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In the EYFS learning is carefully planned around the interests of the children to ensure that they acquire knowledge and develop their understanding within the seven areas of learning.

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King Charles lll Coronation

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Nursery Rhyme Week

7th – 11th November was National Nursery Rhyme week and we enjoyed listening to, reading and singing along to lots of different Nursery Rhymes in red class. One of our favourites was ‘Five little speckled frogs’ which inspired us to make our own 3D frogs. Another one of our favourites was ‘1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Once I caught a fish alive’ and we used our handprints to make an underwater fish picture.

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Red class have been busy looking at the changing colours of Autumn. We used our fingers to create the Autumn leaves on the trees to show them changing colour from green to autumnal colours. We have also been busy making owl characters from our class story 'Owl babies' with a range of different size circles. In order to remember the Queen, we also decorated the Queens crown with a range of sparkly jewels and sequins.

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Sept 2021 - July 2022

Christmas Crafts

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Sept 2020 - July 2021

Cheese Scones

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Father's Day Cards

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Bread Rolls

Red class have been looking at the story of the little red hen.
We wanted to see how hard the little red hen had worked, so we made some bread of our own – we made bread rolls.
First we measured the flour and put it in a bowl.  Then we added salt, sugar and yeast and mixed them together. Finally we added some warm water and stirred that in too. When the dough was ready, we had to work hard kneading it for 10 minutes! Once the dough was soft and shiny, we split it into four equal parts and put it on a baking tray. We had to leave the dough for about half an hour to prove (that means grow) before we could put it in the oven..

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Science Week

During Science week we looked at bugs.
We shared the story of Billy’s Beetle by Mick Inkpen and then we tried to find bugs in our Foundation Stage garden.  We learnt how to use magnifying glasses and the digital microscope!  We could look closely at the bugs we had found and could see lots of interesting things.  The microscope even took pictures!
In class, we then made some bugs of our own.

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Christmas Crafts

Lolly stick characters, wrapping presents for baby Jesus, salt dough stars, Christmas cards

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Role Play Stables

In Red Class we have been learning about the Christmas Story.  We have our very own stable!  We have been using masks and puppets to retell what happened thousands of years ago on the very first Christmas day.

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Fish Calendars

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Fire Breathing Dragons

In class we have been looking at the story of ‘The Knight Who Said “No!”. We used craft materials to make fire-breathing dragons.
“When you blow through the back, the fire moves!”

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Musical Instruments

We have been learning about the story of Jack and the Beanstalk.  Our special word for the day was ‘decide’.  We decided which musical instrument we wanted to make:  a hand drum or some castanets.  Making them was great fun!


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Red class made their own playdough.
We mixed together flour, salt, water, oil and food colouring.  Then we had great fun playing with it!

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The children in Red Class have been talking about different ways we prepare for celebrations and the festivals we share. We looked at birthdays, Harvest, Diwali and Sukkot.  They enjoyed listening to the story of Rama and Sita for Diwali. They made clay divas to accompany the re-telling of the story. 

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Sept 2019 - July 2020

Easter Chick Cards

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Chick Houses

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Telescope Making

In Red Class we have been reading a new core book – Shark in the Park.
We made our own telescopes using a range of resources. The children chose what material they wanted to make their telescope out of (card, paper, tissue paper, newspaper, sugar paper, etc) and they experimented with ways to join it together (glue, sellotape, masking tape, wool, string, elastic bands, split pins, etc). Some of the children then decorated their telescopes afterwards.
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Mother's Day Cards

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Red class have been looking at the story of the Three Little Pigs.  We tried to be architects and builders and made some houses of our own.
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Mobilo house
“I first started with the walls, then the roof.  The door – you press the button then both of them open”
Cardboard house with sphere on top
“It’s got an alarm, and that’s the electric for the alarm.  When the Big Bad Wolfs coming it goes nee naw nee naw.  The wolf can’t go on the chimney because there’s no chimney.”
Foam brick house
The children made a house out of foam bricks.  They realised the wolf could get in on their first design so they added walls to keep the pigs safe.
Sticklebrick house
“ I started with the squares. Then I builded on the side bit walls, and the roof.  I just left a gap for the door.”
Cardboard house
“My house is made out of bricks and it will never blow down because it is made of bricks.”


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Christmas Cards

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Christmas Tree Decorations

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Nursery Rhyme Week Activities

Foundation Stage all took part in Nursery Rhyme Week in the middle of November.
We looked at a Nursery Rhyme each day and had fun doing different activities related to it. Here are some of the fantastic things we did:

Monday – Baa Baa Black Sheep We made puppets of the characters and retold the rhyme using them
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Tuesday – Down in the Jungle We rotated around and carousel of activities including making cone animals and learning how to play dominoe.
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Wednesday – Incy Wincy Spider We had great fun making spiders out of recyclable materials and learnt how to play the incy wincy spider board game.
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Thursday – Row, Row, Row your boat We investigated floating and sinking – we made predictions and we tested lots of objects to see if they would float or sink.
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Friday – Two Little Dickie Birds We made bird finger puppets.
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Banana Bread

We have been looking at and learning about food in Red Class. One of the children noticed a banana was brown and a conversation started that it was bad. Mrs Watson explained that we might not want to eat it but we can still use it – to make banana bread.
The children made banana bread: They mashed the banana, sieved the flour and beat the eggs. All of these things were then combined to make the bread. Once it was cooked they all had a little taste and took a piece home with them.

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Sept 2018 - July 2019

Father's Day Cards

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Red class made some paintings of their favourite animals.

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Christmas Cards

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Sept 2017 - July 2018

Father's Day Cards

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Mother's Day Cards

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Sept 2014 - July 2015


Look what the children found. The chrysalis of a small tortoiseshell butterfly, a harvestman spider carrying her eggs and lots of small black bugs that are attracted to the colour yellow.

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Friendly Dunnock

Reception and Nursery have taken great pleasure in studying this friendly Dunnock. He is often found perched on top of a drawing board frame in their garden area. He allows them to watch him closely as he sings. With the help of the RSPB website the children have learnt to recognise his song and now know lots of interesting facts.

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2013 - July 2014

Rosie's Walk

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Helping Hedgehogs

Reception Class have been been giving nature a helping hand by making a new home for hedgehogs and relocating an old one. We put on our wellies and walked across the field where the children carefully placed their house on the woodland floor. The woods are also home to lots of other animals, look at what we found.

For a full report please see the Eco page.



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