EYFS Nursery

Our Curriculum

The Early Years Foundation Stage

The Early Years Foundation Stage encompasses both Nursery and Reception. Children in our Nursery have fantastic facilities for both indoor and outdoor learning. We aim to create safe, stimulating learning environments both indoors and outdoors which encourage the children to make independent choices and explore confidently.

Every child in the Nursery has an online learning journal that will be added to by Nursery staff who will take photographs and record videos of significant moments.  The learning journal is a secure document and can only be accessed by named staff and named family members via email.  The learning journal is a great way for parents and carers to find out about their child’s learning.  Parents can add their own comments, or even their child’s comments about their learning.


Book borrowing

Fostering a love of books has a life long impact on children’s educational attainment.  At South Rise we have a large collection of books suitable for children to borrow and return.  At the beginning of the session, please support your child with selecting a book to take home and share with you.  Staff will support you with this process.  All children will need a book bag in order to transport books from school to home.  Book bags are available to purchase from the office.


Key Person

South Rise nursery will allocate your child a key person. Your child's key person will support your child during settling in.  During your child’s time at nursery the key person will be responsible for monitoring your child’s development and progress through observations, photographs and keeping examples of their creativity and successes in their ‘Learning Journals’.


The Foundation Stage Curriculum

Children from birth to five years of age are in the Early Years Foundation Stage. This is recognised as a separate stage of learning, laying the foundations for when children begin more formal education. There is an emphasis on learning through active play, with children encouraged to build on their individual needs and interests.

The three prime areas are:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development
  • Communication and Language

The four specific areas of development are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

The curriculum is planned to promote progress in all areas of learning as prime and specific areas of learning development are all interconnected. All areas of learning are delivered through planned, purposeful play, with both, child initiated and adult-led activities. We recognise and support the unique differences in children and develop their self-confidence by building on what they can do. We also encourage children to become decision makers and problem solvers who can plan, carry out their chosen activities and later reflect on their play. Children are encouraged to play individually and in cooperation with other children and adults.

Forest school

We are fortunate to have an on site forest school area and a trained forest school leader.  Each child will have the opportunity to experience forest school fortnightly.  In order to fully benefit please ensure your child has a pair of wellington boots kept on their peg, that are labelled with their name.  We have a set of high quality waterproofs for each child attending.  However, on the odd occasion your child may become wet or muddy and this is an integral part of their learning experience.


We have a school uniform for South Rise. The school colour is Navy. School sweatshirts and cardigans, with the school logo, are available to purchase from the school office. All clothing must be clearly marked with your child's name. We expect pupils to wear "sensible" black shoes (i.e. flat shoes that do up and are secure on a child's foot and that will allow pupils to engage safely in all school activities).  Please ensure your child’s uniform is labelled with their name. 

Children are not permitted to wear jewellery to school. This includes earrings as jewellery can cause injuries whilst playing outdoors.

We value outdoor play experiences and therefore use our outdoor area in all weather. Please ensure your child is dressed appropriately depending on the weather.  During winter months all children will need a warm coat.  In summer months please try to provide your child with appropriate clothing and a sun hat.

As your child will be climbing and running no open toe sandals are allowed in nursery. We ask parents to take responsibility for applying a sun screen to all exposed areas of children’s skin before nursery.

To make life easier for your child to use the toilet independently it is best if children wear clothes that are easy to manage and that belts should be avoided.


Autumn 1 2017

Welcome to nursery to our new families and to our old friends welcome back!

This term, our focus is on settling in.  We are settling in lots of new children, getting to know them, giving them time and space to build friendships, giving them a chance to explore the environment, building trusting relationships and establishing routines and boundaries. 


Unit of Learning:  This half term’s learning is All About Me. 

We will be getting to know each other and building trusting friendships and relationships.  We’ll be thinking about ourselves, what we are good at and what we like doing.  We will be talking about homes and families and who is significant in the children’s lives.  We’ll be looking at ourselves and noticing the similarities and differences between us and our friends.  We’ll be reading lots of stories about homes and families including So Much and Lima’s Red Hot Chilli.   


Letter and sounds:  We are embarking on phase one, aspect one.  In this aspect we’ll be developing our listening skills, learning to tune into sounds and to identify the different sounds that we can hear.  We’ll be learning to sing lots of familiar and new songs


Mathematical development:  This term we are developing our counting skills using one to one correspondence to ten and then beyond.  We will sing lots of counting songs and begin to recognise numbers of personal significance. 


Forest school:  Our forest school day is Wednesdays, and the children will have the chance to visit the forest school every other week. Please ensure that your child has a pair of wellies that they can wear to forest school. 

Thank you for all your support with your child’s learning. 


Thank you for your continued support.   Michelle, Amber, Sandra and Glenda

Nursery Latest News

Nursery have been finding out about the celebration of Diwali. We have built a temple out of boxes, made our own raita and tasted it with poppadum, played with spice flavoured playdough, made our own pooja lamps using clay and danced to Hindi music.

Posted: Thursday 19th October 2017, 9:27am

The children in nursery have been reading Handa’s Surprise and Handa’s Hen. As part of their learning they have explored the fruit using sight, touch, smell and taste.

Posted: Wednesday 11th October 2017, 4:36pm

In nursery we were very excited to observe the butterfly life cycle process and after the butterflies hatched we captured the excitement and the beauty of the butterflies using paint. We chose the colours and applied the paint using syringes, having closed the paper we were able to manipulate the paint with our fingers through the paper.

Posted: Thursday 13th July 2017, 8:44am
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