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Kidgate Primary Academy

‘Shaping Lives, Building Futures’

‘Shaping Lives, Building Futures’


Welcome to Reception...

We are the youngest children at Kidgate and we all work together in Foundation Stage with

Mrs Maltman, Miss Skipworth, Miss Hallion, Miss Mee and Mrs Hollidge.


Keep visiting this page to see how we learn and the exciting new things we will be discovering!


Followed by a delicious treat from the ice cream van... thank you HSA!

The children went up to the top playground to chalk the size of a real Lions Mane Jellyfish! Each child chalked a tentacle.... 30 metres long. We also chalked a blue whale which is 25 metres long. We could not believe the size of them!

EYFS had a visit from Barmpot Theatre Company, who performed an outdoor puppet show, called Nature Elly. The children were fascinated by the puppets and all of the different animal characters in the story.

We have very much enjoyed the story of Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister. A letter arrived at Kidgate, from the Rainbow Fish, asking us how he can be a good friend. The children had lots of ideas about sharing, helping each other and being kind. 

We have launched our 'Commotion in the Ocean' project with the opening of our Seaside Cafe. The children made some delicious 'sponge cakes' and other inedible delights. They helped to create the menus and decided how many customers were allowed in at once. It has promoted lots of imaginative play and is the perfect place to enjoy the sunshine!

We have been exploring odd and even numbers in maths this week.

EYFS Summer Term 2 Newsletter - Commotion in the Ocean

This week our core text is the traditional tale 'Jack and the Beanstalk'. The children have planted their own beans and look forward to measuring their beanstalks as they grow. We have also used 'magic beans' for lots of fine motor and number exploration in the classroom. The children had a wonderful time cooking some delicious snacks in the 'Giant's Kitchen' in our outdoor area!

We have been busy planting today. We can't wait to watch our vegetables and flowers start to grow....

This week our core text is 'What the Ladybird Heard' by Julia Donaldson. We have been thinking about the rhyming words in the story, and about the role of the different characters. The children have noticed some chalk and Lego bricks missing from our classroom and think it may be Lanky Len and Hefty Hugh (from our story) that has taken them! They have been busy writing to the ladybird to ask for help, and making Wanted posters for our classroom!

A special delivery in EYFS... our caterpillars have arrived. We can't wait to watch them grow, make their cocoons and turn into butterflies. We will then release them into our school garden!

This week our core text is The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. We can re-tell the story with our friends and we have even made our own versions of the story; 'The Very Hungry Snail', 'The Very Hungry Bee' and 'The Very Hungry Worm'.


We have been learning about the life cycle of a butterfly.


We made delicious fruit caterpillars for our snack and sorted food into 'healthy' and 'unhealthy' groups.

This week our core text is 'The Very Greedy Bee' by Steve Smallman. The children are bursting with fascinating facts about bees and have loved creating their own beehives in the construction area. We have also made peg bees, created tissue paper flowers for them to collect nectar from and tasted honey in honey sandwiches. The children can explain the importance of bees and how we can help look after them. We have been busy bees this week....

One of the children in our class rescued a bee at home, who was struggling to fly in her garden. She fed the bee some sugar water and we are told it slurped it up and flew away. Well done!

Lots of the children have been continuing their 'In the Garden' learning at home this weekend....

This week we have introduced our new project In the Garden. The children discussed what they already know about flowers, plants and minibeasts and what they might like to find out.


We can name the parts of a flower and we know that plants need sun and water to grow.


We have been getting our outdoor area ready for planting lots of bee and butterfly friendly flowers, fruits and vegetables!


We can't wait to keep investigating and exploring in the garden....

Our core text for week 1 is Eddie's Garden and How to make Things Grow by Sarah Garland.

