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St Augustine Street, Manchester, M40 8PL


St Augustine's CofE Primary School

Believe, Achieve, Succeed

Early Years Foundation Stage

Healthy Body, Healthy Mind Week


July 2022

In the last week of term we learnt about keeping healthy.  After learning about eating healthily the children asked to make homemade pizzas and tuna wraps, we added salad and vegetables to our recipe as they are full of vitamins.  The children liked the warm tomatoes on the pizzas and loved the sweetcorn in the tuna wraps.  

We also learnt how important it is to be active, the children went on a bike ride in the school grounds and joined in sports day activities with Reception.  They observed and talked about how our bodies feel when we exercise.  We also learnt about the importance of a good night's sleep and about keeping clean, including cleaning our teeth twice a day.

Sports Day 2022

July 2022

In our last week of the year, we took part in our annual Sports Day event. The children completed the egg and spoon race, javelin throwing, running and hurdles. 

They had lots of fun and when the points were calculated we found out our winners. 

1st Jeremiah!

2nd Prinsley!

3rd Kyla!

Article 31- You have the right to play and rest.

Nursery's Visit to Planet Play 

July 2022

Nursery also visited Planet Planet soft play centre this week.  The children had lots of fun exploring the play equipment climbing, balancing and sliding.  

Reception's Visit to Planet Play 

July 2022

The children in Reception enjoyed a visit to a play center called Planet Play, we had so much fun playing on the equipment and zooming down the slide. 

Here are some photos from our visit!

Article 31- You have the right to play and rest

Watching our class caterpillars change and grow into butterflies!

The children were very excited at the arrival of the caterpillars and enjoyed observing the changes as they grew bigger.  The caterpillars made their cocoons.  

and after almost 2 weeks the caterpillars emerged from their cocoons as beautiful butterflies.  We released the butterflies in the garden to enjoy all the flowers.


July 2022

In Foundation Stage, we received a package with our very own Caterpillars inside. It was very exciting and we wanted to learn more about them. We looked at books such as 'Christopher's Caterpillars' and 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'

We watched them get bigger and bigger and then finally form their own cocoons. We waited very patiently for 2 weeks until they emerged as beautiful butterflies. 

When they were strong enough, we released them and set them free!

Article 29 – Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities. It should also help you learn to live peacefully, protect the environment and respect other people.

Reception's Craft Club

July 2022

In Reception, we have had our own craft club. We have made many things including butterflies. We had butterflies in our classroom and we enjoyed making some out of salt dough. 

We formed them and when they were dry and hard enough, we painted them very carefully. 

Article 29 – Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities. It should also help you learn to live peacefully, protect the environment and respect other people.

Jubilee Picnic

May 2022

The Nursery children enjoyed celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and they all looked very smart in their party clothes.  They helped to make sandwiches and joined in the whole school picnic.


Share a story month in Nursery!

May 2022

This month staff from around our school have been visiting Nursery at story time to read their favourite books. The children have loved having surprise visitors and it has made story times extra special.

On 13th May we also took part in the BookTrust's Pyjamarama Day.  The children wore pyjamas for the day and had lots of fun making their own Bumblebear honey biscuits and joining in activities based on the story of ‘The Bumblebear’.

Celebrating Eid in Nursery!

May 2022

The children learnt about how some families celebrate Eid.  The children made crescent moons to decorate the classroom for our Eid Party.  The children carefully cut a crescent shape before using metallic paint, sequins and glitter to decorate.  On Party day children were very excited and looked amazing in their party clothes.  The children had a lovely time sharing party food with their friends before joining in and learning some new dance moves.


Article 30- You have the right to practice your own culture, language and religion – or any you choose. Minority and indigenous groups need special protection from this right.

Article 14- You have the right to choose your own religion and beliefs. Your parents should help you decide what it is right and wrong, and what is best for you.

Eid In Reception 

May 2022

This week we have been celebrating Eid in Reception, we have been learning about how people celebrate around the world.
We made our own crescent moons using white crayons and water colours. As a class we also created our own 'Eid Mubarak' banner to decorate our classroom. 
The children came into school in their party clothes, we also ate some yummy food. We tried curry, samosas and yummy sweet treats.
We danced and played many games including pass the parcel, musical bumps, statues and chairs.
We had a brilliant day!

Article 30- You have the right to practice your own culture, language and religion – or any you choose. Minority and indigenous groups need special protection from this right.

Article 14- You have the right to choose your own religion and beliefs. Your parents should help you decide what it is right and wrong, and what is best for you.

Balance bikes

April 2022

Nursery have enjoyed learning skills on their balance bikes.  They have been focusing on using their brakes to stop and steering around obstacles.

Article 31- You have the right to play and rest.


April 2022

The Nursery children went to the school pond to look for some tadpoles.  We put the tadpoles in a tank in the classroom. We will look after the tadpoles and observe them as they grow and change into froglets.


