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Summer 1 2021 - Medium Term Plan

'Can you read me a story?'

Summer 1: Week 3 - Superheroes!

Would you like to join the Little Crofters Happy Hero Club? What super powers do you have? This week we certainly inspired our Nursery children to mark make, draw and write messages for the Superheroes. The Superheroes even replied to our notes. Fantastic work Little Crofter heroes! 

Developing Our Environment

At Little Crofters we are constantly developing and enhancing all aspects of our Nursery environment, both inside and outside. A local farmer has recently donated us two large tyres that we are using to further develop and encourage the children's gross motor control and co-ordination. These new additions have certainly been a 'big hit' with our children. Super work!

Summer 1: Week 2 - 'Not a Stick'

Is it a magic want, a fire hose or a fishing net? Take a look at our story pages!

Summer 1 - Week 1: 'Not a Box'

What a wonderful start to the Summer term in Nursery. It has been wonderful to welcome all of our children back after the Easter break and to observe their growing independence, enthusiasm and progress through their play and learning. 


'Not a Box' by Antoinette Portis provided a text to inspire our creativity, co-operation and story telling skills.

"Is it a rocket, a car, a train...? Where will our imaginations take us today?"

Spring 2 2021 - Medium Term Plan

'Exploring Our World'

Spring 2 - Week 5: "Ladybird, Ladybird fly away home..."

This week we have moved on to exploring more minibeasts with a focus on ladybirds. We have designed and created our own ladybird pictures, counted the number of ladybird spots and matched these to the correct numerals and created our own stories. 

Friday 19th March 2021: Comic Relief!

Our Little Crofters really enjoyed wearing 'red' for Comic Relief, raising some money and showing their red noses to the class. Well done!

Spring 2 - Week 4: Butterflies!


This week our study of caterpillars has evolved into learning all about butterflies and creating them using a range of different media. Shapes, symmetry, colour mixing and painting, to name but a few, are all themes we have enjoyed that have linked to our learning through play and exploration.

Spring 2 - Week 3: Welcome Back to all our Little Crofters!

There's a tiny caterpillar on a leaf...wriggle, wriggle!

What a wonderful week we have had all back together in Nursery. Many of our Little Crofters have made us proud, yet again, by returning this week with enthusiasm, energy and smiles. It is clear you are all really pleased to be back and have loved engaging in your learning and play with your friends again. Well done!

Look at our different caterpillar creations in Nursery this week, as we listen and enjoy the popular story, 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' by Eric Carle. 

World Book Day 2021!


Thank-you to all of our families for supporting us in celebrating another wonderful, 'World Book Day!' Even though not everyone was able to attend Nursery this year it did not stop our Little Crofters joining in with the fun! Well done!

Spring 2 - Week 1: Fun with 'Weather Maths!'


Counting, ordering and sorting were just some of the skills we used this week in our Maths games.

Spring Term 1 2021 - Medium Term Plan

'Into the Unknown...'

Chinese New Year - February 2021


Mr Shackleton's Geography group really enjoyed finding out more about China...


Keeping our Little Crofters Family Connected! 


Although we can't all be together at this time, our Class Dojo and Tapestry pages have allowed us to do the next best thing in Nursery by keeping us connected to our Little Crofter friends and families throughout this lockdown. We definitely think this is something to be really proud of and is worth celebrating. You are all doing a fantastic job!

Take a look at a flashback of some of the highlights from this half term so far...

You can visit the Phonics with Robot Reg homepage to meet Faye and find out more about these wonderful Phonics classes!

Spring 1 Week 5 - Birds


We have all really enjoyed bird watching, making bird feeders, binoculars and creating our very own clay birds this week. Take a look...

Spring 1- Week 4 Robot Fun!

What a brilliant week we have had in Nursery and at home exploring Robots by listening carefully to instructions, making Robot movements and creating our own Robots using different materials. One of our favourite activities was making our own healthy, 'Robot' snacks! 

Healthy Eating with our Robots!

Spring 1 - Week 3 - Dinosaurs!


Look at how we explored all things Dinosaur this week, both in Nursery and at home! Our Little Crofters and their families are helping us to stay connected, have enjoyed exploring our ideas on Class Dojo and have been sharing their own wonderful and exciting learning and play from home too.

Another great week was finished off with a Dinosaur story from our Head teacher on Dojo that we could all enjoy! Amazing work Little Crofters!

Spring 1 - Weeks 1-2  - Lockdown 3.0 

Our return to Little Crofters Nursery may not have gone quite to plan following the Christmas break, however, take a look at how our little learners and their families have shown great positivity, determination and resilience to continue their learning journey from home and in Nursery. 'We're All in this Together!'


Autumn 2 2020 - Medium Term Plan

'Where our wellies take us..."

Autumn 2 - Week 6 - Time to Celebrate!


We are really enjoying preparations for Christmas and the Winter break at the moment in Nursery and have been finding out about how others celebrate special times of the year with their families. Well done Little Crofters!

Autumn 2 - Week 5 

Tell me a story...

This week we have put our own Little Crofters twist on the classic 'The Gingerbread Man' story changing the setting, events and characters. Take a look at our story maps and books!

Autumn 2 - Week 4


Problem Solving, Design and Creativity!

Our magic wellies have taken us on another adventure this week chasing a very energetic and mischievous Gingerbread Man! Little Crofters can you help the Gingerbread Man to escape across the river?! Let's find out...

Autumn 2 - Week 3


'Happy Diwali!' We have really enjoyed learning all about Diwali - The Festival of Light this week in Nursery. Exploring Rangoli patterns was so interesting and inspiring. Look at the patterns we made using different tools, materials and media. 

Children in Need 2020!


What a fantastic effort everybody made to celebrate 'Children in Need' this year in the Nursery and throughout the whole school. Thank you to everyone that kindly donated to such an amazing event! We have all made a difference...Well done!

Autumn 2 - Week 2 


Our Little Crofters made us so proud on Wednesday 11th November 2020 observing the 2 minute silence at 11am, by watching the CBeebies 'Poppies' clip, to support their understanding of this important event and creating their own Poppies. 

Autumn 2 - Week 1


Celebrating Bonfire Night and Fireworks the Little Crofters way!

We may not have been able to go out and watch our favourite displays this weekend but we still celebrated at Nursery with firework crafts, painting and dancing. 

Autumn Term 1 2020 - Medium Term Plan

'Celebrating Me!'


Autumn 1 - Invitations to Play


What a wonderful first half term we have had at Little Crofters. We are all looking forward to returning after the holiday and cannot wait to see where the children's enthusiasm and interests will take us next!

Take a look at some of the 'Invitations to Play and Learn' experiences and topics we have created and planned so far at Nursery...you won't be disappointed! 



Autumn 1 Week 6 - "We're going on a listening walk!"

Phonics Phase 1

Phonics in Nursery is all about focusing on children’s listening and attention skills and ensuring they have a secure awareness of sounds. In Phase 1 Phonics we focus on the key areas of Environmental sounds, Instrumental sounds, Body percussion (e.g. clapping and stamping), Rhythm and rhyme, Alliteration, Voice sounds, Oral blending and segmenting (e.g. hearing that d-o-g makes ‘dog’) This phase is intended to develop children’s listening, vocabulary and speaking skills and give them a secure base of knowledge and understanding to begin Phase 2 phonics in Reception.              


This week we have been identifying different environmental and instrumental sounds. "The police car goes nee nah, the tyre pump goes whoosh, the watering can made a wonderful sound when we tipped the pebbles out!"

The instruments have also become a firm favourite with our Little Crofters during this half term and we have enjoyed lots of noisy fun!

Exploring Environmental and Instrumental Sounds!

Autumn 1 Week 5 - Colourful Creations and Messy Play!

Autumn 1 Week 4


'We're Going on a BUG Hunt!" Another fantastic week at Nursery creating bug hunt maps, exploring the garden and making our own bug hotels!

Well done Little Crofters! 

Creepy Crawly Fun!!

Autumn 1 Week 3

Rain, rain go away...not at Little Crofters! We have been very fortunate this year to have been supplied with some brand new waterproof suits and some wellies to ensure we can all enjoy the outdoors at Nursery, whatever the weather.

After all...we all love to jump and play in muddy puddles!! 

Working Together and Home Learning!

At Little Crofters we plan for exciting and purposeful play and learning using our Medium Term Topic Plan and from the children's direct interests and ideas.

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"We look forward to working in close partnership with our families to provide the most positive and engaging learning experiences that all of our children deserve!"

Little Crofters Home Learning

Autumn 1 Week 2

We have all had a wonderful first full week welcoming all of our new Little Crofters and their families to the Nursery. It has been fantastic to see so many eager and excited children coming to Nursery to explore the setting and make new friends. Well done Little Crofters!