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Spring Term 2018- Colours

Week commencing 8th January-
We are all enjoying our new topic, Colours, and spent our first week back focussing on the colour BLUE.  The children read lots of wonderful stories, including Dog Blue, and decorated blue pictures with paint, feathers and foam!  The Tadpoles made blue collages, the Ducks made blue pom poms for their wooly winter hats, the Dragons painted big blue whales and the Hippos created beautiful Under the Sea pictures.  We ran around outside and chased a blue frisbee too!

Autumn Term 2017- Woodlands

Week commencing 4th December- Christmas and Nativity

We had a fantastic morning with lots of mums, and a few dads, making a variety of Christmas Crafts together.  It really got everyone in the Christmas spirit!
The children have also been busy making additional Christmas crafts secretly, which will be gifts for their families at the end of term!  The staff are very proud of the children's efforts during the Nativity rehearsals, and everyone is excited about the dress rehearsal and real performance next week!

Week commencing 27th November- Christmas Craft, including Mums Craft Morning
Lots of the children have been practising their sounds, this week thinking of words starting with 'h', writing the letter 'h' and completing craft activities such as 'Happy Hand' prints.  Nativity rehearsals are continuing and the children are concentrating well!  Everyone is excited to have a special Friday treat; the Mums coming in to do Christmas art and craft activities!

Week commencing 20th November- Winter Craft and Nativity 
This week, we have had a lot of fun transforming an old cardboard box into a snowy, winter house!  The children were very good at taking turns to play in it!
It's that time of year again.....Nativity practises have begun and everyone is listening well and learning the words and songs!

Week commencing 13th November-  Hibernation and Children in Need
Everyone has really enjoyed finding out about hibernation, as winter time approaches.  We have also spend some time this week learning about Children in Need and Pudsey Bear.  We have made colourful Pudsey pictures, decorated cupcakes with colourful spots and dressed up in spotty clothes!

Week commencing 6th November- Noctural Animals and Hibernation
We have learnt all about animals who sleep during the day and come out at night.  The children loved reading about Owls on the Ipad.  Everyone painted nocturnal animal pictures to put up on the wall.  We have also remembered brave soldiers and made poppies for Rememberance Day.

Week commencing 30th October- Halloween and Bonfire Night
Its been a busy week practising our numbers and learning new sounds.  We have enjoyed getting creative with spooky Halloween art and colourful firework pictures!

Week commencing 16th October- Woodland Walk and Half Term
Everyone had fun making woodland bookmarks and reading lots of books about woodland animals, as we prepared for our first Little Crickets school trip!  The day of the trip was a bit of a drizzly one, but all the children and staff were excited to get there!  It was so much fun hunting for woodland treasure (we found acorns, pine cones, conkers, feathers, colourful leaves) and spotting the animal pictures around the woods.  We saw hedgehog gates and doormouse homes, but we reckon most of the woodland animals were hiding from us!  We ended with a woodland snack; delicious hedgehog-shaped biscuits cooked by Nicky!

Week commencing 9th October- Woodland Walk
We have spent some time this week preparing for our first Nursery School trip to a nearby Woodland, which will happen one morning next week.  We are all very excited to explore and discover woodland 'treasure' and have a woodland snack!  We have loved playing outside on the sunnier days this week and have been imaginative with the guttering, making long slides for the balls to roll down!  The children have also practised their numbers from 1 to 4.  

Week commencing 2nd October- Mushrooms
We have continued to look at foods that grow in the woods this week, and focussed our activities around MUSHROOMS!  The children painted with mushrooms, made some fantastic mushroom pictures and collages and we even studied mushrooms that Tor brought in from home!

Week commencing 25th September- Autumn fruits and nuts
It has been a busy week here whilst we collected lots of conkers, acorns and walnuts.  The Tadpoles then experimented to see if they would float or sink.  The children enjoyed counting;  the Dragons worked hard on the number 3 and the Hippos looked at the number 2.  Tor even painted the children's feet when they were learning about pairs!

Week commencing 18th September- Squirrels and Acorns
The children loved spending time outside at the beginning of the week.  They hunted for acorns and planted their findings in pots.  We will wait and see if they grow into Oak trees!  We read stories about squirrels, looked at pictures of them and created some collages too.

Week commencing 11th September- Blackberries and Rosehips
We have spent a lot of time outside foraging for woodland berries in our beautiful setting.  The children loved painting with blackberry juice, using bubble wrap to create blackberry prints and studying the insides of rosehips and sloes.  

Week commencing 4th September- Settling In/ Holiday News
The children have come back to school full of enthusiasm for a new term and full of wonderful summer holiday news.  It has been great to welcome new children and their families into the Little Crickets community.  We are excited to start a new topic, Woodlands, this term and hope the weather will be kind to us so that we can fully utilise the wonderful outdoor space that we have.

