Garrett Lane, Tyldesley, Greater Manchester, M29 7EY


Garrett Hall Primary School

Dream and Believe, Learn and Achieve...


Our Autumn term topics in 2021-22 for Nursery are...

Autumn 1

This is Me


Autumn 2


Celebrations - Christmas

                    To view our theme web for Autumn 1 term please click here

To view our theme web for Autumn 2 term please click here

Physical Development

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Physical development is a Prime Area in the Early Learning Goals.  The children always have access to areas and resources to develop their fine and gross motor skills every day. 

Fine Motor:

We have a funky fingers challenge area and a fine motor skills area. Children are encouraged to have a go at the various activities to develop their fine motor throughout the day.

Gross Motor:

We  currently have a hall slot for a focused PE time on Tuesday morning and Friday afternoon.  

The sticky kids CD helps children move creatively to music developing control and co-ordination. We use this during our PE time.

We will also engage in activities involving ball skills and controlling an object eg a bean bag over the term. We use the outdoor environment to develop their movement and balancing skills.


Learning Outdoors

Learning outside the classroom supports the development of healthy and active lifestyles by offering children opportunities for physical activity, freedom and movement, and promoting a sense of well-being.

Learning in our outdoor area gives our children contact with the natural world and offers them experiences that are unique to outdoors, such as direct contact with the weather and the seasons.

Outdoor play also supports children’s problem-solving skills and nurtures their creativity, as well as providing rich opportunities for their developing imagination, inventiveness and resourcefulness.

By using our outside classroom, we regularly see the enjoyment, and sense of wonder and excitement that is generated when children engage with the outdoor environment.


Literacy - Reading and Writing 

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 Reading has a high priority throughout the Nursery Unit with books in all areas of provision inside and outside to support learning.  Children are read a wide range books daily to promote the love of reading. Throughout the year the children will engage in rhyming activities and listen to a wide range of rhymes and songs.  Early reading skills are taught daily through sharing stories to develop vocabulary and knowledge about book handling skills.   We use story mapping and story sacks to encourage story telling and to develop their language. 

It is vital that children develop their gross and fine motor skills and demonstrate increasing control before they can hold a pencil correctly.  There are lots of opportunities in the nursery environment both indoors and outdoors to develop these skills and the children are encourage to use a variety of one handed tools to help develop a firm pencil grip.

Children will begin to give meaning to their marks and eventually write some recognisable  letters. During letters and sounds they will be taught how to distinguish between initial sounds and link letters to the correct sound.



Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating
simple addition and subtraction problems; and to
describe shapes, spaces, and measure.  There are opportunities throughout the continuous provision for children to develop their mathematical skills.


Understanding the world

 Children learn about their environment and explore using all their senses and talk about what they see. They are taught how to care for living things through practical activities. Children are encouraged to learn about their family and community.  They are taught about different occupations and how those jobs fit into the community.  They are encourage to develop positive attitudes towards people and learn that we are all different. 


Expressive Arts and Design

This involves enabling children to explore and play
with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.

The Nursery Team


Miss G. Hanrahan


Teaching Assistants:

Mrs k Hughes

Miss C  Lane/Miss A Wright

The Nursery hours we offer are....

30 hours  - Monday to Friday 9.00 - 3.00 pm


15 hours part time, consisting of:

Monday, Tuesday all day and Wednesday morning

Wednesday afternoon, Thursday, Friday all day

For further details of Nursery admissions and hours provided please click here

Letters and Sounds

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In Nursery we follow the Letters and Sounds programme to teach reading and writing.  Each daily session follows a set format in which children practice their previous phonic knowledge. The sessions are practical with lots of games to develop children's speaking and  listening skills, knowledge of rhyme, alliteration and oral blending/segmenting. 

In the Autumn term the main focus is listening to and distinguishing between sounds around the environment. Throughout the term the children will experience many activities linked to developing their rhyming skills. For example, .hearing and singing rhymes, playing rhyming games and listening to the sounds at the beginning of words.

All activities are linked to  phase 1 aspects 1-4 letters and sounds.

Some useful websites:

Youtube - there are lots of programmes which encourage singing along to rhymes and counting songs. for pre school children. 

Phonics (phase 1) Aspects 1-4 - Rhyming games


Autumn Events

Autumn 1

The Three Little Pigs - we should get a visit from the pigs and discover they are up to mischief!!

Towards the end of the term we will encourage the children to go on an autumn finds hunt.

Tasting different root vegetables linked to harvest

Autumn 2

A rocket will land from the moon with a bear in it!!

Christmas Celebrations - the children will have the opportunity to to dress up and sing Christmas songs.

Learning Journeys

In Nursery we use Seesaw as our learning journey.

We also use floor books to show the work we have been doing about our topic and key events that we celebrate over the year. The Learning Journey displayed in our cloakroom shows the progress children make from Autumn to the Summer Term .


Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum

Click on the links below for more information:


EYFS Information for Parents/carers

Parent/carers guide to the Early Learning Goals 

Activities to try at home



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Please can you encourage your child to:

  • Put on their own coat
  • Tidy up their toys
  • Recognise their first name

Please share stories with your child regularly at home and sing songs. This is vital for early reading skills and language development


Autumn 2 (once a week)

News/Show and Tell -  The children will be encouraged to tell  their friends  some news from home or bring something in to show to their group.   You may want to upload a picture on seesaw to remind them about something that has happened at home eg birthday party, day out, new pet. This activity helps build vital speaking and listening skills.

Pick and Mix Homework (Activity sheet) I will send this out in Autumn 2. The activities link to the themes we are doing in nursery to develop important skills linked to the EYFS curriculum.

Thank You



In  the Early Years we use the seesaw app to observe children within their play and evidence their learning.  Seesaw enables us record in photograph and video the play based learning for each individual child. We also use our professional knowledge and have regular discussions to talk about the children, their interests and next steps in their learning.  We share this learning with home and actively encourage home 'wow' moments to be shared with us. 

Please use the QR code to sign up and send parental observations. Your observations are important and used to gather evidence when assessing where your child is up to and their next steps.

 Communication and Language

Listening, Attention and Understanding

Children are taught how to develop their listening skills during small group activities. They will begin to listen to stories and join in with songs and rhymes. Children are encouraged to  recall what happens  in the story to develop their understanding. They will eventually be able to understand a 2 part question or instruction.


The children are encourage to verbalise their needs to develop their speaking skills. They will begin to speak more clearly in sentences and start to use connectives. They will develop a wider vocabulary throughout the year as they listen to stories and engage in a  range of activities relating to our topics and their interests.


Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Building Relationships

Children will learn how to make friends and interact their peers. Throughout the year they build relationships by learning how to share, take turns and talk to each other to resolve conflict. They also learn how to talk about their feelings during our small group sessions and use the feelings area to help them discuss how they are feeling. We use stories to help the children understand their own feelings and how others might be feeling.

Self Regulation

Children will begin to regulate their behaviour by understanding their own feelings and how others feel. They are taught how our rules and routines keep everyone safe and therefore begin to follow the rules independently.

Managing Self

Children will learn to have basic hygiene skills and manage their own clothes eg toileting unaided, zip coats. They are taught about making healthy food choices and the importance of toothbrushing. 

Children will become more confident in new situations and be able to talk about their home and community.