Nursery curriculum


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Autumn term 1

Settling in

Main book

  • Owl Babies

Personal, Social & Emotional

  • Trying out new activities independently and select resources independently.
  • Learning about classroom routines.
  • Hygiene routines, washing hands.
  • Learning to express themselves and their needs.
  • Developing a Rights Respecting class charter.
  • Making friends.
  • Talking about celebrations that are important to them.

Communication & Language

  • Learning to talk to each other and turn taking.
  • Forming friendships with each other.
  • Talking about themselves.
  • Communicating needs e.g. toilet, snack, water.
  •  Talking about settling in.

Physical

  • Ball games.
  • Using tools, scissors, cutting in lines.
  • Holding a pencil.
  • Dancing to songs about butterflies and ladybirds.
  • Using a range of equipment in the sand and water areas.
  • Making salt dough butterflies and ladybirds.

Literacy

  • Name writing.
  • Recognizing their names.
  • Reading a range of books and listening to stories.
  • Writing cards.
  • Mark making.
  • Nursery rhymes.
  • Drawing themselves and labelling.
  • Listening to “Owl Babies.”

Mathematics

  • Learning to count up to 10.
  • Recognizing number to 10.
  • Shape printing and naming 2d shapes.
  • Ordering numbers.
  • Placing objects in size order.
  • Counting spots on the butterfly/ladybird.

Understanding the World

  • Learning about butterflies and ladybirds.
  • Using ICT – 2Paint and developing mouse control to make splats and stripes.
  • Learning about Eid and Diwali.
  • Learning about Autumn and changes in trees.

Expressive Arts & Design

  • First paintings.
  • Painting butterflies and ladybirds.
  • Experimenting with colours.
  • Autumn leaf printing.
  • Rangoli patterns.
  • Birthday, Eid and Diwali cards.
  • Hand print butterflies and paper plate ladybirds.
  • Butterfly and ladybird class collage.
  • Butterfly rolls.
  • Role play – home corner.

Autumn term 2

Ourselves

Main book

  • Dear Zoo

Personal, Social & Emotional

  • Participating in turn taking games.
  • Trying out new activities independently and selecting resources independently.
  • Dressing and undressing independently for P.E.
  • Learning to think about the feelings of others.
  • Learning and talking about their family and other people who are important to them.
  • Thinking about occasions/events special to themselves and others.
  • Learning about the Doctor’s, Opticians, Dentist.

Communication & Language

  • Learning to talk about themselves using describing words such as tall, short.
  • Imagining and recreating roles in real life family situations and fictional stories.
  • Talking about their family and pet.
  • Thinking about sequence of events in stories and saying what happened in the beginning, middle and end.

Physical

  • Playing ring games.
  • Using tools safely.
  • Learning about how to be healthy .
  • Describing the changes in their body after being active.
  • Moving their bodies to music.
  • Using a range of small and large equipment.
  • Cooking a range of healthy snacks.

Literacy

  • Name writing.
  • Reading a range of fiction books.
  • Learning different sounds that letters make (phonics.
  • Learning to write familiar words such as mum, dad
  • Writing about their family.
  • Learning to write for a purpose e.g. making lists, labelling pictures.
  • Listening to “Dear Zoo.”
  • Writing letters to the Zoo about pets they would like.

Mathematics

  • Learning to count, recognize and order numbers to at least 10.
  • Learning to match numbers to quantities of groups to at least 10.
  • Learning to name and describe simple 2D shapes.
  • Create repeating patterns.

Understanding the World

  • Using ICT – 2paint and developing mouse control to paint their faces.
  • Using an ipad to help learning.
  • Using all five senses to investigate the area around them
  • Recognizing similarities and differences between each other
  • Going on an Autumn walk.
  • Learning about bonfire night.
  • Learning about different parts of the body.
  • Describing animals and pets.

Expressive Arts & Design

  • Drawing pictures of themselves mirrors.
  • Making paper plate faces.
  • Drawing pictures of their family
  • Thinking about colours and using them appropriately in paintings.
  • Using a range of objects to print with e.g. shoes, hands
  • Songs about ourselves e.g. “one finger, one thumb”, “head, shoulders”.
  • Roleplaying in the home corner.
  • Using a range of materials to make collages and models.
  • Making paper rockets.
  • Role play, Doctor’s surgery, Opticians, Shoe shop.

