Our New Workbench

Just look at what our nursery children are doing! They are so enthusiastic about their learning. They are showing determination and using the skills to saw, attach and design. They even revisit their plans and improve on what they have made.

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We are very excited to have our new workbench in nursery! We have been using real tools on our workbench and making some great models.

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First we learnt how to keep ourselves safe. We explored the tools and learnt about the best ways to use them.

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We thought about how to keep ourselves safe and put hand prints on the bench so we knew how to keep our hands a safe distance away. We wore safety goggles to make sure we didn’t get anything in our eyes. There are rules we have to follow when we use the work bench and we have all been very good at listening to the rules and keeping ourselves safe.

We started off by exploring each tool one at a time and finding the safest and most comfortable way to use them.

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Once we were confident we started to combine tools by cutting wood…

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Excellence in Early Years

Our school has been working closely with Early Education and with Di Chilvers (https://www.early-education.org.uk/trainers/trainer/23). Di Chilvers has worked collaboratively with all the schools in our locality called SSELP (Sheffield South East Learning Partnership). We are a strong team with excellent working relationships. We share good practice and are front runners with current research and developments. 

Last night our school hosted the Early Education meeting and colleagues from our city and South Yorkshire; West Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire visited our school. They came to hear Di and our Early Years’ Teachers talk about “Talk for Maths Mastery” (TFMM), implementing TFMM in our school, supporting TFMM through transition from EYFS to Y1; and looked at our EYFS provision, our floor books and learning stories. 

Two of our Early Years’ Team have had their work and research published in the Early Years Educator monthly magazine. Our school is so proud of the work all the teachers and support staff do for our children, but we know, without the amazing early input from the EYFS team, the rest of us would have a much harder job! Thank you and well done!

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Nursery in the Outdoor Provision

Just look at the learning in the outdoor provision. Our Nursery children were learning all sorts! I always enjoy exploring with them.

Gross motor.

Fetching and carrying. Pouring and spilling.

“And what are you two doing?”

“We’re kicking and counting.”

” Oh! How does that work?”

“First you kick it. Then you count it.”

“What have you got?”

“I’ve got a four.”

“Is he right?”

“Oh yeah. He’s got a four. There’s four dots. Look.” (He also showed me four fingers for good measure)

“Can I have a go?”

“Yeah, but no one’s got a six yet.”

….I got a 2!

The two boys then went on to keep score of who was winning after each kick-and-count!

Paper Making and the Highwayman

Our children have been doing lots of varied learning this week. Many are enjoying the wonderful sunshine with outdoor learning, especially if it’s linked to Environment Week. The children in Reception were looking at the environment and when I visited their class, they had a bowl of paper slop. The picture above shows the finished, recycled paper drying out. 

I also had to publish this Y4 writing because it was so worthy of a mention. The marking highlights all the great features and I am always so proud of the quality writing our children produce in our school. 

Check out all the class blogs this week to find out what the children have been doing during Environment Week. 

Nursery SAFE Project

The Nursery Team have embarked on a great project. It’s called SAFE. It stands for: Secure Attachments Focused Environments. It supports our youngest children with leaving parents for the first time when they come to school. It helps them to build relationships and manage feelings. Click on the film below to see all the wonderful activities our adults do with our 3 and 4 year olds.