Autumn 1 – Why do you love me so much?
Initially this half term our Nursery children will be learning the daily routines of the classroom and how to access their own play activities. They will also be developing their independence as they learn how to put on and fasten their coats and go to the toilet remembering to wash and dry their hands. They will also learn how to access the snack table to choose a healthy snack, pour their own drink and wash their own cup afterwards. The children will also learn to be part of a group, taking turns to share ideas and building good relationships with others.
Within the half term we will also explore the topic, ‘Why do you love me so much?’ The children will have an opportunity to develop knowledge, understanding and imagination about themselves and others. We will be making a wow wall within our classroom to celebrate each child and their family. As always in Nursery the interest will be developed taking account of the children’s interests and ideas.
Autumn 2 – How do we celebrate?
Our topic for this half term is ‘How do we celebrate?’ We will discuss and learn about ‘Bonfire Night’. We will also discuss seasons and investigate which items of clothing we wear during different seasons. The main focus will be based around Autumn to begin with and then Winter to prepare us for the cold and icy term ahead. As part of our maths activities, we will be looking at counting, number recognition and identifying ‘more’ or ‘fewer’. Our Literacy focus will explore a variety of Autumn, Winter and Christmas stories. We will extend our learning and mark making through creating Firework pictures, writing letters to Santa, making a list of presents, writing our names to label our pictures and beginning to use some clearly identifiable letters in our writing.
Spring 1 – Can I have a pet?
This half term our topic is ‘Can I have a pet?’ We will begin our topic by talking about our own pets and asking the children to bring in photographs of their pets to share and talk about with others. We will focus on a variety of stories, including ‘Dear Zoo’, ‘The Great Pet Sale’ and ‘Rumble in the Jungle’. We will also find out about a variety of animals and their habitats using non-fiction texts. Our role play area will become the vets and we will be able to role play being a vet and looking after the animals. Our literacy focus will be to write our names and to write some clearly identifiable letters. We will be creating our own lift the flap books based on ‘Dear Zoo’ and writing posters for the pet sale. As part of our maths activities we will be looking at counting, matching numeral to quantity, 3D shape, sorting and sharing animals. During our art activities we will look closely at animals and their patterns and will enjoy exploring through paint and collage.
Spring 2 – Did Dragons Exist?
This half term our topic is ‘Did Dragons Exist?’ This interest provides ideas for stimulating children’s curiosity, understanding, knowledge and imagination about dragons and castles. We will develop the interest taking account of the children’s fascinations and ideas.
We will also be learning about all about Shrove Tuesday, Spring and Easter.
Summer 1 – Traditional Tales
During this half term, we will be exploring Traditional Tales. We will start by focusing on the story of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. We will look at the different characters within the story and will enjoy playing in our very own Giant’s Castle. We will be looking closely at plants and thinking about how they grow.
We will then look at other traditional tales including, ‘The Gingerbread Man,’ ‘Red Riding Hood,’ ‘The Three Pigs,’ and ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears.’ In the role-play area, we will use props to act out the stories.
As always in Nursery we will develop the interest taking account of the children’s fascinations and ideas.
Summer 2- Where are we going on holiday?
This half term our topic is ‘Where are we going on holiday?’ We will start by discussing our holidays and then we will think about holidays in different countries and how life can be different from ours.
Our role play area will become a beach scene and an ice cream parlour and the children will be able to role play being on holiday.
We will focus on a variety of stories, including ‘The Rainbow Fish’, ‘The Train Ride’ and ‘Sharing a Shell’. We will also find out about a variety of sea creatures using non-fiction texts.
As part of our maths activities, we will be looking at counting, matching numeral to quantity, combining quantities and repeating patterns.