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Early Years 1/2

We are Early Years!

Our teachers are: Miss Atamaniuk (C1) and Mrs Barrowcliffe (C2)

Our amazing Teaching Assistants are: Mrs Greaves, Mrs Lees & Miss Watson


We do indoor PE on Wednesdays and outdoor PE on Thursdays.

Homework will be sent out each Friday and we ask that it is returned by the following Wednesday.

Homework can be found at the bottom of the page


14th July 2017


This week has been incredibly busy but also so much fun! It has been vocational week, so in the mornings the children have been doing lots of different vocational based activities, from a vet to an explorer! They have worked in lots of different places, with lots of different adults and children! Here is some of the super work we have been doing! 



We also had the chance to show off our DT/Geog work from last week on Monday afternoon. Some of the children stayed in the hall to tell the other children in school all about it! Well done Early Years! 


The children's reports have gone out tonight, we hope that you enjoy reading them. We really are so proud of all of their achievements this year. We think each and every one of them is a super star! 


Have a lovely weekend. :) 

7th July 2017


This week has been Geography and DT week in school, and the children have had lots of fun getting messy! Our focus was Australia. We researched lots of Australian landmarks and planned what we would make. The children have produced some amazing work, including models of Ayres Rock, the Sydney Opera House and Boomerangs with Australian patterns. We look forward to showing these off in the school show case on Monday. Thank you for all the recyclables you sent in. They will provide us with weeks of modelling fun! 


Have a lovely, relaxing weekend. We are looking forward to a fun filled final couple of weeks, starting with vocational week next week. The children are already excited about the jobs they will be learning about!


30th June 2017


As part of our 'Round the World' topic, we have been in Jamaica this week! The children have learnt all about life in Jamaica. They have also learnt all about the famous Jamaican Bob Marley. The children loved listening to his music and having a good dance! 


Well done to our Gold Book superstars Riley, Harlee and Kayla- Beth. 


Remember, next week is DT/Geog week in school. We will be making famous Australian landmarks. Any clean recyclables will be gratefully received! 


Have a lovely weekend. :) 


23rd June 2017


The children have loved learning all about France this week! We have learnt about where it is, what they eat and the language they speak. We have also explored the work of the famous french painter, Claude Monet! We did our own versions of his art work! 

What do you think?!


We also had a visit from Percy the Park Keeper this week! He came and helped us plant some flowers in our outside area! Thank you Percy! 








16th June 2017


What an exciting week! On Monday, we had a visit from White Post Farm! They brought lots of animals that we were allowed to stroke and hold! We saw rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, mice and even a spider and a snake! 

This has fitted in nicely as part of our week on the United Kingdom. (Our topic is Around the World) We have learnt all about farms, the animals that live there and how they help our community.

Well done to those children who achieved full marks on their very first spelling test! Wow! (Look out for your child's spellings in their reading diary.) 

Well done to our Gold Book superstars Jack and Theo! :)

Have a lovely, sunny weekend! 


9th June 2017


It may have been a short week this week, but it has been full of fun. On Wednesday, we had a special SMSC day; we learnt all about teamwork. The children did lots of activities where they needed to work together. On Thursday, it was grandparent's afternoon. Thank you to all of you who came! We enjoyed making sandwiches, painting sunflowers and making paper chains. 


Friday was history day, and we had a visit from a theatre company. They performed a show all about Robin Hood. The children loved it! I wonder if they can remember Robin Hood's secret handshake?! 


26th May 2017


What a glorious, sunny week it has been in Early Years! Firstly we want to say a big well done to the children on such a fantastic effort in Sports Day. We are so proud of them! We have attached some pictures below....... enjoy.


This half term there have been lots of changes for the children, as we prepare them for life in Year 1 and we are so proud of how they have coped and adjusted. They have worked very hard! So today we have given the children a well earned break! We thought you might enjoy to see what we have been up to!





Paddling pools, water hoses, strawberries in the sunshine and make shift slides down the Teletubby Hill have been a perfect end to a fantastic half term. 


Well done to Brooke and Naomi, our Goldbook superstars. We are all so proud of you! 


Thank you for all of your support this half term.

Have a wonderful half term holiday. :) 



19th May 2017


Firstly sorry for last weeks entry disappearing! It wasn't transferred with the new website. We hope you like it!


