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



Sunshine and Sunflowers


In the Sunshine and Sunflowers project your child will explore their local environment and see how it has changed throughout the year. They will grow flowers, fruit and vegetables in the garden area. They will learn how to care for plants and animals, identifying some different types. They will take part in outdoor learning activities and find out how to stay safe in the sun.

Supporting your child at home

  • Grow some quick growing plants together, such as salad leaves, radishes or cress.
  • Plan and go on a picnic.
  • Go on a local walk and talk about the changes that have happened to living things throughout the year.
  • Share and discuss the Did you know? resource listed in page documents. 

Shadows and Reflections 


In the Shadows and Reflections project your child will learn about natural phenomena, including shadows, reflections and echoes. They will find out how shadows are formed and how they change shape and size through the day. They will explore how different materials and surfaces reflect light.

Supporting your child at home

  • Find objects from around the house in which you can see your reflection.
  • Draw around shadows outside and see how the shape and size of the shadow changes through the day.
  • Explore places to hear echoes, such as in tunnels, under bridges and in large open-plan rooms.
  • Share and discuss the Did you know? resource listed in page documents. 




3D shapes; Ordering numbers to 5; Numerical Patterns; Symmetry.


Jack and the Jelly Bean Stalk (Narrative); Katie and the Sunflowers (Narrative); How to Grow a Sunflower (Instructions)

Understanding the World

Changes in the seasons; Raising butterflies; Butterfly life cycles; Garden animals; Growing sunflowers; Investigating celery; What is a shadow? 

PD/ PE Gymnastics; Agility, Balance and Coordination; Fine motor skills
PSED Planting; Staying safe in the sun 
Expressive Arts and Design Florists (role play); Pebble art; Flower art; Garden songs; Making suncatchers; Ice cream shop (role play); Making sunhats 
Communication and Language Listening, attention and understanding; Speaking; Working in small groups; Taking turns in discussions
Religious Education Our theme this term is Stories from around the world. Our big question is: 'What can we learn from stories?'
Memorable experience Visit to Cogges Farm. 

Our PE days this term are: Wednesday and Friday. 



Our theme this term is 'Stories from around the world'. Our big question is 'What can we learn from stories?'. We will be introduced to stories from a range of countries and religions, such as: India, Asia, Christianity and Islam. 

Last term, our Big Question was 'Why do Christians put a cross in the Easter Garden?'. Our theme was salvation. We looked at the symbolism of hot cross buns:

'It has a cross because Jesus was on the cross'

Then we ate them, yummy!

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Next, we made our own paper plate Easter Gardens. The children made a cave for Jesus's tomb and decorated a cross for the garden. 

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In Collective Worship, our current value is Justice. We have started to reflect on stories from the bible that demonstrate examples of Justice. We have thought about why it is important to tell the truth and how this affects others. 


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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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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Expressive Arts and Design

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 project are provided for the children to engage with. 

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Understanding the World

Understanding the World is an exploration of the natural world, past and present, and different cultures and communities. Understanding the World is taught through our project lessons. Children will find an investigation task in their enhanced provision each week linked to their project or something they have expressed an interest in. 

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Creating bird feeders.

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Clean teeth egg investigation

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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Reflections and Prayer Space

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 Perseverance.

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.

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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 Miss James or ask in the school office.


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Shadows and reflections did you know 30th Mar 2024 Download
Sunshine and sunflowers did you know 30th Mar 2024 Download