Reception & Nursery
Welcome to our Reception and Nursery Curriculum Page
Hello and welcome to the EYFS curriculum page. We have a very passionate team in EYFS at Mauldeth Road, who understand the importance of 'Getting it right' in Early Years so that the children have the best possible start to their time in education. We strive to provide each child with secure building blocks in learning which are needed to guide them through their entire academic journey.
Our Early Years provision for Nursery is in a large open plan setting with a extended outdoor learning space with both covered and uncovered learning spaces. In Reception, we have 2 classes of up to 30 pupils with its own large outdoor learning area, also covered and uncovered, which is shared across the 2 classes. Each class in Nursery and Reception has a Teacher and a Teaching Assistant with a wealth of experience of working with young children and understanding of early child development.
The Early Years Curriculum
At Mauldeth Road, we follow the curriculum as outlined in the latest version of the EYFS statutory framework. This provides a framework for all practitioners working with children from birth to 5 years old and offers guidance on providing the best quality care and education for young children. We have used Development Matters to design a curriculum that is based on a wide range of topics which engage and provide a wide variety of experiences for the children. All areas of the curriculum are planned for to ensure there is a broad, balanced and prgressive learning environment and curriculum.
We have a carefully planned curriculum across Nursery and Reception which allows all children to develop their skills and knowledge in the 7 areas of learning and development. Our long term plans can be found at the bottom of the page.
The EYFS framework includes 7 areas of learning and development that are equally important and interconnected. However 3 areas known as the Prime areas are seen as particularly important for igniting curiosity and enthusiasm for learning and for building children's capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.
The Prime Areas are:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Communication and Language
The Specific Areas cover a wide variety of knowledge and skills which lead into the Key Stage 1 curriculum and deepen the children's understanding of the world around them.
The Specific Areas are:
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts and Design
How the curriculum is taught in EYFS
A vital aspect in the development of essential knowledge and skills is the use of continuous provision within their daily learning. This means that children are using and developing taught skllls throughout the year on a daily basis. Continuous provision practise and principles begin in EYFS and support children to develop key life skills such as independence, innovation, creativity, enquiry, analysis and problem solving. During the school day, children will have an opportunity to work independently, work collaboratively with their friends and with members of staff.
Daily guided activities are also planned to cover different areas of the EYFS curriculum and allow children to develop their next steps in learning. There are also a range of stimulating and engaging activities which the children can access independently and a variety of opportunities for child initiated play.
We regularly assess where the children are, using 'Development Matters' and then ensure our planning, adult interaction and learning environment; including continuous provision, support children to reach their next steps. We will include interventions for groups or individuals if and when necessary. Our outdoor areas are used all year round and in all weather conditions. We ensure activities support the Characteristics of Effective Learning to ensure every opportunity for learning is taken.
Characteristics of Effective Learning
Our curriculum is tailored to ensure the consistent practice of the Characteristics for Effective Learning which are, playing and exploring, active learning and creating and thinking critically. Our activities and taught sessions carefully encourage and develop these characteristics in everyday learning.
Our Curriculum Goals
White Rose Maths
In Reception we use the White Rose Maths scheme of learning for the majority of our day to day teaching. We supplement this with the NCETM Maths mastery curriculum. These two curriculums are mirrored in style of delivery, vocabulary use and content with the Nursery maths curriculum which leads smoothly into the Reception curriculum and beyond. White Rose maths is used throughout the school both in KS1 and KS2.
Long Term Plans for Nursery and Reception