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Our Nursery Curriculum

The Curriculum in Nursery

The school mantra of 'Brave Explorers, Great Thinkers' also applies to the Nursery


We incorporate the seven areas of learning into the early years curriculum, thus ensuring children have a well prepared, inviting, and stimulating environment.   

Staff provide a range of activities to cater for children’s individual interests and development needs, working towards preparing children to join the Reception class as confident and independent learners.


To support each child achieve their best they are assigned a Key Person. They work with the child to give them the confidence and support to try new challenges. We know each child is different and therefore bespoke approaches are employed.


Monitoring your child’s progress


All early years providers are required to meet certain standards set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). One of the requirements is that members of staff use ongoing observations to monitor how your child is developing and then use this information to plan a challenging and enjoyable experience in all areas of their learning and development.


The three PRIME areas are:

  • Personal, Social & Emotional Development involves;
    • helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others;
    • to form positive relationships and develop respect for others;
    • to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings;
    • to understand appropriate behaviour in groups;
    • to have confidence in their own abilities.
  • Physical Development involves:
  • providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive;
  • to develop their co-ordination, control and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
  • Communication and Language involves;
  • giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment;
  • to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves;
  • to speak and listen in a range of situations.


The four SPECIFIC areas are:

  • Literacy Development involves;
  • encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write.
  • Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.
  • Mathematics involves;
  • providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting;
  • understanding and using numbers;
  • calculating simple addition and subtraction problems;
  • to describe shapes, spaces and measures.
  • Understanding the World involves;
  • guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
  • Expressive Arts and Design involves;
  • enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play and design and technology.
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