The children have enjoyed using their 5 senses to explore fruit in Early Years this week. We have been learning about the story Handa's Surprise. The children have had the opportunity to see, feel, smell and taste different fruits, including passion fruit and mango. They also really enjoyed hunting for fruit in our outdoor classroom.




In maths this week the children have been learning to count in 2s, 5s and 10s. They have really blown our socks off with how well they have done with this!

Well done to our Goldbook superstars: Sienna and Sebastian


Have a restful weekend. :)


5th May 2017


We have been having lots of fun learning all about Goldilocks and the Three Bears this week. The children have done lots of role play involving the characters, making and trying porridge and we have even had Goldilocks herself causing some havoc in our classroom!




The children have been doing doubling in maths this week. They are becoming doubling pros. WOW!

With the weather looking brighter, we have spent lots of time in our outdoor area this week. On the concrete and the famous Teletubby hill! It starting to feel like summer! 

Have a lovely weekend. :) 

21st April 2017
It has been a big week in Early Years this week. There have been lots of changes and the children have coped brilliantly. They have been bringing in their own bags to sort in the morning, and getting what they need ready for going home in the afternoon. We have been sitting at tables in the morning; doing some special jobs each day, that we have made sure that we finish before learning independently. And the door has been closed in the morning. We have been so proud of how the children have adapted. They have been amazing. 

We have learnt all about The Three Billy Goats Gruff this week. The children have really enjoyed acting out the story, making wanted posters for the troll and finding food for the goats to eat! 
In maths the children have been learning all about numbers up to 100. They have been estimating and doing lots of counting. 
A brill week class 1 and 2!! 

31st March 2017
We come to the end of another busy term in Early Years! We have had a lovely last week, learning all about the story Titch. We have even
managed to fit in some learning about Easter. (As well as an Easter egg hunt!) :)
We would like to thank you all for your on going support and the children
for all their hard work!
Have a lovely Easter Break, see you in two weeks! :)

24th March 2017

We have had a great time this week learning all about The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

We have tried lots of different fruits... some that the caterpillar ate and some that he didn't! We have also done amazing independent writing on the butterfly life cycle. We are lucky enough to have some caterpillars of our own in school at the moment!


The children have blown our socks off with their amazing word on subtraction this week. We have answered number sentences and also word problems! We have done this in lots of different ways!
?Well done to our Gold Book superstars this week: Louie and Jacob.
Happy weekend!

17th March 2017
This week in English we have been learning all about Jack and the Beanstalk. We have used words to describe the characters and also thought of questions that we could ask them using the words who, what, where, when, why.
Children have really enjoyed learning about coins in maths. We have been using money to buy things from the 'Early Years Shop'. We have also been putting coins in order of worth and making up different amounts of money.
Well done to our Gold Book superstar this week: Max and Archie- we are so proud of you!

10th March 2017

This week in English the children have been learning all about growing plants. Children have conducted a science experiment to find out whether cress grows best in soil, cotton wool, newspaper or nothing. We also experimented to see if it would grow better inside or outside. Children made predictions and evaluated at the end of the week. Ask your children about what we found out!

In maths, the children have been learning about number bonds. Children have been exploring ways of making 5, 8 and 10. They have done this in lots of different ways; using objects and the Numicon. We have set a number bond based homework on Abacus this week. Please let us know if you have any issues.

Well done to our Gold Book superstars this week: Tommy and Amy.
Have a lovely weekend.  

3rd March 2017

What an eventful week it has been in Early Years. On Monday the eggs arrived. By Wednesday we had 9 very cute chicks! We have loved paying them visits each day.

It was World Book Day on Thursday and we were so impressed with the effort the children made with their costumes! We spent the day learning all about Julia Donaldson. 


We even had visits from a few familiar faces! 

Amongst all this we have managed to fit in lots of other learning too! We have been learning all about The Little Red Hen. We followed instructions to make bread today. It was delicious! 
Well done to our Gold Book superstars Avah and Grace: we are so proud of you!

Have a great weekend! 

24th February 2017

This week has been history week and we have been learning all about our personal histories.
We shared some special memories and talked about who are in our families. The children contributed to a big piece of art work.

The children brought some pictures in of when they were babies. We tried to guess who it was! We looked at how we have changed.

