25th March 2022
The beautiful Spring weather has continued to shine down upon us and the children have been practising their ball skills in the garden. All the staff were defiantly kept on their toes as the children practised throwing the balls high, low and as far away as they could, I think we defiantly have some sportspeople in the making! We have ended our Lent term with the traditional celebrations of Easter here at Little Vines. The children created Easter bonnets and danced and paraded around the garden to the tunes of ‘In Your Easter Bonnet.’ They could not quite believe their eyes when there was a brief glimpse of an Easter Bunny and their eyes grew even larger as they hunted around the garden in search of the chocolate eggs that were so well hidden. A very happy, musical and treat-filled day was had by all!
Reception has had a wonderful week leading up to the Easter Holidays. The children were all still talking about our fantastic tea party with the parents at the end of last week, so they set up a restaurant outside with a comfy seating area. The spring walk on Wednesday was the perfect mid-week activity to enjoy the sunshine and it was lovely to see so many parents. The children were all very keen to show off the gully which is a favourite spot for the children. The children wrote stories about mermaids and big bad pigs in our story writing this week, it was great to see the children show more independence when writing. We have continued our exploration of number bonds to 10 and will continue this after Easter. Next term, Reception’s topic will be ‘Ships Ahoy!’ Which the children are all incredibly excited about.
Year 1 & Pre-Prep
This week pre-prep held their annual Spring Walk around our beautiful grounds with staff, parents and pupils.
Our final week this term has involved learning about 2D shapes. The children have found quadrilaterals, sorted shapes into polygons and non-polygons, counted the vertices of different shapes and found the lines of symmetry in symmetrical shapes. We finished off our Creepy Crawlies topic by learning about food chains; the children were given labels for different food chains and had to sort themselves into the correct order, decide who was a producer and who was a consumer. We also talked about the importance of bees and how vital they are to many different food chains. There was great excitement on Friday morning when the Easter bunny appeared during assembly! Everyone loved taking part in the Easter Egg Hunt and quickly found all the hidden eggs.
18th March 2022
The warm spring sunshine shined down on us all at Little Vines this week and we had the opportunity to have our snack outside. The children were very observant as they pointed out the flowers growing and listened to the birds singing. During Woodland Adventures, the children had to look carefully for different types of leaves and use their mathematical skills to count, match, sort, learn the names of trees and identify their leaves. Our Little Vines picked some of the herbs and fallen flowers from the garden and the children experienced the smells and textures as well as creating some amazing potions.
Our topic on the seasons and changes continues and the children were fascinated to look at their world through different coloured shapes. “Everything is red.” FC voiced, “Miss Meekham you have changed to blue,” said GF.
The sun shone brightly on Reception this week. We all had a fabulous time on our trip to Bodiam Castle this week. The children bravely climbed the 56 steps to the top of Postern tower and looked over the edge to the moat below. The children found the great hall, bedrooms, the well and took great joy in counting the toilets as we went round. As we walked through the grounds to the castle the children were encouraged to think about the fairytale characters that could live there. From the troll under the bridge to Rapunzel in the tallest tower.
The children were joined by ducks for lunch and then used sticks to have a great battle on the field. When the children got back to class we used charcoal to draw the castle and many of the children used the loose parts outdoors to create their own. Our Reception then invited parents in to have a fairy tale tea party in the garden, this was the perfect opportunity for the children to share all of the wonderful things they have done this term!
What an adventure our Year 1 pupils had this week! On Monday we ventured down to the sea and visited St Mary Star of the Sea Church in Hastings, where we learned about the different parts of the church and the symbolism behind the artefacts that could be found there. The children were like Cassie Cat and thought of many interesting questions to ask and enjoyed exploring the church and choosing their favourite object to sketch and label. On Wednesday, it was our long-awaited Dinosaur Museum! The children were so excited to see their parents and they definitely put on an extraordinary performance singing their songs and becoming a ‘real dinosaur’ roaring information about the dinosaurs they learnt about. Well done year 1!
What an advent
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11th March 2022
Spring is in the air and our beautiful grounds offer our children so many learning opportunities. This week our Nursery children have been using their sharp eyes to look for signs of spring. They spotted so many different colours and shapes of flowers, pointing out the changes in the trees. The children enjoyed listening to the story of ‘The Tiny Seed’ by Eric Carle and this led to planting cress and tomato seeds, learning how to look after them and about the life cycle of seeds.
Our children have such amazing listening and understanding skills and every day they remind each other and the teachers that we need to water the seeds to help them grow, thank you, Nursery children.
We are so pleased to announce that Chef Bear has returned this week with AK and ANK baking raspberry muffins at their house, thank you for sharing the recipe with us. The pictures of the diggers evolved from observing a group of children and their particular interests in construction and vehicles. Our highly experienced and skilled early years practitioners recognised this interest and facilitated a holistic learning opportunity that was thoroughly explored by all.
Our pupils have been immersed in our inquiry “Changes” this week. They have enjoyed looking at the baby photographs the children brought in. They have talked about how different we look and all the things we can do now that we couldn’t do then. VE, who needs new shoes noted, “My feet go a bit bigger because I am four now”. FF said, “When I was a baby in a lived-in a cot”. They used the iPad to drag pictures of the human life cycle into the correct order.
