Spring Term 2018

Flying Objects

The children have demonstrated their interest in all things involving flight, from flying objects like helicopters and birds, to items they can throw. They have been exploring the scientific concepts of gravity and forces and thinking about the different kinds of things that can fly, and where they might fly to. This has led to a line of inquiry about space and the different things seen in space. Following on from this, in the deconstructed role play area, the children have been using resources to make space rockets to fly on missions to outer space, whilst outside in the garden, the children want to see what happens when they make their own aeroplanes.

Exploring Ice
In this cold weather, the children have spent time looking at ice, making interesting ice moulds with petals and leaves inside, then have been coming up with lots of inventive ways to smash the ice! They have also hung them from the trees to watch the ice drip, melt and change    


Keeping Warm

The children enjoyed exploring the snow and were fascinated by the different types and sizes of snowflakes. They had fun catching the snowflakes in their mouths… They kept warm by sitting round the campfire, and drinking hot chocolate!


Talk for Writing

We have begun combining Talk for Writing with our Dialogic Reading and Helicopter Stories. We are focusing on the same story over two weeks, and immersing the environment with props, resources and story maps so that children can ‘play out’ the stories they are learning.



One-handed tools

Inside the nursery, the children have been exploring how to use scissors safely. They have been trying to master how to make their own masks for their imaginative role play. Practitioners have been scaffolding the process of mask making to enable children to be as independent as possible. We now have children who are acting as experts and supporting their peers to make their own masks.       



 The children have also been very interested in making maps, and using them for purpose all around the setting. The children made maps for their journey to school, for going on adventures and for finding treasure. Practitioners developed this into creating a real map of the garden and hiding story characters where ‘x marked the spot’.


Collaborative play outside

In the garden the children have been joining together in lots of collaborative play. Children have worked together to combine their physical strength when pulling heavy tyres. They have explored how to play team games such as football, tennis and catch. They have also been acting out role-play scenarios in large groups with lots of monster play.

Autumn Term 2017


In the water feature, the children had fun using tools (eg hammer, hand drill) to attempt to get hidden items out of the
frozen blocks of ice.


Sandpit Rules 

We created a list of rules in the sandpit so that we can all play safely.

Our returning children served as more knowledgeable others and helped us create a list of different difficult scenarios,
e.g. problems in sharing or negotiating space.

Then we worked out what we should do to help each other.

We took some photographs to display as a visual reminder.


In the garden, the children have been fascinated with searching for spiders ' webs. This led to us creating our own webs.

The children wove wool around the trees and used scissors to cut the right length of wool.

We were inspired to use information books to find out more about spiders webs.

The children were introduced to new vocabulary, for example ‘spinnerets’.

We also looked for different 'art' images of spider webs online.

Then we used an identification chart to help us identify the mini -beasts found in the garden and researched in information books
 to extend the children’s early knowledge of bugs.

We started to create a ‘Talking and Thinking Book’ to record the children’s activities and research findings.
We have been enjoying being back at school this term, welcoming back our returning children and getting to know all our new children as they settle in.

The garden has been a lovely place to be, with warm autumn sunshine. Here are a few of our activities: