Our Nursery School Curriculum ages 3-4

Our Nursery School Curriculum ages 3-4

Our Nursery School Curriculum for children aged 3-4

The key curriculum we cover starts the term after a child’s third birthday when they will experience further teaching and learning within the prime and specific areas of learning.

In our nursery school we have a very strong emphasis on supporting and developing children’s communication and language skills.

We follow the statutory guidelines from Development Matters to offer our children a rich and varied curriculum.

Communication and Language

EYFS Statutory Educational Programme:

The development of children’s spoken language underpins all seven areas of learning and development.

Children’s back-and-forth interactions from an early age form the foundations for language and cognitive development.

The number and quality of the conversations they have with adults and peers throughout the day in a language-rich environment is crucial.

By commenting on what children are interested in or doing, and echoing back what they say with new vocabulary added, practitioners will build children’s language effectively.

Personal Social and Emotional Development

EYFS Statutory Educational Programme:

Children’s personal, social and emotional development (PSED) is crucial for children to lead healthy and happy lives, and is fundamental to their cognitive development.

Underpinning their personal development are the important attachments that shape their social world.

Strong, warm and supportive relationships with adults enable children to learn how to understand their own feelings and those of others.

Physical Development                   

EYFS Statutory Educational Programme:

Physical activity is vital in children’s all-round development, enabling them to pursue happy, healthy and active lives.

Gross and fine motor experiences develop incrementally throughout early childhood, starting with sensory explorations and the development of a child’s strength, co-ordination and positional awareness through tummy time, crawling and play movement with both objects and adults.


EYFS Statutory Educational Programme:

It is crucial for children to develop a life-long love of reading.

Reading consists of two dimensions: language comprehension and word reading. Language comprehension (necessary for both reading and writing) starts from birth.

It only develops when adults talk with children about the world around them and the books (stories and non-fiction) they read with them, and enjoy rhymes, poems and songs together. Skilled word reading, taught later, involves both the speedy working out of the pronunciation of unfamiliar printed words (decoding) and the speedy recognition of familiar printed words. Writing involves transcription (spelling and handwriting) and composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech, before writing).


EYFS Statutory Educational Programme:

Developing a strong grounding in number is essential so that all children develop the necessary building blocks to excel mathematically.

Children should be able to count confidently, develop a deep understanding of the numbers to 10, the relationships between them and the patterns within those numbers.

Understanding the World                

EYFS Statutory Educational Programme:

Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community.

The frequency and range of children’s personal experiences increases their knowledge and sense of the world around them – from visiting parks, libraries and museums to meeting important members of society such as police officers, nurses and firefighters. In addition, listening to a broad selection of stories, non-fiction, rhymes and poems will foster their understanding of our culturally, socially, technologically and ecologically diverse world.

As well as building important knowledge, this extends their familiarity with words that support understanding across domains.

Enriching and widening children’s vocabulary will support later reading comprehension.

Creative and Expressive Arts and Design                 

  • Expressive Arts and Design

EYFS Statutory Educational Programme:

The development of children’s artistic and cultural awareness supports their imagination and creativity. It is important that children have regular opportunities to engage with the arts, enabling them to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials.

The quality and variety of what children see, hear and participate in is crucial for developing their understanding, self-expression, vocabulary and ability to communicate through the arts.

The frequency, repetition and depth of their experiences are fundamental to their progress in interpreting and appreciating what they hear, respond to and observe.

We plan our curriculum experiences

  • to meet the needs of our children

  • to enable them to enjoy working and playing together to thrive and be happy

  • to enable them find out more about the world around them.

Quality learning and play takes place indoors and outdoors.