Early Years 2018 - 2019

Mrs Hope


Welcome to Early Years! 


The Early Years team are:  Mrs Hope (Class teacher), Mrs Coyle, Miss Foster and Miss Voss.

Welcome to the class page for Reception and Nursery, this page and the newsletter link below will share what we are learning and some important information about our class routines. The photographs of our amazing outdoor area are also in the links below, we are so fortunate to have the environment we have to learn in.

If you are looking for a Reception or Nursery place, please contact the school on 01270 685000, we would love to show you around.

Welcome back to school after a lovely Christmas break and also very warm welcome to the new parents and families that are joining Nantwich Primary Academy for the first time. Our class is full of friendly, enthusiastic and curious learners and we have lots of exciting things planned to explore and investigate this term.

This Spring, our topic will be:


How to Catch a Star!



In the first part of the term, we will be using the book 'How to catch a star,' by Oliver Jeffers to learn about space, stars and planets. There is a link at the bottom of the page if you wish to watch the story with your child.

Our enquiry based approach will think about whether we could really catch a star? Nursery and Reception will follow a similar journey through the topic, although the learning objectives will be matched completely to the stage of development of each group of children.

Our English learning will focus on creating story maps and rehearsing the story so we can learn it, sequence it and then write about it. Using our phonics knowledge, we will write simple words, captions and then short sentences to describe our own star catching machine. We will find new vocabulary to describe planets and stars and we will use these new words to adapt the 'How to catch a star' story to make and write our our own version. We will then write our own instructions so that other people might be able to catch their own star! We will start to write our surnames and as always, practise our cursive letter formation.

In maths we will be using and consolidating numerals 0-10 and beyond, using space themed practical activities and Ten Town. We will finding the total number of objects in two groups by counting all of them and using the vocabulary involved in adding and subtracting. We will start estimating quantities and checking our 'good guesses' by counting all the objects, We will revisit 2d shapes and explore 3d shapes using planets and through making models of planets and rockets.

We will develop our understanding of the world through thinking about and designing what special items we would like to have on our own planet and what we would really need to be able to live there. This will link to our RE them of why are some objects/places more special than others. What are my special places or objects? We will also learn songs with actions to teach us about space and listen to composers such as Gustav Holst - The Planets' to encourage us to use our imaginations.

The children will be learning through play, group activities and taught sessions with an adult. This half term we will have a space station role play and also have a visit from the StarLab planetarium from Manchester Metropolitan University.

Our other key texts for the term are: 'The Way Back Home', also by Oliver Jeffers, 'Whatever Next', by Jill Murphy and 'Aliens love Underpants', by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort.

As always, if you have any concerns or queries, please do not hesitate to speak to me or any of the Early Years team.  I can also be contacted through the school office or the Class Dojo messaging system. If you feel you need a longer chat about something, then we can easily make an appointment at the end of the day.

Thank you all for your support, we look forward to an amazing term!

Mrs Hope, Mrs Bird, Miss Foster and Miss Voss

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