The Russell School

Welcome to Nursery

Autumn term 2020


  • Mrs Ball - Teacher

  • Miss Roumier - Teaching Assistant

Curriculum Information - Summer 2021


  • PE is every Thursday-children to come in wearing trousers/jogging bottoms and trainers
  • Water bottle and school bag to be brought in everyday and returned each day
  • Summer hat (clearly labelled) to be brought in everyday and returned each day (weather depending)

Homework/Ways in which you can support your child at home

Encourage your child to develop independence when going to the toilet, washing their hands, dressing and practical organisational skills

Support your child to hold their pen/pencil using a tri-pod grip

Practise counting and recognising shapes and numbers in and around the home. Begin to use language of ‘more’ and ‘less’ when comparing amounts. When looking at coins, comment on the shape, colour and patterns they see. Can they identify the number?

Focus on the letters within their name, using the letter name and the letter sound

Look out for road names, shop signs or car number plates-can they identify any letters or numbers?

Rhyming and alliteration word games, for example, I spy with my little eye two things that beging with the s sound

Begin to segment words as you speak to your child, such as, ‘Give yourself a p-a-t on the back’ or ‘Where is the c-a-t?’-stick to short CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words

Special Events and Celebrations

  • Ramadan
  • Vaisakhi
  • Earth Day
  • St George’s Day
  • Eid al Fitr

Curriculum Overview

This half term we will be focussing on the topic of ‘Minibeasts’. This will continue to support the children’s progress in the Prime areas of Communication & Language, Physical Development and Personal, Social & Emotional Development. Alongside this we will also focus on the specific areas of Literacy, Maths, Expressive Arts and Understanding of the World.

The ‘Minbeasts’ topic will give opportunity for children to explore and learn facts about insects and bugs that they may find in their garden. This will be accompanied by a range of texts:

  • Superworm by Julia Donaldson
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  • The Busy Spiderby Eric Carle
  • The Snail on the Whale by Julia Donaldson
  • Minibeast Non-fiction book on Bees
  • The Bad-Tempered Ladybird by Eric Carle

In the garden the children will be able to visit and play daily in the Minibeast area, where they will be able to lift small logs and stones, as well as dig to discover what lurks underneath. They will have opportunities to record what they find and use magnifying glasses to take a closer look!

 Inside the classroom the new role-play area is a traditional home corner, with real life objects, such as, crockery, cutlery and a wall clock to help support their imaginative play! The home corner is a valuable learning experience for the children and will continue to help develop a range of skills, such as:

  • Sharing and taking turns
  • Listening and responding to what others say and do
  • Build up vocabulary that reflects their experiences
  • Taking care of others

This term we will once again be touching upon some interesting and important events and celebrations, such as, Ramadan, Eid, World Earth Day and St George’s Day. This will expand your child’s viewpoint on the world around them and give them an understanding of people who are different from themselves.


After half term we will move onto the topic of ‘Water’, which will take us to look at the books:

  • Mr Gumpy’s Outing by John Burnigham
  • The Night Pirates by Peter Harris
  • The Little Raindrop by Joanna Gray       

We will also learn about the importance of water, where water comes from, as well as get a little wet with some fun water experiments!

Again, we will be reinforcing the expectations and boundaries set by the Early Years staff, the daily routine and how to use the equipment safely and effectively. We will also focus on developing integral personal, social and emotional skills such as sharing, taking turns and dealing with issues in an appropriate manner.

In our adult led Phonics sessions this term we will continue to use Phase 1 of the 'Letters and Sounds' scheme of work. The children will be revisiting rhyme, alliteration, voice sounds and oral blending and segmenting. The practical and engaging activities are designed to help children to:

  • listen attentively
  • enlarge their vocabulary
  • speak confidently to adults and other children
  • discriminate phonemes
  • reproduce audibly the phonemes they hear, in order, all through the word
  • use sound-talk to segment words into phonemes


In adult led Maths activities children will continue to engage in fun and exciting games, which will develop a range of mathematical skills, such as:

  • Counting, ordering and recognising numbers
  • Comparing amounts-which group has the most/least/same?
  • Combining two groups together-early addition
  • Taking an amount away-early subtraction
  • Positional language-to be able to and describe where an object is in relation to something else
  • Shape language-is it tall or round?
  • 2D shape recognition, as well as describing simple shape properties
  • Length, height and weight investigations-using mathematical language-tall/long/heavy


Finally, there will also be an abundance of Child Initiated play both inside and outside of the classroom, where the children will have the opportunity to explore the vast array of resources that the Early Years setting has. The activities made available to them will be based on their interests as well as their learning styles and needs.