Cranborne Road, Newbold, Chesterfield, S41 8PF

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Nurture, Cherish, Succeed


"Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all"


Spring 2022


Spring 1 


Lost and found 

There once was a boy and one day a penguin arrives on his doorstep. The boy decides the penguin must be lost and tries to return him. But no one seems to be missing a penguin. So the boy decides to take the penguin home himself, and they set out in his row boat on a journey to the South Pole.

But when they get there, the boy discovers that maybe home wasn’t what the penguin was looking for after all.



We have talked about the winter season, and the changes we notice in winter.

We have explored ice, talking about how to make it and why it melts.

We have learnt about the South Pole and the penguins that live there.

We have compared the South Pole to where we live and talked lots about the different environments. 

Lanterns and firecrackers 

A Chinese family prepares for their New Year festivities they decorate the house with flowers, then set off firecrackers to scare away bad spirits and welcome the coming year. Family and friends sit down together for a festive dinner, then go outside to watch the parade of dragon dancers. The festival ends on its final night with a display of coloured lanterns.

The three little pigs 

A perfect introduction to the traditional fairy tale
The Three Little Pigs. Join the three little pigs as they set off to see the world, build their houses and encounter the big, bad wolf. This book contains amusing pictures and lots of funny rhythm and rhyme. 

We talked about the materials the pigs used to build their houses and compared this to our own homes. We have a book with some photographs of our homes in/ We love looking at this with our friends and talking about our homes. 

We have been practicing using a knife to spread icing when decorating biscuits, we use a knife to spread our butter and cut our fruit for our snack.

We made a delicious fruit salad, exploring the fruits smell and taste, cutting them carefully with a knife and and talking about why it is important to eat healthy foods.

We have been practicing using scissors to make snips and cut along a line.

We have loved observing the birds that come into our garden and have been recording which birds we have seen.

We are trying to become more independent when putting our wellies and coats on to play in the garden.

We are getting really good at working together to build dens and support each other’s play. 

Forest school sessions in the spring term 


Forest school helps us to connect to the natural world, offering time, flexibility and freedom for our children  to explore, learn and challenge their own confidence, skills and abilities. This term we have loved playing games such as ‘stuck in the mud’ and ‘one two three where are you?’ brilliant team games, as well as helping us stay warm! 

We are getting much quicker at putting on our waterproof trousers, jackets and wellies and organising ourselves. 

We always love exploring the forest, swinging in the hammock and cooking up a feast in the mud kitchen. 

Spring 2 

What can you see in spring?

In Spring, children are taken on a tour of things they can see in spring including typical spring activities and new life and growth in the natural world. Beautiful photos and very simple repeated text.

World book day fun!

Parents stay and play.

We loved being able to have our families in to share stories and play in our nursery. 


We have been reading Little Caterpillar this week. 

The story of  what happens to a caterpillar when it turns into a butterfly. This stunningly illustrated story offers a perfect introduction to the life cycle of a caterpillar.


Our caterpillars have started to grow. 

Making Easter buns

Minibeast and spring adventures, egg hunts, mud kitchen cooking, parachute games and much more...

The very hungry caterpillar

When a tiny caterpillar hatches from an egg, the first thing on his mind is food - so off he crawls looking for something to eat.

Over the course of a week, the tiny caterpillar munches his way through all sorts of delicious goodies. Starting with an apple on Monday and working his way through pears, plums, strawberries and oranges by Friday, he leaves a small, caterpillar-shaped hole in each fruit to show where he’s been.

But by Saturday, the caterpillar is still hungry; so he gorges on everything from chocolate cake to salami until finally he is not only full but has a tummy ache! And then the most amazing thing happens, as the caterpillar is transformed into a beautiful butterfly.

Our caterpillars changed into chrysalis’s 

After two weeks our butterflies have emerged