Early Years - News

Welcome to Dolphin class - we are Nursery and Reception and our teachers are:
Mr Allan
Mrs Phillips
Miss Brough
Mrs Gooch
Miss McCloskey
 Hungry little minds
Simple, fun activities for kids, from newborn to five

Many little things light up hungry little minds. Kids take everything in, and even the smallest things you do with them can make a big difference. 

They love it when you chat, play and read with them, even when they’re too young to understand everything. Whatever the time and wherever you are, you can turn almost anything into a game.

 And every little thing you do together will help set them up nicely for the day they start school.

We've joined the mission to get children outside. And here's why:

1. Today's children are spending less time outdoors and more time in front of screens.
2. Time spent outdoors has a proven positive impact on children's mental health and wellbeing.
3. Instilling an appreciation of the outdoors from an early age encourages an ongoing understanding of the natural environment and the need to protect it.
4. Outdoor learning and play helps to produce more creative, resilient and happy children.
On the 23rd May we will be celebrating Outdoor classroom day. 
How we move.
We have been learning about how we move in Early years. This has involved us discovering methods of transport. Look at all the local ways we have found that we can travel around our local area. 
Science Week
We took part in a whole school science week. We did some experiments and talked about what we could see happening. We also had a visit from Dr Science - we made slime, clouds  and a wind tunnel! It was very interesting and a lot of fun.
Easter fun
We invited our parents and carers in to decorate Easter eggs with us, it was a lot of fun. We worked together and then we chose a name for our egg.
Do you like our creations?
Safer Internet Day
On Tuesday 7th February we had internet safety day. We read a story about Smartie the Penguin who taught us what to do if we're unsure about something online we also learnt a song. We know that we must talk to an adult if we are worried about something online.
Beach School
It was a cold January afternoon and we went to Cambois beach for Beach School. We took part in lots of challenges - it was great fun!
Snow much fun!
We were very excited to see that it had snowed on Friday morning. Although there wasn't a great deal on the ground we decided to make the most of it - we wrapped up and ventured outside! Our faces show how much fun we had!
Giant footprints!
On Monday when we came into the classroom we saw two giant footprints! We really enjoyed thinking about who they belonged to - we shared our ideas with our friends. We thought it might be a dinosaur or a sea monster. This week we'll find out whose they are.
Christmas Tiddlywinks
We enjoyed a Tiddlywink Christmas party! We made a wish and mixed them into glitter before a special visitor joined us! We had a great time dancing to music and singing Christmas songs.
House of Objects / park
We visited the House of Objects and explored their workshop. We enjoyed many activities such as dressing up in amazing costumes, making clay models and exploring light and movement. 
We also went to the park - we were very brave as we had to do some tricky climbing!
Alnwick Gardens
We went to Alnwick Gardens to visit Santa and Olaf! We were able to tell Santa what we'd like for Christmas. We also went ice skating!
Remembrance Day
We went to the war memorial to lay our poppy crosses. We had a short silence to remember the soldiers.
This is me!
As part of our new topic we painted pictures of ourselves. We used a mirror to check our eye colour. Do you like them? Can you guess who they belong to?
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Summer Term 2019
Our topic this term is all about transport. Already we are reading stories about transport and we have been on the ferry from North to South Shields, the metro and airport. We have even visited Newcastle Central Station. We are learning about where we could go and the possibilities we could have on our travels.   May 2019

How to look out for your child's mental health

FREE Online speech and Language stimulation education sessions - First Words and Phrases and sentences


In response to the impact of lockdowns on speech/language in toddlers/pre- schoolers, We have managed to find The Churchill Fellowship Covid-19 Action Fund who is generously supporting the provision of free online speech and language stimulation education sessions UK-wide to parents/carers/guardians/educators.

The first half of both talks are the same.

Please only choose one date. Each week is a repeat of previous week.

First Words (supporting children to say their first sounds/words): https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/first-words-supporting-children-to-say-their-first-words-  tickets-253858867707

Phrases and Sentences (supporting children to develop speech and language): https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/phrases-and-sentences-supporting-children-to-develop-  speech-and-language-tickets-255955087557

This is an excellent opportunity to get expert advice and guidance on how to help your child develop their speech and expand on the speech they have already. 

We hope that you can make time to attend this as the benefits to your child are massive.