to prompt the children during group times.


Thursday 24th May – Funky Footwear - the children are invited to funk up their footwear and walk to school. There will be a special guest on the school playground during the morning checking out their funky footwear.


Friday 25th May -  Year 6 Enterprise Fair – This is a wonderful opportunity for you to accompany your children around a selection of stalls run by the Year 6 class. Stalls last year included: nail painting; beat the goalie, tombola etc. I will let you all know the time slot for Hopscotch ASAP. Our slot is normally about 11:15, but I need to double check this!


Tadpoles  and  Caterpillars - Great excitement last week with the arrival of the tadpoles and caterpillars.   The children have had opportunity to observe and draw a picture of our tadpoles and caterpillars as well as be introduced to the two life cycles.   Look out this week for the tadpoles shrinking tails and back legs and look out for the chrysalis.


Sound of the Week: ‘L’ for leg, logo, lemon, light, little, ladybird, log etc.


Book of the Week: Rosie’s Walk. We will be sequencing the story, thinking about our own walk to school, using prepositions – positional language – under, over, next to etc., developing imaginative play ideas using the toy farm animals.


Number focus this week: • Uses the language of ‘more’ and ‘fewer’ to compare two sets of objects. • Finds the total number of items in two groups by counting all of them.


Literacy Writing focus: writing our names, introducing rhyming strings: i.e. hen, pen, den, men


PE: ball skills - • Shows increasing control over an object in pushing, patting, throwing, catching or kicking it. • Maintains attention, concentrates and sits quietly, listening to instructions during appropriate activity.


See you all tomorrow


Mrs May, Mrs Pope, Mrs Robertson, Mrs Armitt and Ms Pellow

13 May 2018


Sound of the week – ‘e’ for elephant, egg, envelope, elk, empty, elbow etc.


This week we will be learning all about the royal wedding.

  • We will be looking at different weddings and would love to see any personal photos of weddings.
  • If your child has ever been involved in a wedding, they could bring in a photo of that
  • If they would like to bring in a photo of a relative getting married or a family friend’s wedding that would be lovely.
  • We would like these for Tuesday 15th May please


Weekend News -  The children will have opportunity to tell us about their weekend news and draw a picture. Thank you for the notes about the children’s weekend; it really does help us to give the children prompts.


Frogs - Mrs Kent (cover teacher in Jumping Jacks) has located from frogs spawn and a fish tank for us.  Thank you Mrs Kent!   We have ordered some caterpillar to butterfly eggs, however they haven't arrived yet!


Snails - Thank you Jess for bring in a snail, it inspired us to try and make our own snails out of play dough.


Thank you for the tents, the children are enjoying their role play area – camping!


See you all tomorrow


Mrs May, Mrs Pope, Mrs Armitt, Mrs Clarke, Miss Pellow

7 May 2018

What a sunny weekend we have had. We look forward to hearing the children’s weekend news. Please could you jot a few notes about your bank holiday weekend and place these in the children’s bags…thank you!


Book of the week: The Bad Tempered Ladybird


Activities will include:

- Talk for Writing – we will be scribing children’s weekend news and the children will be asked to draw / mark make the pictures for their weekend news.

- Number bond ladybirds, children will count the spots and work out how many more spots needed to make 10.

- Ladybird collage

- Ladybird clay models

- Ladybird sun catchers

- Camping Role Play – If anyone has a beach pop up tent we could borrow for a couple of weeks that would be great...thank you! And some small children’s garden/beach chairs.

- Mini-beasts – has anyone got any stick insects or land snails we could look at…thank you!

- Caterpillars  to butterflies – hopefully our caterpillars will arrive this week!


Key Groups – we will be meeting in our key groups this week with the intention of encouraging the children to develop their number and pre-writing skills i.e. number bonds to 5/10, mark making (pictures and writing patterns) and continuing to encourage the children to start writing their names.


Sound of the week – ‘f’ for: fish, frog, fork, flower, fan, frozen, fruit, friends etc. Thank you for helping your children to find objects. There has been a fantastic selection and the children love showing their class their chosen object


Fire Drill – we had a surprise practice fire drill. The children listened to the instructions to walk sensibly out of class and lined up brilliantly on the EYFS playground. They stood in silence for a good ten minutes!! Well done Hopscotch Class, we are very proud of you.


