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Welcome to Little Crofters 2021 - 2022

As we begin our new year in Nursery we also embrace a new, revised Early Years Foundation Stage framework.

Take a look at our new, exciting and evolving aspirations for our Nursery children...

Countdown to Blastoff! ​​​​​​​Aliens, moon rocks, spaceships and more! 

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‘Little Crofters are go!!!’

Spring 1 Medium Term Plan - 2022

'All Join in, it's a Wonderful Creation!'

Spring 1 - Week 3: “I going to the moon, Teacher!” Oakley, age 3.

“She’s been, Elsa’s been...look ice...it is icy and cold out here!”
Phoebe, age 3.


Spring 1 - Week 2: 'We’re going on a Shape Hunt!’

This week we have sang about shapes, searched for shapes in Nursery and at home and made our own shape pictures. The developing vocabulary of our children in describing how different shapes look, discussing their properties and using their correct names has been fantastic. We have also been so pleased to see many of our children sharing their play and learning from home with us on the Nursery Class Dojo. Well done Little Crofters! 


Communicating our ideas and understanding!

Home Learning - Shapes!

We have been exploring the stars and the moon at Nursery. We have linked this area of interest to shapes, songs, our World and much more.

Have a look at our interpretation of Van Gogh's 'The Starry Night' painting.

We really enjoyed having such a large canvas to paint on as we explored the shapes, patterns and colours we could see in the painting. I think you will agree it is beautiful!

Spring 1: 'A great start to the New Year!'


What an incredible start to our Spring Term at Little Crofters Nursery. The children have returned with confidence and a great enthusiasm for their play and learning. 

Mark making, drawing and name writing have been a real focus and fascination for so many of the children who have been keen to share their family news. 

Autumn 2 Medium Term Plan - 2021

'All Join in with Wellies and Weather!'

Celebrations 2021

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Autumn 2: Week 6 

'Christmas Creations and Celebrations with Friends!'


Autumn 2: Week 5 

'It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, celebrations and family time!'

We are learning about how many of us celebrate Christmas, how we decorate our houses and the Nursery during these special times and how we can work together to share special times and make memories.

Forest School Project

What a wonderful way to conclude our Little Crofters Forest School experience this term. This group have built shelters, discussed campfire safety, explored the natural world and even created their own 'Celebration' tree for the Nursery garden. Every skill acquired and practised during the children's time at Forest School gives them confidence, independence and experiences we are so proud to offer in Nursery. 

A message from our Forest School Leader, Miss Smallman
“Our Forest School group should be so proud of themselves! They are all strengthening their understanding of safety (for themselves and others) and managing risk. Forest School is not just about 'messing about in the woods' it is about facilitating risk managed opportunities that enable our learners to develop transferable skills socially, physically, intellectually, creatively, communicatively, emotionally and spiritually. By providing these opportunities our learners will hopefully become confident and independent individuals... and have a lot of fun in the process! We are very proud of our first group this year! Well done!” ⭐️

Autumn 2: Week 4 - ‘Brush your teeth in the morning and night!’

How can we keep our teeth healthy and clean? We started to explore this important topic by learning a tooth brushing song and the actions to go with it. We then helped our crocodile, dinosaurs and shark to clean their teeth. 

Tooth Brushing Song ~ Simple Songs


19.11.2021 - Children in Need 2021

We had a fantastic day of spotty clothes, decorated faces, Pudsey pictures and teddy bear ears to celebrate this years ‘Children in Need.’ Thank you to all of our Little Crofters who took part and for your generous donations. Our children were proud to learn about how we can all work together to make a difference for others. Well done!

Children in Need - Let’s Dance!

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Jump up and dance with Pudsey!

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12.11.2021 - Visiting Mr Page

What a fantastic end to another wonderful week at Nursery. We are always so proud of all of our Little Crofters. Mr Page was incredibly pleased to welcome three of our children to visit him at Upper School and share in their learning and creations. Well done! 

Autumn 2: Week 2 - 11th November - 'Lest We Forget'


On Thursday 11th November we sat quietly in Nursery and watched the 'BBC Children's Remembrance film.' We talked about things we are grateful for and special people in our lives.

We know that many of the amazing things we have and can experience in our lives today is due to the help and sacrifices of people from our past. 

Autumn 2: Week 1 - 'Celebrations, Diwali and Fireworks!'


It has been a wonderful first week back at Nursery and we have all thoroughly enjoyed learning about how Diwali is celebrated by so many at this time of year and how we can safely enjoy bonfires, fireworks and walks in the dark with our families. 

Rangoli pattern, Diya lamps, Sweets and more...

Autumn 1 Medium Term Plan - 2021

'All Join in with Celebrating Me!'

Autumn 1: Week 7 - 'Autumn leaves...falling down!'


What a fantastic, final week to our Autumn term in Nursery. We have enjoyed exploring number through play and activities this week and investigated and explored the natural world around us by collecting leaves of all shapes, colours and sizes.

What will you discover during your half term Little Crofters? 

Autumn 1: Week 6 - 'Invitations to Play, Discover and Learn'


At Little Crofters Nursery we plan from the children's interests and needs. We are fortunate to have a wonderful setting, with opportunities to explore both indoors and outdoors. We are proud of the balance between our child-led approach and planning for everything we want our children to 'experience, learn and be able to do!'

Take a look at just a few of the exciting activities and invitations to play we have provided in our first few weeks of the new year...

Autumn 1: Week 5 - 'Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear...'


This week we have moved from animals to bears and our favourite, cuddly toys. It has been a week of biscuit decorating, bear stories and has ended with inviting our teddies to a snack time picnic! We have also loved to share your Dojo posts sent in from home. Great work Little Crofters! 

Little Crofters Forest School

At Little Crofters we are so lucky to have our very own Forest School Leader, Ms Smallman, who was thrilled to begin her sessions again this week alongside Mr Shackleton. The group of children visiting the Forest School area in the Nursery garden were encouraged to explore the natural environment around them whilst learning the important safety routines and boundaries for them to understand and follow in order to enjoy the best experiences. Well done!

Autumn 1: Week 4 - 'Kind hands, actions and words!'

'Little Crofters - A happy place to be'

This week we have continued to settle into Nursery life and explore ways to create a happy, safe and positive environment for everybody. Take a look at the things we use and activities we engage in to help us in Nursery to listen, join in and share!


Windchimes, rewards, sharing and teamwork!

Autumn 1: Week 3 - 'All Join in with Celebrating Me!'

'What do you like?'

At Little Crofters Nursery it is so important to us to provide a balance for our children between planned experiences and play inspired by their individual fascinations and interests.

Take a look at how our Little Crofters helped to create their own, personal curriculum this week with independence, enthusiasm and a strong desire to learn through their own, child-led play. 

Mermaids, den building, playdough baking, potion making, colour sorting, birthdays and more!

Autumn 1 - Settling in!

Our Little Crofters have had a fantastic start to the school year. We are so proud of how all of the children have settled into Nursery with excitement and enthusiasm. The support from our Parents and Carers has highlighted the continued importance of the shared partnership between home and Nursery to ensure our Little Crofters have the most positive experience. Thank you! 

Look at our amazing learners...