Cherry, Honeysuckle and Blossom Class
It is Children’s Mental Health Week at NMPS. Today was Mindful Monday. We concentrated on being aware of our bodies and our breathing.
The children worked with the meditating Pirate and used the spyglass to focus on each part of their body and relaxing it.
We then concentrated on our breathing by breathing in deeply to smell the flowers and then breathe out to blow all the birthday candles out.
The children were so engaged and it was a delightful sight to see them all with their eyes closed and fingers pinched focusing on their breathing 💗
Reading buddies 📚 👧🏻 👦🏽
Reading is very important for all children and every FS child needs to be able to apply their phonic skills by reading suitable books.
We’ve paired some of our children up with children from Upper Key Stage Two; they are reading buddies!
The FS2 children have been inspired to retell stories to each other: this is brilliant because practise makes perfect!
Transition to Year 1 ☀️
Over the next few weeks the children will spend time in the KS1 playground, corridor and classes. This is to ensure that the children become familiar with their new environment ready for September.
This week has been all about sharing the equipment outdoors.the children have loved having fun in the sun ☀️
Our Outdoor area looks glorious in the sun! The blazing sun and Miss Toshkazi’s commitment to getting all the children to water the plants, has meant that all the plants are blooming!
Our story this half term is Little Red Hen. We’ve retold the story using actions, watched the story, discussed the different versions, made story maps and introduced different characters to our own version of the story.
As the basis of the story is baking bread, we have learned how bread is made and different breads around the world. The children have particularly enjoyed bread tasting!!
Red word sentences 🙌🏽
Red words cannot be sounded out, the children need to be able to read them on sight.
The children have been working super hard to use red words in sentences when writing independently
We are so very proud of them!
Please help us at home by supporting your child to read red words independently. The red words the children need to know are:
Thank you for your continued support 😊
Each morning the children are now coming in and writing all the number bonds for 10. This is in an effort to support them in being confident when recalling number bonds to 5 and 10
You can help at home by encouraging your child to give you the pair for a number 0-10 to make 10
The Queen’s Jubilee Celebrations 👑🇬🇧
We celebrated the Jubilee
today after learning all about the queen and how she has served us for 70 years.
The day caused a LOT of excitement!!
We started off with a fashion show: the children wore their smartest clothes in the colours of red, white and blue 🇬🇧
We spent the morning getting our picnic made. There was:
Jam sandwiches 🍓 🥪
Cheese and crackers 🧀
Apple juice with berries
We ate our picnic whilst listening to songs over the decades, 7 decades to be precise 🎵
We finished off the day with an outdoors dance party whilst Ms Maynard judged the crown competition 👑
HUGE THANK YOU to all our parents: carers for helping us to have the most amazing picnic food ❤️
We are revisiting shapes this week, with a focus on 3D shapes.
The children have played lots of games including shape splat, shape corners and shape bumps.
The children enjoyed an indoor 3 shape hunt immensely but we couldn’t find a single cube, can you find one at home? 🤔
WOW writing 🤩
This half term we have seen a huge improvement in our children's writing. They are getting more confident in segmenting words when writing: the impact of phonics learning in Read Write Inc is clearly evident.
Super proud of our children 🙌🏽💗
This week we have been learning about Islam in RE. The learning has been based around the 5 pillars of Islam.
The children have learnt that Muslims believe in one God, give to the poor, spend one month not eating when it’s daylight, pray 5 times a day and the special space of most Muslims in Mecca.
We compared how Muslims celebrate Eid to to how Christians celebrate Christmas. We found lots of similarities especially when it came to getting presents!
Rainbow Day ❤️🧡💛💚🌈
We celebrated International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia with Rainbow Day 🌈
The children dressed up in all the colours of the rainbow.
We read lots of stories about different families.
We talked a lot about what makes a family, a family? The overwhelming answer was LOVE 💗
We talked about our own families and how even though they are all made up of different people, they are a family because they love each other ❤️
Curly Caterpillar Letters 🐛
The children are working super hard to make their writing neat. The children are practicing letter formation in groups called letter families. There are four altogether:
Today we practiced Curly Caterpillar letters 🐛
The children worked hard…
The children had 2 challenges; they had to write a sentence using correct letter formation. We wrote:
I had cod
A fat dog
The children did really well! ⭐️
Duck lifecycle 🦆
Last week we learnt all about the life cycle of a chicken.
