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Autumn 2020

Welcome to Mill Mead and welcome to Nursery! 

As you might expect, the first half term in Nursery will focus on the children's well being, making sure that they settle in to their routines and to school life. 

The children will mainly learn through play and exploration and we will use this to create in the moment opportunities to move their learning forward. Every morning in Nursery, children will receive a teacher input focussing on Phonics, Mathematics or Personal, Social and Emotional learning. 

This term in phonics we will be starting with Letters and Sounds phase 1 where children learn to hear and distinguish different sounds including rhyming words and initial letters. This will progress on to Phase Two later in the term when children will learn the letters S A T P I N. 

In Mathematics we will be focussing on numbers one to ten, learning to identify the corresponding digits and really understanding what each number represents. We will also look at 2D shapes and their properties. 

We follow a PSED scheme called "Jigsaw" which helps children begin to identify and manage their emotions, in addition this term we will also be helping the children with any worries they have relating to the COVID 19 pandemic.

Autumn Term is one of our favourites as well as the glorious season of Autumn, we have many festivals and events that provide exciting learning opportunities such as Harvest Festival, Halloween, Diwali, Bonfire Night, Remembrance Sunday and of course Christmas. 

Don't forget to look on Tapestry and Twitter to see all we get up to! 

Best Wishes 

Miss Gavaghan and Mrs Martin 



In Nursery, we focus on developing children’s abilities across all 7 of the areas of learning:


  • Physical Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Literacy
  • Maths
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design


Equally importantly, we work with children to help them develop the characteristics of effective learning:


  • Playing and Exploring – do they investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’?
  • Active Learning – do they concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements?
  • Creating and Thinking Critically – do they have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things?


Resources and Support


I have included links to a few documents below. What To Expect, When? is really useful. It gives ideas for how to support your child's learning across the seven areas of development. Nursery children are typically working within the 30-50 or 40-60 month age bands (pages 20-31) so that's where you'll find guidance on typical child development and ideas to help you support your child.


The 30-50 and 40-60 mth early years outcomes documents detail the broad range of skills that we will be working towards in each area of learning. Children all develop at different rates and this document can be used as a guide to support the individual child’s development pathway.


Letters and Sounds Phase One Introduction is the starting point for phonics in nursery. Phonics is interwoven into our daily routine as much as possible. The children will not be aware that they are being taught it or even what phonics means just yet. This document was written as guidance for teachers so contains lots of jargon and information but if you skip past the first section to the activities it is packed full of ideas for games that you can play with your child. These can be built into daily life at home as they are at school rather than being taught in a more formal way.


There are also links to some brilliant books and websites that you can use at home.


Above all else learning in nursery should be FUN! And the more you can build activities into every day life the more your child will be engaged and therefore actively learning.


Please do keep checking back for updates, and follow us on Twitter if you aren't yet doing so - this will give you an excellent insight to all of the exciting activities that Nursery and the rest of the school get up to.


Kind Regards,


Miss Gavaghan



Reception intake 2021: If you would like to request a virtual meeting with the Headteacher, please contact the office. Our video tour can be viewed on our 'About Us' section.