Autumn Term 1

We would like to welcome back our older children and parents’, it has been wonderful to see you all again. We would also like to give a huge welcome to all the new children and parents who have started at Lansdowne Primary Academy Nursery.  We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for your support in helping to settle your child.  Starting Nursery can be a daunting experience for both child and parent and at times your child may require some additional support.  Please be assured that we will always do our upmost to support your child and settle and engage them in the new learning experiences.  Sometimes, there can be a few tears (from you and your child) but please be assured that your child’s tears stop quickly and it does not take them long to start exploring their exciting new environment.

Out theme this half –term is ‘Sing, sing a song.’  We will be using familiar Nursery rhymes to help us to get to know your child and their particular interests and to help them become familiar with the Nursery routines.

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How your child will learn…

Early literacy

With our topic “Sing, sing a Song” we are looking at important early learning literacy conventions such as rhyme, vocabulary and sentence structure. We will also be exploring books to do with our nursery rhyme themes looking at farming books, transport books and space books. Children are enjoying story time and exploring book conventions such as how to hold the book up the right way, which way to turn the page, predicting what will happen next in the story and being able to recall events that took place after reading a book. Reading is a great way to inspire interest and an important step in early literacy learning. We will be giving your child a reading diary and encourage you and your child to choose a different book each day from the nursery to read at home together.

Early numeracy

Mathematics in the Nursery is very play based and hands on. We like to include it throughout everyday activities as much as possible as it gives children a great understanding on the real life application of math’s. We also ensure we have rich math language learning environments so that children become familiar with words such as capacity, number, shapes etc. We will be looking at shapes this term and will introduce a variety of 2D shapes to the children. We will also begin our mornings with our counting as well as looking at the calendar. At home you could invite them to count different things around the house and draw their attention to shapes around them. Our “Sing, sing a Song” topic has helped introduce ideas such as sequence and pattern to children as well as they learn the order of song, and the repetition involved.

Expressive Arts and Design

This term we will be exploring art and creativity in different forms. We will be creating stars, rockets and moons as well as exploring painting using our hands and fingers. Children will have the opportunity to colour mix as they begin looking closely at different shades of eye colours and hair. This will help reflect how special and unique we all are.  At home you could encourage your child to draw or paint pictures of themselves or other family members.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

This term we are focusing on feeling a sense of belonging in our classroom. For some children it is their first experiences in a context such as this so we are supporting them to feel valued and welcomed. We have also been starting to talk about the importance of friends and how we should be interacting with each other; including being gentle and kind, sharing and introducing the class rules. The environment has many opportunities for children to collaborate, share, speak and foster relationship building. At home you could play board games, or encourage your child to talk about what they like at school and who their friends are.

Physical development

Children are always encouraged in developing their gross and fine motor skills by being able to choose resources outside including, balls, bats, hoops, Frisbees, bikes for example. Our outdoor environment is also set to challenge children’s gross motor skills through climbing, jumping and balancing. We will be playing circle games, encouraging the children to make sure that they are moving safely and looking for spaces. Your child will have many opportunities to practice their cutting skills and manual dexterity by bead threading and using the tweezers to pick up smaller objects. To help your child extend in this highly skilled area you could have more of these experiences on offer at home.


Please ensure you clearly label every single piece of clothing, including coats. It is helpful to have a spare set of clothes in a bag on your child’s peg in case of accidents. Please remember as they are so young and there is much to do in Nursery, they can get messy…this means they have had fun! But just in case please pack a change of clothes for your child.

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