P.E - on Thursdays the children are participating in PE (shoes and socks off only). Last week they demonstrated how to move around the hall and along a balance beam in different ways. This week we will focus on ball skills – throwing and catching


Miss Pellow – It’s been an exciting week getting to know Miss Pellow, our new teaching assistant,  (Amelia’s is in Brackendene). Miss Pellow will be red group’s key worker.


SUN CREAM, WATER BOTTLES AND HATS PLEASE!! It’s going to be warm again tomorrow!


See you all tomorrow


Mrs May, Mrs Pope, Mrs Clarke, Miss Pellow and Mrs Robertson

29 April 2018


Sound of the week: 'b' for ball, balloon, basket, banana, book etc


Topic for the next couple of weeks will be - Mini-beasts.  This weeks book focus will be 'The Hungry Caterpillar' which I know is a favourite in Hopscotch Class.


See you all tomorrow


Mrs May, Mrs Pope, Mrs Armitt and Mrs Robertson

22 April 2018

Please remember to send your child in with a water bottle every day and this should not have any squash or juice in. We also need the children to wear a sunhat as the weather is getting warmer. All day sun cream should be applied before school in the morning.


We will be continuing our topic on pirates this week. We have been learning the pirate song 'When I was one, I sucked my thumb the day I went to sea etc.   The children have been making pirate hats and created pirate ships (friendships) using paper plates.   The children drew friends or family on their ships and tomorrow we will be thinking about the qualities of a good friend.  


This week we will be painting pirates, playing board games and developing our number skills.    The children are beginning to write the initial letters of their names, some children writing their whole name.  We will continue to focus on this and it would be helpful if you could practise helping them to write their names at home.  


On Thursday 'Jack' our PE coach will be working with the children on physical development.  Activities will include moving in different ways along balance beams, throwing and catching bean bags and balls and working with a partner.   As a warm up activity the children will be learning the pirate game ie scrub the decks, climb the rigging and walk the plank etc.


On Thursday we will be having a little pirate tea party as a way of saying a big thank you and goodbye  to Mrs Clarke.  Mrs Clarke's last day will be on Friday.  The children and staff have loved Mrs Clarke working with us in Hopscotch class and will miss her dearly.  Good Luck in your new role Mrs Clarke.


Sound of the Week: u for umbrella, umpire, under, unlock, underground, upside down, uppercase, umbrella bird etc. (You may wish to print off some pictures if you struggle to find objects)


Please remember to talk to your children about their weekend activities.


See you tomorrow


Mrs Clarke, Mrs Pope, Mrs Armitt, Mrs Robertson and Mrs May

15 April 2018

We hope you have all enjoyed the Easter holidays with family and friends. would love to see pictures, photos or notes about your adventures. Magic Moments – Please feel free to ask for another magic moment’s sheet so the children can share their holiday news with the class


Our topic for the next couple of weeks is going to be ‘pirates’. We will be reading ‘Night Pirates’ and other pirate stories (please bring in any pirate stories your children have…thank you!). We will be creating paper ships - ‘friendships’ to help us think about what makes a good friend.


Our number work will continue to focus on number recognition – particularly numbers of personal significance, matching numeral and quantity, estimation – by estimating how many objects they can see and check by counting, finding the total number of objects in two groups by counting them and finding one more/one less from a group of up to five/then ten objects.


In literacy (writing) we will be encouraging the children to begin to write their names and give meaning to marks they make as they draw and paint. Talk for Writing - This week we will ask the children to draw a picture of something they have enjoyed over the Easter holidays, and then we will scribe their ideas onto their work.


Sound of the week is ‘k’ for kangaroo, key, kite etc.


We look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday.


Mrs Pope, Mrs Armitt, Mrs Robertson, Mrs Clarke and Mrs May

Hi Everyone


Tomorrow (Thursday) is a non-uniform day!


Hopscotch Team

25th March


Last week we introduced the topic of the spring season. We painted pictures of spring flowers and have displayed these in the classroom. We have been on a lovely spring walk and discovered the first signs of spring. Please talk to your children about the changes in spring, including if you are lucky enough to see any new born lambs or chicks.


This week our activities will be based around the theme of Easter.


Sound of the Week – ‘C’ for caterpillar, cat, car, carp, camel, candle, cow, cake, cup, carrot etc


This week is National Autism Awareness Week – On Wednesday we will be holding a ‘Onesie Wednesday’ where all children are invited to wear their onesies to school, if they donate a minimum of £1 to the National Autistic Society.   If your child does not have a onesie, they may wear pyjamas instead (no spaghetti tops or shorts please).  


Mrs May, Mrs Pope, Mrs Clarke, Mrs Armitt and Mrs Robertson would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Very Happy Easter Holiday.


18 March 2018

Sound of the week: 'O' for: orange, octopus, otter, ocelot, octahedron, omnivore, ostrich, opposite etc

Book of the Week: Whatever Next! by Jill Murphy and 

Topic for Week: Spring


See you all tomorrow

Hopscotch Team


12 March 


We hope you enjoyed your gifts.  My thanks go to Mrs Clarke and Mrs Pope for organising the biscuit making last week.  


My thanks to Mrs Armitt, Mrs Robertson, Mrs Clarke and Mrs Pope for being willing volunteers (patients) in the doctors surgery last week.   


We will continue the focus on the story 'The Train Ride' this week.  We are gradually creating a display about the Train Ride story, using paintings and collage pictures.    This week the children will be using bubble painting and material collage to create farm animals.   Have you been on a train ride with your children? What did you see? What did you see?   Maybe the children could draw a picture of what they see when travelling on a train.

Sound of the week is 'g' for goat, girl, gift, goal, glasses, grapes, guitar etc.   

Spare clothes - please could you check your child's spare clothes bag for: joggers, pants, socks and tops. Thank you.

Junk Modelling - thank you for all the boxes you have kindly brought in.  We have enough boxes now.  Please could you bring in any kitchen roll tubes as this week we will be asking the children to create balloon vehicles.

Thank you and see you all tomorrow.

Hopscotch Team

Friday 9th March - Mother's Day Surprises Room.  If you would like your child to buy something please place money (suggested amount up to £5) in an sealed/marked envelope.

3rd March 2018

It was lovely to see you all on Monday, for the ‘Play and Stay’ session. If you didn’t get chance to pop in and would like to stay and play please come in and arrange a visit. Please could you take a few minutes to fill in the comment sheet about your children’s learning journey (you will find this in the children’s journals)? Thank you!


Last week we had a look  at a video clip about my visit to the Royal Railway Museum in London. The children have asked to look at various means of transport and therefore this week we will focus on transport. If you get the opportunity to visit and ride on the mail rail (under Mount Pleasant sorting office) I highly recommend it. There is an interactive room for the children to explore the ‘journey of a letter’ too.


Books for the week:

· The Train Ride by June Crebbin, illustrated by Stephen Lambert. This book is a story of a boy going to see his Grandmother on the train. On the way he talks about what he sees. The book has a lovely rhythm in it and changes as the train is slowly down at the end of the story.

· Up, Up, Up by Susan Reed, illustrated by Rachel Oldfield.- a rhyming book about the adventures of a family riding up in a hot air balloon (sounds an exciting outing!)


Sound of the week: ‘p’ for parrot, post, pink, parsnip etc.


Junk Modelling – If you have any boxes (large and small), cardboard tubes, collage material i.e. ribbon, shiny paper etc. we would be very grateful. The children would love to make a mail train using large cardboard boxes / fruit crates etc. Thank you!


Weekend News – some of the children are finding it tricky to remember what they did at the weekend. If you have a spare few minutes please could you jot down some notes about your weekend? it doesn’t need to be detailed, just a sentence or too. This will help us to help them share their news.


Parent Consultations – I look forward to seeing you on Thursday for our rearranged parent consultations. They will take place in the ‘Tardis’ a room next to the den, where we have had our previous consultations. Please come into school via the office and take a seat on chairs just outside the office. I will meet and greet your there. Thank you

See you all on Monday

Mrs May, Mrs Clarke, Mrs Pope, Mrs Armitt and Mrs Robertson.

25 February 2018

Stay and Play - Thank-you to the parents who came to the stay and play session on Friday. We will be repeating this tomorrow (Monday). Stay and play session Monday (26th) 8:45 – 9:15. Please take a look at the learning journals with your children and explore the activities in the classroom.


Consultations – I look forward to seeing you all this week at parent consultations. On Tuesday’s consultation we will be meeting in the den. You will find the den just before the hall on the right. I will let you know where we will meet on Thursday ASAP.


Polly had a Dolly – is our focus nursery rhyme for this week. Our role play area has transformed into a doctors surgery. We will be asking the children to listen for and suggest rhyming words i.e. Polly/dolly, sick/quick etc. See if your children can think of some more rhyming words at home.


Sound of the week is ‘n’ for: net, nose, nine, Nemo, nurse. I will stick a copy of the weekly sound chart on the door to help you plan ahead and search for the objects.    


See you all tomorrow

Mrs May, Mrs Pope, Mrs Clarke, Mrs Armitt and Mrs Robertson

Dear Parents/Carers

We would like to invite you to a ‘Stay and Play’ session on Friday 23 February (tomorrow) and/or Monday 26 February. This will give you the opportunity to look through your child’s learning journal and share in some of the activities they enjoy. The session is from 8:45 – 9:15 and there will be the chance to talk to your child about their learning.

We hope to see you thee

Mrs May, Mrs Pope, Mrs Clarke, Mrs Robertson and Mrs Armitt

Dear Parents / Carers,

We would like to invite you to a ‘Stay and Play’ session on Friday 23 February (this Friday) and/or Monday 26 February. This will give you the opportunity to look through your child’s learning journal and share in some of the activities they enjoy. The session is from 8:45 am until 9:15: am and there will be the chance to talk to your child about their learning.

We hope to see you there

Mrs May, Mrs Pope and Mrs Clarke

Week Beginning 19 February 2018


Hi Everyone

I hope you have all had fun over the half term holiday.


Our Book of the week will be ‘People who help us’. The children will be helping us to plan their learning for this week. We will be asking the children who help us i.e. family, doctors, dentists etc. and what they do to help us.


At home the children might like to draw a picture of a person who has helped them in the last few weeks (could be family members/lollypop person/shop assistants etc.). Please write their ideas underneath their pictures – thank you!


Magic Moments – Please feel free to ask for another magic moment’s sheet so the children can share their holiday news with the class


Phonic sound of the week is ‘i’ for igloo, ink, insect, iguana, indigo etc.


People Who Help Us! – if you would like to come into class to talk to the children about how you help them and / or know of a doctor, dentist, nurse, fireman, police lady/man, vet , paramedic, shop keeper, hairdresser, baker, milkman/lady, etc., who would be willing to spare some time with us, please let us know.


Holiday News – please remind your children about their holiday news so they feel confident to share their adventures with their key group.


We look forward to seeing you all tomorrow


Mrs May, Mrs Pope, Mrs Clarke, Mrs Armitt and Mrs Robertson


4 February 2018

This week we will be reading Dinosaur Roar. We have noticed quite a few dinosaurs in Hopscotch class this week. Our creative activities will be based on dinosaurs.


It is wonderful to see how the children have grown in confidence, developed their friendships and imaginative play. I hope you feel as proud of your children as we do.


Role Play Cafe - The children have thoroughly enjoyed engaging in role play in the café this week, there have been lots of tasty sandwich fillings created (pretend of course). We tasted a range of different breads (including gluten free). A popular choice was the raisin bread and the gluten free brioche.

Sound of the week: our sound of the week is ‘t’ – T Rex, toast, timer, tiger, tangerine, tambourine etc.

Days of the Week – we have been introducing the days of the week song to the children and will continue this.

Recognising numerals – the children are great at recognising their age (3 and 4). We are practising recognising and ordering numbers to 5 (challenge to 10).

Names – Some of the children are now keen to try writing their names so we will encourage this and have a set of laminated names for them to copy. It is important that the children form the letters correctly, starting at the top of the letter. I will send home a copy of how to form the letters so that if the children wish to start writing their name they can form the letters correctly­.

Friday 9th February (this Friday) is an Inset Day; enjoy an extra day to start your half term.

See you all tomorrow (remember your sound of the week objects and weekend news!)

Mrs Pope, Mrs Clarke, Mrs Robertson and Mrs Armitt and Mrs May

28 January 2018

This week we have been reading The Jolly Pocket Postman. Our role play area was changed to a post office, which proved very popular.


On Friday it was Super Hero day! We have all really enjoyed superhero day, it was lovely to see all of the children dressed up as different superheroes. We read Supertato, a super potato / hero who rescues the other vegetables from the evil pea, returning the pea back to the freezer. Please let us know if you would like to borrow the book. We also have 10 Little Super Heroes book too!


The role play area will be changing into a cake shop this week.