It was tricky! After finding a book called “Growing Frogs” in our class library, we looked at another life cycle and talked about the changes. We bought some life-like models and some pictures. Here are a few of the children’s comments, Eggs change into tadpoles (GV). They get legs (OB). They lose their tails (VM). What wonderful observations!
Kings and Queens have been visiting Reception all week, from Boudicca to Richard the Lionheart. The children used them as inspiration to plan and write their own castle-themed fairy tales. They are all very excited to act out their stories at Bodiam next week.
On Thursday, the children became royalty by creating their own bejewelled crowns. We were incredibly lucky to be joined by the famous children’s author, Sophy Henn at the beginning of the week to take part in a story workshop. Sophy showed the children how she illustrates her book and all of the children has a go at drawing one of the characters – Pizazz!
Year 1 have been working hard to prepare for the opening of their Dinosaur Museum next week. They continue to learn interesting facts about their dinosaurs including investigating the different types of teeth they had, and how this related to them being carnivores, herbivores or omnivores. They put the final touches on their dinosaur sculptures by labelling the parts of their body and thinking about the type of habitat they lived in.
Working like Billy Bee, we all learned poems and songs about our magical creatures which the children look forward to performing. A lot of effort is being made in Maths and this week everyone tried hard to read and solve word problems using maths manipulatives. Another fun and productive week in Year One – Well done!
What an exciting week Year 2 have had. We started the week with a chance to meet author Sophy Henn, then the children produced some amazing drawings with her help. Later that day we were treated to a delicious Good Copy Tea with Mrs Powis and the chickens in the Melon Garden; we even found out why it is called the Melon Garden! With clipboards and pencils at the ready, we went off to sketch the route we took whilst hunting for mini-beasts last week.
Once back in the classroom, we drew maps and added symbols and a key to show what we spotted and where. We then decided to make mini-beast hotels to keep them safe from the wind and their predators, ensuring they had somewhere dark and damp to stay. We also wrote some fantastic newspaper reports about The Snail and the Whale, including quotes from the hero the snail!
4th March 2022
Little Vines Nursey & Kindergarten
What a busy week for our Little Vines children! Both our Nursery and Kindergarten participated in the annual Vinehall Pancake Races along with the rest of the Pre-Prep. For most of the children, this was their first visit to the big sports hall, we were so proud of them joining in flipping pancakes and running as fast as their little legs could go! On Wednesday, we went on our Bear Hunt, the children splashed and sploshed through the river, (puddles!) made their way through the swishy, swashy grass and eventually found the bear hiding in the woods. We finished the day by making the most delicious honey sandwiches. Thursday brought just pure delights, as the children and staff came into school dressed as their favourite book characters to celebrate 25 years of World Book Day.
Strange things have been happening overnight in Reception this week. It all started when a huge beanstalk was found in the classroom alongside an axe, beans and two giant foot prints. The children thought about the story of Jack and the beanstalk and wrote about how the bean stalk grew. Mrs Borrows visited us to plant beans which are now growing in the classroom. On Tuesday three different chairs, bowls and hats were left out. In each bowl there was some porridge which was too hot, too cold and just right. We then compared different sizes and found objects that were the same length as our hands and feet. There was flour everywhere from the oven to the door when we arrived on Wednesday. The children thought it could have been the gingerbread man, so we created a poster to try and find him. An unusual rickety bridge was outside the door on Thursday, with some unusual green slime underneath. The children used different materials to build the three billy goats a bridge to cross. Friday was the strangest of them all, there were piles of hay and sticks laying on the floor, and a pile of bricks with a sign that said ‘Please Help us!. So the children thought it could only be the three little pigs, and that the big bad wolf was on his way. So, the children built the three little pigs a new house to stay safe.
We also had a go at adapting the tale to incorporate the animals we like such as the three little rabbits and the big bad fox!
Year 1 began their dinosaur project this week searching through books, files and using iPads to find information about their chosen dinosaur. They were most interested in learning funny ‘fun facts’ such as Trex who had 60-80 banana shaped teeth! All of their valuable information will help to transform our classroom into the Year 1 Dinosaur Museum over the next couple of weeks. On Wednesday, we ventured into the theatre where the children were confronted with a real dinosaur who luckily only liked to eat teachers! The dinosaur taught us all about what it was like to be a dinosaur and practised standing, acting and moving techniques before acting out a part of the story from Tyrannosaurus Drip. We all arrived back safely to the classroom to enjoy World Book Day, becoming our favourite book characters and sharing books with our friends! What a productive week it has been for Year 1!
The Year 2 nature detectives went off on a mini beast hunt this week, to see what we could find and where. We had to think about why the different mini beasts liked living in cold, damp places and complete tally charts to record our findings. We have been reading the Snail and the Whale in English and have used similes and expanded noun phrases to make our writing more interesting. We also thought of relevant questions to ask both characters, before interviewing them. We will use these answers in our newspaper reports next week; make sure you read all about ‘Whale stranded on the beach’! Maths has been very practical this week, comparing totals of money, as well as calculating totals and finding change. The children really enjoy these hands-on lessons, even though cash is rarely used nowadays.