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Nursery 2019/2020

Welcome to Nursery!

We are the Robins class

In our class we work with Mrs Eastwood and Miss Dolan

Mrs Naughton works with us on a Monday

Spring 2

This term our Learning Challenge is - What would you find on the Farm? 

We will be learning about all the different animals you find on the farm, the different jobs people do around the farm, growing and new life and finding out about where food comes from like eggs and milk and wool from the sheep.


In Literacy (English) our key text this term is Emma's Lamb by Kim Lewis.

We will be using this text as well as a collection of fiction and non-fiction texts to develop our knowledge and understanding of farm-life, develop our speaking and listening skills, show an increasing interest in books and in reading and writing. Positional language (maths) will be introduced as part of this text when talking about where you would find the animals on the farm.


In Letters and Sounds (Phonics) we will continue with our daily singing of nursery rhymes and songs and in Phase 1 we will look at Aspects of rhyming words, alliteration and voice sounds. In Phase 2 the children will learn how to say, read and write pure sounds with an introduction to word time and key words within this Phase. With Book- share the children take home a Library book and a Reading Record book. Please share/ read these books with your child and sign their Reading Record.


In Maths we will continue with our daily counting and number rhymes and songs.

We will explore the properties of Shape, Space and Measure by playing with shapes and making arrangements and use mathematical terms to name and describe flat 2D and solid 3D shapes.


In Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design we will be finding out more about our Learning Challenge through exploring different materials and textures like straw and wool, which we will use to make pictures of farm animals, creative collages and artwork using wool as well as building animal enclosures and investigating wind (Science link)


In Physical Development we will be introduced to gymnastics and how to use apparatus safely with our Link 4 Life PE sessions as well as daily activities of Dough Disco, tooth-brushing and looking after ourselves.

Other activities and celebrations this term will include World Book Day, Mother’s Day, Wear a Hat day, wear something Blue Day and our Easter activities and celebrations.



Things to remember

  • Please remember to bring in a pair of inside shoes for your child to use (pumps).
  • Please name all your child's clothing. We are having a few mixups trying to identify jumpers and cardigans.
  • If you would like, please bring in a named pair of wellington boots for your child to use in school.
  • Any donations of spare clothes and underwear will be greatefully received!


Our Curriculum

In the Nursery our curriculum is based on ‘Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage’ (EYFS).


There are 7 areas of learning – 3 prime areas (Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language, Physical Development) and 4 specific areas (Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World, Expressive Arts and Design).


At Moorhouse, the 4 themes of the EYFS underpin all our planning, practice and provision - A Unique Child, Positive Relationships and Enabling Environments, which together equal Learning and Development.


We also plan for, observe and assess the way in which your child approaches learning. This is done through the ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning’ and we report on this at the end of the Reception year.         


The 3 characteristics are Playing and Exploring, Active Learning and Creating and Thinking Critically.

Children participate in daily Literacy, Maths and Phonics sessions. These sessions are interactive, multi-sensory and adapted to different learning styles.


Our Literacy sessions are based around a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts. Shared reading and writing is modelled and children also have the opportunity to compare texts/videos/web-based writing.


Our Maths sessions are often energetic and collaborative. We sing lots of songs and use lots of different resources to aid learning. The majority of our work is practical with photographic evidence of the activities in the children’s Learning Journeys.


For our Phonics sessions we use a scheme called 'Letters and Sounds'. Nursery cover phases 1 and 2 of a 6 phase scheme of work.


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