Nursery - Autumn 1

Our Topics: Settling In – All About Me, Rules and Routines.

AM: Hedgehogs & Badgers
PM: Squirrels & Foxes


Key Text Autumn 1

Learning Values

Meet The Teacher


Walk to School

Early Years Writing

NEPS Learning Values: Nurtured


Characteristics of Learning: Playing and exploring, showing curiosity about objects, events and people.


S.M.S.C: ‘We All Sing with the Same Voice’ - book & song ‘Choose, it, Use it, Put it away’




Key question:

  • Can I recognise my name? General sound discrimination environmental sounds, instrumental sounds and body percussion (Phase 1)
  • I can listen for sounds.
  • I can listen to stories, poems and rhymes. Reading familiar stories and nursery rhymes


Key question:

  • Can I give meaning to the marks I make?
  • I can make marks to represent things.


  • School Library – Look at books independently

Key question: Which number rhymes / songs can I sing?

  • I can sing number rhymes
  • I can say and recognise numbers (0-5)
Shape, Space & Measure

Key question: Can I anticipate specific time-based events?

  • I can sort objects (by colour / size / shape)
  • I can name 2D shapes
CONTINUOUS PROVISION: Busy Things Maths games
Communication and Language
Listening & Attention

Key question: Can I listen to others 1:1 or in a small group? I can listen when others are talking.


Key question: Can I follow simple instructions?

  • I can follow simple instructions.

Key question: Can I retell a simple past event in the correct order?

  • I can use my words to ask a familiar adult for help.
  • I can use please and thank you.

CONTINUOUS PROVISION: we will be learning lots of Nursery Rhymes and songs and reading many stories as often as possible.

Speaking & Listening – BIG TALK / WOW BOOKS:
  • Singing FAMILIAR and Learning NEW Nursery Rhymes and songs.
  • Share favourite stories, poems, songs & rhymes.
  • Talking about ‘Family & Friends’
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Personal, Social and Emotional Development:
Making Relationships

Key question: Can I play in a group?

  • I can share with my friends.
Self-confidence & self-awareness

Key question: Can I separate from my parent/carer happily?

  • I can make new friends.
Managing feelings & Behaviour
  • Do I know the rules and routines for Nursery? I can take turns and share.

CONTINUOUS PROVISION: We will be promoting British Values by making choices about our learning.

Understanding the world
People & Communities

Key question: Can I talk about my family & friends?

  • I can talk about myself.
The World

Key question: Can I talk about features of my environment?

  • I can imagine using small world play (farm, garage, dolls house, train track etc.)

Key question: Can I operate mechanical toys?

  • I can use a simple program on a computer.

CONTINUOUS PROVISION: Investigation resources e.g. Magnifying glass, binoculars, etc.

Physical Development
Moving & Handling

Key question: Can I draw anticlockwise circles and straight lines?

  • I can use tools for a purpose.
  • I can start to draw straight lines and anti-clockwise circles.
Health & self care

Key question: What can I do for myself?

  • I can attempt to take off my jumper for myself.
  • I can look after my things.

CONTINUOUS PROVISION: Sticky Kids and Go Noodle programs

Expressive arts and design
Exploring & Using Media & Materials

Key question: Can I join in singing my favourite songs?

  • I can learn and sing familiar songs.
  • I can use instruments to experiment with sounds.
Being Imaginative

Key question: Can I make believe by pretending?

  • I can pretend play using my imagination.

CONTINUOUS PROVISION: Role Play, Different media to create artwork

Mrs Finnerty

Mrs McDonald

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