Our Curriculum Plans

Please find below our parental partnership curriculum plans for babies, toddlers and pre-school.

Our curriculum intent, implementation and impact

Staff at Little Stars focus on supporting children in their Prime and Specific areas of development in becoming confident, independent and passionate about learning, the curriculum intent is fun and challenging and offers experiences to enable all children to achieve their full potential.

Our curriculum has been carefully devised so that it can be adapted to meet all children’s individual needs, skills and experiences. It Implements a balance of adult-led and child-initiated learning.

Throughout your child’s time at Little Stars the curriculum will support them in building special bonds and friendships, encourage them to become confident learners and understand and adhere to routines and boundaries which will build on their self-esteem and resilience and enable them to be independent. As your children grow through the nursery so will the Curriculum and they will be introduced to new experiences that create ‘awe’ and ‘wonder‘ by key workers who continuously reflect on how the teaching and learning is presented through a child’s eyes.

We will continually reflect on the children’s learning weekly and formally monitor their progress on a termly basis, feeding back information and planning children’s next steps alongside their parent(s)/carer(s).

In order to monitor the impact of our children’s early years education we will observe all children through their play as well as ensuring they are making progress which is dependent on their individual ability. We will seek support, advice and guidance for any children who may require extra support.

Personal, Social & Emotional Development

Making Relationships

The environment will be welcoming, calm and caring and the day will be predictable enough to give us the sense of security we need but flexible to meet our individual care routines to enable us to enjoy the company of our key person and friends.

We will begin to build relationships with special people and explore our environment and begin to be interested in others play.

Sense of self

We will have lots of physical interaction with our key person to enable us to become aware of ourselves and eventually have increased awareness of our own name and finding body parts such as; eyes, nose or tummy.

My sense of self will grow and I will start to make choices and decisions as well as emphasise my likes and dislikes.

Understanding emotions

I will communicate a range of emotions and begin to become aware of them through my key person responding to these appropriately.

I will explore boundaries and become aware of basic rules.

I will become aware of other’s feelings and begin to show empathy and start to share with my peers.

Communication and Language Development

Listening and attention

Our key person will use lots of eye contact and touch as well as saying our name to gain our attention to enable us to react in interaction with others.

As part of our daily routine we will be provided with music and rhymes to move our bodies and dance to.

I will begin to spend lots of time singing songs and trying to join in with actions or vocalisations.

Understanding

Our key person will talk to us about what they are doing so we start to understand familiar gestures, words and sounds.

We will start to understand some words in context to enable us to begin to respond to simple questions and understand simple sentences.

Speaking

Our key person will copy our babbling and sounds in turn-taking interaction to encourage us to develop speech sounds.

We will use our eye gaze, fingers and hands to make our requests and interests known.

We will begin to imitate words and sounds using different types of everyday words.

We will begin to talk about people and things that are not present.

Physical Development

Moving and Handling

We will have well planned spaces indoor and out to enable us to roll, stretch and move.

I will begin to pick up objects in palmar grip to manipulate objects.

Our Key Person will make sensory experiences available to us to show us different ways of making marks.

I will sit unsupported on the floor and in time begin to pull myself to standing and cruise around furniture to enable me to walk independently. As I grow up I will be able to walk with a purpose stopping, starting and changing direction and also be able to walk up the stairs.

My hands will start to operate independently during a task that uses both with each hand doing something different at the same time. We will also begin to make connections between our movement and the marks we make.

Health and Self-Care

My key person will work alongside my parent/carer to ensure health/care routines are followed as best as possible while I’m at nursery including, sleeping, eating and oral health.

I will grasp finger foods and bring them to my mouth and share control of a spoon/bottle or cup.

We will respond well to sensitive and physical contact from our key worker meeting our care needs which will enable us to express discomfort, hunger or distress.

I will be able to actively cooperate with nappy changing and dressing/undressing myself.

I will have the space and opportunity to be highly physically active in short bursts throughout the day indoor or outdoor as well as the areas to rest when I need to.

Personal, Social & Emotional Development

Making Relationships

Once we have gained more confidence we will build relationships with special people and share experiences with them and gradually become more able to separate from our parent/carer to explore the environment.

We will gain an understanding that other people have different needs and wants to our own.

We will begin to build relationships with special people and explore our environment and begin to be interested in others play.

Sense of self

I will begin to know my name, my preferences and interests and be able to make choices and decisions. I will also learn that my actions have consequences but not always the one’s id hoped for.

We will gain a sense of belonging by helping key persons with daily tasks.

Understanding emotions

I will begin to think about my feelings and manage my emotions and will start to express these through interactions with others.

The practitioners will apply rules consistently in a fair and flexible way which will enable me to begin participating with boundaries and following routines.

We will recognise that some actions can hurt or harm others and begin to stop ourselves from doing something we shouldn’t. We will also begin to express a wide range of feelings through our interactions with others.

