Below you will find information about what the Nursery classes are learning about this term. You might also like to view our Nursery Events page to see photos of what the children have been learning in school.
Please also read our topic page to find out more about our Topic Work.
Communication and Language Development
Each day we have a question of the day which we discuss at snack time through a circle time approach which develops children’s communication and language; we also have time to share our news with peers. Every week children will take home a talk ticket, which is a question linked to our work in nursery to discuss at home. We share these with our peers back in nursery. Throughout the first half term children will listen to stories, participate in small group games, activities to develop their communication, interaction and listening skills.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development.
We will spend time helping the new starters to settle into the nursery environment. This will involve developing children’s independence through putting their own coats on and fastening where possible, using the toilet independently, washing their hands and using the water fountain. We are introducing children to our positive behaviour management strategies including our super star chart, star of the day and achievosaurs. We will spend time introducing the nursery rules and routines. Each session children will spend snack time in their key worker group where one child is chosen to be the milk and one to be the fruit monitor, which involves them giving out the snack to their peers.
During this half term we will introduce the climbing and outdoor equipment including the wheeled toys to the children. We will be completing focuses including a sponsored fun run, obstacle courses and throwing and catching. We will promote healthy eating through our snack time and our healthy week which involves discussing and tasting fruit and cutting up vegetables to eat with dips. Health and self care is a focus this half term where we will be developing children’s independence using the toilet, washing their hands and using the water fountain. Gross and fine motor skills are developed through all our provision such as ribbon sticks, hoops, threading beads, peg boards, writing in crazy foam, tracing on tactile letters, using the interactive white board, tweezers to pick up small objects and building with bricks. We also have a specific fine motor challenge each week.
We enhance our provision and activities to practise both gross and fine motor control to support writing. We have a specific mark making area with super hero writing capes which encourage the children to mark make with super powers. We have a variety of mark making equipment available including chunky crayons, chalks, paint brushes, pencils and felt tips. We also have mark making proformas throughout our role-play provision in the Home corner, and for the roles of Doctors, Fire fighters and Police Officers. We have labels and signing in sheets for other areas. Focus mark making activities will include writing invitations, gift tags and birthday cards. We will introduce phase one letters and sounds activities and later in the term we will start introducing letter sounds through phase two letters and sounds sessions as appropriate using the Jolly Phonics stories. We also use the ‘read write inc’ formation rhymes to support children in using the correct letter formation.
We discuss the importance of using the correct pencil grasp. Rings will be available in the mark making area for children to put on their index finger so they can grasp the pen correctly to draw circles and then their name. To support children in recognising and writing their name every child has a name card which they can access independently. Children will sign into nursery with their parents/carers at the start of each session using their name cards and answering the question of the day. We will have daily story time and will introduce Incy Wincy Spider as our first Talk for Writing unit this year. We also have a library where children can sign out books to take home to share. Each half term we learn a Nursery Rhyme by heart, this half term our focus nursery rhyme will be “Miss Polly had a Dolly”.
Children will learn about shape and space through provision in the sand, malleable, water and construction areas. We focus on a specific number most weeks and this is called our ‘star number’. Children are encouraged to complete several activities relating to this including recognising the number and its value. Children will practise number formation in crazy foam, coloured sand, glitter and paint. During this half term our main focus will be on counting with one to one correspondence, focus activities will include counting spikes for a hedgehog’s back and counting candles for birthday cakes. We will also begin to recognise numbers and will go on a hunt around the school to look for numbers in the environment. Specific focus activities on number recognition will include ordering numbers and matching the numbers on bikes to their correct parking spaces. We will complete jigsaws, maths games and contribute towards making number lines for our provision areas. Children will complete sponge printing to demonstrate their recognition of shapes and numbers.
Understanding the World
Children will learn about some of the People who help us to look after ourselves such as doctors, hairdressers and dentists by looking at situation clips on the computer and they will develop their understanding of people that help to keep us safe through visits from the care taker, a police officer and hopefully a paramedic. We have fire fighter and police officer role play in our outside environment too. Children will go on an autumn walk around the school grounds to highlight the seasonal changes that are taking place. They will walk around the main school to help them become more familiar with the environment and areas we will be using such as the hall. We will talk about our journey to school and landmarks in the local area, looking at photos of the café, post box, fish and chip shop, garage, traffic lights and bakers. Children have daily access to the computers, interactive whiteboard, bee bots, light panel and the listening centre.
Expressive Art and Design
Children will be introduced to our areas of provision and encouraged to develop their own creativity throughout these areas. Specific focuses to support children’s creative development include creating self portraits and exploring paints to make hand and footprints, creating music on our music wall. Children will be introduced to their own mini me’s to support their imaginative play in the construction and small world areas. We will have regular enhancements relating to our theme throughout the half term such as Andy Goldsworthy art in the Imagine and Create area and recipes in the mud kitchen.