Arden Primary School

Every Child, Every Opportunity


Early Years at Arden

Nursery Curriculum Overview

Reception Curriculum Overview

Children in our Early Years phase follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, which consists of seven areas of learning. We teach children by ensuring there are challenging, playful opportunities across both the prime and specific areas of learning. We recognise that all children develop and learn at different rates and so our EYFS curriculum is designed flexibly to meet the needs of all individuals. We support individual learning through our skillful interactions and observations which lead to detailed next step planning. The Characteristics of Effective Learning underpin our curriculum and pupils’ learning. Through an enabling and well-planned environment, we ensure we provide meaningful opportunities for playing, active learning, creating and thinking critically. As children utilise and develop these characteristics, they become effective and motivated learners who demonstrate high levels of well-being and involvement. Our curriculum is centered on 3 prime areas of learning:


1. Communication and Language.


 2. Physical Development


3. Personal, Social and Emotional Development


 We also provide activities and experiences through four specific areas which strengthen the prime areas. These are:


1. Literacy


2. Mathematics


3. Understanding the World


 4. Expressive Arts and Design


These Areas of Learning and Development address children’s physical, cogitative, linguistic, social and emotional development. No one aspect of development stands in isolation from the others as all Areas of Learning and Development are all closely interlinked. This ensures the delivery of a holistic, child-centered curriculum which allows children to make links between what they are learning. All Areas of Learning and Development are given equal weighting and value.

Nursery Admissions

Early Years Environment

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Parents and Pupils

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Phonics in Action

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Phonics Workshop Nursery