Summer Term Curriculum 2019

Natalie, Billie and Sophie

First half term topic: Wild Animals

Second half term topic: Traditional Tales

Personal, Social and Emotional Development:

This term, the Nursery children will work to extend and consolidate their relationships with their peers. The children will continue to learn how to express their interests and opinions through guided discussions and a range of learning opportunities. They will continue to contribute their ideas, thoughts and opinions during carpet times, through play and different learning experiences. We will also continue to focus on recognising our own and other people’s emotions, taking turns and being part of a team and being able to solve problems by negotiating with our peers. This term, we will continue using a 'Mindful Moment' to help us be aware of our bodies and emotions. The children are becoming more self-aware through mindfulness, guided imagery and breathing techniques.

Communication and Language, Literacy:

This term, the Nursery children will continue to build their phonological awareness by playing sound and word games to encourage and build literacy skills. We will keep practising our name writing and other familiar letters in fun and varied ways, using different materials to identify and form letters and sounds. Small and whole group speaking and listening activities will be used to help develop the children’s communication and language skills. Nursery rhymes and songs are used to encourage the rhythm of spoken word and as a way of exploring new vocabulary. We will continue to widen our vocabulary, learning relevant terms through our topics. Our Traditional Tales focus will help expose children to different forms and ways of storytelling. We will be able to retell familiar stories, and act them out using different play materials.


The children will work this term to further their counting skills beyond 10. To do so, they will continue to count familiar objects in their everyday routine, and be provided with amble opportunity to count through play, song and story. The children will continue to work on recognising numerals past 5 through informal and formal exposure. We will begin to look at one less/more than concepts using appropriate language such as take away, add, how many etc. This term we will also focus on 2D shape, where we see them in our world and how we can describe them.

Understanding the World:

This term we will focus on Wild Animals and Traditional Tales, in which they will be able to deepen their knowledge and relate them to their everyday lives. We will learn about where wild animals live, how they survive and what we can do to help them and nurture our world. Children will continue to use a range of relevant technology, such as iPads, computers and IWBs in focused groups and free play.

Physical Development:

Continuing with our weekly PE sessions, the children will focus on big and small movements and moving safely around their peers. This term the Nursery children will continue with a PE session weekly continuing to develop their gross motor skills. They are able to climb, crawl and jump around the equipment and make use of the bikes on the track. Fine motor development will continue through play with malleable materials such as play dough, construction materials, water play and sorting small objects to strengthen their muscles.

Expressive Arts and Design:

The children will continue to develop their creative skills through imaginative play such as acting out stories, dressing up and role playing. They will be provided with a range of materials with which they can creatively experiment at our art table. The children are encouraged to listen to different styles of music throughout our daily routine. This is extended through the music sessions conducted by our specialist music teacher, Michael, once a week, where the children play instruments and learn a range of songs.

How to help at home

-Practise the ‘Nursery rhyme of the week’ with your child at home.

-Read with your child every day, encouraging them to comment on what is happening in the story and what could happen next. Can your child think of any alternative endings? Can your child retell parts of the story using the story language?

-Encourage your child to tell you the sounds that they can hear in the environment. Can they begin to identify the initial sounds in familiar words or names?

-Practise name writing with your child. Encourage them to use their name template to begin to form the letters in their names correctly.

-Give your child opportunities to make marks for a purpose. For example, writing shopping lists, labels and invitations.

-Encourage your child to recognise numbers and count objects when at home and outside.

-Play counting games with your child. These could include simple board games, counting toys when tidying up, counting the number of red cars that they can see and so on.

-Give your child the opportunity to use different media to create pictures, such as paint, chalk and crayons. Using scrap materials and glue is also a great way for children to be creative. They can use old boxes, bottles and packaging to create a zoo, animals; the possibilities are endless!

-Give your child opportunities to share feelings and ask them to explain why they feel this way. This will encourage children to express themselves confidently.