**This week our learning theme is 'Travelling'**



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.  

 Week beginning 18.11.19 - ‘Travelling' 

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

landscape photography of mountain ranges



We will change into PE kits again before visiting the hall for PE – the children are delighted when they put their clothes on themselves – even if they are inside out or upside down! Today we are going to carry on our Superheroes theme (we will link this to Harry’s interest in Spiderman). Warm-up - ‘Superheroes need to be………’: This warm-up helps the children understand the types of things Superheroes can do! Adults will explain that the children need to move around the space (they aren’t allowed to bump into each other – Good Superheroes are very good at dodging). Adults will give instructions such as “Superheroes need to be able to….” followed by a verb related to Superheroes –fly, sprint, jump, hop etc. Next we will revisit ‘The Laser Room’ – the superheroes are stuck inside a room full of laser sensors! They need to avoid setting off the lasers to escape! There are different types of movements to evade different types of lasers. To avoid red (cone) lasers the children must jump over them! (2 feet together, knees bent). To avoid yellow (cone) lasers the children must hop over them! Finally we will play Jewel Drop Dodge: Our villains have accidentally dropped some of the Queen’s jewels onto the floor! It is our Superheroes job to try and pick them up! (Leave the cones from the previous activity on the floor - these now will take the role of the crown jewels). We will split the children into their groups. They need to run out and pick up the jewels and place them in one stack for each group. But it’s not that easy! Each adult will take the role of the villain and throw the cones jewels away as soon as they are stacked. The team that is fastest and replaces the jewels ending up the most jewels wins!


Today we are going to revisit ‘helicopter stories’ as the children are beginning to develop confidence with creating and acting out their stories and we want to build on this. Once the group are gathered, adults will launch straight into the first story (about the Christmas story) – acting it out afterwards. Next we will encourage the children (in their small groups) to dictate their stories – these will be written down verbatim, exactly as they are told, by the adults. The groups will each gather around a taped out stage and act out their story (without an audience and in their own way - the adult delivering the activity doesn’t need to join in or lead how the story is acted out as the children will do this). We want to develop the children’s ‘imaginings’ during both the telling and the acting out of their stories. We will then repeat with the next child and the next story.


 Calum would like to know more about numbers on doors so today we are going to go on a maths walk in the local environment. We will remind the children about safety guidelines before leaving school. We will take iPads with us so that we can record the numbers and shapes etc that we spot. We will encourage the children to talk about similarities and differences in shapes that are noticed and describe them using everyday language. We will give children focus numbers to spot (using plastic numbers)  - we will talk about representing these numbers with fingers too). If you are able to come with us please let us know.


Linked to Gaby’s interest in feet, today we are going to talk about robots and what they do and how they need instructions or commands to program them to carry out a task. First we will explain to the children that some of them are going to be Beebots and need to take their shoes and socks off. We will use simple command cards linked to the Beebots (a programmable device), so the children can “play robot” in small groups and program each other to move around the setting.  We will start with just one or two instructions and ask the children to explore where they could go. Next we will introduce a robot (Mrs Hardwick) and remind the children how they need instructions or commands to program them to carry out a task. We will then introduce the concept that our robot needs to read the ‘Foot’ book. We will discuss the instructions that the children need to give to the robot for it to be able to read the book successfully.  We will ask questions about which way up the book needs to be, the direction of print and of reading the book front to back. We will then encourage the children to create pictorial instructions, using a camera. We will pause and talk about each stage of the instruction to check that it works and that we agree. (We will make links with computer programming).


Logan was really interested in exploring our school car box. Today we are going to look at a few of the cars before making our own. We will talk about what the children notice and similarities and differences. Then we will show the children a car we have made using a paper plate and plastic lids. We will model how to use scissors before the children cut the plate in half to create the car body. We will model how to use split pins to add lids as wheels. Finally the children will need to decorate their car with paint. They will be able to select two or more colours and explore mixing them to see what happens before painting their vehicle the colour they have created (we will encourage them to talk about the initial colours and the changes they notice before giving the final colour a name. They will need to add their name on the back.

Shared reading; Tuesday 19th November                              

Show and tell; collections (Daniel was interested in collections of things – the children can bring in things they have collected on their travels – these can be natural objects or groups of toys etc.)

As it is World Nursery Rhyme Week we will also recite the following: Baa Baa Black Sheep, Down in the Jungle, Incy Wincy Spider, Row Row Row Your Boat, Two Little Dickie Birds.

  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.


Click here to see the children's ideas 

Other areas of learning in Nursery include....



PE day is Monday

  • This half term we will continue to practise 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 links to; continuing the theme of celebration and introducing pupil’s to the Christmas story and the Christian idea that Jesus is a gift from God

The children will have the opportunity to:

  • develop familiarity with the Christmas story and the Christian idea that Jesus is a gift from God

  • listen and respond to religious stories

  • tell the Christmas story in their own words and talk about what character would they like to have been in the story and why?

  • hear and use some basic religious vocabulary in context of their experiences

  • 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.


  • 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 talk about what robots do and how they need instructions or commands to program them to carry out a task. We will use command cards linked to a simple programmable device, so the children can “play robot” and program each other to move around the environment
  • We will focus on play/pretend/defunct computing devices and talk with the children about what these devices are and how they work.  We will explore older devices, comparing to the modern equivalents. We will share the children’s experiences of technology beyond school.
  • We will talk about technology and computing in the real world and, wherever relevant, provide a real world context for technology and computing activities.
  • We will promote safe and careful use of resources and understanding of who to tell if any use of technology makes them feel worried or uncomfortable.