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Spring Term 2023


Nursery and Reception

Weekly themes

Foundation Stage planning is carried out on a weekly basis with a variety of topics being selected each term. We plan through a mixture of following children’s interests and ensuring a broad curriculum content. For this reason, some topics may be removed or swapped.  For the Spring Term 2023, Nursery and Reception will focus on:


Spring Term



Week 1

Oral Hygiene

Week 2

Winter – freezing and melting

Week 3

Chinese New Year – year of the Rabbit

Week 4

Traditional Tale – Red Riding Hood

Week 5

Modern day tale - Red Riding Hood and The Very Hungry Lion

Week 6

Careers week - Vets

Half Term

Week 7

Animals – Zoo Keeper

Week 8

Animals – Poo in the Zoo

Week 9

Life cycles - frogs

Week 10

Life cycles - butterflies

Week 11

Easter – look at churches in our area

Week 12

Easter celebration  - Christian festival





Teaching and learning will be determined by both staff and children but linked to these topics.

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 ‘Development Matters’ document along with our own curriculum objectives and ‘White Rose Maths’ 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, Reception 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



Physical Development



Communication and Language




Specific Areas of Learning







Understanding the World




Expressive Arts and Design



































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