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Areas of Learning

Our approach

Personal, social and emotional development

Learning about our bodies, dressing up, taking turns and listening to others. Learning to manage behaviour.

chidren playing dress up

Physical development

Arts and crafts, climbing, fine motor practice with loose parts, playing outside, threading buttons, throwing and catching balls.

Children throwing balls while being outside during an activity

Communication and language

For example, looking at books, listening to CDs and singing, listening games, role-play and rhyme time.

children in a classroom raising their hands


For example, looking at letter shapes and tracing them. Looking at print in the environment, practising copying print, storytelling with puppets drawing shapes and patterns.

Child with a member of our nursery staff helping them glue


For example, playing with money, matching games, jigsaws, cooking and looking at weights. Measures, recording and watching time sequence games shapes playing with sizes and sorting with shape size colour.

Child holding up a play toy

Expressive art and design

For example, mixing colours gluing and making up junk models, sand, water, Play-Doh, listening to music, painting, small world toys such as little people farms and zoos.

Children doing a colourful arts and crafts activity

Understanding of the world

For example, recycling, playing outside in the woods, map making, being aware of equality and diversity through small role-play toys experimenting with cooking making models with Play-Doh and sand being outside and learning with nature role-play watching the seasons change.

Child watering yellow flowers outside
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