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Southern Road Nursery

Parents information

Summer 1

Topic: Animals


This half term our topic is ‘Animals’ below are some of the core books we will be focusing on during the next 5 weeks


The Early Years Framework consists of 7 learning areas which are:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)
  • Communication and Language (CLL)
  • Physical Development (PD)
  • Literacy
  • Mathematical Development
  • Understanding of the World (UW)
  • Expressive Arts and Design (EAD)

Below is a brief explanation of what your child will be learning in each of the 7 areas and how you can help them at home.


This half term children will be learning to play in a group by playing some group games as well as carrying out some role play.  They will learning to demonstrate friendly behaviour towards others and begin initiate conversation with other adults and peers. Children will be encouraged to be independent and carry out activities that interest them and will be encouraged to talk about it with others.  

Communication, Language and Literacy

In this area children will learn how to ask questions using the question words ‘Who’, ‘What’, ‘Where’ as well as understand ‘Why’ and ‘How’ questions. .  

Physical Development

In this area children will learn how to throw and catch a large ball. Draw circles and lines using different materials, use scissors to make snips and copy some letters and numbers.

They will also be encourage to dress themselves  and begin to understand the importance of healthy eating.


In this area children will learn how to enjoy and take part in some rhyming activities.  They will be encouraged to join in stories and poems.  This half term there will be an emphasis on children making marks and talking about what they have written.


Children will learn how to count to 10 and identify how many objects in a group.  They will be learning about some mathematical language such as ‘more’ and ‘a lot’.  Begin to understand the meaning of positional language and how to use it accurately in play situations.  Children will also begin to talk about everyday shapes and talk about where they see them in our environment.    

Understanding the World

Children will learn about some of the things they observe in their environment such as plants, animals.  They will be encouraged to talk about how things work and how they change as well as show care and concern for living things in the environment.

Expressive Arts and Design.

Children will learn to imitate movements in response to music. Explore how sounds can be changed. They will also learn how to describe the different textures of objects.   


Please encourage your child to say ‘Good morning /afternoon’ when they are greeted at the front gate and to say goodbye when they leave.  It is important that your child feels confident to talk to all adults around the Nursery.


It is very important that your child attends nursery every day, if they are unable to attend due to an appointment, please ensure that you let us know.

Keeping Safe

Please ensure that when you come out of the nursery building, you hold your child’s hand.  This will avoid children running out of the gate on their own down the street or into the road.

Parent’s contribution

If your child does a piece of work or says something amazing at home, please can you share this with the class teacher. You can even give us some writing, photos or anything that your child does at home. Please encourage your child to be as independent as possible, e.g.: putting their coats on themselves, trying to dress themselves, putting on and taking off their coats independently

Can you please also label all of your child’s clothing and bring in a spare pair of clothes.  Thank You

As the weather is getting warm please bring in a water bottle and a sun hat for your child.

We would also like to thank all parents who are contributing £1.00 every week, children are really enjoying the equipment we buy and the cooking we carry out.  

Some Rhymes to sing with your children.