At Waterfield Nursery we believe that early years education is valuable to all children and we provide a curriculum that challenges children through all the areas of learning.

Children enter nursery with different skills, experiences and knowledge.  We recognise and work with children’s individual interests, as personalised teaching and learning is at the heart of our principles.  In addition to this we feel that by introducing the children to exciting new topics, dinosaurs for example, the imagination is fired further and children continue to be motivated, engaged and interested in learning new skills.  The Waterfield Nursery curriculum is underpinned by Assessment for Learning. 

“AFL is the process of seeking and interpreting evidence for use by learners and their teachers to decide where the learns are in their learning, where they need to go and how best to get there” ( Reform group 2002)

Teaching is adjusted to take into account findings and results, encouraging the children to be involved in the planning of their learning and giving effective feedback to the children.  A personal Learning Journal which is a collection of observations, photos, drawings and so on are shared weekly with the children and small steps for the next part of learning discussed as part of this ongoing learning process.  

Opportunities for outdoor play are of equal importance and are an integral part of the curriculum.  Garden time is available all year round, wet weather clothing is provided and ‘whatever the weather’ the children will be exploring and learning outside.

Indoors the children can access a wide variety of activities and resources some planned by the staff and others self selected.  Painting, music, computers, dressing up to name but a few.  We feel that this mix of planned activities and child initiated play gives the best broad and balanced curriculum.


In Reception we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage, which is the statutory guidance published in 2012. It sets out the standards for the development, learning and care of children up to 5 years old.

 The 3 prime areas of learning and development are;

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Children will learn to play cooperatively and take turns, forming positive relationships with adults and other children.   The children will choose activities and resources and develop confidence to try new things.  They will talk about how they and others show feelings.  They will understand and follow the classroom rules.

Communication and Language

Children will be encouraged to listen and respond appropriately in a range of situations. They will learn to follow instructions and answer questions about their experiences. Children will be taught how to express themselves effectively, showing an awareness of the listener.

Physical development

Children will develop good control and coordination in large and small movements.  They will learn to move confidently in a variety of ways.  They will learn to handle tools and equipment effectively. Children will learn about the importance of physical exercise and healthy eating. 

The 4 specific areas of learning and development are;


The children will learn the letter sound and blend the sounds together to read simple words and sentences. They will show an understanding of what they have read.   They will learn to write simple words using their knowledge of letter sounds and write sentences.   The children will follow the Read, Write Inc scheme.


The children will learn to count reliably with numbers from 1-20, place them in order and find 1 more and 1 less.  They will learn to add and take away with numbers up to 10 and solve simple problems.

Children will use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money.  They will recognise, describe and create patterns.  They will learn to name and describe shapes.

Understanding the World

Children will talk about past and present in their own lives and in the lives of family members.  They will look at how they have changed since they were a baby.

Children will find out about similarities and differences in relation to objects, materials and living things, through topics.  They will make observations about the natural world, explain why things happen and talk about changes.

Children will talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another.

Children will learn that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools.  They will complete simple programmes on the computer.

Expressive arts and design

Children will use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.

Children will sing songs and make music including a Christmas Nativity and daily nursery rhymes. They will explore a variety of musical instruments.

All of the areas of learning and development are interconnected to the characteristics of effective learning, which are ‘playing and exploring’, ‘active learning’ and ‘creating and critical thinking’.

Here at Waterfield Primary school, we have a balance of teacher directed tasks and child initiated activities, which allow children to develop to their full potential.