Forest Friday

This morning the children had lots of fun in the forest learning about the seasonal changes of Autumn. The children observed the leaves changing colour and falling off the trees.

The children then had a leaf treasure hunt they had to find a big and a small leaf, a yellow leaf, a brown leaf, and a green leaf. Then we finished off by finding 3 leaves and counting them carefully.

We finished by jumping in the leaves.

EYFS Zoo at School

On Wednesday the children in EYFS had their own day learning about an animal you would find in Chester Zoo’s minibeast house.

We started the day reading the story about Norman and his Silly Shell. We then met our animal visitor for the day…”Turbo The Giant African Land Snail” . The children learnt about what he looks like, what he likes to eat and why he has a shell.

The children then designed snail shells for Turbo linked to the story and enjoyed continuous provision activities linked to snails.

EYFS Animal Fair Day

We started the morning by admiring the children’s great animal outfits.

We then enjoyed a range of craft activities; making Dear Zoo Biscuits, Making Animal Handprints, and Painting using watercolours.

This afternoon we have enjoyed eating our biscuits and enjoying lots of animal play!

The children enjoyed a great day!

Making animal homes

Using our story of Dear Zoo we have been thinking about where different animals live and what the different habitats are like. When we went to the woods this week in our ‘Muddy Monday’ session the children were given an animal and they had to make it a home. The children thought about what the different animals like and would need.

Our Year in EYFS

A celebration display to give you an insight into our learning this year and show you some of our celebrations!

The children have done so well in this difficult year – we are so proud of you all!



This half term – Nursery and Reception

Going On Safari!

The children’s main interest in Nursery and Reception is animals. We began our half term by reading the children a selection of animal stories we know they enjoy. The children then used voting counters to vote for their favorite story. The winner was: Dear Zoo. We are using this book as our focus for our learning this half term.

To begin our learning the children in Nursery and Reception went on a safari…they saw lots of different animals hiding in Marlfields school woods.

The children have then written letters to the zoo to ask for a pet. BEWARE we might be sent lots of monkeys, snakes, elephants, lions, frogs, giraffes, and snakes!!!!!

Muddy Monday

This week Reception and Nursery played a game ‘Forest Finders’. Miss Barber showed the children two different types of leaves and they had to go and find the matching leaves. The children had to remember the colour, shape, pattern and size of the leaves. The children learnt the differences between a blade of grass, pine needles, and an ivy leaf.

The children were also risk taking this week in the woods – exploring the tree swing…they had lots of fun!

3D shapes in Reception

The children have been learning about 3D shapes this week in their maths work.

We started the week by using 3D building bricks to make a model. We had princesses, houses, towns, see saws, robots, and castles.

We then started to explore the characteristics of different 3D shapes. We tested which 3D shapes rolled and which slide. We used the slide on our climbing frame in the outdoor area to test the shapes.

The children discovered that shapes that have curved shapes can roll and shapes with flat sides slide.

The children then went onto find out about which shapes can stack to make a tower and why.

The children found out that shapes need flat sides to stack and if they have a pointy edge they have to go on the top of their tower.

Reception have been planting

The children in Reception have been learning about how things grow. The children started by thinking about what plants and seeds need to grow. They found out that they need; soil, sunshine, and water.

The children have then looked closely at different seeds and used their observational skills to describe the features of the seeds. They described the size, the colour and the texture.

The children have then been busy planting seeds all week in their outdoor area. The children have planted beanstalks similar to the story they have shared together of Jasper’s Beanstalk. They have planted carrots, tomatoes and sunflowers. The children can’t wait to see them grow and change.

Muddy Monday

Every Monday afternoon our Nursery and Reception children shall be learning in our wonderful school woods, exploring the woods and learning about the environment.

This week the children learnt about – trees. The children looked how high the trees were and learnt the features of the trees.

The children learnt that the trees body was called it’s trunk and the branches are the trees arms. The children explored how big the trunks were…

The children then learnt about the bark on a tree. The children thought that the trees bark was like the trees skin and the children felt it and described its texture; bumpy, scratchy, hard, smooth.

The children finished the session by making a bark rubbing of the tree.