Sunbeams ~ Nursery & Reception Class
Welcome to Sunbeams Nursery and Reception Class
Meet our team
Our aims are to:
• support children to make a planned, confident transition from home to school
• provide a happy, caring, safe and secure environment for learning
• plan learning experiences that meet the individual needs and interests of the children through a balanced provision of adult-led and child-initiated opportunities
• support children to become competent and confident learners so they are able to reach their full potential
• provide a broad and balanced high quality curriculum in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage guidance
• foster positive home school links with parents and other care providers.
We follow The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. This framework is a means of ensuring high standards of early education and care that will reassure parents that their child’s development is being fully supported. It underpins all future learning by supporting and fostering the children’s personal, social and emotional well-being. It encourages positive attitudes and dispositions towards learning and promotes learning through play as children work towards the Early Learning Goals.
Assessment in Nursery and Reception is carried out in line with the ‘Early Years Foundation Stage’. Staff observe the children and create a ‘Learning Diary’ which evidences the child’s progress through the Foundation Stage. Parents are encouraged to contribute to this with 'Wow Stars'.
What makes us special?
The children made this short film to show you why they think Sunbeams is the best place to learn.
We are authors...
In Sunbeams, we want all our children to become confident and capable communicators. Language allows us to communicate our feelings, thoughts and experiences. We strive to enable our children to interact, discuss and communicate effectively. We are passionate about, books, stories and reading! All children in the EYFS at are encouraged to enjoy and share books with each other, individually and with adults. We learn to tell stories and poems by heart. Children are encouraged to imagine their own stories, with small world toys and puppets and adults scribe these stories, ready for them to be acted out in the 'Story Square'. Children take part in Write Dance, Dough Disco & Finger Gym, to build strong hands and fingers for writing. Alongside adult led writing sessions and daily phonics, we offer a wealth of real life opportunities for writing, indoors and out, so children quickly begin to see themselves as authors.
We are athletes...
In Sunbeams, we work together to develop children who are healthy, happy and confident individuals. We develop our children’s physical health, emotional health and well-being, through a cross-curricular approach by integrating it into our day-to-day practice. We provide a safe, open environment so children feel secure enough to express themselves, their feelings, concerns and achievements. This encourages reflective and resilient learners who are able to adapt and respond to challenges. In free-flow time, children have constant access to the outdoor environment and equipment. This gives children the time, opportunities and space to practise the skills set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. Children are encouraged to take risks, be active and make healthy choices. Staff support children to develop their fine and gross motor control and co-ordination and demonstrate how to handle equipment and tools effectively in positive, relevant ways. The children have opportunities to ride bikes, climb, balance, move to music and develop basic ball skills daily. We also make full use of our fantastic school field and our vast outdoor spaces. The snack bar is available for the children to enjoy a free healthy snack with milk - we even grow some of our own snacks! We love our daily mindfulness time (Relax Kids) and taking part in training sessions with specialist sport coaches, but our favourite activity, by far, is learning to swim in our very own pool!
We are mathematicians...
Maths is essential for everyday life. In Sunbeams, we are passionate about our children having a sound foundation in the fundamentals of mathematics and aim to foster a sense of pleasure and curiosity about maths through developing problem solving and reasoning skills. Our mastery approach means that children “understand” maths, rather than just rely on rote learning.
Through a combination of adult-led activities, concrete apparatus (things children can touch, hold and manipulate), visual apparatus (things they can see), and rich and varied opportunities in the environment, our children gain confidence as independent learners, learn to solve problems and deepen their learning.
We are artists...
Art is a highly valued subject in our school. We believe that all children are creative and that it is important to allow our young artists to express themselves. We provide opportunities to explore and experiment with a variety of different experiences and mediums and encourage children to independently choose their own tools and techniques.
The exploration and enjoyment of music is an important part of the teaching and learning in Sunbeams and singing is an essential part of our daily routine. Our young musicians have the opportunity to explore music-making and perform in our enabling environment. We enjoy composing and performing alongside visiting musicians, including Bath Philharmonia and Jamma De Samba and the highlight of our year is appearing in the Advent Concert at Bath Abbey.
We are Scientists...
In Sunbeams, our young scientists have the opportunity to explore and Investigate the world around them. The heart of our child-centred curriculum is children’s natural curiosity and desire to learn and the hands-on experiences our children have are purposeful and relevant. Wherever possible, we make use of the outside environment. Children help to tend to the garden and learn more about the plants and animals that live there. They love taking care of our resident Tortoise, Topsy and our friendly Guinea Pigs, Olga and Teddy .
We are engineers...
We value design and technology as an opportunity to inspire creativity and a chance for children to learn new skills from an early age. Using this creativity and imagination, children design and make products and solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts. Every child is trained to use tools to practise the skills of cutting, sawing, and joining. During our continuous provision there are varied opportunities for children to apply their knowledge and skills and our engineers can be found making a space ship from loose parts and blocks as well as using wet sand to create a cave for a lonely beast.
In the ever-developing technological world it is fair to say that computers are now an integral part of everyday life. Children have access to technology that helps engage and motivate them and our set of i-pads are very well used. Children learn to use technology effectively and safely, both online and off.
Term 1 week 3
At the end of our second full time week, we are so proud of how well the children have settled into the new routines. In our focus time, we have been doing lots of activities to gather information about what the children can already do and what they know (our baseline). This helps us to plan new and effective learning experiences for every child. In our Sunbeams Enquiry Time, there are some lovely friendships being made and the children have been exploring the resources and activities in the different areas of Sunbeams (we are still working on tidying up!).
As the term goes on, we have lots of letters and messages to pass on to you and now that parents and carers are not able to come into school (due to covid restrictions), we are finding the end of the day a bit of a challenge! Please help us by coming forward to collect your child at the door so that Keyworkers can share information and give feedback about your child's day. Thank you again for bearing with us as we try to get used to new ways of working.
