Teachers -Mrs Gill & Ms Akhtar 

TA- Miss Gregory 

Spring Term 2024:

Communication and language and literacy

Although this has been a shorter half term, it has been full of wonderful experiences for Nursery. We have enjoyed exploring our focused texts Farmer Duck and Growing Frogs. We celebrated World Book Day dressed up as a character from and Eric Carle text. We have been practicing listening carefully and following instructions. In Phonics, Nursery have been distinguishing between differences in vocal sounds, practicing alliteration and have begun oral blending and segmenting.


In Maths we have continued to learn through Mastering the Curriculum, with a focus on 5 and 6 as well as height and length, mass and capacity. We are becoming brilliant at subitising and being able to show numbers in different ways.

Understanding the World

We have learned all about Spring and have been finding out about the life cycles of different animals such as hens and frogs as well as learning which animals come from eggs. We know the names of lots of different animals and their young and we had a brilliant time at Smithills Farm meeting all of the different animals such as donkey’s, llama’s and alpaca’s and finding out some interesting facts about them.

Expressive Art and Design

The children had another super experience when we had an artist in our class, teaching the children how to use sponges and stencils to print. We have some budding artists on our hands! We also created some effective prints using different media including pompoms, hands and fingers and natural resources.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Children have continued learning through Think Equal and understand that everyone has feelings and they might be different to their feelings and feelings can change throughout the day. They have been learning how to connect their emotions and emotion words to colour (linked to Colour Monster). They have also continued their daily practices of mindfulness and meditation to help them to be calm and happy learners.

Physical Development

This half term we have continued with Write Dance and Dough Disco to focus on strengthening our fine motor skills, as well as continuing to develop our gross motor skills through outdoor play and also making patterns of movement to music.

TOPIC NAMES Understanding the World EAD (Expressive Arts and Design PSED RE Physical Development Literacy (Reading and Writing) Maths



Journeys and Transport

(ART 13)





Summer in the Garden (ART 29)





Where we live and maps


Summer and seasonal change


In the Garden (insects and minibeasts/lifecycles)Fathers day

(IWB activities and skills continued.


Introduce iPad

Digital camera

CD player

Using technology for a


Sculpture- Sum 1

Collage – Sum 2



Music and Movement

Identifying songs and music

Parachute games

End of year performance


Role play- Transport role play- bus, station, travel agents, Minibeast garden.

Heartsmart – Fake is a mistake (I tell the truth)


Heartsmart – No way through, isn’t True (I can do it!)


Talk about feelings using a range of words, find ways to be assertive,

Be increasingly independent in meeting own care needs, make healthy choices about food, drink, activity and toothbrushing




Special Places (Places of Worship e.g. Mosque, Church, Gurdwara)




Special Times- Links with Non-Christian Faith celebrations


Values- Faith, Hope and Love

Gross Motor- develop riding skills, ball skills, use large muscle movements 

Remember some sequences and patterns of movement related to music and rhythm 

Take part in some group team activities 

Match developing physical skills to tasks and activities in setting

Choose the right resource to carry out chosen plan

Collaborate with others to manage large item

Begin to refine movement of walking and running,climbing skills, balancing skills 

Learn to skip 

Fine Motor- Use one-handed tools and equipment. 

Eat independently using a knife and fork 

Be increasingly independent getting dressed and undressed

Use a comfortable grip with good control when holding pens and pencils.


Reading- Talk about rhyming words and begin to create  rhyming strings  

Hear and say initial sounds in words

Explore and talk about different voice sounds, enunciating some phoneme correctly  

Participate in oral blending/segmenting activities 

Clap syllables in words 

Engage in extended conversations about stories and nonfiction texts, learning & using new vocabulary

Use the five key concepts about print:  Identify a word in a sentence and understand it carries meaning, identify a letter in a word, Name parts of book and show awareness of page number … page number, develop understanding of word / letter, Follow print, know it is read from top to bottom & use 1:1 correspondence

Read own name in a variety of fonts/context

Writing- Use knowledge of print / letter knowledge in writing  

Begin to match some letters to phonemes e.g. m for mummy

Engage in purposeful early writing 

Write name, from memory, with correct letter formation



Shape & Space Positional Language Focus on properties of shapes

Time- My Day Ordering events of the day

Length and height Long, short, tall and comparing lengths.

Weight- Light and heavy and comparison

Capacity Full, half full, empty and comparison

Positional language-Using language related to position and direction.




Homework Leaflet- Homework leaflet

Mouse Club 23rd April ’24

Class newsletter Nursery Summer 1 2024

Nursery topic web – Transport 2024