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23 April 2021

Spring has Sprung!


Spring is definitely in the air across Early Years this week. We started by reading the story ‘The Tiny Seed’ by Eric Carle, which introduced us to the life cycle of flowers. We learnt that plants produce seeds which can become new plants. We then immersed ourselves into the season of spring by looking at different flowers that grow during the season.  The children enjoyed engaging in some observational painting of daffodils and tulips.  We looked closely at the different parts of the flowers and learnt some new vocabulary associated with them. In Reception, we used our phonics knowledge to label their picture or write a caption.  

We have also been busy planting seeds in our gardens. The children each planted a sunflower seed and are in the process of looking after them to see whose sunflower will grow the tallest. We found out that flowers need water, sun and food in order to help them grow.  

As well as this, we made wild flower seed bombs and threw them into the meadow area. We are hoping that when the wild flowers grow they will attract lots of different minibeasts.   Also during our learning about spring, we found out about farm animals and their babies. The children had to match the animals with their babies and have learnt some of the baby animal names, such as cow and calf, horse and foal and goat and kid. 


26 March 2021

'We're Going on an Egg Hunt'


This week Early Years received a letter from the Easter Bunny explaining that he had left some Easter eggs for us to find.  The children were very excited to go off on their hunt and found lots of different brightly coloured eggs!  Following our Wow starter to the topic Easter, the children have been engaged in a wide range of Easter-themed activities.  In Nursery, we have been matching numeral and quantity using Easter loose parts, and practising our cutting skills to collage an Easter egg.  


In Reception the children have been drawing Easter pictures and writing sentences about them and exploring addition using a tens frame and Easter manipulatives.  The children have had a 'cracking' time!


18 December 2020

Ho Ho Ho! Santa Claus is Coming to Summercroft!


Early Years were blown away to receive an urgent letter from Father Christmas.  In the letter he said that if he had time he would stop by to see us.  We set off on our search around the school grounds to see if we could find Santa.  We were amazed to find him in the Outdoor Classroom on the field.  Santa welcomed us with hot chocolate and a biscuit whilst he read to us the story 'Stickman' by Julia Donaldson.  Before we said goodbye, Father Christmas told us he had a little gift for us as we had been so good at school.


For the rest of the day, all of our learning activities were linked to the story.  Some of our activities included using stickman puppets to retell the story, painting and labelling Stickman pictures and making our very own Stickman during Forest School.


We hope you all have a lovely Christmas and look forward to seeing you in January.


4 December 2020

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas! 


The children in Early Years have embraced the hustle and bustle of getting ready for Christmas this week. Our preparations included making decorations to hang on the school Christmas tree as well as decorations for the classrooms. The children have been busy cutting, sticking, constructing and painting. The school and classrooms are looking very festive and the Christmas spirit is spreading amongst us all!


13 November 2020



Early Years have been busy celebrating Diwali this week.   Our learning has been based on the story Binny's Diwali by Thrity Umrigar. This has included opportunities to learn about how Diwali is celebrated around the world including here in Britain. We found out how Jessica celebrates Diwali by watching a clip of her preparing for and celebrating the ‘Festival of Lights’ with her family and friends.  The children have made diva lamps, Rangoli patterns using 2D shapes and loose parts, and created special firework paintings using a variety of media and materials.  We have been learning some special Diwali songs and Nursery have even learnt a dance! We are sure the children will happily share this with you.


23 October 2020

Pumpkin Soup

In Early Years, the children have been enjoying activities based on the story of Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper and learning about autumn. Our learning journey begun this week with a very autumnal ‘Pumpkin Walk’ around the school fields in Reception! Our roleplay areas were transformed with the help of the children into fruit and vegetable shops, in which they have thoroughly enjoyed taking on the role of shopkeeper and practiced their counting using money.  Later in the week, the children also took on the role of scientists and used their ‘super senses’ to investigate and find out information about pumpkins, with some of the children describing the texture inside the pumpkin as "slimy" and "sticky".  Other learning opportunities have included colour mixing to paint their own pumpkins, practising fine motor skills by threading wool around pumpkin shapes, using language of size to order the pumpkins and making silly soup using rhyming words! In addition, the children have also enjoyed finding out about autumn, making an autumn tree collage using coloured pumpkin seeds and learning how to print using leaves.


9 October 2020

The Colour Monster

Nursery and Reception have been enjoying activities based on the story 'The Colour Monster' by Anna Llenas. The story focuses on different emotions and each feeling has a colour linked to it. The children have been exploring language based on different emotions and have been discussing what actions may make us feel happy, sad, angry, scared and calm. We have also explored the idea that sometimes our colours may be mixed up as we may be feeling confused. During ChIL, the children have been collaging the monsters using different media and have also been painting their own colour monsters and arranging shapes to make monsters!



25 September 2020

It’s Good To Be Me!

Nursery and Reception have been busy settling into their new classroom environments and exploring all of the different areas. We have been making new friends and learning about our Golden Rules. 

This week we have been thinking about ourselves and our families. We created self portraits of ourselves using different media. We looked in the mirror to see what colour eyes and hair we have.  We then drew pictures of the people who are in our immediate family.