Apple Class

April 2018

This term our topic is called ‘blooming marvellous’ and we will be looking closely at our environment and life cycles of butterflies, ducks and plants through real experiences.  We will be starting this topic by focusing on the book the ‘Hungry Caterpillar’ and having our own caterpillars in class and we will be releasing the butterflies when they are ready.



Later this term (15th May), we will have duck eggs in school, so we will watch them hatch and look at the ducklings grow.

This term will also be reading ‘Jaspers Beanstalk and ‘Oliver’s Vegetables.  We will be growing our own vegetables and plants.  We are planning a trip later in the term to a ‘pick your own fruit’ farm.  The children will be encouraged to communicate if they like or don’t like the fruit. 

In Maths we will be continuing to focus on number and making groups of objects such as 3 cups or 10 spoons.  We will also be working on ‘time’ through making things move fast and slow, and sorting pictures to show what we do at night or during the day. 

We will be focusing on throwing, kicking and receiving balls, beanbags and athletics in PE.  We will also be doing our daily ‘golden mile’ walk or run around the cycle track to build up to our 5 miles by the end of the term.

As always, the children will have regular visits to ‘The Nest’ our outdoor classroom. We will be introducing each visits topic through a circle time and our woodland elves.

How to help at home:

Learn the following signs:

Continue to sing the songs of the week that are sent home.

January 2018

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year and we hope you had a lovely holiday.

This term our topic is called ‘where in the world’ and we will be exploring the weather through daily diaries and experiences.  Therefore we will be out in all weathers so please ensure your child has warm clothing. 


This term will be reading books; ‘Handa’s Surprise’ and ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’.  We will be going to a supermarket (9th January) to buy all the fruit from Handa’ surprise.  We will also be practicing using knives to cut the fruit to make a fruit salad and trying them.  The children will be encouraged to communicate if they like or don’t like the fruit.  Through ‘we’re going on a bear hunt’ we will be learning about position such as over, under and through.  We will be encouraging the children to use these words/signs/symbols in their play. We will be visiting Holly Hill (6th March) to explore the woodlands and stream to re-enact this story.

In Maths we will be focusing on a number each week and continuing our work on measurement,  money and positional language

We will be focusing on fundamental movements skills and apply these on a visit to Whiteley Park (2nd February). 

Through art we will be explore colour families and mixing. 

As always, the children will have regular visits to ‘The Nest’ our outdoor classroom. We will be introducing each visits topic through a circle time and our new woodland elves.

This half term will finish with E-safety week.  You will be invited to attend workshops to support E-safety at home.  Please see school website for further details.

How to help at home:

Learn the following weather signs:

Talk about the weather and what to wear.  For example; it’s cold so we need a coat and hat on.

Continue to sing the songs of the week that are sent home.


November 2017

Welcome to Apple Class. 

This half term we have been exploring our classroom and finding out about each other in our class.


Everyone enjoys our fortnightly visit to ‘The Nest’.  The farm came to visit us.  We showed respect to the animals by looking, stroking and feeding the animals.


We have  been sharing books written by Nick Sharratt.  We have been using our senses to explore the books and help us to retell the stories.  We touched, smelt, and tasted all the ingredients in ‘Don’t’ put your finger in the jelly, Nelly.  We enjoyed looking though our telescopes to see if there was a ‘shark in the park.




We have been learning about numbers through songs and rhymes. We have been counting and sorting objects.  We enjoy emptying and filling containers.

We are learning how to look after ourselves.  Every day we brush our teeth after lunch.


October 2017

What are Cherry and Apple Class’ doing this half term within their topic of ‘Snap, Crackle and Pop’?

 This half term Cherry and Apple will be looking at 3 key texts. Two of which are written by Bill Martin and Eric Carle. ‘Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See?’ and ‘Polar Bear, Polar Bear What do you Hear?’ Then on the run up to Christmas our focus text will be ‘Dear Santa’.


In maths we will be continuing our work on number but also focusing on weight and money – including a post office role play. We will also be visiting the shop so children can experience exchanging money.

In our knowledge and understanding of the world focused work we will be looking at Bonfire Night, focussing on light and colour and linking the celebrations with seasonal work around autumn. We are also hoping to go on a trip to the Fort Nelson Tunnels as part of our science and computing work.

 To support your child’s communication and language we will be focussing on 2 key nursery rhymes or songs weekly. We will send you the words and an internet link so you can support your child at home. We will be having a nursery rhyme week across the school during the week commencing 20th November.

 In our Personal Development Learning, as well as working towards our value of ‘Individuality’, we will be focusing on ‘Likes’ and ‘Don’t likes’.

 Watch this space for more information on how we will be celebrating Christmas in Cherry Class and as a school.

 How can you help?

  • Send in a teddy bear for our teddy bears picnic to launch our new key texts the first week back for Wednesday 1st November. (Please label or send in a named carrier bag)

  • Perhaps visit Fort Nelson yourself.

  • Where appropriate take your child to a fireworks display.

  • Continue to share their reading book and other texts.

  • Enjoy singing nursery rhymes together with or to your child.

  • Share Eric Carle stories with your child, your local library can help you source some.

Thank you for your continuous support

Cherry and Apple  Class Team

April 2017

In English Apple Class have been learning how to write lists.

We used our list to buy picnic food from the local shop and made our own sandwiches following instructions.


Unfortunately when we opened our picnic something had eaten it!!!

We brainstormed what it could have been, and then found the book of the lighthouse keeper’s lunch.


Now we think it was those pesky seagulls!

We have been very busy role playing the story using our pulley system and experimenting with ways to stop the seagulls from eating the food.


Bertie has suggested we buy a padlock for the picnic basket.

March 2017

We hope you all enjoyed the half term holiday and the long awaited sunshine.

As you are aware by the children’s weekly photos, we’ve had a very successful start to our ‘A sailor went to sea, sea, sea’ topic, extending their knowledge of the different kinds of boats including their favourite trawler and galleon.

This half term will begin with our whole school national book week focus of bugs using the text ‘Bugs, bugs, bugs’ being kick started with a real bug/animal experience.

The School will also have a whole school focus for Easter the last week of term.

The children are continuing to have regular visits to ‘The Nest’ our outdoor classroom, creating outdoor art and working toward using peelers on sticks with support.

Our handwriting and pencil grips are being developed through the use of Pen pal our new handwriting scheme.

We have recently introduced real mugs at snack time which have proved extremely popular.

In P.E. this half term we will be learning an octopus’s garden dance followed by small equipment games. In science we will be using electric controllable toys, and number and capacity in maths.


Alongside these focuses Apple Class will be learning about under the sea and ‘The Lighthouse Keepers Lunch’ and developing their imagination through role play and storytelling.


How can you help?

  • Have a family bug hunt.

  • Continue to share their reading book and other texts.

  • Identify and point out the sounds of the week in the environment.

  • Visits to the seaside.

  • A ride on the Gosport ferry.

  • Help the children learn these topic signs:



Thank you for your continuous support


Apple Class Team



May 2016

Visit to the Cafe

Apple Class have been learning about different types of shops including cafes, bakeries and pet shops. We went to visit a real café. We all chose what we wanted from our own symbol menu and made a sentence strip which we handed to the waitress and then paid for what we wanted. Most of us chose chips and cake!



February 2016

In Apple Class we have been practicing our under water swimming and water confidence!