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Autumn 2 2020

'What colours do we see at this time of year?'



Our topic this half term will be based upon the question “What colours do we see at this time of year?”

We will be using a variety of stories to introduce different parts of this topic, starting with the story ‘The Leaf Man’, where we will be following him on a journey as he blows to different places. “Where will the Leaf Man go? The children’s suggestions will lead this journey.


In our maths activities, during this journey, the children will be sorting leaves and other autumn objects in a variety of ways such as colour, shape and size. Other maths opportunities will take place in our daily number rhyme time and in our outdoor environment in the Mud Kitchen when following recipes such as ‘Sticky Stew.’


In Physical Development, the children will be going into the hall and developing their gross motor skills by joining in with busy feet activities where they follow actions to dance and move in a variety of ways. We will also be continuing to develop our fine motor skills during dough gym and funky fingers during our morning wake up sessions, as well as through activities such as threading, using tweezers, and peg boards. These activities are available daily through continuous provision and support children to develop their fine motor skills needed for writing.


As part of our day to day planned curriculum, children will be taking part in ‘letter and sound' games, where they will be supported in activities which encourage them to hear differences in sounds, describing sounds and developing vocabulary and language comprehension. Further daily activities and opportunities will be driven by children’s interests.


As we approach December this topic will lead on to our Christmas theme “The Gruffalo at Christmas” our role play area will become “Little Brown Mouse’s house” and the children will be able to make decorations and food to help mouse get ready for Christmas. Maths challenges will be set up, for example in construction 'can you help little brown mouse build a house big enough for him to live in?'  We will also be taking part in some creative activities such as making Christmas cards, stained glass windows and lots of decorations to display and brighten up the Cygnets' room for Christmas.










Welcome to Cygnets


We hope that all the children are enjoying their first weeks starting or returning to Cygnets. It has been lovely seeing so many smiley and happy faces.


We have a play-based approach towards learning and every half term we choose a different topic. This half term our theme will be `Marvellous me. ` This will be introduced by sharing the ‘All about me’ books that the children made at home. We will be encouraging them to talk about their families, interests and their home life. This topic will then continue to be supported by small group games and planned activities based around children’s interests to help them become more confident in their new environment.


Our main focus will be learning the rules and routines of pre-school. We will be doing lots of ‘getting to know’ you activities to help the children establish positive relationships. We will help them to settle and learn how to be independent with their belongings and look after the equipment at pre-school.


Our role-play area is set up as a home environment, and we will be encouraging the children to use their imagination to act out scenarios which are familiar to them. In our maths area, we will be introducing colours, shapes and numbers in a variety of child initiated activities. The children’s fine motor skills will be developed in many different ways including, threading, painting, peg boards, etc.


A large amount of our learning also takes place outside where children are encouraged to use their gross motor skills by using bikes, balls and learning to move around in different ways. Children are also encouraged to explore the natural environment and the mud kitchen play seems to be very popular!


During this half term we will be making observations and assessments on the children’s interests and development in order to plan our future curriculum.



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