September 2020 - Welcome
A very warm welcome to the children and their families who are joining or returning to Sunbeams.
We are looking forward to a year of learning and fun ( hopefully a full year this time! )
We have got off to a great and Covid-safe start. Thank you for bearing with us as we all get used to new systems.
We are so pleased with how well the children have settled into the new routines and expectations - we are already expert handwashers!
Have a look at the slide show below to see how happy and engaged the children have been as they explore the learning spaces and build new friendships.
Term 6 - Learning in Lockdown
Welcome back to School!
We are so pleased that so many of the children have joined us in our return to school. We feel very proud of the way that they have adapted to the new rules and routines (including LOTS of hand washing!) that we have put in place to keep everyone safe. You will see from the photos that we are having lots of fun in our new learning bubbles.
A BIG thank you to all the grown ups for your support with the return to school, especially, following our new routes in and out and for being on time. It really has helped things to run smoothly.
If you and your child are still learning at home, make sure that you have a look in the 'Pupil Zone' for the fun home learning activities and challenges for Tadpoles and Frogs. Please feel free to email us for any help or support.
Term 4 week 2
This week is book week. We have had a fantastic time. Well done for all the effort that you put into the costumes for dressing up day. Throughout the week we had the chance to tell stories with 2 visiting storytellers, listen to lots of different traditional tales, make our own story maps and tell stories for the 'Story Square'. The Frogs wrote their own storybook and they are looking forward sharing it with the tadpole when it has been published! Have a look at some of the book themed activities that went on.
Term 4 ~ Captain Read-a-Lot
A big thank you to all the grown ups who came along to meet Captain Read-a-Lot. It was our best attended workshop so far! We hope that you enjoyed our storytelling and that we have inspired you to read, read, read with your child.
Don't forget that your child needs to read AT LEAST 4 times each week to get a reading leaf.
Term 3 Week 4
This week we started our new enquiry, 'How do we know it's winter?' We have been on winter walks and we have also been bird spotting for the 'Big Garden Bird Watch.' We have made some lovely winter pictures, using lots of different collage materials.
Our new Tiddler friends are settling in really well and the Frogs and Tadpoles are being kind friends and helping to look after them.
In the Meadow, we have been using the storyboard to retell the story of 'Goldilocks & the Three Bears.' We have also been sequencing pictures and the Frogs have been authors and written parts of the story.
Our construction challenge in the Jungle this week has been 'To build a tower taller than a metre.' We have been using our bouncebackability and team work skills, so we have earned lots of emerald and topaz gems.
We have been 'Scientists' at the water tray. It has been filled with ice and we have been watching as it melts and making predictions of what we think may happen. We have also investigated how to make it melt more quickly.
Lots of children have been interested in the seeds inside their snack bar fruit, so we are going to plant them and see what happens...
Term 3 Week 3
Gong Hei Fat Choy
This week, we followed a new enquiry, "Why is it a special time of year for Dora?" Most of the children now know that Dora and her family are celebrating Chinese New Year and we have been celebrating in Sunbeams, too.
We have made banners and lanterns to decorate our home corner and snack bar for Chinese New Year. We have used scissors and staplers to create our lanterns and we have made colourful dragon puppets. We have used different shapes to make dragon shape pictures and we have made dragons from numicon pieces, too.
It has been very chilly outside and we have enjoyed looking at the frozen pond and seeing our own 'Dragon's breath.' We went on a 'Nature Detective' walk to the copse and explored the trees and the leaf litter. We have had lots of running races, pretending to be the animals from the Chinese New Year 'Great Race' story. We all wanted to be the rat and win the race!
We have made beautiful collage pictures, using printing and red and gold materials. Chinese people think that red and gold are lucky colours. We have also used red and gold paint to make Chinese banners. We have rolled long playdough sausages to make chopsticks and Chinese writing.
Best of all, we have been eating noodles at the snack bar. Dora has taught us how to eat with chopsticks and we are now becoming experts ...Yum! Yum!
Finally, a great big 'Thank You' to all the Frog grown-ups who came to the MATHS MONSTER workshop today. What a fantastic turn-out! We hope that you now have lots of ideas on how to support your child at home. The Maths Monsters are very excited about going home with two children tomorrow...
Term 3 Week 1 & 2
Happy New Year and welcome back. This week we begin a new enquiry: How can we make our new friends feel welcome?
We have been talking about the Tiddlers that are joining us in Sunbeams and thinking about things that we can do so that they feel safe and happy with us. Our authors have been making a book to show our new friends all the exciting things that they can do in Sunbeams. Have a look at our enquiry board to see more.
I'm sure that you will have heard all about our workshop with Jamma De Samba. It was a massive hit with the children and they were inspired to create their own samba band in the back garden!
"It was fun when we all played together." Nieve
"It was amazing! It was really loud." Lola
"I like the sound the agogo bells made." Noah
"I loved it!" Holly
Have a look at our photos to see what we got up to.
Term 2 weeks 6 & 7
Over the last few weeks in Sunbeams we have definitely answered our enquiry, 'Why is Christmas special?'
We have been busy writing letters to Santa, making cards and decorations, wrapping presents in Santa's grotto and showing off our best dance moves on party day. We also mustn't forget the children's amazing Nativity performance and our special visitors; the two mischievous elves and of course the one and only Father Christmas! We also enjoyed a delicious Christmas dinner. Here are a few comments that children made.
"I loved the meat" Lola
"It was really yummy!" I'shayia
"The carrots were delicious" Noah
"I ate all of it up" Violet
"I love the roast potatoes. They tasted sooooo good" Aleesha
"I liked the sausages in bacon best. They are called 'pigs in blankets'! That's funny" Nieve
All that is left to do is say a thank you for your cards and gifts and to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
See you on the 6th January
Term 2, Week 5
24 sleeps to go...
