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The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum

In Nursery we follow the EYFS framework, focusing on seven areas of learning. Nursery children will engage in learning opportunities linked to these areas of learning:

Prime Areas

  • Communication and Language

  • Physical Development

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development


Specific Areas

  • Literacy

  • Maths

  • Understanding the World

  • Expressive Arts and Design


A day in the life of a Nursery child…

Each day Nursery children will have access to indoor and outdoor provision where they can explore, play, communicate with each other, take risks and develop into confident and resilient learners. 

The children will play and learn in a wide range of areas including role-play, construction, painting, Maths, Writing, Computing, playdough, funky fingers and many, many more. 

Children are provided with waterproof clothing and resources so that they can access the outdoor provision in any weather. Each child should bring their own named pair of wellies from home and we kindly ask that these can remain in school the entire 


Autumn Term

In the Autumn term we begin with the topic of ‘I wonder… what is special?  

During this topic we will look at a wide range of stories and texts including ‘Boris Starts School,’ by Carrie Weston and ‘The Littlest Yak’ by Lu Fraser.

Our initial Autumn topics will enable children to share information about themselves and special things e.g. families and friends, our homes, local environment etc. They will also explore a variety of different celebrations including Halloween, Bonfire Night, Diwali and Christmas.


Spring Term

During the Spring term we introduce 2 shorter topics -‘I wonder… how it moves?’ followed by ‘I wonder…what makes a noise?’ 

The children will continue to be introduced to a variety of books including ‘The Magic Train Ride,’ by Sally Crabtree and ‘What the Ladybird Heard,’ by Julia Donaldson.


In the Spring term, Nursery children will learn about journeys, transport and people who help us along with a range of music-themed activities incorporating festivals, singing, dancing, exploring sounds, noises in the environment and body percussion.


Summer Term

The Summer term sees Nursery explore the world outdoors with ‘I wonder…what grows?’ and ‘I wonder… what goes splish, splash, splosh?’

Learning will be centred around texts such as ‘Into the blue,’ by Nicola Davies; ‘Pirates Love Underpants,’ by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort and some more Julia Donaldson with ‘What the Ladybird Did Next.’ 


Successful Transition is a very important part of the Early Years, so in the Summer term we will work with the children to support their transition to Reception through the topics ‘I wonder…what changes?’ where we  will focus on understanding and regulating our feelings and emotions and enhancing our Growth Mindset to embrace new situations and settings. 



Homework will be sent to parents via email. This will be a fun, play-based task linked to whatever your child is doing in Nursery at the time and will be centred around your child’s needs and interests.


PE Days

Nursery children will have an additional, discrete Physical Development session each week. This will take place on a Friday. The children are not required to wear PE kits for these sessions and will participate while wearing their uniforms. 


Reading and Phonics

Children will select a library book each week to take home to read for pleasure. They will also access daily ‘Bug Club Phonics’ songs and activities in class to underpin and reinforce Phase 1 phonics. 



In Nursery we strive to develop positive and productive relationships  with parents. We use Tapestry to share ‘WOW’ moments and activities that the children engage with during their time with us. We also love to see what the children have been doing at home, so we ask parents to share anything that the children have been doing through photographs, videos or even just little comments. Each week we take some time to share these with the rest of the class, the children are always so proud!

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