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EYFS Reception- Nightingale

Science Week


The children made some Ice Gardens using different plants, flowers and pine cones that they collected. 

Summer 2 


Our theme this half term is At the Seaside. We will be looking at stories such as 'A New Home for a Pirate' and 'The Rainbow Fish' 

Planting Beans

Summer One


Our theme will be 'Down in the Garden'. We will be learning about how plants grow, fruits and vegetables and lifecycles of plants and mini beasts. The books we are focusing on this half term are 'Supertato' and 'Oliver's Vegetables'. 

Prayer area

The children spent some time thinking about what they are thankful to God for. We made some prayers for our tree.

We made our own Supertato's

Den building in Forest School 🍃

The Evil Peas trapped in jelly!

Superhero activities


Our first week back at School

Long Term Curriculum Plan

Welcome to Nightingale Class, our Reception class. Miss Hughes is your Class Teacher. Mrs Parsons, Miss Brookes are your teaching assistants. Mrs Tweed has the class on Tuesday afternoons for Forest School. Miss Douglas works in Reception on Friday afternoons. Mrs Satchell is the Early Years Foundation Stage Lead. 


On Fridays, the children will take part in PE lessons on the playground. This may take the form of dance, games or gymnastics. Children need to come to school on a Friday in their PE kit. If your child has pierced ears then please make sure that earrings are removed on PE days. It really is important to name all items of your child’s PE kit, including pumps.

Reading at home:

Your child will bring home a reading book that is appropriate to their level of development. Initially, children may bring home a reading book that does not contain words. These books are essential for helping children to develop their story telling skills and understand how a story is structured. Children will then bring home books to consolidate the skills being taught in phonics sessions. Please read at home with your child as often as possible, it really helps them to develop their skills and confidence in reading. Please sign your child’s reading diary 3 to 5 times per week.

Forest School sessions (Tuesdays):

Every Tuesday, the children will go outside to take part in outdoor learning. Please ensure that your child has a pair of wellies in school which are named. Children will need to come to school in outdoor appropriate clothes on Tuesdays, which they will then go home in at the end of the day. It is important that all of the items are named.

Our school day.

9.00am-9.15am - Registration/reading time

9.15am - 9.40am – Phonics

9.40-10.00am- Individual readers/Continuous Provision

10.00am-10.15am - English/Maths focus

10.15am-10.30am – Snacktime

10.30 – 11.30 - Maths/English tasks 

11.30am-12pm- Lunch play time

12.00pm-12.15pm -  Lunch time

12.15pm -12.30pm Register/reading time

12.30pm-1.00pm Whole class learning (Creative or Understanding the World )

1.30 – 2.15 Free Flow (Guided Activities)

2.15pm-2.30pm - Story time

2.30-2.40pm- Gather belongings for home time

2.45pm - Home time

The Three Bears Porridge

Nativity Part One

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Nativity Part Two

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Nativity part 3

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Autumn 2 


Our theme this half term is Night and Day. We will be looking at stories such as 'Owl Babies' and 'Can't you sleep little Bear'. We will also be looking at celebrations such as Bonfire Night, Remembrance Day and Christmas. We will be learning the Nativity story and different kinds of celebrations as part of our RE lessons. We will be looking at the differences between day and night, and also looking nocturnal animals. 

Creating a winter scene

Floating and sinking

To find one less than, we used a bus. We asked a passenger to get off the bus to find the answer. For example we started with 8 passengers, one got off at their stop. So one less than 8 is 7! 
We had Diwali day in Nightingale. We listened to the story of Rama and Sita, and had a go at some activities such as cards and Rangoli patterns. We also did some dancing and tried some poppadoms and naan bread! 

Children in Need

Remembrance Day

The children used the hammers to put the golf tees into the pumpkin. The children were very safe and careful as they did so. This was a great activity to help our fine motor skills! 

Autumn 1


This half term, our theme will be 'Me and My World'. In English, we will be reading the stories 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' and 'The Everywhere Bear' and doing lots of learning around these books. We will learn phase 2 in Phonics. In maths, we will be focusing on counting, ordering and writing numbers to 10. In Understanding the World, we will be looking at the Human Life Cycle, and seeing how much we have changed from when we were a baby. We will be doing lots of work on school rules, routines and settling in to our new environment. 

Celebrating Harvest

We have been learning about the Harvest Festival. We looked at the different fruits and vegetables that are picked at this time of year. We talked about which ones are our favourite, and decided to paint some. We said thank you to God for all of our food. 

Our First Week At School!

Useful websites: - Reading books - Phonics games - Number recognition and counting games 

Tricky Words and Sight Words Song Check out our printable phonics resources and online games! A tricky word/sight word song for children covering the, I, go, no, to, she, he and we. Tricky words, these are tricky tricky tricky tricky tricky words! Don't let them trick you!

Phase 3 Tricky Words Song Say Hello To

Phase 3 Tricky Words song as requested by many :) Tricky words/sight words featured me, be, was, you, my, all, are, they, was. Tricky words These are tricky, tricky, tricky, tricky tricky words That you can learn, learn, learn, learn Tricky words Don't let them trick you They are just tricky words Don't let them trick you Say hello to me, me, me, me, me m and e spells me Don't let it trick you.