Welcome to Sunnybrow Primary School’s Early Years Unit!
A bit about us…
We are a small Early Years provision, made up of Nursery and Reception children. Our class teacher is Miss Wild. We are supported by Mrs Austin, Mrs Featherstone and Mrs Black.
In Nursery and Reception, we have fun exploring, investigating and learning new skills through a variety of play-based activities. Our broad and balanced curriculum provides opportunities for first hand experiences which enthuse, excite and inspire all children in all areas of learning. While we do follow topics, activities are carefully planned in response to the children’s own interests as we believe that this is the most effective way to stimulate and support children’s own natural curiosity whilst developing key skills and knowledge. Our outdoor space is open daily as free-flow learning, with a different set of experiences provided to the indoor classroom to ensure that we are developing the whole-child, evoking the senses and appealing to all learning styles through the natural environment.
For a more detailed account of our EYFS curriculum and teaching and learning approaches, please read the Early Years Intent, Implementation and Impact document and hour Class One brochure below.
Important EYFS documents
What have Class One been up to?
Our Parent Event (11.10.23)
Class One’s first parent event of the year was a huge success! We had a lovely afternoon with our families. We enjoyed making owls, bird feeders, colouring, time with Robbie and Ruby and showing off our wonderful classroom.
A trip to Hardwick Park 10.07.23
Class 1 had an exciting visit to Hardwick Park today. In the morning, we completed the ‘Save the Dragons’ workshop and had a fun time learning all about how we can help to save the planet, including picking up all the litter the naughty dragons had dropped! After a delicious lunch, we went to feed the ducks. Mrs Black managed to attract every duck, swan and goose in the park (much to the terror of the other teachers) but the children had lots of fun!
All about Andy Goldsworthy 07.07.23
Over the last half-term, Class 1 have been learning all about the sculptor Andy Goldsworthy. This topic built on the children’s learning about the natural world, changing seasons and materials, as the children included natural materials in their designs. They carefully used some of Andy’s design ideas to influence their own work.
The First Three Weeks (22.09.23)
Our topic this half-term is ‘Owls and other woodland creatures’. As a class, we love getting outside and exploring the outdoors and Autumn is a wonderful time of year to get out and see all the changes in the world around us. After exploring the woodland on our field, we created a small-world 3D map of a woodland.
We’ve learnt the names of some woodland animals, learnt new words to describe them and we’ve had a go at making 3D models of the animals using clay and loose parts.
TT Rockstars Day (22.09.23)
We celebrated the launch of our TT Rockstars day (purchased for the older children in school to use to practise their times tables) by dressing up as Rockstars and playing lots of counting games. We loved the theme!
October in Class One
This month, we’ve continued to learn about how our local area changes during Autumn. In particular, we’ve been learning about the woodland as a habitat to woodland animals. We went for a walk down the lines and spotted lots of signs of Autumn.
We even enjoyed a trip to the park!
Halloween Movie Night (26.10.23)
We came to school dressed up as Halloween characters and took part in a spooky day of learning before enjoying a Halloween movie with popcorn and sweets after-school.
Remember, remember what happened in November!
The fun and learning never stops in Class One! Christmas started nice and early as we started to learn the songs for our whole-school Nativity ‘Baubles’. We then really kicked-started the festive period with a trip to Beamish Museum. We took part in the workshop ‘Tales about Christmas’ where we heard a story around the fire, made peg dolls and played traditional games like ‘find the thimble’. Our children were so curious about life in the past and there was lots of interesting discussion. As always, behaviour was impeccable!
For Anti-Bullying week, we learnt what bullying is and talked about the importance of kindness. We made art-work for Anti-bullying week, influenced by the artist Andy Warhol. We’ve also learnt about Remembrance Day, played in the snow, and in art, we’ve painted designs onto t-shirts!
Feeling Festive in Class One
December has been an incredibly busy month in Class One. We started with a festive trip to Beamish to take part in a Christmas workshop and learn about Christmas in the past. We’ve been to the panto, had our Christmas party and Christmas lunch and took part in the school production of ‘Baubles’. There has been lots of learning too!
The first month of the year!
2024 has got off to a flying start here in Class One. We started our new topic ‘Winter’ and have been learning all about cold places and how people and animals adapt to survive. One of our favourite Science experiments was using an ice-bucket activity to find out about how polar bears keep warm with their layer of blubber!
We’ve been back out on our decking painting with ice and creating all sorts of weird and wonderful meals in the mud kitchen. In Maths, we have been doing working really hard to understand our numbers 1-5. Our counting is getting really accurate now.
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