Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Curriculum

Our approach to learning

Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences have a major impact on their future life chances. There are four principles which underpin our Early Years and Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum:

  • A unique child – every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
  • Positive relationships - so that children feel safe and cared for.
  • Enabling environment – we provide a rich and varied environment which supports children’s learning and development. It gives them the confidence to explore and learn in a secure and safe, yet challenging, indoor and outdoor space.
  • Learning and developing – children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. In their play, children learn at their highest levels. We provide wide ranging and varied interests that engage and involve children for sustained periods.

Topics covered in our Nursery Curriculum include the following:

  • Personal Social and Emotional Development 
  • Communication and Language 
  • Moving and Handling
  • Health and Safe-care
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

More information about Early Years Education can be found here.

7 Learning Areas

Communication and Language

Listening and Attention

Children listen attentively in a range of situations. They listen to stories, accurately anticipating key events, and respond to what they hear with relevant comments, questions or actions. They give their attention to what others say and respond appropriately, while engaged in another activity.

Understanding
Children follow instructions involving several ideas or actions. They answer ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions about their experiences and in response to stories or events.

Speaking
Children express themselves effectively, showing awareness of listeners’ needs. They use past, present and future forms accurately when talking about events that have happened or are to happen in the future. They develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events. 

Physical Development

Moving and Handling
Children show good control and coordination in large and small movements. They move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. They handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing. 

Health and Self-Care
Children know the importance for good health of physical exercise and a healthy diet, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe. They manage their own basic hygiene and personal needs successfully, including dressing and going to the toilet independently.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Self-Confidence and Self-Awareness
Children are confident to try new activities, and to say why they like some activities more than others. They are confident to speak in a familiar group, will talk about their ideas, and will choose the resources they need for their chosen activities. They say when they do or don’t need help.

Managing Feelings and Behaviour
Children talk about how they and others show feelings, talk about their own and others’ behaviour, and its consequences, and know that some behaviour is unacceptable. They work as part of a group or class, and understand and follow rules. They adjust their behaviour to different situations, and take changes of routine in their stride.

Making Relationships
Children play cooperatively, taking turns with others. They take account of one another’s ideas about how to organise their activity. They show sensitivity to others’ needs and feelings, and form positive relationships with adults and other children.

Literacy

Reading
Children read and understand simple sentences. They use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately. They also read some common irregular words. They demonstrate an understanding when talking with others about what they have read.

Writing
Children use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds. They also write some irregular common words. They write sentences which can be read by themselves and others. Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible.

Mathematics

Numbers
Children count reliably with numbers from one to 20, place them in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number. Using quantities and objects, they add and subtract two single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer. They solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing.

Shape, Space and Measures
Children use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems. They recognise, create and describe patterns. They explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them.

Understanding the World

People and Communities
Children talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members. They know that other children don’t always enjoy the same things, and are sensitive to this. They know about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions.

The World
Children know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things. They talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one to another. They make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes.

Technology
Children recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools. They select and use technology for particular purposes.

Expressive Arts and Design

Exploring and Using Media and Materials
Children sing songs, make music and dance, and experiment with ways of changing them. They safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.

Being Imaginative
Children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role play and stories.

Curriculum Map Nursery

Find out what is being taught week by week at Ryelands

In Nursery, we enjoy planning based on the children's interests, therefore though out the year, some changes may be made to the long term plan. 

Autumn 1

Week

Theme

Week 1

4th September

Welcome To School

Week 2

9th September

Marvellous Me

Week 3

16th September

How Do You Feel?

Week 4

23th September

Super Hero Week

Week 5

30th September

Fun With friends

Week 6

7th October

Fun With families

Week 7

14th October

Break up on the 18th October

Sensational Senses

 

Autumn 2

Week

Theme

Week 1

28th October

Heritage week

Week 2

4th November

Autumn antics

Week 3

11th November

Vehicals

Week 4

18th November

Under the Sea

Week 5

25th November

Traditional tales

Week 6

2nd December

Winter Wonders

Week 7

9th December

Christmas Week

Week 8

16th September

Break up o the 20th December

Christmas Week

 

Spring 1

Week

Theme

Week 1

6th January

Yum yum nutrition

Week 2

13th January

Stay Safe

Week 3

20th January

Making Music

Week 4

27th January

Pet Parade

Week 5

3rd February

Where We Live

Week 6

10th February

Break up 14th February.

Science week

 

Spring 2

Week

Theme

Week 1

24th February

Body Talk

Week 2

2nd March

Book week

Week 3

9th March

Farms

Week 4

16th March

Six or eight legs (insects)

Week 5

23rd March

Good morning, Good night (day and night animals)

Week 6

30th March

Break up 3rd April

Space

 

Summer 1

Week

Theme

Week 1

20th April

Dinosaurs

Week 2

27th April

Disney week

Week 3

4th May

Music

Week 4

11th May

Services (Police)

Week 5

18th May

Break up on the 22nd May

Creative arts week

Week 6

(No week 6 this year)

Zoo clues

 

Summer 2

Week

Theme

Week 1

2nd June

Life Cycle Of A Chicken

Week 2

8th June

Growing things

Week 3

15th June

Healthy living week

Week 4

22nd June

Fishing

Week 5

29th June

Splash Into Summer

Week 6

6th July

Embed Letters/Sounds/Numbers/Colours/Shapes

Week 7

13th July

Transition