This week, we have had fun exploring our enquiry, "Why is Christmas special?" We have written letters to Santa and made stockings for our friends. At the snack bar, we have been talking about Christmas and the special things we do at home. Some of us have already put up our Christmas trees! We have started to open our advent calendars and are enjoying the countdown...
We have enjoyed playing with our glittery playdough and following instructions to make snowmen. We have also painted snowmen with shiny paints and made Christmas collage pictures. The water tray has had cold water and penguins in it and we have made up some lovely stories about them. Outside, we have made and used an obstacle course and also had-a-go at climbing on the adventure playground.
We have been practising lots for our Christmas show. Don't forget to bring in your costumes for our dress rehearsal on Monday.
Just a reminder... the performances are on Tuesday afternoon at 2 pm and Wednesday morning at 9.30 am
We will be having our Christmas party on Wednesday December 18th, so wear your Christmas party outfit and your dancing shoes!!!
Term 2 Week 3
We have come to the end of our enquiry: "How can we be a great friend?" A big THANK YOU to all of you who sent in your 'WOW stars'. It was lovely to hear what great friends the children are being at home as well as in school. The Green and Blue Frogs really enjoyed giving out Friendship Certificates in the award ceremony on Friday afternoon.
This week we has also been National Road Safety Week so we have been finding out how to keep ourselves safe. We had a visit from Judith (school crossing patrol) and found out about how to cross the road safely. Then despite the cold and wet weather we went out into our local community to cross some roads.
Well done to all the Tadpoles who have remembered to bring a Book Bag to school and a special congratulations to Louie, Logan, Amelia, Ruby and Ella who got a reading leaf this week!
Advent Concert @ The Forum 4.00pm Monday 25th November.
If you are coming along you are in for a real treat! The rehearsal in KS1 celebration assembly went very well and we are really excited to be performing on a big stage. There a a few spare tickets up for grabs - see Tracy. PLEASE REMEMBER THAT CHILDREN CAN NOT BE COLLECTED UNTIL THE END OF THE CONCERT.
Term 2 Week 2
Another exciting week in Sunbeams! This week has been National Anti-bullying week and we have been thinking about, 'How can we be great friends?'
Our authors in the Meadow have been making friendship certificates. There has been lots of writing, with children starting to use the letter sounds that they have learnt- fantastic! Our athletes have been learning playground games to play with their friends, including 'Stuck in the mud' and ' What's the time Mr Wolf'. Our artists in the Swamp have been making portraits of their friends using mixed media. Have a look at our photos to see some of our beautiful creations.
Thank you for helping us celebrate our 'Odd Socks Day'. The children were proud to show their friends their odd socks!
The children all enjoyed joining in with the ' Andy and the odd socks- Change' song and the Frogs added their decorated sock to our 'Safe Place to be' display.
- Please remember to bring back your 'Friendship wow stars' . We are looking forward to sharing them in class.
- Tadpole parents- Don't forget to send in a bookbag for your child, so that we can send home a reading record and storybook.
Term 2 Week 1
Welcome back after a wet and windy half term. We have enjoyed finding out about your Halloween and Bonfire celebrations. Our Artists have made some lovely pictures about the fireworks that they have seen and the performance area has been full of spooky dancing this week. The Frogs are enjoying learning new letter sounds and have been using their emerald power whilst practising forming the letters correctly. Our Athletes have been developing their skills on the big apparatus, learning to slither, climb and roll. Look out on Twitter for a photo of us dressed up as our heroes. Thank you for your support and please bring all money to school by Wednesday 13th November.
Thank you to all the parents that came along to the Parent Teacher Meetings this week. If you missed your appointment please make sure that you book a new time to talk about your child's learning.
We have attached our Songs and Rhymes for this term so you can sing-a-long at home too.
Monday 25th November : The Frogs will be taking part in an Advent Service at The Forum. More information to follow...
Term 1, Week 7
Another busy week in Sunbeams. We have continued to be Nature Detectives, talking about Autumn and searching for 'Autumn Treasures.' We have used the treasure to make pictures of 'Leaf Men.' Thank you to everyone who brought in treasures from their own welly walks. Ollie brought in an enormous pumpkin that he grew with his Grandma. We are looking forward to carving it next week, in preparation for Hallowe'en.
This week, the Frogs started to learn their 'Jolly Phonics' letter sounds. Altogether now, "The snake is in the grass, the snake is in the grass, sssssss, the snake is in the grass!" We have enjoyed using our role play area and have done lots of markmaking when pretending to be chefs, teachers and waiters.
Frog and Tadpole Grown-ups, don't forget to sign up for a Parent-Teacher meeting. Ask your child's teacher/ key person for details. Next week, Tadpole Grown-ups can come and join us for a 'Singing & Storymaking' time. These are taking place on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday (21st, 22nd, 23rd) at 9.15am. See you there!
A big thank you to Flibbertigibbet for treating us to their magical show 'Babble'. You can tell from the photos just how much we enjoyed exploring and making sounds. We will be sending home a private link so you can all hear the unique piece of music that we made.
Term 1 Week 6
This week our workshop has been very busy. The children have been making models with boxes. They have been learning how to use the masking tape to make different types of joins.
With such wet weather this week we have made the most of our outdoor shelter in the back garden. The children have enjoyed exploring the musical instruments and building with the loose parts.
Our mathematical magicians have been creating potions and spells in the Jungle and they have been writing down their recipes so we can make our own Book of Spells.
After exploring and investigating lots of different Harvest vegetables at the snack bar, our artists have been painting, making collages and using the play dough to represent their favourite vegetables.
