Children entering Nursery begin a curriculum called the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).  This is followed throughout their year in Nursery and continues until the end of their Reception year.  All subjects which are taught in Nursery follow the guidelines set out in the EYFS Statutory Framework document.


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The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is organised into seven areas of learning and development.

  • Personal, social and emotional development.
  • Communication and language.
  • Physical development.
  • Literacy.
  • Mathematics.
  • Understanding of the world.
  • Expressive arts and design.


Structured activities and experiences are planned within these areas to provide the early years’ curriculum.
Children do not make a distinction between ‘play’ and ‘work’.  Well-planned activities, both indoors and outdoors, are a key way in which young children learn with enjoyment and challenge.
Children behave in different ways when playing.  Sometimes they will choose to be physical, sometimes they will describe and discuss what they are doing and sometimes they will be quiet and reflective.
Our role is crucial.  We:
    - offer a challenging environment;
    - support learning through planned play activities;
    - extend spontaneous play;
    - extend and develop language and communication through play.
Through play, in a secure environment, children can:
    - explore, develop and represent learning experiences to help make sense of the world;
    - practise and build up ideas, concepts and skills;
    - learn how to control impulses and understand need for rules;
    - be alone, alongside or co-operating with others;
    - take risks and make mistakes.


The Nursery is divided into specific areas.  Examples of these are:
This area includes activities such as, water, dry and wet sand play, woodwork, dough or clay, and other materials including wet cornflour, pulses and pastas.  There is also time for simple scientific experiments including work with magnets, mirrors, colours and magnification.
Children are able to experiment with paint, fabrics, glue, string, foil, junk materials, buttons, pulses and pastas to create their own pictures, patterns and designs.
During choosing time, children have the opportunity to explore and use their imagination.  Props are provided which are often related to our topics. Children are encouraged to use the equipment in a variety of different ways, practise their language skills and socialise with others.
In this area, children are able to experiment and create.  Construction kits and large and small bricks will be available. The children will use their manipulation and imaginative skills to build various models.  They may be asked to record their model in picture form.
Speaking, listening and concentration skills are developed here.  Jigsaws can be pieced together, stories heard, computer programs explored and mathematical skills stimulated and discovered.
The children take turns to cook regularly and make sandwiches or toast for snack. 
Our snack time is sometimes spent altogether as a group, but at other times we offer a snack bar to support children’s independence.



Kirton Nursery School follows the ‘Letters and Sounds’ scheme to teach Phonics.  We do not use a specific reading scheme, we use a variety of books and schemes to support our children’s acquisition of reading skills.



If we are to be successful, it is essential that there is a good home/school partnership. For our part, we try to keep you informed of what we are doing and how you can help – for your part, we hope that you will support the school’s work and also come and talk to us if you have any queries or concerns.

Should you wish to find out more about your child’s curriculum, please contact their class teacher.