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This half term our topic is………

People who help us


Our weekly themes include people who help us at home and at nursery, emergency and medical services and Superheroes. At home, you could follow up our topic work by:


  • Reading stories about people who help us – such as ‘Ouch! I need a plaster’ by Nick Sharratt, ‘Zog’ and ‘Superworm’ by Julia Donaldson and ‘Full, full, full of love’ by Trish Cooke. Also, look in the library for non-fiction books on this topic.
  • Letting your child help you in the home with simple tasks, such as cleaning the car or sorting out the washing.
  • Looking out for ‘helpful’ people in the community when you are out and about – such as police officers, refuse collectors and librarians. Talk about the jobs that they do and ways in which people in your family help others.
  • Talking to your child about the signs that indicate people who help us, such as special badges and the flashing lights on an ambulance or police car.
  • Playing imaginative games together, taking on the roles of people who help us, such as a post office game or doctors.


We are hoping to arrange some visits of parents/grandparents who fit into our ‘people who help us’ topic – please let us know if you’d be willing to come into Nursery for 5 minutes at drop off time to talk about your work…thanks! Perhaps you could show a uniform or equipment or say how you help others? Also, let us know if your child has a special interest in any area connected to this topic e.g. loves Fireman Sam, pretends to be a Doctor/Police Officer, interested in plumbing or mechanics, fascinated by rubbish trucks!


Nursery start of term…..


Thursday 2nd & Friday 3rd September– Nursery Home visits – no children in nursery.

Monday 6th September – Children who have already attended Woodside back to nursery for their usual a.m. and p.m. hours from this date onwards.

Tuesday 7th September – New nursery children with siblings attend 8:50-11

Wednesday 8th – All new nursery children attend 8:50-11

Thursday 9th - New nursery children attend 8:50-11:50

Friday 10th - New nursery children attend 8:50-11:50

Monday 13th onwards – All nursery children to attend for their agreed pattern of hours.


What is nursery doing this half term?      People who help us



Small Group work


Communication, Language and Literacy

Mathematical Development

Understanding the World, Physical Development and Expressive Arts & Design



Welcome to nursery

Talk about themselves and write their name

Daily routines bingo

Draw their face


Introduce nursey routines, People who help us puzzles and dressing up, parachute games nature colour hunt.


People who help us at home

Read and discuss ‘My Mum and Dad make me laugh’

Pairing socks

Design patterned socks on board

Gingerbread people

Family trees, bath the dolls & clean the play houses, ‘paint’ the fence, stilts.


People who help us at school

Environmental sound game

‘People who help us’ board game/occupational misfits

Take & match photos around the school

Rock cakes

Introduce people in school, paint school logo, throwing beanbags, soft blocks. Locate school on map.


People who help us to keep healthy

Make Dr badges

Match plaster sizes

Set up hospital role play

Fruit salad

Make wind chimes, Teeth brushing paint activity, dentist dough set, visit from medical professional.



Who can help Andy?

Teddy challenges

Sew a police badge

Toast police cars

Fingerprints, Autumn walk & collage, police role play, 5 senses, use magnifying glasses to find names.



Fire fighter role play and mark making

5 little firefighters

Paint a fire engine, cut out the ladder

Fire jam tarts

Great fire of London, use hoses, firefighter playsets, Fireman Sam shape game, fire colour paintings,



Superworm rhyming words

Superhero number matching

Superhero adventure

Cheese straw Super-worms

Rescue play figures from ice, Superhero symbols and costumes, find the letter ‘s’, superhero den, Batman size and colour match.


Guidance on adding Tapestry Observations

Here are some photos taken during our 'flight' topic in Summer, 2 2021

Photos of our 'Growing Topic', Summer 1, 2021

Spring 2, 2021 - Here are some photos from our shops topic...

Here are some photos taken during our 'Wheels' topic in January-February 2021

Here are some photos taken during our 'Night' topic in the second half of the Autumn term 2020

Here are some photos taken during our 'Colours' topic in the first half of the Autumn term 2020

Here are photos of our Seaside topic in the second half of summer term in nursery and through home learning.

Here are some of out home learning photos taken during our 'Water' topic in Summer 1, 2020.

Here are some photos from Spring Term 2020

Here are some of our nursery children dressed up for book day on 6th March 2020. They looked amazing.

Here are some photos taken during our 'Food' topic in January-February 2020