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Nursery Curriculum

In Nursery we use the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum which is split into seven areas of learning and development. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting

children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These three areas, the prime areas, are: Communication and Language; Physical Development; and Personal, Social and Emotional Development. We must also support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. The specific areas are: Literacy; Mathematics; Understanding the World; and Expressive Arts and Design.

Our curriculum is built around children’s individual needs, interests and stage of development of each child in our care (concentrating predominately on 30-50 months). We use this information to plan a challenging and enjoyable experience for each child in all of the areas of learning and development. This includes learning about the Characteristics of Effective Learning.

We currently plan a two year rolling programme. Please find below this years plan:

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Themes All about me How old are you? Does all transport have wheels? What can you see in fog? Who lives down on the farm? Would you walk the plank?
Role Play Home Fruit Shop Garage Garden Centre Rumble in the Jungle Travel agents
Writing Links Where’s Spot?

(Story pattern)

Hairy McClary

(Story pattern)

The Gingerbread man

(Story pattern- Traditional tale)

Three Billy Goats Gruff

(Story pattern – Traditional tale)

Mr Gumpy’s Outing

(Story pattern – Journey)

The Night Pirates

(Story pattern – Journey)

Author Eric Hill


Mick Inkpen


Julia Donaldson David McKee


John Burningham


Breakdown Induction Fireworks/Bonfire

Christmas play


Chinese new year


Weather walk Planting Cress Sports Day



To find out more about the current topic for this class and to view topic webs, please visit the class page here.