Mrs Nathalie Warwick Class Teacher – Tuesday – Friday Year R
Mrs Sam Kestle Class Teacher – Monday Year R
Mrs Rowena Massey Teaching Assistant Year R

Starting school in Year R …

At Crondall Primary we believe that every child is an individual who deserves the very best education they can have. We believe that school is a three way partnership between us, the parents and the child. This begins in the summer term before a child starts at school with nursery visits, parent meetings and Rainbow club, which is where children are invited to spend time in school to help familiarise themselves with their new environment.

Year R is the final year of the Early Years Foundation Stage and we follow the EYFS curriculum. Throughout the day the children are involved in a range of activities such as:

  • Whole class teaching time
  • Adult led group activities
  • Outdoor Play
  • Choosing from a choice of activities independently
  • Painting, sand and creative activities
  • Gross and Fine Motor activities
  • Listening to stories
  • Snack and Lunchtime
Letters Home

Wednesday 22nd September

Rainbow class have done so well settling in and getting used to all of our routines. This week we have been trying to make the most of the dry sunny weather and have been doing lots of activities outside. The children have enjoyed using the bike, the climbing frame and creating in the outdoor construction area. They have also enjoyed playing games on the field and helping to look after our garden area. Well done Rainbow class!


2020 – 2021

Wednesday 7th July

As much as possible (in between showers and down pours) we have tried to take our learning outside.  In Maths we explored the properties of shapes and also did estimation and comparing activities with dinosaurs.  We are hoping for dry weather next week as we plan to be nature detectives and complete some of our learning through nature challenges.




Thursday 24th June 

We planted our sunflowers into the Rainbow class flowerbed.












Wednesday 23rd June

What a fantastic day! Rainbow had a great time this morning taking part in sports day. They all did so well competing in lots of different races. It was also the first time that they had had a chance to be with the rest of the school so a very special day. The excitement of sports day was followed this afternoon with Crondall’s got talent! Well done to all the children who auditioned for this and a big well done to Sophie and George the KS1 winners for their fantastic duet of “Any dream will do”.

A wonderful day, well done Rainbow class!

Wednesday 16th May

Today we celebrated the Marvellous Middle of our topic “Into the woods” with a teddy bear’s picnic!  We enjoyed introducing our teddies to each other playing games, eating healthy snacks, reading stories about bears and singing.




Wednesday 12th May

We have had a busy couple of weeks exploring our new topic  – Into the woods!  We have been looking at the story of the Gruffalo, learning about woodland creatures as well as making and writing about our own Gruffalos.  We have been on a bear hunt, made sensory collages and retold the story using musical instruments. 


Wednesday 23th April

What a great start to the summer term!  We had an exciting return to school with the stunning start to our new topic – Into the woods!

The children met an Indian Eagle owl and had the opportunity to hold the little owl and we learnt lots of interesting facts about these wonderful creatures.    We also planted sunflower seeds to take home and look after.

Wednesday 10th March 2021

Welcome back Rainbow class!  it is so lovely to have Rainbow class back in school and it has been really nice to see everyone together again, we have missed you.  Rainbow class came in so well this week and settled quickly back into the routines.  They were really happy to see all their friends and have enjoyed spending time playing and learning with them.  Well done Rainbow class!



Rainbow Class 2020

Thursday 10th of December

Over the last couple of weeks we have been exploring the polar regions and the animals who live there.  We looked at the North Pole and learnt about polar bears and also looked at the South pole and learnt facts about penguins.  The children enjoyed playing with the small world arctic scene and making artwork with paint and pictures.

Wednesday 18th November

We have had a busy time back since half term!  We enjoyed our sponsored Autumn walk and all did very well completing 30 minutes and managed to do 10 or 11 laps around the field!

We have been exploring space and enjoyed acting out the story of Whatever Next.

We also made poppies to make a special display for Remembrance day.


Visitors – Tuesday 20th October

We were very lucky to have some visitors who came in to tell us about how they go exploring!  They showed us all the different things that they need to bring, where they sleep and even shared some of the equipment they use when they go exploring under the sea!


Walking through the jungle!

We went on a jungle adventure around our school grounds looking for animals!  We used binoculars that we made ourselves and found different jungle animals hiding in the trees!

Wednesday 30th September 2020

This week we have started thinking about what an explorer is, what they do and where they go.  We also thought about where we would like to explore and what we might find there.

We started exploring in the jungle and  have been finding out about some of the animals we might find there.  The children are looking forwards to making binoculars to go on their own jungle adventure next week!


Well done to Rainbow class for settling so well!  They have had a busy time enjoying activities inside and out and getting used to the new routines.  We have really enjoyed getting to know you and have loved seeing your treasure boxes and hearing about all your special things.  A fantastic start to the school year!

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