?       What Cuties!!!!!!

We had a class swap today with year 6. Some of us went to there and some of them came down to foundation. We shared all our learning from this week. We did family trees, pictures of ourselves and even managed to fit in a game of Jenga! :)

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10th February 2017

We have had a great last week of term! We have taken Early Years on their first school trip and we had a wonderful time! We were so proud of how the children behaved and got involved! We are so lucky to have you all. Another big thanks to all the adults who helped us!

We went to The Nottingham castle. Children explored the grounds, including having a play on their mini castle playground! The also explore the Hood in the Wood gallery; learning all about Robin Hood and his Merry Men. As well as this, Children took part in an activity session based on Robin Hood.

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The children really enjoyed the day, but were ready to go home by the end of it :)


Well done to our Gold Book Superstars: Lexi and Imogen.

Have a wonderful half term break.

3rd February 2017

What an exciting week it has been! We have been learning all about Robin Hood and the children have LOVED it!



Robin Hood left us lots of things in our wooded area earlier in the week- a bow and arrow, Maid Marian's headband and a secret note! We found out that when we added water paint we could read the secret message!

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We talked about whether it was right or wrong that Robin Hood stole from the rich. We had some interesting discussions and we gave our opinions.


We even had a go with Robin's bow and arrow!



Learning about Robin Hood has made us very excited for our trip next week. :)

Well done to our Gold Book superstars of the week: Amber and Bobby

Have a wonderful weekend!

27th January 2017

What a week! We have been learning all about different modes of transport. We learnt about all the different kinds of transport in Nottingham and we read the story 'The Train Ride.' We enjoyed building our own modes of transport out of blocks and enjoyed our own 'train ride' around the school grounds.

Children have had fun learning about repeating patterns in maths. The children made their own necklaces using a repeating pattern and some children even had a go at number patterns.


Our Gold Book superstars this week were Keegan and Ronan. Well done!

Have a lovely weekend; see you on Monday!  

20th January 2017

This week in English we have been learning all about the city we live in. We have learnt about the famous author DH Lawrence; he went to our school! We also talked about our houses and the streets that we live on. We looked at non-fiction books about this too. We even went outside and looked at different house and the electricity wires that power our houses.

In maths, we have been learning about halving. We have done this through sharing and using the Numicon. For homework this week we have set a task on Abacas for the first time. We have included a sheet all about it. Please come to us of you have any problems. :)

We had the laptops out this week. The children did a picture of their house on Paint.


Our gold book superstars this week were Lucas and Ollie. A BIG well done! We are proud of you.

Have a lovely weekend.

13th January 2017

This week we have been learning all about the UK and the Queen. The children have loved reading the story The Queen's Knickers.


The children have designed their own pair of knickers for the Queen, retold the story and have done some amazing writing! We have also been learning about the UK. The children have looked at maps and a globe and really enjoyed exploring the country on Google Earth.

For maths this week we have been learning all about shape. The children have been naming and describing 2D and 3D shapes. They made a castle for the Queen out of 3D shapes, finding shapes with curved sides for the roof. We also set up the 'shape shop'. The children found the right shapes for what the customer needed!


We gave the children a big challenge in PE this week.
We conquered this...........


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So we gave this a go........


Our Gold Book superstars this week were: Tilly and Emily. We are proud of you!
Have a great weekend everyone!

6th January 2017

Welcome back and a very happy new year to you all! The children have come back raring to go! We have got so much done in such a short week!

We have been reflecting on what we did over the Christmas holiday. We have enjoyed sharing our stories. We also did some amazing writing about our Christmas's.

In maths, the children have been practising their estimating skills. For homework, we would like the children to do some with you at home! :)

Class two had their first Forest School session this week; which they absolutely loved! They played lots of games to get them used to what it will be like.

Class One did some work with some of the older children. They shared books with some year 5 children. They worked so nicely together and they really enjoyed having them come to visit.

Have a lovely weekend, see you on Monday.

16th December

We are nearly there!! It has been a wonderful, festive week in Early Years. We all really enjoyed watching the KS2 show.
We have been getting crafty.... the children have been making all sorts of surprises.... ready for Christmas!

As we come towards the end of our first term, we would like to say a big thank you for all of your support and a big well done to the children, who have worked so hard.

