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EYFS Polar Bears

Please click on the button below to find a selection of learning activities for you to complete at home, if you are currently self-isolating. 

Polar Bear class is part of Reception in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) with 30 fabulous children. We are taught by our class teacher, Miss Hutchinson and Mrs Homer is our lovely teaching assistant. Every other Wednesday, the wonderful Miss Martin will be teaching us due to Miss Hutchinson’s planning, preparation and assessment time (PPA), therefore, she will be out of the classroom all day.

On our webpage, you will find regular updates on our learning and useful information. Alongside our webpage, please see our class ‘Dojo’ for our regularly updated class stories and any new messages.

 

Please keep visiting the 'Parents' tab regularly, to view Mrs Houseman’s new updates and information.

 

If you have any questions or any concerns, you are very welcome to  message me through 'Dojo' or via my school email: ahutchinson@dovedale.derbyshire.sch.uk.

 

Kind regards, Miss Hutchinson. 

Autumn 1

25th September - Evelyn 

2nd October - Noah 

9th October - Ava

16th October - Emily 

23rd October - Ellia

Autumn 2 

13th November - Lucas 

20th November - Mila 

27th November - Alex

4th December - Indie

11th December - Dakota

18th December - James

 

Well done to all of you! You are super Polar Bear role models! 

 We have adopted a polar bear from the WWF! 

In Early Years, we teach our children the importance of caring for animals and our world around us!

 

We will receive updates and information from WWF and have received our very own 'Polo' the polar bear. Each week, our REACH star will take Polo home for the weekend to have lots of adventures with and write about them in Polo's journal. On Monday, we share all the weekend fun together! 

Hello to you all,

 

A few updates about the upcoming Christmas weeks!

 

Our Christmas production is underway! It will be set up on school money to purchase for £5  on Friday the 4th December. The password will be then sent to you the week after when it is recorded and ready to view.

 

Regarding outfits for the production, could we please ask if your child is a narrator to bring into school in a named carrier bag by this Friday, a Christmas jumper (preferably), Christmas dress or shirt, ready for when we film the Production. I will ensure these are returned by next Friday the 11th of December . All other costumes will be provided by ourselves.

 

On Friday the 11th of December it is Christmas Jumper day and the children are welcome to wear something festive on this day. This could be as simple as a tinsel crown, a festive badge, a jumper or a Christmas one-sie. If you wish to and are able to, a donation for the Save the Children charity will be collected on this day.

 

Regarding Christmas cards, due to the current climate, we have to place them in a box for 72 hours before we can send them home. If the children wish to send cards, please could they all be in school by Friday the 11th of December so they can be distributed the next week.

 

Our Christmas party will be on Thursday the 17th December where we will have some party games and a Christmas boogie! The children are welcome to come into school in their party clothes and frocks. To celebrate in full Christmas style, could all children bring 2 party food treats. that can fit in their book bag. During our party, the children will collect these to enjoy. We will provide all the children a fruit shoot to keep them refreshed for more dancing and fun!

 

Last but not least, it is the last chance to purchase a school tile through school money before we go and purchase them! These are painted by the children and placed in the school, and when they come to leave us in year 6 (not for a long time – don’t worry!), it is returned to them as a lovely keepsake and memory for the children.

 

Phew! Sorry to give you lots of information in one go! Christmas is a very busy time!

 

Please don’t hesitate to message me with any queries or questions J

 

Many thanks, Miss Hutchinson.

Our learning this half term is focused around the title, 'In a land far away'. We will be looking at traditional and fairy tales including: The Gingerbread Man, The Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Cinderella and then The Elves and the shoemaker. 

 

We will focus on the skill of storytelling, following the 'Talk for Writing' initiative. It will develop their knowledge and understanding of how a story is structured (beginning, middle and end), key story language as well as learning that all stories have characters, settings and problems that may need solving

 

Within our maths learning, we will be developing our understanding of number and quantity in greater depth and different ways this can be represented. 

 

We will also be carrying out the Government baseline starting from the end of week 1. This will give us a further insight of how far the children have progressed since the first few weeks and give us further targets to work from and discuss during parents evening. 

 

Before we know it, Christmas will be here! We will be learning about the Nativity and a cheeky elf may visit our classrooms again! We will begin rehearsals for our Christmas Production which this year will be a complete original called a ‘Covid Christmas’! So please keep your eyes peeled for children to be given their parts and lines!

 

 

 

For the first few weeks, our main priority is to ensure all the children settle happily into school routines and make friends within the class. All the children will also be completing a range of activities which enable us to identify their current knowledge and understanding before more formal teaching commences. This will take place through  our own school Baseline. The children will also be finding out about our routines and 'REACH superhero values: Respect, Enjoyment, Achievement, Challenge and Health. We will model how these look within the school environment. 

 

We will be learning all about ourselves, our friendships and our families. We will be developing our understanding about what makes us unique from others and that's what makes us SUPER! We will share the story of 'The Colour Monster' to understand our emotions and feelings in depth and strategies to help us with some emotions. 

 

We will additionally explore what happens when primary colours are mixed and learn how to curl paper around a pencil to create hair for our self-portraits. We will learn more about our class animals: Polar Bears and Elephants and find out their similarities and differences.

 

We look forward to continually getting to know your lovely children and yourselves further over the next few weeks! 

Friday 4th December 

 

Can you believe we are already on the run up to Christmas?

 

This week, Christmas arrived in Polar Bear class! I hope you enjoyed the video of our Christmas classroom on Dojo! The children love decorating the Christmas tree in the Gingerbread Man House and seeing who will open the door on the advent calendars. Also, the cheeky elf keeps getting to mischief and the children are enjoying spotting this and talking about their own cheeky elves at home. So far, he has made glitter angels and eat some of my chocolate! What a cheeky elf! 

 

On Monday, the children arrived in the classroom to glitter footprints going towards our curiosity cube and lots of objects inside such as a needle, thread and tiny shoes. The children made predictions and after some discussion, we found out the footprints belong to the elves from the story ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker’. This linked to the children creating some super writing about ‘What they would do if they were an elf?’ as you can see from the photos below.  Together we formed a sentence, then the children worked hard to listen to all the sounds they heard in each word and then they carefully formed the letters. 

 

We have also enjoyed class guided reading sessions using giant books! We think the Fairy Godmother from the story ‘Cinderella’ that we learned about last week, used her magic…. Bibbety bobbety boo… and made our small reading books to a giant size! We have been using our phonic skills to decode words, spotting tricky words, discussing the setting and characters, making predictions and answering lots of comprehension questions. The children have enjoyed using my character story spoons to help tell the story! 

 

The children became brilliant storytellers to retell the story of ‘Cinderella’ using talk for writing. They are getting more and more confident with the structure, the characters and the settings and they completed some super writing about their favourite part from the story. 

 

In maths, the children have been focussing on quantity and finding the same, one more and one less using a range of different pictures. They are really impressing me with their number work and some children are now using number lines confidently. 

 

All the children did a fantastic job finishing their Diwali lamps as you can see from the pictures below. They carefully thought about the shape they were creating and decorated them beautifully. Please see the ‘Diwali Celebrations video’ showcasing all the learning created across the school, under the ‘Children tab’ and then ‘Dovedale videos’. 

 

The Christmas production has been underway this week! The children are doing a fantastic job waiting for their part and listening to others. We are certainly enjoying the music and dancing included. Thank you to everyone for supporting your child to learn their lines as it really supports us with the success of the production. We are hoping to start filming next week so it won’t be long until you get to share it together! 

 

I hope you enjoy looking at the photos below together and have a lovely weekend 

 

Many thanks, Miss Hutchinson. 

