The Valley Nursery School - Curriculum

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.  Our staff make observations of the children at play to gain an insight into their interests and age and stage of development.  These observations then inform planning to ensure each child not only accesses the seven areas of learning, but does so through a medium that engages them.  Staff consider the intent of each activity, that is, what they want the educational element to be.  They carefully implement activities to support the learning outcome and closely observe the children at play, checking their levels of engagement and motivation.  The staff then consider the impact this has had on the children and what the next steps in learning should be in relation to each child's needs on their journey and in preparation for their next challenge.  We share achievements with parents through Tapestry (online learning journal) and termly parent meetings.

We believe that the whole curriculum can be accessed in the outdoors and use our wonderful areas to promote children's active learning and critical thinking as well as building their emotional health.  The outdoors naturally creates challenges for all ages of children and our experienced staff support children by using open ended questions to work through such challenges.  They are encouraged to keep trying even if they encounter difficulties.

Vocabulary plays a vital role in children's confidence and assuredness.  Through early language children can communicate and articulate what they are thinking and get what they want.  They can make friends, have high self esteem and good mental health.  To help children's vocabulary, we place great importance on interactions with each child.  As a whole setting we have undertaken 'Learning Language and Loving it' to reflect on and improve our interactions.  Staff are trained in makaton to help bridge the gap between non-communicators and talkers.  Story time, song and rhyme are plentiful throughout the day.  We hold story days based on favourite books to fully immerse the

children in literature.

The curriculum enhances the experiences and opportunities available to our children


'Staff provide stimulating activities for children, which successfully promote interest and

learning through play. Children make good progress in their development because they are inquisitive

and confident learners due to the effective teaching.'


OFSTED inspection 2015