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Space: To Infinity and Beyond!

Our Early Years theme for this term is a Space: To Infinity and Beyond!

When an unexplained object is found to have crash landed in our Outdoor Area, we will explore ideas about what has happened and why there appears to be an alien with lots of underpants amongst all of the tumbled down toys! We will be exploring space through story books such as Aliens Love Underpants and using information texts to learn more about planets and our solar system. 


This term we will also be welcoming new children into our Nursery, they will be our Nursery 1 (N1) children. The focus for those children will be getting to know their new environment and developing relationships with each other and the staff members.  Our current Nursery children are our Nursery 2 children (N2).  


The focus for teaching and learning will continue to be in the Prime Areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum which are Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Language and Communication and Physical Development



Nursery 1:

  • Learning about their new environment and building relationships with staff and other children.
  • Developing the confidence to talk about their needs and wants

Nursery 2:

  • Looking after new friends and what it means to be friendly
  • Exploring new activities
  • Setting a new goal and feeling proud when I achieve it 
  • Being brave by sharing my ideas 
  • Being safe on the internet when learning or finding out something new 
  • Celebrating achieving goals and other children's successes




Nursery 1: 

  • To begin to listen to small group discussions. 
  • To develop an understanding of the routine of the school day. 
  • To begin to talk about their needs and wants to others.

Nursery 2:

  • To listen to stories and begin to recall what happened.  Talking about who the characters were, where the story was set, what problems were encountered and how they found a solution. 
  • To use these aspects to help develop their own stories.
  • To join in with familiar rhymes, explore rhyming sentences and create rhyming strings 
  • To follow two step instructions and give instructions to others 
  • To talk about ideas, explain marks they see or make and ask questions to find out more.


Nursery 2 children will have daily phonics sessions this term. The quick 20 minute sessions have an initial focus on rhyming words, couplets, sentences, stories and poems. Hearing and playing with rhymes help children develop an understanding of how words sound similar and different. 

Once settled, Nursery 1 children will listen to and join in with rhymes and familiar stories to develop listening and attention skills. 



Nursery 1: 

  • To move with an awareness of others 
  •  To explore our Creative Area with marking making equipment  
  • To begin to develop independence when toileting
  • To know that we can say 'stop' to someone if we don't like it and we can tell others if we are worried or upset. 

Nursery 2:

  • To catch a large ball
  • To explore moving in different ways - crawl, stride, skip
  • To explore balancing 
  • To develop control when drawing simple shapes
  • To use equipment safely


Young children's physical development includes the way they move around the inside and outside areas of Nursery and those smaller movements which require more control so pouring, drawing and manipulating for example construction and playdough. It also includes self care so toileting, feeding, dressing and having an awareness of our surroundings and what you are doing so that you are safe.