At Peartree Way Nursery School we intend our ambitious and inclusive curriculum to educate all the children in knowledge, skills and understanding.  To enable them to be effective, inquisitive, curious, resilient, independent learners and influence their wider thinking across all areas of the curriculum. We believe learning through play is vital and we use the environment to ensure that children’s needs are met through continuous provision, enhanced provision and following their interests.

We are passionate about creating opportunities for children to communicate more easily through developing language and communication skills and specifically teaching vocabulary.

It is our intention that children experience the seven areas of learning through child initiated play and provocations to stimulate ideas, initiative and imagination for and amongst children.

Assessment captures children’s holistic achievements across all areas of learning, including children’s voice and evidences how children are demonstrating the characteristics of effective learning. Other ways of capturing children’s achievements are the displays that include contributions from all children and reflect their current interests. Floor books are used to record all aspects of the children’s learning and progress.

We record observations to build an overall picture and set next steps for learning ‘in the moment’. Formative assessment takes place within every session and helps staff to deepen learning as well as identify any children who need more support to achieve and those who need challenging.

Our curriculum is based around core skills developed from Birth to 5 and Development matters which support children to develop in the following areas:

  • Being independent
  • Feeling good
  • Loving learning
  • Making my voice heard


We aim to achieve our curriculum intent by providing high quality teaching and learning in a language rich environment. We value, respect and care for all of our children here at Peartree Way Nursery School. Each child is unique and brings an irreplaceable value to our setting. We are committed to working with our families and the wider local community to ensure that multi-cultural and multi-faith is understood and valued.

We provide a curriculum which is based upon their interests, accessible to them and links to the world around them which they know and understand. Adult interactions maximise learning opportunities ‘in the moment’ and are the most productive contexts in which we teach, guide and support children’s development and learning.

The principles that guide the work in the EYFS are grouped into 4 themes:

  • A unique child
  • Positive relationships
  • Enabling Environments
  • Learning and Development

All children have access to all seven areas of the EYFS but for children aged 2-3, learning is centred around the Prime Areas.

At Peartree Way Nursery School we encourage children to demonstrate their attitudes and behaviours to learning through the Characteristics of Effective Learning:

  • Playing and exploring
  • Active learning
  • Creating and thinking critically

The EYFS Curriculum consists of the seven areas of Learning and Development:
Prime Areas

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

Specific areas:

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


The broad and balanced curriculum design ensures that the needs of individual children including EAL, SEN and disadvantaged can be met within the environment of high quality first teaching and learning supported by targeted interventions where appropriate. We endeavour to enable our children to be confident, curious and ready to learn more. Our learning environments, both inside and outside are adapted regularly to meet the different and developing needs of the children in our setting. We aim to ensure that these areas are always stimulating and exciting and that, importantly, they are accessible to all children, regardless of where they are on their learning journey.

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