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Kingshill Infant School


Welcome to Nursery! 



Meet the Team 😍

Welcome to the new school year at Kingshill Nursery!

We are excited to share your child's journey  with both them and you, and look forward to working together throughout the year.

Our class is called 'Armstrong' class after the first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong. We will be learning all about him later in the year. You can access photos of the childrens' learning both here and through their individual learning journals on Tapestry. We would love you to share your photos with us on Tapestry too. 

Nursery timetable

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Summer 1 - All Creatures Great and Small

Our first Summer term topic has been All Creatures Great and Small. We started our topic with a Nursery trip to Shepreth Wildlife Park to see lots of animals for ourselves. We then talked about our favourites, and which we would like to learn more about.

Wild animals

We started our learning with large mammals such as Tigers, Snakes, Zebra's and Polar Bears. We learnt about where they live, what they eat and why they need to camouflage. 




Next we moved onto Birds and Owls, in particular, as we had seen these at the wildlife park and wanted to extend our knowledge. We used the book, 'Owl Babies' as a starting point. We helped the local birds by making bird seed feeders to hang in the nursery garden or take home to our own gardens. We made a variety of arts and craft Owls to put in our tree in our library.

Pond dipping / frogs

Next we explored our school pond to see which creatures might live in that new habitat. We scooped out some water and vegetation before looking closely with magnifying glasses. We found newts, water louse and larvae. We were gifted some tadpoles for our classroom so we learnt about the lifecycle of a tadpole / frog and have been watching them grow.


World Bee Day - 20th May 2023

This inspired us to move onto our smallest creature - Bees. We learnt how they make honey by collecting nectar from flowers and that during this process the help to pollinate the flowers by moving pollen on their bodies from flower to flower. We discovered several different types of Bees; Drone, Worker and Queen Bees, and learnt about their jobs.

We made our own model Bees from box modelling resources for a display, and finished the week making honey sandwiches for a picnic. smiley

Spring 2 - Grow your own


This half term we have been growing our own beanstalks. We read the stories, Jasper's Beanstalk, and Jack and the Beanstalk to help us with our learning. We explored different  types of beans before planting our own. Each child took one home and we kept some in school. Over three weeks we watched them grow and recorded the changes weekly.

We have now introduced Spring and explored flowers more closely, looking at the parts, the life cycle and how insects help to pollinate them. We have done some observational drawing and paintings of daffodils and hyacinths. 

Exploring plants and flowers for Spring.

Once upon a time - topic


We have been learning through traditional tales. Our focus stories have been, The Gingerbread Man, The Enormous Turnip, Goldilocks and the 3 Bears, and The 3 Billy Goats Gruff. The children learnt about the characters, settings and events in each story and took part in a variety of learning linked to each book.

Our Spring 1 topic - Once upon a time

Who is Neil Armstrong?


We have been learning about Neil Armstrong - the man our class is named after. We have enjoyed finding out who he is and what he is famous for. We made our own space station in the role play area and have enjoyed taking on the role of an astronaut, heading on adventures into space.

Our space learning

Nurse visit to Nursery class

Harvest festival


During Harvest festival we learnt how the crops are harvested then some our turned into flour to make bread. We saw the wheat harvested then taken to a factory to be ground in large machines. We then compared this to an original water mill which had a large water wheel to power the grinding stones. We explored all these things ourselves during child initiated learning.

Harvest festival

Settling in and exploring the new environment. Making new friends 😎

2021-2022 cohort

Growing and changing

We looked at Sunflowers and their seeds. The children planted seeds and we watched them grow. We made our own flowers from craft materials and also from loose parts. Here are some photos of our learning.

IEYC Topic - The Brilliant Bug Ball

As part of our Brilliant Bug Ball topic we have been learning about worms, ladybirds, caterpillars, butterflies and bees. 

We had a delivery of 5 tiny caterpillars that we nurtured and observed throughout their lifecycle, finally releasing them as butterflies several weeks later.

We are also learning how bees help us by making honey and by pollinating the plants and the flowers as they collect their nectar. We followed this by making honey sandwiches ready to eat at our minibeast party.

On Friday we all dressed up as minibeasts to have Brilliant Bug Ball. We had lots of fun dancing and eating our honey sandwiches.

A visit from Garg and his animal friends - we loved to feel all their different skin and fur

Our minibeast hunt in the nursery garden.

IEYC topic - Dinosaur detectives 

Nursery and Reception classes had a fabulous day out for their end of topic exit point. We visited Paradise park to see the dinosaurs and then visit the animals. The children were excited after learning lots of information about dinosaurs over the past few weeks. There were lots of questions asked and discussions had about what they could see and the children were able to recall lots of their prior learning from the topic.

Dinosaur learning Spring term 2

We have a new topic - 'dinosaur detectives', and the children have been busy going on a dinosaur hunt and exploring our jungle role play. They found footprints and eggs belonging to dinosaurs and have been trying to work out which dinosaur might have left them.

In PE we have been making shapes with our bodies and practising using these shapes whilst using apparatus. The children have been highly engaged and persevered to make the shapes.

World Book Day - dressing up and sharing our favourite books.

Chinese New Year celebrations

As part of our Chinese New Year celebrations the children have looked at where China is on a globe compared to the UK. They have heard about Chinese New Year celebrations from one of their classmates and watched video clips of lion dancing and other preparations. We then made our own mixed media Tiger masks for the year of the Tiger and a large Dragon to dance with in PE. The children took turns to use the Dragon as well as play instruments, and wave streamers to music. For snack the children tasted noodles and prawn crackers. The children have also enjoyed playing in our Chinese restaurant role play area, making food for each other and trying to use chopsticks. We have practiced Chinese writing of special words and numerals in our Child Initiated Learning (CIL) and explored amounts with lucky red envelopes containing counters. 

Chinese New Year Celebrations

Once Upon a Time - IEYC topic

We have been enjoying some traditional tales as part of our IEYC topic, 'Once upon a time'.


Goldilocks and the 3 Bears

The Gingerbread Man