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In the Nursery, children's interests and developmental needs are central to all planning and staff regularly spend time discussing and planning experiences for every child. Every journey is different and so are the steps which need to be taken. Whilst in the moment and child centered planning is at the forefront of our thinking we also know there is knowledge, skills and experiences that are core to supporting children's development. Staff have developed termly 'Core Concepts and Experiences' which they know that children need in Nursery. These are exciting, real and help children to understand their part in the world around them. Core books, immersive stories and rhymes feature highly each term which means all children leave with Nursery with a love of high quality books and rhymes.

Vocabulary is at the heart of planning as we know that communication and language forms the foundations for all other learning. Staff ensure that planning is centered around all children and in turn, children engage with curiosity, wonder and exploration. 

Please click on the documents below to see each term's 'Core Concepts and Experiences'.


Autumn Term

Welcome to MY World


Who is part of your family? Everybody’s family is different. Let’s talk about your family and who is important to you. Through role play, circle time, small worlds, sharing photographs and small world play children will talk about their family and the people that live in their house with them. Listen to other people’s stories to discover what their families are like and what special things they do together. Which festivals or special occasions do you celebrate in your house? How do you celebrate your birthday or one of those special occasions? Balloons and parties, decorations and food. Do you have any special customs or traditions? What jobs do the people in your family carry out when they go to work? Where do your family live? Some families live in our town but other families live further away and need to travel in different ways to get to school. Using simple mapping skills the children will show what they see on their way to school and share what they know about their town or where they live. Which body parts do you have? Doyou use your nose to smell, your tongue to taste, your ears to hear, your eyes to see and your hands to touch? Explore using the five senses in a variety of ways – rattling pots, smelly dough and tasty foods. Which is your favourite and why? This is all about you and your world.


Spring Term


Fur, Feathers, Scales and Legs

What animals have you seen? Do they have fur, feathers, scales or legs? Group animals in lots of different ways and discuss their features. Where can we find wildlife? Let's go on a hunt and see. Observe the patterns, textures and colours you see. Using malleable materials, let's make the insects we find. Let's look at stick insects and tadpoles. What do we see as the grow? Role play at the vets and look after our pets. Our scientific vocabulary will expand lots whne we treat animals and learn to take care of them. 


Summer Term


Nature All Around Me

How do you grow a plant or flower? Follow simple instructions to plant bulbs and seeds in pots and in the garden. Make simple observations of the plants over time to say what is happening to them. What do your seeds and plants need to grow and stay alive? Become a gardener and take an active part in caring for your plants and flowers as they grow. Take photographs using technology and create picture diaries of your plants growth. Observe what happens to plants if they are not cared for or given the things that they need. Name the different parts of a plant and why the plant needs all these different features to flourish and grow. When should we pick plants? Sometimes there are good reasons to pick plants that have been grown. Farmers grow fruits and vegetables especially to be picked so that we can eat them. Sort food into fruits and vegetables. Talk about which we already eat and which new foods we would like to try. Where do things come from? Are they made by nature or made by somebody else? Use natural objects to create pictures and artistic structures. Talk about what the objects look like and feel like. Are they bumpy, smooth or slimy? Do they float or sink? Talk about the properties of the different objects their colours and shapes. Create some beautiful art from nature as we observe the beautiful art that nature gives us.