Today in science we continued to learn about life cycles and focused on the life cycle of a duck.
The children followed the cycle & we then worked together to the steps in the correct order.
We are looking forward to learning about different life cycles this week 🥚🦆
Home learning 🏡
Encourage your child to talk about each stage of the cycle.
Ask them about the story of Brenda’s Boring Egg! It can be found by clicking on this link…
Say cheese!! 📸
It was class photograph today! All the children came in looking very smart ⭐️ Their uniforms were clean, hair styled perfectly and the biggest, happiest smiles!
We can’t wait to see the final images 💗
Bye bye 🐥
Our chicks have been with us for 2 weeks now and are going home to their farm.
The children have watched the eggs hatch 🐣 into lively chicks that have got bigger day by day.
They have all got to hold them and learnt to do it with care. The children helped to clean, feed and give them water.
We will continue to learn about life cycles next week including frogs, ducks and butterflies 🦋
Encourage your child to talk about each stage of a chicks life.
*how did the chick get out of the egg?
*how do we look after the chicks?
*Do they eat what you eat?
*what will the chicks become?
*how does the lifecycle carry on?
We have been learning how to subtract! We are reading number sentences and using the correct symbols.
Today we subtracted from 10. The children knocked down a tower of cans, each can had a number. The can they made contact with was the number we subtracted from 10. Individual children wrote the number sentence and then we used our fingers to work out the answer
We had much fun 🤩
Home learning 🏡
Lots of free games on this website to practice subtracting!
Chicks 🥚🐣 🐥
Once the chicks had dried their feathers, had a rest and eaten; they were ready for the children to handle.
The children were careful and super calm when holding them, they commented on how soft the chicks were. It caused much excitement when the chicks discovered thy can jump out of the blue tray!
Chicks 🥚 🐣
We had a delivery of chicken eggs earlier this week and it caused great excitement when they started to hatch!
The awe and wonder that the hatching created was truly wonderful 🥰
Phonic Superstars 🤩
Following another round of phonic assessments, the group that are now working alongside Year 1 children, has got even bigger!
Violet, Aimee, TJ, Minnie, Hayden & Ralphy are the latest set of FS2 children to join Year 1. Ellie, Andrew, Sarah, Luna, Matthew, Finn and Isla continue to make excellent progress.
We are so very proud of them and all the other FS2 children because they all made progress 😊
Vincent Van Gogh
In Art we have been learning about the artist Van Gogh. The children learned that Van Gogh painted in colours that showed his mood.
The children in FS2 thought that Van Gogh was happy when he painted his Sunflower painting because it’s in different shades of yellow.
The FS2 children painted flowers in colours to show how they feel. They used the colours from the story of ‘The Colour Monster’
How do you think the children were feeling when they painted flowers?
5 year old Dental Health Survey 🦷
NMPS is one of the schools in Manchester that has been randomly selected to help with the Oral Health Survey of five year old children 2021-2022.
It’ll help provide vital information about how to plan dental services where oral health is poor. This is particularly so in the North West of England and especially in areas of Manchester.
Julie Laverock, the community dental nurse came with a dental nurse to check the selected children’s teeth
Julie asked us to let you know that if you don’t have a dentist:
- call NHS 111
- log on to NHS choices at www.nhs.uk and click ‘Find a dentist’
For emergency treatment call 03333323800 between 8am and 10pm
Thank you to all our parents/carers that gave consent for their child to take part in the survey 😊
International Day of Dance 🕺 💃🏽
Friday 29th is International Day of Dance. It is to encourage people across the globe to cherish each other's dance forms. Our children had great fun at the FS2 dance party 🥳
The staff in FS2 have been super busy enhancing the indoor environment. Our topic is plants and in addition to this we will be learning about being safe on the roads, near water and at home. Here is a small selection…
EYFS Outdoor improvements ☀️
The EYFS team are continuing to work hard to make the outdoors as amazing as our indoor environment, for our children
We have been busy painting! 🎨
Mrs Bennett has been our resident artist and has painted some brilliant backdrops.
We have designated areas for different provision.
