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"Children get off to a flying start in the Nursery." Ofsted 2017



The Foundation Stage Curriculum


 “The effective early years provision lays firm foundations for children’s future progress. Nursery children, in particular, thrive in the enticing and exciting environment.”  Ofsted 2017.


The Foundation Stage is part of the national curriculum and covers the years from birth to the end of the Reception year.


Nursery at Ley Hill School follows the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum as set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. This Framework underpins all future learning and is a statutory requirement for children from birth to five in Early Years settings. It covers seven areas of learning:


The Prime Areas

· Communication and Language

· Physical Development

· Personal, Social and Emotional Development

The Specific Areas

· Literacy

· Mathematics

· Understanding the World

· Expressive Arts and Design




The Foundation Stage Curriculum in Our Nursery


The Foundation Stage curriculum is applied through a creative and stimulating approach both inside and outdoors. Staff plan a wide range of learning experiences that build on children’s interests and what children already know and can do. These learning experiences encourage “playing and exploring”, “active learning” and “creating and thinking critically” – the characteristics of effective learning. 

Nursery is well resourced to ensure children have a wide range of learning opportunities.  We pride ourselves on our outdoor learning and make full use of the school grounds all year round and in all weathers. Children are encouraged to become independent learners and learning through play and self-directed activities, together with carefully planned adult-led learning experiences are at the heart of this excellent provision.


“Throughout the early years, the environment is bright, vibrant and well organised. It is particularly enticing and stimulating in the Nursery, where the learning and challenge created by the activities provided promote children’s learning extremely well. The Nursery outdoor environment is exceptionally rich, with enticing and imaginative activities keeping children purposefully engaged.” Ofsted 2017

Nursery Curriculum Overview


The curriculum is taught through half termly topics. Some activities are adult-directed and some are child-led. A wide variety of resources are provided to encourage children to be active and independent learners and to ensure they experience a range of activities both indoors and outdoors and build a firm foundation for their future learning.


Our curriculum may change to reflect children’s interests and enthusiasms.



Autumn 1

Spring 1

Summer 1


  • Settling in (All about me)
  • Digging up potatoes
  • The Enormous Turnip
  • Apple trees and orchard fruits
  • Acorns and conkers
  • Little Red Hen and the harvest
  • Hedgehogs and autumn leaves

Traditional Tales and Nursery Rhymes

  • Settling in (Me and my family)
  • Three Little Pigs
  • Three Billy Goats Gruff
  • Little Red Riding Hood
  • The Gingerbread Man


  • Chinese New Year

Plants and Minibeasts

  • Settling in (All about me)
  • Frogs
  • Snails
  • Worms
  • Ladybirds, bugs and beetles
  • Ants, wasps and bees
  • Caterpillars and butterflies

Autumn 2

Spring 2

Summer 2

People and Celebrations

  • Diwali
  • Firework Night and Poppy Day
  • Nursery Rhyme Week
  • Road Safety Week
  • The Christmas Story
  • Christmas celebrations


  • Elephants
  • Hippos and rhinos
  • Big cats
  • Giraffes and zebras
  • Apes and monkeys


  • Easter

The Sea

  • Pirates and mermaids
  • Sand, shells and pebbles
  • Under the sea
  • Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch
  • Big Blue Whale
  • At the sea side


  • Eid


  • Moving on (ongoing)

Phonics: Letters and Sounds Phase 1, SALLEY