Nursery Staff

Class Teachers: Miss Barlow

Key workers: Mrs Bourne (Bumblebees), Miss Pitchford (Butterflies), Miss Bailey (Ladybirds)

Hello welcome to nursery, where our Eaton Park Academy school journey begins. It’s a new beginning for all of us, where we make new friends, meet new teachers and learn school routines. We do lots of learning through play, and accessing the continuous provision both indoors and outdoors. Playing allows us to explore, problem solve, work with others and develop our language skills. The staff in nursery provide us with wonderful experiences and opportunities which help us to develop and learn at the highest level. They watch us grow throughout the year, gaining confidence and becoming that little bit more independent each day.


Me and my community/Exploring Autumn

In this topic, we’ll learn about our surroundings both in the classroom and around our school. We’ll be thinking about ourselves and why we are unique, our families and also our friends. We will be exploring texts linked to our topic too, the first text we will explore is ‘The Colour Monster’ and we will be focusing on using colour to show our feelings. The second text we will be exploring is ‘Guess How Much I Love You’ where we will be using actions to begin to retell key events in a story.

Our mini topic during autumn 1 will be linked to autumn and exploring the changes that are happening. We will be taking part in an autumn walk and collecting natural items to use for our autumn crafts. We will also be exploring the text ‘Leaf Man’ and ‘We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt’.

Once Upon A Time/Sparkle and Shine

In this topic, we will be continuing to develop our love of stories and focusing on traditional tales and their origins. We will also be developing our own story telling skills by using actions and props. Through our English lessons, we will be focusing on Goldilocks and the Three Bears and The Three Billy Goats Gruff.

Our mini topic during autumn 2 will be threaded through the half term focusing on all of the wonderful celebrations that will be happening throughout. We will be exploring bonfire night, Diwali, Hanukah and Christmas. We will also be reading ‘Stick Man’ during our English lessons.

Starry Night/Winter Wonderland

For our Starry Night topic, we will be learning about the night time world and the importance of sleep and our bed time routines. We will also be learning about the people who help us and work through the night whilst most of us are tucked up in bed. Our text we will be focusing on in our English lessons is ‘How To Catch A Star’ which will lead us into learning about the moon and space.

As the chillier weather sets in, our mini topic will be exploring winter and the changes happening around us. We will also be identifying snowy climates around the world and learning about what life is like in these climates for both people and animals.

Dangerous Dinosaurs/Puddles and Rainbows

In our Dangerous Dinosaurs topic, we will be learning about dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures that roamed the earth before humans. In our English lessons, we will be expanding our descriptive vocabulary through exploring ‘Stomp, Dinosaur, Stomp!’ which will introduce us to lots of different dinosaurs.

Our Puddles and Rainbows mini topic will be an exploration of different types of weather and also an investigation into colour mixing and rainbows.

Sunshine and Sunflowers/Shadows and Reflections

For our first topic of the summer term, we will be thinking about seasonal changes and growing. Also, as the weather starts to improve and warm up, we will be leaning about how to stay safe in the sun. We will also be thinking about the lifecycles of living things, in particular, butterflies. This will link in with our story ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ that we will be unpicking during our English lessons.

Our mini topic will see us creating our own shadows, reflections and echoes and investigating how these are created and how that can be changed.

Big Wide World/Splash

In our final topic of the year, we will be learning about our local area and then developing and expanding this knowledge to the big wide world. We will be exploring different climates and habitats around the world and identifying some countries using a map. During our English lessons, we will be focusing on ‘The Train Ride’ which we will be learning to story map and also retell.

Our final mini topic is called Splash, and through this topic will be learning about water around the world, aquatic animals and basic scientific concepts involving water. Our final text in English will link all of our topic learning together as we explore Julia Donaldson’s ‘The Snail and the Whale’.

Important Information

Across the Early Years Foundation Stage, we engage in Wonderful Wednesday afternoons which is an enrichment session linked to our topic learning. Through our Wonderful Wednesday afternoons, we develop and learn new skills such as simple cooking, baking, crafts and investigations.

Developing a love of reading is at the heart of everything we do in the nursery, and each week, the children are able to select their own book to take home to share with their family. As the children progress with their phonic knowledge they will also take home a phonics book for them to practise their phoneme/grapheme correspondence.

Across the department, we also use ‘Learning Book’ as an electronic learning journey to collect learning moments. We also invite parents to share their child’s learning with us via Learning Book to give us a whole view of each child.

It’s a very busy year in the nursery, but a very important year too. We aim to give the children the very best learning opportunities to ensure they are ready for Reception and to continue their journey at school.


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