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Mrs Gunn – Daisy Class Teacher

Miss Draycott – Poppy Class Teacher 

Mrs McGrath - Bluebell Class Teacher

Miss Hydes – FS Teaching Assistant

Mr. Barber – FS Teaching Assistant 


Welcome to Spring 2 at John Clifford from all the Foundation Stage Team. We are excited to jump into teaching and learning with our new topic,




This half term the children will learn about minibeasts they may find in the garden or park, as well as minibeasts you may find in other countries.  

Our focus texts will be: Matisse’s Magical Trail, What the Ladybird Heard and The Very Busy Spider. 




Over the half term, we will also be learning:

  • PSED- To continue to develop friendships with each other, share their stories about their experiences, talk about what keeps them healthy and find solutions to conflicts, as they play and take turns in games. Develop independence as they change for PE (F2) and put on their coats and shoes (F1 & F2) 
  • CLL - Group discussions – expressing our point of view, using talk in our play to organise ourselves, connect our ideas and actions using longer sentences. Learning new vocabulary related to our topic, naming minibeasts, their body parts, how they move and their habitats.  
  • PD - Gross motor skills focus –Think about safety as they work as a team to move large items in their play outside. Remember a sequence of movements related to music and rhythm. Develop overall body strength, co-ordination, balance and agility and combine different movements with ease. Songs and dances related to minibeasts, PE with Mr Tilling and Outdoor Learning activities with Mrs. Mitchell. Fine motor skills – using scissors, playdough utensils, glue, cutlery, paint brushes and writing utensils etc. 
  • LITERACY - Non- fiction writing linked to our topic, ‘Minibeasts’; fiction writing linked to focus texts. Read some letter groups that each represent one sound and say sounds for them. Read simple phrases and sentences. Spell words by identifying the sounds and then write the sounds with the letters. F1 – Clap syllables in a word and name the different parts of a book e.g., front cover, back cover 
  • MATHS- Subitise, compare numbers, count beyond 10, Understand ‘one more than/one less than’ relationship between consecutive numbers, recall number bonds from 0-5, identify 2D and 3D shapes and talk about their properties.  
  • F1 - Select shapes appropriately e.g., flat surfaces for building, a triangular prism for a roof etc. Talk about and identify the patterns around them e.g., stripes on clothes, count a group of objects up to 10 and recognise some numerals to 5 and subitise to 3. Compare objects by length, height and weight. 
  • UNDERSTANDING THE WORLD- exploring our environment and compare characters and settings from stories. Learn about festivals celebrated by other cultures – Ramadan and Easter. Know that there are different countries in the world and talk about the differences they have experienced or seen in photos. Understand the key features of the lifecycle of a minibeast. Describe what they see, hear and feel whilst outside in the playground and Outdoor Learning Sessions. Look at changes through the seasons and begin to understand the effect of changing seasons on the natural world around them – moving from Winter to Spring and compare similarities and differences. Science week: make connections between our lunch box and where our food comes from, what our body can do and how bees fly, linking it to aircraft
  • RE- Easter and Ramadan  
  • EXPRESSIVE ART DESIGN - designing and creating using a variety of media e.g.: collage, paint, chalk. Using different textures -collage/paint/pastels. Learning new skills and techniques eg. Printing with objects, creating patterns (Spirals, zig zags etc), making 3D models using paper, twisting paper to create spirals and joining with glue and tape. Small world construction, junk modelling. Focus artist - Matisse 
  • BEING IMAGINATIVE- retelling focus stories using role play, songs and actions – remembering a sequence of actions and adding their own actions to a dance 
  • MUSIC- Playing instruments with increasing control to express their feeling and ideas. Respond to what they have heard, expressing their thoughts and feelings. Regular singing of nursery rhymes. Learn a range of songs to perform to families etc.  

We will continue to read with your child each week, individually or as a group and we ask you to share your child’s reading book with them as well other books from home. Please find the best time for you and your child to do this, making it enjoyable for all!  Every little bit of reading really does help your child on their learning journey. 


In the Spring term, PE takes place on Monday and Wednesday afternoons. 

Please could all children bring their PE kits to school each Monday and Wednesday. PE kits consist of PLAIN black shorts or jogging bottoms, PLAIN white t-shirt, and trainers. Please NAME ALL PE CLOTHES. Please see the timetable for this half term below: 


Outdoor Learning with Mrs Mitchell 

Each class will have the opportunity to take part in Outdoor learning sessions with Mrs Mitchell on Monday mornings. Poppy Class and Daisy Class will take turns and will participate on alternate Mondays. Please see the table below. 



Homework in Foundation

Each week, we ask that all children read with somebody at home at least three times a week. This could be any adult or an older sibling or friend. Every little bit of reading really does help children on the learning journey.

