Autumn Term 2017


We are so excited to welcome all the new children and parents joining St. Matthews and our Nursery class this year! The children have begun to settle in and we are all looking forward to our learning adventure this year. It is wonderful to see so many children arriving at school with smiles on their faces, because we want every to enjoy being at school – happy children learn best!

During the first half term we will be reading stories such as the Gingerbread Man, Elmer, the Enormous Turnip and Going on a Bear Hunt! Our activities will be largely child initiated, as we encourage the children to become more familiar and comfortable with the classroom and develop special friendships with each other. We will also have daily carpet sessions (including phonics), weekly one-on-one reading and small group activities that are adult-led. The children will also be encouraged to spend time exploring nature in our outdoor classroom; we will even be harvesting vegetables to cook from our own garden! There will be a focus this term on helping the children to learn the classroom routines and rules, such as playing with each other and how to share. Take a look at some of the photographs below to see what we have already been up to during our first weeks of school!

The second half term will focus on the theme “People Who Help Us.” We will explore different occupations such as fire fighters, doctors, nurses, police officers and many more. We will encourage the children to think about the importance of these jobs through various activities, such as helping patients in our ‘surgery’ and creating fire safety posters. We will also learn about different festivals such as Diwali and Guy Fawkes Night, before ending our term by learning about Christmas and different celebrations around the World.

We also hope to have some special visitors throughout the year to help the children about our different topics. We would also love if any family members would like to visit the Nursery to share their own customs, traditions or occupations with the class. Please let one of the teachers know if you would be keen to do this. It would be much appreciated. 

Stay posted and feel free to check DB Primary to see more about the learning adventures the children will embark on throughout this term.

Things to remember


We enjoy taking part in a PE lesson once a week and this term we will be learning to be dancers and athletes. We are very excited to learn how to move creatively, like animals, in a variety of ways and then, as we approach the end of the year, we will be practicing our athletic skills in preparation for Sports Day. Please ensure your child has their PE Kit (with all items clearly labelled) on their peg every Friday and do continue to encourage them to get changed by themselves at home.

Superstar Challenge/ Reading Books

Please continue to complete the weekly Superstar Challenge with your child as this will reinforce what is being learnt in Nursery that week. We also encourage you to contribute any observations or photographs you take with your child which may relate to our topic. We would also love for you to let us know if your child has achieved something special at home, for example, if they have learned how to write their name or ride their bike independently. This can then be shared and celebrated with their peers and teachers. Superstar books should be returned on Wednesday by the latest and a new activity will be handed out each Friday.

The children will also continue to take home a new reading book each week. Please spend 5-10 minutes reading with your child every night and then write a short comment in their reading record. Discuss the book with your child and encourage them to talk about the pictures. Reading books must be returned by Wednesday to ensure that your child’s book will be changed.


In class, we have a daily Read Write Inc. Phonics lesson. We are learning the letter names and sound’s which is helping us to develop our reading and writing skills. Please continue to practise how to say and write these sound’s at home. We are also challenging the children to read and spell simple words, such as ‘sat’ and ‘pin’. They are all becoming so clever!

Stay posted to find out what other exciting learning has been taking place in Nursery this term.