A very warm welcome!
This web page is the place where we will keep you updated on our school experience, learning and other exciting developments.
At Shay Lane Primary School, our Foundation Stage Unit is made up of Nursery and Reception Class.
The Foundation Stage is important in its own right; the curriculum for the Early Years Foundation Stage is designed to meet the diverse needs of all children, enabling most to achieve the Early Learning Goals and, where appropriate, go beyond. Children aged three to five constantly encounter new experiences and seek to understand them, extending their skills, developing confidence and building on what they already know. Children deepen their understanding through playing, talking, observing, planning, questioning, experimenting, testing, repeating, reflecting, and responding to adults and to each other. Structured and well-planned play, both indoors and outdoors, is the key to learning with enjoyment and challenge. At Shay Lane we strive to provide the best possible start to your child’s school life.
The Foundation Stage Curriculum is arranged in seven areas of learning:
Three prime areas
Personal social and emotional development
Communication and language
Four specific areas
Understanding the world
Expressive art and design
We also teach phonics using the Letters and Sounds phases and the Read, Write, Inc scheme by Ruth Miskin.
Percy the Park Keeper
The Treasure Hunt
As part of our new topic, Creatures and Critters, we have started reading stories about Percy the Park Keeper and his friends. We really enjoyed listening to the story The Treasure Hunt. The animals followed Percy’s clues around the park to find the treasure. We couldn’t believe our eyes when we found our very own clue from Percy, in the back of the book. We followed the clues that Percy gave us all around school. The clues finally led us to the garden area. When we got there we found a very special box filled with treasure. It was very exciting! We then sat on the grass and enjoyed our chocolate reward from Percy’s treasure hunt.
Following this, we had a letter from Percy asking us to create another treasure hunt for the animals. We accepted the challenge, thought about what treasure the animals might like, and made a route for them to follow. We had a fantastic time looking at the pictures of the animals on our treasure hunt, it really made us laugh!
A Real Royal Wedding
What a wonderful week we have had! Foundation Team have taken part in lots of wedding- related activities, in the build-up to our very own Royal Wedding. The children have enjoyed designing suits, wedding dresses and cakes for the big day as well as researching information about the Royal Family and what will happen at the special event.
On Friday we came dressed to impress, ready for our Royal Wedding day. We teamed up with Year One for the wedding ceremony in the hall. Stanley led the ceremony and the guests enjoyed taking photographs and throwing confetti. Following this, we had the party of a lifetime with some of the best dancing we have ever seen. Tommy taught us how to spin on our tummies and Matthew showed us how to slide on our knees! We then had a brilliant picnic outside with sandwiches, crisps, biscuits and the buns that we had made. It really was a Royal Wedding to remember.
Jack and the Beanstalk
Nursery have had a great time reading and working on the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. We have been retelling the story using words form the book; discussing the characters and using our Massive Maths Muscles to help us complete our number work (there have been plenty of magic beans to count!)
Nursery have received different challenges from the Giant, which we have had to complete. We especially enjoyed the one where we had to find all the things, in our outside area, that had taken. We then drew the objects carefully (the hen was rather tricky) and even had a go at writing labels, using our phonics.
We have planted our own magic beans and are really enjoying watching them grow. We can name the parts of a plant and say what they need to grow. We have especially enjoyed learning about how important the roots of a plant are. Check out some of our wonderful work below.
Treasure Book Look
We would like to say a huge thank you to all of our parents that could make it for our Treasure Book Look. The children (and grown-ups) were so proud and excited to share the wonderful work with you. Thank you also for your parent feedback slips - we will stick them in your child’s treasure book for safe keeping. Miss Martin and Mrs Askwith x
On a sunny April day, Nursery came to join the Reception Class on their carpet. We learned a super song about how seeds grow into fruit, vegetables and flowers,
Miss Martin and Mrs Preston had a special vegetable garden for us to plant together, as a team.