Keep your eyes peeled for more improvements! 😎
The Enormous Turnip
This half term we are learning all about plants! The story we are reading to support our learning is The Enormous Turnip.
We have read and watched the story. The children have been retelling the story and they had great fun role playing the story!
Easter 🐣: Bonnet and egg parade 🥚
To celebrate Easter all the children were invited to craft a bonnet and decorate an egg.
We had some brilliant entries!
Much fun was had by the children whilst parading their super colourful bonnets and imaginative eggs.
Huge thank you to Miss Maynard for coming to judge the competition. She said it was really hard to choose!!
After lots of pondering, our winners are…
Hugest thanks to all our families for their super crafting and decorating skills! 🐣
Easter 🐣: Pastor Bob
This week we are learning about Easter and why it is celebrated by Christians.
We started our learning with a visit from Pastor Bob May, he’s Mrs Studholme’s daddy!
Pastor Bob explained why Easter is so important to Christians. He said that Jesus died but then came back to life. Jesus came back to life because he loves us.
He also talked about how we celebrate Easter with
🐣hot cross buns
🐣going to church ⛪️
The children throughly enjoyed meeting Pastor Bob and listened really well to his words.
Spring Parents Reading Morning 🌼
We welcomed our children’s families into FS2 this morning for reading morning.
The children enjoyed quality time with their families, reading a selection of our books.
Thank you to all our families for making the time to come 😊
Hero ladybird! 🐞 👂🏽
One of the animal themed books we read this half term was called ‘What the Ladybird Heard’
We enjoyed reading about what a hero the ladybird is and how important It is to listen!
The children applied their phonic learning to write newspaper articles. It was evident they had really listened and understood the story!
We had some super captions and imaginative drawings 🐞
We have been learning about the artist called Piet Mondrian. He painted using right angles, simple lines and blocks of colours. He liked to make his own paint colours by mixing primary colours.
The FS2 children used rulers and thick felt tips to independently produce art inspired by Mondrian.
Our art is on display in the corridor outside FS2 and on the FS2 corridor.
Mother’s Day 💗
The children all made a card each for the most special person in their family who takes care of them.
All of the children chose their mums 🌸
We hope you enjoy your cup of tea ☕️
Thank you to all our children’s family for their continued support 😊
Happy Mother’s Day 💗
A hungry Tiger is on the loose! 🐅 😲
The New Moston News headline was shocking!
We read it together and learnt that a little girl called Sophie and her mum had a surprise visitor for tea! 🐅 He just happened to knock on the door and mum invited him in 😲
He ate ALL the food on the table and in the kitchen. He then drank all the water, tea and juice in the house!
He then waved good bye and never returned even though Sophie and mum bought a huge tin of tiger food 🐯
Keep your eyes peeled!! 👀 🐅
Rockstar Day ✊🏽🎸👊🏽🎸👍🏽
To celebrate World Maths Day, NMPS had Rockstar Day! 🎸👊🏽The children loved dressing up and looked amazing; huge thank you to our parents and carers for putting in so much effort ✊🏽
The school maths lead, Mrs Waddell organised for real life rockers, Rock Kidz UK, to come and help us celebrate
The children danced and jumped and had lots of fun 🤩
The Rock Kidz delivered the message of YASBA!
The workshop ended with a dance battle for our children and teachers. Miss Maynard and Mrs Waddell were brilliant sports and did some epic dance moves!
A brilliant and positive day filled with Maths and positive messages!
World Maths Day 23/3/22
Today is World Maths Day.
Below are some ideas of activities you can do at home with your child.
We hope you enjoy doing some of them.
Helping others 😇
At our school we are collecting a variety of things for children and adults affected by war in the world.
Requested items needed include
- Wet wipes
- First aid items
- Childrens toys, books & crayons
- Sleeping bags
- Hygiene products
These items can be sent into school in a bag 💗
Early Morning Writing 🌸
Every morning the children come into the class and write their name with correct formation being encouraged and modelled
They are then asked to write a caption to match the picture on the whiteboard. The adults are super impressed with the children’s attitude to independently write captions!