EYFS Newsletter Summer Term 1 - In The Garden

This week we have been talking about why some people choose to celebrate Easter. We learnt how some people eat Hot Cross Buns, traditionally on Good Friday, which have a cross on the top. We talked about what this represents and we tried our own Hot Cross Buns at snack time. We have also had some exciting arrivals at school... two of our eggs have hatched! 
We have been exploring patterns in mathematics this week. The children have been creating their own patterns in lots of different ways; including with vegetables at home!
As part of our 'Down on the Farm' project we have been looking at the life cycle of a chicken. We had a special delivery this week of an incubator with 7 eggs inside. We are carefully observing and looking after the eggs, until the eggs hatch at 21 days. We can't wait to meet the chicks! This week we have designed and constructed chicken coops and made eggs and chicks from playdough.
We have been exploring signs of Spring this week. The children used oil pastels to do observational drawings of Daffodils.
For British Science Week, we have enjoyed exploring and investigating in different ways. We talked about how soap is used to fight germs on our hands and investigated this using milk, food colouring and washing up liquid. We also investigated floating and sinking. We chose objects, talked about the material they are made from and predicted whether they would float or sink. We then tested them out in the water tray. We had lots of fun!
In mathematics, we have been talking about the properties of 3D and 2D shapes. We printed using the 3D shapes and found that the faces of the shapes made 2D shapes. We had lots of discussions about edges, sides, corners and faces. Fantastic exploring!
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In their home learning this week, the children have made their own 'A Squash and a Squeeze houses' and hunted around their homes for food that contains wheat grown on a farm. They have also been designing their own book covers as we are celebrating World Book Day this week.
Our EYFS children enjoyed World Book Day 2021!
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Some more fantastic home learning from this week...
As part of our 'Down on the Farm' project, we made butter in the Pumpkin Pantry with Miss Mee. We used cream, a marble and a container with a lid and we had to shake, shake, shake the container! We watched as it turned from a liquid to a solid. We then enjoyed it on some bread for snack... yum yum!
EYFS Newsletter Spring Term 2
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We have loved learning about owls this week! 'Owl Babies' by Martin Waddell is our core text. Look how busy we have been...
On the 12th February we talked about how and why some people in our country, and around the world, choose to celebrate Chinese New Year. We had a great time at school and at home.
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We did a Big Bird Watch at school. We saw lots of birds, but they were all quite far away. After a good discussion, we decided that birds would come closer to our playground if there was some food for them. Some of the children then made designs of bird feeders and where they could go on our playground. We can't wait to get started with our plans...
Home learning this week: It's not a stick it's a.....
Using the part-whole model to explore addition at home...
Some children have created their own Stickman!
Helping our insect friends....
Making numbers with sticks....
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We have been very busy at home this week...
And at school too...
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Some fantastic examples of this week's learning:

We made some open sandwiches in the Pumpkin Pantry with Miss Mee. They are in the design of nocturnal animals. Yum yum....

We have produced some large-scale art work in the style of Vincent Van Gogh. We were inspired by his painting ‘Starry Night’.

Some more wonderful home learning...

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Some wonderful examples of this week's learning....

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Some of our fantastic learning from this week....

Useful resources for home learning:
Some extra challenges to do at home:

Can you keep a daily diary?

Can you work with a grown up to make a cake or biscuit? 

Can you complete a jigsaw?

How many different numbers can you spot around the house?

How many different 2D and 3D shapes can you spot around the house?

Can you practise correct letter formation?  (see Read, Write, Inc sound mats above)

Can you practise correct numeral formation? (See number formation rhymes above)

Have you got any playdough? Youtube ‘dough disco’

Can you share a picture book?

Can you play a game on Phonics Play?

Can you hold a sentence or spell a word from your Read, Write, Inc ebook?

How many red words can you spell correctly?

Can you play a maths game?

Can you learn all of your set 2  sounds?

Can you spot the sounds in your ebook?

Can you play a board game?

Can you draw a picture and write about it?

Can you colour a picture?

How many times can you write your full name with all of the letters spelt correctly?

Can you spot signs of winter and changes in the weather each day?

Can you continue a rhyming string? 

Mathematics in the Early Years at Kidgate

Throughout the month of December, Kidgate EYFS will be doing the Advent Acts of Kindness. Our first day meant preparing a treat for the wildlife. We can't wait to find out how else we will spread kindness this month!

Our amazing artwork in the style of the sculptor, Andy Goldsworthy! We are very proud of our masterpieces...

We Will Remember Them, Kidgate EYFS, 2020. The children have worked so hard making poppies by jump printing, scissor skills, loose parts and baking poppy biscuits!

We have been learning about why some people choose to remember on November 5th. We made some fantastic loose parts fireworks and some delicious apple pops! As we have been talking about all things orange (bonfires and pumpkins) we decided to do some colour mixing to make the colour orange. So much fun!

Autumn 2 Newsletter - Whizz, Bang, Sparkle!

Whizz, Bang, Sparkle! Topic Web

We have been busy learning all about why some people choose to remember on November 5th. This week we have created some fantastic 'Whizz, Bang, Sparkle' firework displays using loose parts!

Colour mixing fun! As we have been talking this week about all things orange, including pumpkins and bonfires, we thought we would explore and investigate how to make the colour orange ourselves!

October Half Term home learning fun...

EYFS Harvest Week 2020

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'Posh Pumpkin' inspiration ready for our Pumpkin Parade next term! We can't wait to see your creations.....

One of the core texts we have enjoyed this term has been 'The Scarecrow's Wedding' by Julia Donaldson. We have been busy re-telling the story and crafting our own scarecrows using different materials!

We love to keep active in our outdoor area. Look at all the fun we have climbing, balancing, exploring, tipping, pouring and planting!

As part of our 'Marvellous Me' project we looked at our features and what make us unique. We all enjoyed painting some fabulous self portraits, which we have displayed on our 'We Belong' wall in the classroom.


Here is a link to a page with helpful videos to support your child’s learning. It contains a video to help with the pronunciation of the pure sounds, top tips video and how to blend. We hope you find them helpful.


Small Talk Website

The site is designed to help you develop the confidence and skills you need to boost your child’s language skills at home.




Here are some helpful videos to support your child on their maths journey.


Here is a website with many games to support your child’s learning


More maths videos to support counting