Communication and Language Development

Listening and attention

I will enjoy listening to songs, rhymes and stories and begin to listen with interest to noises adults make when they read.

I will begin to perform another task when a key person uses my name to gain my attention and help keep my focus.
I will begin to spend lots of time singing songs and trying to join in with actions or vocalisations.

Understanding

We will be able to identify action words and follow simple instructions.

We will begin to understand more complex sentences and understand “who”, “what”, “where in simple questions.

Speaking

We will begin to use language to share our feelings and experiences.

Our key persons will use a rich vocabulary for us to learn from and we will learn new words very rapidly and use them in communication.

We will be able to have a conversation jumping from topic to topic and will gain confidence in asking a variety of questions and using longer sentences.

Learning will be fun and the practitioners will follow my lead in play and build on my interests and experiences to encourage me to become inquisitive and begin to ask questions.

Physical Development

Moving and Handling

My key person will work alongside my parent/carer to ensure health routines are followed as best as possible while I’m at nursery including, sleeping, eating and oral health.

The practitioners will provide me with plenty of time each day to be physically active, I will begin to imitate moves of others during
dancing, singing and music activities and start to understand and choose different ways of moving.

We will begin to walk, run and climb on different levels and surfaces and start to use wheeled toys such as pedalling, balancing and holding handlebars.

We may begin to show a preference for our dominant hand and hold mark-making tools with our thumb and all fingers and/or leg/foot.

Health and Self-Care

Staff will make my care routines fun and enjoyable and I will begin to show some independence and awareness of them, while still being able to rely on my key worker for support if I should need it.

Once our confidence has grown in self-care routines we will develop some independence with these and show awareness of them including feeding ourselves and holding a cup without spilling.

We will be active for the majority of our day but have areas to rest and be calm when we need it.

We will be able to help and become confident with dressing routines.

Understand the World

People and Communities

I will have a sense of my own immediate family and relations and will begin to have my own friends. During my play I will imitate everyday actions from my own cultural background and family.

I will begin to learn that I have similarities and differences to some of the people around me and begin to understand that I’m unique.

The World

I will begin to enjoy play with small world toys and the practitioners in my room will build on the experiences I have already had.

We will be able to talk about some of the things we have observed in our environment and begin to comment and ask questions.

Expressive Arts and Design

Technology

I will operate mechanical toys and use pipes, funnels and other tools to carry/transport water from one place to another as well as learning how to turn on and operate some digital equipment.

I will begin to learn that I have similarities and differences to some of the people around me and begin to understand that I’m unique.

Creating with materials

I will join in with singing songs and show an interest in the way instruments and objects sound when playing them.

I will enjoy experimenting and playing with colour in a variety of ways.

Being imaginative and expressive

I will use everyday resources to represent my world and will begin to make believe by pretending using sounds, movements, words and objects.

Once I am confident in this I will go on to use movement and sound to express experiences, ideas and feelings.

Literacy

Reading

I will begin to have some favourite stories, rhymes, songs, poems or jingles and once our confidence grows we will begin to join in with stories and poems one to one and in small groups.

I will start to fill in the missing words from my favourite stories.

I will be encouraged to listen and identify sounds in the environment and use musical instruments to explore rhythms.

Writing

I will enjoy making marks on and with different resources and will begin to distinguish between these marks.

We will begin to make up stories, play scenarios and drawings from our experiences.

Mathematics

Comparison

We will begin to compare and recognise changed in numbers of things. We will then go on to notice and compare small groups of up to 5 objects.

Counting/ Cardinality

The practitioners will provide me with opportunities to explore number names and counting. I will begin to say some numbers in order in my play. Practitioners will use opportunities to model and encourage counting on fingers.

When I become confident with this I may enjoy counting as far as I can go.

I will be able to give a small number of objects from a group when asked.

Spatial Awareness

We will move our bodies and toys around objects and explore fitting into spaces by responding to some spatial and positional language. We will also begin to predict and move objects to fit the space we would like.

Shape

I will explore different shapes through trial and error with puzzles and I will recognise that two objects have the same shape. I will begin to choose items based on their shape which are appropriate for what I need them for.

Pattern

We will recognise patterns in our everyday routines and start to understand what comes next.

Our key persons will give opportunities for us to experience patterns through sounds, music and action games and we will join in and anticipate these.

Measures

We will begin to anticipate times of the day such as meal time and home times. Once we understand this we will move on to recall a sequence of events in everyday life.

We will explore differences in size, length, weight and capacity and then begin to experiment with long/shot, more/less.

Personal, Social & Emotional Development

Making Relationships

We will form positive relationships and share our experiences and play ideas, develop different points of views and recognise the impact of our choices.

We will be taught about rules and routines and learn how to follow these.

