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Sparklers - What have we been up to?


We continued our Growing Plants topic by reading ‘The Tiny Seed’ and ‘Sam Plants a Sunflower’.

We planted sunflower seeds, made wooden stick sunflowers and painted sunflower pictures. The children enjoyed exploring our sunflower picture tuff tray- creating images of sunflowers from beans, buttons and gems. We’ve been looking at pictures of sunflowers, talking about the different parts of a plant. The children also enjoyed playing with flowers in our water tray outside and had fun collecting natural objects to create a huge sunflower picture outside. 

Coronation Celebration

Today, we celebrated the Coronation of King Charles III. We invited families in to join in with a picnic and then took part in a school performance by singing “If You’re a King and You Know It’. 

Jack and the Beanstalk 

As part of our Growing Plants topic, Nursery read the story of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. The children really enjoyed this story - drawing and painting beanstalk pictures to go on display. We have planted beans, recreated the giant’s castle and made magic harps with sticks and wool. We have also used masks to role-play the characters from the story. The children have developed many areas of learning during this topic. 




The children in Nursery had lots of fun this Easter. They joined in with whole school Easter activities, made Easter crafts to take home and went on an Easter egg hunt with their friends. We also talked about the importance of The Easter Story- creating handprint cross pictures. 

Forest Schools

Nursery had another wonderful Forest Schools session with Mrs Woodhouse. To begin, we read the story ‘The Princess and The Wizard’ and sang circle time songs. We made a birthday cake for the princess and counted seven candles. We made a magic wand for the fairy, using the leaves to make patterns. We also made a web for the spiders in the story by weaving wool in the trees. The children developed lots of new outdoor skills and listened carefully. 

Adventures Below the Clouds
To finish this half term, Nursery read ‘Sharing a Shell’ and ‘Hooray for Fish’. We’ve enjoyed joining in with lots of different activities linked to these stories. The children explored our beach small world tray, made salt dough shell fossils and painted/decorated shell and fish pictures. The children also made a paper plate fish, sticking on collage pieces independently. 

Forest Schools 

We had so much fun with Mrs Woodhouse during our Forest Schools session. We made a stick family- ordering the five family members by size. We collected ‘treasures’ from the woodland area to create pictures of Stick Man and his family. We made our own paint from strawberries and beetroot. The children had to crush and mash the berries, adding more or less pressure. We then used potatoes to print patterns and brushes to make marks. Finally, we used spinach to create flags, “Hooray For Stick Man.” The children had to pierce and thread the leaves onto the stick. 

Adventures Above the Clouds

We’ve been having so much fun in Nursery!  

The children have read ‘Zoom, Rocket, Zoom’,’How to Catch a Star’ and ‘Aliens in Underpants Save the World’. We’ve enjoyed making name rockets- placing a square on the rocket for each letter. The children have also been creating alien characters with play dough, making rockets in the construction area and baking star biscuits for snack time. The ‘Zoom, Rocket, Zoom’ tuff tray was also a big hit!

World Book Day

The children enjoyed dressing up for World Book Day. The costumes were fantastic! Do you recognise any characters? 

School Family Picnic 

Today, Sparklers joined Class 1 at a family picnic. It was lovely to see all the children together and enjoying their time eating and playing. It was also a fantastic opportunity to allow the parents to look at all the work we have been doing in the outside area too. Thank you to everyone who joined us today. 

Communication and Language/Literacy

We have been doing lots of work based upon 'The Enormous Turnip' and 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' that is helping us develop our Communication and Language and also our Literacy skills.

Expressive Arts and Design

Throughout this term we have improved our expressive arts and design skills through different themes, including; Winter, Bonfire Night and through our Literacy topics.


In Maths we have learning about and improving our skills across a variety of strands in the Framework - these have been linked to other areas, including; PSED, PD and EAD.

Physical Development

Throughout the Autumn term we have strived to improve ALL of our PD competencies and have done it through the other 6 areas of learning as well as through dedicated PD sessions.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

During the first term of the 2022/2023 year we have done lots of work with the children to try to hone their PSED. This has been done through all areas of the EYFS framework and also through specific PSED sessions.

Understanding The World

The UTW area of the Early Years framework encompasses all of the other 6 areas and through these we have extended the children's skills and knowledge so that they have a greater understanding of their world and the wider world.