EYFS Outdoor Area 🌸🌼🌻🌷🌺
Miss Maynard has given us funds to make our outdoor area brighter and beautiful! We’ve bought planters, hanging baskets and plants
The delivery for all the things we’d bought was super exciting 🤩
The children have had a brilliant time planting with the adults. Adults have used it as an opportunity to help the children learn about plant parts and what each part does especially the roots
The planting was a huge success and our outdoors already looks brighter!
Lots of other projects are going to be going on next week to make the outdoors even more fun 🤩
Keep your eyes peeled for the improvements 🙂
Fire drill! 🔥
We had a fire drill today and we are happy to report that all of the children did all the right things which ensured that we were safe.
The children got to go round to the Upper Key Stage 2 playground and found it all very exciting!
Outdoor provision 🌸
Miss Maynard has been super kind and given EYFS some money to make our outdoor provision even more epic!
We had a delivery from B&Q and Miss Pickering, Miss Leach and Mr Haywood showed just how strong they are by moving all the delivery items to a safe and secure place.
Keep your eyes peeled when walking through EYFS playground for all the exciting changes 🤩
Family reading morning 📚
FS2 welcomed families into the unit this morning to read with the children. Some children brought their own favourite books in from home for their parent/carer to read to them and their friends. Some of the other children used our new school fiction books with their family member.
Huge thank you to all the families that came, we look forward to seeing you at the next one 🤓
World Book Day 🌍 📕 🤓
We have had an epic day celebrating WBD!
We all dressed up as adjectives…
We had some brilliant adjectives including:
We were super lucky and had some adult readers come to do storytime! Huge thank you to Miss Maynard, Mrs Toshkezi, Miss Richardson, Mr Kinch, Mrs Kelly Rimmer and Mrs Lucas.
Lots of fun was had by all the children and the book swap was a great success. All of the children got their free £1 book about Duggee too!
Phonic Superstars 🤩
In our most recent phonic assessments Matthew, Sarah, Isla, Andrew, TJ, Finn, Luna and Ellie did so well that they are now at RWInc Purple book level which means they go to Year One for phonics!
Super proud of all our children as most of them made progress in phonics last half term.
We are raring to go to ensure our children achieve all they are capable of 😊
⭐️Check Tapestry regularly to see how you can support your child’s phonic learning at home ⭐️
The children were super excited about pancake day! Most of them said they would be having chocolate syrup on their pancake 🥞
We learnt why and how pancake day is celebrated. New words including ‘Lent’ and ‘Shrove Tuesday’ were introduced.
The children learnt that Shrove Tuesday is a Christian celebration and it’s about reminding them to slow down and remember all the wonderful things they have in life.
We ended the day by enjoying chocolate filled pancakes!
St Davids Day
This morning we found a little surprise when we came to school, Miss Maynard had left each class a bunch of daffodils with a message…
Its St Davids Day!
We have learnt that St David was a very special man who liked to learn about Jesus and tell stories about him.
He could make poorly people better, he grew vegetables to share and he fed the poor.
We learnt that St David is very important to the Welsh people in Wales and on the 1st March each year lots of special events take place to honour him. These events include parades with lots of Welsh dancing, singing and foods.
Happy St Davids Day!
Internet Safety Day 🖥💻📱
In assembly today, FS2 learned all about keeping safe online.
the children said they use tablets, computers and phones to play games, look at Tapestry and watch their favourite programs on You Tube.
We read the story of Smartie The Penguin about keeping safe online.
Here are some tips for keeping your child safe online…
Chinese New Year 🧧 🥳
This week we have been learning about Chinese New Year. We have thought about similarities and differences in how Christmas and Chinese New Year is celebrated.
The children enjoyed the story of how CNY started, we read and watched it.
2022 is the year of the Tiger and we learned that is is believed that people have the qualities of the animal dependent on the year they were born in.
The children in FS2 were born in the year of the Rooster or Monkey.
Ms Rashid was born in the year of the dog 🐶
What year were you born in?
FS2 have been busy 🐝 learning number bonds for 5 and 10. They are increasingly confident in being able to recall the bonds without any help.
We will continue to practise recalling them because practise makes perfect! 🤩
Weekly mile 🏃🏽♀️🏃♂️
FS2 complete their weekly mile on Friday mornings. The children really enjoy the mile especially when we go really fast on the UKS2 yard.
