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This half term our topic is Wheels


Our weekly themes will include trains, buses, diggers and cars. We will look at books such as ‘Fix it duck’ and ‘The Little Red Train’ and our role play areas will be a bus, then a construction site and finally a Chinese restaurant. Outside, we will have a train and then a garage and car wash. For our creative work we will make ‘junk model’ vehicles and investigate tyre rubbings and prints as well as exploring wheeled toys, cogs and water wheels. We will also find out about Chinese New Year and the Buddhist symbol of the Dharma wheel.


At home, you could follow up our wheels work by:



If your child has any specific interests in this topic, please let us know and we will make the most of this. Also, do keep adding your own observations to Tapestry – it’s lovely to share their wider learning experiences of days out, new skills, favourite things etc.


Dates for this half term


Tuesday 5th January – New children start nursery

Wednesday 6th January – First day for children returning to nursery (usual hours)

Date to be confirmed – Phonics meeting on Zoom

8th-11th February – Parent Consultations on Zoom

12th February - Chinese New Year


If you are willing to make a £2.50 per child contribution towards cooking for the Spring term, there will be a pot for donations by the gate. Thanks!


Date Theme

Communication, Language and Literacy & key text

Mathematical Development

Physical, Understanding the World, Expressive Art and Design

Cooking Other



Write name for train carriages

The Train Ride

Colour pattern train

Design a railway track on the computer

Cracker, banana train

Train role play. Tyre rubbing. Transport threading. Cogs & wheels. Thomas train numbers. Golf tee colour patterns.



Use bus role play area. Make stop signs.

The naughty bus

Draw and count people on the bus and Numicon buses.

Paint a bus and play a bus board game

Transport cheese biscuits

Wheels on the bus with instruments. Transport sponge prints,amaps. Slopes experiment.



Personalised number plates

Meg’s Car

Traffic survey – count the cars

Car track prints

Car toast & cucumber wheels

Sew a Buddhist wheel. Number plate bingo. Cars & ramps. Cut & attach split pin car. Number tracks.


Working Vehicles

Fix it duck rhyming words

Fix it duck

Transport shape game and hammer and pin shapes.

Junk model vehicles

Vegetable traffic lights & dip

Construction site role play. Digger tray. Shape magnets. Dump truck counting mats. Shape hunt in woods.


Road safety

Make a driving licence

Susan Laughs

3D shape construction vehicles

Remote control cars

Cheese wheel wrap

Road signs. Magnets. Make up a journey story. Old and new transport. Soft blocks. Circle games. Garage and car wash role play.


Chinese New Year

Chinese banner writing

The Magic Paintbrush

Count and use positional language for Chinese animal race

Make a lucky envelope and Chinese lantern

Noodles & stir-fry

Chinese restaurant role play. Red rice tray with chopsticks. Dragon dance. Dragon unifix patterns


Guidance on adding Tapestry Observations

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