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Nursery Spring Overview of teaching and learning.

Personal, Social and Emotional development



Initiates play, offering cues to peers to join them.

Keeps play going by responding to what others are saying or doing.

Is more outgoing towards unfamiliar people and more confident in new social situations.

Confident to talk to other children when playing, and will communicate freely about own home and community.

Aware of own feelings, and knows that some actions and words can hurt others’ feelings.

Can usually tolerate delay when needs are not immediately met, and understands wishes may not always be met.

Communication and language


Listening to stories with increasing attention.

Joins in with repeated refrains and anticipates key events and phrases in rhymes and stories.

Beginning to use and understand prepositions, e.g. in, on, under, in front, behind, etc.

Ask questions β€œwho, what, when, why, how”

Uses talk to pretend that and object stands for something else.

Uses talk to connect ideas, explain what is happening and anticipate what might happen next, recall and relive past experiences.

Physical development


Gross motor (larger movements) such as:

Running with control and direction

Jumping with two feet together

Hopping, Balance, Throwing, Catching, Climbing

Developing core stability through yoga and stretches.

Fine motor control (small movements) such as:

Holds pencil between thumb and two fingers, no longer using whole-hand grasp.

Uses one-handed tools and equipment, e.g. makes snips in paper with child scissors.

Personal skills such as dressing, managing personal hygiene and toileting.


Enjoys rhyming and rhythmic activities

Listens to and joins in stories, poems and repeated refrains and phrases in rhymes and stories.

Beginning to be aware of the way stories are structured.

Suggests how the story might end.

Listens to stories with increasing attention.

Recognise own name, familiar signs and logos.

Sometimes gives meaning to marks as they draw and paint. Ascribes meanings to marks that they see in different places.


Shows an interest in numerals in the environment.

Beginning to represent numbers using fingers, marks on paper or pictures.

Sometimes matches numeral and quantity correctly.

Compares two groups of objects, saying when they have the same number.

Shows an interest in shape and space by playing with shapes or making arrangements with objects.

Shows awareness of similarities of shape in the environment.

Shows interest in shape by sustaining construction activity or by talking about shapes or arrangements.

Beginning naming shapes

Understanding the world

ICT: naming parts of a computer

Mouse control

Clicking icons

Use different types of ICT

Shows an interest in the lives of people who are familiar to them.

Recognises and describes special times or events for family or friends.

Looking after our environment.

Shows interest in different occupations and ways of life.

Make comments about what they see, hear, smell, touch and taste

Talks about why things happen and how things work.

Developing an understanding of growth, decay and changes over time.

Find out how things work

Talk about their lives and what is important.

Recall special times and events.

Expressive art and design

Mixing colours

Model making using different joining techniques

Taps out simple repeated rhythms

Sings a few familiar sounds.

Understands that they can use lines to enclose a space, and then begin to use these shapes to represent objects.

Beginning to be interested in and describe the texture of things.

Uses various construction materials.

Role play.

Topics and books throughout the Spring term will include: Kippers toy box, Harry and his bucket full of dinosaurs, People who help us, mother’s day (mother’s day assembly).

Any interests you child has please inform a member of the nursery team and we will incorporate this into our plans.

Don’t forget to send in work and photographs for your child’s learning journal.