Topics covered in Nursery Autumn Term 2018


The work of the Nursery aims to foster self-confidence, self-esteem and an eagerness to learn while giving the children a degree of choice, responsibility and independence.

Playing & exploring, active learning and creative thinking supports the children’s learning across all seventeen areas. This includes:-

Personal Social & Emotional Development

  • Managing feelings and behaviour.
  • Making relationships.
  • Self-confidence and self-awareness.

Communication & Language

Speaking, Understanding, Listening and Attention


  • Writing
  • Reading


  • Numbers
  • Shape, space and measure.

Understanding of the World

  • People and communities
  • Technology
  • The World

Expressing Art & Design

  • Exploring and using media and materials
  • Being imaginative.

Physical Development

  • Moving & Handling
  • Health & Safety Care


Our work is also linked with our topics, which are: -

Ongoing all year:-   Weather, Seasons, ie., Autumn walks and collection

All About Me – under this topic we will be covering different themes in detail:

  1. Me – talking about themselves - parts of their bodies.
  2. Senses – Feeling textures, taste, smell, sounds and sight.
  3. Health – healthy/unhealthy food, cleanliness, looking after their teeth.
  4. Their families –
  5. Festivals:- Birthdays/Eid/Diwali/Christmas…

Interactive wall displays,– interest tables will be set up to encourage the children to observe, recognise and to be inspired by each other. Children will participate in adult led focus activities, as well as whole group carpet sessions.

For the Autumn Term we will be reading stories such as ‘Goldilocks & The Three Bears’, ‘Going on a Bear Hunt’, ‘Whatever Next’, ‘Elmer’ and other stories.

By the end of the Autumn Term most of the children, with your help, should be able to achieve the following goals.Personal Social & Emotional Development

  • able to show curiosity and have a positive approach to new experiences
  • become aware of the routines of Nursery
  • separate from carer with confidence
  • have a sense of belonging
  • relate and make attachments to adults and peers
  • make needs known appropriately
  • have an awareness of boundaries set and behaviour expectations

Communication, language and literacy

  • use words and/or gestures, use familiar words
  • talk in imaginary situations.
  • use home language and English with increasing confidence
  • make needs known
  • initiate conversation
  • experiment with mark making
  • begin to develop phonic discrimination
  • begin to recognise their name
  • develop social one to one listening skills


  • recognize familiar words such as their own name
  • enjoy rhyming and rhythmic activities
  • listen to and join in with stories and poems


  • begin to develop phonic discrimination
  • begin to recognize their name
  • develop social one to one listening skills
  • experiment with mark making
  • give meaning to marks as they draw and paint
  • ascribe meaning to marks they see in different places


  •  show interest in numbers and counting
  • use mathematical language in play
  • show curiosity about numbers
  • show interest in shape and space
  • experiment with shapes
  • use size language

Understanding of the World

  • examine and explore objects and living things
  • investigate construction materials
  • show an interest in the environment
  • describe simple features of objects and events
  • experiment with a range of tools
  • be aware of culture and beliefs of others

Expressive Art & Design

  • explore and experiment with a range of media in 2 and 3 dimensions
  • respond to sound, experiment with sound
  • join in songs and rhymes
  • explore and experiment with paint, using a range of tools
  • work in small and large scale, 2D and 3D
  • learn to move rhythmically

Physical Development

  • move independently and spontaneously
  •  respond to rhythm, music and story
  • manipulate materials and objects
  • show awareness of needs
  • move in a range of ways
  • use available space safely

It is important that you provide your child with activities at home to promote and reinforce their learning. We will provide you with ideas and activities.

The emphasis is learning through play. Through their play the children encounter many new ideas, some of these are essential for the later understanding of mathematics and for learning to read and write. If you would like to know more about the activities which we provide in Nursery we would be pleased to answer your questions.


Clothes worn to Nursery should be managed easily. Remember that they will be working inside and out and also going for their P.E lessons, so please ensure they have a change of clothes. P.E lessons will take place every Wednesday as well as Physical Development throughout the week. A change of clothes and wellington boots should be provided for your child in case they become wet during the day.


Every week your child will be given a reading book to take home, so please make sure that he/she brings their folder in. The children will change their reading books on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Daily reading and reading record

Please read with your child on daily basis for 10-20 minutes. Your child is given a reading record where you can add a short comment every time he/she has read to you. Your child’s class teacher checks the reading record on daily basis and will give your child a stamp every time they’ve read at home. When 20 stamps are collected, your child will get a certificate/ reward for being a proactive reader. We are looking forward to your support and co-operation.


All children in the Nursery are entitled to free milk and fruit. We ask you to bring a bottle/plastic flask of water so that your child can access water throughout the session. Unless your child is having a packed lunched or has a dietary requirement, please do not provide any snacks or drinks from home as we are teaching the children to try new fruits and vegetables.


Your child will be cooking at Nursery and as the cost of the ingredients can be quite expensive, we would like you to donate £2.00 towards this. We think the children benefit greatly from taking part in cooking activities, as this covers many areas of the curriculum such as Maths and language, talking about what ingredients they have mixed etc. They will also have the opportunity to eat what they have prepared.

Allergies or Medical Issues

Please inform the Nursery and the office if your child suffers from any allergy or has a medical concern.

For safeguarding purposes you must inform the school in advance if your child is being picked up by another adult. Please inform the office of their details so that they can be placed on your child’s school contact list.If you have any queries please let me know.


Ms N Radjabi