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Teacher - Miss L Green

Teaching assistant - Miss D Brookhouse

John O Groats to Lands End Fundraiser to improve our outdoor area

We would like to raise money for developing our outside areas at school and are planning a walking challenge for everyone. The challenge is to collaboratively travel the distance between Lands Ends and John o’ Groats which is a total of 874 miles. We would like to complete this challenge within a period of six weeks. Our target is to raise £1,000.

So how will this work?

Children, parents and staff will be invited to walk, run, cycle etc as far and as frequently as they can, sending their total  miles for each week in to school. This will enable us to track our journey and show how far we have ‘travelled’ on our map of the UK. To get there in the allocated time we would collectively need to clock up a staggering 147 miles each week!

The challenge will begin tomorrow, Saturday 13th February and finish on Friday 26th March.

Please could you update us weekly via our fundraising email: fundraising@latchfordstjames.co.uk with the total miles you and your child have walked/cycled/run that week. We will announce the total mileage each Friday.

We encourage you to share via Class Dojo any photographs of your child/children completing their activities. There will be certificates for incentives that will run alongside this challenge and we will inform you of these on a weekly basis.

For the half term week perhaps the children could dress up as their favourite character or take a selfie on their walk? Photos will be shared on the website. As we track our ‘journey’, we will update you on famous places and landmarks we may pass.

Anyone who would like to participate, please make donations to our ‘Go Fund Me’ page. A link will be shared on our school website, our Facebook page and Class Dojo.



The importance of Outdoor Learning in EYFS

• Learning outside the classroom supports the development of healthy and active lifestyles by offering children opportunities for physical activity, freedom and movement, and promoting a sense of well-being. • Learning outside the classroom gives children contact with the natural world and offers them experiences that are unique to outdoors, such as direct contact with the weather and the seasons.

• Playing and learning outside also helps children to understand and respect nature, the environment and the interdependence of humans, animals, plants, and lifecycles.

• Outdoor play also supports children’s problem-solving skills and nurtures their creativity, as well as providing rich opportunities for their developing imagination, inventiveness and resourcefulness

. • Children need an outdoor environment that can provide them with space, both upwards and outwards, and places to explore, experiment, discover, be active and healthy, and to develop their physical capabilities.

• The outdoor environment offers space and therefore is particularly important to those children who learn best through active movement. Very young children learn predominately through their sensory and physical experiences which supports brain development and the creation of neural networks.

• For many children, playing outdoors at their early years setting may be the only opportunity they have to play safely and freely while they learn to assess risk and develop the skills to manage new situations

Chinese New Year

The children in Nursery have enjoyed learning all about Chinese New Year and exploring other cultures.

Here are some of the things we have discovered:

Red is a very popular colour, as it is thought to be lucky!

•People stay up until midnight setting off fireworks to celebrate.

•Children wake up to find red envelopes filled with money and sweets under their pillow.

•Some people in China speak a different language which is known as Mandarin.

•Chinese letters and numbers look very different to English letters an numbers! We have had a go at writing some of these.

Xin Nian Kuai Le

We have been reading the story "Dragons in the city". The story taught us some great things all about Chinese New Year. We learnt how to say 'Happy New Year' in Chinese "Xin Nian Kuai Le".

We discovered that people in China celebrate by going to festivals. In the story Bo and Evie are really excited to see the dragon dance 'the best part of the festival'. The Dragon is a huge puppet on sticks and it makes its way through the street. We then looked on youtube to see if we could find any videos of this celebration. The children loved watching the dragon moving around. We all stood up and pretended to move around the classroom like a dragon puppet!


A Taste of China

Nursery celebrated Chinese New Year with a Chinese Banquet. The Children explored new foods and had a go at using chopsticks to eat their noodles! We all agreed that Chinese food is yummy!









Chinese New Year

superheroes 2021

The children in Nursery have enjoyed focussing their learning around our topic of 'Superheroes' this term. Children at home and in class have been reading suphero stories, making superhero masks and pretending to be superheroes! We had a talk about real life superhereos that help us everyday. The children decided that Firefighters, Doctors & Nurses, Police, Teachers and Vets were all real life superheroes because they help people all the time.

remote learning

Welcome back newsletter Autumn 2020

MacMillan Fundraiser – FRIDAY 25 SEPTEMBER 2020

Don’t forget it’s non-uniform day this Friday 25th September, to raise money for MacMillan Cancer Support! Please bring a £1 donation to school on Friday and hand it to a member of staff in your child’s pod at the gate. Many thanks for your support.


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