Early years foundation stage framework

Our nursery curriculum is based on the early years foundation stage statutory framework which sets standards for learning, development and the care of children from birth to five years old.

Through our play-based delivery of the early years framework, we aim to inspire a life-long love of learning in each child so that they feel happy, confident and ready for school.

Prime and specific areas of learning and development

We teach our nursery children the seven areas of learning and development through set topics every half term. These include communication and language; personal, social and emotional development; physical development; literacy; mathematics; understanding the world; and expressive arts and design.

Our half termly topics are a great way for children to grasp different concepts through playing, sharing, talking, doing and experimenting – there’s something to capture the imaginations and curiosities of everyone.

Our current 2023-24 topics

Autumn term 1Autumn term 2Spring term 1Spring term 2Summer term 1Summer term 2
This is meWhy do leaves fall?Space explorersTails and scalesWho lives under the sea?Once upon a fairy tale
Me/myNocturnal animals Autumn celebrationsTim Peake and Neil ArmstrongLife cycles Animals Pets Dinosaurs

A more detailed plan of our curriculum programme is available below.

Samuel Barlow Primary Academy nursery curriculum