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Welcome to the Early Years!

Nursery Teacher: Mrs Debbie Derby

Nursery Teaching Assistant: Mrs Alison Sault

Reception Teacher: Mrs Lizzie Bailey

Reception Teaching Assistant: Mrs Emma Hardware


We have a newly refurbished Early Years unit which provides a secure, stimulating and educational setting.


The Foundation Stage:
In our school we have a 39 place Nursery and a 30 place Reception class. Children join our Nursery after their third birthday and attend either a morning or afternoon session. All children join us full time at the beginning of the school year in which they are five. The team work closely together to provide exciting learning opportunities, indoors and outdoors, to develop each child to their full potential in a caring, safe and structured environment. We recognise the role that families play in educating their children and encourage close parent partnerships.


The Foundation Stage Curriculum guidance is based on seven areas of learning:

These include 3 Prime Areas:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Developments

and, 4 Specific Areas:

  • Literacy
  • Maths
  • Understanding of the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design


Although Nursery and Reception have separate classrooms, they are situated side by side allowing opportunities for the children to work together to ease transitions between year groups and develop learning.



In Autumn term, children in Early Years will be developing their speaking and listening skills by listening to a wide range of stories and being introduced to new vocabulary. Storytelling, roleplay and hands on experiences will support confidence and language development. They will also start to learn their initial sounds. Children will be working on perfecting their letter formations as well as writing their whole name. 

Here is a list of the letter sounds and their mnemonics to help the children with writing letters at school:

a - Round the apple down the leaf (apple)

b - Down the laces to the heel, round the toe (Boot)

c - Curl around the caterpillar (caterpillar)

d - Round his bottom up his tall neck and down to his feet (dinosaur)

e - Lift off the top and scoop out the egg (egg)

f - Down the stem, and draw the leaves (flower)

g - Round her face down her hair and give her a curl (girl)

h - Down the head to the hooves and over his back (horse)

i - Down his body, and dot for his head (insect)

j - Down his body curl and dot (jack-in-the box)

k - Down the kangaroo’s body, tail and leg (kangaroo)

l - Down the long leg (leg)

m - Down Maisie, over the mountain over the mountain (Maisie and mountains)

n - Down Nobby, over his net (football net)

o - All around the orange (orange)

p - Down his plait and around his head (pirate)

q - Round her head, up past her earrings and down her hair (queen)

r - Down his back, then curl over his arm (robot)

s - Slither down the snake (snake)

t - Down the tower across the tower (castle tower)

u - Down and under, up to the top and draw the puddle (umbrella)

v - Down a wing, up a wing (vulture)

w - Down up down up (worm)

x - Down the arm and leg and repeat the other side (Exercise)

y - Down a horn up a horn and under his head (yak)

z - Zig, Zag, Zig (zip)


In the Nursery Autumn term, the children take part in daily letters and sounds sessions. These session develop listening skills, sound discrimination, fine motor skills, rhyming skills and early blending. 


Every day, the Reception children have a Phonics session, Read Write Inc, and a writing session. In reading sessions, the children will be working towards:

  • Reading simple sounds and blending them for reading.
  • Using their phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately.
  • Reading some common irregular words.
  • Demonstrating an understanding when talking with others about what they have read    

In writing sessions, the children will be working towards:

  • Using their phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds.
  • Writing some simple sentences.
  • Letter formations. 


Nursery children are learning to recite number names in sequence through songs and games, make comparisons between quantities using a range of resources and notice simple shapes and patterns in pictures.


Each day the Reception children take part in 15 minute maths and a daily maths session.

In Autumn the Reception children will be working towards:

Recognise some numerals of personal significance.

• Recognises numerals 1 to 10.

• Counts up to three or four objects by saying one number name for each item.

• Counts actions or objects which cannot be moved.

• Counts objects to 10, and beginning to count beyond 10.

• Counts out up to six objects from a larger group.

• Selects the correct numeral to represent 1 to 5, then 1 to 10 objects.

• Counts an irregular arrangement of up to ten objects.

• Estimates how many objects they can see and checks by counting them.

• Uses the language of ‘more’ and ‘fewer’ to compare two sets of objects.

• Finds the total number of items in two groups by counting all of them.

• Says the number that is one more than a given number.

• Finds one more or one less from a group of up to five objects, then ten objects.

• In practical activities and discussion, beginning to use the vocabulary involved in adding and subtracting.

• Records, using marks that they can interpret and explain.

• Begins to identify own mathematical problems based on own interests and fascinations.


You can support your child by sing simple number songs at home or visiting



Here are some mnemonics to help your child with number formations:

0- Number Zero. Around the world like a superhero.

1 - Number One. A line down and it's done.

2- Number Two. A Kangaroo.

3- Number Three. The wings of a bee. 

4- Number Four- Chair on the floor. 

5- Number Five- Learn to drive. 

6- Number Six- Stir and Mix. 

7- Number Seven. An angel from heaven. 

8- Number Eight- Snakes not straight. 

9- number Nine- Around the track and down to the finish line. 


Cornerstones Topic Autumn 1


Our First Cornerstones theme in Nursery is ' why do you love me so much?' Children will be looking at:

  • how they have changed from babies.
  • Caring for others.
  • Who cares for them. 
  • Being a good friend. 
  • Talking about families.

Books to support- Why do you love me so much? What colour is love? I want my mummy. You're all my favourites. 


 Our first Cornerstones theme in Reception is ‘Can we eat chocolate for breakfast?’

As your children work in the different areas of learning, and in groups doing maths and literacy activities, they will be developing important skills and concepts.

 During this fist topic children will be investigating:

  • Our bodies and how we have grown and changed.

It would be nice if every child could bring in a photo of themselves when they were a baby. Please put your child’s name on the back.

  • Healthy eating.
  • The effect exercise has on our bodies.
  • How to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
  • Sorting food groups, exploring using sense etc.
  • The journey of a cocoa bean.
  • Growing fruit and vegetables.


Cornerstones Topic- Autumn 2

During half term, Nursery and Reception topics are ‘Why do leaves go crispy?’ and 'Celebrations.' During these topics the children will explore colours in the natural world, changes in seasons and habitats of different animals.  You can support your child by discussing the changes in Autumn including leaves changing colour or the change in weather.

We will also look at celebrations from the UK and around the world including Holi festival and Divali, bonfire celebrations and firework safety and Christmas.

Books to support- Elmer, Rama and Sita, Leaf Man, The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s child, The very noisy night, Owl babies, Touch the Sky Little bear, Winter poems and Shh Santa!



Topic Overview for Early Years 

Autumn 1- Nursery- Why do you love me so much 

                 Reception- Can we eat chocolate for breakfast?

Autumn 2- Why do leaves go crispy?



Dates for your diary- Reception Safety walk workshop- letter to follow

                                  International Week- 22nd October- 25th October. 

                                  Reception trip- 26th November.

                                  Christmas Play- dates to be added.

Spring 1- Did dragon's exist?

Spring 2- Are eggs Alive?

Summer 1- Why is water wet?

Summer 2- Can we explore it?