Nursery Curriculum Introduction

Life in Early Years at HLC is fun and filled with exciting and enjoyable learning opportunities centred within our vision of Finding our voices; learning through play’.

Our school motto: “belongrespectinspiresucceed and enjoy” lie at the very heart of our Early Years curriculum offer. We are a large learning community in Nursery, but every child is known as an individual, instilling a sense of real belonging. We work closely with our parents and carers to make sure that each child is happy, safe and learning as much as they can.

In both Nursery and Reception we follow the updated Early Years Foundation Stage: ‘Development Matters’ which looks at child development from birth to 5 years of age, focussing on the seven areas of learning which are separated into two groups, Prime and Specific.

This ensures that we meet the standards which are set out in the EYFS statutory framework for the development and care of children from birth to 5.

Prime areas of learning

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development.

Specific areas of learning

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design.

We use these areas of learning to underpin our broad and balanced curriculum offer and to ensure that all children are provided with opportunities to find their talent and learn to respect the differences of others.

Learning in Nursery is planned around a weekly text that engages children in a wide range of experience and learning opportunities, these books are flexible depending on the interests of the children. The Nursery environment is rich in reading opportunities and reading is rigorously promoted and modelled effectively by adults. We want children to develop a love of reading and this is done through capturing their interest and imagination at a young age. Children are encouraged to take home any of our Nursery books to share with an adult for pleasure, practise re-telling stories and develop a love of a wide range of books.

Nursery pupils will be introduced to Phase 1 phonics through small, focused groups and adult-led activities. This is through fun and engaging activities, for example singing Nursery Rhymes, going on a sound hunt and exploring with musical instruments. Where appropriate, teachers will introduce some children to the initial sounds from Phase 2. We encourage our children to apply their phonics learning through their play and promote mark making, the use of print within the environment and story scribing.

We create irresistible indoor and outdoor learning environments, thoughtfully enhanced with authentic objects for children to explore, including items from the natural world. These resources spark curiosity, imagination and bring a unique quality to their learning and play. We hope to inspire our little thinkers and develop their curiosity to know more and learn more. We value the importance of play and how crucial it is to all areas of a child’s development. We give our children time to become deeply involved in their play and ensure that every detail of their school day is committed to knowledge and skills growth, with children applying their skills to situations and experiences, and opening up opportunities to develop new ones alongside them.

We believe that children have a natural desire to learn, explore, discover and succeed. Our caring teachers and support staff plan a wide range of learning opportunities and use exciting provocations within the environment to ensure that children are motivated and deeply engaged in their learning. Our dedicated team listen to and observe our children closely to identify and follow each child’s interests. By doing this, we recognise and take the opportunity to extend our children’s interests and learning further, by facilitating key teaching opportunities and planning for our children’s next steps.


Medium and Long Term Plans

Medium Term Plan

Our Medium Term plans are used by the teachers to track what the learning will look like across the half term. These are shared with the children at the beginning of every topic and are displayed in rooms. The subjects taught that term will have a clear sequence of learning objectives that are followed to ensure that children get a balance of knowledge and skills. As much as possible, subjects are linked to the main topic title and we explicitly identify links between the subjects, ensuring that we offer a rounded learning experience. Teachers use the Medium Term plan to plan specific lessons: building on their prior learning and incorporate penitent, key questions and enquires within them. Educational experiences are carefully mapped into the Medium Term Plans to ensure that they come at the most appropriate learning point in the topic.

Long Term Plan

Our Long Term Plans map out the subjects and topics across the year for every year group. We ensure that pupils gain a broad, balanced and high-quality curriculum offer that is centred around the National Curriculum learning objectives. Alongside key experiences and Educational Visits, these long term plans map out your child’s journey through school and their key learning points. We have including suggested books that they can read alongside the class book in bold. Our topic titles are driven by Reading and STEM. We complete additional STEM related projects every half term and share these with parents and carers. Through key questions and explorative learning, we have developed enquiries for the children to progress to as end points in their sequence of learning in a variety of different topics.

Nursery LTP