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Each half term Nursery and Reception children are immersed into different topics. These topics are all based around stories and help children develop a love of books as well as developing their vocabulary, imagination and engagement in their learning. The teaching and learning experiences being delivered reflect the half termly topics, as does the learning environment both inside and outside the classroom.



This half term Nursery will be looking at the story ‘Dear Zoo’ by Rod Campbell.

In Literacy they will…   

  • Begin to join in repeated refrains

  • Handle books with care

  • Look at books independently

  • Talk about the events of the story

  • Ascribe meaning to the marks they make, sharing their mark making with others.


In Maths they will…

  • Begin to talk about size – measuring the length and height of toy animals

  • Begin to talk about the shapes of everyday objects

  • Count objects

  • Use some number names accurately during play

  • Begin to show interest in numbers in the environment


In ‘Understanding the world’ they will…

  • Talk about similarities and differences between animals

  • Make observations of different animals

  • Talk about how to take care of animals.

  • They show interest in different occupations (zoo keeper, postal worker).

  • Show care and concern for living things and the environment.



This half term Reception will be looking at the story ‘The Gruffalo’.

In Literacy they will…

  • Write labels for characters features and characteristics

  • Write sentences to describe the characters

  • Write speech for the characters

  • Begin to make up their own stories


In Maths they will…

  • Begin to add and subtract using objects and a numberline

  • Begin to use language related to money

  • Find pairs of numbers that make 5 and 10.

  • Begin to solve mathematical problems


In 'Understanding the World' they will…

  • Identify sources of light

  • Begin to understand how shadows are formed

  • Begin to understand changes of state (including melting)



For more information on the Early Years curriculum please visit the link below.