Nursery 1 Lent Curriculum 2020 | King's Hall School Taunton

Nursery 1 Lent Curriculum 2020

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Happy Lent Term!

We hope you’re all well rested and are ready for an exciting term ahead. We welcome both old and new faces back here in Nursery 1 and we look forward to helping you all settle into nursery life. We plan to explore two main topic areas with the children this term. We plan to cover the themes of ‘Colours’ and ‘On the Farm’, and we look forward to exploring these through a wide variety of activities. We also highlight the importance of allowing children to develop their own preferences and interests, where their key person is close by to support and develop their own curiosities.



During Lent our main topic areas are: ‘Colours’ and ‘On the Farm’ During your child’s time in Nursery, it is vital for us to concentrate and work closely on your child’s three Prime Areas of development, which are set out below. It is important for us to ensure your child settles quickly with ease and is able to feel safe and secure in the Nursery environment. The Prime Areas are what I call the ‘building blocks’ to success, the foundations to any individual. If we secure these, all other specific knowledge and development will slot into place.

The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is outlined below. There are three Prime Areas and four Specific Areas. The Characteristics of Effective Learning (COEL) - ‘Playing and Exploring’, ‘Active Learning’ and ‘Creating and Thinking Critically’ are also vital tools of learning.

​PRIME AREA: Personal, Social and Emotional Development.

​PRIME AREA: Personal, Social and Emotional Development.

Activities to include:

  • Activities to encourage settling in and understanding the routine of the day, independence, concentration, confidence and social skills (sharing and turn-taking);
  • Circle Time;
  • Learning and understanding of Nursery Sunshine Rules;
  • Creating awareness of own feelings;
  • Being considerate of other needs and opinions;
  • Working as a team during large group times;
  • Sharing, retelling and acting of stories;
  • Wilson Bear (Holiday Bear);
  • Collection of the daily snack.
​PRIME AREA: Communication and Language

​PRIME AREA: Communication and Language

Activities to include:

  • Development of speaking and listening skills;
  • Following simple instructions;
  • Circle Time;
  • Small group activities;
  • Role play area;
  • Weekly outings;
  • Exploring our family tree;
  • Colour and farm stories;
  • Making farm yard puppets;
  • Animal hunt;
  • Animal sound lotto game.
​PRIME AREA: Physical Development

​PRIME AREA: Physical Development

Activities to include:

  • Weekly sports activities (every Tuesday);
  • Mark making and using tools for craft;
  • The use of small and large equipment to develop fine and gross motor skills;
  • Dough exploration;
  • Wake and shake warm up activity;
  • Animal printing.


Activities to include:

  • Weekly book based activities;
  • Song and rhyme time;
  • Listening to stories and facts using the interactive computer;
  • Song board;
  • Singing with puppets;
  • Music time with Mr Dayus-Jones;
  • Marble painting;
  • Vegetable/animal printing.
​SPECIFIC AREA: Understanding the World

​SPECIFIC AREA: Understanding the World

Activities to include:

  • Forest School: Animal care and plants;
  • Daily school routine;
  • Exploring ICT toys and equipment;
  • Exploring the interactive table/board;
  • Environmental walks to look and discuss what we see and hear;
  • Small world toys;
  • Visit to farm;
  • Talking tins;
  • Planting seeds.
​SPECIFIC AREA: Expressive Arts and Design

​SPECIFIC AREA: Expressive Arts and Design

Activities to include:

  • Role play areas;
  • Movement to music;
  • Dressing up;
  • Variety of songs;
  • Making rainbows/animals;
  • Window star lights;
  • Making animal masks;
  • Farm animal puppets.
​SPECIFIC AREA: Mathematics

​SPECIFIC AREA: Mathematics

Activities to include:

Use of mathematical language and development can be enhanced during any activity, including:

  • Counting;
  • Sorting;
  • Exploring puzzles;
  • Positional language;
  • Exploring and playing with shapes;
  • Environmental shapes and patterns;
  • Exploring toy clocks;
  • Farm yard bingo;
  • Animal number songs.

Did you know?

As always, our Medium Term Planning, which details activities and experiences, is accessible on the ‘Parents Notice Board’ in Nursery Room 1. Please feel free to take a look, and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask any member of the Pre-Prep team. Please also remember that we endeavour to develop the children’s own personal interests through ongoing observations and child-initiated play, and that we add these spontaneous moments to your child’s learning journal on tapestry which we encourage parents to look though, enjoy and comment on. In the foyer of the Nursery Room 1 we also have a whiteboard which is updated weekly with all the daily adult-led activities which your child will experience throughout the week at nursery.

Key Person

Key Person: Your child will be assigned a key person who will be responsible for conducting observations that are placed within an Early Years Foundation Stage pathway, which continues with your child on their journey throughout the EYFS (end of Reception). A key person is an adult that provides a secure and familiar base for both the child and their family. In Nursery, we also spend a short time each day as a key group, but it is important to highlight that we work very closely with all children, across both Nursery Room 1 and 2, so please feel free to speak with any member of the team.


Forest School

We provide children with the opportunity of a Forest School session every Monday. Your child may wear ‘Home Clothes’ on this day, preferably something that is old as I can assure you they get very muddy even when wearing full waterproofs! If your child’s waterproof trousers are not always on their peg, please do not fret as we tend to store all our waterproofs in one large tub. I am sure you can appreciate it can become a little hectic when helping children out of muddy boots and clothes. Please ensure they are named and we will send them home each half term.

Weekly Outing

Every Friday morning, we are very lucky to be able to use the school minibus and take the children on a mini adventure. We often go to Vivary Park or Hestercombe Gardens. The children are able to explore the park, play with equipment and feed the ducks.

Sports Hall Session

Every Tuesday morning, we take the children to the main sports hall where we use equipment, big and small. and provide them with the chance to develop those all-important physical skills. Bats, balls, hoops, music, dance, movement, games and races are just a selection of activities your child(ren) will participate in. It is also worth noting that we share this session with Pelican 2 Nursery.

House Keeping

It is a legal requirement for your child to be signed in and out of the nursery each day. Please can you help us by ensuring you do this. Our Safeguarding policy states that all children require a collection ‘password’, therefore a Nursery Team member will be confirming this with all parents on their child’s first day. Could all children be provided with a named water bottle. As we know the weather is getting colder and wetter, please ensure that your child(ren) have the appropriate clothing/shoes to ensure their comfort during the day. Please can you also provide your child with at least two pairs of spare clothes, sensible shoes/trainers, a warm/waterproof coat, waterproof trousers and welly boots; this will ensure your child will get to experience all activities.


A final note

We work closely with the staff and children in Pelican Nursery 2, this enables both nurseries the opportunity to share resources and areas, enhancing opportunities for your child. You will quickly get to know all the Nursery Team. Again, if you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We hope you enjoy the Lent Term ahead!

Nursery Room 1 Staff:
Room Leader and Key Person: Mrs. Leanne Darlow
Key Person: Miss. Elizabeth Welstead Nursery

Room 2 Staff:
Room Leader and Key Person: Mrs. Hannah Hammond
Forest School Leader and Key Person: Mrs. Clare Masters
Key Person: Mrs. Jo Williams
1:1 Support Staff: Ms. Annette Bartlett

It is important to note that the Pelican Nursery Team (both Room 1 and 2) work closely together, and the children enjoy being able to access both rooms at different points during the week.

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