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Welcome to Scotland Class!

Our Learning in the Autumn Term


Personal, Social and Emotional Development

This term the children will be adapting to a new routine and separating from their parents so we will be embedding our new class rules: - being ready to learn, being kind and staying safe in the classroom, whilst making friends and having lots of fun. As the term progresses we will be learning more about each other and our emotions, listening to stories about separation from parents such as 'Owl Babies' by Martin Waddell and exploring our emotions and what makes us feel happy and sad.


Physical Development

The children have free access to the outside playground for most of the day, which includes lots of opportunities for developing their running, hopping, skipping, jumping and balancing skills with monkey ropes and climbing frames and we constantly change the provision so they will also have access to scooters, bikes, balls and hula hoops at different times. 


Communication and Language

We have story sessions every day and lots of singing too so the children develop their listening skills and can enjoy joining in with refrains and familiar phrases in stories. The children have access to a role play area and lots of ‘small world’ activities to encourage their imaginative play and language skills.



We will focus on one core book every few weeks (starting with 'Owl Babies') and give the children lots of opportunities to become familiar with the story so that they can develop the confidence to retell the story in their own words or act it out/ bring the story into their play. We will be using puppets and props to help encourage them to do this and they will also have access to a stage, which is coming soon to Early Years! We will also provide lots of opportunities for mark making and early writing throughout Nursery:- from chalk on pavement or blackboard tables, to making marks with sticks in mud or fingers in sand, as well as pens and pencils. Early phonics teaching will begin in the nursery and further information can be found in the Letters and Sounds document.

Letters and Sounds



There will be lots of counting activities for the children to play with and we count every day as part of our circle routine to help the children develop confident one to one counting. Numbers are always part of the environment and we have big gel numbers, Numicon and other numbers for the children to play with. As we interact with them in their play they will develop their number recognition. We will also be looking at shape and learning the shape names and looking at patterns.


Understanding the World

We will be encouraging the children to talk about them and their families as we get to know them better. We will also be spending a lot of time outdoors and playing with natural objects like leaves, acorns and conkers which will help develop the children’s understanding of the world around them and the changing seasons as autumn progresses.


Expressive Art and Design

In Nursery we have a wet creative area for activities like sponge painting and a dry creative area for activities like junk modelling or experimenting with playdoh. The children will be encouraged to use their imaginations to explore and create whatever they want to. We are also developing a new music area outside with musical instruments for the children to experiment with rhythm and sound and the children will be developing a repertoire of songs and dances to enjoy together. 

Development Matters - Non-statutory curriculum guidance for the early years foundation stage