Sound of the week is ‘d’ for dinosaur, digger, donut, drink etc. Thank you for encouraging your children to look for objects beginning with the sound of the week. The children really do enjoy standing at the front of class sharing their object with their friends.

See you all tomorrow

Mrs May, Mrs Pope, Mrs Armitt, Mrs Clarke and Mrs Robertson

Date: 21 January 2018

Hi Everyone

This week our book of the week will be ‘The Jolly Postman’. We will be reading and drawing our own maps, writing letters of apology from Goldilocks to the Three Bears and programming a Beebot to move in different directions. If you know of a postman/postwoman who would be willing to talk to the children about his/her work, we would love to hear from you.

Our new role play area this week will be either a cake shop or a post office (or both!!). If you have any spare envelopes, leaflets, old scales, coins, stamps, postcards, parcels etc. spare, please bring them in.

Magic Moments: On Friday your children will have brought home a ‘magic moment’ sheet. If your child has done something special (now or in the next few weeks) please fill in a magic moment and we will share it with the class. This is a lovely way for your children to share their home experiences with their friends.

Tuesday – Parent Workshop – 6:30 in the school hall – Maths focus

Friday - Super Hero day. The school council pupils have chosen to raise money to build an arts and reading summer house for KS1 and KS2 playground. The children may wear non-uniform, with a theme of super heroes. Please can the children dress as their favourite super hero and bring in a donation of £1. Thank you.

Sound of the week is ‘S’ for snake, signs, sausages, snowflakes, swan, shoe, strawberries, scarf, spider, snail, straw, smile etc. Thank you for supporting this activity. The children really enjoy sharing their objects with the class.

See you all tomorrow

Mrs May, Mrs Pope, Mrs Clarke, Mrs Robertson and Mrs Armitt

Date: 14 January 2018

Hi Everyone

We hope you have all had a wonderful weekend. The children have been very excited about their castle mini topic. This week we will be reading the Frog Prince.

  • Number work – Last week the children explored matching numerals and quantity. Numerals from 1 to 10 were chalked on the playground and the children were asked to say the numeral and then find enough bricks to match the numeral. We used the language of ‘more’ if we were short of bricks i.e. how many more bricks do we need.  We will send home some ideas/ activities to support this work tomorrow
  • Spare Clothes - Thank you for topping up your children’s spare clothes bag and for bringing in extra spare clothes for the class bag too. We are always grateful for extra socks and pants.
  • Milk Bottles: Mrs Clarke tells me that we have plenty of milk bottles at the moment, thank you very much.
  • Junk Modelling – We would welcome boxes and tubes of all shapes and sizes to add to our junk modelling box. Boxes including: cereal boxes, kitchen rolls, Pringles, smarty tubes etc.
  • Rice, pasta and porridge oats – we would welcome any rice etc. to add to our tuff trays to help the children develop their skills in pouring and sieving.
  • Sound of the Week – our sound of the week is ‘a’ for apple, acrobat, avocado, ant, arrow. Please encourage your children to bring in an object or picture starting with the sound ‘a’. The children will receive a class award sticker and be able to show the class their object.
  • Our Phonics activities in nursery class are based on Phase 1 Letters and Sounds: See link ­­­
  • Weekend News – please remind your children about their weekend activities as this will help them remember what to say to their key groups on a Monday circle time.

See you tomorrow

Mrs May, Mrs Pope, Mrs Clarke, Mrs Robertson and Mrs Armitt


5th January

Welcome back to a new term and a happy new year to you all


Topic - Our topic for the next couple of weeks will be 'Castles, dragons, knights and princesses' - chosen by the children.  The children have thought about what they would like in their castle role play area, ideas include: hobby horses, crowns, dressing up clothes, shields and many more ideas.   Last week we read the story 'Mog and the Castle'.  This week we will be reading 'Zog' (written by Julia Donaldson).  Zog is the keenest dragon in school and his mission is to capture a princess.   


Milk cartons - thank you for all the milk bottles that you have brought into class.  Please continue to bring them in as we will be creating an igloo in the next couple of weeks


Spare Clothes - our spare clothes have become depleted, particularly: socks, tights, pants and jogging bottoms.  Please could you check your children's spare clothes bags to check they are topped up.  Thank you!