Nursery (Bluebells Class) Reading

Please bring your child’s book bag to school every Friday so that they can change their book. Read this story book several times with your child – Talk about the cover, ask them to tell you what is happening when you read it again and talk about the characters. At the end of the week, encourage your child to tell you the story, using the pictures to guide them

Websites to help learning phonics.

Phonics: How to pronounce pure sounds | Oxford Owl - YouTube

Jolly Phonics Letter Sounds (British English) - YouTube


Tricky words | Phase 2 Phonics | Phonics song - BBC Bitesize

Check out the blogs below to see what we've been doing in our classes!

Bluebell (Nursery)



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  • Lunar New Year Celebrations

    Celebrations! Happy New Year! This week we have been learning about Lunar New Year.  We talked about how this festival is celebrated around the world.  Last week, we enjoyed taking part in some fun activities, as some of our parents from Hong Kong came to school to talk to us about how Chinese New Year is celebrated.  This week in our classrooms, we enjoyed many activities focussing on Lunar New year. The children had to tidy the furniture in the small world house – can you sort the furniture so that it is the correct room?  We also enjoyed making tea in the water tuff spot.  They loved exploring the...

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  • Weekending 25th November & 2nd December 2022

    Who does that job?  Our personal histories - celebrating our brithdays This week we have been focussing on our personal histories and we have been learning all about birthdays.  We have made playdough cakes and added beads and candles to them. The children had a go at counting the candles they had added to their cake. We planned a birthday party for Dex, our Classroom dinosaur. We shared ideas about what we needed for the party and had a go at drawing pictures to show what we wanted for the party.  The children were encouraged to talk about their drawings and describe their marks.  Our focus...

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  • Weekending 18th November 2022

    Poppies, Remembrance and Children in Need Thank you to everyone who supported our ‘Children in Need’ activitie today.  It was great to see the children coming to school dressed up. Thank you also for those who brought money in for toast for the appeal today- we had buttered toast and jam and butter on toast and for those who didn’t like toast, we made jam sandwiches.   We also attended our first whole school assembly where Mrs Mitchell weighed the giant pumpkins which had grown in the Outdoor Learning garden.  I was incredibly proud of how the children sat and listened really well. We have been...

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  • Weekending 11th November 2022

    Festival of lights  This week the children have enjoyed watching videos of families celebrating Diwali.  They loved the song 'Diwali' and they made Diya lamps from salt dough where we mixed water, flour and salt and talked about them being dry, wet and then changing to being sticky when they mixed together.   They were intrigued to see how they went from being soft to being very hard so that they could paint them and add decorations to them. We also looked at different Rangoli patterns and had a go at creating patterns in the tuff spot which was filled with coloured rice. The children are...

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  • Weekending 4th November 2022

    Bonfire Night, Sparklers and Whatever Next! This week we have focussed on Bonfire Night, and who Guy Fawkes was. The children loved watching videos of firework displays and noticed the circular shapes in the fireworks and also heard some of the noises they made, such as, bang, pop, sizzle etc. They got very creative and made firework paintings, using cardboard tubes, twisting the tubes to make a swirling circular shape. Using the sensory blocks, the children created models of rockets by either building them upwards or lying them flat on the ground and joining them together to make a rocket...

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  • Weekending 14th October 2022

    Move to the Beat! Zoom to the moon! Yum! Yum! Faster! Faster!     

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  • Weekending 7th October 2022

    This week we have focussed on activities around ‘Black History Month’.  The children loved going to the Junior Hall to meet the Hibbert family who brought in lots of artefacts related to their Jamaican heritage.  They particularly enjoyed playing the steel drums and were fascinated by the sugar cane and how it was turned into sugar.  They showed us the Jamaican football shirts which inspired some of the children to talk to them about football and Forest. I was very proud of how confident they were to speak with our visitors.  We also listened to the story, ‘Coming to England’ by Floella Benjamin and...

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  • Adventures around school

    Weekending 30th September 2022 We had a busy week talking about our school and some of the people that are important to us at school.  We looked at the school website and some of the people in the office, Tracey in the kitchen, as well as other teachers we see each day. We also had a walk around the school and visited the office. The children were excited to see photos of themselves on the website and they talked about who they saw and what they were doing.  They were amazed to find tomatoes growing as well as a huge pumpkin. They also picked grass to feed the guinea pigs. We also talked about...

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  • Weekending 23rd September 2022

     Our Five Senses      Next week we will learn the song, Miss Polly Had a Dolly.  Please practise this at home with your child.  Thank you.

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  • Weekending 16th September 2022

    Getting to know you

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  • Weekending 9th September 2022

    Settling in to the Bluebell Class          

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