Cherry Class

WELCOME TO 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 Classroom 

IMG 2564There is always a morning task to do when we get to Nursery!

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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 Compassion

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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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Cherry class projects for terms 3 and 4 are Once Upon a Time and Sparkle and Shine.

In the Once Upon a Time project, your child will be introduced to the wonderful world of stories. They will listen to a range of traditional tales and have the chance to act out the stories in their play. They will also listen to alternative contemporary stories to see different viewpoints from the characters. They will use the stories to think about how life has changed from when the stories were written. They will also make up their own stories and make masks, props and puppets to act out their stories.

In the Sparkle and Shine project, your child will explore different celebrations that take place in autumn and winter, focusing on the significance and symbolism of light at this time of year. They will take part in a variety of creative activities and discover more about how Christmas, Diwali and Hanukkah are celebrated around the world.

 

Supporting your child at home

  • Read traditional stories and fairy tales to your child.
  • Visit your local library and choose picture books to share.
  • Talk about the characters in stories and whether they like or dislike them.
  • Talk about how the characters in stories behave and what they could do differently.
  • Talk about special events that you celebrate at home.
  • Share photos of events that you celebrate.
  • Talk about how you prepare for special celebrations including the clothes you wear, food you prepare and gifts you give or receive.
  • Share and discuss the Did you know? resources.

 

Memorable Experiences

We will be setting up  a fairy tale-themed reading den for the children to explore.  We will be asking the children to  bring in pictures of themselves celebrating special events in their lives, and will share them as a class.  

 

Areas of Learning 

Maths

Number; Numerical patterns

PD

Gross motor skills; Fine motor skills

PSED

Self-regulation; Managing self; Building relationships

World

People, Culture and Communities; Past and present; The natural world

Exp A&D

Creating with materials; Being imaginative and expressive

CL

Listening, attention and understanding; Speaking

Literacy

Comprehension; Word reading; Writing

Memorable experience

Fairy tale magic, Celebrations

Innovate challenge

A story for the king, Making tealight holders

 

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.

 

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 Velasquez 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.