We read the instructions together. First, we had to mix water and soil with the special coconut fibre. When the mixture was ready, we had to cram it into the special tank. We decided to get messy and use our hands!
We had a good look at the carrot, radish and spring onion seeds. We talked about how something so tiny does such a big job and thought back to our special song to remember what they need to help them grow. Next, we used our fingers to make holes for the seeds. Finally, we added special labels so that we would know which seeds we had planted. We can’t wait for them to start growing!
Nursery team are really enjoying our PE sessions. We can listen carefully to instructions and are using our bodies in lots of different ways. We can complete PE challenges on our own and when working with a partner. One of our favourite parts of PE is balancing on benches and jumping off safely. After our PE sessions, we can talk about the effect that it has on our bodies and why it is important to exercise and stay healthy.
Happy Easter to all of our wonderful children and families. A huge well done and thank you for all of the Easter Egg Competition entries. It was a tricky decision for our kitchen staff to make but after much deliberation Ayda was crowned the competition winner. A big well done to everyone!
We hope you have a safe and happy holiday. Looking forward to seeing you all very soon x
Nursery team have been having a ball getting to grips with music. We have been investigating the different sounds that we can make and the correct names to call different musical instruments. We have explored how we can play to a beat and go louder and quieter. As an extra challenge, we are now choosing instruments to add to our story of the week, The Gingerbread Man. We have thought about which sound the characters would make, for example, playing castanets and a wooden block for the clip clop of a horse. We are then adding these to make our story even more exciting!
We are enjoying exploring musical sounds and using them in our play.
WORLD BOOK DAY
In Nursery, we just love books! Story books, information books, funny books, pop-up books and exciting books. Imagine our delight and anticipation when we learned that we would be taking part in World Book Day.
Unfortunately, our first attempt to celebrate this special day was thwarted by The Beast from the East! The snow stopped us in our tracks but Mr Wright kindly rescheduled the fun and festivities for the following week, on Thursday the 8th of March.
The whole team (including teachers) came dressed as characters from books. We enjoyed a fashion show and talking about which characters we had come dressed as. We read lots of stories that we had brought in from home and made special book marks to help us with our reading.
Harry, Eli and Matthew won prizes for the best dressed. What a wonderful day we had! Check out some of amazing costumes below…
Police Who help Us
As part of our topic, People Who help Us, we had a very special visit from a REAL police officer called Martin. The investigation begun in the deep, dark wood by trying to work out who had eaten the porridge and broken Baby Bears’ chair. We used hair found at the scene to work out who had done it. You’ll never guess who we found in Baby Bears’ bed? It was just who we thought, Goldilocks!
Martin then shared with us some of his protective gear and uniform, like handcuffs, super strong Velcro, protective vests and hats. We counted Martin’s pockets in his police vest, including the secret ones! Trey said that Martin needs his torch to ‘shine it in the night to see’. As a special treat, Martin showed us his baton and even let us have a go at testing his protective leg pads. Leighton thought it was ‘big awesome!’
Martin then talked about stranger danger and what police officers do to help children, grown-ups and animals. We even had the opportunity to ask questions and talk about our own experiences. It was a very special day which we will remember forever. Thank you, Martin.
A Snowy Day
Between the Beast from the East and Storm Emma, what a week of weather we have had! We had some incredible snowfall last Wednesday. Not all of the Nursery Team could make it into school safely so we decided to have a different type of day. We read some snowy stories and got creative in the paint area. We even built a snow castle in the Water Area. After that, we tucked into some hot chocolate to warm us up. It really was a snowy day!
People Who Help Us
What a wonderful start to our new topic we have had! The Nursery team thought carefully about people that help us in our lives. We created a class mind map and talked about different people and how they help us. Frankie said that her Mummy and Daddy help her to eat and get dressed. Other children agreed and said that their Grandparents and other family members help too. We then thought about other people who help us, for example: the police, fire fighters, vets, doctors and dentists.
The children have really enjoyed getting into role and helping their friends (and animals), just like the real life heroes that take care of us. We’re looking forward to learning more.
