**Our learning theme this week is 'Dinosaurs'**



Welcome to our Nursery



Teacher:  Mrs Hardwick

Early Years Practitioners: 

Mrs Ray 

Mr Coverdale

Miss Davis



Welcome to the Summer 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 - 23.04.18 Dinosaurs

rex.jpg - T-rex model

Linked to Lucy’s, Ernie’s, Rocco’s, Archie’s and Harry’s suggestions.

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



Today we are talking about St George’s Day and we will be listening to and discussing the story of George and the Dragon. Following listening to two versions of the story we will show the children the George and the dragon painting by Paolo Uccello and ask them to talk about what they can see – linking this back to the story. We will then ask the children to retell the story in their own words.  Revisiting the picture we will talk about the sounds that might be heard and create these with our own voices before recording them on sound buttons. 

As we work through this we will also make links to British Values – these are interwoven through all aspects of our curriculum. 


Linked to Rocco’s suggestion (Rocco wants to know if a T Rex has a mummy and daddy) we are going to find out about animal families and the names of male and female animals and their young. The children will work together to talk about and sort farm animals into their family groups. Children can share their knowledge about family groups and animal names, with adults filling any gaps in knowledge. We will then have a mini ‘quiz’ to see what the children have remembered from the activity. At the end we will link this back to dinosaurs and their families.


We will initially discuss information and understanding linked to Lucy’s question “how were dinosaurs made?” Then the children will have the opportunity to handle and explore small world dinosaur models before describing them to their friends-  talking about similarities and differences and what they notice. We will encourage the children to listen carefully to other’s observations. We will ask the children to select their favourite and draw a picture of it. We will provide pastel crayons for this and encourage children to select appropriate colours to use.

 We also have a Game On Basketball session today - carried over from last week.


Dinosaurs will have been hidden in the sandpit.  The children will have the opportunity to work together and gather the dinosaurs out of the sand. The children will be asked to create a sign to explain to their friends in another group the quantity and colour of the dinosaurs they have found – they will need to decide how they are going to do this. Children can select their own idiosyncratic methods of recording quantities or use numbers if they choose to. As they are creating their sign we will model appropriate grip and encourage children to use an appropriate pen grip throughout and make marks with control.

We also have a PE session with Mr Miller


Archie and Ernie would like to know how dinosaurs climb and move? We are going to find out some information on the internet as well as giving the children the opportunity to share their own knowledge. The children will have the opportunity to explore different dinosaur movements and to climb some of the PE equipment in the hall (highlighting safety throughout – we will discuss different types of movements and encourage creativity.

Linked to Lucy and Harry’s comments about what dinosaurs eat, we will ask the children to recall what they have learnt in Guided Reading sessions (see below). We will relate this to healthy foods for us to eat – leading to being able to move and climb.

Guided Reading: Dinosaur information book. The children will be encouraged to talk about print and offer suggestions to what it might say and follow print with their finger as the adult reads.

Shared Reading: Tuesday 24th

Show and Tell: dinosaurs

  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 be exploring working as a team. We will play parachute games and complete a variety of team challenges. We will explore relay activities using a variety of equipment. 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 Term the unit link to; learning about and from the relationships with the people in our lives and important people in the lives of religious people.

The children will have the opportunity to:

  • explore some of the ways in which people express care and concern for each other and the importance of this for relationships

  • to develop an awareness of their own value and the value of others

  • to explore how people know that they belong to family and other groups, including religious groups

  • learn about key figures in their own lives and key members of a local religious group  

  • learn about how important people within religious groups show care and concern.




Our Computing theme this Term is 'Exploring Sound'.  The children will have the opportunity to:

  • talk about how digital music is different from live songs and sounds
  • explore quick sound capture devices (e.g. recordable postcards, books, buttons, albums, boxes etc.).  We will support the children in recording short sound clips and encourage them to use the resources carefully and responsibly
  • explore ways of changing their voices, using cupped hands/simple tubes and/or sound morphers and record the result; compare to recordings of their normal voices.
  • explore a variety of recording devices. We will encourage the children to use these resources carefully and responsibly and remind them to ask the person’s permission before recording.
  • talk about their experiences of live, digital and recorded sound at home and school.

We will continue to talk about who we can tell if any technology makes us feel worried or uncomfortable.