Acorn - Nursery

Welcome to Nursery at Christ Church School.  Here is some information for the class.

Teaching Staff

Class Teachers:

Mrs A McGinley (Mon-Weds)

Favourite book: The Monster Bed by Jeanne Willis

Mrs S Smoke (Thurs & Fri)

Favourite book: The BFG by Roald Dahl

Support Staff:

Miss P Blake

Mrs M Gideon

Favourite book: Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Monntgomery


Outdoor play happens every day.

Please remember to have a spare set of clothes at the school in case your child needs a change.



Autumn 1

Topic question: Who lives in my house?

Through this challenge, children will feel valued and will be more confident to talk about the people and the places that they know.

Reading: Do you Want to Be My Friend? by Eric Carle, 

Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Robert Southey

Autumn 2

Topic question: Where does the day go at night?

This is a good challenge to get children into the habit of hearing lots of questions. They need to be exposed to ‘I wonder’ and ‘What would happen if’ questions and to be encouraged to ask their own questions and make their own links. It is also a good challenge to initiate deeper discussion at home and to start to listen to each other’s ideas and opinions.

Reading: Time to Get Up by Gill Mclean


Spring 1

Topic question: Which colours make you feel happy or sad?

This is primarily focused on children starting to understand feelings and that other children might have different feelings. It is useful to talk to children about the links that they make between characters, stories, songs and the way they make us feel.

ReadingThe Mixed Up Chameleon by Eric Carle

Elmer the Elephant by David McKee

Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Eric Carle

Spring 2

Topic question: What would you find at the farm?

This could be a very new concept for a lot of children and links well to the use of land, where food comes from, new life (and harvest). 

ReadingEmma’s Lamb by Kim Lewis

Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins


Summer 1

Topic question: Who goes to the Ugly Bug Ball?

This can be a very exciting challenge as children start to use their imagination and exploration skills. They can also look at healthy eating, change in the environment and seasonal changes. Children can become scientists finding homes for creatures and considering where creatures might go in different types of weather. There can be lots of dressing up and re-enacting stories, songs and dance as well as music.

ReadingThere was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Pam Adams

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Mad About Minibeasts by Giles Andreaa

Summer 2

Topic question: What can I do with water?

This challenge allows children to explore water, looking at the language of mathematics, using a variety of high quality texts and exploring planting and growing. They can also have lots of fun with soap flakes, bubbles and other textures to improve strength and dexterity.

ReadingThe Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson

Mr Gumpy’s Outing by John Burningham

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