Term 1 Week 3
Hello and welcome back everyone! Welcome also to our new friends and families. Our Frogs and existing Tadpoles have enjoyed their first week being full-time and our new Tadpoles have settled in really, really well. They are looking forward to staying for some lunchtimes next week.
We have been very busy exploring the setting and have had fun playing outside in the sunshine. Look at some of the things we have been doing...
Term 6 Week 2
Well done to Orange and Purple Frogs - We won the Attendance Trophy!
This term we say a big welcome to our new guinea pigs... Olga da Polga and Teddy. They have settled in well and the children have been learning how to take care of them.
There have been lots of busy writers in the Meadow. We have been writing labels, notes cards and lots of writing about our guinea pigs. We have been using our Azurite power to take on a maths challenge in the Jungle; building models with 3D shapes, making pet patterns and ordering the guinea pigs by size. Our Athletes have had to use their Emerald power to get around the adventure playground without their feet touching the floor - they showed great ' bouncebackability'. Our scientists have been doing experiments and investigations with bubbles in the Water tray . Despite the soggy weather we have been using our imagination outdoors to building submarines, fire-engines, pretending to be fire fighters.
Thank you to the parents who came along to the Induction meeting. we hope you found the information useful and that you enjoyed the film that the children have made. If you couldn't make it you will receive your induction paperwork soon and you can view the film below.
Finally we wish all the Dads a very Happy Fathers Day for Sunday, and we hope you love your cards.
Meet Teddy and Olga da Polga
Term 5 Week 3
This week, the Tadpoles have been busy retelling the story of 'The Gingerbread Man' using a story map and puppets. The Frogs have also been retelling the story and writing it, too!
In the back garden, we have been planting sunflower seeds and writing instructions. We have also been weeding and tidying our great big sage bush. It smells beautiful! in the front garden, we have been dodging the raindrops and practising our ball skills.
We have some new friends in the swamp... some real tadpoles. We have drawn some lovely pictures of them and we have been watching them swim and eat. We cannot wait until they grow some legs. We will keep watching...
Have a look at our Gingerbread Man story and map, attached below. Happy retelling!
Term 5 Week 1
Welcome back! We hope you had a great Easter break.
This week we have started learning the story of the Gingerbread Man. In the workshop we have been building boats to help the Gingerbread Man cross the river safely. We also played a Gingerbread Man rhyming game to help our understanding of rhyme. In the Jungle we have been using the multi-link cubes to make number blocks. The Tadpoles have really enjoyed this! In the Front Garden we have been playing with the skittles and working on our ball skills. In the Swamp we have been testing the boats we made in the workshop and we made some fantastic scientific observations.
The Frogs have started swimming this week which they have thoroughly enjoyed!
It's great to see the children bringing their scooters into school - please make sure they bring their helmets also and then they can use them in Sunbeams time.
Please look at the attached documents to find out all about our songs and rhymes for the term.
Term 4 Week 6
We brought in our Easter gardens this week... they look brilliant and we can't wait to showcase them in assembly.
In the Meadow this week we have been writing Easter cards and buying Easter eggs in the role play area. In the Jungle we continued to focus on the language and properties of 3D shapes and using our emerald gem powers, we didn't give up! We've been practicing our ball skills in the front garden. It has been quite wet this week so we had a real treat and went to the hall to play parachute games too! In the Swamp we have been doing step-by-step bunny and chick pictures. Our pumpkins have been planted in the back garden and we look forward to watching them grow!
A few reminders...
It's swimming next term so please remember swimming kits. We also need PE kits in school.
If you have a scooter then bring it to school to use in Sunbeams Time.
Have a fantastic Easter holiday and we look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 23rd April!
Term 4 Week 5 ~ The Big Pedal
We have loved being able ride our own bikes and scooters this week ~ keep bringing your own in as it is a great way to keep fit! (don't forget your helmets too!)
Our Workshop this week we have been a hive of activity with children making some fantastic scooters from junk.
In the Jungle we have been learning about 2D and 3D shapes. We still need LOTS of practice talking about and naming the shapes. In the swamp our paintings have had a spring time feel with lots of bunnies and chicks. we have also been learning all about floating and sinking in the water tray. There has been lots of small world play in the back garden and we have been busy gardening. The seeds that we planted a few weeks ago are doing really well and we have got our fingers crossed for a bumper crop later in the year!
Well done to all the children for their fantastic bouncing on Wednesday's Bunny Bounce. The prizes for best bouncers went to....
Please bring your sponsor money in ASAP.
Well done Red and Blue group for getting the attendance award for the second week.
Term 4 Week 4
On Wednesday it was 'Beep Beep' day! We've been thinking about road safety...
In the Meadow we made 'Stop!' signs and got to hold a real stop sign! In the Front Garden we've been doing road safety activities. We've practised crossing the road safely and learnt new language about road safety (curb, pedestrian, left, right, reversing). In the Jungle we have continued to use the 3D shapes in our models. In the Swamp we've been painting jungle animals, we had to carefully follow the step by step instructions.
We've also had some animal friends in Sunbeams this week... 2 voles - Karen and Jerry. We used the computer to research what voles need to survive and provided them with a comfortable habitat to live in.
Thank you to all parents who attended parent teacher meetings. It's been a pleasure to talk about your children with you.
Wednesday 27th - Bunny Bounce!
Term 4 Week 2
This week has been 'World Book Week' and we've loved it! On Thursday we dressed as something from the jungle and enjoyed going to our parade assembly to show all the children our costumes. On Thursday evening we had book at bedtime. The classrooms were all cosy and we had hot chocolate and biscuits with bedtime stories!