Out and About

Spring 2022

This term our theme is ‘Out and About!’  The theme will give the children lots of opportunities to explore the outdoors and investigate the natural environment.   


We will use a range of non-fiction books and children’s websites to learn more about the world around us.   We will learn about the plants and creatures living in our Foundation Stage garden and the wider school grounds.  We will visit our school pond to collect tadpoles, caring for them in class before returning them to the pond.

Later in the term, we will be looking after caterpillars, observing them as they grow, change and eventually turn into butterflies.


Nursery intended learning and newsletter

Summer 2022

Reception intended learning and newsletter

Summer 2022

Shape Hunt

April 2022

Some of the Reception went on a 'shape hunt' around our outdoor area with Miss Mansbridge. 

We found shapes in objects that we play with everyday, we saw some interesting triangles, circles, squares and rectangles. 

Happy Easter!

April 2022

In Nursery we learnt about Easter and how it is a special time for Christians.  We found out how some families celebrate Easter at home and at church. The children then enjoyed taking part in some Easter activities with their friends.

Article 30- You have the right to practice your own culture, language and religion – or any you choose. Minority and indigenous groups need special protection from this right.

Comic Relief

March 2022

On Comic Relief Day the children wore something red to school and took part in relay races.  The children were put into teams and then they took turns to race. The children had to run to their hoop, do 5 jumps then run as fast as they can back to their team. 

Healthy Teeth and Gums

March 2022

EYFS had a visit from the oral health team who reminded us how we can keep our teeth and gums healthy.

Article 24-You have the right to the best health care possible, safe water to drink, nutritious food, a clean and safe environment, and information to help you stay well.

Early Years Story Hunt

March 2022

Nursery took part in a Fairy Tale Story Hunt, they met an explorer and her special bird.  They collected clues from their favourite stories.  At the end of their adventure, they used the clues they had found to help tell a new story. 

Growing Beanstalks In Reception 

March 2022

In Reception, we have been looking at the story of 'Jack and the beanstalk' 

The children enjoyed learning about how the beanstalk grows from the tiny bean. 

We then began to read about how to grow plants and what we need to do to help a seed/bean grow. 

The children learnt about the need for sunlight and water, they then understood the steps we would need to take when planting our beans. 

We added some soil and then our beans, we then added more to fill our pots to the top. 

The children enjoyed watching their beans grow and get taller and taller. 

When they were ready, the children took their plants home. 

The Gingerbread Man

March 2022

In Nursery we really enjoyed the story 'The Gingerbread Man'.  We made our own yummy gingerbread people and when they cooled we ate them as a special treat.

Growing Beans

March 2022

In Nursery we shared the story 'Jasper's Beanstalk'. Jasper found a bean and planted it in his garden.  The children planted their own bean in a pot.  The children cared for their beans by watering them and making sure they had enough sunlight to help them grow into a bean plant.

After two weeks the beans had started to grow and we saw small shoots. As the beans grew taller the children re-potted the plants into bigger pots and were able to see the roots in the soil.  The children have now taken their bean plants home to continue to care for them until they have some beans.

World Book Day

March 2022

On World Book Day we came to school in our pyjamas or dressed as a favourite book character.  We brought some of our favourite story books to school to share with our teachers and friends.  We celebrated bedtime reading!

Staying Safe Week In Reception

February 2022

For ‘Staying Safe Week’ in reception we looked at a range of ways we can stay safe.

For ‘Safer Internet Day’ we looked at how we can be safe online.

We looked at ‘Digiduck’ and how he askes his adult for help when strange messages pop up on his game, we talked about in app purchases how it costs real money.

Digiduck explores passwords, the characters guessed their adult’s password in the story. We discussed as a group how unsafe this was and that we should never do it.

We looked at how we can be safe around our house and objects that are not safe for us to touch.

We looked at laundry tablets and asked the children if they knew what they were.

We asked one very sensible child to come and attempt to open the box, we found out it had a child lock on it.

We read a story about Sam the lion and how he can stay safe around everyday items that can be harmful.

As a class we discussed what a stranger was and looked at who could be a safe stranger if you needed help.

We discussed uniforms and how they were a good clue as to who was a safe stranger.

We learnt that some strangers can be very nice and others aren’t.

We talked about your body and what is in your underpants or knickers being private.

What should you say if someone asked to see what’s in your underpants or knickers? “NO!”

Learning about the Arctic In Reception 

February 2022

In Reception, we have been looking at the Arctic. 

We have looked at what the weather is like and what kind of animals live there. As a class, we learnt about deer, whales, polar bears, penguins and Arctic foxes. 

We also looked at Inuit people, they live in the Arctic. We looked at the houses they live in and how they survive in such cold weather. 


