Nursery Themes for the Year
Theme: Colours and Journeys
The children will be supported to leave parents happily, to settle into the nursery routine and establish a good relationship with their Key Worker and other staff members. We will encourage the children to develop independence putting on a coat and doing it up, help to develop independence with socks, shoes and toileting. The children will learn to recognise their name card and name colours. The children will learn the nursery rules and begin to understand why we need these. We will encourage the children to socialise in a positive way and to think about their own feelings as well as the feelings of others. During this first term we will establish next steps and focus on what each child would like to learn to do next.
The children will learn about journeys and share their experiences of their own journeys. This term there will be geographical work on maps and natural features in the environment.
This term we will learn about different types of animals including pets, farm animals, sea creatures and animals from around the world. We will find out about their habitats appearance and diet.
The children will focus on overwriting their names, copying their name and will then begin to write name independently. The children will begin to learn numerals from 0-10 and then beyond. They will investigate number, shape and counting through games and problem solving. We shall also begin learning the phonic sounds A-Z through songs and other related activities.
We shall continue to investigate and engage in the children’s interests and develop these further. Each child will also focus on their next steps.
Theme: Rhymes and People Who Help Us
We will continue to investigate and explore the children’s interests and consolidate learning in the seven Areas of Learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage. We will work on and identify next steps and share these with the parents. This term the children will learn rhymes, sing nursery rhymes and explore rhyme in a variety of ways. We will share rhyming stories, poems and explore words that rhyme.
There will be visits from people who help us in the last term and a visit to the Watton Fire Station.
We will focus on the transition to the main school and prepare the children for Year R with visits to meet the class teachers and LSA’s, we will attend Birthday Assembly each week and give the children tours of the main school introducing them to all the staff.
Who will look after me at Nursery?
Mrs Sutton –The Nursery Teacher
Mrs Sagrott- Nursery Nurse
Mrs Southward – Nursery Assistant
Mrs Paterson – Nursery Nurse
What do I need to bring to nursery each day?
Welly boots in a named carrier bag
A named water bottle with fresh water in each day
Spare clothes in a named bag are very helpful in case of accidents, spillages and wet weather play
What do I need to wear?
We strongly encourage the children to wear Westfield sweatshirts so that they feel part of the school (these can be bought from the office in the main school).
Please dress your child in clothes that are comfortable, that they can move and run in and that they can easily manage independently during toileting. Please avoid sending children in their best clothes as although we provide aprons sometimes your child will get dirty or they may get paint on their clothes.
We ask that the children wear sensible shoes e.g. trainers and that they avoid open toed sandals and flip-flops as these can be dangerous at nursery.
What will I do at Nursery?
We follow the statutory requirements for Development Matters in
the Early Years Foundation Stage. We focus on the characteristics of effective learning: Playing and Exploring, Active Learning, Creating and thinking critically.
The areas of learning and development that your child will experience and be assessed in are: Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development, Communication and Language, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.
Your child will experience a mixture of child-initiated activities, adult-led activities and will be involved in group work and working with adults on a one to one basis within the setting.
A typical morning in the nursery:
8.30 Nursery doors open and parents help their child to find and post the child’s name card.
9.00 A chosen Special Helper rings the bell and we all gather on the carpet for the register, day, weather and we count the children.
9.05 We have a short carpet time. We may talk about our topic, look at a book together, sing songs, play instruments, or count etc.
9.25 The children choose where they would like to play. Adults will encourage the children to try a range of activities in order to discover their interests. During this time there will be adult directed tasks which the children will be asked to do.
10.15 Special helper rings a bell and the children all help to tidy up.
10.20 Short carpet time, learning sounds, singing songs, playing a game etc.
10.30 Snack time
10.45 Outside playtime
11.15 Story time/Show and tell
11.30 Home time
A typical afternoon in the nursery
12.30 Nursery doors open and parents help their child to find and post the child’s name card.
12.55 A chosen Special Helper rings the bell and we all gather on the carpet for the register, day, weather and we count the children.
1.00 We have a short carpet time. We may talk about our topic, look at a book together, sing songs, play instruments, or count etc.
1.20 The children choose where they would like to play. Adults will encourage the children to try a range of activities in order to discover their interests. During this time there will be adult directed tasks which the children will be asked to do.
2.10 Special helper rings a bell and the children all help to tidy up.
2.15 Short carpet time, learning sounds, singing songs, playing a game etc.
2.25 Snack time
2.40 Outside playtime
3.10 Story time/Show and tell
3.30 Home time