Sunday 22nd November 

 

What a busy but fantastic two weeks we have had! 

 

Every Monday, the children have gone into our classroom and explored our Curiosity cube to think about what story we may be learning about next.  They have answered lots of questions such as; Who do you think it belongs to?, Why do you think this?, Where do you see this?, which has really deepened their thinking and I am very impressed with their articulate answers! I wonder what will appear tomorrow? 

 

We have learned the stories, 'The Gingerbread Man', 'The Three Little Pigs' and 'Goldilocks and the three Bears'  using our 'Talk for Writing' approach which as you saw from the videos on Dojo, the children did a fantastic job of becoming storytellers. They have learned about the structure of the stories and the purpose of each part,  about the characters and the settings. Well done to all our  Polar Bear Storytellers!
 

We thoroughly enjoyed going on our Welly walk to build 'houses' like the three little pigs. We thought carefully about what materials would be best and worked together in teams to build them. We also became very fast Gingerbread men running as fast as we could! The children had big smiles on their faces through the whole afternoon and we all had great fun! (I think myself and Mrs Homer had too much fun!).  

 

The children did a fantastic job of creating poppies for the giant poppy displayed outside our school (thank you for sending plastic bottles for this)  and we also created finger print poppies in red to remember the soldiers and purple to remember the animals that died in the War.  The children showed so much compassion with this and wanted to create super poppies to show this. Please have a look at our window during home-time to see the fantastic job the children did!  

 

Of course, we all thoroughly enjoyed dressing up for Children in Need! Thank you for all your donations and as you saw from the photo posted on Dojo, all the children looked super! All week we took part in Joe Wicks PE challenge for Children in Need and learned each day about Five to Thrive to support our wellbeing. 

 

Last week, we learned about Diwali and are currently making our Diya lamps which very soon the children will be able to bring home and share with yourselves. I am very impressed with how the children have carefully shaped the salt dough and some children have thought carefully about shaping it into a raindrop shape! 

 

As always, the children have been exploring our learning provisions in great depth which has included the children creating Mehndi patterns, practising their letter formation and applying their sounds to write words, constructing houses and wonderful places for the Three Little Pigs to live, retelling the stories in our small world, representing number and using our ICT teddy game to find how many cupcakes the teddy bear has eaten! Plus much more! I am particularly impressed how many of the children have applied their understanding of representing number and one more/one less from our maths lessons and applied it into the maths provision. 

 

Our Government Baselines in Maths and Literacy are now finished and I was so impressed how the children listened carefully to each question and applied their learning from the last few weeks to answer the questions! 

 

Also, it was wonderful speaking to you all for our parents meeting and talking to you about your wonderful children. Thank you again for all your support and so much positive feedback. Again, please don't hesitate to message me on Dojo if you have any further questions or queries or need any support with the next learning steps for your children that I gave you. 

 

This week, myself and Mrs Norton are finalising our brand new and uniquely made 'Christmas play' 

and we will be casting the parts this week. So please look out for the children's lines being sent home this week. 

 

Thank you to everyone for doing lots of fantastic reading with the children at home. I can really see the children who are continually practising at home and applying their phonics skills independently. A polite reminder to please sign the children's diaries every time the children read to you so they will get their stamp and sticker for reading three times or more each week. 

 

Thank you again for all your support and I look forward to seeing all our wonderful polar bears again tomorrow :) 

 

Many thanks, Miss Hutchinson. 

Wednesday 4th November 

 

I know I updated you on Dojo at the end of Autumn 1 but I just wanted to share some of the fantastic learning I captured of the children exploring our learning provision at the end of last term. The children created super monsters which was inspired by the story 'The Colour Monster', used conkers to show quantity, created some super pumpkins that you may have seen on our window, used a new curling skill to create faces and explored 'Tap it' to create their own masterpieces.

I am very proud of all our wonderful Polar Bears and look forward to sharing more super learning very soon! 

