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Nightingale Academy

Minster C of E Primary School

Nurturing Foundations, Flourishing With God


Foundation Stage

2020 - 2021

Bojingles the Elf is missing!

Sunshine Class arrived at school this morning to find a note suggesting that our elf had been elf-napped! 

Throughout the day, the children were given challenges to help him find his way home to us!  

The children have put a lot of effort into their writing today and have shown excellent resilience and engagement. Meaning there have been lots of house points earnt. 

Let's hope Bojingles returns to us tomorrow! 

This week in Sunshine Class and Rainbow Class, we have been busy exploring pumpkins. Thank you to Sainsbury's in Herne Bay for donating us 4 large pumpkins. We are also thankful for our donation of gourds from a friend of Mrs Ward. 

We have used our hands to pull out seeds, break them up, sort them into similar shapes, hammer in sticks, draw, roll, stamp and finally predict what would happen when a pumpkin is dropped! We dropped the pumpkin from 4 different heights to see what happened. As it didn't quite smash, the children wanted to see the pumpkin dropped off of the grand stand. It was a smashing day! 

"We're going on a Bear Hunt" by Michael Rosen


We read Michael Rosen's 'We're going on a bear hunt' during snack time. Then in the afternoon, we went on our very own bear hunt! We splashed through the shark water, swished through the long grass, squelched through the sticky mud, tripped through the tall forest and tip toed through the cave. Then, we saw a big bear! We ran away, going through all of our movements and finally got back to the class (we had to run back and shut the gate). We whizzed into the classroom and hid on our bugs on the rug.


We have been learning what aspiration means and the children have drawn pictures of who they aspire to be.

Starting School

All of the children have settled well into school life and are working well as a team.  They are showing kindness and consideration to each other and are the tidiest Early Years group we have had for a long time!! 
Our topic this term is 'Do you want to be friends?' and the children have been fantastic learning how to be a good friend and how to support each other.

Children have also started to learn our school values:

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Willows Academy Trust

The Federation of Minster and Monkton Church of England Primary Schools

Monkton Church of England Primary School