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Newlands Spring Primary and Nursery School

Nursery Curriculum

what experiences will my children have?

The nursery curriculum planning that is carried out is taken from the Early Years Foundation Stage Guidance. The planning and teaching is then carefully differentiated for all of the children’s academic needs and follows on from the achievements that they have already made with you at home. 

The nursery is run with a strong, Froebelian influence, where the belief is that, through engaging with the world, understanding unfolds. We value giving children opportunities for uninterrupted play as a creative activity and a way for children to learn and discover about the world around them.  

The aim of the nursery is to guide children as they take their first steps towards learning and independence indoors and out. 

Froebel believed that from the beginning the child must be surrounded by kindness, understanding and beauty. We share this belief. We place a high importance on the nursery environment. The use of natural materials and soft warm colours of natural wood are combined to provide a homely atmosphere. There is a calm unhurried feel to the nursery, which begins as the children listen to the sounds of relaxing music at candle time and carries on throughout the day. 

The nursery class is housed in the blue house in the grounds of Newlands Spring Primary and Nursery School. There are a variety of spaces, indoor and out, providing beautiful areas for block play, art and craft, cooking, role play, small world and quiet activity. Snack time is taken together as a calm and shared experience.  

In the nursery we meet all the requirements of the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage). Our play and other learning materials are mostly made of wood and other natural materials that allow for open ended play and the opportunity for each child’s imaginative and creative play to be set free. Outside is a lovely garden with areas for physical play with loose part materials, water play, a mud kitchen, a large sandpit and allotment area. 

The curriculum

The nursery curriculum is based on the seven areas of learning of the Early Years Foundation Stage framework. The nursery class will be in our purpose built early years classroom, equipped with play resources to develop creativity, problem solving and enjoyment of learning.

Personal, social and emotional development

Young children are interested in other people. We will give them opportunities to understand their own feelings and emotions and to become aware of the needs of others. Children’s early experiences that come from the home and family life provide a basis from which they develop ideas of sharing, tolerance and respect for each other and living things. Children learn to cope with group situations at nursery by, for example, taking it in turns to speak.

Communication and Language

Children learn through language and this helps them to understand the world around them. Children will be offered a rich and varied experience of opportunities to develop their speaking, understanding and listening skills.

Physical development

Children will be given a range of opportunities to develop their moving and handling skills. These include learning how to move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space and how to handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing. Children will learn about keeping healthy and how to look after themselves. These skills will be developed through engaging in a range of physical activities and enjoying snack time.


Children will learn to listen to and join in with nursery rhymes, stories and poems. This helps them to develop their understanding of how stories are made, of the characters, main events and story setting. Every child will have the opportunity to experience a range of activities to develop their early phonic skills. For example by developing an awareness of sounds around us, joining in with rhyming and rhythmic activities and developing an awareness of rhyme and alliteration. Children will be encouraged to explore writing materials in both imaginative and directed activities.

Mathematical Development

Children will be given first hand experiences of natural and everyday materials. This helps them develop basic ideas about shapes, space and position. Sorting, measuring, counting, comparing and sequencing are all activities which take place every day.

Understanding the World

Looking at the world around them helps young children to develop lively and enquiring minds. Children will be encouraged to develop observational and problem solving skills through first hand activities.

Expressive arts and design

Children will be encouraged to explore sounds, colours, textures, shape and space. Imaginative play helps develop ideas and children are also encouraged to listen and observe through activities like drama, music and craft. Children are introduced to a wide range of materials, tools and instruments to encourage them to express their ideas and communicate their feelings.

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