Have a very merry Christmas and we will see you next year! :) :)

9th December

What a week! We are so proud of the children! They did amazingly well with the Nativity! We think they are all super! Enjoy some photos:

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2nd December

What an exciting week in Early Years! On Monday we had a visit from two of Santa Elves! One is called Mistletoe and the other is called Holly! They are going to stay with us until Christmas! (Paying visits back to the North pole each night.. of course!) They are quite cheeky and like to hide in a different place each day. Earlier in the week they even sprinkled Elf glitter all over the classroom... even in Miss Atamaniuk's drawer!



In Literacy, we have been learning all about Peter Pan. The children have loved exploring our own Neverland and looking at special maps.

In Numeracy children have been learning to double numbers to 10. We have been using objects and the Numicon.

We had a wonderful time at Grandparents afternoon. It was so nice to meet you all, thank you to all that came.

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A super afternoon but we are still trying to get rid of all the glitter!

Well done to our Gold Book superstars: Finley and Scarlett.

We have been working so hard practising our Christmas production, and it is nearly time! We had our first practise in our costumes today. We perform for the school on Tuesday! If you still haven't sent in the costume pieces needed for your child could we ask that they come on Monday.
We can't wait to show you our hard work!

A big well done to Imogen Barnes, who guessed the snowman's name. She is the proud new owner of Harry the Snowman!


Have a super weekend.

25th November

It has been a colourful week in Early Years.... we have been learning all about the story The Rainbow Fish.

We have had some interesting discussions on whether The Rainbow Fish should have shared his scales!
We also gave some shiny scales of our own away.... celebrating some of the wonderful qualities the children have.

The children have done some amazing independent writing this week while learning in the classroom. It really shows how their confidence with writing is growing!

In maths, children have been learning about capacity. We have been ordering containers by capacity to find a perfect tank for The Rainbow Fish. Some of us have even been measuring potion in ml for The Rainbow Fish.

A big well done to our Gold Book superstars this week: Jack and Myah.

Also well done to Class 2, who won the 'clean and tidy award' this week. As judged by pupil parliament!

Have a super weekend!

17th November

This week we have been learning all about Disney Land! We have used Google Earth to find out where Disney land is. The children have also looked at holiday brochures- looking at why we have them- and maps. The children have loved doing a big collage of Micky and Minnie mouse! Look out for it in the classroom!

In maths we learnt about measuring length. Children used cubes to measure things and some children used rulers too.

Another busy week next week..... we will be learning all about The Rainbow Fish!

11th November 2016

It has been a magical week in Early Years! We have been learning all about the story 'Alice in Wonderland'. A magical door appeared in the classroom and we have used our imaginations to think about what might be on the other side! We even drank magic potions to make ourselves shrink so that we could fit through!


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In maths, we have been learning to find 1 less. Children have been using the Numicon to do this practically as well as writing and answering their own number sentences. We introduced our new Going for Gold area this week and lots of the children managed to achieve Gold! :)

Today we had our annual remembrance assembly where we observed 2 minutes silence. We talked about what it meant with the children earlier in the week.

Well done to our Gold Book superstars of the week: Jack and Max.



Happy weekend! 


4th November 2016
History Week

We were happy to see the children so excited to come back after the holiday and what a super first week back!
It has been history week in school this week and in Early Years we have been learning all about the dinosaurs! Children have been looking at different ways we can find out more- the internet, books and museums. The children have been using big words like extinct, carnivore and herbivore!
On Tuesday a cheeky dinosaur came and took our milk and munch! Children found lots of clues in the playground including big foot prints! They put on their detective hats to solve the mystery! Luckily, Mrs Salisbury managed to get us more milk and munch.

Children have been learning to find one more in maths. They have done this with Numicon and number lines. We have starting doing maths a little differently this week (following the mastery approach) where children can achieve bronze, silver or gold each week.

This week Early Years have got changed for PE for the first time! They were great! They enjoyed being in their PE kits! We did the apparatus, which they loved! Photos to follow........

It was great to see so many of you at parents evening this week. We hope you found it useful! Feel free to come and see us if you ever have any questions.

Have a lovely weekend, see you on Monday.... when we will be learning all about Alice in Wonderland!


