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 the experts (you the parents!) 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! We have high expectations of all learners and design the bespoke curriculum to prepare them for their next stage in education.
All experiences and activities are planned to provide a broad and rich educational offer. The sessions provide a mix of adult-led sessions; where identified skills are explicitly taught, and child-initiated sessions; where children choose the direction of their own play alongside adults who provide skilled play partners. Early reading is a high priority and the teaching of early reading skills permeates through all we do. Explicit daily phonics sessions and talk for writing story times ensures that children are exposed to rich vocabulary and a range of carefully chosen stories and texts. Staff are trained to seize all opportunities to read with children and plan sessions that bring books alive and ignite a lifelong love of reading. This focus develops early reading skills and provides a secure foundation from which to become a confident competent reader and writer as they move through their education.
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. They challenged the group to get the dinosaurs out by opening the boxes. The children loved the challenge and soon became experts at taking the lids off boxes of all shapes and sizes!
Example 2: A child in the Butterfly group was going into hospital for an operation. They were highly anxious about this event. In response, the key person developed the role play area into a hospital. Encouraged children to share their experiences of hospitals with the group and provided resources so that these experiences could be used in role-play. Then invited in a nurse to discuss what happens in their work. The nurse then stayed and played in the role-play area with the children.
The learning and development requirements in the Early Years Foundation Stage underpins the curriculum here 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 Years curriculum is organised into 7 areas of learning. For each area of learning there is a set of developmental stages and early learning outcomes which describe what each child is expected to be learning at that stage.
Teachers and Early Years Practitioners plan the curriculum to ensure the children make good progress towards the early learning goals which children are expected to reach by the end of the Reception class in their primary school. At Heath Lane Nursery School we support all children to make the best possible progress by ensuring that learning opportunities are rich and exciting and engage all children.
There are 7 areas of learning:
3 Prime areas of learning
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
4 Specific areas of learning
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Art and Design
More information about the EYFS can be found on: