Week 6

Hello! We had a lovely last week together in the Antelopes class! I have enjoyed teaching your children in their first year of school so much and we have made lots of happy memories that I will treasure. I always take the time to go through each child’s books with them and I always point out the progress they have made all down to their hard work. Watching their faces and hearing them say I know my sounds now and I can write now or I can add now is definitely why I love this job! Thank you for all of your support this year, I am lucky to have had lovely parents to work with too. 

Next week we all move to our new classes, therefore, if your child is in the Dolphins class they will be in the class next door to Antelopes, and if your child is in crocodiles then we are in the one next to that! I have moved PE kits over to the new classes, but you will get these at some point this week to wash and get ready for the next academic year. 

The theme for transition week for year one and two is ‘Lego Mania’. It is going to be an exciting week, and I hope everyone enjoys it! 

If you have any questions about this week please come and see me! 

I hope you have had a lovely weekend, and once again thank you for our lovely cards and gifts... we are extremely lucky and I love them all! 

Miss Forman xx

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Week 5

Hello! Last week we continued our topic of animals and creatures. The children loved practising their letter formation in the salt on spiders and enjoyed a minibeast number hunt!

On Wednesday you should have received your child's end of year school report. Please send any comments in on the reply slip before Friday.

On Thursday morning we all went into our new classes. All of the children were excited and had a great time! Transition this week is Tuesday 10th July (am).

Thank you to everyone who attended our school summer fete on Friday afternoon! It was extremely hot but we all had a lovely time and it was great to see so many smiling faces enjoying themselves!

This week is our last week together as Antelopes- we will be having our ice cream factory on Friday afternoon!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend- I think you all have a better social life than your parents and I with the parties! Lucky boys and girls!

See you soon!

Miss Forman xx

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Good afternoon!

This week we have been looking at minibeasts! The children are really enjoying this topic and it is lovely to see them talking about it with each other and asking the adults lots of questions.

In maths this week we looked at pictograms. We had to collect the data and then the children had questions to answer about what that certain data told them such as what was the most popular animal, or what was the least favourite animal.

In literacy this week we have been doing lots of reading and writing about animals. We have finished our handwriting booklets this week, however, from Monday we will be doing a 15 minute practise of handwriting each day of the tricky words.

Today your child should have given you their letter which explains the transition from reception to year one with your child's class teacher, LSAs and class name. If you have any questions about this please come and see me!

Next week your child's end of year school report will be with you on Wednesday, we have the first transition morning on Thursday, and the Summer fete on Friday! Thank you to everyone this week for providing your child with their water bottle, hat and sun cream- they have all been stars!

Have a great weekend and I will see you on Monday.

Miss Forman

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On the Farm!


Last week we looked at animals on the farm, and we were excited about our school trip! I was so proud of the Antelopes for their impeccable behaviour on the trip! We milked a cow, fed lots of animals, gave lambs a bottle of milk, and held chicks. I hope you all liked the pictures and I hope the children told you all about our day together. The writing that we did about our trip on Thursday was super- and this will be displayed on our writing wall.

On Wednesday of this week we have an open afternoon at 2:30pm where you can come and look through your child's books for the last time this school year. I will be available for any questions that you may have about transition. We then have the school disco this week on Thursday afternoon.

It is meant to be really hot this week so please bring a hat, a water bottle and sun cream into school.

I hope you had a great weekend, and I will look forward to seeing you on Wednesday. The children have been enjoying our new focus this morning which is 'minibeasts'.


Miss Forman

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Under the sea

Hello! This week we have been looking at animals that live under the sea. The children have loved looking at clips on the National Geographic children's channel, and we all enjoyed the story of 'The Smiley Shark'.

In maths this week we have revisited halving, and I was amazed at how independent all of the children were at halving sweets using numbers greater than 10. In writing we have been practising letter formation, and writing about whales, sharks, dolphins, starfish, and puffer fish.

Next week we have our school trip which will be on Wednesday to Boydells Farm. Looking at the weather forecast so far it is meant to be warm, therefore, please ensure your child has a hat, sun cream applied and in their bag, and plenty of water. It was 31C last year when we went so I will stock up on snacks and make sure everyone is hydrated! It really is a lovely school trip and I hope the children will all enjoy it.

On Friday it is a non uniform day. If you can please donate any sweets which will be for our summer fete on Friday 6th July.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and I shall see you on Monday Antelopes!

Miss Forman xx

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The first week of summer 2!

Hello, I hope everyone had a great half term holiday. As always thank you for the photos of what you all got up to, and the shape hunt posts sent through on Tapestry. I can't believe this is our last half term in reception it has flown but we are all set for our new topic of Animals and Creatures. This week we have focussed on pets and the children have been so engaged in this and have been asking different questions to each other about their own pets. If any children didn't have any pets at home we asked what pet they would like to have if they could choose. We did some writing on this and I must say I am really pleased with how everyone's writing is coming along. Children are applying their phonic knowledge really well and they all seem to be enjoying writing which is the main thing!

In maths this week we revisited doubling. I was really pleased as every child did this independently and remembered the concept of adding the same number. We did this in various ways using different resources so that it is a mastery approach to the subject area.

We had a fantastic sports day on Wednesday afternoon- all of the children in Antelopes and Bears were impeccably behaved, and tried their best at everything they did. What more could we want! We will have a sports day celebration assembly on Wednesday morning. Thank you for coming along to watch, we hope you enjoyed it!

Over the next few weeks there will be lots going on and transition will start. Here are some dates which are relevant to us in Early Years:

Wednesday 20th June: Our school trip to Boydell's Farm (Please pay by Sims agora if you have not already done so)

Friday 22nd June: Non Uniform Day

Friday 29th June: Transition letters will be out- this will tell you the details of transition and what class your child will be in next year.

Wednesday 4th July: Your child's school report will be in an envelope addressed to you.

Thursday 5th July: This will be your child's first transition morning in their new class.

Friday 6th July: Beckers Green Summer fete 3:30pm-5:30pm

Tuesday 10th July: Transition morning 2

Friday 13th July: Our last day in the Antelopes class

Week beginning 16th July- Transition week (All children will move to their new classes)

If you have any questions about the last 6 weeks leading up to the Summer holidays please come and see me!

I hope you have all had a lovely weekend and you're ready to learn all about animals under the sea next week!


Miss Forman xx





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Half term!

Hello, I hope everyone is having a lovely bank holiday weekend!

We are now at the end of Summer 1 and we had another busy week at school. We have been doing lots of writing this week- a mixture of sentences and handwriting. I am really pleased with how hard they are trying with sentence writing. In phonics we are practising to say the sentence, write the sentence and check over our work by re reading it. Myself and the LSAs commented how brilliant they all are now, and it is a lovely time of year for us to see how far they have come since September.

In maths we were practising number formation and ordering numbers to make sure we can recognise numbers to 20 and maybe even higher!

We have sports day to look forward to during the first week back after half term. This will be on the school field on Wednesday 6th June at 1:30pm. Please bring a blanket, chairs, snacks and enjoy the afternoon as it really is a great event!

I hope everyone has a lovely week off, and I will see you on Tuesday 5th June ready for our last 6 weeks in the Antelopes class- Our topic is going to be Animals and Creatures and I am certain that lots of learning and fun is going to take place!

Miss Forman

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Keeping healthy

Hello! Sorry for the delay in last week's blog- I have been unable to log into the site!

Last week our focus was on keeping healthy! It was a very busy week writing about the foods we should eat to be healthy, and what exercise we can do to keep fit. This brought lots of discussion throughout the whole week which was great! The children particularly liked our funky fingers activity, whereby they had to rub the dirty marks off the pretend teeth with real toothbrushes!

In maths we were counting in 10s and I was super impressed with everyone doing this- we now do this whilst we are in a line before we go out for break time or lunch time to keep the rhythm in our heads!

Thank you for all of the snack money that has come in and just a reminder to please pay for our school trip ASAP so we can get that finalised.

