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Foundation 1 - Obama Class

Summer 1

This half term we are looking at growing. We will be looking at how our bodies grow from a baby, how plants grow and how minibeasts grow! 

If you have any questions please do not forget to message Mrs McManus or Mrs Harper on ClassDojo!

19th April

We would like to say a huge warm welcome to all the new children who joined us after Easter! They have settled in very quickly and are participating in lots of our learning. This week we have been learning about ourselves and we painted our portraits. We have been learning to make friends with each other and the older Nursery children have really supported the new ones in following our expectations in Nursery. Well done everyone! 

Spring 2

This term our topic is animals! We will be looking at pets, minibeasts and wild animals!

Work will be set on dojo daily so please don't remember to check daily and to complete the activities set. 

Below is our weekly overview for this term, please don't forget to use the home learning timetable to support your learning at home.

If you have any questions please do not hestitate to contact the nursery team.

We look forward to seeing your work this half term!

29th March

This week we have been celebrating Easter. We made Easter cards, painted boiled eggs and went on an Easter egg hunt around the Nursery garden. Some of the eggs had hidden numbers inside and others had chocolate! We also held an Easter bonnet competition, thank you to everyone who took part! 

22nd March

This week we had lots of fun exploring pasta outside. We talked about the size of padta and used the magnifying glasses to look closely at the texture. We used paddle boards to act out own story and develop our own narratives. 

15th March

Our story this week is called 'What the ladybird heard' by Julia Donaldson. We made houses in the small world for the farm animals. In maths we used playdough t count out the spots on the ladybirds. We pretended the house outside was an ice-cream shop and we have been working on our money language! We sell very expensive ice-creams. We also completed our own science experiment and watched the colours grow!

8th March

We are so pleased to be opening up our doors and seeing everybody again! There has been a slight change in staffing, Mrs McManus is now the Nursery Class Teacher but you will still see Mrs Skilbeck around the school and at the beginning and end of the day. 

It has been a super busy first week back! The children have been learning about farm animals and the different sounds they make. We painted animals for our display in school. We made Mother's day cards and practised writing our names. For snack this week we got to try some watermelon. 

1st March

We are now in a brand new month! We are looking forward to welcoming the children back next week. There has been brilliant engagement with our online learning on ClassDojo! This week we are continuing to look at pets and our book of the week is 'The Magic Hoop' by Chloe and Mick Inkpen.


Book of the week - The magic hoop

Poem of the week - Mice

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22nd February

This week we are looking at pets. Our story is Mog and the v.e.t by Judith Kerr. We will be looking at pictographs this week, learning how to look after animals and exploring what we want to be when we grow up. 

Book of the week - Mog and the v.e.t

Poem of the week - Furry, furry squirrel

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Spring 1 

We were so excited to welcome you back after out Christmas break and we are very sad that we won't be able to see you for a while. We will be uploading work daily onto ClassDojo to please check our stories and complete the tasks that are set. 


Below is our daily timetable and how we will be structing our home learning for you to complete at home. 


8th February

On the 16th February it is one of my favourite days, Pancake Day! This week we will be doing lots of activities on ClassDojo that link to pancakes, and on Friday we will even be cooking some! Our story this week is Mr Wolf's Pancakes by Jan Fearnley.

Book of the week - Mr Wolf's Pancakes

Poem of the week - Pancakes

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1st February

This week our story is 'Shhh!' by Sally Grindley and Peter Utton. We will be looking at giants and castles this week. Just make sure you are very quiet when you read the story! 

Book of the week - Shhh!

Poem of the week - Breezy weather

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25th January

This week we are continuing our journey and learning more about dragons, our book of the week is 'Zog' by Julia Donaldson. 

Book of the week - Zog

Poem of the week - Cup of tea

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18th January

This week we are exploring dragons! Our first book is 'There's a dragon in your book' by Tom Fletcher. Please remember to check ClassDojo for all the activities that are set! 

Book of the week - There's a dragon in your book

Poem of the week - Falling Apples

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6th January - 15th January 

We are looking at the story 'Goldilocks and the 3 bears.' Mrs Skilbeck has set many challenges on ClassDojo for your child to complete at home, we are very much looking forward to seeing what you get up to!

Book of the week - Goldilocks and the 3 bears

Poem of the week - Popcorn

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Autumn 2 - Celebrations

This half term we have lots to celebrate; bonfire night, Diwali and Christmas! Obama class will be exploring these different celebrations and understanding what they are.


This half term we will be holding our parents evening slots throughout the day. Mrs Skilbeck will be doing them on the 12th November 9am-11.30am and 12pm-3pm, 18th November from 1pm-3pm or the 26th November 9am-11.30am and 12pm-3pm. Please ensure you have given your slip in of your preferred time or sent a dojo message.