In the Meadow this week we have been writing ingredients for pancakes before we made them in the Swamp. We had to write what toppings we wanted on them too. They were so yummy! In the Jungle we've been thinking about 3d shapes and positional language. Our construction challenge is to build a model using all the 3d shapes. In the Back Garden we've been planting seeds ready for Spring!
Don't forget to read at least 4 times this week - it's great to see the Frogs getting so many reading leaves and they love celebrating this!
Song Dice & Rhyme Time Term 4
Term 4 Week 1
What an exciting week! On Thursday Captain Read-a-Lot came to visit us! He told us how important it is to read, presented us with special books and read us a story. We loved meeting him and want to be as super at reading as he is! A big thanks to all the parents that came to meet him too.
In the Swamp this week we made jungle animals using circles. We cut them into halves and quarters and stuck them in the shape of our chosen animal. We then went to the Meadow to write about our animal. In the Jungle we have been following instructions to make models whilst thinking about the shapes we are using. In the Front Garden we've been working on our scooting technique and really challenging ourselves! In the back garden we've been weeding in preparation for Spring. We loved using the digging area too!
Next week is book week! We'll be making our very own jungle adventure stories and doing lots of fun activities around books.
Tadpoles and Frogs dates for your diary:
Thursday 7th - Jungle adventure theme dress up day
Thursday 7th 6-7pm - Book at bedtime
Term 3 Week 6
This week in the Meadow we have been making models and focusing on how we put them together. In the Jungle we've been playing games with tens frames and continuing to use language of measure. In the front garden we've had so much fun scooting around to music. We were inspired by our scoot fit visit! In the Swamp we have been cutting, sticking and folding to make birds from the 'Picture Pie' book. In the Back Garden we've been thinking about our local community and building local landmarks and buildings.
It's also been STEM week this week and we had a challenge to build a chair out of paper for baby bear to sit on. This proved quite a challenge! We thought about what good team work looks like and reflected on what went well and how we could improve our chairs.
If your child has a scooter and helmet please bring it in after half term for them to use during sunbeams to scoot around!
Have a lovely holiday and see you next term!
Term 3 Week 4
We've been Pirates in the Meadow this week. We made treasure maps and labelled them, it was great fun! We enjoyed reading in a relaxing environment as we made a sofa with the chairs and got the big cushions out! In the Jungle we've been focusing on using mathematical language - bigger, smaller, longer, shorter... we used the snakes to compare their lengths. In the Front Garden we were inspired by our visit from Jim Gump and made running tracks! in the Swamp we used the collage materials to make some of the animals Jim Gump spoke about - a heron, fox and a stag. In the Back Garden we've loved looking at the ice. We experimented by putting ice in different parts of the garden to see where it would melt the quickest. Lots of problem solving and team work went on!
Next week we look forward to having our scooting sessions on Monday and Tuesday!
Term 3 Week 1
We've had a great first week back. It's been lovely to hear about everyone's Christmas holidays and all the fun the children have had. We've also welcomed new children to our nursery, they've enjoyed taking part in our 'Sunbeams' time!
It's been amazing to see how the children's writing and reading is progressing and in the Meadow we've been writing CVC words. We've also been thinking about use of technology so have been exploring the technology box in the role play area. In the Jungle we've enjoyed some construction challenges as well as playing maths games. The children have been practising cutting and sticking in the Swamp and have produced some colourful, sparkly pictures! In the Front Garden we've started using some new equipment including bats and balls, hurdles and hoops. On Friday the Frogs had fun using the apparatus in the hall also.
Well done to all of those who got reading leaves for their reading over Christmas! Keep it up - the children love receiving the leaves and celebrating their success!
Frogs: We look forward to welcoming parents to our Maths Monster workshop at 2pm in the infant hall on Thursday 17th.
Term 2 Weeks 6 & 7
What a very busy few weeks we have had and at he end of this term we are feeling very 'Christmassy'.
We hope that you enjoyed our Nativity performance... We think it was our best one! We had a lovely Christmas party, watched our favourite film - The Snowman, and Santa thought we had been so good this term that he popped in to his grotto with some presents. Have a look at the photos below.
We need to say a big thank you for all the reading that you are doing at home. Sunbeams had the most leaves in the school for the second term! Dylan H and Archie S were the lucky winners of the leaf raffle. A big well done also goes to Dylan H and Wilf who were the 'Star Writers' for this term. Finally, a big thank you for all your kind wishes, thanks and presents - we really appreciate them and we would like to wish all our families a very happy Christmas. we look forward to seeing you on Monday 7th January.
Term 2, Week 5
We are getting so good at telling our Christmas story and singing our songs and we cannot wait to share our show with you next week. You do not need to have tickets now, so just turn up on Tuesday at 2.00 or Wednesday at 9.15 for a real treat!
We have really been getting into the Christmas spirit this week, making Christmas cards, paper chains, listening to and sharing Christmas stories and using puppets and props to tell the Nativity story. The Frogs have been practising making repeating pattern with their paper chains.
Outside, we have been using the scooters, balance bikes and pedal bikes to help us to keep warm. We have also been getting better at sharing the bikes and taking turns.
Don't forget the Christmas fete this Friday. Santa will be there!
Term 2 Week 4
It's been a very exciting week as we start to prepare for our Christmas Nativity.
In the Meadow, we have been looking at Christmas books and using the pictures to tell the story. Frogs have also been spotting the sounds and letters they know. In the Jungle, we have been playing a variety of Maths games to help our number and shape knowledge.
In the Swamp, the Frogs have been using different media to make repeated patterns and the Tadpoles have been experimenting with paints, using potatoes, stampers and sponges!
We've been independently following instructions at the snack bar and making biscuits - they tasted very yummy! The Frogs have been practising following instructions and soon they will be able to teach the Tadpoles how to make biscuits.
Keep up the reading at home, 4 times a week! Please send in costumes for the nativity by Friday 7th. Thank you!
