Manor Park Infant and Nursery School

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Welcome to Foal's Class!

Mrs Tatham teaches the Foals and Miss O'Brien and Mrs Summerfield are the teaching assistants. We are really excited to welcome your children to our class and we have lots of fun things planned for them.


Our P.E. days are on a Wednesday. Please bring Reading Folders into school on a Tuesday and a Friday.

Summer Term B 
This term our topic is The Ocean

Week 5

Reduce, reuse, recycle!

This week the children have been designing posters to remind us of the dangers of plastic in the ocean and to keep the ocean clean by disposing of our rubbish responsibly. We created a polluted sea and contaminated it with oil and plastic.

In maths we have been measuring the length of pieces of rubbish with cubes and using the language, shorter than, shorter, longer than and longest. 

 Week 4

Jobs in the ocean

This week our focus has been about jobs in the ocean and we have focused on deep sea divers. For literacy we have written about what divers do and the clothes and equipment they wear. We have also made our own diving equipment such as oxygen tanks and masks. 

For maths we have been sharing amounts and numbers into equal groups. We read a book called ‘The doorbell rang’ and shared twelve cookies in different ways. We also played a game of ‘shark and fishes’. When the shark appeared the fish had to ‘hide’ behind a ‘rock’ in equal numbers.

We have learnt to sign different sea creatures such as crab and shark and have used these signs to help us sing a song.

Week 3


This week we have been learning about the predators that live in the ocean. For Literacy we have been labelling parts of a shark and writing shark facts. We found out that sharks live in all the oceans except the Arctic Ocean, they have soft bones and 7 rows of sharp, triangular teeth! 

We’ve also listened to the Shark in the Park story by Nick Sharratt. 
In Maths we have been looking at number doubles and the children have drawn spots on butterflies to find all the doubles to double 10 and 20. We have also continued a repeating pattern.
The children have made a shark collage, learned about the different layers of the ocean and made salt dough starfish. 

Week 2

Life in the Ocean

This week we have been learning about some of the animals which live in the ocean. For literacy we have been writing sentences about animals under the sea which include adjectives and the conjunction ‘and’. In maths we have continued our theme of subtraction. We have learnt how to read and write a subtraction number sentence and count back on the number line to calculate the answer. Last week we dissolved some salt in water to make salt crystals. This week we looked at the salt crystals and talked about the fact that the water had evaporated. This led to discussions about the water cycle. We also made an octopus with hand prints, we added rice crispies for suckers and painted fish with a stripy pattern.

Week 1 

The Seaside and World Ocean Day

This week we have been learning about holidays and the seaside, and we celebrated World Ocean Day by looking at information about the oceans. We even made our own ice-cream which we ate with our dessert on Friday!

In Literacy the children have written sentences about their experiences at the seaside and facts about the ocean. 

In Maths we have been focusing on subtraction and have played games with each other to try and be the first to get to zero. 


Summer Term A

This term our theme is ‘Houses and Homes’.



Week 6

Homes in the past

This week we have been looking at homes from the past. The children have written facts about Victorian homes. They especially liked the fact that the toilet was outside! They enjoyed looking at artefacts and guessing what they would have been used for and they have learned to use an exclamation mark in their writing.
In Maths we have been looking at number stories and learning to count on to solve the number sentence. 

Week 5

Handa’s Surprise! 
The children really enjoyed learning about African homes last week so this week we have continued to learn about Africa. We have listened to the story of Handa’s Surprise and in Literacy we talked about the order of events, identified adjectives and questions used in the text. We have written about the story and looked at different types of fruit such as mangos and avocado pears. We have also been learning about different animal patterns. In maths we have looked at numbers beyond ten. We talked about the ‘teens’ numbers being one full ten and … We have also been using the 100 square to count and identify numbers. We focused on counting in tens and talked about the pattern we could see in the numbers. We used our knowledge of counting in tens to group objects and find out how many altogether. 

Week 4

African homes

This week we have been looking at homes in Africa. The children have written sentences about the climate in Africa, African landmarks, animals and houses. We have also looked at why Africa is so hot and how the sun shines on the earth to make day and night time. The children have been very interested learning about life in Africa and comparing it to their own lives in Calverton.

In Maths we have been finding different ways to make 10 by using the 10 Numicon as a jigsaw and placing smaller pieces on top, then counting how many holes are not covered and by counting on along a number line.

Outside, the children have used their observation skills to pint pictures of our beautiful tulips. 

Week 3

Where else does the Queen live?

