The Curriculum at Kings Lynn Nursery School

A school’s curriculum comprises of all learning and other experiences that a school provides for its pupils. It is all those things children do, see, hear or feel in the school. This includes everything from the environment that children learn in to the interactions that go on putting lunchboxes away. Every minute at the Nursery school is a time in which the children are learning, making connections between what they already know and understand, and the things around them. Our Curriculum is the embodiment of our vision and values.

Our Vision ‘Discover, Explore and Grow’ is more than just a motto. These words are at the heart of our curriculum. It is through open exploration that children begin to make sense of the world and their place within it. The discoveries they make increase their knowledge and understanding giving secure foundations for future learning throughout their lives. During their time at the Nursery the children continue to grow into confident independent young learners ready for the challenges of school and beyond.

Our Values are not written on the wall or learnt by heart but you will see them at the heart of our curriculum, they are lived each day in our School.


We have new experiences that excite us and make us want to join in

We have exciting and unusual opportunities to make marks and create artwork

We see the world around us through new eyes with adults who want us to make the most of every minute!


We all learn that they we are part of a school community

We value each one of us as an individual person with our own unique personality, beliefs, motives and talents

We see our role in the world


We learn by questioning the things we see and hear and feel

We see patterns and make connections to explain our world

We try new things, new foods, and activities and we meet new people

We learn new things


We are safe and secure

We trust the adults at the Nursery to look after us

We feel safe to take risks and challenge ourselves

We are helped by adults who challenge us and help us to answer our own wonderings


We express our feelings and listen to the feelings of others

We work together and encourage kind words and good listening

We learn to look after each other


We find out about the different feelings and beliefs of others

We learn to share and take turns

We treat adults and children with understanding


We learn best when we are having fun!

We enjoy lots of different activities like singing and music, snack time, games and art

We laugh and have fun with adults who love their jobs!


How we learn

The children learn through playful experiences with equally playful, knowledgeable and experienced staff. The staff plan experiences for learning, through children’s interests,  themes that link to the wider world, the indoor and outdoor learning environment and the curriculum. Adults support and extend children’s play, learning and development, and assess children’s achievements and the planning of their next steps.

Each day children meet in a small group with their key person to find out about and share their learning, to sing, and to share feelings. These sessions are crucial to developing confidence and to children beginning each session at Nursery in the right way! Group sessions begin in the two year olds room with a focus on songs and rhymes. This supports children’s learning in so many ways – developing language, social skills, gross and fine motor control, an understanding of rhythm and rhyme and much, much more…

During most of the day children choose their own playful way to learn. They play with and alongside others with adults monitoring, joining in and extending play. 

Curriculum plans are sent home each half-term so that families know what themes are being used in school and can join in with activities at home. We welcome ideas and feed-back from families on what they have done at home.

Development Matters

Throughout the Nursery school we plan for children’s learning using the ‘Development matters curriculum guidance’. Staff  use their experience and knowledge to monitor if a child’s learning and development is on track for their age and plan appropriate experiences to support their next steps.

These areas are –

The Prime areas:

  •  Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  •  Physical Development

Prime areas are fundamental, work together, and move through to support development in all other areas.


The specific areas:

  • Literacy   • Mathematics  • Understanding the World  • Expressive Arts and Design

For more information on the Early Years Foundation stage areas click on this link – Development Matters



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