During group time this week, the children will be learning:
The letter and sound ‘m’
The focus colour is Yellow
The focus number is 4
Talk for writing is ‘Room on the Broom’
Rhyme of the week – Incy Wincey Spider
Festival of Light – Diwali
We would kindly appreciate donations for;
Halloween resources (appropriate for our age group and noting that is scary). The children are talking about seeing resources in the shops and are taking an interest in Halloween.
Fruit for snack time
Other Learning Opportunities
Decorating our hands
Making salt dough Diwali lights
Visiting the WI @ Grendon Village Hall on Thursday am, sharing practice with our local community.
What can you do at home to support us?
Practice counting and reciting number names in sequence (0-10)
Practice ‘m’ (mmmm sound) – Down Maisie, mountain, mountain.
Practice kicking and catching with balls.
To Make Play dough: 2 cups of flour, 1 cup of salt, 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate soda, 1 tablespoon oil, food colouring and 1 cup of water. Mix all together and kneed.
To make salt dough:
In a large bowl mix salt and flour together.
Gradually stir in water. Mix well until it forms a doughy consistency.
Turn the dough onto the bench and kneed with your hands until smooth and combined.
Make your creations using the salt dough.
Place the salt dough creations into the oven at 180C
Walking around Grendon
The children are getting much more confident in walking around the village with staff. We promote; stop, look, listen, sensible walking and good road safety. We often visit the post office and have a chat with the lovely owners who gladly welcome us in. We usually walk back through the fields and look at the sheep and lambs, the children are then able to have a free range and run and scream having fun.
Talk for writing
We are now learning about the ‘Room on a Broom’ story (with the lead up to Halloween).
Forest School- The children have been attending Forest School with the Reception class this term (Thursday am sessions)which has worked really well. They have done lots of bug hunting and making fishing rods, while making lots of adventures exploring the environment.
Lunch boxes and water bottles – PLEASE LABEL ALL LUNCH BOXES, POTS AND BOTTLES.
We promote Healthy eating at GUCS so please consider the sugar content of your child’s lunch boxes. No chocolate or sweets please. No Nuts please.
We have a child who is sensitive to squash and juices therefore to support this we are asking that only water is put in our water bottle and please make sure they are named. This is a whole school policy.
To encourage healthy eating we like to offer our children different snacks, to support us in this could you please occasionally supply us with different fruits, vegetables, crackers etc
Play Time- Please take in mind when you dress your child that we can get very messy at nursery, through playing outside or inside. Also think about footwear, we do tend to do a lot of climbing and jumping, running, skipping and dancing (wellies are only ideal for outdoors). As we have mud water and sand it would be really helpful to have a spare change of clothes and appropriate shoes for indoor and out.
Mud, mud glorious mud!
This is what your children will often look like! Unsure about the benefits of getting mucky? Have a look at this article: http://www.letthechildrenplay.net/2011/08/10-reasons-why-we-should-let-children.html?m=1
Dates for your diary.
Autumn 1 & 2
12 October The Dragon learning group will be visiting the Women’s Institute @ Grendon Village Hall (the second Thursday of the month), 9:30 – 10:30am.
19 October The Dragon learning group will be visiting some local residents (with disabilities) every other Thursday @ 2:00pm.
We supply aprons to try and save dirty clothes, however sometimes the children either refuse to wear them or we haven’t got there in time to protect them. Thank you for your understanding.
Afternoon sessions start at 12.15 – 3.15. Lunch will take place at 11:45-12.15.
Arriving on time for your child’s session is very important for your child/children, as we all learn to sing the ‘hello song’, to learn each other’s names. We then spend a short time on the carpet sharing important news/stories in our learning groups. The children start interacting with each other and this is where friendships can start to form.
School registers/lunches must be completed and ordered by 9.00am. Lunchtime register by 12.00 noon.
The main school day ends at 3.15pm, therefore if you do have other children to collect in the main school, please make sure you collect your Nursery child/children first.
Early Years Outcomes
Please follow the link below to explore the Early Years document. This is how we assess all children across the early years phase from birth- 60+ months.
This document explains the Early Years Outcome in through the voice of a child. It also gives you a range of ways you can support your child’s learning at home. We think this is a much more user friendly document and will be using it ourselves in the classroom!
I hope by now, you’ve all received your parent consultations reply slips. We all look forward to meeting you and sharing how your child has shown true GRIT, and our other Learning Behaviours to really embrace the Growth Mindset Philosophy.
DON’T Forget there are no clubs this week, owing to the Parents’ Consultations, apart from Mr B’s Premier Sport clubs.
Finally, don’t forget to bring your pennies with you, so you can buy books at the School’s Book Fair, open before and after school, this week only.
What an amazing time we had at Bletchley Park! To start the day, we took part in lots of WW2 related activities, such as blackout walks, making evacuation labels, and even morse code jewelry! It really captured the childrens imagination, and they got to explore lots of first hand artifacts.
We also went exploring in the Mansion house, where the Imitation Game exhibition is currently housed. The children came up with some fantastic prediction as to what the Enigma machine was, which we looked into further when we returned to school.
Year 4 have really got their teeth into this Field of Study and its fantastic to see them all so excited about their learning!
This week, Year 4 have been writing instructions. They have worked hard to write their own success criterias in order for us to make jam sandwiches. It is safe to say, that not all the instructions were as prescriptive as necessary, which resulted in jam all over the Year 4 classroom.
I can honestly say that 99.9% of children in assembly on Monday could say why Stuart Lancaster is a ‘Growth Mindset’ leader. The children could identify the traits of a Fixed v Growth Mindset learner, apply it to themselves and also see it in others – including the English Manager.
After watching his post match interview the children stated that he was using GRIT showing his respect, honesty and responsibility when reflecting on his team and the Australian team.
Some children said that they are going to write a letter to him encouraging him to learn from this setback!!
What a wonderful week we have had at Grendon! We have all been growing our brains and really showing true GRIT in our learning. We all shared a fantastic assembly on Wednesday when the first group of children were awarded with their learning wristbands – well done to you all! I loved celebrating your achievements with you and of course, your parents and carers.
Have a relaxing weekend and let’s hope this glorious early Autumn weather stays with us.
GOOD LUCK to Scotland and England tomorrow in the RWC 2015!! England has to certainly dig very deep and use true GRIT against Australia!
Have you had a secret phone call from your child’s classteacher? If the answer is ‘yes‘ then your child will have a surprise when they see you in assembly tomorrow!! If you can’t make it then you will have been asked to give the classteacher a little speech to read out on your behalf!
Wednesday is the first celebration assembly whereby children will be recognised for ‘Digging Deep’ and showing GRIT within a specific Learning Behaviour. In recognition of this they will be awarded one of 3 Learning Behaviour Wrist bands to wear with pride. This is now part of the school uniform policy and ONLY these bands can be worn.
Celebration assembly will then take place each Friday at 10:00am from NEXT WEEK.
Well……each team will use all of the Learning Behaviours of GUCS, digging deep and with GRIT at the centre!!
May the best team win!!
Mai y fuddugoliaeth tim gorau!!
WHAT A GAME!!!!!!!! Again, another weekend of sports where our children can see at first hand what ‘Digging Deep’ and using GRIT really looks like! Last weekend we had Japan V South Africa as well as Andy Murray!
As the children walked into school this morning they were greeted with rugby balls and the flag of England with the song ‘Sweet Chariot’ playing in the background! During assembly we celebrated the fact that the Rugby World Cup had finally arrived in England………..and Wales as they are hosting eight of the matches!!!! 😉
I hope that you and your children enjoy the next few weeks of rugby! Who is the team and player that really ‘digs deep’and shows GRIT?
Are you a prospective parent looking for a school that believes your child can be the next Prime Minister, Pilot, Business Entrepreneur or even the first astronaut to Mars? Is that their North Star?
If so, then I would like to invite you to our Open Morning on Wednesday 22nd November 2017. You can come to one of two sessions – 9:30am – 10:30am OR 11:15am – 12:15pm. Please ring or email Emma in the school office to book your place!
A new website is currently under construction and will be ‘live‘ on 17th November. Please be patient with us as this will have all of the up to date information. During this process, policies and important school information is being taken off this website and being added to the new one. Sorry for any inconvenience.
Designated Safeguard Lead responsible for child protection: Mr Kevin Morrissey, Headteacher
Additional Designated Safeguard Leads for child protection:Miss Amy White Jones, Deputy Headteacher, and Mrs Lynne Zverko, Nursery Leader