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Nightingale Academy

Minster C of E Primary School

Nurturing Foundations, Flourishing With God


Foundation Stage

2021 - 2022

Term 2: Topic- Starry Night

Planetarium Visit

We had an exciting visit from Mr Star-man who took us on a fantastic adventure to space! We learnt about some of the different constellations and listened to the noises made by some nocturnal animals. We were really good at guessing what animal we could hear! We learnt about what astronauts wear in space and found out that the moon is really hot to stand on so they need special overshoes to stop their boots melting.  

During afternoon Choosing Time, we had a go at making our own constellations. We worked on our fine motor skills by drawing our picture and then carefully poked holes in the paper to show the stars. We then revealed our constellation using a light box. 

Fire Fighter Visit

What an incredible morning! We had a visit from a team of Margate Fire Fighters who came to show us what equipment they have in their fire engine. They told us what each bit of equipment is used for and gave us a demonstration of how it works. We were allowed to go into the back seat of the fire engine and see what is in there. Then, we got to use the hose to squirt a ball off of a cone. We all have great aim as we managed to do it, the grown ups too. It was so much FUN! We were allowed to squirt water at Fire Fighter Joe (who was wearing his water kit). This afternoon we role played as fire fighters and had a go at draw and writing about our experience.  

Bonfire Night

We went on a walk around school to collect lots of sticks. When we returned to our garden, we transformed our sticks into sparklers. We did this by cutting some paper and twisting it around the top of the sticks and taping it into place. This helped us to develop our fine motor skills. 

We then used our sparklers to show how we can be safe later on when we use real ones at home. 

We have started having a go at writing the letters we are learning in our Phonics lessons. 

This week we have learnt 's', 'a' and 't'.

Term 1: Topic- Me and My Community

We learnt about people who help us during our Topic lessons. 

In our Child Initiated time, we helped our friends feel better. 

The children dressed up as people who help us. They chose to role play as Fire Fighters and Police. 

The children in Sunshine Class have had a wonderful time sharing books together this afternoon.

Rainbow and Sunshine have completed their transition into full time schooling! We are so proud at how well they have settled into school life and already feel like a part of Team Minster! We have also been really impressed with how welcoming and friendly the rest of the school have been when they see the Early Years children around the school. Thank you all!

2020 - 2021

Term 5- Will you read me a story? 

World Bee Day 2021

The EYFS children went to explore our wild garden areas to see how many flowers had grown. They looked carefully to see if they could see any bees (it was a cold and windy day) and they found 1 bumblebee on a flower. They learnt about the importance of bees because they help the flowers to produce our food! 

"Run, run, as fast as you can" Watch out, EYFS are going to eat the Gingerbread man!

"Fee-fi-fo-fum" EYFS have been climbing and crawling to try and escape the giant! 

"Someone's been eating my porridge" and we know who it was! It was our EYFS children who made and tasted porridge as part of our Topic learning. 

We have been learning about repeating patterns in our Maths lessons. 

Term 4

EYFS children have been planting seeds to grow in our classroom before they are planted outside.

We have been learning about the importance of bees and other pollinators as part of our topic for this term. 

The children then wrote some labels for our tray so we remembered what the plants need to grow. 


Being brave and sliding down the pirate ship pole! 


We spent the day dressed as a character of our choosing! 

We had a go at writing a sentence to say who we were! 

Digraph Detectives

Term 2

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