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The significance of learning through play is fundamental to our approach to teaching and learning in Nursery. At Heston Primary, learning is planned around play-based activities. We provide a balance of child-initiated and adult-directed learning, with access to meaningful resources that students can utilise to further embed skills and understanding.

We aim to develop lively enquiring minds by encouraging children to ask questions and helping them find ways to answer. This is achieved through high quality provision and meaningful interactions with learners. Learning skills are developed in Nursery so that children are prepared for their transition into Reception.

Our Nursery classroom is bright and inviting. Learning is celebrated on display boards and student independence is promoted through the organisation of our setting. The outside area is split into separate sections for Reception and Nursery. It is open plan so that Nursery children feel familiar with the Reception space, supporting their transition at the end of the academic year. We are also lucky to have an additional outside space for Nursery students, which is quiet and used for more reflective activities.

Nursery Sequenced Curriculum

Teaching and learning is planned around carefully selected topics. These have been matched to key texts alongside our carefully sequenced curriculum. 

Although we have planned topics, teaching and learning is flexible to the ever-changing needs, interests and experiences of our learners. For example, when we have had children come into school excited about a recent train journey they have undertaken, we have brought train themed activities into our provision to ensure learning is meaningful and pupil-centric.

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