Summer Term 2017- ALPHABET

Week commencing 29th May- HALF TERM
We hope everyone had a lovely Half Term break.  

Week commencing 22nd May-  Ladder Letters- l, t

There has been a lot of Number work going on this week: the Hippos counted ladybirds and their spots whilst the Dragons starting adding numbers, using cubes, toy dinosaurs and other objects to help them.  The children enjoyed making fantastic traffic light and tractor collages, as well as printing with lemons and creating tree and ladder pictures!  We have all loved the sunny weather and made the most of being outside too!

Week commencing 15th May- Curly Caterpillar Letters- e, f

The children have had a fun week looking at the final Curly Caterpillar letters, e and f.  There were lots of elephant paintings being created, using finger printing.  We also made and decorated beautiful fans!


Week commencing 8th May- Curly Caterpillar Letters- d, g

Our week started with great excitement as Emma brought in Tadpoles from her village pond!  We found out that they like eating spinach!  There was a lot of outside learning this week.  The Hippos had fun finding different sounds on a windy washing line.  The Dragons were counting whilst doing sports, such as kicking footballs and doing star jumps!  The Tadpoles make fantastic tadpole paintings and the Frogs loved their floating and sinking activity, using 'd' for ducks.  Lots of children also made a 'g' for grass collage.

Week commencing 2nd May- Curly Caterpillar Letters- a, c, o

It has been a busy four days, looking at our Curly Caterpillar letters.  We have read lots of books, sorted objects by their first sound, practised writing a, c and o and counted too!  Lots of the children completed fun caterpillar crafts.  This week's cooking activity was making healthy, delicious wraps!  The children have been busy outside too, enjoying walks along the footpaths, playing in the playground and running around with the toys on the grass.


Week commencing 25th April

Welcome back to Little Crickets!  We are excited to start our new topic, The Alphabet.  We are going to look at different letters each week, grouping them by how they look- the Curly Caterpillars, Ladder Letters, One Arm Robots and Zigzag Monsters!  We are starting with a Curly Caterpillar letter, 's' (for Summer!), incorporating many areas of our learning: art and craft, number work, reading books, role play and cooking! 

Spring Term 2017- BOOKS

Week commencing 13th February- Love...Valentine's Day

It has been a busy week thinking about LOVE!  We have read so many stories about Love, discussed who we love and made lots of wonderful Valentine's creations to share with loved ones!

Week commencing 6th February- Poetry

It's fun reading, and sharing, all sorts of poems!  We have spotted rhyming words and practised our favourite nursery rhymes.  We have also had a great time outside this week!

Week commencing 30th January- Chinese New Year- Kung Hei Fat Choi!

We have really enjoyed celebrating the start of the Year of the Rooster.  We tried using chopsticks, which was very tricky and rather fun, and also did plenty of creative crafts. 

Week commencing 23rd January- Space

Space week was filled with plenty of exciting stories, including Aliens in Underpants.  The children loved making colourful, glittery rockets and funny-looking aliens.  We all enjoyed learning a poem called "Zoom Zoom Zoom,We're Going to the Moon!"

Week commencing 16th January- Winter

It has been a lot of fun at Little Crickets this week, reading wintery stories and make P for Penguins picture, snowy igloos and snowmen art.  The weather has also been suitably wintry and, as always, we have had a lot of fun outside!

Week commencing 9th January- Zog (dragons and mythical creatures)

The children have loved reading the Julia Donaldson book, Zog.  They have completed lots of fun activities linked to dragons!  A highlight of the week was obviously the SNOW!  We are so lucky to have a large grassy area where we can all run around and stomp in the snow!

Week commencing 2nd January- Settling In

It is exciting to be back for a new term and new year.  We are welcoming some new families and starting a new topic, BOOKS!  We have managed to play outside most days, despite the cold wet weather, and have enjoyed reading lots of books and dressing up in the role play area.

Autumn Term 2016 - Colours

Week commencing 31st October-Halloween and Fireworks

Everyone came back to school full of firework displays they had been to over half term or were going to during the week. There was a lot of excitement about going trick or treating. To get in the mood we made bats,witches hats, a big box was made into a bat cave.Then the glitter came out for firework pictures, rockets were made, songs and poems were read and stories found and enjoyed like the Owl who was Afraid of the Dark.In amongst all this creative work we have been outside a great deal enjoying the playground and the mild weather..

Week commencing 17th October- Pink Week

We only had half a week for pink as we started half term on the Wednesday........but that did not stop us having lots of pink activities. The Tadpoles made beautiful flamingos.Everyone used tissue paper and sticky bits to decorate our pretend cupcakes but then we ate cupcakes for snack as a treat to celebrate half term! The children saw that mixing red and white paint makes a lovely pink. They used the pink to paint some gorgeous pictures to take home.