Having fun whilst exercising is marvellous 🤩
The 3 little 🐷🐷🐷 & The big bad 🐺
We have continued to explore the story of the the 3 little 🐷🐷🐷 by making story maps and thinking about how the 🐺 looks and feels.
How does the 🐺 look and feel:
Our new climbing frame 🤩
Our new climbing frame opened this week and the children loved it! They were able to climb over, under and on the huge wooden logs.
We had some super excited children 👧🏽 👦🏻 🥳
The Dentist came to visit! 🦷
The dental team nurse came to visit us today. She talked to us about the importance of looking after our teeth.
Her key messages were:
* Brush your teeth twice a day
* Toothpaste; a pea sized blob is just the job
* We should brush for 2 minutes in a circles on our teeth
* Only eat sweets after teatime
* Visit the dentist to make sure your teeth are healthy
* Dummies make our top teeth move forward which is not good
* We should only use a cup to drink, no bottles
* Look after your teeth especially your adult teeth because those have to last a life time
Every child will be coming home with a toothbrush and toothpaste this week.
The Big Bad Wolf 🐺
This half term we are reading the story of The Three Little Pigs 🐷 🐷🐷
We have been learning to use adjectives to describe the Wolf in the story. Some children wrote wanted posters and drew pictures of the wolf 🐺 whilst others wrote lists of words
Check us out! 🚲
The children the EYFS have been enjoying the new bikes and scooters we have bought with Sport Premium Grant. We love them 🤩
Phonic Superstars! 🤩
In our most recent phonic assessments Matthew, Sarah and Ellie did so well that they are now at RWInc Green book level which means they go to Year One for phonics! We are very proud of them as is Miss Maynard. They all went in her proud book and got a prize ⭐️
Santa 🎅🏽 🎄🤩
Santa Claus came to visit us!
All the children were super excited! We sang Christmas songs for him. Some of the children spoke to Santa and asked him questions. Daisy was intrigued by Santa’s beard!
All the children got a present each 🎁
Ho ho ho!! 🎅🏽
Christmas Party Day 🎅🏽🎄🥳
FS2 enjoyed party day! We dressed up, ate yummy food, played pass the parcel and danced!!
Thank you to all our parents and carers for brining in party food.
Lots of fun was had! 🥳
Today the children learnt all about Christingles and why they are important to Christians.
We made Christingles in small groups 😊
🎅🏽 EYFS Christmas Sing-a-long 🎄
12 members of staff
13 songs with actions
1 super proud Ms Rashid 🤗
The children sang and danced at each show and it was brilliant 🤩
Lots more photographs on Tapestry 🎄
Huge thank you to all our parents and carers for all the costumes and for making time to watch! 🎅🏽
We have been learning about numbers in great depth so how to recognise, count, add, subtract and subitise . This past week we have been counting using objects.
The children used jewels and buttons to count sets for numbers 0-20
We worked on counting carefully; touching each item as they say a number
Lots of practice is needed; it would be marvellous if you could encourage your child to count at every opportunity.
Chocolate raffle! 🍫
The winners were…
⭐️ Ruby Rose
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO BOUGHT A TICKET! All money collected will be used to buy plants and bulbs for our outdoor environment
We are selling raffle tickets for a chocolate raffle.
It’s £1 a strip
We will use the money raised to buy plants and flowers for the EYFS outdoors.
Tickets can be bought in the morning or at home time
There are 3 prizes!
Wonderful Word Writing ✍🏼
The children in FS2 have been using their phonics learning to write words to match pictures.
We are so very proud of them!
We LOVE taking pictures of our children whilst they are learning in groups with adults and when they are in provision discovering how to use their adult led learning.
Unfortunately, very few of our children have been given consent by their parent/carer to have their pictures used on our blog, school website or social media
PLEASE click on this link and consent to your child’s pictures being used.
We are super proud of their achievements and are eager to share with the world!
Thank you 😊
FS Christmas Sing-a-long 🎄🎵🎤
Rehearsals are in full swing to be pitch perfect for our shows starting from next Thursday.
