**This week our learning theme is 'Fantastic fingers'**



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.  

 16.9.19 - ‘Fantastic fingers'

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



We will visit the hall and take shoes and socks of before exploring the space as an introduction to PE (as this will our usual PE day!) and in preparation for the session with Mr Miller on Thursday. We will then play a ball rolling name, sitting in a big circle, to further develop familiarity with each other’s names  After this we will return to the classroom to explore counting games, counting with fingers and identifying numbers. We will ask them to show how old they are with their fingers – and match this to a 3 or 4. We will then talk about numerals 1-5 and practise showing the correct number of fingers for each numeral (are there different ways to make four with your fingers – for example). We will reverse this by showing groups of fingers and asking children in they can count them and maybe find the numeral. We will finish altogether singing Five Little Monkeys ….


Introduce Penpals – hand warm ups and developing fine motor control. Some children have been exploring the dough already but we are going to introduce all the children to it. We will investigate using a variety of movements to change the shape of the dough – having a dough disco (at tables). Then we will revisit some of the skills more slowly. The children will then be encouraged to share ideas with a friend about what they are going to create before having a go at making a model of their choice (We will offer suggestions linked to children’s favourites; dinosaurs/Paw Patrol/Peppa Pig / trains. ( We will highlight that the children will be ‘squishing’ their models at the end for everyone to continue to use the dough again).


During the home visits several children talked about balloons and Charlie showed us how to toss a pancake. Today we are going to link these interests with our activities. We will highlight to the children the importance of exercise and moving - this links with the ‘muscle’ song we have been learning for Harvest time. We will have three activities in each group:

Bottle top Blasters (Balloons and bottles – firing out pompoms)

Bat and beanbag  - pancake tossing!

Milk carton catchers

We will model the activities and ask the children what they can see happening. They will then each have a turn with their chosen activity – we will encourage them to talk about what they are doing with their fingers, how this works and why they need to do it. They can then explore the activities further in CIP.


PE session run by Mr Miller (an external PE coach who visits regularly). This is the first time the children will have met him so we will only change our shoes and will spend time doing introductions before activities begin.


Later we will explore giant and small name writing inside and outside the classroom - we will highlight the mark making ‘rules’ outside before we begin.


The children have begun to explore the musical instruments in the class and outside as well as sound activities on the Interactive White Board. To build on this we will be exploring drum beats and rhythms. We will watch videos of different communities using drums and rhythms. We will begin with body percussion – using Hickory Dickory (we have explored this with whole body movements last week). Then develop recall and echo – all together (adult use drum and children use hands). Then all have claves/ drums and continue to explore. Some children to then model a lead rhythm using the gathering drum – others to imitate.

Shared reading will not begin until all the children are settled – we are planning for 25.9.19.

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

We will be singing songs and playing listening games during phonics.

Show and tell; something you can do with your fingers.

     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.