Theme of the week

Week commencing Theme Letter/Number Pre-School PLUS (afternoon sessions)
w/c 4 Sept Getting to know you A / 1 / Blue Personal, Social & Emotional Development (PSED)
w/c 11 Sept Getting to know you B / 2 / Red Communication & Language (C&L)
w/c 18 Sept Getting to know you C / 3 / Yellow Literacy (L)
w/c 25 Sept Getting to know you D / 4 / Green Mathematics (MD)
w/c 2 Oct Autumn E / 5 / Orange Understanding the World (UTW)
w/c 9 Oct  Autumn F / 6 / Pink Expressive Arts & Design (EAD)
w/c 16 Oct  Autumn G / 7 / White PE with Staff (PD)


“Getting to know you”

PSED will be our focussed Early Learning Goal for the first four weeks as we get to know the children and they get to know us and each other. The new children will soon discover how to become part of a team, how to make friends and find out which activities they enjoy participating in. Our established ‘Pre-schoolers’ will enjoy helping the new children to feel welcome and they will no doubt feel very grown up as they show the younger group what to do during the sessions.

The main ELGs for this topic will be:

PSED – Personal, Social and Emotional Development – Making relationships
• Interested in others’ play and starting to join in
• Seeks out others to share experiences
• Demonstrates friendly behaviour, initiating conversations and forming good relationships with peers and familiar adults

PSED – Personal, Social and Emotional Development – Self-confidence and Self-Awareness
• Separates from main carer with support and encouragement from a familiar adult
• Expresses own preferences and interests
• Can select and use activities and resources with help
• Welcomes and values praise for what they have done
• Enjoys responsibility of carrying out small tasks

C&L – Communication and Language – Listening and attention
• Listens to others one to one or in small groups, when conversation interests them
• Listens to stories with increasing attention and recall
• Joins in with repeated refrains and anticipates key events and phrases in rhymes and stories
• Focusing attention – still listen or do, but can shift own attention

C&L – Communication and Language –Understanding
• Understands more complex sentences
• Understands ‘who’, ‘what’, ‘where’ in simple questions
• Developing understanding of simple concepts (e.g. big/little)


Week five until the end of the half term will focus on our beautiful British Autumn. We will look at the seasonal changes, make collections of natural objects such as leaves, conkers and acorns and study nature in our outdoor areas. This year the mixed weather has meant that there is going to be an abundance of berries, conkers, acorns and fruit. We will have plenty of natural resources to look at and to talk about! We will also investigate why some animals hibernate and find out about how other creatures keep warm and safe during the colder months.

The main ELG for this topic will be:

UTW – Understanding the World : The World
• Notices detailed features of objects in their environment
• Comments and asks questions about aspects of their familiar world such as the place where they live or the natural world
• Can talk about some of the things they have observed such as plants, animals, natural and found objects
• Talks about why things happen and how things work
• Developing an understanding of growth, decay and changes over time
• Shows care and concern for living things and the environment
• Looks closely at similarities, differences, patterns and change