Term 2, Week 2
Our first full week back has been very busy, as always. We have really enjoyed sharing stories in the Meadow. Our favourite ones have been, 'Whatever Next' and 'Farmer Duck.' The Frogs have continued to learn their letter sounds and have been beginning to use these in their markmaking. The Tadpoles are keen to make marks too!
In the Jungle, we have been sharing a story called 'Mouse Count' and we have loved using the snake and mice props to make up our own number stories before 'putting something down' on paper to show what we've been doing.
We've had lots of fun at the snack bar, as we have begun to make cookies this week. Apparently, they were voted "The best biscuits ever" by the children!
In the front garden, we have been using the balance bikes and scooters. This has helped us to develop our physical skills, but more than this, it has given us lots of opportunities to share and take turns!
Frogs: Please return any outstanding sponsor money this week and don't forget we are singing at the advent service in 'The Forum' this Thursday. We have been practising our song, "Behind the Window" lots and lots.
Tadpoles: We haven't received any photographs for our 'Catch me reading' display yet. It's not too late to e-mail them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally, this week is 'World Nursery Rhyme Week.' We are going to practise reciting nursery rhymes everyday. You can practise at home, too! Here's the list:
- Five currant buns
- Humpty Dumpty
- A sailor went to sea, sea, sea
- I'm a little teapot
- Round and round the garden
Term 2 Week 1
It's been a great first week of Term 2! Thank you to all who attended our sponsored night time walk. We had lots of fun walking around our field in the dark with our torches and glow sticks! Afterwards we had a treat of hot chocolate and biscuits. Please send in your sponsorship forms by Wednesday next week.
This week in the Meadow we've done lots of reading. We've been using the pictures to tell stories, finding the sounds we know and making sure we handle books with care. In the Jungle we've been continuing to practice our counting, playing the fishing game. We've had great fun in the front garden using the scooters and balance bikes.
In the Swamp we created beautiful firework pictures! We used our Azurite power and had a 'can do it!' attitude and this was challenging at times. We also went on a fascinating nature walk and spotted lots of signs of Autumn and the leaves were beautiful colours.
We've given out lots of leaves this week - keep up all the great reading at home!
The frogs have been learning our first four letter sounds so we'll be sending home our Jolly Phonics Books with a letter explaining how to use it and how to practise the sounds
Term 1 Week 7
A big thank you to all the Grown Ups who came to their parent teacher meetings this week. If you were unable to make your appointment please make sure you re-book with your keyworker,
There has been lots of maths going on in the Jungle this week. We have especially enjoyed playing the counting and number games on the interactive white board.
Hand washing is still a big focus and the Frogs had a visit from the school nurse who was checking that we were doing it properly. We still need lots of reminders, especially to flush toilets and rub the soap for long enough. Our artists have been busy in swamp and have produced some fantastic paintings and collage pictures. They have enjoyed mixing the paints to make new colours too. In the Meadow the children have been role playing Teachers and there has been lots of 'writing' going on as they make their own registers. At the snack bar we have been developing our physical skills - peeling satsumas and learning how to spread butter on our toast. The children found it really tricky so you can help by doing lots of practise at home! In our back garden we have been den building and making different ramps to race our cars.
Next Week is Enterprise week. We will be finding out about different jobs and launching a fundraising project.
Term 1 Week 6
It's been another busy week in Sunbeams. We have been doing lots of markmaking in the Meadow and role-played 'teachers' with our friends, taking the register for school hot dinners or school sandwiches and writing tallies. In the Jungle, we have continued to make shape pictures, following picture cards and choosing the correct shapes and colours to make flowers, trains, houses, birds and diggers.
A big 'thank you' to everyone who brought in Autumn treasures this week. We have used them to make beautiful leaf men just like the one in our 'Leaf Man' story . Come and see our pictures on the display board in the corridor!
Next week, the teachers are looking forward to chatting to you all about how your child has settled in at our Parent-Teacher Meetings. Don't forget to check your time and please rearrange, if you think you won't be able to make it!
Term 1 Week 5 01.10.18
A huge well done to the children who got a reading leaf for reading at least 4 times. We appreciate your continued support. Keep up the great work!
This week in the jungle we've been playing Maths games to help our learning. We've been catching the fish, counting the spots on them and matching them to the numerals. We also had the opportunity to continue our learning about shapes by making shape pictures.
In the swamp we've been using the autumnal materials to make pictures. We've been using scissors a lot and focusing on our scissor skills.
It's been great chatting at the snack bar and this week we discussed different vegetables for Harvest.
We've been out on our field investigating signs of autumn, this was great fun. The frogs supported the tadpoles with putting on wellies and we earned lots of ruby gems for being kind and helpful friends.
We've noticed a lot more children washing their hands thoroughly this week with soap. Thank you for reminding children at home of the importance of this.
Coming Soon.... Parent Teacher meetings for Frogs and Tadpoles. Sign up for an appointment.
Term 1 Week 4 24.09.18
Firstly, a big THANK YOU to all the grown ups who came along to our first 'Learning Together' meeting. We will be sending home further information and asking you to complete a short questionnaire so that we make sure that future workshops are as useful as they can be in helping you to support your child's learning at home.
This week In the Workshop, children have been learning how to access the resources and use scissors and the tape dispensers to make junk models.
In the Meadow lots of children have been writing cards to Dylan who celebrated his 5th birthday this week.
The mathematicians have been busy in the Jungle, learning about 2D shapes and our constructions have been inspired by our new selection of books about building and engineering.
In the Swamp we have been painting, making collages and learning how to follow instructions to make play dough spiders.
There are lots of signs that Autumn has arrived in our garden and our budding 'Nature Detectives' have been digging for bugs, sweeping up leaves and collecting crab apples. These made a delicious apple soup in the mud kitchen.
