Nursery Curriculum Statement
Communication and Language
In Nursery our communication and language focus centres on developing children’s speaking, listening and attention skills alongside broadening their vocabularies and developing their social skills. We aim to achieve this by providing a positive, language rich environment within which we strive to develop children’s confidence and skill in expressing themselves, interacting with peers and providing opportunities for the children to speak and listen in a range of situations.
We utilise a range of stimulating activities closely linked to class themes and children’s interests to develop their communication and language fluency. These include:
Nursery Literacy sessions centre on developing their listening, language and communication skills alongside nurturing their passion for reading and sharing books and stories.
Our main learning aims within Nursery Literacy are:
We aim to achieve these learning goals through using a range of fun and engaging approaches and activities during literacy carpet sessions but also through literacy linked continuous provision enhancements such as story role play with masks and puppets and story map template sheets etc.
The Literacy/ story theme focus units Nursery focus on are:
To further enhance children’s comprehension skills, the children have weekly oral comprehension sessions with additional stories based around the class learning topics and/or their interests where they are encouraged to talk about what story they have read as a small group/ 1-1.
Our writing focus within Nursery is centred on encouraging and develop children’s mark-making skills and confidence. We work hard to develop children’s gross and fine motor skills alongside developing their pen grip and control so that they are ready to begin their journey into writing. We achieve this through offering a daily range of gross and fine motor control activities, daily dough disco’s and regular write dance sessions alongside providing a range of mark-making materials. Children are immersed in a writing rich environment where words, letters and sounds are continually modelled and children are actively encouraged to explore their mark-making potential. Our children begin to explore purposeful writing through learning to write their names.
In Nursery, phonics is taught as a daily session. Nursery phonics focuses on developing children’s listening and attention skills alongside developing their speech and broadening their vocabulary. Our key focus is on developing children’s ability to tune into and identify sounds. We use a range of fun, stimulating and engaging activities to explore phase 1 phonic activities:
By the end of Nursery, we aim for all children to be fluent at tuning into sounds and competent to orally blend and segment at least cvc words.
During Nursery maths is focused on developing children’s awareness, confidence and fluency of number and other mathematical areas including shape, space and measure.
We follow the White Rose scheme of work. The children cover the following units across the year:
The EYFS Curriculum is based around the 7 areas of learning:
And so the other subjects taught in Nursery Class are:
These are all taught through a range of themes linked largely to our key texts, the seasons and festivals and will change dependent on children’s interests and learning and development needs. Children are taught through a combination of adult-led and child-initiated activities. Adult-led carpet sessions are complemented by related engaging continuous provision enhancements to maximise learning and stimulation for the children.