Thursday 9th-Saplings at 9.30
Friday 10th-Seedlings at 10.45
Monday 13th-Honeysuckle at 9.30
Tuesday 14th-Cherry at 10.45
Wednesday 15th-Blossom at 9.30
Please remember to wear your mask and bring your tickets. Only 2 adults per child to keeping our whole school community safe.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! 🎄 🎅🏽
Christmas was welcomed into FS2 with lots of decorations and new provision!
Have a look at what we have done 🎄
We have a tree in each room! The children helped decorate the class trees 🎄
Some of the children even helped Miss Maynard to decorate her office!
The children came into school positively giddy about the snow because they wanted to be out in it with their friends! So, after phonics we got wrapped up and put on our wellies and went outside. It was magnificent!
The children had snowball fights!
Made snow angels!
Made snow castles!
The children throughly enjoyed the first snow of the season ⛄️
Children in Need!
The children came into school and wore pjs for a donation of £1!
All donations are for CIN. The children learned about the charity and some of the things they do to help people in the UK and abroad.
FS2 paid their respects on Thursday by observing the 2 minute silence at 11am
We watched two stories about the reason we mark the day each year.
The age appropriate stories were Flanders Field and Poppies. Both can be found on YouTube 😊
Above and beyond ⭐️
All our children have a football training session with Coach Jack on Tuesday. On Friday the children that have gone ‘above and beyond’ by working super hard, made amazing progress, behaved brilliantly or have been kind get to have an extra football training session ⭐️
There is lots to do whilst in our provision. The children explore and learn in lots of areas. Here is a small sample of our children in the provision!
Celebrating our children’s work ⭐️
We have put lots of new displays up inside and around FS2. We love showing off our children’s work! Make sure to have a look when you come to parents evening 😊
Ms Rashid’s absolute favourite is the staff board; it’s fabulous to see how our children see us 💗
EYFS Family Reading Workshop 📚
We welcomed our parents into FS2 for the our first reading workshop. Some of the children brought in their favourite books from home whilst others read some of our special story time books.
It was a brilliant morning, thank you to all the parents/carers that came 😊
Goldilocks birthday party 🥳
To finish off our learning for Goldilocks and The Three Bears we helped Goldilocks with the food for her party that Baby Bear was invited too.
We learned how to make jelly, chocolate milk and jam sandwiches. We wrote the instructions down and sent them to Goldilocks. We’ve been super busy bees 🐝
Making jam sandwiches
Making chocolate milk
We have been watching Pantasaurus and learning how to keep our bodies safe.
The children have learnt that their bodies belong only to them, their private parts are covered by pants and if someone wants to see or touch under your pants we say “No!” and tell an safe adult.
You can watch the video here:
🦠 Germs! 🦠
We have been learning about keeping ourselves healthy by washing germs away.
We did the glitter experiment! We used glitter on our hands to represent germs. The children then shooky hands with each other and saw that the glitter spread just like germs do.
We learnt that if you sing the happy birthday song twice whilst washing your hands with soap and water, almost all the germs are washed away.
We are super excited to tell you that our children in FS2 have started their Phonics learning journey with Read Write Inc!
The children have started learning the Set 1 sounds
Please support us at home by completing the phonics homework every week
Thank you 😊
My family 💗
We are learning about families! The children are talking about their families, other children’s families and thinking about what makes a family.
Lots of learning around different families and even the Royal Family!
Every child has drawn their own family, can you spot the mummy with a baby in her tummy? 😀
In September 2021 the EYFS Reception Baseline became statutory, which means all the children have worked 1:1 with an adult in FS2 to complete a set number of questions.
The children point, listen, speak and count to answer questions.
We are super proud of our children for being so grown up about answering these question 😍
To see the privacy notice please click here https://www.nfer.ac.uk/media/4554/rba_pupil_data_privacy_notice.pdf
Thank you 😊
This is Coach Jack!
He is a football coach from Manchester City Football Club.
He will be with us all year. All the children will work with him on a Tuesday afternoon and some of the children who have gone ‘Above and Beyond!’ In their learning or behaviour will get to work with him on a Friday too ⚽️
In EYFS we use the Tapestry app to share what we are doing in school and invite parents to do the same by uploading their own photos snd observations about what they’ve been doing at home with their child.
If you need to register, please email
We will send you a link to access and create an account
Thank you 😊
Huge welcome to all our children, parents and carers to FS2!