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Nursery Curriculum

All children’s learning is based on the revised Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum which underpins all future learning by supporting, fostering, promoting and developing children’s development in all.

We aim to continue the extremely valuable work you have already put into your child’s early education and look forward to working with you to help each child, at their own pace, make maximum progress during their time at Abbey Meadows nursery.


The nursery day is carefully planned to give the children the opportunity to experience a wide variety of stimulating activities through play situations so that learning will be fun.

Phonics Programme

Many parents have asked us about phonics.  Phonics is the word used to describe the sounds the letters make, so the word ‘dog’ can be read from it’s three sounds: d-o-g.


It is important to know that these are not the names of the letters as we say them in the alphabet, but the sounds these letters make.


The word ‘thing’ is made up of three sounds: th-i-ng, where pairs of letters combine to make a single sound and ‘ship’ is made up of three sounds: sh-i-p.

You can access the presentation on Phonics given by the Year 1 teachers on 23rd February here

Personal, Social & Emotional Development

  • We learn to play together co-operatively and constructively.
  • We learn to respect and take care of each other.
  • We learn to do things for ourselves.
  • We learn how to behave in a range of settings.
  • We dress up and pretend to be other people.
  • We learn to express our thoughts, ideas and feelings in circle time.
  • We learn to share and take turns.


As a result our children;

  • Gain self-confidence and self-awareness
  • Manage their feelings and behaviour
  • Are able to make relationships

Communication & Language

  • We learn to communicate with others in a range of ways.
  • We develop a wider vocabulary and descriptive language.
  • We learn to listen to others and take turns to speak.
  • We learn to listen attentively to stories, songs, rhymes and poems and respond to what we hear.
  • We learn to follow instructions and answer questions.
  • We learn to communicate our own ideas and stories.


As a result we promote;

  • Listening and attention skills
  • Understanding
  • Speaking

Physical Development

  • We enjoy climbing outside on the apparatus and during our weekly movement session.
  • We use PE equipment like hoops, balls and beanbags to play games.
  • We develop our fine motor skills by learning to tear, cut, thread, and manipulate different materials.
  • We handle tools and equipment effectively, including pencils and pens.
  • We learn to ride lots of different kinds of wheeled vehicles.
  • We learn the importance of physical exercise and a healthy diet and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe.
  • We learn to manage our own basic hygiene and personal needs successfully, including dressing and going to the toilet independently.


As a result we promote;

  • Moving and handling
  • Health and self-care


Young children's physical development is inseparable from all other aspects of development because they learn through being active and interactive.


  • We learn to sort, match, order, sequence and count lots of things.
  • We solve problems.
  • We play with the water and learn about capacity.
  • We use scales to measure our ingredients during cooking sessions.
  • We begin to understand the language of position and size.
  • We use appropriate language to talk about size, weight, position, time and money
  • We recognise, create and describe patterns.


As a result we promote;

  • Numbers
  • Shape, space and measures


  • We learn about letters and sounds in our weekly sessions.
  • We share books with each other and choose books to share at home.
  • We talk about books and stories and recognise the difference between pictures and print.
  • We use a variety of tools including pencils to make marks.
  • We begin to use our phonic knowledge and understanding to give meaning to marks.
  • We learn about writing our name.


As a result we promote;

  • Reading
  • Writing

Expressive Arts & Design

  • We sing songs, make and explore music and dance.
  • We love to explore and develop our creativity using a full range of materials.
  • We explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.
  • We work alongside each other and with creative people.
  • We build pretend homes, space ships, boats, and trains and let our imagination take us on all sorts of adventures.


As a result we promote;

  • Exploring and using media and materials
  • Being imaginative

Understanding of the World

  • We enjoy exploring and becoming familiar with our local environment.  
  • We love to examine the insects in our garden.
  • We plant seeds and plants in our garden and learn how to care for them.
  • Our outside classroom is very important to us; we learn so much and have lots of fun.
  • We like to use the computer to play games and to draw.
  • We recognise a range of technology and select and use it for a particular purpose.
  • We share stories about our friends and families.
  • We investigate why and how things work, using lots of construction kits and materials.
  • Cooking is one of our favourite activities and we enjoy eating what we have made.
  • Visitors come and tell us about their jobs.


As a result we promote;

  • People and communities
  • The World
  • Technology