Meet the classes in Early Years

In Early Years at St Michael's we have our two year old provision called Little Puffins, our Nursery provision who are the Grey Seals and our Reception class who are the Leopard Seals. 
Our Early Years staff are Mrs Amaira who leads our two year old provision and Mrs Mackay, Mrs Angus and Mrs Cass who lead the provision in Nursery and Reception. 
Little Puffins are our two year old children. They attend for morning sessions from 8.30 - 11.30 am. 
Summer Term 1 in Little Puffins
We hope that you are enjoying our daily activities in our Early Years Facebook groupIt would be great if you could like and/or leave a comment on the activity posts if you've taken part, and if you feel comfortable posting photographs we would love to see what our Little Puffins have been enjoying at home too.
If bedtime is tricky in your home, why not try printing these bedtime routine cards to use with your Little Puffin. You could use a small box to post them into once each is complete.
Here are some stories which you may find helpful for a happier bedtime- please do remember to have a look at them first before deciding if they are suited to your child.  
 If your child is showing signs of readiness, you may want to use this time at home to start potty training with your Little Puffin. You might find these resources useful to help you and your child along the way.
Spring 2 Term in Little Puffins
Our Little Puffins are learning about the flowers and wildlife that we notice in Spring. You can listen to the story 'Ten Tiny Tadpoles' by Debbie Tarbett,  by clicking the link below.
In Little Puffins we love to sing 'Five Little Speckled Frogs'. If you have a printer at home you could cut out these frogs to make stick puppets together, or glue them to pebbles to pretend with while you sing.
Grey seals are our Nursery children. We are able to offer morning or afternoon sessions or full day sessions to nursery age children. Our morning sessions are 8.45 am to 11.45 am which includes lunch. Our afternoon sessions are from 12.15 pm to 3.15 pm. 
Mrs Mackay is the Early Years lead and co-ordinates the provision throughout Early Years. She is also Assistant Head. 
Leopard Seals are our Reception class. They attend from 8.45 am to 3.15 pm alongside the rest of our school. 
Spring 2 term. 
Here are some learning ideas that children can do at home should we not be able to enjoy doing them in school together. 
They are things that we would be covering in the weeks leading up to Easter. 
It would be great if you could put some photos of your child onto their School 360 learning journey site doing some of the activities below. 
Let us know what they are enjoying and how they are doing.
10 things to do in Spring!
1. Put on your wellies and jump in some puddles or squelch through the mud. 
2. Make a bird feeder to go in the garden. 
3. Find out what type of birds are at your bird feeder. 
4. Plant some seeds either inside or out and watch them grow. 
5. Choose some vegetables and make some soup. 
6. See if you can make a den in the garden or a bird watching den inside. 
7. Paint some spring flowers. 
8. Go on a Spring walk and see how many animals you can see. 
9. Make your own kite and see if you can fly it. 
10. Use cauliflower or broccoli to print blossom trees. 
This spring term we are going to be learning about the lifecycle of frogs. 
Please read through the powerpoint below. 
Can you make a frog lifecycle? Use the templates below.
Read the story 'Growing Frogs' by Vivian French. 
Can you go on a walk and see if you can find any frogspawn? Where do you think you might find it? 
Write a sentence about your walk and draw a picture. 
See if you can help your child to find any information on a computer, laptop or ipad about frogs. 
Write down an amazing fact that you have found out to bring into school with you. 
Why not try painting a stone to look like a frog? Look online for some great ideas. 
We love to read a book called 'Oi  FROG!' by Kes Grey and Jim Field. 
In the book Frogs sit on logs, goats sit on coats, moles sit on poles...
Can you have a go at rhyming and think of what other animals might sit on? Make a list. 
Can you make your own mini outdoor pond using a tiny foil container? Add some stones or gravel. 
Sing the number song Five Little Speckled Frogs or if you want to make it a bit trickier increase the number of frogs! 
Please read the letter below from kids classroom secrets which details how to access their resources should school have to close. It gives access to some activities and games that children can use but please remember to supervise this access. 
Some more great ideas 
Have a look at these Maths activities. 
Thurs 26th March
Watch the Read Write Inc daily lesson for Set 1 (9.30) and Set 2 (10.00) speed sounds. 
Use your Packs of Speed sounds cards to support. 
or see information below

30 March 20

Dear Parents and Carers,

ReadWriteInc  are now releasing ebooks linked to the colour band that children are reading in their RWinc lessons.

These are available by going onto a site called Oxford Ow

You will need to register but it is free.

