Week of December 11th

A big well done to the children regarding their Nativity performance!

We are fully into Christmas mode this week! Christmas crafts, Christmas lunch. Christmas cards are done and ready for posting. We Will defer the walk to the Post Office until next Monday. We will go both AM and PM. If you would like to accompany us please let a member of staff know. We will probably make more than one trip each session, but if you can volunteer even an hour we would love you to join us.

We are baking this week, please check the notice board in case we are in need of particular ingredients and you can make a donation.

Last week we sent home Forest school kits. The team have purchased lovely all in one waterproof outfits for the children so their Forest school kits do not need to be returned in January.

P.E kits will be sent home at the end of the week. Please take this opportunity to label all items in their bag.

TAPESTRY: Any logging in issues please let me know. Most parents are now on-line but I have noted that some activation codes have expired, so I have sent a new link.


On a sad note: The fabulous Miss Hoare is leaving us at the end of term. She has been an amazing TA and friend to me so on a personal note I’d like to say how much she will be missed. I know I will feel like a fish out of water in January without her support and organisation! We will discuss this with the children next week so they are prepared for this change in January.



Week of November 20th

A busy week.

Thank you to our lovely parents who helped us safely walk the children to the village library. We are scheduling another village walk to the post office the week, probably the last week of term, so if you’d like to be involved please let us know…

I hope you are enjoying our reception challenges on Tapestry. I have loved seeing your comments. If you write an observation it will appear in your child’s Learning Journey. If you experience any issues logging into Tapestry please let me know asap, your log in was only valid for 24 hours, so I have reset a few recently.


Reception Challenge 5: A physical challenge. Watch this video link for an explanation.

Crossing the body’s mid-line is an important developmental skill needed for many everyday tasks such as writing, reaching towards your foot to put on a shoe and sock with both hands and hitting a ball with a bat. When a child spontaneously crosses the mid-line with the dominant hand, then the dominant hand gets the practice needed to develop good fine motor skills by repeated consistent hand dominance. If a child avoids crossing the mid-line, then both hands tend to get equal practice at developing skills and the child’s true handedness may be delayed. This means that once a child starts school, learning to write is much more difficult when they have two less skilled hands rather than one stronger, more skilled (dominant) hand. Difficulty crossing the mid-line also makes it difficult to visually track a moving object from one side to the other or track from left to right when reading, meaning reading can also be delayed. They need to practise these type of skills…

Polite request: We really struggle to pair shoes when they aren’t named, and so many children have the same design shoes. Please put your child’s name in their shoes.


Nativity: Could we please have your nativity costumes by Friday latest. Thank you.

Don’t forget to send in your small 4oz baked bean tin for a cooking activity…

Next week we are looking at the Stickman story, by Julia Donaldson, please read it home if you have a copy. We will be making our own stickman in Forest school.

A few photos from this week.


Week of November 13th

Here are a few photos from this week. Lots of Gruffalo play. 

Week of 20th we are taking a walk to the library in the afternoon.. Thank you to the parents who offered to help. Please check in Monday AM with a member of staff to confirm. 

We will be sending home costume requests and lines to learn for our Nativity.

Our literacy focus continues to be The Gruffalo and Gruffalo’s Child, writing menus and recipes.

We would welcome donations of cheap plain flour, salt and food colourings for making play dough.

New challenge now on Tapestry, send in your observations under your child’s name.

Have a great week – Mrs Quinn.

Theatre Trip

Just a reminder that the children are going to see The Gruffalo’s Child on Monday morning. They should arrive at school normal time. The coach will leave 9:15am.

Thank you to the parents who have volunteered to help us.  We now have an extra child attending but the coach is at capacity. We need two parent helpers to be willing to drive, rather than travel on the coach with the children.

Mrs. Quinn.

Tapestry Online

I am in the process of activating parent Tapestry accounts online. You will receive an email to activate your account, or already have.


I have also set up a new member of class, called ‘Reception Challenge’ through which we will notify you of any challenges and encourage you to get involved in building up your child’s learning journey of development and achievements.  Exciting times!

First challenge is active!

Please don’t hesitate to contact me directly if you have any questions.


Mrs. Qunn

The Little Red Hen

These amazing children retold the story of The Little Red Hen.


