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 back from the half term break; we hope you had a pleasant and restful time. This term our topic is ‘Animals’, with a focus on the well-known story, ‘The Gruffalo’ by Julia Donaldson.

Communication & Language

What we will do:

  • Use puppets to re-enact the story of the ‘The Gruffalo’.
  • Talk about our favourite animals and explain why we like them.



What we will do:

  • Describing and comparing different animals.
  • Reading a range of animal books.


Personal, Social & Emotional Development

What we will do:

  • Talk about the emotions of each animal in the book.
  • Think about why we feel certain ways and who impacts on our feelings.
  • Discuss families and who baby animals live with.


Understanding the World

What we will do:

  • Look at the features of the animals in the book.
  • Think about where the animals live and who they live with.


Expressive Arts & Design

What we will do:

  • Use various resources to create jumbo sized animals.
  • Explore how adding different textures changes how things look and feel.


Physical Development

What we will do:

  • Prepare food items for our own ‘Gruffalo Crumble’.
  • Practise forming letters using mark making tools.



What we will do:

  • Group objects in different ways and compare them.
  • Play hide and seek and use positional language to say where our friends were hiding.


Please click below to see the latest version of the Nursery newsletter and curriculum topic overview

Nursery Newsletter - Autumn Term 2 - October 2019

Nursery Topic Overview - Autumn Term 1 - September 2019