Woodfield Nursery School

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30th May 20
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We are currently developing a new curriculum policy for all areas of learning as part of our school improvement 2019-2020 and the school website will be updated to reflect our new policy document. We would welcome contributions from parents - please speak to a member of staff or one of our Governors with any suggestions or ideas for learning experiences.

'The Early Years Foundation Stage' is the statutory guidance on the care and education of children 0-5.

"Children make good and sometimes outstanding progress in all of the areas of learning. The majority of children are working confidently at the expected levels for their age by the end of their time in the nursery; a few children do even better than this and achieve a little above expectations for their age." Ofsted March 2013.

We deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum through a balance of adult led and child initiated activities. We provide opportunity, resources and support for children to learn at the highest level through their play. Children engage in active learning which involves other people, objects, ideas and events that involve them for sustained periods of time. The environment supports every child’s learning through planned experiences and activities that are challenging but achievable. We offer warm trusting relationships with knowledgeable adults to support children’s learning.

Through our work with our children and their families we demonstrate the four 'Principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage' which are

A unique child

  • Every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable and self assured.

Positive Relationships

  • Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person.

Enabling Environments

  • The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning.
  • The emotional environment, indoors and outdoors.

Learning and Development

  • Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of learning and development are equally important and inter connected.

7 areas of learning

Area of Learning and Development Aspect
Prime Areas  
Personal, Social andEmotional Development Making relationshipsSelf- confidence and self –awarenessManaging feelings and behaviour
Physical Development Moving and handlingHealth and self-care
Communication and Language Listening and attentionUnderstandingSpeaking
Specific Areas  
Literacy ReadingWriting
Mathematics NumbersShape, space and measures
Understanding the World People and communitiesThe worldTechnology
Expressive Arts and Design Exploring and using media and materialsBeing imaginative

We also take into account how children learn and plan for this too. This is known as the characteristics of effective learning.

Characteristics of Effective Learning

Playing and exploring – engagement

Finding out and exploring

Playing with what they know

Being willing to ‘have a go’

Active Learning – motivation

Being involved and concentrating

Keeping trying

Enjoying achieving what they set out to do


Creating and thinking critically – thinking

Having their own ideas

Making links

Choosing ways to do things

We plan across these seven areas of the curriculum which are influenced by the needs and interests of the children.

The focus of our work and our planning sheets are displayed for your information on the Parents Notice Board in the corridor.

Communication, Language and Literacy


Communication, Language and Literacy.

We consider it to be really important that children develop skills in communicating speaking and listening both to adults and to children.

English is the language of the school. Children are given support in their home language to increase their understanding and use of English.

We recognise that by being bi-lingual children develop good skills in problem solving and are more receptive to learning other languages.

We put a high priority on teaching early reading and writing as these are skills that children need to acquire so that they can access future learning.

"Very good teaching is helping children to start to recognise sounds in words and the letters that represent them. All of the children are showing an interest in these new small group sessions and some more-able children are starting to make rapid progress in early literacy."  Ofsted March 2013

Books and story time are very important in the early years curriculum.  Through listening to stories children learn that print has a message and that reading is enjoyable.  Through looking at books children learn about books, and they begin to link the writing with the story.

Many of the nursery activities help to develop the skills necessary for reading; jigsaws, lotto and matching games all help to develop the ability to discriminate and recognise similarities and differences.

As children mark make they are developing pencil control and they learn that drawings and making letter shapes is different.  We encourage the children’s writing in role play situations, such as writing shopping lists and making greeting cards …

We help the children to recognise and to write their own name using small letters rather than capital

letters e.g. Paul, rather than PAUL.