BerkswichCE Primary School

Achieve, Believe and Care

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Autumn One





During the autumn term the children will be developing their personal, social and emotional skills by discovering things about themselves and others. The children will be learning to;


  • play with others developing good relationships
  • talk about their families 
  • adapt to new rules and routines
  • develop sustained listening
  • develop independent self help skills 
  • draw and paint themselves observing what is unique about them
  • learn about their five senses to help them explore the world around them

Rules and Routines


Autumn One is a time when we establish rules and routines.  We learn rules and routines so that the nursery is a happy and safe space to learn in. At the beginning of each session we use the visual timetable so that the children are aware of what activities are going on throughout the session. The children become familiar with the routines and they can refer to the timetable displayed in nursery to help understand what is happening next in the day. 

Being Independent

In Nursery the children are encouraged to be independent. When they arrive they find their name and hang it on the 'self- registration' tree. They learn to hang up their coats and put their snacks, water bottles and lunch bags in the designated place. They are encouraged to help tidy up at the end of each session so that they learn to be responsible for the classroom and its resources. They are taught to manage their self help skills by washing and drying hands, using the toilet independently and putting shoes and socks on and off. 




During this half term we will be using Phase One of the Letters and Sounds Phonic scheme.  Phase One concentrates on developing children's speaking and listening skills getting them attuned to the sounds around them. This includes being able to discriminate sounds in the environment and making sounds with musical instruments. We will be teaching these skills through active learning.





During this half term we will be finding out what the children know about numbers. They will be learning to recite numbers in order and count objects, claps and jumps. They will be exposed to numbers in the environment and have the opportunity to use numbers in their play. 




Funky Fingers

Funky Fingers is a series of fun activities which build up their upper body strength (gross motor skills) and finger/hand strength (fine motor skills). These activities include threading, using pegs and manipulating playdough. This helps to develop skills to use one handed tools such as scissors, pencils and paint brushes.