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Mrs M Needham

Learning Lemurs

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Welcome back Lemurs!

We hope you all had a lovely Christmas!

This term we will be developing our creative area into an ‘Art Studio’. The children have already been having fun this week exploring the area.

















We have introduced a colour mixing table and the children have had fun mixing the powder paints and finding out how to make different colours.  They have also used the paint to paint the models they have created.





This week we have been talking about people who help us at home. The children have told us all about the superheroes that live in their houses and have shared the photographs that have been sent in from home.

We also had a great time making gingerbread biscuits.


We all thought the biscuits were delicious!


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Lemurs at Christmas

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    • December 15, 2017
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This week we have been thinking about giving and receiving gifts. We thought about the gifts the Kings gave to the baby Jesus and wrapped up our own presents.










We have also been investigating ice. The children found that our water tray had frozen and were curious to know how the ice had formed. We found out that when the water is very cold it turns into ice so we made our own ice cubes in the freezer. We also found out that salt makes ice melt quickly but you shouldn’t eat it.







In Miss Waughs assembly we learnt about children who are less fortunate than we are and how we could help them by wearing our Christmas jumpers and donating money to Save the Children. We all looked very smart!

To to end the week we all tucked into a Christmas Dinner and it was delicious!

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The Enormous Turnip

Well done to the Learning Lemurs and the Capitalising Kangaroos on a fantastic performance.  I think everyone who came to see it would agree that the children were brilliant.  Great singing and outstanding acting abilities.  If you haven’t been lucky enough to catch our performance you can do so below and if you just want to watch it again and again you can do that too!  Please leave comments, we would really love your feedback.

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Oh help, oh no, it’s a….

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    • November 1, 2017
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We read the story of The Gruffalo in the forest but the the Gruffalo had disappeared.  We set off to find him and luckily for us we found him just in time to finish our story.




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We’ve got a crowd on the proud cloud!

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    • September 30, 2017
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On the proud cloud this week…


It has been lovely to be able to share the children’s special achievements at school.  A big thank you to all the parents that have sent in a proud cloud slip.  Your children are all sitting on the proud cloud in our cloakroom!


We have been busy inside and outside this week.  On Monday we really enjoyed tasting lots of yummy sweet treats and chocolate, we talked about what the chocolate tasted like and which kind of chocolate was our favorite.  We have also been making some chocolate crispy buns so that we could hold our own ‘Coffee Morning’ in class.  Outside we have been busy painting and building dens for the wet weather.  We have been working well together and listening to instructions.

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Who’s on the proud cloud this week?

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    • September 22, 2017
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This week we had three Lemurs on the ‘proud cloud’ well done to Ted, Sonny and Poppy.




I wonder who will be on the ‘proud cloud’ next week?

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Busy learning lemurs

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    • September 16, 2017
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Another busy week with the learning lemurs.


Please have a look at this website,


matching number to quantity


Please don’t forget to complete the ‘Mystery Reader’ slip and also help us to celebrate your child’s achievements by filling in and returning the ‘proud cloud’ slip.


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Short but sweet first week.

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    • September 8, 2017
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The Learning Lemurs have been so busy.  We have only been back for 3 days but I know that all the children have been busy exploring, discovering, developing friendships and learning about their classroom environment and the adults that are around each day.

Next week we will be introducing ‘dough disco’.  This is a really great way to prepare children for writing, as it helps to develop their fine motor skills and overall hand strength.  Your child will also come home with a reading book and tricky words next week, so please keep looking in their book bags as I am sure they will be very keen to share their learning with you.  The reception children will also have their phonics books to bring home each week.  The book will introduce the sound covered for the week but it will also assist them to write the sounds correctly.  If you have a tablet or and iPad one of the apps that we use in school is called ‘Hairy Letters’  it is really great at helping children to form their letters/sounds correctly.  However there are others available and these are listed below;

Hairy Letters

5 best letter tracing apps

The correct way of writing each letter gives your child a fantastic head start.  If you require any further assistance I am always happy to help.  As we progress with our phonics learning it might be a good idea to have a look at this clip on youtube

Pictured below are a few images from our first week.  We are looking forward to lots more fun and hope to be venturing into the forest each Friday.  It might be a good idea to bring some wellie boots (named please) so that your child’s school shoes don’t get too muddy.

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Fabulous first day back!

It was lovely to welcome everybody this morning.  All the boys and girls looked so smart in their uniforms.  We all enjoyed spending sometime getting to know each other.

I am looking forward to the rest of the week and all the fun that we will have.


See you tomorrow, love from

Mrs Needham



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