This week we did some learning at home and at school. We learned about some other royal residences; Windsor Castle, Balmoral and Sandringham. We did some research and wrote some facts. In maths we looked at pairs of numbers that made seven and eight and solved problems to find missing numbers by counting on. We have also been keeping a close eye on our sunflowers that have started to grow.

Week 2 Buckingham Palace

This week we have been learning about London and it’s landmarks and learning facts about Buckingham Palace. The children enjoyed making Big Ben and the London Eye with the bricks outside. In Literacy the children wrote facts about the palace. Our favourite was that it has 775 rooms! In maths The children solved problems by arranging different dot patterns to make totals of 4, 5 and 6. We made shiny tiles from pressed leaves and tinfoil and also painted portraits of the Queen. The Bike Ability people visited and we all developed our skills on balance bikes. 

Week 1 All about my house

This week we started our topic about houses and homes and have begun by learning all about our own houses. We looked at pictures of our houses and discussed the different types of house we live in and whether they were detached, semi-detached, bungalows, flats or terraced. In Literacy we have written about our own houses and in Maths we have looked at the way houses are numbered on the street and recognised whether the number is odd or even. We grouped houses in pairs and used the Numicon to help us. We have had a go at building houses outside with the den building materials and have turned the writing area into an estate agents. We have also planted sunflower seeds and celebrated St George’s day.


Spring Term B

We began this half term by continuing to do some great learning both in school and at home. Then we have all enjoyed being back at school with our friends!


This week we have bean learning all about the Easter story. The children have written Easter messages for their Easter cards and we have looked for signs of spring in our area. We have made chocolate Easter nests and looked at the chocolate as it melted. We have  had an Easter bonnet parade. We also had an Easter egg hunt!
In maths we have been looking at more than ten and less than ten with a group of objects and looking at pairs of numbers that make 9 and 10.

Captain Sir Tom Moore

This week we have been learning all about Captain Sir Tom Moore. We wrote facts about him for literacy. We liked him taking his motorbike into school and hiding it in the playground. He also had a dog called Billy and liked to bake and go on adventures. We talked about his adventures and drew where we would choose to go on an adventure. We even used our observational skills to draw pencil pictures of him. We looked at the 100 square to compare our ages. 100 for Captain Sir Tom and 4 or 5 for us. We found out about Florence Nightingale and how she changed hospitals during the war. She was known as the ‘lady of the lamp’ so we had a go at making our own. 
We were super scientists and made rainbows by using felt tip pens on rainbow shaped kitchen towels by dipping them in water and watching the colour ‘bleed’ into the towel.

In Maths we explored different ways of making six and wrote the corresponding addition number sentences.

The Colour Monster continued.......

This week we have continued learning using the colour monster book. We created our own page for the book focusing on the feeling of worry. We voted for the colour brown to represent the feeling of worry. We mixed red and green paint to make brown to paint our colour monsters. We have been Super Scientists by making some cabbage water which was blue and changed it to pink by adding vinegar and then purple by adding bicarbonate of soda. We then added a big spoonful and it exploded!
We also learnt all about St Patrick's Day and celebrated by making flags, hats and leprechauns. It was also Comic Relief and we dressed up as Disney characters.

In maths this week we have been sequencing daily events as well as looking at two dimensional shapes. We found lots in our environment.

What a busy week!


The Colour Monster

We welcomed back all our friends to school this week. We have settled back into the school routine amazingly well so we have all been chosen for 'Star of The Week'.

This week we have started to read the book 'The Colour Monster' and focused on the feeling of being happy and the colour yellow.  We have talked and written about what makes us happy. We looked at and discussed sunflowers and Vincent Van Gogh's painting of sunflowers. Then we used pastels to draw our own sunflower independently!

We have mixed different shades of yellow to paint our own colour monster, used our observational skills to look at yellow fruit and vegetables and made models of the colour monster using yellow play dough. In maths we have been naming and talking about the properties of 3D shapes and creating repeating patterns.

What a great week back at school. Well done Foals!

World Book Day

The First Christmas 

Here is the Foals and Cubs Christmas performance. They have done amazingly well. We hope you enjoy it!
We would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year.


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Clip, clop

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Knock, knock

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Following the star

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Away in a manger

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Jesus is born!

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Diwali activities

A harvest song.

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In the cafe

In the shop

Playing with the small world.

Foal's children from 2019-2020


We like to sit on the pumpkin to read.

Harvest Festival at the Methodist Church.

Lunchtime on our first day at school.

Using the outside area on our first day!