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 McGibbon

Learning Assistants: Mrs Earl, Mrs Lutchman and Mrs Calvert

This term:

This term our STEAM focus is Maths, we will be answering the question ‘Can you develop the ability to express preferences which can be collected and expressed through a simple chart create?’ We will be showcasing our favourite vegetables using block charts and pictograms, printing with fruit and veg and celebrating harvest through songs. 

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


  • Children to recognise different representations of amounts. 

  • Children to use the language more, a lot.  

  • Children to recite key number names link to the data they have produced.  

  • Children to count blocks linked to their data e.g. one block, two blocks for how many children like bananas.  

  • Children to use number names in a meaningful context e.g. 3 children like apples.  

  • Children to begin to mark make their data e.g. pictures of the fruit, a mark per person  

Understanding the world

  • Plants/crops and trees give us food 

  • Some vegetables grow above ground and some grow below ground (muddy) 

  • Fruit and vegetables need to be washed before eating 

  • Some fruits and vegetables have seeds, stone, core, peel, skin that we don’t eat, we must not eat mouldy foods 

People and Communities

Children will explore the following areas:

  • What fruits/vegetables do I have in my house ?

  • What fruit/vegetables do I like to eat?  

  • What fruit/vegetables do my family eat?  

  • We all like/dislike different things and that’s ok,  

  • A farmer works on a farm, looks after animals & grows food 

Expressive Arts and Design: exploring media and materials

  • Learning traditional harvest songs  

  • Children to repeat key phrases/ chorus  

  • Children to do simple printing using blocks, objects, fruit and vegetables.  

  • Children to create representations of what they are observing through creative media.  

  • Children to recognise common primary colours and the secondary colours green, purple and orange. Children to use a paint brush effectively.  



We will begin our work on ‘Talk through stories’ this term, which provides the opportunity for children to really explore key texts, understand the principle of the story, learn new vocabulary and explore new characters. Each week we will focus on one key text which the children will become very familiar with.  

Our literacy key texts for this will be: 

  • The Enormous Turnip 

  • Farmer Duck 

  • Apple Pigs 

  • Each Peach, Pear, Plum 

  • Rosie’s Walk 


Reading and Phonics

It is crucial for children to develop a life-long love of reading. Reading consists of two dimensions: language comprehension and word reading. Language comprehension (necessary for both reading and writing) starts from birth. It only develops when adults talk with children about the world around them and the books (stories and non-fiction) they read with them, and enjoy rhymes, poems and songs together.

At Aureus Primary School, we follow the Read Write Inc phonics scheme to teach your children the knowledge they need to become confident readers and, eventually, confident writers. Formal phonics teaching begins in Nursery after Easter for children who will be beginning Reception next year. At this stage of the year, our focus will be on sound discrimination and developing phonological awareness in our everyday lives.


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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