Tuesday - Parent Workshop 1 (Tuesday 9th January 2018 at 6.30pm - 7.30pm in the hall): 'Cracking the Code' - how to support your child in learning to read/the power of words. (for parents of children in Nursery, Reception, Y1 and Y2)


Phonics Sound of the Week - Please could you encourage your children to bring in an object that begins with the sounds 'm' i.e., mouse, milk, melon, monkey, motor bike, magnet etc.   We will display these objects on the sounds table and practise the sound as a whole class.  


We look forward to seeing you all tomorrow


Mrs May, Mrs Pope, Mrs Clarke, Mrs Armitt and Mrs Robertson


24th December 2017


Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  Thank you once again for all our gifts.


See you on Thursday 4th January 2018


Have fun!


Mrs May, Mrs Pope, Mrs Clarke, Mrs Armitt and Mrs Robertson


Tuesday 12 December

Hi Everyone

Thank you so much for our Christmas Hampers, we were all super excited.   The chocolates are really delicious (whoops) not quite Christmas yet!  

A few bullet points for the next few days:

  • Tomorrow (Wednesday 13th) - Christmas Jumper Day.  Its ok if you do not have a Christmas jumper, your child could wear a red or green jumper for example.
  • Thursday (Panto day)...oh yes it is!   This has to be a favourite event for us all, its such fun!    Normal starting time into Nursery.  Pick up time is 1.15 from Hopscotch classroom (normal door).
  • Friday (Christmas Surprises Room) - This is organised by the Parents Association.   If you wish for your child to buy a present or two then please could you put some money in a named envelope (or purse), thank you.   Amounts up to £5, your discretion how much you wish your child to spend.
  • Monday 18th (next week) - EYFS Nativity (1st performance) 9.14 - 9.45  - a wonderful production.  It is a popular event, with both parents, grandparents and other family members possibly attending,  please bear in mind space is limited.  Hopscotch class will be sitting in front of the stage and will be singing.   Leapfrogs and Jumping Jacks will be acting and singing.  Pick up is at normal time (11.45am)
  • Tuesday 19th (last morning of term) - EYFS Nativity (2nd performance) 9.15 - 9.45 - you may pick your child up after the performance (about 9.50am) from Hopscotch classroom door.
  • Nativity Clothes - Hopscotch class to arrive in class in their party clothes please. (Mon 18th & Tues 19th)
  • Collection Box -  A collection box will be available should you wish to bring in some loose change and make donations to charities of the schools choice





Book Week – Last week our book of the week was ‘The Little Red Hen’.  We talked about working as a team, being kind and helpful.    

Bread Rolls - We hope you have enjoyed the bread rolls that the children made last week. They loved making the bread and hope it has inspired you to give it a go at home too! 


Next week is road safety week so on Friday the children can come in dressed up for the Be Bright, Be Seen day.


See you all tomorrow


Mrs May, Mrs Pope, Mrs Clarke, Mrs Armitt and Mrs Robertson


13 November

We hope you have all enjoyed the 'Book at Bedtime' week.  Mrs Clarke tells me that the Book at Bedtime event on Wednesday was very busy.   I hope you enjoyed listening to all of the different stories, alongside enjoying a cup of hot chocolate.


Our story for the week was 'Owl Babies'.   The children have been busy mark making owl pictures using chalks, rolling out air dough to create owls and talking about the structure of a story: beginning, middle and end.   

This Week

Our book for the week will be: Little Red Hen which will help us think about working as a team and being a good friend.  The children will be making bread rolls and mark making the story of Little Red Hen.


I look forward to seeing you all tomorrow (I missed you all last week)


Mrs May, Mrs Pope, Mrs Clarke, Mrs Robertson and Mrs Armitt



5 Nov 2017

Reflection from week beginning 30 October

Last week the children looked at the story ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’. The Children had the opportunity to:

1. Taste porridge (a very popular activity)

2. Create bear paintings (we squirted some paint onto black paper then used a fork to drag the paint across the paper. We added wobbly eyes and then decided if our picture was Daddy Bear, Mummy Bear or Baby Bear.)

3. Acted out the story in the role play cottage

4. Mix porridge oats and water in the water tray

On Friday we watched a ‘Woolly and Tig’ story about fireworks and created firework pictures using straws and paint.

Learning Journey – If you have received an email asking you to participate in the ‘2 build a profile’ system, please click to confirm – you can then receive your child’s learning journey via email. If you have any problem receiving the emails please let us know and we can check the email address for you.

This Week - Week Beginning 6th November 2017 - Book Week

  1. Your child has brought home some book at bedtime cheques. Please fill these in daily and bring them back to school. The cheques are put into a lucky dip next Friday. One lucky child will win a prize! This is a great opportunity to share a story each day/evening with your children.
  2. Wednesday its ‘Book at Bedtime’, (6pm – 8pm) Please come along and hear a selection of stories read by a different members of staff. It truly is a wonderful evening.

It is ‘Book Week’; please could you take a photo of your child reading their favourite book. We will be putting these photos on display.

Book of the week will be ‘Owl Babies’ by Martin Waddell. Activities will be based around this story.


Enjoy the fireworks and stay safe


Mrs May, Mrs Pope, Mrs Clarke, Mrs Armitt and Mrs Robertson

 24th October 


Last week was all about Diwali. We learnt about how people celebrate Diwali and we have made our own Diva lamps out of clay.  We made Rangoli patterns and Mehndi patterns using paint and crayons. Mrs Clarke and Mrs Pope have been very busy assembling ‘all about me’ posters, which are absolutely fantastic.   Please feel free to pop into class to have a look.  The frames have your children’s magic moment pictures and self portrait paintings attached.   We aim to add more photos to show your children ‘learning through play’ too. Please feel free to bring some photos in of your half term activities and we will share these with the class.   

Have a great half term 

Hopscotch Team xx

15 October


Autumn Walk: some of the children went on an autumn walk and looked for signs of autumn and to see what plants, animals and other things we can find. The children found a hole in a tree and suggested it was a home for a rabbit.

Vets Role Play: The children have had the opportunity to explore the vet’s role play area. Animals have been bandaged, offered pretend medicine and patients offered appointments.

Literacy: The children were introduced to the story ‘Leaf Man’. Some children went outside and created leaf man pictures

Individual Photos: I hear that the children posed beautifully for their photos.

Disco: I hope your children had a great time at the disco; we look forward to hearing all about this and your weekend news tomorrow.

This Week

Diwali - We will be learning all about – the Hindu festival of Light.

All About Us’ pamphlet – We look forward to sharing the photos of your children and family within our key group time.

Welly Walk Wednesday – We will be going on a listening walk. I wonder what sounds you hear on the way to school.

Parent Consultations – I look forward to meeting you either on Tuesday or Thursday to discuss your children’s learning thus far.

See you tomorrow

Mrs May, Mrs Pope and Mrs Clarke (Mrs Robertson on Wednesday/Mrs Armitt on Friday)

Hi Everyone

Hope you have all had a great weekend, the weather was glorious today.     

Reflection:  Thank you to all the parents who donated cakes and later came and bought some.  The money raised goes towards resources for the children in EYFS.    The children are continuing to make great progress settling into the nursery routines.   This week they have enjoyed listening to the story 'Leaf Man' an autumnal story of the journey of 'leaf man' as he is blown by the wind across beautiful countryside.    Welly Walk Wednesday  - the children were very enthusiastic collecting leaves and conkers on our autumn walk.    We also explored the tree house in the Junior field.    


This Week: 

Monday starts off with sharing our weekend new in key groups.  Please talk to your children about what they have been doing over the weekend so they are prepared to talk to their group about this tomorrow morning.

Tuesday - Mental Health Awareness Day is Tuesday - We will be thinking about different emotions through the stories: Leaf man', Stick Man, 'How are you feeling today' and 'Big Bag of Worries'.    We have planned practical activities to  help the children to think about the different emotions they may feel.    

Wednesday - Welly Walk day - we will be reading Leaf Man and/or Stick Man, then going on a leaf/stick hunt to create leaf man/stick man/family pictures.   Our welly walk day is very popular with the children and encourages them to use their senses to explore the world around them.    

Thursday - school photographer in to take photos of the children.

Friday - Toast day!! another favourite with the children and EYFS/KS1 Disco


Our Role Play area is changing to a 'Vets', if you have any shoe boxes spare, we would be grateful, thank you in advance.


See you all tomorrow

Mrs May, Mrs Pope, Mrs Clarke







Hi Everyone

Reflection from last week:  the children have enjoyed hearing the story 'Room on the Broom' by Julia Donaldson and 'Dear Zoo' by Rod Campbell.  We have been singing lots of nursery rhymes and learnt a new song called 'I Once saw an Elephant' .   Welly Walk Wednesday was unable to happen as not all the children had their welly boots.  Please could you make sure your children bring in their boots this week.  Thank you.


