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Nightingale Academy

Minster C of E Primary School

Nurturing Foundations, Flourishing With God


Foundation Stage

2019 - 2020

Lockdown 2020

We all came together as the world stayed apart. 


Our amazing children have risen to the challenge of home learning! Our topic for term 5 is 'Will you read me a story?' and covers many traditional tales. Each day we send home activities covering areas within the EYFS curriculum. Here are some examples of what they have been up to. Can you spot the traditional tale?







We were very lucky to be visited by 'Rich Rhythms'. We all had the chance to play the djembe and learn about this instrument. We learnt how to hold the djembe so as to get the best sound. We then practiced making loud and quiet sounds, playing along to a simple rhythm and going fast and slow. ​Some of us even danced along to the rhythm!

This term our big RE question is 'Which books are special and why?'

We have first thought about what is special to us at home. 

​We then explored our school to find things that we think are special. 

We found things like the library, classrooms, the Christian Cross, the trophies and the prayer box. We even had a go at writing a prayer. 

In foundation stage we have been learning so much through our lessons and play. We have worked together to build and create many things including a fire engine and Santa's sleigh. We love to build both using junk modelling and our outside provisions. 

We have also been exploring shape, learning our numbers and practising writing our name!

Term two in Foundation stage. Here are a few photos showing all the amazing learning we are doing through our play and lessons. 

Wow! The Foundation stage children are a creative bunch!

From towers, to tracks and zoos the children have worked both independently at times and with friends to construct a variety of different structures. Balancing bricks and blocks, making enclosures and having so much fun working and playing with each other. 

We love to read and share our stories together. 

The children have been learning their phase two phonics words. They are beginning to say the sounds and blend them together to read simple words. 

In Foundation stage we have loved getting physical in our outside environment. The children have been exploring new ways to move and together working to build obstacle courses to then balance and move around.

As part of our gross motor skills we have also been learning to throw and catch a large ball. Playing lots of fun team games to help improve this skill.  

In the Early Years, we look at many different areas of learning, from the World around us to making relationships and self-care. Can you spot the learning taking place in these pictures?

The children have been busy showing us what they know about number and shapes!

We have been looking at our phase 1 phonics. This revolves around listening to sounds within the environment, matching sounds to pictures, finding rhyming words and listening to initial sounds.

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Willows Academy Trust

The Federation of Minster and Monkton Church of England Primary Schools

Monkton Church of England Primary School