Curriculum

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 nurse then stayed and played in the role-play area with the children.

 

EYFS Curriculum

At Heath Lane we have developed a curriculum intent that is pertinent and ambitious for our children. Staff carefully develop a responsive curriculum that meets their interests and needs. Our curriculum, and in turn our planning of provision, is unique from year to year, group to group and individual to individual. We glean information from …

Prime Areas of Learning

Communication and Language The development of children’s spoken language will impact on their achievement across all areas. To ensure that our children can thrive, we provide a language rich environment. We support children at the very early stages of English language and those at the early stages of communication by providing highly skilled staff who …

Specific Areas of Learning

Literacy We are passionate about children developing a life-long love of reading. We have a commitment to provide every child who attends Heath Lane Nursery with a home library of 5 books by the time they leave. We provide parents and carers with guidance on how they can support early reading at home using a …

Supporting Early Reading

At Heath Lane Nursery School we are committed to providing a home library of five high-quality texts for children to ensure that all children who leave Heath Lane have access to texts in their own home. We are passionate about igniting a love of reading in all our children. We know that reading is essential …

Inclusion & Diversity

Our vision statement at Heath Lane is; ‘where every child can thrive!’ This vision permeates into all we do at school; our aim is that the carefully planned activities and the thoughtful experiences we provide will positively impact on how our children see themselves, each other and the world around them. There are many ways …

Forest School

What is Forest School? At Heath Lane we have invested in a qualified teacher with Forest School training to lead our Forest School sessions. Each key group will have the opportunity to take part in a Forest School session every week.  The session lasts for the entire morning/afternoon session at nursery. The philosophy of Forest School …