The Russell School

Aim High, Have Courage, Be Kind


Summer Term 2017

Nursery staff

  •  Mrs Field - Teacher

  • Mrs Kennealy - Nursery Nurse

Curriculum overview

The Nursery day

9:00am                           Main Nursery door open

9:00am                           Registration and ‘Busy Fingers’    

9:20 - 9:30am                 Action Time - Wake and Shake    

9:30 - 10:00am               Adult-led activity / small group time        

10:00 - 11:20am             Child Initiated Learning / snack time    

11:25 - 11:45am             Phonics    

11:45 - 11:55am             Storytime  

12:00 midday                 Home time          

The volunteer rota is on the board in the entrance. Any time you can spare is greatly appreciated.


This term in Nursery our focus will be to learn about Growing. Our plans will develop and change as the children bring their ideas, interests and experiences to the topic.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We will be focusing on showing concern for living things and the environment through planting, caring for seeds and observing mini beasts. 

Physical Development

We will be digging and discussing safety related to handling gardening tools. We will also be discussing healthy eating related to fruit and vegetables during snack and lunch times. We are planning to make our own fruit skewers for the “Very Hungry Caterpillar.”   

Communication and Language

We will be developing vocabulary related to growth and will encourage the children to talk about any related experiences they would like to share - they may have a vegetable patch, have visited a garden centre or might be able to help to choose and pay for the fruit and vegetables when out shopping!  


The children will be developing their understanding of how stories are structured. The children will be encouraged to recognise patterns and repeated refrains. We will be reading “Jack and the Bean Stalk”, “Jasper’s Bean Stalk” and “The Enormous Turnip”. Later in the term we will focus on stories written by Vivian French and Eric Carle, including “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”. We will also take time to share non-fiction books, exploring new life and growing.


We will be counting fruit and vegetables, and selling these in our 'farm shop'. We will be ordering numbers, and creating patterns. The children will be observing things grow, and comparing and measuring the shoots.

Understanding the World

We have been observing seasonal changes by taking the children on a 'spring walk' around the school grounds to look for signs of spring. We will be thinking about where various fruit and vegetables come from and reading “Handas’ Surprise”, and observing seeds grow. 

Expressive Arts and Design

We will be making junk models, using collage materials and acting out tales, creating digging areas and developing our role play area into a 'farm shop'.  

Each week we will focus on a letter, colour, shape and nursery rhyme or song.

  • Week

    Letter sounds




     s, a




     t, p




























     Revisit the sounds

     Revisit the colours

     Revisit the shapes


  • Mondays - we will continue to enjoy accessing the ICT suite where the children are able to access a range of programmes.

  • Thursdays - we visit the hall for PE, and bring home the Story Bags which we ask to be returned the following Monday (please take care to return all the pieces, each bag has a label with the content listed).

  • Fridays - we will continue to enjoy Show and Tell; children are invited to bring in one named item every other week to share with their friends. 


  • Please do not let your child play with the outside toys or on the grass before school and ensure they dismount scooters at the school gates.

  • We are in need of spare clothes in fairly good condition for the setting; all donations are very much appreciated!