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Spring Term 2024


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 2024, Nursery and Reception will focus on:

Spring Term



Week 1

Oral Hygiene

Week 2

Winter – Winter/clothes/winter animals

Week 3

Winter – Freezing and melting

Week 4

Traditional tale – The Gingerbread man

Week 5

Modern Day tale – Gingerbread Cowboys

Week 6

Chinese New Year – Year of the Dragon

Half Term

Week 7

Animals – Farm animals - Farming

Week 8

Animals - Dairy Farming

Week 9

Past and Present – Inventors – Mrs Armitage’s bicycle

Week 10

Celebrations – special people in our lives - Mother’s Day

Week 11

Easter – New life /Spring

Week 12

Easter – Easter story


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.

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!