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Church of England Primary School

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Nursery- Stars

Welcome to Stars!


Dear Parents/ Carers,


We are continuing to thoroughly enjoy getting to know your child and learning about their interests through our 'in the moment planning' approach. 


Term 1:

During this busy first term at Nursery, the children were familiarising themselves with the nursery environment (including exploring the lovely grounds at St. John's Mead School on several welly walks). The children's interests resulted in them learning about; their own and each other's families, autumn and how the environment has been changing from summer, lots of learning with conkers, apples, leaves and other natural resources the children have found, exploring cars and other vehicles in the small world area, and different animals. These interests resulted in the children sharing a variety of books including 'Dear Zoo', 'You Choose', 'The Naughty Bus', 'Go!Go!Go! Stop' and various non fiction books about animals and vehicles. 


It was really lovely to see so many children and parents turn up for our Nursery Rhyme Challenge/ Hunt at the end of term 1. It was evident the children worked hard on practising their singing and makaton signs for the songs, resulting in a joyful event!


Term 2:

This term, the children have been learning about different celebrations and have been encouraged to share celebrations they have at home. They have been learning about Diwali, festival of light, when exploring various lights in the investigation area and creating rangoli patterns; using different coloured rice, colouring patterns and making patterns with shapes. The children then shared their experiences of seeing bonfires and fireworks from 'bonfire night'. They created various firework art, including firework toast (!) and listened to music and danced with scarves when thinking about fireworks. We discussed Remembrance Day and thinking about people that are special to us. The children explored making poppies using various materials. More Recently, the children have been learning about a variety of adjectives when learning to describe textures in different ways whilst listening to the 'That's not my...' books. This learning developed into the children working on this year's nativity called 'That's not my nativity' which we are currently practising alongside learning about Christmas celebrations. We are looking forward to sharing this with parents/ carers on 13th December! 


As always, please feel free to catch us at drop off/ collection/ on Tapestry to discuss how your child is getting on or to ask any questions. We also love to see what your children are enjoying outside of school or any achievements they have made on Tapestry. The children are always keen to share these with the class.


Thank you for your continued support,

Warmest regards,


Charlotte and Heidi

What we have been up to in term 2...