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Dates for the Thursday parents evening have been rearranged for Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd March. Parents should have been messaged to inform them if their time has changed or stayed the same. Please email if there are any problems. Thank you. Mrs H. 

Monday 22nd November

A useful video explaining how Maths is taught in the EYFS. It explains why we focus so closely on each number up to 10. Early Number Sense

Goldilocks and the Three Bears Assembly

Thursday 18th November

The class have made me so proud today when we performed our first Class Assembly to the whole school! They did the actions and sang brilliantly!

I cannot upload a video of this size straight to the website so I have put a link to the video on our private You Tube account. (Please be assured this video is not available to the general public and can only be accessed via this link.) I will leave the link active for a week so that family and friends can view it then I will delete it. Enjoy the show! Thanks. Mrs H.

FS Class Assembly

Friday 15th October

A brilliant last week of half term! I just want to say what a lovely few weeks we have had getting to know your lovely, lovely children! I am so impressed at how well they have settled in to the school routine. They have all impressed with me with how well they can share, be kind and join in with all the activities we have been doing. Their ‘Can Do’ attitude has really made me proud!


I hope you have managed to have a look through the Organiser and that your child has enjoyed sharing their reading books with you. Please read and re-read these over half term, record in Organiser and then return to school on the first Thursday (4th Nov). I will read and sign them and we will give the children two new reading books. 


This week we have read the story ‘Funnybones’ and have been learning about our bodies, we learnt how to keep fit and healthy and how important it is to clean our teeth twice a day. We have learnt The Skeleton Dance (Skeleton Dance), role-played hospitals and labelled “Skelly” the skeleton. In Maths, we have learnt how to carry on a repeated pattern and have loved printing our own patterns. The pattern game on the interactive whiteboard was also a big hit.


For RE and Black Lives Matter we learnt about how Muslim girls and women can choose to wear a hijab and shared the story ‘The Proudest Blue’ by the Olympic Fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad.


In PE, we practiced our dribbling skills, dodging the cones to get the other side. I was really amazed at the children’s ball skills. Super effort from all.


Check out all the photos of our learning this week in the Photos section.


I have set the children three challenges over half term:

  • To practice using scissors and improve their cutting skills (playdough rolled into sausages is an easy way to practice).
  • To practice getting dressed by themselves in the morning!
  • To practice their oral blending skills by playing 'Fred' games (see video link here: Fred Games).


If you could support them with these challenges that would be wonderful.


The KS1 team have made a Read Write Inc Phonics information PowerPoint for you to find out more about how Phonics is taught at St John’s. It has been uploaded onto the Curriculum section of the website here: https://www.st-johns-pri.notts.sch.uk/phonics/


Anyway, have a wonderful half term holiday everyone. The children have worked so hard they deserve a rest! See you in two weeks!


Mrs Haythorn

Yellow Day 8th October

We really rocked our wellbeing today! We have had so much fun!


First we did Zumba in the hall, then mindful colouring in Class 6, we shared stories in Class 5, watched 'The Present' ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjqiU5FgsYc&vl=en ) and made a Kindness Wheel in Class 4. After break we had a swing on the hammock in the woodland, followed by construction in Class 2 and a bit of yoga in Class 1! All before lunch!! The children loved having a tour of the school and visiting all the different classrooms too!


This afternoon we learnt my favourite phoneme 'sh', followed by fun in the woodland, Stuck in the Mud on the playground and then we even joined in out first Whole School Assembly at the end of the day! Your children have been absolutely amazing and they will all be worn out tonight!!


A big thanks to Mrs Bloom from Class 1 for organising such a fun-filled day for us all! 


Don't forget to check out the photos too!

Baby Photos!!

Next week (week beg. 4th Oct) we will be learning about how we have changed since we were a baby. Please can you send in or email me a baby photo of your child so that we can display it. I am sure the children will have great fun guessing who's who! Thank you! Mrs H

Friday 17th September


Phonics Home Learning Folder

Please return on Fridays so that I can add the new phonemes we have learnt that week.

Please practice these phonemes and their rhymes at home as much as you can - try to fit it into your routine e.g. bathtime or bedtime. Make sure that you practice the letter sound – NOT the letter name. Once the children have learnt the rhyme for each letter formation, you could begin practicing writing the letter. Use felt tips or paint to make it less formal. Please also support your child to use the tripod grip when holding a pen or pencil.

Thanks so much for all your support.

The Foundation Stage Team


Tuesday 14th September

Next week we will be learning about all of our different families. To encourage the children to talk about their own family please can you send in a family photo so we can pop it on display - this will encourage lots of discussion. If you can't print one at home then please feel free to email a photo and I can print it off at school. Thanks. Mrs H. 


Friday 10th September

We have been wake and shaking to this song this week: 

Let's Go Swimming


Friday 3rd September

What a fantastic morning! The children all really enjoyed the morning settling into Foundation class without their grown-ups! We were so impressed at how confident and how good they are at sharing and playing together already! We are beginning to learn their names but may carry on using the name labels next week too!


I have added the Half Term Overview onto the class webpage so you can see what we will be doing each week. Sometimes this changes but I do tend to stick to it most of the time! Please see the letter that went home today for reminder information. I have put all letters into the Useful Information section on the webpage so if you ever lose a letter it should be there. 


Next week we will be playing lots of games to learn each others names and get to know each other better. We will be reading The Rainbow Fish and learning all about how "sharing is caring". We will start teaching phonics (letter sounds) the week after. More information will follow on this and a phonics evening is being organised where you could come and learn a bit more about the way in which we teach letter sounds at St Johns. 


I have taken a few photos of the children on their first day which I will be putting up on the Photos section of the website as soon as I have photo consent from parents. I will then regularly be posting photos so that you can keep up to date with your child's learning in school.


I will also pop messages on here when they are too long to send via Text Message! 


Thanks! See you next week!


Mrs Haythorn