**This week our learning theme is 'Settling in ...'**



Welcome to Voles Class (EYFS Unit)




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Teacher:  Mrs Hardwick

Early Years Practitioners: 

Mrs Ray 

Mr Coverdale



Welcome to the Autumn Term in the Nursery class

After the first three weeks of the Autumn term our learning theme for each week is guided by the children. You will begin to see their input from the second week.

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

 9.9.19 - ‘Settling in ...'

Many of you will be having home visits during the first week of September, we look forward to seeing you again on the day you start school. For those who are not having a home visit we look forward to getting to know you more when you start school.
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These are some of the things that we are learning and exploring.




The children will be learning about the routine of the day, where the toilets are and exploring the environment.


The children will be learning about the routine of the day, where the toilets are and exploring the environment.


We will introduce the concept of ‘keyworker’ groups and that we ‘belong’ to this group before splitting into the groups. We will sing the ‘how do you do’ song and will encourage shaking hands with peers as we sing. Then we will pass a cuddly bear / butterfly / bee round the relevant group – each child to say their name as they hold the toy. We will then play ‘roll the ball’ – encouraging use of children’s names throughout. We will highlight that everyone needs to have a turn and we need to listen to each other. We will introduce representing our names and give out name cards. Each child to have a go at representing their name – model appropriate grip and demonstrate with own name, then children can try independently.


We will read ‘I don’t want to wash my hands’ and discuss. Then we will complete a hand washing activity and sing hand washing songs / chants. We will ask the children for suggestions / recollections of why and when we need to wash hands. We will talk about ‘how are germs spread?’ We will explore a germ spreading activity with glitter and highlight names of children as ‘germs’ are passed along. We will remind the children where and how to use the toilets / hand-washing sinks. We will highlight that we all have a responsibility to each other to make sure we don’t spread germs. Finally we will introduce using the scissors (we are going to create a display to remind ourselves to wash hands). We will model grip and safe use and all the children will be encouraged to cut out a bubble for display.


We will be revisiting the roll the ball ‘getting to know you’ games from Wednesday. Then the children will have the opportunity to draw a picture of themselves using felt tips and large paper. We will focus on tool grip and encourage the children to think about the features that they need / want to represent. These will be added to a display for the classroom and the children will be encouraged to look at each other’s drawings.

Shared reading will not begin until all the children are settled – keep an eye on the notice on the window.

All through the week on our walkabout we will be introducing children to the different classroom areas and the resources that they can find there.

Show and tell; my favourite …..(an item chosen by your child)


     What the children say...

As usual we will ask the children about what they’d like to explore, play with and learn about over each half term. All ideas will be interwoven through planning.



Other areas of learning in Nursery include....



PE day is Monday

  • This half term we will be practising dressing and undressing for PE. We will get to know how to use the hall space and basic equipment safely. We will be exploring a range of skills linked to the children's interests and these will include dance, teamwork, gymnastics, ball skills and travelling and manoeuvring your body in different ways.

  • We will continue to promote developing a healthy lifestyle and practices which lead to this such as the importance of exercise and healthy eating.

  • 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.


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RE will be explored partly through short periods of Adult Directed Activities 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:

  • discuss how we prepare for and celebrate a special occasion. We will talk about birthdays as an example of a celebration and about celebrations of special occasions in the children’s own lives and in those of others significant to them and in religious communities.
  • plan and organise a group celebration involving familiar rituals based on their comments and experiences
  • to show awareness of things and people that matter to them and link this to learning in RE.


  • During this half term and throughout the year we will be planning open-ended activities in a technology rich environment to enable the children to have opportunities to explore, tinker and develop their ideas through active learning. 
  • We will provide a range of simple technology resources, these will be available for children to explore through their play and during adult led activities. The resources will include real, play and safe/defunct devices to support children’s understanding of technology in the world.                                       
  • Experiences will include, for example, exploring simple programmable devices, linking these to simple programmed devices in school or at home, using input devices (touch screens, interactive whiteboards/tables, mice, touch pads and tablets), linking phonics learning to the keyboard, exploring varied simple software.
  • We will promote safe and careful use of resources and understanding of who to tell if any use of technology makes them feel uncomfortable.