Curriculum

Curriculum: Playing to Learn

All children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. The four guiding principles of this are: The Unique Child, Positive Relationships, Enabling Environments and Learning and Development.

Within these principles we explore the children’s personal, social and emotional development, communication, language and literacy, problem solving, reasoning and numeracy, knowledge and understanding of the world, physical development and creative development.

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Creative play is central to the learning process at Acorns. Practitioners follow the interests of the children and make provision for their individual developmental stage. In addition to this, practitioners provide a range of opportunities and experiences to ensure that all the children access the whole curriculum.

We aim to build firm foundations for future learning whilst still valuing childhood as a special place; ensuring that the children have time to follow their ideas through and explore their imagination and creativity.

Playing in the garden at Acorns Nursery School, Cirencester.
Clematis blooms over the Preschool Courtyard Classroom at Acorns Nursery School Cirencester.

The Clematis blooms over the Preschool Courtyard Classroom in spring.

Playing on the grass in the garden at Acorns Nursery School, Cirencester.
Gardening with the (toy) tractor at Acorns Nursery School, Cirencester.
Clematis blooms over the Preschool Courtyard Classroom at Acorns Nursery School Cirencester.

Outside play is a big part of the curriculum.

Playing skittles in the pre-school courtyard classroom at Acorns Nursery School, Cirencester.
Water fun at Acorns Nursery School, Cirencester.

Water fun in the courtyard!

Bug hunting in the garden at Acorns Nursery School, Cirencester.

Find a bug…

Examining the bug in the garden at Acorns Nursery School, Cirencester.

Look at the bug…

Talking about the bug found in the garden at Acorns Nursery School, Cirencester.

Discuss the bug!

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