Hartlebury Church of England (Voluntary Controlled) Primary School

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Early Years had a FABULOUS time during World Book Day reading lots of Stories and making up their own. They even performed the story of ‘Little Rabbit Foo Foo’ to the whole school during assembly which was the story that all the Early Years Adults came dressed as. We all think they look AMAZING!


The children in Pre-School and Reception had a really fantastic day finding out all about how Hindus and Sikhs celebrate Diwali. Everybody dressed in bright colours and took part in lots of Diwali activities including making Rangoli patterns, making Diva lamps, doing some traditional dancing, talking about Diwali photographs, drawing our own Mendhi patterns and retelling the story of the first Diwali. We were also able to try some traditional Diwali sweets donated by one of our lovely families. What a special day!

Please look at all our fabulous Diwali pictures in our Gallery.

Happy Birthday Grace

This week Early Years have been learning all about “Birthdays” as part of our “Let’s Celebrate” topic. On Friday, we had a birthday party for our class RE bear Grace, who turned 4. We sang songs, gave her presents, made her cards, played party games and even had some cakes and jelly! The children worked so hard all week to plan the party and we had all had such a lovely time! There were lots of opportunities for reading, writing, counting, talking and working as a team. We learnt that it is not just about winning when we play games and we all supported our friends who won prizes in Pass the Parcel, Musical Statues and Pass the Balloon.

Well done Early Years and Happy Birthday Grace!

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Early Years

The Early Years adults have been at it again! On Monday they all dressed up as different Nursery Rhyme characters – Incy Wincy Spider, Twinkle, Twinkle, The Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, Baa Baa Black Sheep, Jill (from Jack and Jill).

This week is World Nursery Rhyme Week and Early Years will be focusing on Nursery Rhymes – singing, acting, drawing, building, writing, counting and so much more! Nursery Rhymes are so important for children’s development! So get singing!

Celebrating Sinterklaas!

Early Years have been having such fun finding out all about how people in The Netherlands celebrate Christmas! Miss Bagnall has Dutch family and was able to tell the children all about what her family do during the festive season.

We learnt all about St.Nikolas and his white horse Amerigo who visits the children on the 6th December. We were very surprised when we found out that children put their shoes under the tree, instead of stockings!

We left our shoes under the class tree and St.Nikolas paid us a visit and brought us some chocolate lollies. As part of our celebrations we also listened to some Dutch poetry, tried on some clogs, had a look at a Dutch flag and tasted some traditional Dutch biscuits. It is traditional in The Netherlands to receive your initials made from chocolate as a gift for Sinterklaas so we had a go at piping our own letters. It was really tricky!

We were then really lucky to have a very special visitor come to our class. One of our children has a Dutch uncle who had come to visit for Christmas. Richard came and spoke to all of the children in Early Years and answered their questions about life in the Netherlands. We found out about Dutch houses, food, weather and celebrations. We even learnt a little bit of the Dutch language. Thank you Richard!

Please look at all our fabulous Sinterklaas photos in our Gallery.


Bedtime Stories

On Tuesday 5th February Pre-School and Reception had a really magical evening of Bedtime Stories and Nursery Rhymes. All of the children and their families were invited back to school for a very cosy evening.

The grown-ups worked really hard to make the classroom all cosy with fairy lights, lamps, blankets and cushions and the children had spent the day making Winter biscuits to share with their families.

We had well over 50 people come, which was amazing!

To begin with the children stayed with Mrs Hackett, Mrs Tristram, Mrs Leavesley, Miss Harris and Miss Price for some stories and nursery rhymes, whilst the grown-ups went with Miss Bagnall for an information session all about the importance of reading bedtime stories, how to establish a good sleep routine and how to support their children’s developing Literacy skills.

After this, everybody came together to listen to one of Miss Bagnall’s stories “Giraffes Can’t Dance” (she even came in her giraffe onesie!). Finally, everyone had fruit, biscuits, hot chocolate and squash and shared our class books together on the carpet.

It was so lovely to see so many families attending and to share such a special evening with our families, enjoying stories and making memories together.

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Chinese New Year 2019

The children in Early Years have had so much fun celebrating Chinese New Year this week. Our story of the week was Dragons in the City and we have found out so much about the special festival. During the week we have been:

– writing our names in Chinese

– making dragon masks

– using our phonics skills to write all of the animals from the Chinese New Year story

– using our cutting skills to make Chinese lanterns

– developing our finger strength when using chopsticks and pouring rice

– using adjectives to describe Chinese dragons

– watching clips about how people celebrate Chinese New Year

– putting gold coins in red envelopes to wish each other good fortune

-writing wishes for our Chinese wishing tree

– working as a team and following instructions to build a paper chain dragon

– building our own Chinese temples in the Construction Area

and so much more!