January 2022

After sharing the story 'Cinderella' the Nursery children had a Cinderella Party. The children decorated crowns their own crowns and they wore party clothes.  After watching Cinderella dancing 'The Waltz' with the prince the children also danced 'The Waltz' with a partner. In preparation for the ball they children had made a list of the food they would like to eat at the ball.  They asked for yogurt, fruit and pop corn. 

Once Upon a Time

Spring 2022

This term our theme is ‘Once Upon a Time’.  This theme will give the children lots of opportunities to listen to, join in with and retell some well-known traditional tales such as Jack and the Beanstalk and Cinderella.  The children will learn about the characters and events in the stories we read. 


We will also encourage children to develop their story telling skills by creating lots of opportunities for them to build stories around toys and engage in imaginative play with their friends.

Nursery intended learning and news letter

Spring 2022

Reception intended learning and news letter

Spring 2022

Hot Chocolate With Ms Shah

January 2022

This week, as a special treat Ms Shah invited Aula to join her for hot chocolate. This was due to Aula's  amazing attitude and generally being a lovely member of our school. Well done Aula!

Christmas In Reception

December 2021

Over the Christmas period the children have had a fantastic time.
Each child in school placed a bauble on the school Christmas tree.
We also looked at the nativity story and how Jesus was born, we made our own Christmas tree, cards and stockings.
The children came into school in their party clothes and we had a Christmas party. We played games and ate yummy party food. We danced and also has a very special visit from Father Christmas.


Celebrating Christmas

December 2021

On party day, the children wore their party clothes and enjoyed a Christmas feast with their friends.  They were very excited when Santa arrived and they were very happy to receive a special gift.  

The children showed their fantastic dance moves as they enjoyed the music and disco lights.  They enjoyed our party games and were all very good at taking turns as they played Pass the Parcel.

Preparing for Christmas

December 2021

Every child in our school helped to decorate the Christmas tree in the hall.  We also learnt about the very first Christmas and sang Christmas songs together.

Snow Day

November 2021

The Children in Reception enjoyed a snow day this week. We put on our puddle suits and ventured out into the snow. We had lots fun touching the cold snow and talking about how it felt. 

We looked at our footprints and and made some snowballs. We had lots of fun!!

Odd Socks Day 

November 2021

We celebrated Odd Socks Day as part of our Friendship Week. Children and staff wore
‘odd socks’ to school, to celebrate that we are all different and we are all equal. We learnt what it means to be a good friend and we celebrated friendship with a special friendship pass the parcel game and a friendship feast.

Bonfire Night and Keeping Safe

November 2021

In Nursery the children watched a DVD about a family celebrating and keeping safe on Bonfire Night.  We learnt how to keep ourselves and our pets safe.  We also explored the sounds, shapes and colours of fireworks through dance and artwork.  We used oil pastels, Brusho and glitter to create our own firework pictures.  We enjoyed our Bonfire feast of baked beans, potato wedges and popcorn.  



November 2021

In Nursery we learnt about Diwali, a festival of light.  The children enjoyed the story of Rama and Sita.  They had a go at Indian stick dancing, using sticks to perform different actions, tapping the beat as they danced.

Autumn Walk

November 2021

The Nursery children went on an Autumn walk in the school grounds.  We went to the orchard and collected apples and pears.  We collected lots of colourful leaves to make our Autumn collages.

Let's celebrate carnival!

October 2021

In Nursery we read the story 'Nini at Carnival'.  We had our own carnival parade, just like the one in the story. We made carnival hats, wore costumes, played percussion instruments and danced to the music.  We also chose delicious treats to enjoy with our friends after the dancing.

What are our bodies made up of?

October 2021

In literacy this week, we had been reading about our bodies and what they are made up of.

We have learnt about our bones and muscles and what we can do to keep strong and healthy.
Mr Warran and his helper Jordan came into class to answer some of the questions we had come up with.
Some of the questions we asked were, what do our lungs do? How do we keep our bodies healthy? Why is milk good for us? Why do we have muscles in our hands? What does your heart do?

Making Bread In Reception

September 2021

In Reception, we have been looking at the story of the 'Little Red Hen'
We decided to make our very own bread, just like the Little Red Hen.
We mixed all of the ingredients together and kneaded the dough. We moulded the dough into balls and baked it in the oven. We enjoyed eating the bread we made, it was delicious.

Playing and exploring outdoors

September 2021

Our Nursery class are settling in well.  They have been enjoying making new friends and playing and exploring in our garden.


Let’s Celebrate!

This term our theme is ‘Let’s Celebrate’. This theme will give the children lots of opportunities to learn about themselves, their friends and their teachers. We’ll celebrate one another’s achievements and the qualities which make us each unique and special. The children will also learn about and celebrate a selection of Autumn festivals including Harvest, Diwali and Christmas. Below is an overview for our intended learning.

EYFS Intended Learning

EYFS Intended Learning


Our new Reception children have settled very well into their new classroom. They have enjoyed exploring all of the new areas. Here are some photographs of our first few weeks in Reception!