Busy Zone - Pre-School and Reception

  • Ms Emma Sumpter

    Class Teacher

  • Mrs Rosanna Nisbet

    Class Teacher

  • Mrs Natasha Butcher

    Teaching Assistant

  • Mr Tom Richards

    Teaching Assistant

Busy Zone


Welcome to the Busy Zone, where the youngest children  begin their learning in school.

The children are encouraged to be strong independent learners. Following their interests and guided by positive adult support.

The classroom and outside area are full of rich learning opportunities for play and playful teaching.

The teaching staff ensure active and challenging experiences are explored fully.

We encourage the children to talk about their learning and to be reflective about the next steps along their learning journey.



Family Learning

Teach your monster to read!

A fun and interactive game to help children recognise and use phonics

Oxford Owl Reading - An excellent source of Phonics information and support, with the added advantage of free ebooks to download and share as a family.

Busy Zone - Summer A 2022
To kick of the Summer Term Busy Zone's topic will be 'Ticket to Ride!'
We will begin the topic exploring travelling to space, using the story 'The Way Back Home' to explore how we get to space, what we might take and investigate the people who have already been.
We will then use the story 'The Naughty Bus' to think about transport a little closer to home, learn about what transport uses the road near us, as well as how this has changed over time.
Finally we will explore the story 'The Night Pirates' to think about travelling to a destination, and what that destination might be like.  We will learnt about visiting countries around the world and how we get there. 
Don't forget to share any home learning on Tapestry, we love to see how your are exploring your learning at home. 
Busy Zone - Spring B 2022
For the final half of the Spring term we will be focusing our learning on the world around us, exploring our local surrounding and using what we find to inspire our investigations. 
Busy Zone - Spring 2022
For the first half of the Spring Term our topic will be 'Amazing Animals'!  We will be learning about animals from around the world, where they live, what they like to eat and how they grow and change.  We will look at the role of Zoo's and how they have changed over time, as well as considering the changes we have made ourselves since we were babies.  In Art we will explore patterns, taking inspiration from what we see around us, using paper, paint and collage techniques to recreate what we find in the world around us. 
During the Autumn term Busy Zones topic will be 'Marvellous Me!'
We will be finding out all about ourselves and our families, recognising our own special skills and sharing these with our friends. 
Busy Zone 2021-2022 Long Term Plan
We are all looking forward to starting the school year, and welcoming you all back at Sithney School.
We have lots of exciting things planned for the year ahead, which can be found in the yearly overview below!  We will be sure to share lots of photos throughout the year so you can see all the exciting activities we are up to. 

Spring 2021

Tell us a tale.....

This terms topic is going to focus on stories, tales and fables, exploring a range of traditional and modern tales.   We will begin the term recapping the story of ‘Stick Man’ thinking about the world around us and how winter affects the local wildlife, helping them to prepare for the season ahead.  We will then move on to thinking about the weather.   Using the story ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ as a focus for exploration, we will make our own rain gauges and collect data on rainfall, as well as using water for some creative activities.  We will then use our understanding of weather to compare and contrast with the story ‘Handa’s Surprise’, exploring weather around the world and using the food within the story as a focus for D&T. In art we will be looking at colour mixing and collage (keep hold of those chocolate wrappers!). Using the story of the Mixed up Chameleon as an introduction, we will think about the different animals and their offspring as well as creating representations using colour mixing.  Finally, we end the term with the story of ‘Dogger’ thinking about our own favourite toys.  We will think about how toys have changed over time, looking a toys of the past and making our own timelines using family toys.

During the second half of the Spring Term, we will focus on more traditional tales.  Starting with The Three Billy Goats Gruff, we will think about story language and music, making our own accompaniments to the story.  In science, we will be learning about Materials and linking this with the story of The Three Little pigs, building our own houses and testing materials.  Finally, we will end the term with the story of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’.