Nursery & Reception
The Early Years Foundation stage (EYFS) covers the areas of learning for children from nursery through to the end of reception. There are seven interconnected areas of learning and development within the EYFS, three prime and four specific.
The three Prime Areas which are fundamental to a child’s development are Communication and Language, Physical Development and Personal, Social and Emotional Development. The four Specific Areas which include essential skills and knowledge are Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.
In the Orchard, the curriculum is designed to encompass all of these areas of learning through a range of indoor and outdoor activities, a balance of adult and child-led activities, hands-on investigating, exploring and play.
Our dedicated and experienced staff create a secure, stimulating and happy environment for children to take their first steps into school life.
In nursery and reception we use topic thinking tubs where the children are included in the planning of activities, sharing what they know and what they would like to learn about. Staff then plan exciting, structured activities based on their ideas and interests within the termly theme.