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Our Topics are based around adult led tasks and child initiated, we will be watching the children operate independently as well as guiding them to work in a formal manner.


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Our Topics:


Term 1      Harvest




The children have started the term very excited about our new Topic as many of them have been watching the Harvest in progress, the boys have been particularly excited. We have read books about harvest time, how the fields are planted up what grows in them and how the giant combine harvester cuts the corn. The children have started making natural pictures with gathered items off the field, planted up trees and tried fruit that grows in the orchards that are harvested later in the year. We have used wheels from farm toys to make pictures and apples to assist in our number work.


Picture 1 The first week of our Topic Fields
Picture 2 The children gathered natural resourses
Picture 3 Inside we will make pictures to support our Topic
Picture 4 Lets look at what we have gathered
Picture 5 The children chose the items they wanted
Picture 6 Making natural pictures
Picture 7 The younger children access the same
Picture 1 Fruits that are Harvested
Picture 2 Lets look at and name the fruits and try them
Picture 3 Tree planting
Picture 4 What do we need to make things grow (water)
Picture 1 The children listen to the story Harvest Time
Picture 2 All the children listen with interest
Picture 3 The group participate in recall
Picture 4 Patterns
Picture 5 The tractor wheels are used to form patterns
Picture 6 Choosing colours
Picture 7 The Harvested Fruits are used in number work
Picture 8 Matching
Picture 9 Number recognition
Picture 1 Planting Cress
Picture 2 The Cress will be use when harvested in a sandwich
Picture 3 The children put the Cress in the green house
Picture 4 Creative Letters
Picture 5 B for Barley
Picture 6 Jack decorates it with cherrios stems
Picture 1 Bread making in a machine and manually
Picture 2 Linking numbers to cooking
Picture 3 Zac adds the ingredients
Picture 4 The children take turns to stir
Picture 5 Kneading by hand the children have great fun
Picture 6 How many rolls can i make
Picture 7 Sapphire counts 2 into my hand
Picture 8 The bread is out of the oven
Picture 9 Zac enjoys eating his bread roll
Picture 1 Today we have set up the table with printing
Picture 2 Our printing items are fruit and vegetables
Picture 3 The 2 younger children experience the same
Picture 4 The children are so excited it's fun
Picture 5 The younger children try all the colours out
Picture 1 The harvested pumpkins have been scooped out
Picture 2 The pumpkins have jelly set in each one
Picture 3 Pumpkin creative bags
Picture 4 Zac cuts out his ghost for his bag
Picture 5 The children enjoy spooning the jelly in and out
Picture 6 Imogen loves the orange coloured jelly

This terms Topic has now come to the end, the children have thoroughly enjoyed the activities especially the bread making and finishing with our pumpkin messy play and craft bags, which they said would be used for Trick and Treating.​​ As a professional its been very rewarding to see how the younger members of the group have enjoyed and participated in the same play and activities as the older children, giving valuable information to their Learning Journals. With careful planning all children can access the same activities and have the same amount of fun.





Term 2.    Diwali

                Bonfire night /Autumn

                Christmas Makes


This term the children will be looking at culture difference and the Festival of Light, how we celebrate the New Year in many different ways. We will then make fireworks with the children as many will go to displays with their families.

This will then lead us into Christmas Makes, we will spend weeks with the famous fairy dust (glitter), glue and coloured card where the children will be so excited with the run up to Christmas. The advent calendar will give the children daily activities, jobs to do and treats, in the past this has been very successful. Our letter to Father Christmas from the Children will be posted on the 6/12/2015 and we await our response.