That wasn’t the best bit! They then adapted the story, changing the setting to a zoo and the characters became a lion, sheep and a cow.  Cages and enclosures were quickly made to support the story telling. Fantastic!!!

This is what my job is all about…


End of Term Party

We are looking to have a water party Wednesday PM on the field, Weather permitting.  

Children can bring in their water guns, super soakers etc and we would appreciate the loan of a few small paddling pools for their amusement. 

Please ensure children have suncream on and Sun hat etc. 

Could parents bring in dry clothes/towels at home time. You may want to arrive a little earlier to help get them dry and changed. 

Be prepared, I am coming fully loaded, they will get wet! 
Mrs Quinn and the team. 

Week of June 20th.

I’ve just uploaded the sports day photos on Vimeo. Check out the Twitter link to view.

The children had a lovely sports week. Thanks for your support! 

Congratulations to the red team who won the Early Years sports day.

We finished the week with a few team games.

Can I just say how proud I am of Tiggywinkles class. They’ve managed really well with different adults whilst I’ve been doing home visits. I’m out again for part of next next week then it’s back to normal.

Miss Boby and I are so proud of the children’s progress we’re planning a water party for end of term so let us know if you could loan us paddling pools etc. Details to follow…  Hope this great weather holds! 
Mrs. Quinn.

Week of May 1st in Reception

Our caterpillars continue to hold the children’s interest, which they have demonstrated  through their art work, creativity and their daily interest in observing change, which has also led to measuring them. Most have been given a name too, lovely writing.


Growing plants:

Last week we made observational drawings of plants and planted beans and sunflower seeds. We have been watching a bean germinate and it’s been lovely hearing the children use this new vocabulary as they talk about the changes they have observed.


We have observed some pirate play this week and will be developing this next week. I bought some lovely swash buckling swords in Tiger (what did teachers ever do before Tiger hit the high street?) and the children had already made swords for St. George’s Day play. We’d love some plastic bottles for messages in a bottle….


2D Shapes

We have been reviewing 2D shapes this week. The children were encouraged to guess the shape from its description, number of sides, curved or straight and number of corners. They also went outside to look for the shapes in their environment and used shapes to create a picture.

A few more:


Next Week: 

We have been working on the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. We are working on describing  the giant using wow words and the oral retelling of the story. We hope to see the caterpillars begin to change into chrysalides.

Do you have any (clean) plastic bottles or pirate that you could donate?

Save the date: Sports Day June 20th.

Week of April 18th in Reception

I was genuinely looking forward to seeing the children again this week, and they didn’t disappoint! Only a short week, but they packed a lot in.  The new trampoline was a big hit out in the garden, as was the new pizza role play. We need to blag some Domino pizza boxes, different sizes. Please also send in any photos of the children eating pizza. We heard lots of language of size, cost, time to cook and delivery times. The children then began making their own collage pizzas and pizza play dough, one white batch for the dough a second batch for the red tomato base which led to discussion about what they like to put on their own pizzas. Then the children wanted to make a real pizza together in class. The children are going to  order the ingredients online next week ‘like mummy does, …and a man delivers it.’

Getting a bit of maths into the trampoline work out:

We began reading the story of Jack and the Beanstalk and will also look at different versions or adaptations over the term. The children enjoyed exploring the magic beans, which led to some lovely sorting and counting then looking at capacity.

We observed the children trying to write their own stories.  This term we are encouraging the children to write in sentences, so please support this at home with the phonic sounds that they are learning in class.


In PE his week we practised team work and ball skills. Great fun, roll on Sports Day!

Save the date: June 20th Reception and Nursery are doing Sport day together.

Next Week:

We will be learning about St. George, and the Queen’s birthday.

  • We are collecting kitchen roll cardboard centres for castle turrets in junk modelling to go with St. George’s Day.
  • We are always collecting milk bottle tops.

We will be planting ‘magic’ beans to go with Jack’s beanstalk

We will be ordering food online and following the delivery process to then make pizza. Then eating it!

Take a photo of your child eating pizza and send it in.



We do enjoy getting email observations of home learning, keep them coming.

Keep encouraging reading and writing at home. More children are starting their second Teddy word book.

Please ensure all uniform is labelled with YOUR child’s name on it and that all children have  a PE kit and outdoor trainers.