14th October 2016

Another exciting week in Early Years....... We have been learning all about Goose Fair and Diwali. The children tried mint sauce and mushy peas- a Nottingham tradition! As well as hot dogs!

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The children have spent the end of the week learning all about Diwali. We were impressed by what they could remember from what we learnt on Art Day last week! The children loved making diva lamps out of clay; they decorated them with repeating patterns. We also learnt the story behind Diwali.

Well done to our Gold Book superstars of the week; Ollie and Noah. :)



Our tricky word of the week has been go. They are doing fantastically with their tricky words. I wonder if the children can spot them anywhere at home......

See you all on Monday!


7th October


We have had a lot of fun learning all about the story Funnybones this week. The children have done some amazing writing, trying hard to hear the initial phonemes in words. Some children even wrote their own captions for pictures from the story.

Thursday was art day; our school theme was light. So we chose to learn all about Diwali! The children took part in all sorts of arty things including; making rangoli patterns, making diva lamps out of CDs and Henna Art; we even did some outdoor art with the year 5s! The children absolutely loved it.

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A big well done to our Gold Book Superstars of the week; Sonny and George.

Have a lovely weekend!

30th September

This week the children have loved learning all about the story, 'We've all got bellybuttons!'. They have all got involved in the actions and some of us have even acted out the story!

We have also been busy learning our tricky word of the week: to. Can the children spot it in books at home? Or while they are out and about?

In maths, the children have been absolute mathmagicians! They have been sorting objects into groups. We have sorted all sorts; from toys to fruit and veg! They have even been sorting into Venn Diagrams. Wow!

A big well done to our gold book superstars for the week; Imogen and Jacob.

And, another well done to Class 2 for winning the attendance award for the second week in a row! Another 100%! WOW!

We hope that you have a wonderful weekend! See you next week, when we will be learning all about Funnybones!

23rd September

Another busy week in Early Years! The children have been learning all about rhyming words. They have worked hard to match words that rhyme and also to find rhyming pairs in poems and songs. They have done some great independent learning in the classroom on this too! We have also learnt the tricky word the this week.


In maths, the children have learnt how to order numbers up to 20. They have worked really well in pairs and groups to play number games and make numicon number lines!


It is also our class pet 'Melissa's' first full week in school. Here is a little glimpse of her!


The children have also gone into assembly for the first time this week. They have done so well! They sat beautifully. They really impressed Mrs Chambers and the other children and teachers!


Well done to our first ever Gold Book super stars this week; Dylan and Hope!

Also a big well done to class 2 who won the attendance award this week; getting to keep WILF in the classroom! 100%..... WOW!



As well as this, the children have been busy bees learning in our classroom. We thought that we would give you a sneak peak at some of things we have been doing:

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16th September

?This week the children have been learning all about the story 'The Train ride'


They have loved joining in with the story! We have also used instruments to make all the sounds we might be able to hear on the train. Children really enjoyed learning about how steam is made and even made some scientific predictions about what would happen when we made out own steam!


In maths this week children have been counting from 1 to 10 with the Numicon. They have counted the holes in the Numicon to see how many each one is worth. They have also tried to feel for different Numicon in the feely bag!


The children have also met our Early Years pet- Melissa! They loved giving her a stroke! We talked about how we look after Melissa.


As well as all this, the children have gone onto the main KS1 playground for the first time today! They have really enjoyed spending time with the other children.


Another great week! Have a wonderful weekend!


9th September 2016

What a wonderful first week! The children have settled in amazingly! They have been busy learning all about our classroom. The children have enjoyed learning in the construction area, the kitchen, the make and do and the maths and literacy areas.


The children have completed lots of artwork for the walls (look out for this next week!) and have even done their first piece of work for their busy bee books.


See you on Monday for our first full week!

26th August 2016
The start of the school year is nearly upon us!

As part of your child's transition to school, we gradually build up their school time hours in the first week. Here is a reminder of the first weeks timetable:

Tuesday 6th September: 8.45- 11.45

Wednesday 7th September: 8.45-11.45

Thursday 8th September: children will stay for lunch today. 8.45-13.00

Friday 9th September: the children's first full day. 8.45- 3.15.

We hope that you have had a wonderful summer holiday, enjoy the last week! We hope that the children are looking forward to their first week of school. We are certainly looking forward to having them!

See you on Tuesday the 6th.  


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