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St Peter's C of E Primary School


Nursery Curriculum

In Nursery and Reception, children study seven areas of learning, which are divided into Prime and Specific areas. At the end of Early Years Foundation Stage (the end of reception year) the children are assessed against the Early Learning Goals (ELG’s). You will receive regular updates regarding your child’s progress.



Achievement in the Prime Areas is a priority in all EYFS settings. There are three Prime Areas of Learning.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Children develop a positive sense of themselves and of others, respect for others, social skills and a positive attitude to learning. We provide support for children’s emotional well-being to help them to know themselves and what they can do.

Communication and Language

Children learn essential skills for communicating; speaking and listening. Children are encouraged to develop their vocabulary, expression, knowledge of tenses and to speak in full sentences while participating in conversation. We will provide a range of learning opportunities and encourage them to use their skills in a range of situations and for a range of purposes.

Physical Development

We provide opportunities for children to be active, interactive, and improve their skills in coordination, control, manipulation and movement. We also support them in their understanding of the importance of physical activity and making healthy choices in relation to food.



Children’s learning is further developed and extended through the teaching of the Specific Areas.


Children are introduced to reading and writing through a combination of adult and self-led activities. In Reception, daily phonics sessions support children’s understanding of the sound system in English and support them when reading and writing independently. Children have extensive opportunities to read both books of their own choice, and within the school’s Guided Reading scheme, which is led by an adult.


Children are supported in developing their understanding of Mathematics in a broad range of contexts in which they can explore, enjoy, learn, practise and talk about their developing understanding. We learn about number, calculating, and space, shape and measure.

Understanding the World

Children are supported in developing the knowledge, skills and understanding that help them to make sense of the world. We offer opportunities to a range of tools safely; encounter creatures, people, plants and objects in their natural environments and in real-life situations; undertake practical ‘experiments’ and work with a range of materials.

Expressive Arts and Design

We will extend children’s creativity by providing support for their curiosity, exploration and play. We will provide opportunities for children to explore and share their thoughts, ideas and feelings; for example through a variety of art, music, movement, dance, imaginative and role-play activities, mathematics and design and technology.