Again a huge thank you for coming to our story afternoon today- All of the children are trying exceptionally hard with their reading books and HFW.

I will post tomorrow evening with this weeks blog!

Miss Forman


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When I was a baby

Good evening, 

In the Antelopes class this week we have been looking at when we were babies! Thank you for all of the pictures that came through we had lots of fun looking through them and guessing who was who before we did our writing! We will have these out at our outcome afternoon which will be on Thursday 24th May at 2pm. 

In maths this week we have looked at missing numbers up to 20. Next week we will be counting in 10s! 

In our continuous provision activities we have had a doctors role play, a washing babies station, popping bubble wrap in the funky fingers area, and drawing ourselves whilst looking through mirrors using pencils, crayons and pastels.  

Our beanstalks that we are growing are very exciting at the moment- we take 10 minutes after lunch to look at them and water them. They have all grown in different stages and in some we can see the roots clearly. 

Phase 4 words are now in the back of the reading records- if you can practise these once or twice a week it really does help with reading and writing. 

You should have received a letter about our school trip to Boydells Farm on Wednesday 20th June. This needs to be paid by Sims Agora but if you have any questions please ask! 

I hope you have a great weekend,

Miss Forman xx

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar


This week our story focus has been The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We have been peeling vegetables, planting beanstalks, making paper chain caterpillars, and painting butterfly pictures. 

In one of our focus literacy lessons we wrote what our favourite food was and drew some lovely pictures. We also wrote some instructions of planting a beanstalk. 

In maths we have looked at 3D shapes, and the children have really picked these up. They are beginning to recognise the properties of the particular shapes. 

In art this week we made some hungry caterpillars and painted the fruits- these will be on display in the next few days. 

For next week please could you bring in a picture of your child when they were a baby, or post it on Tapestry so that I can print it out. Thank you in advance! 

I hope everyone has a lovely long weekend, and I will look forward to seeing you on Tuesday! 

Miss Forman xx

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The Enormous Turnip


Last week our story focus was The Enormous Turnip, and the children loved acting out the story at our small world story scene area. We have been writing every day to increase our independent writing including what makes a perfect sentence, such as capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. In maths we have focussed on 3D shape naming a cube, cuboid, sphere, cylinder, pyramid and a cone. As we are in the last term of the children's reception year, I am beginning to introduce more focus lessons to prepare them for their year one classroom. So far they are coping really well, and it is brilliant to see how far they have all come since September! I am so pleased with all of them.

This week we have started our story focus of The Very Hungry Caterpillar!

I hope everyone is having a great week,

Miss Forman

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Welcome back!

Good afternoon,

I hope you all had a relaxing break and enjoyed the Easter holidays. Thank you to everyone who uploaded pictures on Tapestry of what you got up to and the lovely Spring walks that you went on over the two weeks.

This week we have settled back into school really well and I have introduced our new topic which is Growing and the World. Our story focus this week has been 'Jasper's Beanstalk' which was a real hit. This book is good for days of the week as well! We spoke about what we need for a plant to grow and the children realised that Jasper's beanstalk wouldn't grow if he kept digging at it, or mowing it! We have planted cress and it is starting to really grow which is great- the children are great at watering them every day after lunch!

In literacy this week we have recapped phase 3 words, been writing cvc word sentences and have written sentences about what happens in the Jasper's Beanstalk story. In maths this week we have looked at time and especially 'o clock'.

We had a great weaving workshop ran by two ladies from Braintree museum on Thursday which was great and thank you to the parents that attended our phonic session- we loved having you!

Next week our story focus will be The Enormous Turnip and we will be doing some more planting!

Please remember hats, sunglasses and sun cream next week if it is as warm!

Have a great sunny weekend Antelopes

Miss Forman

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Alien's love underpants

Good afternoon! This week in the Antelopes class we read our last story of this terms topic which was Alien's love underpants! Oscar also had a version of this book with sound clips so we read that too and very much enjoyed it! This story had some rhyming words in too so it linked nicely to what we were doing in literacy.

