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Autumn 2

People Who Help Us

We would like to welcome all our children back after our half term break. We hope that you have all had a lovely time and that the children are ready to do lots of exciting things.

There is lots to celebrate this half term with Halloween, Bonfire Night and then of course Christmas! The children will also be preparing for our Christmas concert with Reception.

Our learning adventure this half term will be based on ‘People Who Help Us’. The children will be finding out all about the emergency services and will be getting into role of firefighters, police officers, doctors and nurses!

Books we will be reading this half term:

  • Topsy and Tim meet the Police

  • Topsy and Tim meet the Fire Service

  • Topsy and Tim go to the Doctors

This half term we are learning about:

  • How to create firework pictures on a paint program.

  • The story of Guy Fawkes and how we celebrate Bonfire Night.

  • How people celebrate Diwali.

  • How to make Mehndhi patterns and Diva lamps.

  • Drawing a police officer thinking about what a police officer looks like, what uniform and equipment they need and how they help us.

  • Drawing fire engines thinking about what equipment a fire fighter needs and what uniform they wear.

  • Drawing what a doctor or nurse might have in their medical bag and why.

  • What Christmas is and the story of the Nativity

  • How to write letters to Santa

  • What the numbers 1-6 look like and how they can be represented.

You can help at home by:

  • Talking to your child about how you have celebrated Bonfire Night and how they have kept safe during the celebrations.

  • Looking at photos of past family celebrations and talking about them.

  • Helping your child to identify different colours.

  • Helping your child to identify their name and attempt to write it.

  • Helping your child to count objects by putting them in a row, touching and moving each one.

  • Identifying numbers on the phone, on doors or in magazines.

  • Reading a variety of books to your child.

  • Talking about your child’s experiences of going to the doctors, dentist, opticians etc.


Week 1 - Let's Celebrate Bonfire Night

To begin our learning adventure this half term the children were told that Topsy and Tim were very excited about Bonfire Night but had never been before! The children went to a Bonfire Night display to find out what it would be like so that they could reassure them! The children helped to build a huge bonfire in the middle of the classroom and wrapped up warm as the fire was 'lit'. They then enjoyed making patterns with their sparklers, ate chocolate apples and watched the firework display before making firework movements and sounds themselves!


The children then learned all about how Bonfire Night is celebrated and why it is a special celebration each year, They looked at pictures of Guy Fawkes and made their own Guy for a bonfire! The children worked well as a team to make their Guy, stuffing newspaper into some of our clothes and making a face.


The children were particularly excited to make their own chocolate apples for our celebrations as they talked about their own Bonfire Night experiences. They observed the changes that occurred to the chocolate as it melted and were very excited for the chance to take them home at the end of the day! Yummy!
The children went on a firework hunt outside looking for rockets. They thought about what colour each one was and counted them by touching and moving each one.

Week 2 - Diwali

This week the children received a message from Topsy and Tim that they had a friend who celebrated Diwali, but that they didn't know what it was. The children in nursery have been helping them to find out all about Diwali and how it is celebrated.

The children listened to the story of Rama and Sita. They helped Rama to rescue Sita by building a bridge for him to cross so that he could reach her! The children worked together using the large construction blocks in the construction area outside and demonstrated excellent team work!

Week 3 - 999 Police Please!

This week the children found out that Topsy and Tim had been so excited about Diwali that they had lit their own Diva lamps which accidently caused a fire. The children in nursery thought carefully about which people might be able to help them.


They called 999 and asked for the police. The police then came to visit some of the children in nursery! The children learned all about the role of a police officer, the equipment they need to help them to do their jobs and how to keep safe from strangers.


The children then labelled the equipment a police officer. They did some super writing too!


Some children also thought carefully about our number of the week - the number two. They counted out two police officers and stuck them into a police car ready for duty!

Week 4 - Fire! Fire!

This week the children learned all about firefighters and how they help people in the event of a fire. They learned that a fire engine is called a fire appliance and thought carefully about the sound it makes, what colour it is and why it has a flashing light. The children then carefully drew a picture of a fire engine.


The children then had lots of fun acting out the role of fire fighters in our fire station role play area. They shared out the roles of firefighters and people who needed their help. They made up their own fire rescue stories and used various objects as props to help them with their play.


The children then learned all about fire safety and what to do if they hear a fire alarm or they can smell smoke. They practised escaping out of a burning building by crawling as quickly as they could across the building to safety! The children identified which objects in a house can be dangerous and hot and why they should not go near them. Well done nursery!


They then created their own fire pictures using chalks on chalk boards. The children explored how to print out a copy of their picture using the photocopier.


The number of the week was number three this week. The children practised finding the number three numeral, counting out three objects and making it using counters on a tens frame and with numicon. Some children also counted out three firefighters to put into a fire engine too!

Help! Help! Fire! Fire!

Week 5 - Christmas!

It is officially December this week and so this means that nursery are now counting down to Santa coming!


The children have been very excited learning all about the season Winter, wrapping up warm in winter items as they crunched through the snow and listened to a snow blizzard. They thought about how drinking hot chocolate and sitting in front of a fire can keep them warm inside and how they can have lots of fun outside in the snow! The children practised making snowballs and throwing them at each other being careful not to hit anyone in the face!


The children then began to think about the special celebration we have in winter....Christmas! They helped to put up the Christmas tree and individually chose a bauble to hang on one of the branches. The children then made their own tree decorations and paper chains to make the classroom lovely and Christmassy!