Play underpins all development and learning for young children. It is through play that children develop intellectually, creatively, physically, socially and emotionally.  Within the nursery we provide a wide range of learning opportunities to enable the children to access a variety of experiences. Every child starts nursery at a different stage of development.

Their individual needs are assessed and staff plan appropriately to meet those needs, providing suitable resources and activities which allow for progression.   Our nursery provision is based on ‘Development Matters’ in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), which sets the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth to five. It stresses the importance of providing well-planned experiences based on children’s spontaneous play, both indoors and outdoors.

In nursery we plan educational experiences that build on children’s interests and their spontaneous play as much as possible. We use our observations of the children to help us understand the child’s current stage of development and ensure that the activities are well matched to the children’s needs and address the next steps in their learning.


Spring termSummer termAutumn term
Term starts:Term starts:Term starts:
Wednesday 3 JanuaryTuesday 17 AprilTuesday 4 September
Half term:Half term:Half term:
Monday 12 February - Friday 16 FebruaryMonday 28 May - Friday 1 JuneMonday 29 October - Friday 2 November
Term ends:Term ends:Term ends:
Thursday 29 MarchFriday 20 JulyWednesday 19 December
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TEACHERS: Mrs Mahrer

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

During the term we will encourage the children to:

  • Develop their friendships with other children, being able to take turns and share independently.
  • Be more confident in new situations and when meeting new people.
  • Be more outgoing towards unfamiliar people and more confident in new social situations.
  • Have the confidence to talk to other children when playing and communicate freely about own home and community.
  • Show confidence in asking adults for help.

These aspects will be important as the children prepare to start school in September. There will be opportunities this term for the children to visit their reception classroom, meet their new teacher and begin to form relationships with children who join our reception classes from other settings.

Physical Development

The children will have the opportunity to develop their gross motor skills during the term and we will start to use the lower playground during the day so that we can make use of the larger space. We aim for the children to be able to:

  • Move with pleasure in a range of ways.
  • Experiment with different ways of moving.
  • Run, jump, climb, swing, crawl while playing outside.
  • Make large movements with a range of resources e.g. sticks, brushes, hoops, scarves etc.
  • Throw, catch and kick balls, quoits, bean bags etc.

The children will be developing their fine motor skills by having the opportunity to:

  • Join in with activities requiring hand-eye coordination such as cutting, gluing, painting and drawing and sewing. 
  • Explore play dough by patting, poking, squeezing, pinching and twisting.

Communication and Language

Through daily conversations, we will be encouraging listening and concentration skills and supporting children with how to respond appropriately to adults and peers. We will plan activities and set up the nursery environment to help children develop their vocabulary and plan experiences that will extend their vocabulary. We will play listening games in small groups and provide opportunities for children to develop their listening skills. Children will be encouraged to ask and answer questions and adults will model this for them.

Literacy – Reading and Writing

During this term we will continue to develop a love of books and support children in gaining pre-reading and writing skills. We will have daily shared reading sessions where we share the same ‘big book’ every day alongside our daily phonics session. We will focus on rhyme and alliteration and ensure that the children have the opportunity to learn new rhymes, songs and poems.

The children will be encouraged to:

  • Listen to, talk about and act out familiar stories and nursery rhymes.
  • Join in with rhyming and rhythmic activities.
  • Hear and say the initial sound in words and know which letters represent some sounds.
  • Enjoy an increasing range of books.

All children develop at different rates, some children may be ready to start writing their names this term and where appropriate we will support children with letter formation and correct pencil grip. It is really important that young children have daily opportunities to develop their fine and gross motor control and we will provide activities that will enable children to do so. Finger strength and hand eye coordination are needed for children to be able to make the small movements necessary to write.

Mathematics – Numbers and Shape, space and measures

In Numbers we will be encouraging the children to: recite numbers to twenty, count objects reliably to five or ten and match to the appropriate numeral, join in with counting songs and recognise numerals 0 to 10.  For those children who are ready, we will support them in forming numerals correctly. We will be beginning to use 2D and 3D shape names where appropriate and will encourage children to explore shape and space through different media.

Understanding the World

This term we will be focusing on the natural world and our local environment. We are hoping to be able to go on some visits during the term and would like the children to have the opportunity to visit the beach, the park and some local woodland. We will be developing the nursery outside area and the children will be involved in growing flowers and maintaining the planters. We will teach children the importance of caring for the environment and how we can encourage bees, butterflies and other ‘minibeasts’ to visit our garden.

The children will also have lots of opportunities to talk about their home life and immediate family.

Expressive Arts and Design

This term we will be encouraging the children to use their imagination when exploring different materials and resources to develop creativity and capturing experiences.

You can help your child to succeed by doing the following:

Talking to them about their day.

Reading stories with pictures every day.

Encouraging independence when they enter nursery and encourage your child to put their belongings away themselves.

Going out in the community in search of environmental print e.g. number plates on cars, numbers on houses and logos on food packing.

Visit a local park to develop gross motor skills.

Exploring the changing seasons by taking a walk and noticing changes from the last time you were out and about – what has happened to the trees…? What flowers can we see…? Are there any insects we can see…?