Communication and Language - Listening and attention/Understanding /Speaking

In Nursery we encourage speech, communication and vocabulary through a wide range of planned and child-initiated experiences. Through a wide variety of quality texts we expose our children to rich language. We plan circle times which introduce children to new vocabulary and modeled speech. We have a weekly Show and Tell when children bring in items from home and tell their friends about them, encouraging clear speech but also good listening from peers as well as what the whole question and answer technique.  If we feel a child needs further help with speech development, we work closely with the SENco and Speech and Language Therapy Services to provide early intervention. We place a high emphasis on Nursery rhymes and send one home every week to learn as this helps children to learn about rhyme and have fun with language. Our Nursery rhyme themed reading area is enjoyed by the children who like to identify the songs and then sing to their friends! In our Letters and Sounds sessions we place a high emphasis on developing listening and attention skills. We encourage good listening in all focus tasks, whole class story, routines and play.

Physical Development -

Moving and handling During PE sessions we will be exploring crawling, rolling, jumping and balancing. We will practice small apparatus skills of throwing and catching and kicking. We will follow The Cool Kids program and Busy Feet. In our outside play we will use bikes and climbing frames and a wide variety of large equipment to encourage control and mastery of movements. Fine motor skills will be developed through threading, painting, cutting, pegs, tweezers etc in sensory based play. Health and self-care  - Throughout the Nursery day healthy eating, exercise and hygiene are continually emphasized by photos, activities and modelling. 

Understanding the World - People and Communities; We promote sharing family events and celebrations through ‘All About Me ‘book. This term we will celebrate Diwali, Bonfire Night and Christmas. We will find out about different jobs e.g. police, gardener, people in our school... 

Literacy - 

Writing. We provide a rich literacy environment. IN Nursery mark making is encouraged at all times across all areas. In daily differentiated focus tasks children are introduced to quality and engaging texts with a wide range of rich vocabulary. This promotes a love of literature and writing. We encourage children to mark make from the start of Nursery and then encourage correct letter formation and then the written word.  Our letters and sounds phonic sessions make learning sounds and writing fun!

Being Imaginative – We explore the seasons and festivals in dance, music and art. We use exciting role-play areas inside and outside to promote creativity by providing dressing up clothes, props and resources eg dens, shops, boats.  We provide rich creative experiences in different media, using a wide range of tools. We follow the school art programme to develop skills which will be refined at a later age. We work closely with outside artists to add a richness to our provision eg a dance teacher, Shrewsbury Museum and art gallery, Telford Culture Zone and Early Years Specialists.


We use songs to help us count eg One , two , there , four, five .Once I caught a fish alive’ We have differentiated daily maths focus tasks, when we teach strategies for counting , calculations and reasoning .We count using natural objects  and a wide range of exciting resources. We use models and images in line with school policy eg numicon, bar models etc. We follow the school EYFS Maths Calculation policy and staff continually kept up to date with high quality maths training. We provide a rich mathematical environment where children can apply what they have learnt in focus tasks within their play eg role-play shops, bus journeys, cafes, garage, baby clinic etc. We provide resources within small world, sand and water play, creative play and   across all child –initiated areas, to encourage application of learning from focus tasks.  Children are observed applying in play and this informs our assessment of next steps for that child in the area of maths. 

Shape, Space and Measures. We use songs and real life experiences to help the understanding in this area of mathematical development. We use differentiated focus tasks and encourage application in both inside and outside environments in child –initiated play eg construction, mechanics garage, small world, sand and water play.


Personal, Social and Emotional - Development; Making relationships. Throughout all our daily routines and provision Nursery we promote good communication between children and their peers and between staff and children. In our key groups children have opportunities to do circle times to get to know each other.  

Self-confidence and self –awareness

At Redhill Nursery we endeavor to build children’s self- confidence and promote self- awareness, whilst managing feelings and behavior in an environment of trust and care. We do this by having key groups, Show and Tell activity, a child- accessible environment and supportive adults. Managing Feelings and Behavior – in our circle times we take talk about rules that make our Nursery safe and a happy place.

Being imaginative - We are exploring the seasons, Diwali and Christmas in music and dance and will listen to world music. We will set up exciting role-play areas inside and outside. During chill –initiated play children will have access to dressing up clothes, props and resources e.g. dens, shop, café. 

The World - People and communities, technology, the world

Celebrating the many cultures and festivals within our school community encourage a sense of belonging to the wider world. Visits from the police, nurses, garden center promote an interest in those who help us.  In our Nursery we promote technology with programmable toys, Ipads, interactive whiteboard etc. We use role-play to model learning and use of technology in the world eg phones, Exploration plays a major part in Early Years so children will investigate first hand and develop a sense of awe and wonder at the world around them. Our welly walks will encourage fun and creativity, questioning and observation .The grounds around our Nursery enable inquisitive minds to explore and learn about the natural world throughout the seasons.


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To view the Nurseries Curriculum Overviews please click on the links below -

Nursery 2016-2018 Long term Curriculum map

Spring term 2017  Medium term Curriculum Overview

Summer term 2017 Medium Curriculum Overview

Autumn term 2017 Medium term Curriculum Overview