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Hello and welcome to Puffins!

Autumn Term 2021


Weekly themes

Foundation Stage planning is carried out on a weekly basis with a variety of topics being selected this term. We plan through topics for each term – for the Autumn Term 2021, Nursery and Reception will focus on All about me, Festivals and People who help us. Teaching and learning will be determined by both staff and children.

Activities are both child led and adult led in order to cover all of the seven areas of learning. Each half term both Nursery and Reception parents are able to view the medium term plans outlining the activities that we plan to deliver.

A Guide to Foundation Planning

We use the Government’s Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and Development Matters documents to aid our planning. These documents outline the key skills that children should achieve during certain age ranges, e.g. birth to three year olds, three to four year olds and the Early Learning Goals. We plan a range of practical, play based activities to ensure that children have been given a range of opportunities to develop these skills and demonstrate their learning.

The seven areas of learning through which the children learn have been broken down into sixteen assessment scales.  These are outlined within the table below:-

Prime Areas of Learning

Personal, Social and

Emotional Development



Managing Self

Building Relationships

Physical Development


Fine Motor Skills

Gross Motor Skills

Communication and Language





Specific Areas of Learning




Word Reading





Numerical Patterns

Understanding the World



People, Culture and Communities

The Natural World

Expressive Arts and Design



Creating with materials



























*If you require additional information relating to our school curriculum, please ask at the school office or the

Class teacher.

TOP Tips

  • Read, read and read!
  • Share books with your children- you read to them, they read to you.
  • Discuss books and stories — characters, events, endings etc.
  • Make suggestions for a different ending, new character etc
  • Join the local library & encourage your child to choose their books— this helps to develop preferences etc.
  • Don’t forget rhymes and poems!
  • Encourage your child to write shopping lists, notes, postcards, diaries.
  • Encourage correct letter formation — this will help with cursive writing later.
  • Play I spy using phonic/sounds- don’t forget endings!
  • Practise reading and spelling keywords.
  • Have fun!