Week commencing 10th October- Orange Week

The children had so much fun this week! They rolled pumpkins, cut out pumpkin faces, played football with pumpkins, counted with pumpkins. We read the story of Bright Stanley,a fish who was sparkly orange and the children coloured beautiful pictures and added glitter and sequins and other shiny things.We also ate orange carrots for snack that the Hippo group had peeled for us.

Week commencing 3rd October -  Yellow Week

The Tadpoles sliced and tasted delicious bannanas and set them in yellow jelly. The Hippos cut up cooked spaghetti and made pretty pictures with it and others looked at pictures of giraffes on the ipad.  They saw that the giraffes liked to eat the leaves from the top of the tall trees.  They then painted lovely pictures of giraffes and sunshine!

Week commencing 26th September - Green Week

The children at Little Crickets have enjoyed playing in the sunshine this week with lots of outside activites.  Some have planted flower bulbs in individual pots which they will take home at a later date. Others have thrown wellies to see who could throw them the furthest and all have enjoyed playing in the playground. 

Week commencing 19th September- Blue week

The children have had great fun using blue paint for string paintings as well as crepe paper, glitter paper and card for creative collages!  The Hippo Group went on a Treasure Hunt in the playground and meadow searching for colourful objects.  We enjoyed reading a variety of themed books, for example, What Shall We Do, Blue Kangaroo?
We have played outside with bats, balls and hoops when it has been warm enough.  We want to make the most of the outside learning environment whilst the weather is kind to us!

Summer Term- Summer

Week commencing 4th July- Summer Concert

What a fantastic concert, travelling on the Little Crickets bus to the farm, the beach, the garden and then back home!!  The children performed amazingly and all of the staff and parents were so incredibly proud of them.  They sang their hearts out, recited poems beautifully and spoke their words very clearly.  Well done!
  • Week commencing 27th June- Things that Grow
This week, the soon-to-be Leavers have chatted a lot about moving on to Big School.  Some of them have brought in their uniform, lots of them have been for practise mornings at their new schools and they have all enjoyed talking about their new teachers, friends and routines.  The Hedgehogs and Ducks looked at a huge tomato plant and thought about what plants need in order to grow.  Some of the children also tasted yummy fresh spinach!  The Ducks made lovely tomato plant pictures!

  • Week commencing 20th June- Summer Minibeasts
The children have really enjoyed completing a variety of art and craft activities, as well as reading books about, and hunting outside for, minibeasts.  We have all loved using the sand tray at play time and running after hoops and balls in the sunshine!
  • Week commencing 13th June- Father's Day
It has been a fun-filled week talking about the Daddies and why they are all so special.  We have read books about Daddies and painted pictures of them.  The children have been extremely busy decorating paper ties, creating footprint poems and writing information about their special Daddies!  Happy Father's Day for Sunday!

  • Week commencing 6th June- The Queen's Birthday
We have had a very royal week celebrating the Queen turning 90!  We have decorated sparkly gold crowns, completed running races and played with the parachute and balls outside.  We even had a yummy royal snack on gold plates!  Some of us created a bejewelled birthday cake for Her Majesty too!

  • Week commencing 23rd May- At the Seaside
It's our second week on holidaying at the seaside and the children have been so creative!  Amongst other things, beach huts have been designed, crabby pictures decorated and painted, and glittery rainbow fish made.  There has been lots of outside play too as the sun has been shining!
  • Week commencing 16th May- At the Seaside
During Seaside week, the children have counted and eaten ice cream cones, played in the sand pit and made sailing boat pictures.  The Hippos also played with musical instruments to help with their counting.
  • Week commencing 9th May- Outside activities in Summer
We love picnics and barbeques in Summer!  The Ducks cooked sausages on the BBQ and everyone ate them for snack time!  The Dragons and Hippos had fun completing their obstacle races in the sunshine!

  • Week commencing 2nd May- Summer Clothes
The children enjoyed pegging summer clothes on a washing line!  They counted how many items there were and discussed what colours they were. Some children also made beautiful sparkly flip flops.

  • Week commencing 25th April- Summer animals

This week, all the children have learnt about animals that are born in the warm Spring and Summer months.  We have completed arty activities about lambs and piglets, as well as chatting about foals, calves, ducklings and many more animal babies.  We have made the most of the lovely sunny days by learning outside and playing with the hoops, balls and little vehicles on the grassy area.

  • Week commencing 19th April- The Four Seasons and the Weather
We have been busy looking at the different seasons and weather this week.  Lots of children have decorated paper trees and real branches with crepe paper spring blosson and green leaves.  We have enjoyed the sunnier days outside.  We have cooked yummy apricot cookies, started learning French and celebrated the Queen's 90th birthday!  We will also have a Street Party in June!

  • Week commencing 11th April- Settling In

It has been exciting to welcome some new children to Little Crickets this week.  Everyone has spent a lot of time outside enjoying the first glimpses of sunshine!  We will start our new topic, Summer, next week!
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