Spring term 1

Teddy bears

Main books

  • Goldilocks; Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?; We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.

Personal, Social & Emotional

  • Circle time- my bear is called …
  • Teddy bear’s picnic to promote turn taking and sharing.
  • Discussion about Goldilocks’ behavior – did she behave in the right/wrong way?
  • Small world play – polar bears in ice, forest etc.
  • How did the bears in Goldilocks feel?
  • Children to re-enact stories of the “Bear Hunt”

Communication & Language

  • Children act out bear stories.
  • Which porridge did the children like best and why? Children to describe the taste.
  • Using a storyboard, children to describe and talk about parts of the story.
  • Children to talk about feelings.
  • Playing Bear Bingo.
  • Retelling bear stories using a story sack.
  • Learning about colour names.
  • Talking about their favourite Teddy bears.

Physical

  • PE sessions focusing on prepositions “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt”.
  • Moving like Bears.
  • Making muddy footprints using paint outdoors.
  • Being Healthy – talk about foods bears like to eat.
  • Making porridge.

Literacy

  • Recognizing print in the environment e.g. cereal boxes.
  • Writing a letter to the three bears.
  • Name writing practice.
  • Labelling animals from “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?”
  • Sequencing and ordering various bear stories.
  • Making a bear book.

Mathematics

  • Size ordering porridge bowls – big, medium, small.
  • Matching, completing patterns from the story.
  • Counting bears.
  • Describing shapes.
  • Using positional language.
  • Sorting activities.
  • Counting to 10.
  • Ordering numbers to 10.

Understanding the World

  • Using ICT – 2paint to paint bears.
  • Using the ipad to play bear games.
  • Learning about different types of bears in the world, where they live and what they eat.
  • Sorting hard and soft objects.
  • Small world “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt”.
  • Understanding textures e.g. corn flour, water, mud and other textures form the bear stories.

Expressive Arts & Design

  • Painting bears.
  • Hard and soft collage.
  • Junk modelling – Making a chair for Baby Bear.
  • Sorting hard and soft objects.
  • Role-play –dressing up as Goldilocks, the Bears and “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt”.
  • Explore textures and colour change – painting animals from “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?”
  • Making long wavy grass, trees for the role play.
  • Observational drawings of bears.

Spring term 2

Transport

Main books

  • The Train Ride; Whatever Next.

Personal, Social & Emotional

  • Role play space station – children playing groups and building on ideas.
  • Dressing up as pirates, making conversations and keep play going.
  • Rights Respecting and circle time.
  • Turn taking – playing lotto games, story board.
  • Role play – “the airport”.

Communication & Language

  • Talking about space – what would it feel like to be in space?
  • Children bring in photos of them on a journey to talk about.
  • Children to talk about their favourite transport and answer “who/what/why” questions.

Physical

  • PE – transport games, using apparatus safely, turning, and landing. Using the ropes.
  • Cutting and sticking – making rockets.
  • Going on a treasure hunt.
  • Making pirate masks.
  • Skittles and hoops.

Literacy

  • Name writing.
  • Making a “Space” book.
  • Creating an old treasure map and labelling it.
  • Writing about transport – labelling vehicles.
  • Make a passport.
  • Re-tell and order “The Train Ride” story.

Mathematics

  • Making shape picture vehicles.
  • Ordering planets in size order.
  • Sort and order toy cars.
  • Direct a car around a mat.
  • Counting games e.g. shake 3, bang 2.
  • Duty free shop – children to pay for items using money.
  • Prepositions – hide the Easter egg – is it under, on top or next to?
  • Shapes in a bag – children describe 2D and 3D shapes.
  • Making clocks for the train station.

Understanding the World

  • Using ICT – 2Paint to paint transport pictures.
  • Transport games using ICT.
  • Learning about space and planets.
  • Learning about types of transport e.g. boats, cars, trains, lorries, buses, planes, rockets etc.
  • Observational drawings of daffodils.