Lots of children have gone home this week with poorly tummies so we have had a BIG focus on hand washing. This still needs lots of work so we will send home the instructions so that you can practise this at home too.
Finally, we are enjoying our singing and nursery rhyme times and our 'Storymaking' is well underway. The children will soon be able to tell the story of 'The Enormous Turnip' by heart. Please print out a copy of the story & song sheet (below) so that you can join in at home.
Term 1 Week 3
We have had another busy week in Sunbeams. Have a look at our new slideshow to see some of the things that we have been getting up to. This week the children started to stay for lunch and the new school dinners were a very big hit! Don't forget that for Sunbeams Frogs dinners are FREE, so make the most of the opportunity and have a look at the menu.
- Don't miss the Learning Together & Phonics workshop (for Frogs) on Thursday 27th @ 2pm in the Small Hall.
- Bring along Autumn treasures for our collection.
- Make sure you read at home AT LEAST 4 times each week to earn a leaf and a chance to win a prize at the end of the Term.
Welcome to a new year in Sunbeams 2018-2019.
We enjoyed meeting all our new families on our home visits and we have had a very successful start to our year. Induction is well underway and we are very impressed with how quickly the children are settling in. Have a look at the photographs from this week to see things some of the fun things that we've been doing!
Term 6 ~ week 3
This week ...
In the Meadow we have had a very busy cafe. Children have been writing orders for food and cooking up a feast.
In the Back Garden our carrots and potatoes have been growing nicely and this week we have enjoyed tasting fresh peas and raspberries.
In the jungle we had a construction challenge to build models and measure and compare them with our friends. Tyler-Jay, Max and Ethan made some fantastic trucks. Ethan said, "Mine is the middle one and Max's is longer than mine!"
In the Front Garden we have been in training for Sports Day! We have been practising relay races and obstacle races and have been learning how to work as a team. We think we have some potential Olympic athletes in the making so don't forget to come along and cheer us on Tuesday 10th July (weather permitting).
In the Swamp our Artists have been very busy learning different mark making techniques. Brandon particularly enjoyed 'scrimbling' and we were very impressed by Noah's camouflage chameleon!
Jacob and Lucas made some delicious biscuits for the snack bar.
After a very busy term the Sunbeams team would like to wish you all a very Happy Easter Holidays.
To get you in the mood have a look at the video clips of the amazing collection of Easter bonnets we had in Sunbeams today!
Tadpole Easter bonnet parade
Red Group Easter Bonnet Parade
Blue Group Easter Bonnet Parade
Orange Group Easter Bonnet Parade
Purple Group Easter Bonnet Parade
Term 4 week 1
We have been working on building strong muscles in our arms and shoulders with socca-balls and target throwing games. This will help us to become fantastic writers. In the swamp we have been mixing our own paints and experimenting, using brushes and tools to create different techniques. At the snack bar we are making cakes. We have to balance the ingredients very carefully. As always the Meadow has been full of enthusiastic writers. This week we have been writing about Paw Patrol. In the meadow our mathematicians have been very busy hunting for 2D shapes.
Maths Monsters Party
A very big thank you to all the parents and carers who came to the Maths Monsters Party. We hope that it helped you to understand how and what your children are learning at school and that it gave you some fun ideas of how you can support mathematical learning at home.
Maths Monster has already started his family visits so expect a house guest very soon!
We had lots of fun exploring our local community. We went on walks around Southdown, visited the park and the garden centre, climbed right to the top of Roundhill and even went on a bus ride into Bath town centre. Have a look at all the things that we spotted on our journeys. Meanwhile... back at school the children were busy writing cards and carefully weighing ingredients for cakes. We gave these to say thank you to some of the people in our community who help us. Were you lucky enough to receive one?
Term 3 Week 4
Term 3 Week 2
What a chilly week! We have been outside looking for signs of winter and the cold weather was definitely one! We have enjoyed singing our new songs and we are already getting really good at telling our story, 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears.' We have been using positional language this week e.g. on, in, under, next to, in front, behind. Maybe you could practise using these words at home too?
It has been great to welcome Amy back this week and we are looking forward to Tracy being back on Monday. We are so glad that they are both feeling better.
Our 'Tiddlers' are settling in well and it has been lovely to see the other children showing them around and helping them to feel at home.
FROGS... a date for your diary... Come to our MMMonster party on February 6th at 1.45pm. See our invitation below.
Term 3 Week 1
Welcome back after the Christmas holiday. We would like to say a big 'Thank you' for all the lovely cards and presents that we received. We hope that you and your families had a merry Christmas and we wish you a wonderful 2018.
Welcome to our new 'Tiddlers' who are joining our Tadpoles this year. We look forward to getting to know you and having lots of fun together.
Have a look below at our new 'song dice' songs that we will be singing this term. You can also see our storymaking story, 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears.' We will be adding the story map soon...
Term 2 Week 5
This week was Maths week. What a lot of fun we had. Have a look at the slide show to see some of the things we have been doing.
Christmas has now arrived! Don't forget that we need Nativity costumes for the dress rehearsal on Monday morning - the rest of the school are in for a real treat!
Term 2 Week 4
This week in Sunbeams there has been lots of learning going on...
Now that winter is on the way we have been busy making bird feeders and finding out the names of some of the birds that we see visiting our garden. We have been learning how to follow instructions carefully to make biscuits for the snack bar and In the Jungle we have been counting and measuring. The meadow has been full of 'Pirates' busy writing messages in bottles and writing their directions of where to find the treasure. The Tadpole have enjoyed 'Sunshine Circles' and have been learning to use gentle hands for their peer massage.