We got to grips with rhyming words and noticed the pattern of the same letters being at the end. The children had an activity where they had to match the pictures that rhymed and then they had a go at writing them independently.

In maths we have been recognising numbers and doing addition, subtraction and doubling. I introduced halving yesterday and we had two fun activities to complete.

We have also been enjoying our space station role play area, slime in the tuft spot and painting patterns on underpants!

Thank you to everyone who attended parents evening this week- it is always lovely to talk to you all about your child's learning.

Next week is the last week of term 2- scary! We have our outcome afternoon on Thursday from 2:15pm and we have year 3s production of the Lion King to watch on Tuesday morning.

Have a great weekend Antelopes- See you on Monday!

Miss Forman

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Week 5

Hello! Week 4 was science week in school and based on the affects of plastic in the ocean. The children were very engaged in this and they asked to watch a video clip I had shown them each day. We started by looking at what animals lived in the ocean and compared this to animals that live in woodland. The children did some great writing for our whole school write based on science week- these are on display in the classroom so you are more than welcome to look at these during parents evening or at our open afternoon.

In maths we were continuing with money and counting coins, and we did a lovely art activity making Elmer's out of milk cartons!

Tuesday 20th, Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd are parents evenings and I am looking forward to meeting with you to talk about your child's progress and their targets for the rest of the year. On Friday 23rd March it is non uniform and we have a book fair where you are welcome to come and look around after school.

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend- this week we are starting 'Alien's love underpants'!

Miss Forman

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Good afternoon! This week we have been looking at the story Elmer- one of my favourites! We spoke about the book and how Elmer might be feeling throughout different points in the story. Our favourite bit was when all the Elephants had a parade at the end.

On the writing table this week we have been practising to write our HFW and the children were into creating registers. I saw some brilliant letter formation and they loved writing each others names-some teachers in the making too I think!

In maths we have continued to look at money. We refreshed our brains in recognising the different coins and then we were adding coins together to find the total.

We have had lots of paint out this week painting Elmer's and rainbows and we made a special something for Sunday.

Our open teach morning has been changed from Monday 12th March to Thursday 19th April now so more details will follow nearer the time. Next week is science week and we are having a Geography morning on Friday. Please could your child bring in a piece of plastic rubbish on Monday if they have not already. Also on Thursday we have our class photo in the morning so get your smiles ready Antelopes!

Sorry for the delay in Tapestry updates this week- our school dropbox hasn't been working but luckily it has just been fixed.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend- only daddies allowed in book bags until Sunday!

Miss Forman

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Rainbow Fish

What a snowy afternoon! This week we continued our work based on the Rainbow Fish. The small world area was set out like the story and the children loved this- especially the dark cave where the Octopus lives!

In writing this week we have been practising our handwriting and writing about the story. I had some lovely sentences with describing words in them, such as glittery, sparkly, pretty, colourful and shiny.

In maths this week we have continued with repeating patterns using cheerios and strawberry laces, and I have introduced money. We will continue with money next week.

In PE we have started dance- the children were great! I am looking forward to our next dance lesson on Monday.

On Thursday we had a lovely World Book Day and some great costumes so thank you! The children have taken home a sticker and their book token today.

Next week we will move onto the story of 'Elmer' and hopefully this snow will not get in the way!

Have a lovely weekend Antelopes- stay warm!

Miss Forman

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Welcome back!

Good afternoon,

Welcome back to Spring term 2! It was lovely to see the children after half term and hear all about what they got up to when we did our news writing on Monday. I hope you all had a lovely weeks break.

This half term our topic will be 'Colour and Pattern'. This week we have looked at the book 'Rainbow Fish' and we will be continuing with this next week.

On the writing table we have been writing in the tuft spot with chalk and water. In maths we have been practising more addition, subtraction and doubling. In the small world area we have had water play with glitter, fish and bubbles. Our role play area is now a clothes shop, and we have been making repeating patterns in the construction area using unifix cubes. Snack this week has been lemon slices and fruit loaf.