Once you have registered,

Go to Top Free Resources. This will take you to RWinc support

Drop down and click on Free e-books

On Browse the Library, click on level and it will take you to the colour to choose for your child.

These are the two groups relevant to children in Reception - 

Mrs Cass: sounds and blending  then ditty books and red

Mrs Grisdale: pink level moving to orange
1st April 20
Why not try these fun Science activities. 
You could also try this senses drawing activity. 
If you want to try some Maths today why not try the Frog one more or one less games. 
Print off and play together. 
Try the White Rose Maths Home learning activities which are for Early Years children. Go to the link below to find them. 
There are two weeks of activities with each week having an activity for each day. 
For Reception children you may want to have a go at the Year 1 activities which are to do with weight. We introduced this a few weeks ago. 
Happy Easter 
During the Easter holidays we have some fun activities and tasks that you can do to keep busy and active. 
Why not practice your counting with an Easter themed counting activity? 
Design your own Easter egg. Let's see how creative you can be! Show us what you have done.  
Or just colour by numbers in these ready made designs by using the colour key at the top of the page. 
Can you fill in the missing numbers in the eggs?
Why not do these Easter themed mindfulness colouring sheets together with someone in your family? Sometimes it's good to work together. 
Welcome back after our Easter holiday
I hope despite these unusual times you all had a good Easter and are ready to start our learning. 
Let's start by reading Supertato by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet. We are going to use this for some of our Maths work. 
Click on the link below if you haven't got the book. 
Then, click on the link to the White Rose Maths site to start our first day's Maths linked to Supertato. Remember it is split into days.  Listen to the introduction with your adult and then complete the task for Day 1. 
Don't forget your Read Write Inc daily phonics sessions every morningand the link above which will help you access some of the reading materials. 
Monday 20th April 2020

Welcome back after our Easter break. Hope you had a lovely one.

Hope you are ready to get back to some learning activities.

See the attached for some daily tasks. Let me know how you get on.

Tuesday 21st April 20 
Here is today's daily task sheet and the sweet shop maths sheet. 
Wednesday 22nd April 
 Welcome to today's daily task sheet.  Hope you enjoy the activities. 

Thursday 23rd April 

Good morning everyone. It is fantastic to see all of you looking well and working hard.

Today is St George's Day so here is the daily task sheet for today with a special dragon activity. Have a great day.

Friday 24th April 2020
Morning everyone.
Did you know that tomorrow It's World Penguin day - 25th April 2020
We have got lots of penguin themed activities for you to do today. We have some use of internet sites so as usual please ensure that access to the internet is supervised.
One of these is to watch the Penguins on Edinburgh Zoo's web cam. It is amazing!
Enjoy your penguin themed day. Check the daily task sheet for ideas. I can't wait to see what you are doing. Have fun.
Why not try these Maths activities.
Or sing this Penguin song and put some actions to it!

Monday 27th April 2020


Good morning everyone. Hope you all had a good weekend and are ready to start our week's learning.

You all worked so hard last week at your daily tasks with fantastic pieces of work. Brilliant job.

See below our Daily Task Sheet for today. We are going to have fun learning about Toys this week. I can't wait to see your work today

Tuesday 28th April 

Good morning everyone. Lovely to see everyone yesterday and the super work you are doing.

Here are our daily tasks for today. Our tasks today don't need any photocopiable sheets just some talking, drawing and writing. I can't wait to see your work.

Wednesday 29th April 
Good morning everyone.

Here is the daily task sheet for today. Lots of toy related activities for us to do and enjoy with a Toy Story theme.

So let's get busy - 'to infinity.....and beyond' as Buzz would say!

Wednesday 30th April 

Good Morning and Happy 100th Birthday Captain Tom.

One of our daily tasks today is celebrating a national Hero.

Hope you have a good day everyone

Friday 1st May 
It's Friday and you have been working hard all week. That goes for adults as well. Thanks for all your hard work. So, grab your teddies. We are going to finish this week with some daily tasks relating to our toy theme. We are having a teddy bears picnic today and playing hide and seek - inside or out!
Enjoy your day and have a lovely weekend everyone. Stay safe and see you all on Monday.
Mental Maths starter activity - Hide and Seek 

Monday 4th May 

Good morning everyone and welcome to the start of our week.

I hope you all had a pleasant weekend and are ready to do some daily tasks.

This week we are going to learn and find out about about where we live.

Wednesday 6th May 

Good morning. Hope you are all well this morning.

Yesterday we found out about the town we live in called Alnwick. Today, we learn about the country we live in called England.

Hope you enjoy looking at some maps today and finding different places.

Don't forget to do your caterpillar Maths too!

Have a good day everyone.