A Teddy Bears’ Picnic
As a celebration for the end of our work on bears, we decided to have a Teddy Bears’ Picnic. The children found out which ingredients we needed, and how much, using their massive Maths skills. Miss Martin then went to the supermarket to collect it, along with the sweets, crisps, biscuits and juice that the children requested! We then made our own sandwiches for the picnic and put on our coats, hats, gloves and scarves to brave the outdoors. It was freezing! We investigated the woodland area and checked how much the spring flowers had grown then started the picnic. Before long, we were all so cold that we decided to eat the rest of it inside! This made us laugh. It was a Teddy Bears’ Picnic to remember.
Nursery teamed up with Reception for a very special day. We started by learning about Shrove Tuesday and why people eat pancakes on this day. We found out that Christians believe that Pancake Day is the start of Lent. Lent lasts for 40 days and at the end of Lent it is Easter. People might give up chocolate or something they really like during Lent. This helps them to think about Jesus.
The children (and adults) enjoyed learning about the meaning of Shrove Tuesday and making pancakes. We tried pancakes with sugar, lemon, jam and chocolate, and then had to decide which was our favourite. It was an exciting and sticky challenge!
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
What a couple of weeks we have had! Maisy found the book of Goldilocks and the Three Bears and wanted to do some work around it. We started by reading the story and talking about the setting and the characters. After that, we went on our very own woodland adventure. We thought about what we might see, hear and feel if we went into the woods with Goldilocks. Then we recorded our ideas. The outside woodland area really helped us to use our imaginations.
Following this, we enjoyed some creative crafts to show our skills, and develop our new display.
Who’s been eating my porridge?
As part of our Massive Maths work, we tasted three types of porridge: one with sugar, one with raisins and one with strawberry jam. We then had the really tricky job of deciding which one was our favourite. After that, we used our bowls to make a graph of the children’s favourite porridge. We found that jam was the most popular and raisins were the least popular. We then used our skills to create a class pictogram and even had a go at making one independently!
Walking in a Winter Wonderland
A very warm welcome to our wonderful new children. Our Nursery new starters are settling in very well, beginning to understand our routines and making lots of new friends.
Our topic this half term is Winter Wonderland. Our first winter story is Big Bear, Little Bear. This lovely book inspired the children to learn more about polar bears so we found video clips and information on the internet. We have enjoyed getting busy in the Winter Wonderland role play areas, where we have been acting out parts of the story and applying our maths problem solving skills.
The Nursery team are having a great time in our maths sessions. We are learning lots about number and using our counting in our work and in our play. We have even used our number knowledge to solve problems.
Nursery went spotty for Children in Need
Nursery had a super time raising money for Children in Need. We got dressed up in spots and took part in some special Children in Need activities. There were even some prizes from Mr Wright for our best dressed children!
In Nursery we are really enjoying our phonic sessions. We are learning new letter sounds, finding the letters in words and even having a go at writing them! We are also learning the letters in our names and how to form them correctly. Please pop into class and ask if you would like any letter formation sheets to work on at home.
Shape and Pattern
As part of part of our Maths work, we have been investigating different shapes and patterns. We went on a shape hunt around school and in our outside environment. We could find lots of rectangles but found it tricky to spot triangles. The Nursery team can name different shapes and use them to create a repeating pattern. Check out some of our shape and pattern work…
Our Outdoor Learning
We have really settled into our wonderful Nursery class. We are enjoying our learning inside and outside the classroom. Check out some pictures of us in our outdoor environment.
Our Gruffalo Hunt
The children in Nursery have enjoyed reading the story of The Gruffalo. We have sequenced the story and talked about the characters. We even had a visit from the Little Brown Mouse who took us on a Gruffalo Hunt!
This half term we have been learning all about ourselves. We have been getting to know each other and talking about what makes us special. We have also been learning about different body parts and we had lots of fun drawing around our friends and adding labels.