**Our learning theme this week is 'Lions, Horses, Dinosaurs and Rabbits'**



Welcome to our Nursery



Teacher:  Mrs Hardwick

Early Years Practitioners: 

Mrs Ray 

Mrs Henderson

Miss Davis



Welcome to the Spring Term in the Nursery class

Our learning theme for each half term is guided by the children. 

Each week we will have a focus theme and our group time learning (Adult Directed Activity) will be based around that theme. 


Week 1 19.02.18 - Lions, Horses, Dinosaurs and Rabbits

Some children (Arlo, Isabella, Ernie and Lucy) have expressed interest in these animals.





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Please note that PE is on Wednesday this week.

These are some of the things we will be learning about and exploring;



Today we will explore and describe 2D shapes. We will set the children a challenge to see if they can make a shaped enclosure for a horse. One child to take on the role of being a horse. Then we will give a group of three children elastic/string and challenge them to make their enclosure – highlight that they need to listen to each other and work together. Once they have made their enclosure – adults and children will draw round it on the playground before all looking at and talking about the shape created Then we will swap roles and add more children to be shape makers. We will ask questions such as; how many shapes can you make with four people? Who has made the biggest shape? Have you seen a shape like this before? What can you tell me about this shape? What if you did something different? How did the shape change? We will then visit the other groups to see the shapes they have created. Can you see another shape like yours that someone else has made?


We will begin by recalling the story ‘Romp in the swamp’. Then we will encourage the children to think about one of the dinosaurs and what could happen to it next before representing it. We are going to play dinosaur music as we paint to inspire the children. We will encourage children to select colours purposefully and talk about why they have chosen that colour. We will encourage them to add detail and talk about what they are painting. We will use fine brushes throughout and adults will model effective grip. We will remind children that they need to share the resources throughout.


Today we have a Game On PE coaching session. We will be developing Handball skills. Children will need to change into PE kits for their session so we will have their PE kits ready on the tables as they arrive so that they can begin to change before we do the register.


We will watch two short videos about rabbits. Then we will go for a walk and explore our immediate school environment looking for signs of spring and rabbits. We will talk about where wild rabbits live and where they would find food at this time of year in our environment. We will explain that we are going to plant seeds to so that if any rabbits visited they would have something to eat. We will talk to the children about what the plants need and discuss and agree how we can care for them as well as sharing their experiences and knowledge. We will also talk about how they think the seeds will change as they grow.


Having read two stories this week about lions; today we will use information (non-fiction) books and internet information to find out more about them. The children will also be able to share their knowledge. Once we have gathered our information the children will work together to create a lion information poster. The children will be encouraged to explore mark-making as they record their information and talk about sounds in words as adults scribe for them. We will encourage the use of correct grip as we work. Adults will model hand writing patterns for children to imitate to decorate the border of their piece of work.

Guided reading: How does it Grow? This is a non- fiction book.

Shared Reading: Thursday 22nd February

Show and tell; on Friday as normal. Children to bring in an object, picture or photo of something they have noticed/ spotted – a sign of Spring.

  What the children say...

As usual we asked the children about what they’d like to explore, play with and learn about over the next half term. All ideas will be interwoven through planning. Click on the link below to see our ideas and thoughts.

Nursery children's ideas and thoughts

Other areas of learning in Nursery include....


Physical Learning


PE day is Monday

This half term in PE we will continue to focus on 'using balls' - aiming, steering, controlling, manoeuvring, throwing and catching. We will then move on to basic gymnastic skills. We will also link warm ups to other curriculum areas with activities such as 'Squiggle as you Wiggle' and 'Pen Pals', counting actions / movements and creating shapes.

Please can all children have a named PE kit in a bag.

RE Learning   Image result for religious education learning


RE will be explored partly through short periods of Adult Directed Learning which highlight key festivals, celebrations, religious symbols and religious vocabulary with reference to children’s own experiences and also through the children's own Child Initiated Play.

This Half Term our themes are; new life at spring, changes in the natural world and symbols associated with Easter. The children will have the opportunity to:

  • experience aspects of the natural world, develop their sense of enquiry and curiosity about life and death and show some of the ways in which feelings about these can be expressed
  • share enjoyment of celebration and talk about celebrations of special occasions in their own lives, in those of others significant to them and in religious communities 
  • to talk about and find out about symbols of Easter.




Our Computing theme this Half Term is 'Images and Light'.  The children will have the opportunity to explore the differences between capturing still and moving images. We will encourage children to record their self chosen activities and play using both still and moving images. We will also explore light in dark spaces, use digital microscopes to look closely at objects (natural and man made) and find out how digital images can be altered. We will continue to talk about who we can tell if any technology makes us feel worried or uncomfortable.