Saplings (Nursery)


Next half-term, our topic is, ‘Can I have a dog yet?’ In this topic, we will explore a variety of animals from domestic pets to wild lions. The children will be able to play with toy animals and pretend that they have a pet whilst at Nursery. We will go exploring on our green space to look for animal tracks or any evidence of animals in the trees or on the ground. We will then move onto the topic ‘Are eggs alive?’ Where we study spring animals and the transformation of some animals from baby to adult, such as, caterpillars and tadpoles. We will also explore plants and watch as they grow.

Communication, Language and Literacy

·         We will be singing lots of songs, such as, ‘5 Little Ducks’, ‘5 Little Speckled Frogs’ and ‘1,2,3,4,5, Once I Caught a Fish Alive.’ We will also be enjoying many lovely stories together about animals.

·         We will develop our ability to listen to a story and begin to recall main characters, events and we will begin to join in with repetitive refrains.

·         We will begin to understand simple questions and action pictures.

·         We will begin to understand and use prepositional language in our everyday routine.

·         We will learn new words rapidly and we will use them when communicating throughout our play.

Reading new stories and re-visiting old favourites

This half terms traditional tale will be ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’, followed by ‘Jack and the Beanstalk.’ We will be re-visiting ‘The Three Little Pigs’ and reading our favourite stories from autumn term : ‘The Gruffalo’ and ‘The Gingerbread Man.’


Personal, Social and Emotional Development

·         We will be learning about how to look after animals and how to care for each other as we make new friends.

·         We will develop the ability to show affection and concern for people and animals that are special to us.

·         We will develop confidence when talking to other children when playing, and will communicate freely about our home and community.

·         We will develop the ability to respond to the feelings and wishes of others, and learn that our actions can harm or upset other people.

Physical Development

·         We will be developing our fine motor skills playing with playdough, threading and our writing area. We will begin to use three fingers to hold a pencil whilst writing and making patterns.

·         We will be making big movements, sweeping, drawing, dancing, throwing and catching to help us develop our gross motor skills.

·         We will be developing the ability to dress and undress ourselves during role play and wearing aprons.

How you could help at home?

  • Reading regularly with your child. You can take books from our ‘Home Reading Library’ in Nursery and join in our competition to read the most books at home and receive a certificate and prize.
  • Completing your homework – Pupil homework will inform you about the topics we are learning about during that week. You can complete this in any way you like, many parents enjoy sending photos of their children at home to our Nursery Homework Email.
  • Additional activities will be sent home to help children with specific areas of focus to help them improve in class.
  • Talk about things you have done at home in both English and your home language to develop their language skills.
  • Developing maths at home, by continuously counting things you are using at home, and finding and recognising shapes.
  • Look at our parent support displays in our classroom to support in different areas of learning e.g. our toilet training display, Parent display learning board.
  • Support your children to become more independent by toilet training and allowing them to attempt to dress themselves and put their own coat and shoes on.

    Top Marks website for games /

    Toilet training –