 

Our school Day 

 

Due to the current situation, as a school we are using staggered start and end times to the day for each year group to ensure ‘bubbles’ aren’t mixed. 

 

EYFS Morning drop off time – 9am through the Main Green Gate (near the bins). 

 

EYFS Polar Bear class end of day pick up – 3.15pm on the playground near the grass and children will be sent from our outdoor gate. 

 

If our Polar Bear cubs have siblings in the school, please select the earliest drop of time and let me know through ‘Dojo’ so I can arrange an adult to collect them from the correct gate. 

 

At the end of the school day, it can be arranged for siblings to come to my classroom and be picked up with our Polar Bear cubs. Please let me and their sibling’s teacher know in advance. 

 

School Money 

 

You will shortly receive a text message /email about joining 'School Money'. This is our system on paying for things in school as we do not handle cash. This will include things like school milk, trips wrap-around club etc. Any questions please Dojo, email or ring the school office. 

 

 

PE day

Our PE day will be every Thursday. This will include alternating indoor and outdoor PE. All PE kits will be kept on their own peg. Please can you ensure all PE clothing and footwear is labelled with your child’s full name. PE kits will be sent home every half term to be washed. 

 

Outdoor Learning

Exploring the outdoors is a fundamental part of EYFS learning. We love to go outdoors come rain or shine, therefore, please can all children have wellies and a waterproof raincoat in school. Please can you ensure these are labelled with your child’s full name. 

 

Water Bottles

We encourage all children to bring their own water bottles into the classrooms everyday with their full name clearly labelled on the side. Children are provided access to their own water bottles throughout the day to ensure hydration. Please could you ensure that only water is put into them and not juice! This will be returned each day to be washed and refilled for the next school day. 

 

Milk 

While the children are 4 years old, they will receive milk for free. Once your child turns 5 years old, unfortunately they will no longer receive it. If you wish for your child to continue to have milk at school, please visit: www.coolmilk.com

 

Birthdays

To celebrate this special day, the birthday boy or girl can come dressed in their own clothes for the school day. If their birthday is on the weekend, they are welcome to pick the closest day to come in non-uniform! 

 

Jewellery and Hair 

To ensure the safety of your child our school policy regarding jewellery, hair and nails is as follows:-

 

  • Jewellery can only be worn for religious purposes.  
  • Any recently pierced ears need to be kept covered for the advised time of six weeks.
  • We recommend that children who have long hair (below their shoulders) should tie their hair back for school; however, it is essential that it is tied back for PE lessons. 
  • Nail varnish should be removed for the school week.

 

Rewards at Dovedale 

At Dovedale we have a positive approach to behaviour management and use different strategies to reward positive behaviour. They are as follows: - 

 

Smiley Chart

Both classrooms have a smiley chart. Each child starts on the green smiley face every morning and throughout the day if they show progress towards our ‘REACH Rules’, they have the opportunity to move up the chart to the silver (where a sticker will be placed on their chart) or gold smiley. The gold smiley is highly regarded and only 1 or 2 children achieve this each day. If they achieve the gold smiley they will receive a reward which may include a golden ticket or prize. 

 

Alternatively, children who struggle to follow our ‘REACH Rules’ may have to move down on the smiley chart to have thinking time or to visit a member of SLT. This will additionally be communicated to their parents. However, they will always have the opportunity to move back up the chart before the end of the day. 

 

If your child comes home with a smiley sticker this shows they have had a good day at school. 

 

Sticker Charts

Children receive stickers for a wide range of reasons within the school day. As they gather stickers on their chart they will gradually be getting closer to achieving a bronze, silver and gold award. Children need to achieve 25 stickers to achieve each award. 

 

House Points

Children across school are allocated a place in either the Gold, Sapphire, Emerald or Ruby House Team. Throughout the school day, children achieve house points for their team which are calculated at the end of every week. At the end of each half term the winning house team receives a small prize and an additional play time. 

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