Nursery Curriculum

Nursery Curriculum

In the Foundation Stage the children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum working towards the Development Matters statements and The Early Learning Goals. There are seven areas of learning, three prime areas and four specific areas.

Our Curriculum



Me and my family



Let’s Celebrate


(Fireworks, Diwali and Christmas)


Hot and Cold




Out and about


(My town, farms)


Big and Small



The Island


Cycle 1 Wows

Wow week – international food- Moon cake festival


Wow week – Christmas  crafts

Wow week – Science



Wow week – Forest School, mud!

Wow week –

Visit to South

Angle Farm

Wow week – water fun day!

Key Texts Dim Sum for Everyone

A big mooncake for little star

Za Za’s baby Brother

Going to Nursery

Firework poetry

Non-fiction books about Diwali

My Mum’s Sari

Mog’s Christmas

Kipper’s Christmas Eve

Dear Santa

Wibbly Pig’s Tickly Christmas

Peace at last

Chinese New Year

The runaway wok


Driving my tractor

Dear zoo

Going on a Bear hunt/Bear in the cave

Alfie’s feet

The tiger who came to tea

Mr Gumpy’s Outing


Can’t take an elephant on a bus

What pet to get

Arghh spider

Stomp chomp roar

Creepy crawly calypso

New home for pirate

Where the wild things

Pirate dinosaurs

10 little pirates


Experiences Settling into Nursery, becoming familiar and making friends

Talking about our families

Sharing family photos

Making and sharing different foods special to our families

Finding out about Diwali and other celebrations

Getting ready for Christmas Family Fun Day, Making Christmas cards and decorations

Visit to the cathedral to see the Christmas tree

Being scientists and conducting experiments

Making hot and cold foods

Shopping for ingredients

Walks out into the community around school- to the allotments and library

Forest School Family Day

Tractor visit into school

Hunting for mini beasts and observing them

Meeting and handling some unusual creepy crawlies

Listening to musicians making big and small sounds

Paddling Pool Fun Day

Pirate Dress up day

Wild things wild rumpus dance with live music

Transition visits to new classes


Once upon a time

(traditional tales)

Autumn 2

Let’s Celebrate

(Fireworks, Diwali and Christmas)

Up in the Sky


Author Focus –

Eric Carle

Let’s Grow


Fairy tales

(castles, prince, princesses etc)


Cycle 2 Wows

Wow week – Baking and cooking


Wow week – Christmas  crafts

Wow week – Science week


Wow week-

The Hungry Caterpillar Picnic

Allotment and Garden centre visits

Wow week – Theatre visit

Key Texts The Gingerbread Man

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Three little pigs

The magic porridge pot

Little Red Hen

Enormous Turnip

Firework poetry

Non-fiction books about Diwali

My Mum’s Sari

Mog’s Christmas

Kipper’s Christmas Eve

Dear Santa

Wibbly Pig’s Tickly Christmas

Wow said the owl

Whatever next

How to catch a star

The long way home

The Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Busy Spider

Brown Bear, Brown Bear

The new small person

Jack and the Beanstalk

Jasper’s Beanstalk

Ten Seeds

The Tiny Seed

The Frog Prince

The Princess and the Pea

There is no dragon in this story

Daisy and the knights

George and the dragon

10 little princesses

Experiences Settling into Nursery, becoming familiar and making friends

Making and sharing different foods

Shopping for ingredients

Finding out about Diwali and other celebrations

Getting ready for Christmas Family Craft Day,

Making Christmas cards and decorations

Diwali dancers visit

Visit to the cathedral to see the Christmas tree

Visit to Duxford aircraft hanger

Making out own space rocket to travel to the moon

Visit from Burrows Bookshop

Visit the bookshop to buy books

Forest School Family Day

Making food for our hungry caterpillar picnic

Shopping for ingredients

Hunting for mini beasts

Watching caterpillars grow into butterflies

Planting and growing in our garden

Cooking with what we grow

Visits from babies- people and animals

Visit from a theatre group

Transition visits to new classes

In the early years, the curriculum is focussed around key texts (both stories and non-fiction) that are then linked to real life concrete experiences. We know that children learn best when they start with the familiar and build upon this knowledge to broaden their horizons and experiences.

Real life experiences, such as visit to the library, the fire station or baking a cake or listening to live musicians, give a context to whatever the topic themes are.  It enables children to learn new vocabulary and to build links connected to prior knowledge and understanding of the wider world around us.

By giving all children access to real life experiences during their time in our early year’s classes, we aim to ensure that every child has the opportunity to learn, succeed and be excited by the world around us.

Penny Tassonni, a leading early year’s consultant and author observes “…opportunities to visit museums, places of interest and even hear live music… are all adult-directed activities that build children’s knowledge, skills and language. Interestingly, children who have had rich and varied experiences bring this into their play and develop interests accordingly.”

(Tassoni P. 2016 Reducing Educational Disadvantage: A Strategic Approach in the Early Years A&C Black Advantage)

At Spring Meadow, we aim to provide this for all our children with rich learning experiences that will build their skills, knowledge and interests, enabling them to grow into kind, brave and curious learners.

Summer Term 2019

Nursery Summer 2019 newsletter



At present the school are using Sounds Write as our main phonics programme. This is supplemented by aspects of our former scheme, ERR and Jolly Phonics. 

Prime Areas

Communication and Language Development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.

Physical Development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.

Specific Areas

Literacy Development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.

Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.

Understanding the World involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.

Expressive Arts and Design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.