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Moving into Sunshine’s (Foundation Stage Two) is an exciting time for both parents and children. We look forward to working together to ensure that your child has a wonderful learning experience and is able to reach their full potential, children can build on their early years and home experiences through a wide variety of well-planned play activities, both inside and outdoors. Learning opportunities are planned around the children's interests, wants and needs. This allows us to provide individualised learning for each child as a result, children are helped to build the firm foundations ready for the next stage of learning.

If you are interested in joining our Sunshine’s class please select the admissions tab to download an application form, alternatively you may call the Early Years office and speak to one of our staff who will be happy to provide you with more information.

To finish of this half terms Superhero topic we had a Superhero day! All children and adults came dressed as a Superhero. We had lots of Supergirls, Captain Americas, Wonder Women and Spidermen. We started our day with a Superman dance workout to get us all warmed up. All children had a fantastic day and enjoyed completing a number of activities including; a timed obstacle course, making Superhero smoothies and making their own Supertato.

Today Sunshines were lucky enough to take part in a balance bike workshop. We learnt how to use a balance bike safely, manoeuvring in between cones, under apparatus as well as going over ramps. We had races to see who could go the fastest and who could balance with feet of the ground for the furthest distance. All the children loved the workshop, enjoying improving and then showing their balance bike skills.

Sunshines had a brilliant Science Week. We learnt about the journey of germs, how they spread and how far they go when we sneeze! We made posters about when and why we need to wash our hands. We also looked at the journey of a pineapple from farm to shop as well as the jourey from potato to crisp. Following on nicely from our spring topic we read 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' and looked at the journey of a caterpillar to butterfly.

Sunshines have had a busy couple of weeks learning about Spring. We have all enjoyed finding out new and interesting facts about plants and animals. We planted our own seeds and they have started to grow already! The children told the teachers the plants need to be waterered, have sunlight and warm air in order for them to grow. We have also looked at spring time animals and found out information using the internet and non-fiction books. The weather has been particularly kind to us and we have all enjoyed spending time outdoors.

It was Early Years Orchard Week this week. We all enjoyed a trip to the Orchard, we looked for and discussed signs of Spring, as well as completing a variety of activities including; bark rubbings, drawings of what they could see, photographing interesting objects and collecting things. We all had a lovely time.

This week we have been reading the Story Alien Tea on Planet Zum-Zee and have been looking at recipes. All the children visited the cookery room this week and followed a recipe to make a cake like the aliens took to the party in the story. It was lots of fun and we loved decorating the buns with sprinkles!

It was World Book Day today. All of Sunshines came dressed as a book character, as well as bringing along their favourite book. We had lots of Peter Rabbits, Superheroes, Cinderella’s and many more fantastic costumes. The children were lucky enough to have the author Damian Harvey read to them. Each child showed the teachers their favourite book and told them why they liked it. We also shared some of the books the children brought in.

Today was Pancake Day, Sunshines celebrated Shrove Tuesday by learning about why it is celebrated as well as having pancake races. The children had the opportunity to eat a pancake with their choice of topping. Each child wrote what pancake they would like, the overall favourite was definitely chocolate spread! 

Sunshiens were lucky enough to enjoy a special Maths afternoon provided by Subject Revolution. The afternoon activities were set around Prince Lumino who had been left in charge of Mathania. He was too lazy to keep the town tidy, so we had to help him get all the numbers and shapes back in order before the queen returned. We helped him tidy by completing 5 different maths activities including; sorting shapes, matching numbers and counting objects. What an exciting afternoon!

This week we have been learning about Chinese New Year. We tasted Chinese food, including prawn crackers, noodles, egg fried rice, sweet and sour sauce and spring rolls. What a lovely morning we had, the noodles and prawn crackers were our favourites!

Sunshines have looked at and thought about the different technology used to take pictures. The children came up with the ideas of i-pads, phones and cameras. We have been learning how to use and experimenting with digital cameras and i-pads and have enjoyed taking pictures of our experiences in Sunshines. 

Sunshines have been learning about hot and cold environments this half term. We have been thinking about the animals that live in hot and cold climates and found out information about them. We discussed the clothes people would wear in the arctic and what kind of clothes someone would wear in Jamaica. We enjoyed dressing up in clothes for different climates as well as creating animal pictures.

We had a brilliant time at the Sunshines Christmas party with some stunning dance moves! We played lots of games and had some delicious party food. Our party day was finished off with a surprise visit from Santa!

Sunshines had lots of fun dressing up and performing their parts in the Christmas production. We had a brilliant turn out with lots of proud parents. Sunshines enjoyed learning and singing the Christmas songs along with actions. 

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This Christmas Sunshines were lucky enough to have a pantomime company come in to school to perform their version of Aladdin. The children had a fantastic time watching the show and joining in with songs and dances. 

Sunshines enjoyed raising money for BBC Children in Need. We learnt about how the money we raised helps others.

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It is Orchard Week in Sunshines. We visited the orchard and discussed what we could see. We found out that not all trees lose their leaves in Autumn/ Winter and learnt the words evergreen and deciduous. Whilst in the orchard we made journey sticks by adding items we found as we walked around. We all had lots of fun!

This half term Sunshines have been thinking about Autumn. We have read ‘The Prickly Hedgehog’ discussing animals that hibernate. Sunshines also observed the changes happening as we transition from Summer to Autumn, mentioning leaves turning brown and the weather getting cooler.
We have also read the story ‘Pumpkin Soup’ which inspire us to learn about recipes and instructions. We made our own pumpkin soup too!