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Spring 2

Welcome back! We hope you had a really lovely half term and are getting excited about our new Spring term.  As always, we are really impressed with how the children have come back to school safely, respectfully and ready to learn!

This term we are starting our new topic with a ‘sparkly starter’ which will take place in the reception classrooms on Tuesday 26th February at 2:15pm.  The children will be exploring how things grow in time for our new season, perfect for sowing and growing plants. We will look at different texts such as ‘Jasper’s beanstalk’ and ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ where the children will use their phonic knowledge to retell stories alongside writing up instructional texts on how to grow plants.  This term we will move onto Phase 4 of our phonics programme. The children will also use their mathematical knowledge to measure, count, compare and estimate in this area of learning. We hope to use the outdoor areas as much as possible not only to grow things but to observe nature using our creative and artistic abilities by creating wonderful pieces of art. We also have a full repertoire of Spring songs to teach the children this term so get ready for more singing! We will then see where the children will lead us! We are all very excited to see what we will discover next.


Happy New Year! We hope you had a fantastic Christmas break and great start to 2019. We are really impressed with how the children have come back to school safely, respectfully and ready to learn!

We have begun this term with a ‘healthy me’ theme as a lot of children were showing an interest in different types of food before we finished last term. We plan to explore different foods through cooking, baking and food tasting. We will look at our bodies, such as our teeth to understand how important it is to eat healthy. Bournemouth AFC will visit our school to discuss ‘the eatwell plate’.  We will learn about our breathing and our hearts during P.E. lessons to create an understanding of the importance of exercise. The children will create art pieces based on artists such as Giuseppe Arcimboldo and Caravaggio using oil pastels. And of course we will learn a few songs about healthy eating and different types food. We will then see where the children will lead us! We are all very excited to see what we will discover next.


Welcome back!!

We hope you all had a lovely autumnal half term.


So far this term we have been thinking and exploring the world around us by looking at people and communities. Firstly, we celebrated harvest by learning about how food grows, how it is harvested and how food keeps us healthy . We also thought about how could we share food with others by creating a shopping list and making a vegetable soup, we also considered food safety.  Then we celebrated Diwali where each day there was a rotation of exciting and creative activities, the children created rangoli and Mehndi patterns, diva lanterns and some lovely coconut treats, alongside learning a Diwali song and  dance. In the weeks ahead we will be preparing for our annual nativity play ‘A Wriggly Nativity’. The children are already enjoying practising the songs. We will be in touch shortly regarding costumes, character and ticket ordering.                                                                                               


Welcome to Early Years!

“Every child is like a Jewel – individual and precious.”

Welcome to Reception! We are so very proud of how well all of our little Jewells have settled into their classes. We have ALREADY explored ALL of the Early Years areas and visited some places around the school. The children have started to follow some our daily routines and we are sure they will continue to learn about ‘Jewell life’ day by day.


Next week we will begin our topic ‘Jewell Rocks’, which will give a sense of ‘Belonging’ and lead into a series of mini topics based on their interests. Through Jewell Rocks we hope to find out more about the children’s interests to inspire learning through ‘Fun and Exciting’ topics.



Early Years Foundation Stage at Jewell:

Our Foundation Stage puts every child’s interests and achievements at the centre of everything we do. By observing our children, we find out what they know and where they need further support. We feel, along with the ethos of the Early Years Foundation Stage, that each child is unique, that their own opinion on their education and achievements is valid and that their individual likes, dislikes and needs must be of the upper most importance at all times. Observing children through their play and interactions helps us to plan and provide for real and relevant experiences to help extend and move every individual forward in their own learning journey.

Our Foundation Stage consists of a Preschool, known as Jellyfish class and two Reception classes: Turtle Class and Sharks Class.

Information about what the children are doing in their classes can be found by clicking on the year group pages. All children who enter the school in the Pre- School or Reception are part of the Early Years Foundation Stage.

The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum has seven areas of learning. These are:

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Routines, Breakfast and After school clubs:

Our Preschool doors are open from 8.45AM until 2.45PM. Currently you can only use your 15 free hours of Early Education funding. Places are filling fast, so please call us for availability.

If your child attends a full day, you can either bring in a packed lunch for them or pay for hot meals. These will need to be booked in advance with payment to the main office.

Parent Involvement and online Learning Journals:

At Jewell Academy we have a very strong emphasis on Parental Involvement and we ask that our parents take part in observing and planning for their child's activities. We value the support we receive from parents and believe that they can contribute to our children's learning journey. We record daily observations and comments onto Tapestry, an online learning journal unique to your child.  Parents can access their child's journal to view photos, videos and information about what their child has been learning and can add comments and observations themselves. By logging on with a secure username and password you will be able to access your child's journal. Parents are only able to view their own child's journal and all information is stored on a highly secure server, which is monitored closely.

More details of ‘Tapestry’ will follow shortly.


Parent involvement:

Each half term we offer a ‘Fabulous Finish’ celebration for parents to attend. This is an opportunity for parents to celebrate their child’s learning altogether in fun and exciting ways. Parents also have the opportunity to look at their child's ‘Gem book’, the classroom environment and comment on their child’s progress.

During the year we also like to offer informative meetings, workshops and exciting events linked to the children’s topics and learning. The events are aimed to provide you with the relevant information needed to support your child’s learning at home so please look out for further information throughout the year.

Home learning and ‘Bags of Fun’:

We believe that through lots of play experiences shared both at home and at school can give every child the vital skills to communicate effectively. We have created ‘Bags of Fun’ for children and families to explore together. Every other Friday we offer the opportunity for parents and their child to choose a ‘Bag of Fun’ to share and explore together at school before taking home for the week.

The ‘Bags of Fun’ work particularly well in strengthening the relationships between Early Years, our children and our families, they also help to support our children’s social and communicational development. Most importantly they encourage and provide lots of fun and exciting play opportunities for both our parents and children.

More details will follow to inform you of when ‘bags of fun’ begin.