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...Spring Term 2020...

Home learning


to support your child's learning at home you should:


  • Share stories every day, ask questions about the pictures
  • Involve your child with day to day tasks such as cooking and tidying up
  • Draw pictures together, practise name writing
  • Encourage independence with self-help tasks such as toileting, dressing and feeding
  • Encourage positive behaviour, have clear boundaries
  • Limit screen time


Please find a suggested daily timetable as well as weekly activities from Nursery below...


Our topic this half term is: Amazing Animals!

This half term the children will become animal experts… They will have the opportunity to learn about a range of creatures through a variety of texts including ‘Dear Zoo’, ‘Rumble in the Jungle’, ‘Mad About Minibeasts’, ‘Commotion in the Ocean’ and ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ along with many more. We will be having some creatures visit us too, including a snake and a pet dog. Once the weather warms up we will be going on another local trip, this time to Wanstead Park, to walk the dog together and learn about how to take care of pets as well as why it is important to do that. The children will be able to put their new knowledge of animal care into practise in a vet role play area, where they will be encouraged to play collaboratively and ‘write’ appointment cards and prescriptions for customers. We are hoping to find some frog spawn in our school pond so we can observe it over time to see what happens, and will also watch caterpillars grow then transform into butterflies. We will be providing lots of animal inspired creative activities for the children to explore such as mask making, pattern printing and butterfly painting.



Personal, Social and Emotional Development...

Throughout their time in Nursery children will be supported to build relationships, develop self-confidence and self-awareness as well as manage their own feelings and behaviour. These skills are vital for developing positive learning behaviours which will have an impact on learning later in their school life. 


Communication and Language Development...

It is said that "reading and writing float on a sea of talk" which is why learning through play to develop better understanding of concepts, widen vocabulary and listen to others is so important in a child's early years. If you would like to support your child's early literacy skills at home then talk to them! Limit screen time, share stories together, sing nursery rhymes, make comments on the world around you and let your child's voice be heard too.


Physical Development...

Physical development is a vital part of your child’s learning and will enable them to become confident writers. Physical development sets them up for successful learning later in their school life, which is why we focus on it so heavily within the early years. We support children to develop good:


  • Coordination e.g. balancing, throwing and catching, building
  • Strength e.g. climbing, pushing, pulling
  • Independence skills e.g. dressing, undressing, toileting, eating


Every week your child will have the opportunity to practise these skills, through a variety of activities including outdoor play, music and movement sessions, 'dough disco' and snack time, among others.




Nursery homework

Please spend 5 to 10 minutes each day with your child looking at his/her nursery library book together. The length of time will vary according to how long your child concentrates for.


Ask your child questions such as “What can you tell me about the picture?” and give them time to reply to get them talking. You might look at all the pictures in the story in that time or you might just look at one of the pictures.


Read to your child. Encourage him/her to join in with some of the phrases he/she can remember when you tell the story again the next time. Talking about the pictures in books helps us to tell a story.


Encouraging your child to say what he/she thinks about the pictures in books is an important part of learning to read.



More things to try at home...


Visit this website to find out "what to expect, when":

Language and Social Development


Speaking, listening, understanding and socialising are fundamental skills for young children to develop. Please see the links below for more information about this, as well as ideas for ways to help at home.

Physical Development

Toilet training support: