How we Learn in Nursery

EYFS Framework 

The areas of learning within the framework are:

  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

Further information on the framework and these areas of learning can be found at this link.

The curriculum is based around topics and themes suggested by the children.  The children are closely involved in deciding which topics we cover and opportunities are provided to ensure child-initiated and adult-initiated learning takes place.  We plan from the EYFS framework on a weekly basis to ensure your child is provided with a broad and balanced curriculum. A wide range of activities are made available in all areas of Nursery.

An investigation area - here children:

  • Observe changes and properties of materials
  • Develop their skills with simple tools and equipment

Maths activities area - in this area children:

  • Begin to use number names in their independent play
  • Explore shape and space
  • Make patterns

Large construction area - in this area children will:

  • Use their imagination to build models and structure
  • Develop joining and fixing techniques
  • Explore and use a variety of simple tools

Small world area - here children:

  • Develop an understanding of the worlds around them through toys such
  • Recreate places they know
  • Create imaginary worlds

Water area - here we help children to:

  • Develop awareness of shape and capacity
  • Use appropriate mathematical vocabulary
  • Develop imaginative vocabulary associated with water

Reading / book quiet area - this area helps children:

  • Develop story telling vocabulary
  • Learn how to handle books appropriately
  • Develop listening skills
  • Enjoy books and stories
  • Learn simple computer skills

Playdough area - here children will learn to:

  • Use small tools  
  • Learn to manipulate the material to make objects for imaginative play
  • Learn vocabulary related to sharing, dividing, stretching and changing shape
  • Develop fine motor control

Mark Making Area - this area starts children on the process of learning to write and they will:

  • Gain the confidence and skill to write and draw with a variety of mark makers
  • Explore representations of letters and sounds
  • Begin to recognise and name some letters and words
  • Begin to understand the different reasons for writing through imaginary play situations

Sand area - in this area children will:

  • Explore the textures and characteristics of wet and dry sand
  • Create real and imaginary worlds through imaginative play
  • Explore shape, space and measure

Art / craft / creative area - a variety of materials will be provided to allow children to:

  • Make representations through drawing, painting and collage
  • Experience a variety of materials, colours, shapes and textures
  • Create 2D and 3D representations
  • Use a variety of tools and equipment

Role play area - this area helps children to:

  • Use language to imagine, try out and recreate roles and experiences
  • Represent objects through imaginative play
  • Create imaginary worlds

Outdoor area - this area gives children the opportunity to:

  • Develop an awareness of space, for themselves and in relation to others
  • Develop their control and coordination using a range of large and small equipment, building their confidence in a safe environment
  • Travel around, under, over and through simple balancing and climbing equipment
  • Use the outdoor environment as a stimulus for creative and imaginary play, using a variety of equipment

Our outdoor area includes a grassed area as well as access to soil, sand and water, fixed play equipment, playground markings, a stage, a mud kitchen and den building equipment.  All these elements are designed to build and extend children’s vocabulary, to develop co-ordination and manipulation skills and provide a stimulus for creativity and imagination. Children will learn important personal and social skills through their interactions in the environment. They will learn to share, take turns and co-operate in a group. They will be encouraged to respect the needs and feelings of others and develop an understanding of right and wrong.

This learning environment will encourage independence and gives experience of making choices, solving problems and being challenged. The children will learn to take responsibility for dressing themselves and for simple personal hygiene routines. Children will learn how to use tools and materials safely and gain self-confidence.

The Early Years Library

Your child will be given the opportunity to take home a Library book each week.  We hope you will enjoy sharing theses books together. We will change these books in our group time and your child will be given a book folder to carry the book home.

You are welcome to change books more frequently yourself, at the end of sessions.  Books can be borrowed on a daily basis with the title being recorded on individual cards, which are stored in the Library.

Activity Packs and Homework

When children first start Nursery they will have the opportunity to bring home an Activity Pack.  The packs, all with different themes, include a book, toy and game, with suggested activities that you can do together at home.  Nursery homework is available on Education City which is a website that is used throughout school. These activities are a valuable support to reinforce work covered in Nursery.  Your child will be provided with log-in details and their own personal ID number and password when they start Nursery.

How we Learn in the KEEP

Home from Home

The KEEP is a safe, nurturing and caring environment that gives the children a ‘home from home’.  We did not merely want to give the children and their families another 15 hours of Nursery. We wanted to provide them with a range of developmental experiences that would reflect and reinforce the experiences they have at home with their friends and families.

While the staff work alongside Nursery and wider school staff very closely in weekly planning and assessment meetings, embedding academic next steps within the activities in the KEEP, there is a clear focus on the wider curriculum and the children’s communication and language and, personal, social and emotional development.  We do this through a range of activities including team games, board games, outdoor play, baking, cooking, stories, music, dance, role play, dress up and art.

In the KEEP we learn in a very informal way and learning and development is embedded throughout the provision.  We are having fun and building upon those essential skills that allow the children to be happy, confident and independent learners.  We are very much about nurture, game playing, physical development, sensory play and team building. This will be developed through different activities and games and a lot of outdoor play. In the KEEP, physical development is a very important aspect of our daily routines.  The benefits are linked to all areas of your child’s development, including Personal, Social and Emotional Development, which is supported through circle time activities as well as role play and using puppets. We focus on developing children’s communication and language, as they talk about what they are doing, seeing, touching and hearing.  In the KEEP, we love singing and dancing and have a passion for books. We read together daily and share traditional tales and nursery rhymes. It is widely accepted that reading aloud is the single most important researched activity leading to language development and promotes early literacy skills such as the ability to listen, introduction to new language, rhyming words and offers new experiences.  It is often observed children re-enacting stories they know in their role play.