Nursery 2021 - 2022

Welcome to Rainbow class!

Early Years Team 

Nursery Mrs Gilson, Miss Jenkins, Mrs Eames, Mrs Wakelin

Early Years Leader Mrs Lakin 

In Early Years Foundation Stage we plan our curriculum to help develop the whole child and prepare them for their future.   

 We use the following curriculum drivers: 

  • Possibilities – we want children to want to find out more and investigate to develop their knowledge and understanding. 
  • Community – we want children to respect themselves and others, to have excellent manners and form good relationships with others. 
  • Communication – we want children to be confident speakers encouraging communication in all areas and developing vocabulary. 
  • Initiative – we want children to be curious, to use their imagination, solve problems and make choices. 
  • Environment – we want children to know about the world they live in and experience it 
  • Adventure – we want children to be excited by the real world and develop their imagination. 

 At Balby Central Primary Academy we deliver the Early Year’s Foundation Stage Curriculum.  We plan activities for all areas of the curriculum.  The curriculum is divided into 7 areas of learning.   

 These are the prime areas of learning: 

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development  

       Making Relationships 

       Self Confidence and Self Awareness 

       Managing Feelings and Behaviour 

  • Communication and Language 

       Listening and Attention 



  • Physical Development 

              Moving and Handling 

              Health and Self Care 

 And the specific areas of learning: 

  • Literacy 



  • Mathematics 


       Shape, Space and Measure 

  • Understanding the Word 

       People and Communities 

       The World 


  • Expressive Arts and Design 

       Exploring and Using Media and Materials 

       Being Imaginative  

We also focus on the Characteristics of Effective Learning: 

  • Playing and Exploring 
  • Active Learning 
  • Creating and Thinking Critically  

Adults will encourage children to use the characteristics of effective learning providing opportunities in all areas.  

Children will not only be praised for results and outcomes but for the process and attitude towards an activity.   

Children’s interests are an important driver in the resources and focus to our curriculum with adaptations made linked to current interests, the weather and events. We tailor the provision, books and the environment to meet the needs of our children. We have a balance between adult and child–initiated time with focussed groups teaching children skills and the provision providing them with the opportunity to apply their skills independently.  In EYFS we want children to learn both inside and outside.  The outdoor environment will not mirror the indoor but provide children with the opportunity to explore the natural world, develop gross motor skills and become confident with their movements alongside practising and developing skills in a different environment with different resources. 

We want children to be excited by their learning.  We want them to explore, to find out more and become independent learners 

 We value parental contributions and aim to form strong relationships between school and home.  As an EYFS unit we want to develop children who have strong learning habits and work with parents and carers to support children developing these as soon as possible.  We hold creative events each term and there will be half termly information sessions to share ideas with parents how they can support their children’s learning at home.  Every half term, parents will have the chance to come into school and look at their children’s Learning Journey with their child.  This also provides opportunity for parents to meet with and speak to staff in the EYFS unit.  

 We work closely as a unit and ensure there are links to previous learning with clear transition between Nursery and Reception.  Provision will enable children to develop, deepen and master their skills and knowledge.   

We aim to develop a love of reading through high quality story times, book studies and by encouraging reading at home. High quality stories used in class will be based on the needs and interests of the children. Alongside phonics teaching we aim for all children to be confident in Set 1 sounds by the end of Nursery.  We will expose children to new and varied vocabulary and encourage them to speak in full sentences expanding the vocabulary they use.   

Each week we have a story time focus text.  The texts we study can be seen in the table below - 




Autumn 1 

Nursery Rhymes

Little red riding hood

Hansel and Gretel

Harry and the bucket full of dinosaurs  

The owl who was afraid of the dark 


Autumn 2 

little pigs Goldilocks  

Dear Zoo  

Oi frog!  

Dear Mother Goose 



Spring 1

Jack and the Beanstalk  

Little red hen  

The Very Hungry Caterpillar  

Arrgh Spider! 

Giraffes can’t dance 


Spring 2 

Nursery Rhymes Little red riding hood Hansel and Gretel Harry and the bucket full of dinosaurs  

The owl who was afraid of the dark 

Summer  1

3 little pigs Goldilocks  

Dear Zoo  

Oi frog!  

Dear Mother Goose 


Summer 2

Jack and the Beanstalk  

Little red hen  

The Very Hungry Caterpillar  

Arrgh Spider! Giraffes can’t dance 




A few helpful reminders: 

  • We will be outside in all weather.  Please ensure you have appropriate clothes and shoes and rememebr that your child is likely to get dirty at times. 
  •  Children have access to paint and creative materials at all time, so many get a little mucky at times. 
  •  Please encourage children to use the toilet independently and put their shoes, coats etc on themselves as this will be the expectation in Nursery. 

To help your child learn, you could:

  • Talk to them about their school day
  • Share the book they bring home from school with them
  • Provide opportunities for your child to use skills in real life situations such as writing their name on a card, writing a shopping list or paying and getting the change 
  • Complete the activities set on Maths with Parents together.
  • Enjoy the outdoors as much as you can

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Balby Central Primary Academy

Littlemoor Lane, Balby Doncaster DN4 0LL

Balby Central Primary Academy, Littlemoor Lane, Balby Doncaster DN4 0LL


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