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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.

Teaching and learning is planned around students’ interests and key texts/traditional tales that have been selected by the Nursery team. By using students’ interests as well as key texts as contexts for learning, children benefit from highly engaging and exciting learning opportunities that truly inspire them!

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