A welcome message from the class teacher:

Welcome to Nursery! My name is Mrs Bell and on behalf of myself and the Nursery team I would like to welcome all the new children to their first year at Smawthorne Henry Moore! This is my fifth year of teaching in Nursery at Smawthorne Henry Moore and each year I love the prospect of seeing the children develop and flourish in our indoor and outdoor environment. I have three young children of my own so know how important it is as parent to drop off your child in a safe, caring and nurturing environment and that is what we strive for in Nursery.

Throughout the year we aim to provide hands on learning opportunities for the children in Nursery. We will have a number of visitors to support our learning including PCSO’s and firefighters, Prickly Edge Hedgehog Rescue and the Schools Library Service. We will visit our local area including a walk up to the ‘Wheel of Light’ and spend time exploring the main school playgrounds. We have themed days to introduce new topics and consolidate learning. Our aim is to provide the children with opportunities and experiences in the Nursery they will never forget #TheSmawthorneExperience









Autumn 1:

Autumn 1 - All About Me

Our first topic is “All about me” which is a fantastic opportunity for our staff to get to know the children. We use the topic to cover all areas of the EYFS as well as using the children’s interests to engage them in their learning. As part of the “All about me” topic the children paint a self portrait, make a family picture, talk about what makes them the same and different from their friends and use their senses to taste fruit. As we move into October, we begin to look for signs of Autumn and celebrate the change of season with an ‘Autumn Day’ where we go on an Autumn walk, do Autumn crafts and enjoy a visit from some real hedgehogs.


Autumn 2:

Autumn 2 – Colour and Light

In Autumn 2 we move onto Colour and Light. We make firework pictures and investigate what happens when colours are mixed. We use the story of ‘Owl Babies’ to learn about light and dark and continue to investigate the world around us by recognising the changes outdoors and we move into Winter. When December arrives our focus turns to Christmas! We make Christmas cards, sing Christmas songs and enjoy a Christmas party to end a busy first term!



Spring 1:

Spring 1 – Grand Designs

Our topic Grand Designs, begins with the story of ‘The 3 Little Pigs’. We think about the best material to build the houses and why some houses are made from other materials. We look at our local area of Castleford and at landmarks which the children may recognise. We celebrate Chinese New Year by making lanterns and eating Chinese food.

Spring 2:

Spring 2 – Grow, Grow, Growing

Our topic in Spring 2 begins with the story of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’. We have our own Nursery caterpillars which we observe daily as they change into butterflies, another real life #TheSmawthorneExperience. We begin to look for signs of Spring and plant our own sunflower seeds for the children to take home. The term ends with a week of Easter celebrations with egg decorating, egg rolling, Easter singing and an Easter ‘Inspire’ day.


Summer 1:

Summer 1- When I grow up…..

The topic looks at different careers and jobs that are familiar to the children. We find about the different jobs that people do in school, at home and in the local community. We look at the role of the police, fire service and hospital staff in our ‘People who help us’ focus week. We share our dreams and wishes for the future and draw a picture of what we want to be when we grow up!

Summer 2:

Summer 2 – Holidays and Transport

Our final topic of the year explores the season of Summer and we share our memories and experiences of going on holiday. We enjoy sunny days in our outdoor area engaging in water play, construction and our mud kitchen. We explore modes of transport and begin out transition activities for the children moving up to Reception.