St Martin & St Mary Church ofEngland Primary School


Welcome toSt Martin & St Mary Church ofEngland Primary School


Spring Term 2023


We have welcomed 8 new children into Nursery this term. After two weeks of visits and admissions we introduce our weekly themes –

Our topic this term is ‘changes’. We start by looking at how we are feeling. We think about colours, shapes, letters and numbers and have a fun week celebrating Chinese New year and Valentine’s Day. We look at changes in the weather and then the growth of animals, plants and then ourselves. Our term ends with lots of Easter activities.


Happy and Sad

In this week, we think about our feelings; being kind to each other and sharing and taking turns. We paint feelings faces, make paper plate faces, complete face and people puzzles, colour in paper people and look at our reflections in coloured water.


The Gruffalo

We share the Gruffalo story with the children and then we put the book, a CD and figures in the listening area so they can re tell the story. There are Gruffalo playdough mats, a lotto game to play and Gruffalo pictures to colour in. The children, use their creative skills to paint the Gruffalo characters or stick different materials onto cut out Gruffalo figures.


Day and Night

In this week, we think about ‘Day & Night’ and space. We have the rockets and spacemen out to play with. We cover a table with black material and we put stars underneath it and have torches out for the children to explore. There are also lots of moons and stars to decorate, cut out or colour in. Our story will be Owl Babies so we will also be giving the children the opportunity to create owl pictures and play with owl puppets.


Chinese New Year

This is an exciting week in Nursery when we focus on Chinese New Year (year of the rabbit) and how it is celebrated. We change our ‘Let’s Pretend’ area into a Chinese restaurant and the children are encouraged to have a go at taking orders, cooking and serving the pretend food. The adults will help the children to make Chinese lanterns, lucky money bags and gold pictures on red paper.


Hot and Cold

This week we look at how water freezes; taste exotic fruit; drink hot chocolate and use fruit to print patterns with. We talk about different clothes to wear for different weathers and we listen to and watch the story ‘Handa’s surprise’ and compare the weather in different countries.


Wet and Windy weather

Hopefully the weather will be windy this week then the children can make streamers and kites and have a go at using them! If it rains, we have lots of umbrellas we can use. The children will be able to paint patterns on umbrellas and kites; dress up in waterproof clothes; play with boats in the water; have a go at weather jigsaws and watch and join in with weather stories and songs.

We will also be celebrating Valentine’s Day by making Valentines biscuits, cards and decorating hearts.


Half term


How plants change and grow

Following on from thinking about the weather, we start looking at how things change, this week is all about plants. We will paint observational pictures of flowers; read stories about plants, flowers and look at our environment; our school grounds are a wonderful place in which to do this.


How animals change and grow

This week has us thinking about animals and how they change and grow. We look at spring babies such as lambs and chicks either through a story or on the Interactive whiteboard. The children can make egg box caterpillars, use animal moulds in the sand and animal cutters in the play dough; match animal mothers and babies in the puzzle and games area and play with fish, turtles and ducks in the water.


How we change and grow

In this week, our focus is on ourselves and how we change and grow. The children can paint pictures of themselves or of people they want to be when they are grown up. There are faces to colour in, sequencing jigsaws of children, the opportunity to bath babies in the water tray and play with baby toys, as well as looking at books that are all about babies or growing


On Friday 17th it is Comic Relief Day so the children can come dressed in non-uniform.


It is also Mother’s Day on the Sunday so we will be busy making cards and pictures for our mummies.


Easter – two weeks


We think about this celebration in the last two weeks of term and there are lots of Easter related activities. Children can make hats and cards, taste hot cross buns, go on an egg hunt and make Easter nests that they hope the Easter bunny will fill with eggs!