On Friday, we had a whole day of Chinese celebrations including a yoga lesson, building a giant dragon puppet and doing some Chinese dancing with instruments and music, listening to Chinese singing and even trying some Chinese food. We were all brave and tried something new including vegetable spring rolls, noodles and sweet and sour sauce. It has been lovely to see the children so engaged, asking so many sensible questions and showing so much respect to people who celebrate different festivals to them. Well done Pre-School and Reception and Kung Hei Fat Choi!

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All About Maths in the Early Years – Parent Workshop

A huge thank you to all the parents who were able to attend our “All About Maths in the Early Years Parent Workshop” after school on Monday 4th March. We had a really busy session finding out all about how the Early Years curriculum is structured; how we teach Mathematics; the vocabulary we use in school; the activities children engage with and how Mathematical learning can be supported and extended at home. We had lots of our lovely resources out to explore and the grown-ups had a great time playing some of our class games together. Some of them even made the grown-ups think!

These sessions are designed based on what you, as parents, say that you would like information or guidance on so it is great to have your support so that we can work together to best support your children’s learning.

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Sensational Story Stones!

In Early Years, stories and story-telling are at the very heart of what we do. At the start of the year Miss Bagnall made some story stones for the class using pictures and PVA glue. However, they had been used SOOOOO regularly that they were all beginning to fall apart so the grown-ups decided to set our fabulously creative families the challenge to make us some new story stones at home using paint instead.

Look at the truly fantastic stones that have been created! We received such a range of pictures and ideas that we cannot wait to get story-telling.

What creative families we have in Early Years! Thank you so much for your effort and support.

Traditional Tales Day

On the 11th April, Early Years had a “Traditional Tales” day to end their Traditional Tales topic, which the children have enjoyed so much. On the day, we all came into school dressed as our favourite character from a traditional tale, and there were some very impressive and creative costumes!
During the day, we engaged in lots of traditional tales activities including storytelling, traditional tale role play, messy play, building houses for the three pigs (with real sticks, straw and bricks), engaging with our story boxes, putting on puppet shows, making chocolate nests for the golden goose and so much more. At 2 o’clock, we all went to the hall and put on a traditional tales show for our families and friends. We sang songs and performed our very own traditional tale “Goldilocks and the 3 Penguins, which the children wrote themselves. After our performance, we had a really lovely afternoon in the classroom with our families, sharing our traditional tales books and having some mindfulness time to sit and colour pictures of traditional tales characters. Colouring is such an important activity for young children as it develops hand strength, pencil grip, pencil control, patience, resilience, understanding of colour, vocabulary and knowledge of the world and so much more. It is also a great way to encourage children to take some calm time to stop and be more relaxed and still (away from the bright colours and immediate feedback given by tablets, games consoles and iPads) and is a lovely time for families to spend together, relaxing, talking, discussing and developing children’s vocabulary and social skills. Miss Bagnall can bang on for hours about the benefits of colouring and it was great to see children, and parents, so engaged with such a simple but important activity, with some truly beautiful pictures being created! Thank you to everybody who came and supported the day.

St. Niklaus Day

On the 5th and 6th of December, Early Years celebrated St. Niklaus Day. Miss Bagnall has Dutch family and one of the children from our class is from another country where they celebrate the same festival!

We found out all about the traditions of St. Niklaus across Europe and Miss Bagnall brought in some special things to talk about how she celebrates with her family, including a Dutch flag, some clogs and a very special Dutch embroidery that belongs to her Mum. We also tried some Dutch biscuits and listened to some Dutch music.

We all shined and cleaned our shoes before putting them on the windowsill like the child in our class who celebrates the festival does and we left them overnight. Guess what… St. Niklaus came and he brought us each a special festive treat.

This was a lovely thing to share together and really helped our children to understand how big the world is, how different people live in different ways and how important it is to be tolerant.


Early Years Bedtime Stories

The children in Pre-School and Reception had such a special evening at their Bedtime Stories Session in January. The children were invited back to school on the evening of Friday 10th January 2020 in their pyjamas for an evening of songs, stories and hot chocolate.

As part of the evening, Miss Bagnall led an information session with parents about the importance of Bedtime Stories and how to support children as readers and storytellers before we all sat down to enjoy a story together. We read Mr Gumpy’s Outing and had lots of fun guessing what each animal on the boat might be!

Look at how cosy our classroom was!