Topic work


In Nursery the Early Years Curriculum is taught through a cross-curricular approach. Each term learning focuses on a particular topic.  Each week adult directed learning opportunities are planned that help the children progress with their key skills, attitudes and dispositions.  In addition to this, child initiated activities and areas of provision provide further opportunity to develop understanding and learn more through independent play and activity.

In Nursery topic focuses take place throughout the week and are taught in both the morning and afternoon sessions.  Learning is differentiated to match the children's stage of learning. Links are made with other areas of learning such as Literacy, Maths and physical development to ensure that the children are fully engaged with their learning.

The chart below details what topics and questions the children will be learning over the next term.  Details of the other themes that the children cover over our two year cycle can be found on the curriculum pages.

 Spring Term - First Half term    

What is your favourite toy?

Week 1



What is your favourite toy?

This week children will help to set up a Toy Shop role-play area. We will discuss our favourite toys at circle time and why they are special to us.

Week 2




Which dinosaurs can fly?

We will create a dinosaur exhibition of our favourite dinosaurs. Together we will look at non fiction books about dinosaurs to discover interesting facts about them. Children will take photographs of the dinosaurs they find in Nursery.

Week 3



Where do bears live?

We will talk about the different bears we know from stories such as Goldilocks and the 3 Bears and Biscuit Bear. Children will bring their own teddy bears to school and prepare food for a ‘Teddy Bears’ picnic.

Week 4



How can you make a puppet talk?

This week we will look at different types of puppets. Children will design and make their own spoon/ finger/ hand puppets.

Week 5




How do you make a robot?

Robot Day will be a highlight of the week where staff and children will dress as robots. Throughout the week children will design, make and paint their own robots from box craft materials. Children will program bee bots to move in a given direction.

Week 6



What games do you like to play?

We will model and play playground and parachute games with the children. We will make a Nursery book of our favourite games.

Spring Term - Second Half term    

Hero or Villian?

Week 1    






 Who can grow the tallest beanstalk?

Children will help to set up our Garden Centre and Giants Castle role-play areas.

This week we will introduce the story Jack and the Beanstalk.  We will go on a giant’s treasure hunt where we will find some gold coins and bean seeds but we are not sure if they are magic ones like in the story. Children will plant bean seeds and think about what will help the seeds to grow. Each week the children will add their findings to a collective diary of observations recording the bean seeds growth.

We will also encourage the children to use the Jack and Beanstalk puppets in our puppet theatre and to sequence the Jack and the Beanstalk story. We will discuss what the giant says to Jack in the story and practise using our loud voices to say Fee, fi, fo, fum on the stilts outside, where we will also make our own castles and play the bean game.

The children will play the Jack and the beanstalk maths games reinforcing turn taking, recognising numerals and 2D shapes.

Week 2    




 Discovery week: Who is No-Bot?

Following the children’s interest in robots last half term we will revisit them through the No-Bot book. Children will investigate using materials such as honey and jam to see which material would be the strongest to stick No-Bots bottom back on. They will look at what we could use No-Bots bottom for in Nursery, such as a bucket in the sand, boat in the water area, mould in the play dough. Children who didn’t make a box craft robot before will have the opportunity to make one for our Discovery week display. At circle time we will discuss being a good friend and sharing.


 Week 3




 Who is your favourite dwarf character?

This challenge involves looking in mirrors and talking about facial expressions and different feelings. We will talk about our feelings and children will discuss what makes them feel, happy, shy, grumpy etc. Children will paint the dwarfs focusing on the facial expressions they are giving them. Children will make magic mirrors and discuss what they would wish for in their magic mirror. The children will use puppets to retell the story and they will match the correct amount of apples to numerals on bags in the maths area.

The little house outside will be transformed into ‘The Seven Dwarfs’ cottage and children will sing the Hi ho, hi ho song as they set off to work in the large construction area building site.

 Week 4 




 Who might live in a castle?

We will introduce the small world castle and enhance over the week with dragons, fairies, super heroes and knights to support imaginative play. We will offer a variety of prince, princess and superhero costumes and dressing up accessories such as light sabers in the role-play areas. Children will draw and paint shields, crowns, tiaras or superhero costumes. Children will also design and make castles from wooden blocks, box craft and other materials.

We will enhance the mark making area as a superhero work station with cloaks and special mark making equipment such as magic pens and encourage children to write about their magic powers.

 Week 5




 Would you like to go to the ball?

Throughout the week we will make preparations for our ball. Children will write for a purpose to create lists, posters, place mats and invitations. We will discuss characters from the Cinderella story. If the children had a fairy godmother what would they want her to change the pumpkin or the mice into? Is it nice to be called ugly? Were the sisters kind or unkind to Cinderella?

We will sing Bibbidi- bobbidi-boo and talk about alliteration thinking of words that begin with B.

Children will bake biscuits for the ball where they will dance and play games such as corners, musical bumps and musical statues.

 Week 6

 Easter preparations and – Who is your favourite superhero or villain?

This week we will make Easter cards, Bunny ears, Easter nests and go on an Easter bunny hunt around the school grounds.

We will reflect on our work this term and discuss our favourite heroes and villain.