Current topic – Michael Rosen Stories and Easter

This half term we are learning all about some of the stories that Michael Rosen has written. We are also learning about Easter and how it is celebrated.

We learned the words to We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by heart and performed it to the whole school on World Book Day. We also prepared our very own teddy bears picnic by making yummy sandwiches. We have made bear caves using large and small construction, enjoying stacking them vertically and horizontally.

To begin our Easter celebrations we made pancakes to mark Strove Tuesday, using the knives carefully to spread jam and honey. The honey was very runny and we discussed to textures of the different toppings we used.

This term we will be reading:

In Nursery we plan teaching learning activities based on the development matters document, which is split into prime and specific areas of learning.

Prime Areas

Personal, Social and Emotional:

You can help at home by talking about how your child’s actions make you feel. For example, you make me happy when you help tidy your toys.

Communication and Language:

You can help at home by asking your child questions as you share stories e.g I wonder who is behind the door? Where did the cat go? How did they get there, I wonder?

Give your child plenty of time to answer; it can take children longer to process a question and think of an answer.

Physical Development:

You can help at home by playing chase games and ball games. After running around ask your child to find their heartbeat with their hand. Is it beating fast and strong?

Talk about carrying objects carefully and being safe.

Specific Areas


Talk about the illustrations in books e.g. look for details in a picture such as a squirrel in a tree.

Discuss what the character is like e.g. good, happy, doing the wrong thing, such as Goldilocks entering the three bears house.


You can help at home by counting and using your fingers to show a number.

Look at and talk about shapes e.g. this ball is round and small. The leaf is pointy.

Understanding of the World

When you are out and about, talk about the weather or the changes to the trees in Spring after Winter.

If you are fixing something explain in simple terms how it works e.g. it needs batteries.

Expressive, Art and Design:

Nursery - Home Learning/Support

Here are some suggestions about how you can help your child at home:

1.Talking and listening

It seems very obvious, but at this stage one of the best things you can do for your child’s learning is to spend time talking together. They are constantly learning new words and will be exploring ways to build sentences and put words together through trial and error. Encourage eye contact and back-and-forth conversation. Get them talking about the toys they are playing with. Ask them for their opinion about things – what is their favourite piece of equipment to play on in the park and why? Chat together about what you need to buy from the shop and encourage them to help you find items.

Why not try baking together? This is a fun way to learn to follow instructions and to chat together about what you are doing. Have fun making gingerbread by following the recipe below:

2.Read, read, read

Time spent reading together brings so many benefits to your child – and you! Through reading, your child will hear lots of words that they might not be as likely to come across in everyday conversation. They will also develop their listening skills and develop their understanding of how stories work. Rhythm and rhyme are so important for early language development and, luckily, there are masses of wonderful books available. Encourage your child to talk about the pictures, or to make predictions about what will happen next.

For more advice and ideas, take a look at this blog on using storytelling to develop reading and writing skills.

There's no reason reading should be limited to stories, either – why not encourage your child to recognise and read print when you are out shopping, on the bus or at the park?

Read these tips to help your child get ready to read.

3.Songs and rhymes

Have lots of fun singing songs and nursery rhymes together. Don’t worry about how good your singing voice is! Singing songs and saying rhymes can help your child to develop early language skills.

Have fun with numbers by singing counting songs, such as 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 … Once I caught a fish alive. Other songs such as Ten Green Bottles or Three Little Frogs progress in reverse order, which can be especially helpful when young children start thinking about adding and taking away.

Using the link below find lots of animations of some of the best-known traditional nursery rhymes, with music that your children will love! They're an ideal resource to support a range of Early Years objectives, whether used in a nursery, reception class, or at home.

4.Numbers on the go

Point out the numbers you see when you are out and about and encourage your child to do the same. Look for bus numbers, prices and house numbers. When shopping, ask your child to select the number of apples or bananas you need – they’re helping you out, and learning at the same time.

Numberblocks, is a pre-school BBC television series aimed at introducing children to early number. Find a link below to Numberblocks episodes on BBC iPlayer:

The resources linked below are designed to assist Early Years (and also Year 1) practitioners to confidently move on from a Numberblocks episode, helping children to bring the numbers and ideas to life in the world around them.

5.Dressing up

Dressing up and role play are great opportunities for talking and listening and for imaginative play. On a practical level, a fun dressing up session can help your child to practise getting themselves dressed. You can fit in a sneaky bit of training with those tricky zips, armholes and buttons.

Please check our curriculum page for more information about what we will be learning