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Nursery and Preschool

Welcome to Nursery and Preschool

Autumn Term


Welcome to the Nursery and Preschool class page!


Welcome to the nursery and preschool class page. Here you will find information about the learning we are doing in class as well as key dates. Please check back regularly for updates.


 The children have made a fantastic start to the term, we hope they have been sharing some of their learning with you at home. We look forward to doing lots more exciting learning with the children and working together with parents and families.


Mrs Leyland is the nursery and preschool class teacher and Early Years Leader. Mrs Quereshi will also be teaching in nursery and preschool two days a week, usually on a Wednesday and Thursday. Mrs Ubaid, Miss Iqbal and Mrs Patel are the three key workers who will work closely with the children in their key worker groups to support them with their learning.


In nursery and preschool we use books to support our learning. When we start a new book information will be sent home about this. Please discuss this with your child(ren) and if possible share the book together at home. We also regularly update the parents notice board outside the classroom, please check when you drop off and collect your child.


Key dates

Tuesday 5th November 2019 - Bonfire Night. Children will be learning about the story of Guy Fawkes and completing activities linked to bonfire night.

Monday 11th November 2019 - Remembrance Day. Children will complete activities linked to remembrance day, in particular poppies.

Friday 22nd November - Preschool and Reception sharing learning in Golden Assembly.

Friday 13th December 2019 - Winter Fayre

Monday 16th December 2019 - nursery and preschool Christmas production

Thursday 19th December 2019 - Christmas parties

Friday 20th December - Children finish for the Christmas holidays at 1.30pm. There will be no afternoon session but the afternoon children are welcome to attend the morning session.


This half term, the topic is 'Time and Change'. We will be using books to support the learning in the classroom. 


Our first book will be 'The Girl Who Loved Wellies' to help us understand changes in seasons and weather. We will be looking at the vocabulary in the book before we try to use these words to tell parts of the story through role play. We will be exploring different types of shoes for different weather. Look out for out footprint provision, we will be making footprints in the sand, playdough and paint! We will of course also be splashing in puddles. 

We will also be looking at the book Peterkin Meets a Star to help us understand the changes between night and day. Again we will explore the vocabulary and characters in the book then move onto retelling the story. In provision we will be exploring differences between night and day and light and dark, as well as exploring dull and shiny.

Our final book will be Whatever Next, where children will continue to learn about light and dark as well as earth and space. Once we have learnt about the book, we will be joining in with some really exciting role play activities to retell the story. 

We will finish the half term by learning about Winter and Christmas. Please look out for the exciting events that will be taking place in school.


This term we will be focussing on the Prime Areas of learning; PSED - personal, social and emotional development, C&L - communication and language development and PD - physical development.


The nursery children will be learning to sit for short periods of time and take turns and share. They will also be learning to follow simple instructions and use words and simple phrases to communicate. They will be encouraged to access a range of activities such as the climbing equipment and mark making equipment to develop their physical skills.


The preschool children will be learning to sit for stories and songs as well as sharing, taking turns and working together. They will  be developing their language skills through story telling and will be encouraged to use longer sentences to communicate. All preschool children are taking part in a daily physical development activity to get their hands and bodies strong. This will help them later in the year when they learn to write. We are developing the children's early maths skills by singing counting songs, counting objects and looking at shapes and numbers in the environment. Our sand and water areas, both indoors and outdoors, develop our understanding of capacity and we compare lengths of objects in the construction area by building towers, in the role play area finding dressing up clothes to fit us and even in our nature garden digging for long and short worms!  The children are developing their early literacy skills through joining in with stories and rhymes and taking part in our daily phonics session., This half term we are focussing on different sounds and listening games. Mrs Leyland will continue to take the preschool children over to school for Friday assembly in small groups. 


You are very welcome to come into the classroom to see our learning board, where you will be able to see all the exciting learning that we have been doing in nursery and preschool.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to come and speak to us, we are here to help. smiley



Please find below the knowledge and language organisers which are sent home when we start a new text. Please talk about these with your child to support their learning.