Little Chestnuts Topics - 2019/2020

Below are the whole school topics for the year in which all children in Nursery will participate. In addition to these planned activities, children will regularly be encouraged to think of some of their own ideas which we will incorporate into our planning. Children’s ideas are collected through weekly class discussions and observations. 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.

During every term we will also be cooking and using the balance bikes regularly.

Autumn Term (Part 1)

Colours of the Rainbow!

We know that starting school can be a mixture of emotions so we will spend the first few weeks ensuring that the children feel happy and settled. During this time, we will play lots of name games, social activities and explore all the different areas in our classroom and outside. As a bright and colourful start to our school year, we will be exploring all the colours of the rainbow. We will spend time going on colour hunts around the school grounds, creating large scale artwork as a group, and sharing coloured based stories such as ‘Brown Bear, Brown Bear what do you see?’ and ‘Elmer’ the patchwork elephant. It is an important time for the children to begin to share their thoughts, ideas and interests through art work, photos and speaking activities.

Autumn Term (Part 2)

Fab at 50!

50 Years of Chestnut Lane School is a great chance to celebrate! During this topic, Little Chestnuts will be involved in whole school celebrations and activities. We will be exploring different jobs that people have gone on to achieve and comparing then/now pictures from their own lives. We will also use the topic to explore numbers. Counting songs, number rhymes and stories is a great way to help children develop an understanding of different numbers and we will create activities based around them.

We will also be celebrating different festivals during this half term including Hanukkah and Christmas. We will have winter based fun through art, music, role play and celebrate together with our parents during a Nursery Christmas morning.

Spring Term (First Half)

Let's Move

Jumping, skipping, crawling, hopping, marching… how many different ways can you move? The children will have opportunities to develop their confidence with moving in different ways, speeds and heights. We will role play different animals and interpret their movements as well as using apparatus and riding bikes and scooters. The children will regularly use the balance bikes to develop control and confidence as well as an understanding about how to keep safe. Using planes, trains, cars, boats, buses the children will explore a wide range of different transport and how it works. We will create our own fire engines, ambulances and police cars to help us role play different emergency services and hopefully get some to visit us in school! Throughout all the topics, the children will be encouraged to ask questions and give reasons to extend their answers as well as build their maths and literacy language into everyday play.

Spring Term (Second Half)

Blue Planet

Let’s explore the wonderful world of water. The children will observe first-hand how water helps the plants grow which we will plant in the garden and how we can look after our environment. During this topic, we will also become mini-scientists and conduct experiments such as floating and sinking. As part of our daily calendar the children will become weather watchers and make observations about the changes. This topic will allow us to explore weather further and make different weather sounds using musical instruments, movements and large scale art pieces. ‘Rainbow Fish’, ‘Sharing a Shell’ and other stories will be used as a link to help understand personal and social situations.   

Summer Term (First Half)

Ready, Steady, Cook!

Get your aprons ready, it is time to bake! The Little Chestnuts will have opportunities to measure, mix and create a variety of different recipes. We will explore different types of foods from different cultures and try fruit from around the world. The Very Hungry Caterpillar will help us with sequencing while Goldilocks will help us to measure the right size bowl! Throughout the topic, we will create our own recipes to write about and continue to expand our maths language. The children will learn about healthy eating as well as health and self-care.

Summer Term (Second Half)

To Infinity and Beyond!

During our final topic in Little Chestnuts we will use our imagination to take us on extraordinary adventures. We might become aliens in space, kings in the castle, builders to help the Three Little Pigs or gardeners to help Jack grow the beanstalk. As well as creating our own adventures, we will also role-play familiar stories. Traditional tales are an excellent way to help the children develop their reading skills and expand on their imagination. We will use messy play and role play to sequence stories, change events, create new characters and join in with repeated refrains.

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