Mrs. Quinn





Gruffalo Nursery go to College Lake

Today Gruffalo Nursery had an amazing day at College Lake with their teddy bears. When we arrived at College Lake we listened to a story about some bears who live in the woods at College Lake and we met Edward Bear .

We went on a special walk around Edwards’s garden. We had to follow the trail of footprints he had left for us. In Edward’s garden there were herbs that smelt nice and some that didn’t smell so nice! Claire who works at College Lake told us that once she had fallen asleep in Edward’s garden and woke up to see a beautiful rainbow in the sky. Claire gave us pieces of a broken rainbow that we took around the garden to see if we could match the colours to what we saw in the garden.

Hunting for colours in Edward’s garden was hard work so we sat down and listened carefully to the birds.
Then it was time for out teddy bear’s picnic!!After lunch we made shelters for our teddy bears using materials from the woods. We made some fantastic teddy bear homes.

We dressed up as bears and trees to play teddy bear games. We learnt that we must look after trees because they are homes for lots of animals. At the end of the day we listened to Going on a bear hunt. 

This Week in Reception.

No iPad this week, it’s off for repairs so limited photos I’m afraid. 

We read The Doorbell Rang by Jan Francis as an introduction to sharing. The children were heard confidently using vocabulary such as sharing, equal, same, fair. We started off sharing between two, discussing what is half, but quickly moved to exploring sharing between 3,4,5 or more people. The breakthrough moment came when we were sharing between 4, with two biscuits left over… should we just eat them I asked? No, said Kai, and explained he could snap them and give a bit to everyone. Kindness and logic in one lesson! 

We have carried on the celebrations theme by writing party lists and invites. 

World Book Day was fun. I didn’t get many book reviews in so please send them in next week. 

We are still supporting the children to recognise teen numbers. 

Mrs. Quinn. 

Wedding Fever

We’re looking for pics of parents weddings, or key family members to adorn our wedding role play area.  Have any of the children been flower girls etc? 

Any old wedding stationary you could donate. 

We are still accepting cake decorating donations. 

Mrs. Quinn

Play Dough and Baking

We are looking forward to observing how the children use the revamped Playdough and baking area. There is a bit of a birthday theme next week as Miss Boby and I both had birthdays over half term. We are using this to introduce independent baking. 

Lots of opportunity for maths, measuring and weighing, measuring time, introducing units of measure whilst developing fine motor skills, language and observing change. Oh, and practising tidying up! 

We are looking for donations of cake tins, birthday candles and cake decorations to help resource this area. Please get in touch if you can help.

Week of 23rd Jan 2017

Sorry for the delay in photo post – iPad didn’t want to upload the pictures! Last week was wonderfully imaginative, the children from both morning and afternoon are becoming so much better at having their own ideas and creating narratives for stories in play. Lots of the children are also getting curious about writing and are keen to write words that are significant to them or as an extension of the play they are engrossed in. We have had our sand shed turned into an Argos toy shop, excavated treasure as archaeologists, baked our first batch of bread (which we used for our first toast time) and watched Mr Billing fly a drone over the field! What busy bees we are. 

Syrian Refugee Appeal

I’m sure you’ve seen all the appeals on tv for blankets/warm clothes for the Syrian refugees?
One of our lovely parents has been in touch with unicef this week to ask if we can donate unwanted winter items etc, rather than money, and they directed us to a local charity called Herts for Refugees….They actually take second hand winter clothes over to the camps. They have one run coming up on there 5th February. 
Short notice I know, but we’d really like to get the children involved. Developing an understanding of the world around us and care and concern for others is a huge part of our curriculum. Most children learn to read/ count, not all learn empathy and a social conscience. 
All next week we will collect warm hats, scarves, gloves, socks etc which will be taken to a collection base in St. Albans… 
How to get involved: either send in a pack of items in a zip lock bag 
to donate individual items and we can make them up into packs.
It’s such a great cause and would make a difference in these freezing temperatures! I’m hoping to get the children to write a letter or draw a picture to go with the packs. 

Mrs. Quinn.

Week of January 16th in reception

This week we managed to fit in a bit of ice exploration, observing change. We used stop watches to see how long the ice took to melt.

We wondered how long this ice would take to melt.
Long after the ice melted we continued to have fun, scooping, pouring, squeezing, transporting the water.

What have we learned about Winter?