Autumn term 2021

Personal, Social and Emotional

The children are all very settled at the pre-school. They relate well to each other, play cooperatively throughout the morning and enjoy being independent in their choices. We will continue to promote these attributes as we go through these busy few weeks. To encourage the children to build confidence for their Nativity performance we will be practicing songs and rehearsing throughout the term.

We will continue to use small group to encourage concentration and focus to extend learning opportunities

We continue to help the children to learn how to look after their bodies, manage their personal care (including cleaning their teeth) and eat a healthy diet. There will be a focus on hygiene, washing hands and blowing noses as the colder weather arrives.


There will be opportunities to develop co-ordination, balance and agility both in the garden and in the hall with equipment such as climbing frames and balance beams.

Fine motor skills that require hand to eye co-ordination will be available daily to help the children develop precision in their movements.

We will be using tools such as scissors to make collages as well as a range of resources to be creative with paint and dough.

As the weather gets colder we will be supporting the children as they learn to put on and fasten their coats independently

Throughout this term we will have books related to the theme of winter and Christmas available for the children to look at and have read to them.

Character pieces will be available so that the children can retell stories they are familiar with.

Using games, songs and visual aids we will be promoting an interest in rhyming and rhythm.

The children will be using resources that encourage awareness of letters to help them learn to recognise their names

We will be supporting the children as they learn to play imaginatively in both role play and with small world toys. There will be some some different role plays such as an aquarium, a shoe shop and the three bears house! (from Goldilocks and the three bears)

A wide range of resources such as chalk, collage, paint, clay and dough will be available to encourage drawing and colouring.

There will be a focus on the colours when making Diya lamps for Diwali and firework pictures.

Expressive language will be promoted through sensory play.

We will be using our bodies and scarves to move rhythmically to music.


At the pre-school we encourage back and forth interaction between the children and adults to help develop their language skills and cognitive development.

We encourage turn taking  when speaking and listening to others.

We will read stories and poems, sing songs and talk about the activities available as well as asking questions to stimulate curiosity and encourage exploration

We will be talking to the children about the Seasons and the changes that occur in the winter. There will be activities involving animals that live in the snow and ice.

There will be activities related to cold weather and a focus on weather related songs during week 4.

We will be looking at festivals as we make Diya lamps, firework pictures and Remembrance poppies. Using adult supervised ICT we will be looking at images about festivals on the internet.

We will be talking about the Christmas story as we practice for our Nativity.

We will be learning to count using songs, stories and puzzles as well as practising number recognition using paint and collage resources.

Various resources such as books, games, puzzles and posters will be used to promote interest in 2D shapes.

Greater depth learning will be encouraged by comparing objects by height, width, length and weight by using tape measures and scales.

We will be making 3D models using various construction toys

  • Talk to your children about the week’s theme and help them choose something to bring in for discussion. Please make sure it is named!
  • Talk to your children about the changing seasons
  • Practice counting leaves, conkers and seeds
  • Encourage your child to put their coat on by themselves
  • Help your child to learn to blow their nose independently