Weeks beginning 28th September and 5th October
Weeks Beginning 14th & 21st September
The classes enjoyed listening to the book and began to join in with familiar phrases. It prompted discussion about things that children liked to do, starting with "I like it when...". During these 2 weeks, the children experienced more free-flow access to the indoor and outdoor learning areas and we made the most of the warm weather and fabulous play equipment during break and lunchtimes. They settled well into the school routines including lunchtimes and, although tired by the end of the week, were very cheerful and engaged in their play.
2020-2021 A great start to the Autum term!
A very warm welcome to our new EYFS children, parents and carers. The children spent their transition sessions exploring the 2 classrooms and outdoor learning spaces, as well as getting to know the staff and each other. They had fun making name labels for their books and pegs, and familiarised themselves with where to find their tray, peg and space on the floor used for whole-class activities. Well done Potter and Donaldson!
Monday - Wednesday - Mrs Skelton
Wednesday - Friday - Mrs Walker
Monday to Tuesday - Mrs Pyne
Wednesday to Friday - Mrs Watts
Woodlands and Forests - Stickman by Julia Donaldson
Potter class have spent two weeks exploring the theme of Woodlands and Forests (Understanding the World) - using "Stickman" by Julia Donaldson as our key text. The book inspired a woodland role play area where the children enjoyed creating camping scenarios, enhanced by their own stickman props which they had made using a variety of materials. Key parts of the text were used in both a story mapping lesson and as a basis for outdoor activities including: making a den for stickman in large construction and using coloured sticks to make familiar 2d shapes.
To celebrate World Book Day (6th March) and the importance of reading for pleasure, Potter class dressed up as book characters and were able to bring favourite books in from home to share with classmates - see the reading display in class for photographs of the day.
Winter: Penguin Small
Chinese New Year - 25th January 2020
Happy New year to all of our families!
The children have settled well and are enjoying learning a new Traditional Tale - The Three Little Pigs. We will learn key phrases to help us to retell the story and use our creative skills to design and build houses for the pigs using a variety of resources both indoors and outdoors.
Current Class Text: The Gingerbread Man
This traditional tale has proved popular with Potter class. The children have enjoyed a variety of activities including making Gingerbread characters from ginger-scented playdough, creating a whole class story map featuring the children's artwork (detailing the key events of the story) and using the large construction outdoors to enhance role play.
The class have learnt actions to help them remember the order of events in the story - using these pictures as prompts.
The Gingerbread Man
New School Starters September 2020 (places also available throughout the school)
We would like to invite you for a tour of our school and give you the opportunity to ask questions about life at Gatehouse Primary Academy.
Dates for visits:
Wednesday 9th Oct 9.30am
Tuesday 15th Oct 5pm
Thursday 31st Oct 9.30am
Friday 22nd Nov 9.30am
Thursday 9th Jan 9.30am
Please contact the school office to book in for one of the visits by phoning 01626 862605 or emailing email@example.com
We strive to provide a stimulating, secure and happy environment where children’s enthusiasm to learn is encouraged and where the unique personality of each child is valued.
EYFS Potter Class
Academic Year 2019-2020
Autumn term 2019
Our current key text:
Watch a short video about the true meaning behind the story:
Activities to try at home: https://www.tigerwhocametotea.com/activities
We have been busy preparing for a tea party, writing invitations and getting our classroom ready. We thought of our own version of the story and invited a Giraffe for tea!
This book has helped us to show learning about ourselves.
We made a birthday cake, had a small birthday party, talked about birthdays and other celebrations and thought about who was special to us and why.
We are currently getting to know our new EYFS intake through the topic of All about me. We are using our wonderful location to support and enhance this topic. We have made replica railway lines, built our preschool settings with construction and have reflected on things that we celebrate with our families.
Mermaids and Pirates
Our big topic this term will be Mermaids and Pirates. We will start with the text Shark in the Park by Nick Sharratt.
Please see below for ideas to support learning at home. Remember you can email examples of learning from home for us to share with the class to EYFS@gatehouse.devon.sch.uk
EYFS News 7th June 2019
EYFS Topic Web Summer term
Home Learning Summer term
Newsletter 5th April 2019
Stickman visited EYFS and left us daily gifts. We wrote to him to ask him questions about the things he left. We have learnt parts of the story, drawn story maps as prompts for retelling. and have thought about different endings.
The EYFS team had a lovely evening reading stories to our EYFS children whilst they enjoyed hot chocolate and biscuits. Many thanks to all who came and helped to make this a special evening.
In EYFS we have been using the story of the Gruffalo to inspire our learning. We have learnt about different habitats, thought about the similarities and differences between habitats before building habitats in our forest area.
We followed instructions, measured using digital scales and showed good turn taking when making Gruffalo Crumble.
Spring Term Overview
EYFS News 7th December
EYFS visit to Dawlish Fire Station
EYFS travelled to visited Dawlish Fire Station where we learnt about some of the dangers in our homes, the safety equipment needed to fight fires and how some of the equipment works. We had a great time exploring the Fire Station despite the wet weather! Many thanks to Dawlish Fire Station.
''The best bit was squirting the hose.'' Shae
''The Fire Jacket is really heavy.'' Maisie
The Police visit to EYFS
EYFS children throughly enjoyed the visit from PSCO Michelle and PC Mark. We learnt about how to keep ourselves safe and how the Police help our community. We tried on Police uniform and went into the Police van!
'' They don't just get baddies, they help us too.'' Isla
''I turned on the sirens! It was so loud!'' Keiran
EYFS News 9th November
We had a visit from an RNLI volunteer who taught us about how to keep safe at sea. He showed us some of the equipment that the RNLI team use to rescue people.
''If you need help, you need to wave your hands and shout help, help, help.'' Jacob
National Teddy Bear Day
On Wednesday the 10th October we celebrated National Bring your Teddy to School Day. We enjoyed looking after our bears, cooking bear biscuits and visiting the school forest. We learnt the song 'If you go down in the woods today' and we acted the story 'Going on a bear hunt.'
EYFS Newsletter 5 October 2018
Supporting learning at home
Start of the Autumn Term 2018
We have enjoyed getting to know the children and finding out what they already know. This has allowed us to plan play opportunities which will match the interests and needs of the unit. We have introduced routines and structures of the day including; break times, lunch in the hall, rewards and behaviour management and some assemblies. We are looking forward to learning more about the children and the year ahead.
EYFS Newsletter 15 June
Head Lice - 23 May
A case of head lice has been reported, please check and treat your child's hair as necessary.
EYFS News 18 May
Reception have had nine very fluffy visitors for the last 2 weeks! They have been observing the chicks hatch and grow and have thought very carefully about how to look after the chicks. They have helped to feed, water and clean the chicks out daily- they grew very quickly! Reception were very lucky to be able to use their PTA trip money to pay for the chicks, they have taught the boys and girls a lot about growth, change and caring for living things. The children (and grown-ups) are very sad to say bye to the chicks as they return to Farmer Brown to become free range Hens and Cockerels.