At Bannockburn, we believe that children in Nursery learn best by 'doing'. Nursery is part of the Early Years Foundation Stage 9EYFS) and is based on four main principles of the Early Years Profile.


Welcome to all our families as we start the new academic year in Nursery. Using the story, Owl Babies, written by Martin Waddell, the children will be experiencing a variety of learning experiences this first half term.

Communication & Language

What we will do: use puppets to re-enact the story. Talk about our predictions and  talk about our experiences.

You could support by: encouraging dressing up to stimulate imaginative play. Introduce appropriate language and actions for characters whilst playing and/or reading.


What we will do: describing owls and labelling body parts, talk about feelings and what we know about the dark.

You could support by: giving plenty of opportunities to mark make with a wide variety of tools e.g. pen,  pencils, paints, water (outside), chalk.

Personal, Social & Emotional Development

What we will do: play ‘homes’ in our home role play area. Discuss how the owl  feels in the book when he is afraid.

You could support by: talking about when they were babies and look at old photos. Talk about family members and friends.  You can also use this as an opportunity to talk to your child about any fears they have.


What we will do: ordering objects in size from smallest to biggest. Count to 10 and beyond.

You could support by: asking your child to use the words big and small and get them to order everyday things in size order.

Understanding the World

What we will do: use our senses to feel different objects as if it were dark. Use technology to draw owls and other nocturnal animals.

You could support by:  taking your child to local woods/park. Collect natural objects (feather, sticks, bark, leaves) and talk about where these have come from and the changing seasons.

Expressive Arts & Design

What we will do: make owls using different materials and colours. Learn and sing different songs about night and day.

You could support by: playing with your child with small world toys or have fun playing with musical instruments.

Physical Development

What we will do: use dance to move in different ways and develop our pencil grip to improve our mark making skills.

You could support by: playing with play dough or thread dried pasta tubes on string to encourage fine motor skills ready for writing.

Nursery Newsletter - Autumn Term Sept 2017