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Southern Road Nursery

Parents information


Topic: Light and Dark



This half term our topic is ‘Light and Dark’  below are the core books we will be focusing in on during the next 6 weeks


The Early Years Framework consist 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.


Children will begin to play in groups and do role play based on what they are reading.  They will be given an opportunity to gain independence in selecting what activities and resources they need. They will learn about how some actions may have consequences. We will have a class bear that goes home with children who follow our golden rules we learn at school.

At home you can encourage children to participate in house rules and know the importance of them.


Children will learn to listen to others in a group and initiate conversation when it interests them.  They will be listening to a variety of stories and rhymes, while doing so they  will be encouraged to point to some familiar words, some action words  and share some thoughts about the book.

At home read to your child as much as you can and talk to your child about the story you have read with them. Encourage them to talk about their day and talk about yours too, help your child to listen and respond.


Children will be encouraged to hold a pencil correctly and imitate drawing lines and circles using the hand they feel confident in.  Children will also be encouraged to put on and take off their coats independently and do their zip on their own too.

At home you can encourage your child to dress and undress independently.


Children will be encouraged to mark make and give small explanations on what it means.  They will also learn some rhymes and how to make a rhyming string. They will also be working on their listening skills. We will go on a listening walk around the school and discuss the different sounds they can hear.

At home children can be encouraged to mark make where ever possible, eg: writing a shopping list with you, writing their name, writing cards on occasions. Also as you are out and about, listen to sounds all around you. Can your child hear a car, a police car a bike?


Children will learn how to use number in all play activities, they are also learning to recite numbers to 10.  They will learning to count objects to 10. We will also be comparing the sizes of different objects using the language, “smaller” and “bigger”.

At home count objects, count cars on the way home, show children numbers in the environment. You can also compare the size of objects that you have at home.


Children will explore light and dark and learn what happens when it gets dark and what happens when it gets light.  We will be talking about the different celebrations that will be happening during this term such as Diwali, Bonfire night and Christmas.

At home, talk to your child about what you are doing in the daytime and at night time. What can you see in the sky at night? You can also discuss what you do on special occasions.


Children will learn a few familiar songs such as Twinkle, twinkle little star, Ten in the bed and the Fireworks song.  They will begin to move to music and make sounds using different instruments.

At home sing some rhymes suggested in this booklet.


It is very important that your child attends nursery everyday. If they are unable to attend due to an appointment, please ensure that you let the office 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 or on Tapestry. You can even give us some writing, photos or anything that your child does at home.

Can you please also label all of your child’s clothing and bring a spare pair of clothes. It would also be nice if parents can contribute £1 or 50p each week to the nursery, this could mean we can buy ingredients for cooking and messy play activities

 Thank You

Some Rhymes to sing with your children.