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Laygate Community School

Where Learning Creates Success

Laygate Lane, South Shields, Tyne And Wear NE33 4JJ


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World Book Day 2019!
Today in Reception we have been celebrating World Book Day!
All the children looked brilliant in their costumes!  We have shared stories and have drew self portraits, It has been lots of fun! 
Our Reception children have opened their very own bakery in the role play area, they have bread, cakes, biscuits and more!
They are showing off their literacy skills by writing shopping lists and their maths skills by counting cakes and placing them in size order.

An urban walk

As part of our learning about types of housing we went on an environmental walk to look at different types of houses in our area. We also looked for environmental print and what it meant. 
We found an enormous pile of leaves which we had great fun throwing!

Cafe at the house!

After our urban walk we visited Cafe at the house which is based at Trinity House on Laygate. It is delicious! We took turns to wait on each other with juice and biscuits. We really enjoyed the experience and lots of people commented on our polite manners and exceptional behaviour. Miss Lauder and all of the EYFS staff were really proud of us!
Home collaboration!
Bobby brought an elephant he made at home out of junk with his Dad. I'm sure you'll agree with us it's absolutely amazing. Bobby we are so proud of your hard work!

3D shapes!

We have been learning about the differences between 2D and 3D shapes. We hunted for different shapes in our classroom. By the end of the lesson we could name each shape.
Gruffalo Crumble!
As part of our Julia Donaldson topic we made Gruffalo Crumble from the Julia Donaldson Gruffalo Cookbook. We worked in small groups to make different elements of the crumble. We then put it altogether and Lorraine our School Cook kindly baked it for us. We then designed our own packaging for the crumble lid and we shared out the crumble. We all took some home to share with our families. 
We have loved learning a new song by 'singing hands' called '5 little firemen'. We have loved this. South Shields Fire Brigade came to visit us. We used the hose and tried on different equipment. We even heard the sirens. It was great fun! Here's a link to the song on Youtube:
We have been learning about Autumn and Autumnal changes. We've had great fun making apple prints!
Colours in Nature
We worked with the RSPB to look at colours in Autumn. We had a colour chart and we had to find items which matched the palette in our nature area. We worked really carefully and concentrated well to look for each colour. Everybody had fun!


Our Reception children were future stars in the making with their performance of Happy Birthday Jesus. There were lots of happy tears and that was just from the staff!​

Supertato Topic

As part of our supertato topic some of us designed our own superhero fruits and vegetables. We all promised to eat our vegetables so that we can be super strong too!

Children in Need Day

We enjoyed children in need day with some fizzy explosions and paint investigations.  We had lots of fun.

Spooky investigations

We discovered spooky slime and potion brains outside! We have been investigating how far we could stretch the slime, some of us could stretch it longer than the table!!   We also used the potion brains to make number potions. We counted different objects into the glasses and matched the numbers. It was great fun!
Little Dribblers
Over Autumn term we are working with SAFC to complete 'Little Dribblers'. This helps us wtith our speaking and listening skills, as well as our confidence and Physical Development. All of the sessions are linked to stories or films and we love it!
Still Life
As part of our harvest topic we have looked at the Art form of 'Still Life'. We have been using a range of media to try and create still life drawings of Autumnal objects.

We have been studying pumpkin soup as one of our Harvest Texts. We have been looking at the vocabulary in the book used instead of 'cutting' the pumpkin. We have tried slicing pumpkins. We all agreed the Cat has a very difficult job!​

We have been looking at Elmer the Elephant as our introductory topic!   We have even painted a giant elmer!


Mr Koomson our Caretaker worked with us for the afternoon where we planted, peas, potatoes, sunflowers, poppies and lobelia.

We worked in teams and shared the jobs independently so that everybody had a turn!..... Using the outdoor tap to fill the watering cans was very popular!

Over the summer term it will be our responsibility to water the seedlings and plants whilst they are in the green house, then we will
transfer them to our outdoor area where we will continue to look after them!

The children visited Hamsterley Forest to go on a Gruffalo Hunt. We had a fantastic day and we even got to meet the Gruffalo's Child and the Stickman. We also had a picnic in the middle of the forest!

After our trip to the forest we have been busy designing our own log pile houses for the snake! 

Outdoor Painting

We have been exploring outdoor painting on clear plastic. We've experimented writing numbers, shapes and simple mark making.

We have been playing a relay game with 2D shapes. We had to find a shape by listening to a clue such as "It has 3 sides". We even tried to give clues to each other. When we knew what shape it was we had to carefully balance along the beam.