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Little Chestnuts Topics - 2017/18

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

Art Attack

This term, our priority is to get to know the children and help them settle into the nursery. We will provide opportunities for children to play together, allowing them to develop their social skills and teach them how to share and take turns. We will be using Henri Matisse’s ‘The Snail’ and ‘The Dot’ (a book by Peter H Reynolds) as inspiration for our indoor and outdoor play-based learning. The children will be immersed in the colours, collage and subjects of these stimulus, building our own gallery within the classroom.

What a Wonderful World

This topic will give us plenty of opportunity to explore the Music, Art and culture of different countries from around the world. We will explore images from photographer Gabriele Galimberti of children across the globe with their most precious toys and compare them with our own. This also gives us a chance to find out more about ourselves including our likes and dislikes of food, when we try foods from around the world. During this time we will also share stories and create artwork from vegetables with our garden harvest. We will be looking out for shapes in the environment and learning basic shape names.

Spring Term

Hocus Pocus

This will be a magical start to the term! The children will be involved in lots of imaginative role play with chances to discover numbers and patterns while problem solving. We will share stories and rhymes for the children to re-tell and sequence in order with a magical theme. This will include looking at the text ‘Return’ by Aaron Becker and having our own adventures through magical doorways. There will also be opportunities to learn about Chinese New Year this term.


Our topic ‘Home’ will inspire play based learning around our homes. This will include an extensive home corner role play area. We will explore our families and what home means to us. We will be looking at the text ‘Home’ By Jeannie Baker. During this term we will also have the chance to discover our local area. We will count, sort and compare and link to traditional tales like the Three Little Pigs and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Encouraging the children to be creative, we will provide plenty of junk modelling resources to construct houses and explore different textures and materials.

Summer Term

Let’s Go Lego

Following the construction theme, the children will create imaginative sculptures using engineering materials like Lego. They will have to design and create based on their own ideas stimulated from the text ‘Iggy Peck Architect’ by Andrea Beaty. In maths we will compare measurements, revisit shape and patterns, and begin to understand one more and one less in contexts of number stories.

Living Planet

Many of the children have told us they are interested in animals! This has inspired our ‘Living Planet’ topic. Children will get the opportunity to find out about native and more exotic animals. We will hunt for minibeasts in our gardens and find out about our pets and caring for them and the environment. We will grow a range of plants in our garden and discover what they need to be healthy and strong.

Alongside this topic we will be beginning to think about our transition into the next year group.