Nursery Curriculum

Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right. Good parenting and high quality early learning together provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.



The EYFS seeks to provide:


  • quality and consistency in all early years settings, so that every child makes good progress and no child gets left behind
  • a secure foundation through planning for the learning and development of each individual child, and assessing and reviewing what they have learned regularly
  • partnership working between practitioners and with parents and/or carers
  • equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice, ensuring that every child is included and supported


Four guiding principles should shape practice in early years settings. These are:


  • every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured
  • children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships
  • children learn and develop well in enabling environments with teaching and support from adults, who respond to their individual interests and needs and help them to build their learning over time. Children benefit from a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers. (See “the characteristics of effective teaching and learning” at paragraph 1.15)
  • importance of learning and development. Children develop and learn at different rates. The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).


Curriculum Documents


Unit Overview 2020 Early adopters

EYFS Policy 2020

Development Matters Statements Nursery and Pre 3

Development Matters – Prime Areas progression

Development Matters – Specific Areas progression

Development Matters Statements Nurseryand Pre 3

Early Learning Goals Blue Coat Infant School

Development Matters – Characteristics of Effective learning


Promotional Video

Each month we start a new topic. These help your child to encounter a wide range of experiences and knowledge. You might want to join in with some of the topics or the songs and stories we will be enjoying.


Hear I am!


Learning Opportunity

Naming body parts

Classroom routines

and behaviours

Name of staff and other children


Songs and Stories

One Finger, one thumb keep moving

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

Orange Pear Apple Bear

Brown Bear, Brown Bear What do You See?


Autumn & Harvest


Knowledge Organiser


Learning Opportunity 

Food items, how fruit and veg grow

Autumn weather

Changing trees


Songs and Stories

Little Red Hen

Autumn by Ailie Busby

Jasper’s Beanstalk.

1 potato, 2 potatoes, 3 potatoes, 4


Nursery Rhymes


Learning Opportunity 

To join in with        traditional songs and rhymes


Words that tell us wheresomething is

Animal names



Songs and Stories

Humpty Dumpty            Incy Wincy Spider     

Hey Diddle Diddle          Little Bo Beep  

Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star

Dr Foster went to Gloucester

Baa Baa Black Sheep.     Old Mother Hubbard

Old McDonald had a farm

Red and yellow (I can sing a rainbow)




Learning Opportunity 

Talk about what and how we celebrate things at home

Celebrating Christmas

The First Christmas


Songs and Stories

Songs for the Christmas Service

We wish you a Merry Christmas

Jingle Bells




Learning Opportunity 

Winter weather

Hot and cold



Songs and Stories

Winter by Ailie Busby

One Winter’s Day by M. Christina Butler


Safe and Healthy


Learning Opportunity 

Healthy foods


keeping clean


fire fighters

police officers


Songs and Stories

Saad Gets Lost

 Peppa Pig goes to hospital

 Noah’s Superheroes.


Traditional Tales
(Plus Easter)


Learning Opportunity 

Language of size

Animal names


How stories are     structured

Songs and Stories

The Gingerbread Man

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

The Three Billy Goats Gruff

The Enormous Turnip

The First Easter (simple version)



Springtime and Minibeasts


Learning Opportunity 

Caterpillar and  Butterflies

Frogs and Tadpoles




Songs and Stories

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Teeny Tiny Tadpole

The Very Busy Bee

Bizz, Bizz, Busy Bee

Here is the Beehive, Where are the Bees?




Learning Opportunity 

Sea creatures

Floating and sinking

Noah’s Ark

Washing (including Wudu and Namaz)


Songs and Stories

Commotion in the Ocean

Noah’s Ark (Bible Story)

A sailor went to see

1,2,3,4,5 Once I caught a fish alive


Summer Safe


Learning Opportunity 

Summer weather

Hat, sunscreen, plenty to drink

The Seaside


Songs and Stories

George -Sunsafe Superstar

Topsy and Tim at the Seaside

Videos to Support the Curriculum

Here I am Video 1
Here I am Video 2
Here I am Video 3
Autumn and Harvest Video 1
Autumn and Harvest Video 2
Nursery Rhymes Video 1
Nursery Rhymes Video 2
Christmas Video 1
Christmas Video 2
Winter Video 1
Winter Video 2
Safe & Healthy Video 1
Safe & Healthy Video 2
Bears Video 1
Easter Video 1
Easter Video 2
Springtime Video 1
Springtime Video 2
Traditional Tales Video 1
Traditional Tales Video 2
Water Video 1
Water Video 2
Water Video 3
Summer Video 1
Summer Video 2