Expressive Arts & Design

  • Making aliens.
  • Sponge painting planets.
  • Creating planets out of paper mache.
  • Junk modelling – vehicles.
  • Making boats out of paper.
  • Making road signs.
  • Songs about transport.
  • Track making in paint.
  • Be on a train ride and visit places.
  • Painting Easter Eggs.
  • Mother’s Day crafts.

Summer term 1

Growing

Main book

  • Jasper’s Beanstalk

Personal, Social & Emotional

  • Role play – Florist shop – children to sell flowers.
  • Acting out the story “Jasper’s beanstalk”.
  • Children to take turns and see real live chicks.
  • Circle time – Right Respecting and Building Learning Power.
  • Home corner – baby changing station.

Communication & Language

  • Talking about plants in the environment and how we care for them.
  • Talk about how plants grow.
  • Children to bring a photo in of when they were a baby – talk about it.

Physical

  • PE – Using apparatus – moving like beans, growing like a flower.
  • Cutting leaves, flowers.
  • Making masks for the story “Jasper’s Beanstalk”.
  • Painting circles outdoors.

Literacy

  • Name writing.
  • Read Jasper’s Beanstalk and children to join in.
  • Sequencing “Jasper’s Beanstalk”.
  • Children to make and write in bean diaries.
  • Hand writing practice
  • Children to write about when they were a baby.
  • Describing and labelling a baby.

Mathematics

  • Children to use money to sell flowers in the Florist.
  • Learning the days of the week.
  • Make a class sunflower – adding a petal a day.
  • Order beanstalks by length.
  • Counting flowers in groups then saying how many altogether.
  • Children measure their beanstalks with string.

Understanding the World

  • Using ICT – 2Paint flowers.
  • Small world fish pond – Lilly pads.
  • Learn about what plants need to grow.
  • Learn about chicks and how they grow into hens.
  • Match the baby animal to its mum.
  • Ordering a baby to adult.

Expressive Arts & Design

  • Painting sunflowers inspired by Van Gogh.
  • Making a chick using clay, paint and feathers.
  • Paint a chick.
  • Painting beanstalks.
  • Singing songs about flowers and plants.
  • Role play to be florist.

Summer term 2

Mini-beasts

Main book

  • Pig in the Pond

Personal, Social & Emotional

  • Role play – Pig in the pond – children to act out the story.
  • Being afraid – imagine you’re a mini-beast.
  • Caring for other living things and handling them carefully.
  • Working together bees and Ants.
  • Sharing and taking turns –“Ugly Bug Ball”.

Communication & Language

  • Talking about mini-beasts.
  • Stories and poems about mini-beasts.
  • Words to describe noises made by farm animals.
  • Describing animals and mini-beasts.
  • Talk about which mini-beast we like / dislike.

Physical

  • PE – obstacle course – moving along like mini-beasts, crawling, sliding, wriggling.
  • Fats and slow races.
  • Cutting spirals.
  • Cutting and sticking to make paper plate pigs and sheep.
  • Play dough farm animals.

Literacy

  • Name writing.
  • Listen to mini-beast stories e.g. “The Hungry Caterpillar”, “The bad tempered Ladybird”.
  • Full circle game.
  • Writing about and labelling various mini-beasts.
  • Ordering the story “Pig in the Pond”.
  • Matching captions to the farm animal.
  • Writing name letters on a caterpillar.

Mathematics

  • Sorting mini-beast compares.
  • Counting legs on a mini-beast activities.
  • Mini-beast bingo.
  • Sort mini-beasts into a venn diagram.
  • Saying the number one more and one less than a given number.
  • Spotting 2D and 3D shapes in the environment.
  • Counting bees in a hive.
  • Estimating – how many bugs on a leaf?

Understanding the World

  • Using ICT 2Paint to paint a mini beast e.g. snail, butterfly, spider, ladybird.
  • Children go on a mini-beast hunt.
  • Learning about the farm and farm animals.

Expressive Arts & Design

  • Painting mini beast bees, ladybirds using their thumb prints.
  • Observational drawings of mini beasts they collected during the hunt.
  • Farm songs e.g. “Old MacDonalds…”
  • Making paper plate pigs.
  • Making paper roll bees.
  • Snail trails and spider webs.