TopicMe and My FamilyMy bodyKings, Castles, Fairies and Elves Julia Donaldson StoriesWorld on my doorstepWorlds far away
Trip/ experiencePark
Post Office
SwimmingRoyal Armouries LeedsNell Bank – Gruffalo HuntFarm
Meet a creature
Tropical World

Sundown Adventure

All of our topics aim to help the children making their next steps in their development. Therefore, the long term planning sets out the topics we will use to help the children achieve. It is also important to note that we believe our curriculum should be child led and therefore all of the topics are subject to change depending on the children’s interests. We currently use the ‘Development Matters’ document to help us plan for children’s next steps. For more information on the specific things we are covering, please see our medium term plans and our weekly planning.

Personal, social and emotional development

Making Relationships Early Learning Goal
Children play co-operatively, taking turns with others. They take account of one another’s ideas about how to organise their activity. They show sensitivity to others’ needs and feelings, and form positive relationships with adults and other children.

Self Confidence and Self Awareness Early Learning Goal

Children are confident to try new activities, and say why they like some activities more than others. They are confident to speak in a familiar group, will talk about their ideas, and will choose the resources they need for their chosen activities. They say when they do or don’t need help.

Managing feelings and behaviour Early Learning Goal

Children talk about how they and others show feelings, talk about their own and others’ behaviour, and its consequences, and know that some behaviour is unacceptable. They work as part of a group or class, and understand and follow the rules. They adjust their behaviour to different situations, and take changes of routine in their stride.

Communication and Language

Listening and Attention Early Learning Goal

Children listen attentively in a range of situations. They listen to stories, accurately anticipating key events and respond to what they hear with relevant comments, questions or actions. They give their attention to what others say and respond appropriately, while engaged in another activity.

Understanding Early Learning Goal

Children follow instructions involving several ideas or actions. They answer ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions about their experiences and in response to stories or events.

Speaking Early Learning Goal

Children express themselves effectively, showing awareness of listeners’ needs. They use past, present and future forms accurately when talking about events that have happened or are to happen in the future. They develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events.

Physical Development

Moving and Handling Early Learning Goal

Children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. They move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. They handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing.

Health and Self Care Early Learning Goal

Children know the importance for good health of physical exercise, and a healthy diet, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe. They manage their own basic hygiene and personal needs successfully, including dressing and going to the toilet independently.


Writing Early Learning Goal:

Children use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds. They also write some irregular common words. They write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others. Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible.

Reading Early Learning Goal

Children read and understand simple sentences. They use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately. They also read some common irregular words. They demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read.


Number Early Learning Goal

Children count reliably with numbers from one to 20, place them in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number. Using quantities and objects, they add and subtract two single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer. They solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing.

Shape, Space and Measure Early Learning Goal

Children use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems. They recognise, create and describe patterns. They explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them.

Understanding the world

People and Communities Early Learning Goal

Children talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members. They know that other children don’t always enjoy the same things, and are sensitive to this. They know about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions.

The World Early Learning Goal

Children know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things. They talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another. They make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes.

Technology Early Learning Goal

Children recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools. They select and use technology for particular purposes.

Expressive arts and design

Exploring and Using Media and Materials Early Learning Goal

Children sing songs, make music and dance, and experiment with ways of changing them. They safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.

Being Imaginative Early Learning Goal

Children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role play and stories.

Worms, worms & worms

WORMS WORMS WORMS EVERYWHERE!!!! After reading our story ‘Superworm’ the children were really excited about going outdoors to find their own worms.  We made a wormery to keep them in and found lots of delicious leaves and vegetables to eat.  We were all really brave and held the worms very carefully.


We have loved looking at the Gruffalo this half term.  We went on a trip to Nell Bank where we went on a Gruffalo hunt. The children spent time pond dipping, Minibeast hunting and took part in a retelling of the story.  We had lots of exciting opportunities in Nursery for the children to explore including different materials to make ‘Gruffalo Crumble’ and we made our own Gruffalo’s cave.

Castles, knights and Princesses

This half term, Nursery have been learning about Castles, knights and Princesses.  A group of children visited the Royal Armouries where we saw lots of knights riding on horses.


We also found a mysterious egg in the playground.  We did not know where it had come from so we made a house to keep it safe and warm.  When the egg hatched we found some footprints.  Some were big and some were small.  To help us try to figure out what creature it could be, we looked at different animal footprints and different types of eggs.  After lots of investigation work we decided it was a DRAGON that had visited our school.

Visit to the Post Office

In nursery we have been learning about the post office and what happens to letters when we post them. We drew our own pictures, put them in envelopes, put a stamp on them and then walked to the post office to post them. We are excited for the day when our letters arrive at our homes.


All about me

Our topic this term was ‘All about me’. We looked at lots of different faces including our own and we learnt about the many emotions our faces can show. We particularly enjoyed drawing self-portraits and working together to create large scale faces. We also got creative using shapes and natural resources.

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How to keep safe

During half term 2 we have been learning about how to keep safe when near a road and how to cross roads safely. We enjoyed practising crossing the road, making our own roads using playdough and different resources and we learnt some new songs about road safety.


My Body

As part of our topic ‘my body’ we have been learning about our senses. We explored different smells, tastes and textures and we even created our own music shakers so we could listen to different sounds.


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