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Dear Parents/Carers,


We would like to welcome all the children, parents and carers to Harlyn and we are looking forward to an exciting year ahead.


Child-initiated play

In Nursery, we place great emphasis on learning through play. Within our Nursery there are different areas to encourage different types of play. The play activities link to the topics which we will cover this term. Your child will be exposed to a range of free-play and adult directed activities.



We have a Sound Basket in Nursery and we encourage the children to bring in objects each week that begin with that sound - please ensure the object begins with the correct sound (e.g. for ‘s’ - snake, not ship). Our daily phonics session encourages sound recognition and we practise mark making and letter formation by drawing the letter in the air, in sand, painting or using a pencil.


We will practise name recognition and writing. The children will be able to practise their early literacy skills by mark-making in various ways using pencils, chalk and even fingers in shaving foam, on a variety of surfaces. At this stage please focus on lowercase letters (except at the beginning of their name).


We will develop the children's interest in text by reading to them daily and making a variety of reading material available to them. We will sing songs and action rhymes to help them to consolidate their learning.


Things you can do at home to support your child:

· Help your child practise recognising and writing the letters in their name.

· Mark making and practise letter formation. This could be by drawing the letter in the air, in sand, painting or using a pencil.

· Take your children to the library.

· Share books, discuss the story and characters.

· Help your child to count how many times the sound of the week appears on a page.

· Find objects at home that begin with the sound of the week.



We will develop your child's interest in numbers and shape by providing opportunities to count using a variety of toys and natural items. Children will be encouraged to form numbers on paper or by using play-dough to mould the digits. We will sing many songs and action rhymes involving numbers too. We will also be learning about positional language by playing hide and seek with toys around the classroom.


Things you can do at home to support your child:

· Informally point out numbers around them i.e. on clocks, calculators, remote controls, buses, phones etc.

· Practise number formation in the air, in sand, painting or using a pencil.

· Count steps, coins, family members and places at the dinner table.

· Find shapes in the environment, e.g. on road signs or houses.



This half term our topic will be ‘Nursery Rhymes’.

Week beginning

Sound of the week

We will be learning about…

2nd September


Nursery Previews

6th September


Settling in and begin Nursery Rhymes topic

13th September



Humpty Dumpty

Settling in and getting to know our Nursery

Rules and routines and making friends

Singing and sequencing Humpty Dumpty

Shape printing

20th September



5 Currant Buns


Recognising numbers

Decorating currant buns

Hearing and recognising sounds in name

27th September


Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Making and decorating stars


Hearing and recognising initial sounds

Visiting the library

4th October


Incy Wincy Spider  

Rhyming and sequencing rhyme

Making spider biscuits


Different types of weather

Threading spider webs

Making spiders

11th October



Teddy Bear Teddy Bear

Hearing and writing initial sounds

Repeating patterns

Following instructions to make sandwiches

Decorating teddy bears

Using computer program to make a picture

18th October

School closed for teacher training on Friday 22nd October.


Miss Polly Had a Dolly/5 Little Monkeys

People who help us – doctors and nurses

Counting and recognising numbers

Features of faces


Please send in your child’s book bag on a Wednesday so that we can change their library book and check for any letters. Please also remember to provide a change of clothes in their named PE bag which we will keep at Nursery on their peg. Please also ensure that all of your child’s uniform, book bag and PE bag are named and send in a named water bottle each day.


Please note Nursery is closed for the half term break from Friday 22nd October. Nursery reopens on Monday 1st November.


If you have any questions please feel free to ask any member of the Nursery team or email


Many thanks,

The Nursery Team

Handwriting Ryhmes