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We can’t wait to welcome you all for the teddy bear’s picnic tomorrow! Don’t forget to bring a tasty snack, a drink and, of course, your favourite teddy bear! 🧸


A lovely way to practise your writing skills this summer and bring some smiles to our friends at Layston Grove ❤️ send a post card from your holiday!


This morning, children in Oak class used the app Chatter Kids to make their Lego game come to life! Check out their awesome story: The Made up Pirate Ship 😎


A History lesson in early years… Phones through the ages 🤣


Parents! Are you interested in joining the PTA and helping us to raise funds for the school? Send your name and number to and we will add you to the group! ❤️


It’s our big summer day tomorrow! Sports’ Day at 1:30pm, followed by our PTA Summer Event from 3-5pm. We can’t wait to see all of our wonderful families 🤩


Why was the school closed today? All teaching staff have been at a Scholar’s Trust primary conference, learning new strategies to support learning, particularly in oracy: your child the question below and record their answer in the comments! 😁


🚨 BREAKING NEWS! 🚨 The naughty pea has taken over the nursery garden… if you catch any stray peas, please contact nursery. Thank you!


For their snack this morning, nursery class enjoyed some lettuce they they have grown themselves in the garden!


The eco club members had a great time at the eco conference. They participated in lots of activities and learnt lots about the importance of pollinators. Did you know that hummingbirds play a vital role in the pollination of many different species of plant life?!


The eco club members were thrilled to receive their green flag. They were proud to hang it and celebrated with some gardening in the sun!


Is it a bird? Is it a plane? NO! It’s the super kids! Calling all superheroes to class on Monday… 🦸‍♂️🦸‍♀️


Families of Buntingford First, get ready! Our summer celebration will be on Thursday June 27th, after sports day! Stay tuned for more updates next week… ☀️🎉


YAAAY! We did it! A HUGE thank you to our eco committee for their efforts in helping us achieve our very first Eco Schools Green Flag! Caring for our planet is everyone’s responsibility. We would also like to thank each and every student for participating.


We had a wonderful time meeting our new animal friends. We met Winston the bearded dragon, Malcolm the leopard gecko, Neville the snake, Marvin the giant African land snail, Remy the hamster and Gertrude the wide mouthed tree frog!


Nursery class are definitely passing through an enclosing play schema! This is when they like to enclose themselves and toys in buildings and boxes. Through this schema they are showing an interest in shape and space!


A huge THANK YOU to our Buntingford PTA for providing us with our caterpillars. We have loved watching them transform into butterflies! KS1 & KS2 enjoyed releasing theirs. EYFS are still waiting for a few to emerge ☺️ 🦋


Buntingford First School is a Climate Action award winner!Read the full story


Our eco committee: saving the world, one tree at a time! 🌳


We are working towards earning our silver award from the 🌳 today we completed the viewpoints challenge, exploring nature from different perspectives!


The eco committee have been hard at work planting a wildflower area to support pollinators. They produced posters to encourage others to do the same! 🐝


Well done to some of our friends for their litter picking efforts at the weekend! Remember, we have four litter pickers you may borrow, just ask your class teacher!


In nursery we have some very strong and brave little ladies! 💪😀


Finally it’s here! Head over to our new instagram page and follow us ❤️


It was a busy afternoon for the eco committee today!

EYFS Explorers

Nursery Unit Themes

Happy to be Me

‘Happy to be Me’ is a unit focused on smooth transition and celebrating each individual’s unique self. The children will listen to others and role play familiar events.  They might nurture and grow plants in our growing area; make family members on wooden spoons; see which household items float and sink; create a puzzle of themselves; make a meal for a friend; or even dress up as builders and construct a home as they learn how important listening is.

Jurassic Park

‘Jurassic Park’ launches children back in time to when dinosaurs roamed the planet.  Here the children will love playing ‘What time is it Mr T-Rex?’; collecting delicious leaves for a plant eating dinosaurs and becoming paleontologists who looks for bones buried in the sand.  They might need to record some of their observations by printing dinosaur feet or making models to share their expertise. What will we discover?

The Spirit of Christmas

‘The Spirit of Christmas’ gets everyone in the festive mood as they create Santa’s workshop.  Gift wrapping skills are essential as presents are wrapped and put on Santa’s sleigh ready for the big day! Decorations need to be made and tinsel needs to be sorted by length and by colour.  Can we create a delicious treat for Rudolph and his friends or rescue characters from the snow-storm of shaving foam before Christmas?

Under the Sea

‘Under the Sea’ you will find our deep sea divers on an adventure with their friends.  These explorers are searching for sea creatures.  During their voyage the children might sail across the sea in their various modes of transport; or recreate a beach with wet and dry sand; be careful counting shark teeth – they could be sharp! Using tweezers to pick out shells from shaving foam will help us strengthen our writing muscles even further.

