Teaching School


“Staff are driven by their desire and passion to create an ‘irresistible’ curriculum for the children.” “A love of learning is inspired”


IQM Report July 2017


The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum at Alfreton Nursery School.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Personal, social and emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves and others; to for positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.’ (EYFS)

Taking care of each other

Baking together

Using our imaginations

Sharing and taking turns

Working together

Respecting the natural world

Physical Development

Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to their food.

Bending and Stretching

Physical Challenges

Using equipment

Exploring and investigating

Working as a team

Digging in the sand

Using the climbing wall

Using our bodies to move

Climbing and being imaginative

Den building

Role play

Using woodwork tools

Literacy, Communication and Language Development

Communication and Language and Literacy development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment that encourages them to express themselves as confident speakers and listeners. It also inspires them to develop the skills they need as readers and writers, through an enriched print environment that nurtures a love of books and storytelling and making marks. (EYFS)

Talking time in the Solar Dome

Exploring letter and sounds

Sharing stories

Sharing stories outside

Writing and communicating

Exploring sound

Mark making

Looking at books

Recording and sharing

Maths Development

‘Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces and measures.’ (EYFS)

Recording number

Shape and space

Problem solving


Calculation & Counting

Number recognition

Understanding the World Development

‘Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.’ (EYFS)

Science - light

The natural world

History - exploring nature's life cycles

ICT & Computing - iPad

Geography- global habitats

Technology - International structures

Expressive Arts and Design Development

‘Expressive Arts and Design involves enabling children to explore and play with a range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology. (EYFS)

Large scale construction

Artistic expression

Painting outside


Creativity outdoors

Drama outside

Creative collaboration


Creative exploration

Creativity on a large scale

Individual expression

Music making

Specialised Areas of the curriculum

Academically More Able (AMA)

The Aspiration Group is a ‘higher order thinking skills’ group which runs in school to challenge children’s knowledge, skills and awareness of different abstract and worldly concepts. We look at issues around ecosystems, the solar system, computing, calculation, ethical purchasing, human rights, British values, evolution, emotional literacy etc.

This group is part of our provision for the academically more able children in school and children attend on different days. Below are links to some of the learning that has taken place and may serve as a useful stimulus for discussion at home.

When you click onto the link, you will be taken to a website. Please look at the images across the top of the screen. When you hover over the image, a lot of red spots will appear. These are the learning points for the week.

Eco Schools

Our ECO attitude!

We are very proud to have gained our 4th ECO SCHOOL green flag!

This is an aspect of our ethos that links closely with our passion for OUTDOOR LEARNING. Learning needs to be meaningful, and many of our children are differently motivated to engage through our outdoor environment and activities.

Forest Schools

‘A Forest School is an innovative educational approach to outdoor play and learning’ (Forest School website) It motivates and challenges children to explore and engage with the natural world within a woodland environment and encourages them to embrace and enjoy their climate.

Global Citizenship

The ethos of our school is based on a belief in the basic rights and responsibilities we all share, to respect, love and show compassion for ourselves, each other and the natural world. Our long-term aim is thus to have a dynamic impact on the local community in which our children live and grow. We hope that this will consequently reach into and inspire other communities, thus spread the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to achieve a sustainable world.

Multi Cultural exploration

Disability awareness

Planting & harvesting

Communities around the world

Animal welfare

Composting & recycling

For more information about the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and the statutory requirements in school, please Visit the URL below.