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


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.


Summer 2 2017

Welcome back!

We hope everyone has had an enjoyable half term and enjoyed the glorious weather!  We have lots of fun activities planned for the children for the final term of this year.


Unit of Learning:  This half term’s learning is Life in the garden.  As part of this we are finding about plants and animals and providing the children with as many first hand experiences as possible. 

We will continue to observe growth and change and we are very excited that we will be looking after caterpillars, watching them grow and then change into the butterflies. 

It’s also relevant that we think about ourselves, and how we’ve grown from babies, to toddlers into young children.  We would love to put up a display of the children’s baby pictures- please can you send them in, we’ll photocopy and return them to you.

We’ll be thinking about transition, as many children will be transferring into our reception classes.  As part of this the children will be thinking about what they are good at doing in nursery and what they hope to learn in reception.


Letter and sounds:  We are continuing to learn to segment and blend words CVC words.  (Segmenting is breaking the word up into its component sounds, and blending is putting it back together again).   Being able to do this enables children to hear the sounds within the words when writing words and break it up words into sounds when reading them. 


Mathematical development:  We are continuing our work on number recognition to ten and counting with one to one correspondence so that all children are secure with this.  Some children are beginning to understand the process of addition, knowing that when they hear the word altogether they need to count all of them.


Warmer weather:  Now the hot and sunny weather is here, please ensure that your child comes to school wearing suntan lotion and with a sunhat or cap.  Please note that we have a bottle of SPF 50 that we will apply unless told not to.


Nursery day out: Look out for details of our trip later in the term.


Enterprise project:  The children have planted seeds and are going to be designing and painting their own flower-pot.  We will be selling the finished pots with the children’s plants at the school enterprise sale later in the term.


Once again, thank you for your continued support.   Michelle, Francis, Claire, Faymie and Annette


Thank you for your continued support.   Michelle, Francis, Claire, Faymie and Annette

Nursery Latest News

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

This week we have been reading the Three Billy Goat’s Gruff and this has led to us create our own scenes from the story. The children cut up different coloured card and decided where to place it to create the scene. Then they had a turn at acting out the story using their scene and the story props.

Posted: Thursday 22nd June 2017, 6:03pm

Having read ‘Whatever Next?’, we had a picnic on the moon! The children made sandwiches and ate them while wearing space helmets and boots. Afterwards, we watched astronauts eating food in zero gravity!

Posted: Wednesday 17th May 2017, 5:20pm
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