Teachers -Mrs Gill & Ms Akhtar 

TA- Miss Gregory 

Autumn term 2023:

Communication and language and literacy

This term we have welcomed our lovely new nursery children into our school and they have settled into their new classroom beautifully. We have enjoyed learning lots of new Nursery Rhymes and learning some key vocabulary linked to nursery rhymes. We had a lovely time when we invited our parents in to a story morning and it was great to see so many parents enjoying reading with their child. We enjoyed listening to stories like Pete the Cat, Elmer and Brown Bear, Brown Bear where we explored colour further. We have also enjoyed Owl Babies and stories about families. We have begun Phase 1 phonics focusing on environmental sounds, instrumental sounds and body percussion.


In maths we have been naming different colours and sorting them into groups. We have been grouping objects in different ways and recognising when something is more, less or the same. We have been singing lots of counting songs and are beginning to develop our subitising and number recognition skills.

Understanding the World

We have learned all about the season of Autumn. We know it comes after Summer, we know what clothing we might wear in the Autumn and have learned about Autumn colours and festivals that we might celebrate. We have learned facts about spiders to link with the nursery rhyme ‘Incy Wincy Spider’ and named items we would need to have at a tea party/to make tea and how we would use them to link to ‘I’m a little teapot’. We have talked about what the word “family” means and the different family members in our family, immediate and extended. We have really enjoyed looking at each other’s family photos on our display. We have talked about similarities and differences in our families and ways in which we have changed since we were babies. We have discussed activities that our families like to do together and how we celebrate special times.

Expressive Art and Design

This term we have focused on ‘Painting’ and ‘Drawing’. We have been learning and experimenting with colour mixing, painting Pete the Cat and the Owl Babies, as well as making firework pictures and autumn fairies. We have also made self-portraits and drawings of our families.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

The children are getting used to following the school rules and new routines (and teaching their mice!) and are forming lovely friendships. We have been learning to listen to others, taking turns to speak and responding to a range of simple instructions and questions. Our Heartsmart topic this half term is ‘Don’t Forget to Let Love in!’ where we have been learning how important, valued and loved we are. We have also been talking a lot about feelings and things that make us feel a certain way.

Physical Development

We have been developing the physical skills needed for early writing through lots of malleable activities such as painting, creative activities, playdough and mark-making in various media. We have also been encouraging children to hold their pencil correctly to develop their fine motor skills and practicing giving meaning to marks as we draw and write. We have enjoyed exploring our outdoor environment and using our gross motor skills to ride bikes and scooters around the track and practice playing bat and ball, basketball and stepping stones.

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



Nursery Rhymes/Colours








My Family

(ART 5,6,7,8, 18,20,21, 3)




Tea party (I’m a little Teapot)

Spiders (Incy Wincy)

Day and night (Twinkle Twinkle)

Favourite colours

Colour changes

Autumn and seasonal change/

Bonfire night and Diwalli


Families and homes

Winter/cold places and seasonal change




(IWB: Nursery Rhymes,

Bonfire night, Poppy Day, People who help us

Selecting tools and mark making on the IWB, Beebots)

Painting- Aut1




Music and movement- Action songs (phase 1)

Familiar songs

Expressing feelings

through music (ribbon dancing)

Copying simple rhythms with instruments


Nativity songs and performance


Role play- home corner, Santa’s workshop.

Heartsmart – Get Heart smart (Meet Boris)


Heartsmart – Don’t forget to let love in (I am special)


Additional- show effortful control, talk and identify simple feelings, idenitify actions/words that upset others, begin to find soluations- sharing and turn taking

Make independent learning choices, Begin to be independent within self-care routines  Toileting / Handwashing / Snack time / Outdoor

Begin to play with other chn and see themselves as part of a community.

I am special (diversity)

Harvest (Sukkot- Jewish Harvest)



Special people (inc those who help us)


Christmas (Births and birthdays, The Nativity)




Values- Thankfulness, Respect and Love

Gross Motor- Continue to develop movement skills of walking and running, negotiating space. Continue to develop climbing skills, use stairs using alternate feet,  develop balancing skills … balance , Complete low level obstacle courses, Walk up / down a ramp, Stand still, Stand on one leg, develop riding skills – scooter / trike / balance bike, Use bike track: □ following track □ right direction  ð Stop / start 

Continue to develop ball skills- Rolling (partner / circle games), Kicking 

Begin to adapt speed / direction to avoid obstacles, learn to hop

With support explore climbing frame 

Begin to use large-muscle movements to wave flags and streamers (top to bottom / anti-clockwise) 

Paint and make marks (top to bottom / anti-clockwise

Fine motor- Write Dance and Dough Disco

(Learn to use the toilet with help, and then independently)

Begin to show a preference for a dominant hand, learn to use a knife and fork, get dressed independently for outdoor play, Use some one-handed tools and equipment 

Across provision: □ Pouring / filling □ Stirring / mixing □ Rolling □ Painting / Drawing / mark making … 

Begin to develop a comfortable grip when using pencils / pen, Model and encourage a tripod grip 


Phase 1 Phonics / Reading ▪ Begin to develop phonological awareness

Join in with Phase 1 activities, aspects 1 to 6  – (Alliterative activities, begin to identify words starting with the same phoneme within a word)

▪ Begin to understand some of the five key concepts about print:  Handle books carefully & correctly  Name some book parts … front cover, back cover, page, title  Print has meaning □ familiar logos □ environmental labels with photograph  Understand print is read left to right .

▪ Enjoy sharing a book with an adult  One to one Fiction and  Small group time non-fiction

 ▪ Begin to read own name with visual support


Writing ▪ Add some marks to their drawings, which they give meaning to. For example: “That says mummy

. ▪ Make marks on picture to represent name

▪ Begin to attempt to write name with some recognisable letters  First letter of name ▪ To begin to understand that own marks represent meaning  Point to marks  Talk about made marks, label marks.

Geometry Recognising, naming and matching colours

Sorting by various attributes Continuing AB patterns

Measurement Using the language of size Number & Place Value

Grasping the Counting Principles Comparing amounts of objects

Colours (2 weeks) Recognising, naming and matching colours Sorting (2 weeks) Sorting by various attributes Pattern (2 weeks)

Continuing AB patterns.

Size (1 week) Using the language of size Counting

Principles (2 weeks) One-one principles, stable-order principle, cardinal principle, abstraction principle, order-irrelevance principle

Comparing (2 weeks) Comparing amount of objects


Homework Leaflet- Homework leaflet