Nursery Groupings

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Nursery Themes: Me and My World

In the Early Years Foundation Stage, the curriculum is planned around seven areas of learning. There are three Prime Areas which are, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language Development and Physical Development. All planned activities and learning opportunities will ensure children have opportunities to develop skills in these areas. There are also four Specific Areas of learning which are, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design. The following information aims to provide you with an insight into what your child will be learning this half term. Our main aim will be to get to know your child, observing what they can do and then identifying what your child needs to learn next, these ‘Next steps’ targets will be shared with you during a consultation meeting- date to follow shortly.


Personal, Social and Emotional DevelopmentWhat do we want the children to learn and be able to do?

  • To be happy to come into the Nursery environment and leave his/her parent/carer.
  • To learn the names of the children in the setting.
  • To begin to form friendships with others and seek out friends to play with.
  • To form good relationships with adults in the setting.
  • To be able to express what they would like to do and select and use resources within the setting.
  • To learn how to ask for help appropriately.
  • To learn the rules and routines of the Nursery.
  • To be able to respond to the feelings and wishes of others.

What are we going to do?

Adults will play alongside children modelling appropriate behaviour such as turn taking and showing the children how others can be invited to come and play. Through registration activities we aim to teach the children each other’s names, as well as by making simple books of the children’s photographs that can be enjoyed and shared. We also spend time teaching the children how to ask for help by saying, ‘Help me please’ and using words as much as possible to explain what they want and need help with. We will also share stories with the children that deal with the new experiences of starting Nursery as well as others which address themes such as the importance of listening and looking after belongings.



Physical DevelopmentWhat do we want the children to learn and be able to do?

  • To be able to climb confidently on climbing equipment in the outdoor area.
  • To begin to move in a range of ways such as running, jumping and hopping.
  • To be able to hold and use a range of one-handed tools such as paintbrushes, pens and pencils and scissors.
  • To be able to draw simple lines and shapes.
  • To be able to put on their own wellington boots and shoes, put on their own coat and begin to help with the zip.
  • To understand the importance of good hygiene and be able to wash and dry their own hands.

What are we going to do?

Adults will encourage and support the children when playing outdoors on the range of equipment, in order to develop their climbing and balancing skills. When appropriate we will talk with the children about how to jump off equipment, remembering to bend their knees as they take off and land. As part of playing in the garden, the children will be asked to change into their wellington boots, so teaching them strategies to do this will be a priority to encourage independence.

We will also begin to use the hall to explore different ways of travelling to different pieces of music, this also supports the development of those all-important listening skills!

As part of our daily snack time the children wash and dry their hands before eating. This time is also spent encouraging good manners.

The children will be encouraged to hold and use a range of tools appropriately and develop their ability to control them through adult supported activities.



Communication and Language DevelopmentWhat do we want the children to learn and be able to do?

  • To be able to listen during story time.
  • To be able to respond to a given signal to stop.
  • To begin to understand what good listening looks like- ‘Looking eyes’, ‘Listening ears’.
  • To be able to understand and respond to a range of simple questions using ‘Who’, What’, and ‘Where’.
  • To be able to follow instructions.
  • To be able to hold a simple conversation and to be able to talk about their own experiences.
  • To develop their vocabulary.

What are we going to do?

We will play a range of games designed to develop good listening skills. These games may involve singing, using instruments as well as listening lotto games.

We will also focus on developing the children’s ability to follow instructions, many of which will be based around the rules and routines of Nursery, will be modelled to the children and supported by pictures.

We look for every opportunity to develop your child’s understanding and ability to communicate effectively with others. We take every opportunity to develop your child’s language skills by providing a range of ‘hands on’ exciting experiences where new words can be introduced, explained and used.

As part of our theme of ‘Me and My World’ we will be providing the children with numerous opportunities to talk about their own lives and experiences through their play and through more structured adult led activities.



As the term progresses our ‘Nursery News’ letters will provide you with more detailed information about what we have been up to and how you can support your child at home.

Literacy DevelopmentWhat do we want the children to learn and be able to do?

  • To be able to join in with songs and rhymes.
  • To be able to listen to and join in with stories.
  • To handle books carefully and turn the pages carefully.
  • To be able to talk about the marks they make and begin to ascribe meaning to them.


What are we going to do?

We will be sharing a range of well-known stories and rhymes with the children, using daily story time to value and enjoy books and use stories as a basis for developing language and playing with words. We also have a ‘Home library’ which allows you to borrow books to share at home with your child (more details to follow shortly).

As your child draws and paints, adults will talk to them about what they are doing, inviting them to think about what they are creating. As adults play alongside the children they will also model how writing can be used for different purposes, for example writing shopping lists whilst playing in the home corner.



MathematicsWhat do we want the children to learn and be able to do?

  • To be able to recite number names in order.
  • To be able to select a small number of objects when asked.
  • To be able to make comparisons between quantities using language such as more and lots.
  • To begin to represent numbers using their fingers and marks.

What are we going to do?

We will be learning many number rhymes and through these, use our fingers to represent small quantities such as the three bags of wool in the rhyme ‘Baa, Baa Black Sheep’.

The children will be provided with many opportunities to count, sort and match a range of equipment and their attention will be drawn to the numerals in the environment, especially those that are important to them such as their age. Opportunities to use number language through play will be encouraged, for instance collecting four bowls for the four children having pudding in the home corner or by counting how many bricks have been used to build a tower.




Expressive Arts and DesignWhat do we want the children to learn and be able to do?

  • To be able to create and explore sounds that can be made using musical instruments.
  • To explore the texture of a range of materials and begin to describe textures.
  • To explore colour.
  • To be able to use a variety of construction equipment to build and balance.
  • To engage in role-play based around their own experiences.

What are we going to do?

The children will be taught the names of a small selection of instruments such as a tambourine, maraca, tambour, bells and xylophone and be taught how to play them. We will also explore how sounds can be changed for instance making loud and quiet sounds.

The children will be taught to combine a range of construction equipment on a variety of scales, a favourite being the large wooden bricks in the Builders Yard in the garden.

The children will also be provided with opportunities to engage in pretend play in the home corner indoors and the playhouse and boat outdoors.



Understanding the WorldWhat do we want the children to learn and be able to do?

  • To learn that they have similarities and differences that connect them and distinguish them from others.
  • To show care and concern for living things and their environment.
  • To be able to talk about the things they have seen, heard, felt and smelt.
  • To be able to operate simple equipment.

What are we going to do?

Over the first few weeks in Nursery every child will paint a picture of their own face, looking carefully in a mirror at their features and representing each feature using appropriate shapes and colours. As these pictures are displayed, time will be spent talking about similarities and differences in the children’s appearance. We will also spend time sharing the children’s learning journals with them in small groups,     talking with them about their favourite activities and whether this is the same or different to other children. The children will have the opportunity to undertake a range of different activities using their different senses, including cooking, as well as meet the pet guinea pigs and learn how to look after them.

The children will also begin to learn how to use the computers and CD player.




We hope you have found this information useful. If you have any questions please ask a member of staff who will be happy to help.


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