Nursery children enjoy a rich, stimulating and practical curriculum which is predominantly led by the children and based around topics which interest them. We believe that play is educationally powerful, so the staff plan on the basic principles of play, using their knowledge of the curriculum and of the children's developmental stages. We combine adult directed and child initiated activities.

We believe well-planned play both indoors and outdoors, is a key way in which children learn with enjoyment and challenge during the Early Years Foundation Stage.  Through play that is planned in a secure environment and with effective adult support, children can:

  • explore, develop and represent learning experiences, which help them make sense of the world;
  • practise and build up ideas, concepts and skills;
  • learn how to control themselves and understand the need for rules;
  • be alone, be alongside others or co-operate as they talk and express their feelings;
  • take risks and make mistakes;
  • think creatively and imaginatively;
  • communicate with others as they investigate and solve problems;
  • express fears or re-live anxious experiences in controlled and safe situations.


What do I need to know about Nursery – Nursery class booklet



Throughout the year we cover a range of topics based on our current children’s interests.  The staff regularly plan activities for both small focus sessions and independent learning which are based on the children’s interests and support the characteristics of learning. These are then matched to learning objectives. Areas of the learning environment are then enhanced each week to provide new opportunities of exploration. The children are leaders and facilitators in their own learning. Topics may include Nursery Rhymes and life cycles. Topics and themes last as long as they children are interested and then they are consulted about new directions of learning. Even though the topics and themes are child led we ensure that there is a balance of adult and child initiated learning.

Nursery children are able to learn in a stimulating, indoor and outdoor environment.  Each week we have focused learning sessions in key worker groups and child-initiated learning time.




We go on local walks to explore our local area and visit the nearby woods and common.

Twice a year we have art and craft workshops with our Reception children and enjoy working alongside the Reception children, staff and our parents.  We enjoy trips from local theatre companies.



Each week we will share on Google Classroom, our online learning platform, the learning that will be taking place in class so you can support your child further.  We use Tapestry as an online learning journal to share observations of the children’s learning.

School books are sent home for you to share with your child to promote a love of reading.

Curriculum Guidance

How to use Tapestry

Click here for a video explaining how to use Tapestry to follow your child's learning journey. 


EYFS Policy

Atwood's policy for the Early Years Foundation Stage.


Nursery Long-Term Plan 2021-2022

Click here for an overview of the topics covered in Nursery over the academic year.


Phase 1 Letters and Sounds

Information on how children in Nursery begin to develop their letters and sounds skills.