Hythe Bay Nursery Curriculum and Termly / Weekly Planning
Term 1: All about me, my family, my nursery and my community
Week 1: Getting to know me
Week 2: Our ‘all about me’ books
Week 3: Family photos
Week 4: Hythe Bay Nursery / Harvest Festival 02/10/22
Weeks 5-7: Hythe, Kent
Term 2: Fireworks, space, darkness and light, Autumn and festivities including Christmas
Weeks 1-2: Fireworks, space, darkness and light
Weeks 3-4: Autumn – weather, plants and animals
Weeks 5-8: Festivities including Christmas
Term 3: Festivities with our families, physical and mental well-being and Winter
Weeks 1-2: Festivals with our families
Weeks 3: Well-being week from 16/01/23 – physical and mental health and well-being (mindfulness, labelling and managing feelings, behaviour and resilience, dental health, diet, exercise, water, global goals).
Weeks 4-5: Winter (weather, plants, animals)
Week 6: Labelling and managing feelings / Valentine’s Day 14/02/23
Term 4: Water and ice, spring, new life, life cycles, habitats and homes
Weeks 1-2: Water and ice
Weeks 3-4: New life, life cycles, habitats and homes
Weeks 5-6: Spring (weather, plants, animals)
Term 5: People in our community
Weeks 1-6: People in our community / occupations - health professionals, police, fire and rescue services, teachers, shop, post office/box, care home, church, royal family - depending on when guest speakers and walks are convenient
Term 6: Summer, growing, independence, transitions, school readiness
Weeks 1-2: Summer (weather, plants, animals)
Weeks 3-4: Growing (plants, animals, people)
Weeks 5-7: Independence, transitions, school readiness
About our curriculum
We use the development and learning milestone statements in Early Years Foundation Stage and Development Matters to guide our assessments, observation and planning. We get to know each child to find out what they already know and are interested in before planning their individual next steps.
These topics have been chosen, as they are themes that nursery children will likely be experiencing naturally or in their home/local environment. These topics are used for inspiration for planning the nursery environment, books, songs and activities in an age-appropriate way in each nursery room. We will expand the children’s exploration of these themes, and support children to develop a deeper understanding through carefully planned activities and interactions, as children learn through play.
We also listen to and follow the children’s interests. We may alter or disregard our term’s topics to explore a different topic, which the children would find more engaging, to base the children’s activities for development and learning, because children learn when they are interested.