Blast Off!

‘Blast Off!’ is a space themed unit which allows children’s learning to be out of this world! Children might be able to create rockets and launch them into the sky; spend time star-gazing; turn sand into moon-dust; design a new space suit; create space juice or even create musical sounds that they might hear in space.  Don’t forget your wellies – space boots are essential for this mission!

No Place Like Home

‘No Place Like Home’ promotes responsibility and encourages children to look after things as we would at home. Mud kitchens are great at making mess, can we organise our resources and make sure others can use them too? Children might enjoy role playing experiences they have at home such as a barbeque or camping. Wind chimes may be heard as the children construct musical instruments from household equipment.

Animal Crackers

‘Animal Crackers’ enables children to immerse themselves fully learning about a variety of animals from minibeast to farm animals; ocean creatures to pets at home. The children will investigate different tracks that animals leave and even make their own; they might role play as farmers and investigate minibeasts using magnifying glasses.  Children might discover arctic animals frozen inside ice or venture into the jungle under the table.

Let's Play

‘Let’s Play’ focuses on sharing and taking turns. Planning for a picnic can be thirsty work as the children work out how many items they need on their toy picnic.  Using small world blocks and figures, the children can create a whole town to play in, or perhaps a fairy village, or a zoo! There might need to be a toy shop set up to sell the new toys or a den built for new adventures. Maybe the characters from Toy Story could help us?


Reception Unit Themes

Happy to be Me

‘Happy to be me’ is a thematic unit which encourages children to learn about their amazing, unique selves. They learn about the parts of their body, develop their understanding of emotions, create wonderful artwork and enjoy a range of stories, songs and rhymes. The children will investigate using different resources and show their curious minds.  They will also develop their understanding of belonging and the positive connections they have to others. What does it mean to be ‘me’?

Jurassic Park

‘Jurassic Park’ launches children back in time to when dinosaurs roamed the planet.  Here the children will love exploring what they can do with just sticks and stones like they had in the Stone Age! The children might set up a cave and draw pictures to go inside or move around like hunters/gatherers.  Perhaps they might like to make a model of Stonehenge or practise their bow and arrow skills! What will we discover?

Come and Join the Celebration

‘Come and join the celebration’ explores what a celebration is.  The children will set up a party and work out how many guests will be attending, how many tables/plates etc they need. Can they make sand pies for everyone? What about some decorations? This will be a wonderful celebration of cultures as the children look for similarities and differences amongst celebrations that link us all together.  Come and join the party!

Come Fly with Me - Asia

‘Come fly with me – Asia’ is a whirlwind tour of some of the wonderful countries in Asia. Children will say, ‘Hello,’ to China as they celebrate Chinese New year and, ‘Hello’ to India as they learn to move and create music in the Chinese dragon dance or Bollywood dancing.  Children will explore writing from different languages and try to create these themselves.  The children will love learning about the Chinese and Indian cultures before flying by to Russia and Egypt to finish their tour of Asia.

Food Glorious Food

‘Food Glorious Food’ is a delicious exploration of different foods. Children will get to taste and describe a variety of foods and even turn their hand to a spot of gardening.  All their learning will culminate is a food festival with food themed songs and dances. Will the children make scarecrows to protect their new crops or create their own soup? Perhaps they will set up a café or use the mud kitchen to practise their new skills!

What on Earth... ?

‘What on Earth…?’ is about showing respect for the world we live in.  As a net-zero school, sustainability is really important to us that everyone understands how we can look after our planet. Children will study living things in our locality and in other habitats such as the ocean. Children will describe what they see and may enjoy setting up their own garden centre or deep sea diving to the depths of our oceans. Using different materials, tools and techniques, the children can experiment and share their creations. Do the birds outside need feeding? That’s not a problem for our nurturing children!

If You Go Down to the Woods...

‘If You Go Down to the Woods…’ you’ll be familiar with this popular song and fairy tale but this learning explores deeper than just the tale.  The children will learn about the material of wood and its many purposes, as well as learning about things that grow in woodlands and which creatures live there.  Who is the tree-man and what does he do? What can we make out of wood? Children can continue to learn about growing as they work together on their class garden. Does the garden need a gnome? Clay skills might be needed to bring their garden even more to life!

Help is at Hand

‘Help is at Hand’ focuses on sharing and caring as we prepare for our transition into Key Stage 1. Who are the wonderful people in our world that can help us? What do they do? Children will look at different people that help us in our local community starting with those who helps us at home, before moving on to look at who helps us in school and then learn all about the emergency services.  The children will look at how they can help others; this will include a link with the Layston Care Home in Buntingford where they will run an inter-generational project.


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