The Russell School

Welcome to Nursery

Welcome to Nursery Presentation


  • Mrs Ball - Teacher

  • Miss Roumier - Teaching Assistant


Routines (after the children have settled):

  • Daily Wake and Shake or Disco dough finger gym
  • Weekly focus story book
  • 3 Adult led Maths activities
  • 3 Adult led Phonics activities
  • 1 Adult led Personal, Social and Emotional Development activity
  • Daily Expressive Art and Design, Physical Development and Understanding of the World opportunities during child initiated play
  • Daily end of the day story time
  • Weekly Show and Tell-A rota with your child’s Show and Tell date and further information will be emailed to you shortly

Homework and Support at Home

  • Encourage your child to develop independence when going to the toilet by pulling their own trousers and pants down, as well as pulling them up by themselves
  • Work with your child to wipe themselves when using the toilet, as well as flushing the toilet
  • Spend time showing your child how to wash their hands with soap and water
  • Encourage your child to put on their own cardigan or coat using the flip method, which we use in Nursery. Click link for an example
  • Help your child to become independent when putting on their own shoes. We always recommend that they have Velcro if possible
  • Lots of play dough and malleable play is very important at this age to help strengthen the muscles in their hands and fingers. In Nursery we have started Disco Dough finger gym with the children, see an example of a video we follow, all you need is a small ball of play dough!
  • Support your child to hold their pen/pencil using a tri-pod grip(if they are ready)
  • You can also support your child with the marks that they make, showing them how to draw circles and lines, as well as giving meaning to the marks that they make
  • It is helpful to have a pair of child sized scissors for crafting and cutting activities. Cutting up play dough is also an excellent way to build on their fine motor skills. They may need support on how to hold them too, a double handed pair of scissors is a great starting point
  • Practise counting and recognising shapes and numbers in and around the home
  • Before any phonics can begin children need to be secure and confident listeners. Sound board books, sound lotto games and listening walks are all great ways to further support the work we do with them in Nursery
  • Help them to recognise their name- focus on the letters within their name, using the letter name and the letter sound
  • Finally, once the children have settled we will begin Show and Tell, which will focus on their speaking and listening skills. To help your child, encourage them to pick a favourite toy and stand up and talk about it to you (the audience). If they are a little reluctant you could do a Show and Tell for them or give them prompts, such as, ‘what is it made out of?’, ‘what does it do?’, ‘how does it move?’, ‘where did you get it from?’ or ‘why do you like it?’

Special Events and Celebrations

  • Rosh Hashanah
  • Harvest Festival
  • Bonfire Night
  • Diwali
  • Hanukkah
  • Christmas

 Curriculum Overview

This term our overarching theme is ‘Where in the World’. This theme will especially support the children’s progress in the Prime areas of Communication & Language, Physical Development and Personal, Social & Emotional Development. In order to get to know the children and observe how they adapt to their new environment we will firstly focus on a more specific topic of ‘All about me’. During this topic the children will be given adult led opportunities to explore and discuss:

  • Family
  • Babies
  • Home
  • Feelings
  • Senses
  • Being healthy
  • Helping others & people who help us

After half term we will move onto the topic of ‘Festivals & Celebrations’ where the children will have the opportunity to share their own experiences of birthdays, religious festivals and other family traditions. They will also learn about festivals and celebrations from different religions and groups in society.

Time will be spent reinforcing the expectations and boundaries set by the Early Years staff, the daily routine and how to use the equipment safely and effectively. We will also focus on developing integral personal, social and emotional skills such as sharing, taking turns and dealing with issues in an appropriate manner.

Both topics will also give opportunity for us to learn from as well as learn more about each family in Nursery and we would welcome any skills, hobbies or religious celebrations that you feel may be of interest to the children. For example,

  • Are you celebrating a religious festival with your family that you feel the children could learn about?
  • Do you speak a different language?
  • Would you like to share a traditional dish with the children?
  • Can you sew, or play a musical instrument or play a sport?
  • Are you a doctor, vet, police officer, nurse, optician, dentist, fire fighter or paramedic to support with our ‘people who help us’ focus?

In our adult led Phonics sessions we will be using Phase 1 of the 'Letters and Sounds' scheme of work. The children will be learning about general sound discrimination within the environment and the activities they participate in will help children:

  • listen attentively
  • enlarge their vocabulary
  • speak confidently to adults and other children

To develop these skills, we will go on listening walks inside and outside the classroom, play sound lotto games and explore instruments and how to change the sounds we make. For children who are ready, we will firstly explore the letters in their name and begin early letter sound recognition.

In adult led Maths activities children will sing songs and rhymes which focus on using their hands and fingers to count. The children will focus on number recognition, number formation and counting out and grouping amounts. They will also explore 2D shapes, pattern and be encouraged to use mathematical language to explain size and position.

Finally there will also be an abundance of Child Initiated play both inside and outside of the classroom, where the children will have the opportunity to explore the vast array of resources that the Early Years setting has. The activities made available to them will be based on their interests as well as their learning styles and needs.

Although we have outlined two topics for this term under our overarching theme of ‘Where in the World’, we are very much led by the children and wish to be led by the children’s interests. This means we may change what we do, however, this will be communicated with you.