St Martin & St Mary Church ofEngland Primary School


Welcome toSt Martin & St Mary Church ofEngland Primary School


Autumn Term 2019


We have welcomed 15 new children into Nursery this term and they are settling in well. Our older children have matured so much over the summer holidays and they are good at showing the younger children what to do. 

After the new children have settled in, we introduce our weekly themes –


People who help us – a new theme for us this term

We provide lots of activities such as rescue boats in the water, emergency services dressing up clothes, stick puppets and our lovely new Let’s Pretend ‘Emergency’ role play area. We also look at lots of books about ‘People Who Help Us’. The interactive whiteboards are used to show videos about emergency services.


Mind, body & Soul - 

This week, the whole school are having a special theme ‘Mind, Body & Soul’. In Nursery, we will be exploring this theme through a range of activities such as going on a sensory walk, painting feelings faces on paper plates, planting flowers, taking part in yoga and exploring textures, tastes and smells. We will also be sharing the story of ‘Mindful Monkey, Happy Panda’ and creating a display about this with the children.


Enchanted – 

This week is a fun week where there are costumes to wear, castles and figures in the small world area, books, colouring and sparkly play dough. Our role play area becomes a magical forest and we make magic wands and bake fairy cakes.


Number –

All our activities focus on number and we concentrate on numbers 1 – 20. There are opportunities to play number games with an adult in a small group; print with numbers; join in with singing number rhymes; have a go at number jigsaws; use number mats on the carpet and have a go at writing numbers on whiteboards.


Shapes –

We put out lots of activities involving shapes; magnetic shapes; 2 and 3D shapes in the tuff spot; playing shape games, shape jigsaws, making pictures using shapes, cutting out 2D shapes and using shapes to make a house.  


Colours –

Everything in nursery focuses on colours – colour songs on the whiteboards; playing colour games, coloured water and playdough; making parrots with coloured feathers; colour mixing and using coloured pegs to explore patterns. 


Autumn & Diwali –

We think about autumn using information books and videos. Our ‘Tuff’ spot contains Signs of Autumn from outside. We put out Autumn coloured paint or chalks. We also think about the Indian festival of Diwali through stories and activities such as making Rangoli patterns using sand or sequins, colouring in pictures and making lamps using clay. The children’s creations are then displayed in our Festivals and Celebrations area along with information books and photographs all about Diwali.


Traditional stories – themed over 3 weeks

We read the story of Little Red Riding Hood and the children can then listen to, and re tell the story using puppets and figurines. There are pictures to color in, mats in the play dough and games to play. 

Again, we tell the story of the 3 Little Pigs and we watch it on the whiteboard and the children can then listen to and tell the story themselves using figurines. Straw, sticks and bricks are in the water tray and the same in the sand. The children can build their own little pig houses in the construction area and make them out of boxes in the creative area. We also encourage the children to cut out, colour in and sequence the story with the help of an adult

The story of the 3 Billy Goats Gruff we put in the listening area, including figurines for the children to retell the story. They can have a go at making bridges for the goats to cross, colour in pictures and use the puppets to tell the story 

These stories enable us to talk about ‘stranger/danger’, which includes a visit from our community police officers.


Christmas -

The term ends, of course with Christmas and we love Christmas in nursery! We introduce the Christmas story to the children and write letters to Father Christmas. The classroom turns in to a wonderful, colourful environment and the children make cards, calendars and decorations so Nursery looks lovely and festive! Our displays change and we take lots of photographs, so parents know exactly what their children have been busy doing! Parents are invited to a ‘Come and play’ week where they can see what their children have been doing and are entertained with the children’s singing and we finish the term with a Nursery party.


Please also find our Nursery Newsletter for your information