Nursery Curriculum

Autumn Term - Getting to know you

This is where the children’s learning journey begins! Our exciting activities and resources will help the children to develop important skills in their educational journey, as well as ignite enthusiasm for learning and independence. The children will become familiar with the Nursery setting through exploration of both the large inside area and the beautiful and expansive outside garden.


The children will have opportunities to select equipment and play imaginatively with their peers. There will be plenty of time to practise running, climbing and ball skills. The children will be spoilt for choice! During this half term the children will help us to learn all about their family and interests through group and individual discussions and will have the opportunities to share and listen to their peers. During the Autumn Term, when you may celebrate religious or cultural festivals, the children will have the opportunity to share their experiences with everyone. We will taste foods from other cultures as well as explore media and materials during art activities linked to different celebrations.

The children will become more familiar with the names for the different parts of their body and how it works as well as learning how to look after themselves with a healthy lifestyle and good hygiene. The children will begin to develop their pencil control through adult led, focused activities and will be provided with plenty of opportunities for emergent writing in the bright role play areas. The children’s fine motor skills will flourish and they will be able to explore malleable materials, such as sensory play dough and clay, as well as practising cutting, hammering and threading.

In this half term we we will begin to introduce the children to our phonics scheme, ‘Letterland’, to help them become familiar with letters and sounds and how to form these letters correctly when writing them. Just like adults! The children will also use these letters to begin to write their own name, and they will begin to learn that their name is just one of the many things that makes them unique. Finally, after all the excitement of running around outside and exploring the resources inside, the children will enjoy the quiet, rest time on the carpet and will have many opportunities to listen to and join in with colourful, illustrated stories and daily nursery rhymes.


Early reading and Writing Skills

  • Learn to discriminate between different environmental sounds
  • Developing some favourite stories, rhymes and songs
  • Enjoy rhymes and show an interest in books and rhymes
  • Listen to and join in with stories, one-to-one and in small groups
  • Start to distinguish between the different marks we can make.
  • Using different writing tools, crayons, pencils, felt tips and chalks

Mathematics Chest
- join in with number nursery rhymes – recognise 2D shapes – counting by rote 1-10 – pattern sequences – recognise and write numbers 1-3 – Matching pairs – sorting objects – real world maths problems

Spring Term – What a Wonderful World!

Is your child a globetrotter or a budding nature lover? This term we will have plenty of opportunities to learn all about the world we live in, the similarities and differences between our global communities and how to care for our environment. We will continue to extend the childrens’ letters and sounds knowledge through the ‘Letterland’ programme, as well as their writing skills.


The children will keep practising their name writing to put on all that lovely independent work they will be doing! Our rhyming games will also help the children to become more confident when identifying words that rhyme. We will be travelling around the world to look at different languages, habitats and cultures across the continents and researching those people who help us in our locality.

Once the children are established into Nursery, they will have become more independent and our PE lessons will begin. These are not only beneficial to their fitness, but will encourage the children to get dressed with increasing independence. During this term the children will enjoy painting and craft, there will be plenty of opportunities for them to get their fingers dirty as we will be painting our own flags and exploring artistic traditions from around the world.

With Spring comes new life and through practical activities, we will be exploring plant growth and identifying what plants need to grow. With this new found knowledge we hope we will create some budding little gardeners to keep the garden looking neat and tidy. We will also continue caring for our environment by litter picking and advocating across the school for children to look after our world.


Early Reading and Writing Skills

  • able to fill in the gap in a known story or song
  • listen to stories with increased attention
  • Sometimes, give meaning to the marks we make
  • recognise own name
  • identify letters with the sounds they make (phonemes)
  • use a pencil, holding the pencil with the tripod pencil grip.


Mathematics Chest
- recognition of numbers to 5 – formation of numbers to 5 – volume and capacity experiments – ordering and sequencing - sorting and matching – subitising – the cardinal principle – positional language - comparing


Summer Term – Amazing Animals

The sun is out and the animals are having lots of fun! During this term the children will learn about how to care for animals, animal habits and use appropriate words to describe them. They will also learn the names of baby animals. ‘Letterland’ will continue and near the end of the term the children will have learnt all the letters of the alphabet and their sounds.



Having grasped such a collection of letter sounds, the challenge will now be to read simple words! During this term the children will continue forming their letters correctly and will have many opportunities to show off their excellent writing skills in the role play areas!


By the this term the children should have developed a range of PE skills and will be gaining confidence getting changed independently, we will be practising our gymnastics, particularly focusing on travelling, balancing and jumping. We will also make sure we do lots of running and racing practise in preparation for the all-important Sports Day.

During this term there will be lots of opportunities for investigation and we will be identifying items that are magnetic as well as exploring floating and sinking and when and why ice changes to water. By the end of this term, the children will have developed all the necessary skills to become independent, enthusiastic and creative learners.


Early Reading and Writing Skills

  • recognise an increasing number of letters
  • show an interest in print in the environment
  • ascribe meaning to print in the environment
  • hear and say initial sounds in words.


Mathematics Chest
recognition of numbers to 10- counting by rote 1-20 – development of mathematical language e.g. longer, shorter, bigger, smaller – one more/one less – practical addition – practical subtraction – weighing and balancing – completing sequences – capacity


Core Nursery Rhymes for the year to support language development:

  • Baa Baa Black Sheep
  • Incy Wincy Spider
  • Humpty Dumpty
  • Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
  • Hickory Dickory Dock
  • 5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
  • Miss Polly had a Dolly
  • Tommy Thumb


These rhymes will be repeated during carpet times throughout the week. By the end of their Nursery year the children should be very familiar with these rhymes and be able to join in with the words and/or actions.