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.

Photos from week of November 6th

A very busy week. Lots of representations of fireworks in the children’s play and talk of fire and staying safe.

Towards the end of the week we discussed Remembrance day and the children enjoyed making pictures of poppies or other types of flowers.

Next Week:

The children are looking forward to their trip to the Radlett Centre to see The Gruffalo’s Child tomorrow. Please read the story if you have it at home as we will spend time this week discussing the characters with the children.

Watch out for our new reception Challenge on Tapestry! The response so far has been great and I love having parental involvement evident n the Learning Journeys. If you can’t access your child’s account online for any reason just let me know

Cooking: We are making Gruffalo Crumble with the children over the week

P.E:  Believe it or not there are still children with unnamed items of uniform and PE kit.

The children still manage to lose items of named clothing, so please understand how difficult it is for staff to manage to return  unnamed items of clothing to  the correct child. We need your support to named everything! Thanks…



We would welcome more resources for junk modelling

FYI: We didn’t send out library books this 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

Photos from Week of 30th October

A lovely week, the children were excited about Halloween and Guy Fawkes which lead to lots of creative play and representations of pumpkins etc.

We have been trying to recognise and make teen numbers in our morning box and continued to enjoy making our own patterns. Great phonics too. Many children are now confidently blending sounds to make a word. If your child can read, please use the Teddy Word book, from Teddy 1, the initial pages are for beginner blenders.









Next week we anticipate the children will be full of news about their fireworks experiences. We will encourage them to use their senses to describe the colours, sights, smells and sounds they experienced and create our own fireworks poem. We will also talk to the children about how they stay safe in the dark evenings and at fireworks displays. This will lead into talking about reflective materials. If you have anything reflective, please send

Please also send in any photographs of Halloween or fireworks celebrations for our family board.


Mrs. Quinn