7th and 14th December

We are all so excited for Christmas! We have been reading the book 'Dear Santa' and we made some fantastic story maps! We have our own decorations and card to take home to our parents. We had a fantastic Christmas party where we played musical bumps, musical chairs, pass the parcel and we also ate lots of yummy food.

30th November

This week we have been learning about Christmas and why we celebrate it. We have found out it is a Christian holiday. We have been visited by a special elf who has been leaving challenges for us around the classroom! He has made us decorate the tree, go on a treasure hunt to find some treats and to write some lists. 

23rd November

Lots of us have been making stick man this week in the provison and we have been using our own stick man to retell the story using lots of story language. In phonics we are now beginning to clap the syllables in our names and identify the first initial sound. We are also really improving on our counting skills. 

16th November

This week our story has been 'Stick Man'. We listened to the story lots of times to help deepen our understanding. We also learnt the makaton signs to help us read along with the story. We had pooh stick races outside in our water tray. In Maths we have been working hard on our counting skills and some of us have been recognising numbers up to 10. We even had the opportunity to make our own stick man outside!

9th November

This week we celebrated Remembrance Day and Diwali. For Remembrance Day we made poppies and we held a 2 minute silence. We were fantastic at being quiet. We have listened to Diwali music, made Rangoli patterns on hands and we made our own diva lamps to keep and take home. We also got to try new foods. We ate rice, poppadoms and vegetables samosas. The poppadoms were our favourite, they taste like crisps!

2nd November

It has been fantastic to welcome back so many faces and a warm welcome to our new starters! This week our story has been 'Tidy'. It is about a badger who likes to tidy up and he tidies all the leaves from the tree! We learnt the names of lots of different animals from the story. We then went on an Autumn walk around nursery to see what we could find. We found lots of colourful leaves that had fallen off the trees. We also got to celebrate Bonfire Night this week. We made our own sparklers from chocolate fingers, created bonfire pictures and even tried mushy peas. The morning children did not like them too much but the afternoon children thought they were yummy!

Autumn 1

Welcome back everybody and a big hello to all our new children! This term we are focusing on 'Marvellous Me'. We want to find out all about our children and what makes the special! We will be learning how to share our toys, painting our portraits and reading new stories such as 'Huey and the new jumper.'


Please remember to sign up to ClassDojo where you will see all of the fantastic learning that your children are doing in Obama class.

12th October

This week we have been working hard on our positional language, we helped Quiz get clean by helping his clean under his armpits and on top of his head! We then used positional language on a treasure hunt where we found some exciting snacks! In Literacy we have been exploring our feelings and drew pictures to show what makes us happy and sad. On Friday we had a spooky dress up day to link with our story ‘Funny Bones’. We explored the inside of a pumpkin, made funny bones masks and had red potion water. It was lots of fun!

5th October

We have a new teacher who has joined us this week called Miss Beatty!

We have been practising learning how to pronounce the 'o' sound and writing the letter 'o' during our Squiggle whilst you wiggle sessions.

We have been working hard on our communication and language skills in literacy as our book is 'You choose'. We have been talking about all the different things that we would eat, drink, wear and what we would do for a job. One of our favourite pages was the pet page! We then had a real stick insect come visit our classroom, some of us were super brave and even held it!

We have also been on a virtual walk around Strelley this week on google maps to see if we could spot where we lived!

We pretended to be on the Bake off and we made our own patterned biscuits, they were yummy!

28th September

Autumn is finally here; we know this because all of the leaves are beginning to fall off the trees. Some of us used our strong arms to sweep them up, and others practised their fine motor skills by threading the leaves together to make a wreath. We made patterns with some of the leaves discussing the different colours we could see.

We have really enjoyed our story 'I want my hat back' and we have spoken about the different clothes we wear. The bear then lost his socks and we had to work together to find the matching pair.

We have also begun our 'Squiggle whilst you wiggle' sessions, these will help us with our writing skills in the future.


21st September

Our story we have been learning about this week is 'Huey in the new jumper.' We have been learning about what makes us different and what makes the same. We noticed that lots of us had the same DSA school jumper on.

We have also been busy learning about shapes and made Huey a new jumper. We also went outside on a shape hunt.

In phonics we have been making lots of noise outside using our drumming sticks, we like to hit things that make very loud noises. We also found a special visitor in our garden, can you guess what it is from the photo?

14th September

This week we started our maths and phonics learning. We met our new class friends Leo the Lion and Squeak the Mouse who have been helping us. We helped them sort out who had more and less sweets. We went on a sound walk in our nursery garden, we could hear many birds and we also heard planes. I wondered where they could be going and some children think they were flying to the park!
We also had a pirate dress up day, we pretended to go on a pirate ship and we went on a treasure hunt and made our own maps.

7th September

The children have settled well into Nursery and they have been exploring the environment. Our favourite toys are building with the blocks and splashing around in the water. We have already shown fantastic sharing skills by sharing our toys with our new friends.