Claremont Primary and Nursery School

A Brighter Future for Everyone

Literacy - Writing and Reading

In nursery before we focus on writing and reading we make sure your child has the foundations for learning firmly in place by focusing on the 3 Prime Areas. This means we support your child firstly with:

  • Settling in so that your child feels safe and confident to explore our setting.
  • Turn taking and playing kindly with friends.
  • Being able to listen and concentrate for short periods of time.
  • Following instructions.
  • Being able to use the toilet independently.
  • Move around safely.
  • Communication skills.

This then gives us the base to build up your child's learning.


Hello Parents/ Carers,


In this section you will find the reading and writing objectives we would have been covering in nursery this term and next term.  There are suggested activities you could do at home, however, these objectives are covered in our weekly planning so there is no need to do extra at home.


It is important to note that these objectives are used to guide our learning, however, we understand that each child will develop at their own rates in their own time.





For reading we have already covered the sounds s,a,t,p,i,n,m,d,g,o,c,k,e,u,r,h,b during our '5 things of the week' videos.


The next sounds will be moving on to are f,l,j,v,w,x,y,z. We always spend one week learning only one sound so that the children fully understand:

  • What sound the letter makes
  • Being able to hear that sound in words
  • How the letter is formed by skywriting it in the air with our fingers. We do not write the letters on paper yet our focus is being able to hear the sound


These sounds will all be revisited in Bear and Lion Class in September smiley.


For writing we always spend a lot of time on developing your child's fine motor skills and making marks before before starting letter formation. You can find some ideas below with how to support your child with this at home.

Crocodile Snap Pencil Grasp Childrens Song

Please encourage your child to hold their pencil in a pincer grip or you can tell them to hold it like a crocodile snapping his jaws!

Writing and Reading 30-50 months (for children moving up to reception in September)

Writing and Reading - 22-36 months (for children who are staying in nursery for another year)