July 2021

If you go down to the woods today... 

...you might meet Nursery and Reception enjoying the fabulous Forest School that Mr and Mrs Dobson held for us. Reception took part in a Supertato hunt and the treasure turned out to be yummy marshmallows. Mr Dobson lit a fire with a 'Dragon Sneeze' and showed us how to kneel safely next to the flames so we could toast the marshmallows and cinnamon apples. Next we made crowns which we decorated with leaves, twigs and flowers that we found around the Owl House.

Nursery started their adventure with a teddy bear hunt before toasting marshmallows and cinnamon apples too. Everyone was very careful and listened to the instructions to have a safe and scrumptious time. The morning ended with a game of Duck Duck Goose and everyone agreed it was the most fun EVER!

Thank you Kevin and Lucy - WE LOVE FOREST SCHOOL!


Physical Development in EYFS

This term Mr. Palmer has been leading our PE sessions. Whilst the main aim was to practise a range of gross motor skills, we also found lots of opportunities to promote Listening and Attention and Personal, Social and Emotional Development too. Listening to and following instructions has been imperitive to these sessions and we have seen the children paying close attention to the guidance given in order to develop their skills further. Working with a partner and sharing resources is not something that always comes easy in Early Years, but over the last few weeks we have really noticed some great progress. The children always look forward to these sessions and have made huge improvements with spatial awareness, moving with control, balance, throwing and catching, both individually and with a partner.

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas... December 2020

The children in Reception and Nursery have really enjoyed making these cute tree decorations to raise money for the school. Each child chose their preferred design from a snowman, Santa or Rudolph, then added their unique touches. They are all very proud of the results and we think you'll agree that they will add a lovely festive or seasonal feel to your home. The pictures have been uploaded individually so you can see them up close. They are available to buy through the School Gateway service and cost £1.50.

Reception decorations

Nursery decorations

Technical Wizards - March 2020

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T004  T006  T005

The use of technology is often a controversial topic – especially when it concerns young children. Our view in the Foundation Stage at Ladbrooke is that, like it or not, technology is a feature of all our lives and we should teach children how to use it responsibly. We have a range of technology available for the children to use whenever they choose, including child cameras, voice recorders, a laptop with mouse, remote control vehicles and smart boards. Wherever possible, we encourage children to use technology to enhance ‘real’ experiences and complement other areas of learning.

T003Focus on learning

An example of this is how the children were inspired to make their own version of Naughty Bus, by Jan and Jerry Oke. This delightful book cleverly uses photography and visual fonts to tell the adventures of a little red London bus.

Following a quick class discussion on the sorts of adventures our bus might encounter, the children went off two at a time to capture their ideas. There was lots of collaboration as they helped each other to compose shots, take pictures and create scenarios. The results were imaginative, inspiring and definitely worthy of publication. Finally, we sat and reviewed all the photos together, choosing our favourites to make into the Naughty Nursery Bus photo story.



F2 Visit the Library

Foundation 2 took an autumnal walk through the park to our local library. We were greeted by two of the staff and invited to gather in the children's section. The staff read stories and sang songs with the children and then gave them time to explore the books by themselves. The children were keen to delve into the shelves and select some books to look at. Each child was given a book called The Cave to keep. F2 thoroughly enjoyed the visit and many were keen to visit the library again with their parents.