This week: We have had a request from the children to read 'The Gruffalo' by Julia Donaldson.  We will be focussing activities based on this story alongside creating collage animals for the Dear Zoo story.


Phonics Meeting this Thursday:  we look forward to meeting you on Thursday to explain phase one phonics.  Time 11:15 - 11:45. 


Thank you


Mrs May, Mrs Pope, Mrs Clarke, Mrs Armitt and Mrs Robertson

Reflection from last week: We are very pleased with how the children have settled into the nursery routine. The children are beginning to explore more areas of the classroom and outdoor environment. A few children last week choose to come to the mark making table and draw their family. Others have been exploring the tools available for example, the staplers, sellotape and hole punches.

Key Groups: We have started to split the children into three key groups, led by myself, Mrs Pope (Mrs Armitt on Fridays) and Mrs Clarke. This is giving both the children and staff opportunity to learn more about each other.

Friday Toast has been popular, Mrs Armitt telling us that she is impressed with how independent the children are spreading their own toast and washing up their dishes.

Coats: Please make sure your child has a waterproof coat as we will be exploring the outdoor environment come rain or shine!!

Welly Walk Wednesdays: On Wednesdays we aim to take our learning outdoors, exploring the grounds. This Wednesday we will be going on an Autumn Walk.

Phonics Meeting: A reminder that the phonics session this Thursday is cancelled and has been rescheduled for Thurs 5th Oct at 11:15 – 11:45.

This Week: We will be asking the children to paint their self-portraits, use a selection of material to make a collage of their faces and decorate biscuits in the shape of a face.

See you all tomorrow

Mrs Pope, Mrs May, Mrs Clarke and Mrs Armitt

Welcome to Hopscotch Class! has been very exciting to meet you all this week. The children have been exploring both the indoor and outdoor environment including: the home corner role play area, construction area (farm animals and train track), play dough table, painting area, dinosaurs in the tuff tray, tap a shape, the collage table – (indoors) and outdoors -the mud kitchen and sand pit, they have explored the bikes and trikes, meeting children from reception classes and lots more fun ‘play-based’ learning experiences. We are all pleasantly surprised and proud of how quickly the children are settling into the Early Years routine.


Friday Toast – Although new to the setting it’s amazing how many children have joined us at the toast table, confidently spreading butter, jam, lemon curd or marmite onto their toast. Some children even managed second helpings. The children happily cleared their plates and washed them up. Not only have the children eaten toast this week, they have also been tucking into fruit (apples, bananas and carrots this week). We will be encouraging the children to drink their milk too, next week.


Magic Moments: Thank you for bringing in the ‘Magic Moments’ (photos of your children’s holiday adventures), these are now on display in the classroom. Also I have displayed photos from the children’s first week in school.


Key Groups: Next week we will introduce the children to their new key groups. Each key group will meet up each day for a short period of time, with either: Mrs. May, Mrs. Pope (Mrs. Armitt on a Friday) and Mrs. Clarke. Key groups give us time to ‘focus in’ on children’s play and conversations and help us really get to know the children in our group. We will let you know the key group your children are in a.s.a.p.


Fine motor skills activities – As part of the introduction to key group activities, we will be encouraging the children to join their key group leader at a ‘busy finger activity’ Activities will include: the reading area and table groups with fine motor activities such as: threading, mark making, scissor control etc. The children will start to ‘self-register’ by finding their name and placing it on the welcome board. We will of course give the children lots of encouragement and support to both join in the activities and find their names.


Communication - Please feel free to come and chat to any of us any time, before or after nursery sessions if you are at all concerned about anything. We keep a message book to write down if a different person is collecting your children. Please remember that we will ask for passwords if we are unsure of the person collecting your child.


Next week ......................we will be encouraging you to leave your child to come into class independently. You are of course welcome to come into the cloakroom to help them with their coats and bags however please try to encourage your children to enter the inner door to the classroom independently. Thank you!


Topic – we will be focusing on the topic ‘All about me’ next week. We will be sending home a sheet for you to attach a family photo. Feel free to add ‘extended’ family photos too.


Have a fun weekend and see you all on Monday............Mrs. May, Mrs. Pope, Mrs. Clarke and Mrs. Armitt.



There's a tiny caterpillar on a leaf - learn about the life cycle of a butterfly

Words by Sue Nichols to the tune of 'One finger and thumb keep moving'

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