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Leiston Primary School

Panda Ants - Mrs Miller

Hello and welcome to the Nursery's Ladybird Class. I am Mrs Miller the class teacher, our teaching team also includes Miss Chatten-Berry and Mrs Hawkins. The children will get the opportunity to work with all the members of the team, who will lead activities and support the children throughout the day.


Please click on the link below to find out a little bit more about me.


Welcome to our final term of the school year. We have been very impressed with how well the children have all settled back into our routines and how keen they are to learn. There has been a real interest in transport and vehicles from everyone so we have been carefully planning lots of different enhancements for the learning environment to link with this. Already the children have explored how to sail a boat and learnt the words 'Float' and 'Sink' and have made a car wash to clean all our bikes and trikes! 


This term we will be learning lots of new words to add to our word wall. Watch this space for the words the children might be using in their speech. 


In Mathematics will be learning to apply our counting skills now, and understand the concept that when you add two groups of objects together the amount will change. 


In Literacy we will be learning to write our name. Each week we will be sharing a story that links to our topic, the focus will be beginning to understand the way stories are structured and talk about main characters and events in these stories. 


As part of the transport topic we will be looking at how things work, what happens and why. There will be a look at the emergency services and how some vehicles are used to help us. 


We will continue to develop our social skills and take turns and share in play and conversation with our peers. 

Welcome to the spring term in Nursery. 


Our topic will be the BIG BAD WOLF!

  • We will be learning to listen to stories. 
  • We will be leanring to describe the main character in a story. 
  • We will be reading different fariytales and seeing if they have any of the same characters. 
  • We will be learning facts about animals. 
  • We will be learning to retell stories. 
  • We will be learning to make our own stories.
  • We will be learning to count groups of objects. 
  • We will be learning to say numbers in order. 
  • We will be learning to use our imagination to make props for stories. 



We made our own counting games to play.

We have made some houses for the 3 little pigs.

We have been making the number '4' with items we found at home.

In  Autumn 2  we will be exploring “Colours” exploring colour and how these can be changed. 


  • We will look at colours in the environment and go for colour hunts.

  • We will look at the colours used in different festivals 

    • We we discover what Diwalli is and how other children celebrate it. 

    • We will create firework pictures using a range of colours. 

  • We will explore how to change colours by mixing them together. 

  • We will talk about what we see happening.

  • We will sort objects into same colour groups. 

  • We will learn who Kandinsky is and create our own circle pictures. 

Here, our class page will be updated regularly throughout each term, so please be sure to check often for any updates, information or photographs of our learning.


Key information about the school week:



Please share stories every day at home with your child/ children. Reading every day exposes children to a wider variety of stories and texts and  helps them develop their vocabulary.  Reading rhyming stories and the oral retelling of Nursery rhymes has the added bonus of helping children to identify rhyme which is a key skill when they come to read and write words independently.  So please read, read, read as often as you can! Also, and just as important, talk about what you have read together.  This will help your child to understand the story and its features.  Questions you could ask include: 

  • Where does the story take place?

  • What is happening in the picture?

  • Who are the characters in the story?

  • How is the character feeling?

  • What do you think will happen next?

  • What happened in the story?

  • How does the story make you feel?



Personal belongings, spare clothes and water bottles:

Please ensure that all children's belongings are named so that any misplaced items can be returned to your child. Please ensure that your child has a clearly labelled water bottle. Your child will have free flow access to the outdoor area so we ask that your child has appropriate clothing for the weather (coats in the winter and hats in the summer). We also ask that your child leaves any toys at home. 


Teaching and Learning:

In the Early Years Foundation Stage, there are 7 areas of learning:

  • Communication and language

  • Physical development

  • Personal, social and emotional development

  • Literacy

  • Mathematics

  • Understanding the world

  • Expressive arts and design

The prime areas are in bold and are the areas considered fundamental. Please see the  Development Matters in the link below for more information:


Teaching and learning is through a mixture of adult focus and child led learning  throughout the day.  We will have a daily counting session and then a range of activities which are wherever possible, based on our topic or theme. 


Through a variety of activities we will give children the opportunity to develop communication skills encouraging children to listen and comment on things they see and explain what they are doing.  We will help develop pre-writing and fine motor skills through activities that develop hand -eye coordination and hand strength such as working with playdough, painting, using different construction materials and cutting. 

Children are encouraged to develop their own learning through play and Continuous provision activities. We plan the environment carefully to ensure that the provision provides challenge and meets the needs of your child. There will be invitations for learning, set up by adults and linked to the topic, but your child will also have have the ability to direct their own play. Playful adults will play alongside your child, introducing new language, providing challenge and making online assessments.