Cherry Class

Cherry class is a fantastic classroom that is full of learning opportunities for our younger children. Mrs Harris, our incredibly talented and experienced Nursery Nurse, ensures that the continuous provision in this classroom and the adjoining outdoor space enables our children to learn through play and develop their:

  •  Communication and language
  •  Physical development
  •  Personal, social and emotional development
  •  Literacy
  •  Mathematics
  •  Understanding the world
  •  Expressive arts and design

 

Cherry class projects for term 3 and 4 are Starry Night and Winter Wonderland.

Starry Night:

This project explores the differences in the world at night compared to during the day. It teaches children about the importance of a good night’s sleep, and helps them to discover what is happening in the world while they are sleeping, including finding out about nocturnal animals. 

Winter Wonderland:

This project teaches children about the changes that happen during winter, including the types of weather associated with winter. It also explores places that have snow all year round and the types of animals that live there. 

 

Supporting your child at home

  • Go on a short walk somewhere familiar during the day and then go on the same walk after dark. Take a torch on your night walk so you can shine it at different features.
  • Talk about bedtime routines and the importance of a good night’s sleep. Draw bedtime pictures, make a list of bedtime activities or create a routine chart. 
  • Lullabies are soothing, quiet songs that help us get to sleep. Find some lullabies to listen to together and choose your favourite. 
  • Make a room dark. Shine a torch onto a wall and make shadows by putting objects in front of the torch. You could play a guess the object game or trace shadows onto paper. 
  • Use a torch or glow sticks and practise writing letter shapes or your name in the air using big movements.
  • Go outside on a clear night and look at the sky. Draw a picture of what you can see.

Memorable Experiences

In January, we will be visiting a mobile planetarium space dome. The children will take part in interactive sessions within the dome to learn more about the incredible universe.

 

Areas of Learning 

 

Starry Night Areas of Learning

Home learning

Letter formation sheets linked to the sounds we have been learning will be sent home weekly.

We have attached the home learning workbooks and the did you know? resources. These are a great way of engaging with our topic at home. We recommend choosing at least 3 projects to complete at home across the term. Any projects completed will be shown in class and celebrated.

 

Cherry Classroom 

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Reflection Area

Children in Cherry Class are encouraged to access our reflection area when they would like a quiet moment to sit and think. If they choose too, they can light a candle to help them think about our Collective Worship value. This term our value is Courage

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Creative Area

Children can access an assortment of creative and fine motor activities in our creative area. A range of materials are available at all times to encourage their imaginations. Enhanced provision activities linked to our current topic are provided for the children to engage with. 

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Maths Area

Maths is taught daily to challenge and inspire all. Maths resources are available for children to access at all times and enhanced provision activities linked to our weekly maths focus are provided to encourage children to develop their skills independently. 

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Phonics and Mark Making

We take part in daily phonics sessions every morning. Children are grouped based on their phonetic understanding, ensuring each child is challenged and makes fantastic progress. Our children particularly enjoy involving phonics as part of their play. 

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Outdoor Learning

We have a wonderful outdoor area that extends across two levels and has a range of equipment to encourage the development of gross and fine motor skills. 

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Tapestry

Weekly observations of your child will be recorded on Tapestry. Any home learning ideas and messages from the class teachers will be left on here. Please aim to access Tapestry at least once a week to ensure you are up to date with your child’s learning.

If you need help with accessing Tapestry then please talk to Mrs Hadfield or ask in the school office.

 

Prayer Space

We have discussed what prayer is, what people may pray for, and the different ways in which people pray. We have a collection of activities to access, or we simply sit and reflect.