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Autumn 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 and linked to books. 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 2023, Nursery and Reception will focus on:

Autumn Term



Week 1

Inset day

Week 2

All About Me – My body

Week 3

All About Me – My Senses  - Baseline assessment

Week 4

All About Me – My Family

Week 5

People Who Help Us – Rescue Services

Week 6

People Who Help Us -

Week 7

Harvest – The Little Red Hen

Week 8

Harvest – The Enormous Turnip

Half Term

Week 9

Bonfire Night  - Fire work Safety

Week 10

Diwali – Rama and Sita

Week 11

Autumn  - Hibernation

Week 12

Autumn – Nocturnal and Diurnal animals

Week 13

Nativity – Christian story of Jesus

Week 14

Christmas – Celebrations Around the World

Week 15

Christmas – Santa’s Grotto and crafts


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 and follow the ‘Twinkl Phonics scheme’ to aid our planning. These documents outline the key skills and knowledge that the 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 and 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 seven areas 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!