A Big thank you to all the Frog parents and carers that joined us for our Phonics workshop today. We hope you found it helpful and enjoyed seeing a little glimpse of how we teach phonics in Sunbeams. We would love for you to join us for DEAR Time (guided reading sessions) or our daily phonics sessions so watch out for the sign up sheets that will be on our 'Learning Together' wall soon. Here are the sounds that we have learnt so far...
Term 2 Week 3
The first few weeks have flown by this term and they have been crammed full of wonderful learning opportunities. These include...being nature detectives, learning about shape and size, reading, writing and physical challenges. Have a look at our photos to see the learning in action.
This week was also Anti-bullying week. Our activities were based on the story 'You be You' by Linda Kranz and we all painted a pebble fish to celebrate our individuality and uniqueness. We will be adding these to the whole school display that will be appearing very soon.
Song Dice Term 2
Term 1 Week 7
We have made it to the end of the first term and we are all ready to have a relaxing holiday.
This week was Time Travel Week. Thank you for sending in so many of your beautiful baby photos. We loved sharing them with our friends and we had some fantastic discussions about how we have grown and changed. Here are just a few - can you guess who they are?
We would like to say a big thank you all the grown ups who joined us for our first Learning Together Workshop on Thursday afternoon. We hope you enjoyed our storymaking and singing as much as we enjoyed performing for you! Keep your eyes open for the date of our next workshop coming soon.
Despite everyone feeling a little tired at the end of such a busy term we still managed to squeeze in lots of learning with our friends in Sunbeams Time. In the Jungle this week we have been learning about shape, space and measures as we took on the Construction Challenge: 'Can you build a tower that is taller than a metre?' We needed to use many of our gem powers too - bouncebackability (Emerald), taking on a challenge, (Azurite) and teamwork, (Topaz).
Term 1 Week 6
'Chop, chop choppity chop. Chop off the bottom and chop off the top!
What we have left we can put in the pot
Chop, chop, choppity chop!'
Sunbeams have been having fun exploring some massive pumpkins this week. We have used our senses to look, smell and feel and have enjoyed pulling out the squidgy, slimy, slippery seeds!
In the Meadow, we have been very busy role-playing in our new kitchen. It has real food and Frankie even made us a washing machine! We have been building some fantastic models using the recyclable materials in the workshop and have taken on the challenge of joining boxes and containers together using tape and glue.
Our dinosaur writing box has been extremely popular and we have been doing lots of emergent writing with our special dinosaur pens.
Frogs... show your grown-ups the invitation below, as they are invited to come in to listen to us sing next Thursday.
Singing & Storymaking Workshop
Our Term 1 song dice
Every term we focus on different songs, poems and rhymes. Please click below to find out what we are singing this term. Your child will help you to sing along.
Term 1 Week 5
We have had a lovely week in Sunbeams with sooo much learning going on all over the place!
The mud kitchen has been a huge success and Tracy has been blown away and had an amazing time out in the back garden with children making leaf men inspired by the pictures from the book 'Leaf Man'. The children have also really loved using our digging area this week and there has been lots of maths involving counting worms and recording numbers in various different ways. (Take a look at the lovely pictures below)
The children are also enjoying the messy play and sensory activities that have been going on in the swamp, apologies if some children have come home looking like they've been working in a bakery!! We have had so much fun drawing in the flour! Watch this space for some more fun in the swamp next week...........!
Term 1 Week 4
It has been an exciting week in Sunbeams. Our frogs have done brilliantly well in their first week full-time and we are looking forward to our tadpoles starting their full sessions next week.
The children sang amazingly in front of the WHOLE SCHOOL in our harvest assembly for their performance of 'Bouncing on a Tractor', we are so proud of them.
We have had a new Mud Kitchen arrive in the back garden today (very kindly made and delivered for us by Barry) with REAL running water!!! How exciting We are all looking forward to using it next week, watch this space for pictures of our mud pies and potions next week!
Please take a look at the pictures below for just some of the things we have been busy doing. These are a really great prompt to use to talk with your child about what they have been doing, especially when you get the usual response of a 3/4 year old that they have been doing nothing all day (which quite clearly they haven't!!)
We can't wait for another exciting week of adventures........
Term 1 Week 3
We have had another busy week in Sunbeams as you will see from the pictures below!
The frogs have enjoyed staying for lunch this week and all colour groups have met their friends from the other half of their class, the fun really begins next week with all frogs in together!!
The tadpoles are settling really well and we look forward to your two lunch sessions next week.
Take a look at our 'Term 1 Song Dice' to find out about all of the lovely songs and rhymes we are starting to learn.
As Autumn sets in please remember to bring your raincoat even if it is sunny when you come to school......it might not stay that way all day!!
Tadpoles - remember to pay online if you will be having a school dinner next week or bring your lunchbox along with you.
All the Sunbeams Team would like to welcome back the families that were with us
last year and say a big hello to all the new families that have joined us this year.
We are off to a flying start. Our home visits are all completed and the children have all begun their induction. They are already becoming familiar with the routines and they are becoming confident to explore all the different areas of the setting. Have a look at the slide show to see some of the things that they have been doing this week.
We have introduced the Learning Power Gems (see below) and the children are very enthusiastic about earning gems to put in the treasure chest.
Don't forget that you are welcome to take a book from out caterpillar book case to share at bedtime with your child. Please feel free to change these as often as you like.
- Frogs ~ please bring your book bag to school everyday and make sure you attach a keyring to help you to recognise your bag.
- Frogs ~ Sigh up to 'Meet the Teachers' ~ These meeting are for families who didn't have a home visit this year (children who were Tadpoles last year) so that we can update your All About Me information.
- ALL CHILDREN ~ Please make sure your child brings a coat to school. We go outside all year round regardless of the weather!
- Please bear in mind that induction times change next week as the children begin to stay for lunch, so check your timetable carefully!