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Little Chestnuts Topics - 2016/17

Below are the whole school topics for the year in which all children in Early Years will participate. In addition to these planned activities children will regularly be encouraged to think of some of their own ideas which we incorporate into our planning. Children’s ideas are collected by use of termly ‘topic webs’ and through weekly class discussions. We value all children’s contributions towards our planning, and by allowing children to share their own interests and ideas they continue to be motivated learners. Alongside the topics below we also look at a wide range of seasonal and religious festivals throughout the year such as Diwali, Harvest, Christmas, Chinese New Year, Easter, Holi and Tanabata.

Autumn Term (First Half)

Zap! And Game on!

This term our priority is to get to know the children and help them to settle into the nursery. We provide opportunities for children to play together allowing them to develop their social skills and teach them how to share and take turns. Our topics include learning about ourselves and our families. Within these topics we read and learn actions to ‘The Gingerbread man’ and ‘Handa’s surprise’. The children enjoy acting out these stories in our garden and remember many actions to each story. We will also be investigating electronic toys and would like the children to bring in an electronic toy if they have one.

Autumn Term (Second Half)


Can you guess what we are learning about? This term our topic is all about Rubbish and we hope to make a recycling centre in the nursery so children can role play sorting different materials.

In literacy we will be reading the story of ‘The three little pigs’ along with providing lots of junk modelling resources to let the children experiment with the different textures and materials. This will encourage the children to be creative and use problem solving skills when they make things, as well as developing their fine motor skills.

In maths we will be looking at 2D shapes in our environment and learning basic shape names.

Spring Term (First Half)

One World

This topic will allow us to explore our world. We will be focusing on hot and cold places, comparing similarities and differences. In the role play area we hope to have an airport and we will be encouraging the children to pack a suitcase for different weathers.

In maths we will be counting, sorting and comparing dinosaurs. We will learn about 1 more and 1 less using objects.

In physical education we will be teaching children to move freely with confidence and awareness of space. This will include moving around an obstacle course using crawling, rolling, skipping, jumping, running and balancing movements.

Earth Day and Chinese New year will also be covered this term.

Spring Term (Second Half)

Up, up and away...

This term we have lots of exciting activities inspired by World book day, Science week, Holi and Easter! We will also be looking at journeys and hope to learn about lots of different types of transport. Children will be given more opportunities to use a range of scooters and bikes to further develop their hand eye co-ordination and muscle strength.

In literacy we will be reading and learning actions to ‘Whatever next’ a story about a teddy bear’s journey to space in our role play area!

In maths we will be learning about weight using ‘heavier than and lighter than’ vocabulary.

Summer Term (First Half)

Who? What? Where?

This half term we will be talking about our favourite food! We will learn about where food comes from, this will include looking at farms. We hope to provide opportunities for tasting food from different parts of the world. Following this the children can vote for the type of restaurant they want in the role play area.

In literacy we will be learning ‘The little red hen’. In maths we will use food to find out more about capacity, using different sized containers.

Summer Term (Second Half)

Dream Big!

This term we will be learning about ‘People who help us’ and we will be looking at non-fiction books. We want to find out from the children who they would like to learn about; a fire fighter, a doctor, a nurse or a vet! If any of our parents would like to come in and share their job experiences, we would love to hear from you!

In maths we will provide activities related to time, money and 3D shapes.

We will also have a week of creative activities to celebrate Art week.

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