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Autumn Term 2022


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 Autumn Term 2022, Nursery and Reception will focus on:




Week 1

2 Inset days

Week 2

Settling Class Charter & Rules (PSED)

Week 3

All about me - Body & Senses  (PSED)

Week 4

All about me -Family (PSED)

Week 5

People who help us  - Doctors etc  (UTW)

Week 6

People who help us -  Construction and local services (PSED)

Week 7

Harvest  - Little Red Hen (UTW / RE)

Week 8

Harvest  - Scarecrows wedding (LIT / RE / UTW)

Half Term

Week 9

Diwalli / Bonfire (UTW/ PSED safety)

Week 10

Autumn - The little acorn (LIT/ UTW)

Week 11

Autumn - Don’t hog the hedge (LIT/ UTW)

Week 12

Autumn - Nocturnal animals (UTW)

Week 13

Nativity (RE)

Week 14

Celebrating Christmas around the world (UTW link)

Week 15

Christmas (EAD)

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



Managing Self

Building Relationships

Physical Development


Fine Motor Skills

Gross Motor Skills

Communication and Language


Listening and Attention


Specific Areas of Learning





Word Reading





Numerical Patterns

Understanding the World



People, Culture and Communities

The Natural World

Past and present

Expressive Arts and Design


Creating and materials

Being Imaginative and Expressive

*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!