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How do I get about? Autumn term

How do I get about?

Our big question this term is 'How do I get about?' 

We are sure that nursery will love learning about lots of different types of vehicles and ways to get about! It provides so many opportunities for learning. 


Week 1 – Home visits and preschool starting

Week 2 – Settling in new children. Rank by the end of the week.

Week 3 – Observations of high levels of well-being and involvement

Week 4 – Observations of medium levels of well-being and involvement

Week 5 – Observations of low levels of well-being and involvement

Week 6 – How do I get about? (writing structure week 1 exploring our key book) 

Week 7 – Why are the wheels on the bus round? (writing structure week 2) 

Week 8 - Could Rory the race car travel on the tracks? Could Thomas the Tank Engine travel on the road?

Week 9 – What different types of emergency vehicles are there? (Maths week)

Week 10 – How can we get across the sea?

Week 11 – How can we travel in the sky? 

Week 12 – Ask the big question, reflect on the topic, fantastic finish.


Our key vocabulary is...

Car, train, bus, motorbike, bike, trick, lorry, aeroplane, boat, ship, wheels, round, roll, track, choo choo, carriage, passengers, driver, conductor, tickets, wings, sky, clouds, road, sea, ocean, straight, up, down, around, roundabout, traffic lights, bridge, airport, bus station, garage, car wash, train station

Our special book is...  We all go travelling by



Communication and language

To name key modes of transport using the correct vocabulary. 

To be able to group different modes of transport together. 

To listen to vehicle sounds and identify them.

To make vehicle sounds with my voice.

To answer simple questions linked to my experiences of transport


Physical development

Travel like a variety of vehicles.

Use tricycles and balance bikes.

Push large wheels/paint wheels/small cars.

To make large scale circles with a variety of media and material.

To understand simple road safety rules.

To run and travel safely. To stop and start running e.g. through playing stop and go games.

To make snips with scissors into paper.


Personal, social and emotional skills

Sharing experiences and personal photographs of using different transport. 

Discuss my favourite mode transport. 

Discuss holidays the children have been on.




Vehicle books and identifying the vehicles in the illustrations.

Listening to stories and joining in with repeated parts. 

Drawing and painting a variety of vehicles and give meaning to them.

Mark making in a range of contexts e.g. tickets and maps.



Measure how far cars travel using non-standard measurements. 

Recognise a circle and why it is good as a wheel.

Begin to talk about the properties of shapes.

Sort objects into groups. 

Explore number through marks eg, a line for a car in a car park.

Talk about the sizes of different vehicles.


Understanding of the world

Talk about familiar people

Understand how things move

Know what a passport is. 

Sort vehicles that travel on the road, sky, tracks and water. 

Make vehicles move e.g. pull back trains and cars.

Handle real maps and look at features, for example we will be looking at google maps to find special places, like school and home. 

Match emergency vehicles and their drivers.

Understand how the police, doctors and firefighters help us.


Expressive arts and design

Build wheeled vehicles with construction kits. 

Begin acting out key parts from familiar texts

Look at the artist Kadinsky and create circular themed art in a similar style.

Create ramps for vehicles to travel on. 

Sing a variety of transport songs.


Additionally, there are also lots of celebrations in the Autumn term we will also take time to explore these special times and learn more about different cultures and events!