Curriculum Introduction

At Heath Lane we carefully develop the curriculum so that it meets the interests and needs of our children. We do not have a set curriculum which we follow; instead we observe the children in their play, identify their fascinations, strengths and areas for development then plan experiences and opportunities that will excite, interest and challenge them!

All key groups have opportunities planned across all the areas of learning and they all have daily phonics and story sessions. However, each key group is planned for separately because we appreciate that no two key groups are the same-why would their needs and interests be! Each key person has an expertise and skill in listening carefully to their group and planning in response to what the children require.

Example 1: Children in the Owl group were struggling to open the Tupperware boxes in their lunchboxes at lunch time. The key person sourced a large number of different sized boxes and placed some dinosaurs inside. She challenged her group to get the dinosaurs out by opening the boxes. The children loved the challenge and soon became experts at taking the lids of boxes of all shapes and sizes!

Example 2: A child in the Butterfly group was going into hospital for an operation. He was highly anxious about this event. In response the key person developed the role play area into a hospital. She encouraged children to share their experiences of hospitals with the group and provided resources so that these experiences could be used in role-play. She invited in a nurse to discuss what happens in her work. The nurser then stayed and played in the role-play area with the children.

EYFS Curriculum

The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum is followed at Heath Lane Nursery School. The care and education of children in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) follow statutory requirements and guidance given by Government. The Early Years Foundation Stage This is the statutory framework for all children aged between 0 and 5 years. The Early …

Prime Areas of Learning

Communication and Language Listening and Attention: Children learn to listen to each other and adults individually and in small and large groups. They listen and join in with stories and rhymes every day with enjoyment and relevant responses. Understanding: Children develop understanding of language through their play and exploration they respond to questions, they explore, …

Specific Areas of Learning

Mathematics In the EYFS children’s mathematical understanding develops through active learning, play and exploration. They will learn through real life situations, stories, songs, cooking and games. Number: Children will learn to count reliably, order numbers, calculate, problem solve and use mathematical language Shape, space and measure: Children will learn about weight, capacity, position, distance, time …

Forest School

We are incredibly lucky to have our beautiful garden. We ensure that the space is used to it’s full potential. We embrace rich outdoor learning and offer children daily opportunities to explore the natural world alongside a planned forest school session each week. Children will need to be suitably dressed to fully enjoy forest school. …