Nursery Curriculum

Our 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.

Aims

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

Our Curriculum

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.

 

Click on the topic name to download our knowledge organisers.

 

Month

Theme

Learning Opportunity

Songs and Stories

September

Hear I am!

 

Naming body parts

Classroom routines

and behaviours

Name of staff and other children

 

 

One Finger, one thumb keep moving

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

Orange Pear Apple Bear

Brown Bear, Brown Bear What do You See?

October

Food items, how fruit and veg grow

Autumn weather

Changing trees

 

 

Little Red Hen

Autumn by Ailie Busby

Jasper’s Beanstalk.

1 potato, 2 potatoes, 3 potatoes, 4

 

 

November

Nursery Rhymes

 

To join in with        traditional songs and rhymes

 

Words that tell us where something is

Animal names

Colours

 

 

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)

 

 

December

Christmas

 

Talk about what and how we celebrate things at home

Celebrating Christmas

The First Christmas

 

 

Songs for the Christmas Service

We wish you a Merry Christmas

Jingle Bells

 

January

Winter

 

Winter weather

Hot and cold

Textures

 

 

Winter by Ailie Busby

One Winter’s Day by M. Christina Butler

 

 

February

Safe and Healthy

 

Healthy foods

exercise 

keeping clean

hospitals

fire fighters

police officers    

 

 

Saad Gets Lost

 Peppa Pig goes to hospital

 Noah’s Superheroes.

 

March

Traditional Tales

 
(Plus Easter)

 

Language of size

Animal names

Counting

How stories are     structured

 

The Gingerbread Man

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

The Three Billy Goats Gruff

The Enormous Turnip

The First Easter (simple version)

 

 

April/ May

Springtime and Minibeasts

 

Caterpillar and  Butterflies

Frogs and Tadpoles

Ladybirds

Bees

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Teeny Tiny Tadpole

The Very Busy Bee

Bizz, Bizz, Busy Bee

Here is the Beehive, Where are the Bees?

 

 

June

Water

 

Sea creatures

Floating and sinking

Noah’s Ark

Washing (including Wudu and Namaz)

 

 

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

 

 

July

Summer Safe

 

Summer weather

Hat, sunscreen, plenty to drink

The Seaside

 

 

George -Sunsafe Superstar

Topsy and Tim at the Seaside

 

Videos to support the Curriculum

Hear I am!

Autumn and Harvest

Nursery Rhymes

Christmas

Winter

Safe & Healthy

Bears

Easter

Springtime

Traditional Tales

Water

Summer