Next week it is World Book Day on Thursday- children are welcome to dress up as a book character and we will be off timetable for the morning so that we can complete some fun activities!

As always there is lots going on over this term so some important dates are listed below:

Monday 12th March- Open teach for parents to come in and do a literacy lesson with your child- 9:15am-10am. (A letter will be with you nearer the time).

Thursday 15th March- Class photos

Tuesday 20th, Wednesday 21st, Thursday 22nd March- Parents evenings. (These can now be booked online).

Friday 23rd March- Non Uniform Day

Thursday 29th March- End of term and Parent outcome afternoon from 2pm.

Have a lovely weekend Antelopes

Miss Forman x

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The Gingerbread Man

Good Evening!

This week our final story was The Gingerbread Man. In the writing area we have been mark making on our tummies, in the maths area we were doubling using counters and ladybirds, the role play area was a bakers, and we have been using different art materials and resources to decorate gingerbread men. Also, we wrote about our favourite traditional tale- this writing was superb from everyone and it is displayed on our writing wall in the classroom.

Thank you to everyone who came to our outcome afternoon yesterday. It is always wonderful to see parents looking through books, and it is clear the children love to show you their classroom and the activities we have available as part of our continuous provision.

Again, a big thank you for all the support today- the costumes were great and everybody had two cakes each which was a treat! I think we have raised lots of money for a great cause!

The Antelopes have worked extremely hard over the last six weeks, and I will look forward to our next topic of 'Colour and Pattern'.

Have a fantastic half term, and I will see you on Monday 19th February.

Miss Forman x


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Three Billy Goats Gruff

Hello everyone!

This week our theme was The Three Billy Goats Gruff and as always we read the story and spoke about our favourite parts, what the author does and what an illustrator does. Our small world area was set up as the scene with the river and the bridge that the troll was sitting under! All of the children worked really well in small groups to retell the story- it was lovely to listen to them. They also enjoyed making their own story scenes on the art table and creating it using construction on the carpet area. The literacy area had High Frequency Word bingo on it and it was great to see so much determination from the children to fill their boards up! In maths this week we have been working on doubling- the children knew that we always add the same number and we will continue with this next week. For snack this week the children have had a selection of cereal and chicken wraps which were a huge hit!

The school nurse team have been in this week completing weight, height and eye checks on the children- you should have had a letter giving you the details on the outcomes of this. I have also sent out the first home learning challenge which the children were very excited about! It is to build a den of some kind, big, small, inside or outside for your child and their favourite toy. I can't wait to see these uploaded to Tapestry!

There is a lot going on next week, but we are really looking forward to welcoming you all on Wednesday at 2pm to come and see the children's work and join in with the activities with your children. The Antelopes are able to come into school wearing a traditional tale costume if they would like to and as always I will try and make sure I get round to speak to you all. On Thursday it is another fancy dress day (superheroes) with all donations going to Children with Cancer. A cake sale will also be on during the day. Friday is a non pupil day so we will finish school for half term at 3:10pm on Thursday too.

Next week our last story to finish traditional tales will be The Gingerbread Man. The role play is all set up as a bakers and we have lots of exciting activities planned- one on Wednesday that I think the children (and adults!) will particularly enjoy!

See you in the morning Antelopes

Miss Forman x



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The Three Little Pigs

Good Afternoon!

This week on the literacy table we have been matching the lower case letter to the upper case letter- this has really helped with our capital letters in sentence writing. We also have written captions for what the Big Bad Wolf says in the story "I will huff and I'll puff and I'll blow your house down". And speech bubbles for the three pigs "not by the hairs on my chinny chin chin!"

In maths we have been looking at more shape and number- we have had the numicon boards out which all of the children have loved.

We did some fun bubble painting at the art table, huffing and puffing into a straw and our role play has been a builders site building houses with bricks- there has been some amazing narrative through play in this area!

Next week our story focus will be The Three Billy Goats Gruff and the children are already excited about acting out the troll!

I will look forward to lots of fun learning next week Antelopes!

Miss Forman x

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