Happy Easter holidays

Our final week of Spring term and we’ve been making nests and Easter cards – lots of fine motor skill work.

Then on Thursday we had an Easter Egg hunt at Royston woods where we searched for our painted eggs – and chocolate ones, of course! Thanks to all our grown up helpers who came along.

On our final day at Ladybirds, we had a very special visitor. Rev Armstrong came along to read the first Easter story and then helped us all make beautiful gardens and a ‘magic’ cross plate to take home.

We also made delicious chocolate nests; the children stirred the chocolate into rice crispies and made their eggs by mixing food colouring with icing.

And we’ve finally started our planting in the garden too – potatoes! Hopefully all the potatoes which have gone home have started to sprout too? Who will dig up the most in the autumn?!

We wish you all a very Happy Easter holiday – our first day back is Thursday 25th April when our Sound of the Week will be “n” and our theme will be…..Spring!


Happy Mother’s Day weekend!

Guess what we’ve been doing this week at Ladybirds…….?!

But of course we’ve been busy with other activities too, including an impromtu trip to the park ……

a birthday celebration….

some ‘favourite story’ reading……

and some surprise visitors………adorable!

The children really enjoyed being outside in the garden this week and today we had our first alfresco story of the year

And, of course, we had to fit in some very complicated Princess puzzles, thank you Kate!

We wish all our Ladybird “Mothers” a very happy day on Sunday. Next week our theme is…….

Healthy Eating week

We started our Healthy Eating week by making delicious smoothies with milk, bananas and a small handful of frozen fruit – the children loved blitzing them up in the blender

We talked about vegetables, what we could make with them – and what we could print with them!

Then on Thursday, Tricia made fabulous fruit kebabs with the children for snack; they identified the watermelon, ‘green melon’, strawberries, plums, mango, banana – and even kiwi!

Today Tarnya helped the children build some imaginative structures using spaghetti and marshmallows – the children said they were making “towers” and “castles”, and described the marshmallow was being soft and squidgy.

Our letter of the week was “p”; at registration we talked about penguins, PJ masks and Peppa Pig

And our roleplay area was popular this week with our greengrocer shop and Goodness Gang…..

In our builders tray we had soil and seeds, and the children had fun practising their potting skills for next week when we will be planting flowers and potatoes. Next week’s theme is……Mother’s Day! Have a nice weekend

Flippin’ Pancake Day……..

…..and World Book Day too in the same week!

We’ve flipped real and pretend pancakes, and read favourite books in our costumes; princesses, witches, Little Red Riding Hood, Harry Potter, Superheroes, Elsa and even Dragons!

And there was plenty of time to build a traintrack (of course), make dinner, build sandcastles (and sand dinner…!) and play games.

Thank you for sending in lots of items beginning with “t” (we’ve had trains, tractors, Tricia and Tarnya!) – next week our sound of the week is “i” – please note this is different to the letter sound on the newsletter. And our theme next week will be cooking and food – not only for people……! Have a nice weekend.

Happy Half-term!

Well, it’s half-term already and what a lot we’ve done so far! Our themes of Winter, Water & Ice, Gruffalo’s Child, Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day have provoked discussions and created masterpieces!

We’ve done lots of “writing”, cutting out and colouring – we have some very talented artists:

But we think the best ‘learning’ comes when the children create things themselves, or make up games together:

We hope you have a great half-term break – see you back on 25th February when our sound of the week will be “a” ( please send your child in with something beginning with this sound) and our theme will be……..mini-beasts!

Week beginning 28th January

This week at Ladybirds we have the book theme of The Gruffalo’s Child – just in time for real snow perhaps…..? Our sound of the week with phonic actions is “b” so let’s see how many boats, butterflies, bats and bears we see! Our maths focus will be positional language. Image result for gruffalos child

Spots and a Tiger!

In November we had lots of special days to remember at Ladybirds: Remembrance Day, Bonfire Night, Divali and Children in Need. We made Poppies to remember those who gave their lives in the wars.

We also made Diva lights out of clay, decorating them with glitter, sequins and paint



and had a spotty day to raise money for Children in Need. Thank you to all who donated – we raised £20 and had lots of fun (some more than others!).

Our book theme was the wonderful story of The Tiger Who Came to Tea – he had plenty of tea at Ladybirds and went on many imaginative adventures! Thank you Jayne for letting us borrow him!

November wouldn’t be November without Bonfire night and our firework pictures, moons and rockets…..

and sparkly decorated biscuits!



Thank you for continuing to send in items for “sound of the week” – this week’s sound is “g” and next week is “o”. The children love books and stories and we support literacy and mark making in all areas of the setting

Our malleable activities this month have included rice, pasta, water, gloop (gulp!) and the always popular playdough – brilliantly realistic bugs children!

For our final fundraiser this year we have a Christmas Hamper raffle. Thank you for supplying festive items to fill the hamper, and thank you also to the Hare and Hounds pub for selling tickets.



 Now that it’s December, get ready for lots of glitter, christmas jumpers and giant snowmen!

Autumn Term at Ladybirds

We hope you have had a wonderful half term break and are ready to start back at Ladybirds tomorrow! Our sound of the week will be “e” – please send in something for your child to show and talk about beginning with the sound “e”.

The first few weeks of this term have been busy with new children starting and our “old” Ladybirds proving to be fantastic role models for the younger ones.

Our themes have been very topical with Autumn creatures (squirrels and hedgehogs), harvest and our book topic of Oliver’s Vegetables.

We always support collaboration and turn-taking at Ladybirds, and we particularly focus on this during the Autumn term when we remind ourselves of our Ladybirds Values (being kind to one another, sharing and being polite). The children have embraced this and are starting to independently play board games, put on puppet shows or create imaginative worlds where they all play a part.

We combined our Harvest and Hedgehog themes to make hedgehog bread rolls:


here’s what they should have looked like………

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and this is how ours turned out – well they tasted nice anyway!!

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We’ve also decorated biscuits to look like our family members….

and our forest school sessions are introducing the children to tool use – though some seem very experienced already!

Royston Wood has been beautiful this autumn and the children have loved spending time there. Thank you to the Leavenheath, Polstead and Stoke by Nayland Community Woodland Committee for keeping it looking lovely for our village to enjoy.

Some dates for your diaries:

Tuesday 6th November – Ladybirds Committee meeting – all welcome.

Friday 16th November – Spotty dressing up day (optional)

Monday 17th December – last day of term and our Christmas Party – more info to follow.