GLF Schools

GLF Schools

GLF Schools was founded in 2012 in order to enable the federation of Glyn School (an academy in 2011) and Danetree Junior School. Together, we began our journey to become a MAT of more than 1000 talented staff working with over 10,000 children in 40 schools across 5 regions in southern England.

Nursery - Darwin Class

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Darwin Class

Class teacher: Miss Dalby

Learning Assistants: Mrs Earl, Mrs Lutchman and Mrs Balsamino

This term:

his term we will continue to build on prior knowledge and skills in Maths, Literacy, Understanding the world and Expressive arts and Design. At Nursery age, it is important for children to have regular opportunities to revisit what we have already learned in order to deepen our understanding and ready ourselves for new learning content.


By the end of the term, we hope that children will become more confident at the following:


  • Beginning to be aware of the way stories are structured and telling our own stories.
  • Talking about principal characters and events in the stories they listen to.
  • Recognising familiar words and signs, such as own name.
  • Making up stories, play scenarios, and drawings in responses to experiences.
  • Beginning to understand that words are made up of sounds
  • Beginning to recognise letters and their letter sounds.


  • Recognising and creating a symmetrical pattern
  • Counting objects with accuracy and make comparisons
  • Subitising (say the number without counting) groups up to 5
  • Comparing size using mathematical language such as shorter, shortest, longer, longest

Understanding the world

  • Understanding that living things change over time
  • Understanding that Living things can look very different after they have changed
  • Understanding some changes can be seen – others can’t
  • Understanding Non-living things stay the same

Expressive Arts and Design: exploring media and materials

  • Creating Butterfly artwork, exploring elements of pattern
  • Creating observational drawings of living and non-living things
  • Using a variety of tools to create art with different media.





Our love for reading continues to grow!

This term we will be introducing the Read Write Inc (RWI) speed sounds. The children will be learning to recognise individual letter sounds and to write the letter shape by learning a simple rhyme, for example, ‘down the tower and across the tower’ for the letter ‘t’. 

The letter sounds we will be learning over this term are as follows:

  • Week one – m,a,s
  • Week two – d,t,i
  • Week three- n,p,g
  • Week four- o,c,k
  • Week five- u,b,f

Helpful tips and guides will be posted on Class Dojo regularly to support learning at home.


Talk through stories

Our talk through story sessions continue to be a hit with Nursery. We love exploring new texts and really getting to grips with the story line, identifying the problem and the solutions and becoming familiar with the key characters within the story. This term we will be reading:

  • Dogger by Shirley Hughes
  • Sonya’s Chickens by Phoebe Wahl 
  • Gecko’s Echo by Lucy Rowland
  • The Giant Jam Sandwich by John V Lord and Janet Burroway



Below you can find a useful document including activities to help you support your Nursery child's speaking and listening skills.


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