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Nursery Autumn Term Topics:
Myself, My Home and My Family
Communication, Language and Literacy-
Goldilocks and the Three Bears: big book and small book stories, story sack and puppets, paintings, collage bears, role play and emergent writing.
Three Little Pigs story and puppets: How did they build their houses and which was strongest?
Listening to mum visiting Nursery with baby, asking questions and making comments.
Circle time, sharing news, feelings, how we have grown, likes and dislikes etc.
Puppet play with peers.
Stories about starting school, new babies, pets, moving house and independence/growing up (‘Little Princess’ stories by Tony Ross)
Recognising name card, tracing and copying name; correct pencil grip, left to right orientation.
Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy
Counting accurately using one to one correspondence.
Number recognition 0 to 10 and beyond.
Number formation- sand trays, dough, wipe off cards.
Colour and shape recognition- lotto games, sorting objects, 3D blocks, 2D clingy and magnetic shapes.
More / less; big / little; long / short.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Confidence in Nursery, independently selecting resources, tidying away resources after use.
Approaching adults for assistance as needed.
Putting on own coats, aprons, hats, shoes and socks.
Using toilet independently, washing hands after toilet and before snack.
Trying out different foods, tastes and textures.
Care for themselves and for others.
Co-operation with others, peers and adults.
Feelings- happy, sad, scared, excited, lonely, loved. Talking about feelings through circle time and story (‘When I feel…’ books)
I Am Special,
Birth & Birthdays,
Festivals – Christmas. Diwali, Hannukah.
Christmas Nativity play.
Putting on own coat, apron, shoes and socks etc.
Fine motor skills: threading bobbins, beads, sewing cards, peg numbers, dough, sand tools, barley / lentil play, mark making tools.
Digging in soil trough and sand pirate ship.
Gross motor skills: scooters, trikes, balancing beams, bucket stilts, large climbing frame, slide, bouncy animals.
Throwing, rolling and catching balls, beanbags, hoops and quoits.
Painting, collages, printing with sponge and reclaimed materials.
Lentil, barley and gloop play.
Dough: manipulating, cutting, twisting and joining to make cakes, biscuits, dinosaurs, hairdressers, bugs and fire engines.
Printing houses based on artist Lazzerini.
Building Lazzerini houses out of large 3D foam blocks.
Mendhi hands, chalk Rangoli patterns in play ground and clay lamps for Diwali.
‘Painting’ outdoor walls with water, paint brushes and rollers.
Christmas cards, calendars, hand and foot prints.
Wish tree stars for Delamere trip.
Role Play- home area, Bears’ Cottage, Café, Stable.
Exploring musical instruments; naming percussion, keeping the beat, loud and soft, fast and slow.
Knowledge and Understanding of the World-
Visit to Delamere Forest- walk in the forest, discussing forest animals and their environment.
Construction kits and blocks, building homes and houses.
Cutting, gluing and collage skills.
Safe and effective use of scissors.
Comparing growth in a baby with us now that we are in Nursery.
Awareness of the past (what we could do as a baby compared with the present)
Mum visiting with baby, to talk about what babies can / cannot do and why.
Decorating and making Diva clay lamps.
Food technology: making sandwiches, home made bread, home made vegetable pizza, chopping up vegetables.
Healthy eating: tasting fruit and vegetables from around the world. Sweet and savoury.
espresso, musical leaps and bounds, cbeebies.
Use of mouse to click on and drag images, changing screen.
Use of directional keys.