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Picture 2 Imogen makes her Catherine Wheel firework
Picture 3 The children paint there plates green
Picture 4 Rolling marbles for patterns
Picture 5 Jack rolls the marbles to form fire like patterns
Picture 6 We make a bonfire picture
Picture 7 The brown card forms the logs
Picture 8 Our hand are like the flames coming from the fire
Picture 9 Texture awareness
Picture 10 Yellow painted hand to form our pictures
Picture 11 Poppy adds the orange to her flames
Picture 12 Even the younger members can participate
Picture 13 William enjoys the feel of paint
Picture 14 Let's all look at the Diwali festival of light
Picture 15 The children make candles using CD disks
Picture 16 We put glitter around the edges
Picture 17 The children add jewels to the disks
Picture 18 Tea lights are put in the centre for decoration
Picture 1 We make sparklers
Picture 2 Tin foil make really good sparklers
Picture 3 Some use pipe cleaners to decorate them
Picture 4 Let's look at our finished craft ideas
Autumn Fun.
Picture 1 Leaf Gathering
Picture 2 The children gather their own leaves
Picture 3 Let's turn our leaves into pictures
Picture 4 Isla makes a peacock
Picture 5 We turn the leaves into wings
Picture 6 We all talk about the colours of the leaves
Picture 7 Imogen makes hers too
Picture 8 Seth makes a tree with leaves
Picture 1 Our communication and memory book
Picture 2 We look at the things gathered outside
Picture 3 The children give their input
Picture 4 Our Autumn Tree
Picture 5 After gathering the leaves we paint them
Picture 6 Ellie looks at the prints from the leaves
Picture 7 Ordering cards
Picture 8 Our cards have an Autumn theme to put into size
Picture 1 Cheerios threaded on pipe cleaners
Picture 2 Linking our bird feeders with number work
Picture 3 Fine motor skill work
Picture 4 Our plant pot bird feeders
Picture 5 Isla attaches the fat ball to her feeder

Well the first term has now come to an end with our Christmas party which took place in the school hall. The children really enjoyed the company of the older children and we celebrated together all of our Christmas makes, our place mats and crowns. The children's letters to Father Christmas were posted off and I'm sure they received all they had asked for well done.

Picture 1 Let's all have fun together
Picture 2 Look at the hats we have made
Picture 3 I love the Christmas crackers
Picture 4 Look at our place mats
Picture 5 Annabelle enjoys the fun
Picture 6 We love the Christmas music

The Spring Term


This term we are going to do Nursery Rhymes looking at colours, shapes, numbers, and Literacy.



Picture 1 We love the story Baa Baa Black Sheep
Picture 2 Can you help me draw a sheep
Picture 3 How many wheels for our Bus
Picture 4 Let's paint it red William
Picture 5 What sounds can we hear on the Bus
Picture 6 Zac you draw the wheels on our picture
Picture 7 We can make lots of different sounds
Picture 8 Who's for a ride
Picture 9 I can make a sheep from a plate
Picture 10 So can i
Picture 11 We can help with that story
Picture 12 I like this one better
Picture 13 Look I can put the animals in separate fields
Picture 1 Stamford anyone
Picture 2 Let's make our own buses to take home
Picture 3 I can do a pattern on mine
Picture 4 Little Miss Muffet looks good doesn't she
Picture 5 Mine too and my spider
Picture 6 I like her yellow jumper

Term 6

This term we have planned to cover Mini Beasts, the children will be looking at the habitat of insects before making ladybirds, bees, butterflies and caterpillars. They will be making sunflowers, trying natural honey and watching caterpillars turn into beautiful butterflies before letting them go in our meadow. All our 7 areas of leaning will be evident throughout the topic.

Picture 1 Seth makes binoculars to find the mini beasts
Picture 2 How many can you find
Picture 3 Imogen finds a Bee
Picture 4 We find an insect in the nursery
Picture 5 The children make a home out of sawdust
Picture 6 We try and make a caterpillar trail
Picture 7 Zac counts the correct amount of spots
Picture 8 Let's put more things in the tray
Picture 9 Imogen makes a ladybird home with mud rock
Picture 10 The children paint the homes brown
Picture 11 Will we all make a ladybird
Picture 12 Seth helps to paint the bee hive
Picture 13 Look at our bee
Picture 14 The girls try the natural honey
Picture 15 Imogen makes her sunflower
Picture 16 Scarlett and Alexander listen with interest
Picture 17 To the nursery rhyme incy wincy spider
Picture 18 Sienna put her spider on the blocks
Picture 1 The children look at symmetry
Picture 2 Can we make our own pattern
Picture 3 Let's all move like insects
Picture 4 The children make caterpillars from salt dough
Picture 5 Seth paints his caterpillar
Picture 6 Lovely flubber and spiders
Picture 7 We have made snails using sponge and now the trail
Picture 8 William brings in a real snail to observe
Picture 9 Our caterpillars have now turned into butterflies
Picture 10 We all go to the meadow
Picture 11 Look at butterfly released into the wild again
What a successful topic the children have really enjoyed this one, they have all worked hard in producing some lovely and creative pieces of work.



The children enjoyed learning about space, some had visited the space centre in Leicester and the parents really appreciated us following the children's interests. We then purchased a light table, the children talked about how they could build a rocket from the different shapes.

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With spring around the corner we have looked at how the changes are happening in the environment, the children have made their own pictures with blossom finger painting. We also played a game on the 4 seasons and talked about the words at the top of each card (French).

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