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The Nursery and Reception curriculum is based on the Early Years Foundation Stage document, which covers Communication, Language and Literacy, Mathematics, Knowledge and Understanding of the World, Creative Development, Personal & Social Development and Physical Development. ICT has a high profile throughout our Foundation Stage provision. The following is a brief outline of the curriculum and at each stage.


Communication, Language and Literacy

Children will be given the opportunity to listen and in small and large groups. They will hear to stories, songs, nursery rhymes and poems and be helped to enjoy books. We will expect them to recognise their own name and use a pencil to write.


We will teach number rhymes and songs, and count and recognise numbers to 10. Children will learn about shapes and patterns. They will use money in play situation.

Knowledge and Understanding

Work will be based around the school surroundings and local environment and people who work there. Children will work with a variety of materials and tools and will be taught to use them safely and appropriately. They will use a computer and use the mouse. We want to encourage curiosity about the world by looking at plants and animals. There will be opportunities to cook and use a simple recipe.

Creative Development

There will be opportunities to paint, make models from a variety of materials e.g. dough, clay, junk boxes and construction toys. Children will look at the work of different artists; sing songs and rhymes, play instruments and listening to a range of recorded music.

Physical Development

We aim to develop their confidence in moving in a variety of ways and using small apparatus with increasing control.

Personal, Social & Emotional

Children will be encouraged to try new things; as well as look after themselves by undressing and dressing, going to the toilet and washing their hands independently. They will be encouraged to work independently or with a partner or in a large group. They will be asked to share and take turns. They will learn about the cultures of other children in the group.


Communication, Language and Literacy

Speaking and Listening

Children will listen and discuss stories and experiences. They will be expected to listen carefully and follow instructions. They will be encouraged to speak clearly and with confidence and ask adults and other children questions.


We aim to engender an enthusiasm for books. Children will be encouraged to use pictures and their memory to talk about the content of books and to read a range of familiar words. They will be taught to recognise the name and sound of 44 phonemes.  Children will undertake a daily shared read and, later on in the year, guided reading sessions.


We want children to try to write and be able to use letter sounds to write unfamiliar words. They will be given a variety of writing purposes e.g. stories, lists, letters. We will teach correct letter formation.


Children will be taught to recognise and write numbers up to 20 and to be able to do addition up to 10. They will have experience of subtraction. They will sort sets by shape and colour, and recognise, copy and make up their own patterns. They will learn to understand the terms heavy and light and able to use 1p coins in shopping activities and recognise 2p, 5p, 10p and 20p coins.

Knowledge and Understanding of the World


Children will be encouraged to use their senses to make observations. They will learn to name parts of the body; know the names of different animals; know what plants need to grow; be aware of the properties of different materials e.g. sand, water, clay, play dough; know how to make familiar objects and toys move; know some objects that use electricity.

Information Communication Technology

They use the computer and develop keyboard skills and use a variety of programs. They will also use a tape recorder and programme-controlled toys.


Children will learn about their development from birth. They will explore a variety of artefacts and pictures to find out about the past.


Work will be based on the school and local environment as well as observations of the weather and seasons.


Children will make imaginative and observational drawings and paintings. They will be encouraged to mix their own colours for painting. They will print and make models.


Children will sing songs and rhymes; copy a variety of sounds and sequences using voice and other instruments and experience playing instruments and know their names. They will listen and talk about recorded music.

Physical Development

Children are expected to gain greater control of their movement and use of equipment e.g. bean bags and balls.

Personal, Social & Emotional

We want children to develop a positive attitude to learning and learn to work independently. They are encouraged to get on with adults and other children and be willing to share and take turns. Continue to develop their knowledge of other cultures in our society.

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