Nursery

In Nursery we follow The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum, using the Early Years Outcome to plan for, and track, children’s progress.

The curriculum is in two parts;

  • Areas of Learning and Development
  • Characteristics of Effective Learning

Areas of Learning and Development are divided into;

  • Prime Areas
    • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
    • Physical Development
    • Communication and Language
  • Specific Areas
    • Literacy
    • Mathematics
    • Understanding the World
    • Expressive Arts and Design

Characteristics of Effective Learning consist of;

  • Playing and Exploring
    • Finding out and exploring
    • Playing with what they know
    • Being willing to have a go
  • Active Learning
    • Being involved and concentrating
    • Keep trying
    • Enjoying achieving what they set out to do
  • Creating and Thinking Critically
    • Have their own ideas
    • Making links
    • Choosing ways to do things

Children are offered a mix of self-directed learning, small group work and directed teacher-lead activity; all children’s individual learning needs are accounted for, using differentiated learning opportunities throughout planned and opportune learning experiences.

We also follow a creative curriculum to introduce topics, themes and predictable interests to our learning, while offering flexibility to follow children’s own interests.

Our predictable interests for this year are as follows;

Term Predictable interest Stories for talking
Autumn 1 Why do people love me so much?Autumn Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Autumn 2 AutumnColours

Celebrations

The Enormous Turnip
Spring 1 WinterNursery Rhymes The Ginger Bread Man
Spring 2 Are Eggs Alive?Spring Dora’s Eggs
Summer 1 People at Work Washing Line
Summer Can I explore it?  Walking in the Jungle

 We also teach Phonics using Letters and Sounds, phases 1 and 2. When children are ready we start the ‘Read Write Inc.’ program that is used throughout Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 at our school.

We track children’s learning using the ‘Ages and Stages’ in The Early Years Outcome to ensure children are making good progress while they are with us at nursery. We welcome and encourage parents and carers to help us do this by sharing children’s learning out of school using informal chats and sharing ‘Happy and Proud’ moments.

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