Nettleworth Infant and Nursery School

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Welcome to Remarkable Rhinos

Our teacher is Mrs Ripley

Our teaching assistant is Mr Land


Our PE days are Tuesdays and Fridays, please send your child to school in their PE kit!


Our Spring Term Topic is Mansfield or Malawi?


We are going to continue to work hard learning our spelling rules and developing our handwriting. We are also going to further develop self-assessment and editing to correct as well as improve.

We will be performing poetry, writing recounts as well as writing a non-chronological report using our geographical knowledge of Malawi in Africa.

In guided reading, we will be focusing on further developing comprehension and how to find the answers in the text. We will also learn how to write our answers.


In Maths this term we are learning about money, multiplication and division, length and height and mass, capacity and temperature.

Within our money topic, we will learn how to count amounts of money, make amounts of money and find change. We will then be learning our 2, 5 and 10 times tables and introducing the concept of division. During our length and height focus, we will be learning how to measure in both centimetres and metres and then we will use this knowledge to order and compare measurements. Finally, this term we will be measuring mass in grams and kilograms and measuring capacity in millilitres and litres. We will also introduce temperature and use our knowledge of number lines to help us read thermometers.


Our first Science topic this term is Animals including Humans where we will learn that animals, including humans, have offspring which grow into adults. We will learn about the basic needs of animals, including humans, for survival. E.g. water, food and air. We will also learn the importance of exercise, eating the right amounts of different types of food, and hygiene. The Eat Well Guide will help us learn to classify food in a range of ways.

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Our second science topic this term is Plants. We will learn what plants need to grow and stay healthy e.g. water, light and a suitable temperature and that seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants. We will be conducting a science investigation allowing us to make observations and comparisons between plants as they grow in different conditions.


Art and Design

Our focus this term will be using materials.

By the end of this unit we will:

Know how to create a printed piece of art by pressing, rolling, rubbing and stamping.

Know how to make a clay pot, and to join two clay finger pots together.

To know how to use different effects within an IT paint package.

Our Artist focus will be Andy Goldsworthy


Our first computing focus this term will be word processing. By the end of this unit we will:

Know that touch typing is the fastest way to type.

Know that I can make text a different style, size and colour.

Know that “copy and paste” is a quick way of duplicating text.

We will then move onto programming ScratchJr. By the end of this unit we will:

Know that coding is writing in a special language so that the computer understands what to do.

Know that the character in ScratchJr is controlled by the programming blocks.


Design and Technology

Our focus this term will be cooking and nutrition. By the end of this term we will:

Know that food choices have an impact on health.

Know that some food sources are more readily available in different countries and different climates.

We will bake an African recipe, coconut and lime cake. Mmmmm, yummy!


Would you rather live in Mansfield or Malawi? This is our key driver this term as we compare living here in Mansfield to Malawi in Africa.

We will know the key differences between living Mansfield or Malawi.

We will also recap the continents and oceans too.


Our historical focus this term is Lives of Significant People. By the end of this unit children will:

Know about a famous person from outside the UK and explain why they are famous and describe an important event from the past.

We will be learning all about Rosa Parks.



African Dance will be our first focus in PE this term. We will then move onto striking and fielding skills. We will also take part in football and multi-skills in our weekly Kixx sessions.



In music this term we are focusing on West African call and response songs themed around animals.

By the end of the term we will:

Know that dynamics can change the effect a sound has on the audience.

Know that the long and short sounds of a spoken phrase can be represented by a rhythm.

Know that structure means the organisation of sounds within music.

Know that the tempo of a musical phrase can be changed to achieve a different effect.

Know that an instrument can be matched to an animal noise based on its timbre.


Health and Relationships

This term, we will focus on ways to keep ourselves. By the end of this term, we will:

Know medicine can be helpful or harmful.

Know what I do and don't like and who to ask for help.

Know the difference between safe and unsafe secrets

Know safe people who can help if something feels wrong.



This term our focus is ‘belonging’. By the end of this term we will:

Know we belong to a family, to a school and to a community.

Know about ways of belonging in Christianity e.g. christenings and Believers Baptisms, Jesus’ baptism, The Golden Rule and belonging to humanity.