Woodpecker Class 18-19

Welcome to Woodpeckers
Mrs Toynbee, Mrs Robinson, Mrs Draper and Mrs Fisher-Jones are looking forward to an exciting and fun learning journey with the new reception children.
Wednesday 5th September 2018
What a fun day we have had today! The children have all been superstars and settled into class well. The children had many compliments on how well they have settled at Etwall Primary School.
Well Done Woodpeckers
Friday 21st September
Today we had our first PE session and all the children got changed with little help required. Well done. Then we went into the hall and began our REAL PE  session and were moving around the hall on our pretend bikes. We used different movements for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th gear. Afterwards the children changed back into their uniform although there was some confusion on what belonged to who.
Tuesday 25th September
In assembly we had visitors from the Yamaha Music school who showed the children what sounds and music can be made on a keyboard. The children sang and clapped along.
Thursday 27th September
Etwall Primary School held their annual McMillian coffee morning for family and friends of the school. Thank you for all the donations of cakes and for supporting this cause. 
Tuesday 2nd October
Today we walked to St Helen's church for our Harvest celebration. Reception children shared their scarecrow faces and snag a song about scarecrows.
Wednesday 3rd October
Today we have been writing our name.
Tuesday 9th October
We have been learning about numbers and today our focus number was 4. There were lots of counting activities. Some children were sorting out different ways we can show four or not four and worked with a partner.
Tuesday 9th October pm
Our story this week is Owl Babies. We went for a walk to our wooded area and in groups of 4 created owl nests for the owl babies. Then we retold the story together using some talk for writing actions.
Tuesday 23rd October
Being Healthy Day
Today the children experienced lots of activities on how to be healthy. We exercised outside, decided what goes into a healthy lunch box, learned how to wash our hands and sorted food. Also we talked about how we brush our teeth. The children took home a toothbrush and toothpaste so they can have a go.
Tomorrow they will be tasting different fruits.
Thursday 25th October
Today we were visited by the German Exchange Band who have travelled from Melle to John Port School. They played lots of music including music from Tazan and Lady GaGa
Wednesday 7th November
Today Hindus celebrate Diwali so in the EYFS we found out about how Diwali is celebrated. We listened to the story about Rama and Sita and sang a song. We made Diwali cards and diva lamps using clay.
Friday 9th November
We are thinking about Remembrance Day. This morning we walked to St Helen's Church to look at the community displays commemorating the end of WW1. The children looked around the church, looked at the war memorial and the Alms house.
When we arrived back at school we held a 2 minute silence remembering the people who fought in all wars and then the made Poppy biscuits to share at home.
Wednesday 14th November
Today the children watched a production of Pinocchio. It was fantastic and all the children enjoyed it. The joined in with the clapping singing and dancing.
Thursday 15th November.
Even though it was a day early Etwall primary school raised money for Children in Need by dressing up. Lots of fun was had by all.
Thursday 22nd November
In class today we talked about where we feel safe in school. The children in groups made posters telling everyone where it is safe.
Monday 26th November
Today the children were counting outside. We used a ten frame to help us count the leaves.
Tuesday 4th December
In Woodpeckers today the children decorated the Christmas tree by choosing decorations and putting them on the tree. It looks very festive in the classroom now.
Wednesday 12th December
Today we played a game where we needed to ask each other questions to find our matching pair. The children grew in confidence as the talked to their friends.
Friday 14th December
Today is Christmas Jumper day. Look at our jumpers- no one had the same jumper!
Friday 14th December
Christmas Nativity
The children have worked so hard on learning the lines and songs over the past few weeks and today they performed the Nativity for the school, pre-schools and parents. It was fantastic.
Thank you to all the parents who helped by providing costumes and helping the children to remember what to say.
Monday 17th December
Christmas Craft Morning
Thank you to all friends and families who came to support the craft morning. The children had fun, made 4 decorations and worked together.
There was ALOT of GLITTER
Wishing all children and parents a happy and healthy 2019 from Mrs Toynbee and the EYFS team 
Monday 7th January
Today we talked about the end of the Christmas story when the three Kings visit the Baby Jesus. This is called the Epiphany.
 The children made crowns and decided to say what they would give to the Baby Jesus.
" I would give medicine to make him better when he is poorly."  Oscar
" I would give him a pram." Holly G
" I would give him some food especially fruit as it is healthy." George C
Monday 14th January
Friday 18th January
Today we have finished reading and working on the three little pigs. The children have enjoyed exploring the different materials that the pigs used to make their houses and decided that the bricks were the strongest.
Here is a link to the story.
Friday 25th January
Today the Reception children took part in a balance bike activity.
 They learned to put on cycle helmets, how to balance on the bike. Then they used dinosaur steps to travel on the bikes getting quicker as they practiced. Finally they took part in a race. Lots of fun was had be all.
Friday 25th January pm
This afternoon the children worked together with the parent helpers to build rockets using junk.
Tuesday 29th January
We went to the library as part of National story telling week and the children listened to a story and were able to take a book home.
Wednesday 6th February
This morning the children arrived at school to find a strange incident had happened in the room. Mr Harrison had to cordon it off and the children were asked to think about what might have happened.
Please have a chat about this at home too.
Thursday 7th February
A book was delivered to the classroom to help explain what had happened. It was from an alien called Q Pootle 5.
Friday 8th February
Today the children were introduced to Supermovers. Try the link and learn the song Full Stop Bop
Tuesday 12th February
Today the children experienced a taster session for Soccer Stars. They had mini football games and were taught hoe to control the ball. It was lots of fun.
Wednesday 13th February
Thank you to all the parents and carers who joined us for a Number workshop.
The children demonstrated how we count, order, add and take away numbers.
All resources are on the Reception Resources page