Welcome to Explorers Class

Children start their learning journey at Sleights in Explorers Class. The setting is led by Mrs Marsay, who is supported by Mrs Bland and Miss Idle. Explorers children enjoy activities that stimulate and engage children’s interests and lead to spontaneous play.

Practitioners know the children and their strengths and areas for development. It is this excellent knowledge that enables children to establish excellent foundations for their time at Sleights.

Explorers Class is open from 8.50am to 3.00pm Monday to Friday during term time. We are very flexible at accommodating sessions to suit all families. This can include mornings, afternoons, or all day. Lunch is also offered for children.

The term after their 3rd birthday, all children become eligible for government funding, this allows them to access 15 hours free childcare a week, or 30 hours for qualifying working families.  It is possible to share funding between two different childcare settings and if you would like to do so please inform a member of staff.

Wherever possible, we are happy to admit children after their 3rd birthday prior to the funding commencing. However, this is dependent on the availability of spaces at the time.

Clothes

We hope that children in Explorers Class will enjoy a variety of play – some of it messy! With this in mind, we ask families to consider the clothes that children in Explorers wear during sessions.

We have recently begun wearing slippers in our Explorers class in order to encourage a calmer learning environment and increased behaviour for learning. This is having a positive impact on children’s learning.

Snack

Children in Explorers enjoy a range of health snacks, ranging from fruit/vegetables, pasta/rice dishes, sandwiches/ toast, yoghurts/cheese and crackers.  We ask for a contribution of 30p per session towards your child’s snack.

Key Worker

Each child in Explorers is allocated a key worker. The aim of this role is to oversee your child’s learning and development journey throughout their time in Explorers. This key worker will share key learning activities with children and report strengths and target areas to parents and families.

Thursday’s Learning Suggestion – Plastic Bottle Bird Feeder

Good Morning everybody,
 
The beautiful sunshine has been smiling at us this week, and after spending lots of time outdoors, I thought you might like to create a bird feeder. This will give you something wonderful to watch, as you look out of your window, or eat your lunch in the garden.
 
This bird feeder is very simple to create, and requires few materials. It also allows us to do some recycling: using any plastic bottles that are around the home. 
 
 
Here is the link to the video, which explains how to make the feeder, and exactly what you need. 
 
I have also included a written document, as you may find this easier to follow. 
 
 
Send us pictures of your bird feeders, and see if you can capture any birds in action. 
 
Have a wonderful day,
 
See you at story time 😄 
 
Mrs Taylor 

Wednesday 8th April – Teddy Bear’s Picnic

Good morning everyone.

The sun is shining again – what a beautiful day!

What a perfect day to have a Teddy Bear’s Picnic. Take your favourite toys out into the fresh air, put down a blanket and share some snacks. You could even have a go making a Teddy Bear Sandwich (See Tapestry for more details).

While your outside, look around, what do you see? What is the weather doing today? Are there many clouds today?

Maybe, take some paper and colouring pencils outside and draw things you see, the sky, some flowers, trees or birds.

Sing the Teddy Bear’s Picnic Song while you’re enjoying the sunshine! – see link. Be warned once you start singing it, you cant stop!

https://youtu.be/D4HrxzG1WDM

Have fun and don’t forget to send us your videos, pictures and messages on Tapestry  and let us know whatever it is you’re doing today!

Look out for tonight’s story on Tapestry – 6pm don’t be late!

Keep smiling – Team Sleights

Good Morning 26th March 2020

Good Morning to you all. I hope that you enjoyed our stories yesterday. A new story will be on later today.

The sun is shining so I am sure that you will all want to take the opportunity to be outside looking for signs of spring and taking care of the worms. 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pG9mcUiwXY&t=74s 

Here is a link to one of our favourite songs if you would like a little reminder. It is Micheal Rosen singing,” Threw It Out The Window…” Sing while you are digging.

 

http://www.treetoolsforschools.org.uk/activities/pdfs/pdf_spring_spotter_sheet.pdf

This link will take you to a guide to help you identify signs of spring.

 

If you are spending time inside today you could have a look around your house to find any clocks. I had fun yesterday taking pictures of all of mine. You can send me pictures on Tapestry.

Have a play around with some fun online timers and let me know what you can do in 1 minute.

https://www.online-stopwatch.com/classroom-timers/

Have fun and stay safe.

Happy Learning

Mrs Hann

Daily Update 25th March 2020

Good Morning Happy People and thank you for all of your fantastic photographs. It is wonderful to see you all. The sun is shining again so its another wonderful day to get outside and play.

https://abcdoes.com/home-learning/

At this page,you will find a beautiful range of great things to try out from painting with flowers to making a band from your kitchen equipment. This is fun for all the family.

If you are on Facebook,search for Maria’s Mini Movers. Maria is an ex-pupil from Sleights C of E School and is now a Professional dancer. She is doing a free dance lesson three times a week and the video will remain on her page.

https://www.facebook.com/mariasminimovers/

I will have Tapestry open all day so semd me a message and let me know if I can help.

Mrs Brown’s story was an epic last night so look out for another today.

Happy Learning

Mrs Hann

March 24th 2020 A Good Day To Dig For Worms

Good Morning Pioneers and Explorers,

I think it would be a good day today to dig for worms. Worms are fascinating and digging for worms is always a popular  Pioneer passtime.  I have posted a link to help you identify the different parts of a worm and the different types of worm. If you find any good ones please send me some pictures on Tapestry. 

https://www.opalexplorenature.org/sites/default/files/7/file/soil-survey-field-guide-2014.pdf

With new updates from the government it is essential that we all stay home to stay safe. 

The chest at the front of school will continue to be filled and is a wonderful resource for us.

Happy Learning

Team Sleights

Goodbye, Mrs Vicar!

On 23rd September, the whole school gathered in St. John’s Church to say goodbye to Mrs Vicar (Reverend Veronica Carolan). Reverend Veronica begins her retirement after many years of faithful service and the school was so pleased to be able to mark this special occasion. The school shared songs, poems, readings and their heartfelt thoughts on Mrs Vicar. See the gallery for a snapshot of the service.