Sense of self

Our key persons will promote independence and encourage us to articulate our wants and needs and be involved with daily tasks as part of our routine and through these tasks our self-confidence and self-esteem will flourish.

We will become more aware of similarities and differences between ourselves and others and be able to describe ourselves in positive terms. As well as learning that my peers and I belong to different groups within our communities.

We will show confidence in the activities we choose and have a clear idea about what we’d like to achieve from these activities and how we’d like to achieve it.

Understanding emotions

We will talk about and express how we are feeling and show understanding of other people’s needs and wants as well as being able to recognise the impact of our choices and behaviours.

We will begin to be able to manage our feelings especially when our wishes aren’t being met and manage.

We will begin to take steps to resolve conflicts with our friends using our social skills and negotiating and we will become more flexible and understanding of other peers needs and wants.

Communication and Language Development

Listening and attention

We will listen to others in one to one or small groups, when conversation interests them and remain focused when listening and doing.

We will join in with rhymes and stories and repeat words and phrases from them.

We will begin to follow directions and listen and do for short periods of time indicating two-channelled attention.

Understanding

We will understand the use of objects and prepositions.

We will follow instructions with more elements.

We will begin to have an understanding of why and how questions and will move on to understanding “who”, “why”, “when”, “where” and “how”.

We will be able to follow a story of our choice without pictures or props.

Speaking

We will begin to use more complex sentences through play with our peers and to our key workers.

We will begin to use a range of tenses and be able to retell a simple past event.

We will build on our language and use it to to recall past experiences in order and reflect the breadth of our experiences.

We will also start questioning why things happen and give explanations.

Physical Development

Moving and Handling

We will enjoy playing catching and throwing games and be able to grasp and release with two hands.

We will create lines and circles pivoting from the shoulder to elbow while manipulating a range of tools including hairbrushes, toothbrushes, scissors and paintbrushes and begin to show a preference for our dominant hand.

We will move in a range of ways and have spatial awareness while doing so and will be able to negotiate space successfully.

We will move in a range of ways, moving freely and with confidence making changes to body shape, position and pace.

Health and Self-Care

We will be active for the majority of our day but have areas to rest and be calm when we need it.

We will participate in care routines such as; washing our hands, brushing our teeth and getting dressed with support and will understand why this is important.

We will learn about and try healthy foods and the need for a variety of these in our diet.

We will begin to have consistent daily patterns in relation to eating and sleeping along with toileting and will being to attend to these needs independently most of the time.

We will take practical action to reduce risk and understand the need for safety when tackling new challenges and using equipment and tools.

Literacy

Reading

We will talk about events and principle characters in stories and suggest how stories may end as well as enjoying looking at print and digital books and know that information can be retrieved from these.

We will begin to recognise familiar words and signs including our name and logos.

We will start to introduce phonics through children hearing sounds in words.

We will begin to develop our phonological awareness including showing awareness of rhyme and alliteration, recognises rhythm, clapping to syllables and hearing and saying initial sounds in words. We will then go on to segment the sounds in simple words.

We will enjoy recreating stories we have heard in our play and we will be able to recall and discuss stories that have been read to us.

Writing

We will mark make and begin to write during role-play and will give meanings to our drawings and paintings and also imitate adults writing by making lines of shapes and symbols from left to right.

We will show interest in letters and start to identify the initial letter of our own name and other familiar words as well as starting to make letter-type shapes to represent our name.

Understand the World

People and Communities

We will show interest of people who are familiar to us and enjoy joining in with family routines.

We will show interest in different occupations and ways of life as well as starting to understand that there are similarities and difference in families, communities’ cultures and traditions that make us unique.

The World

I will start to ask questions and comment on my familiar world and begin to show care and concern for living things and the environment. I will also gain an understanding of growth and decay.

Expressive Arts and Design

Technology

We will show interest in technological toys with knobs or pulleys, cameras and touchscreen devices and understand that information can be retrieved from some of these devices. As well as be able to complete a simple program on these.

Creating with materials

I will enjoy joining in with dancing and ring games and sing familiar songs and will begin to build a collection of songs and dances.

I will continue to explore my interest with colours and tools use for a purpose.

Being imaginative and expressive

I will engage in imaginative play creating or using imaginative props and will choose particular movements, instruments/sounds for my own imaginative purposes.

Mathematics

Comparison

I will compare two small groups of up to five objects and when my confidence grows I will start to estimate numbers of things.

Counting/ Cardinality

We will begin to count from 0-5 building this up to 0-10 and back. We will use some number names and number language and point to items using a stable order of 0-5, we will also be able to compare some small groups of objects up to 5.

We will start to look at number bonds up to 5 and be able to count up to 5 recognising that the next number is more than the one before.

Composition

We will begin to be able to look at a group of objects of up to 3 and identify how many objects are in the group without counting and when my confidence increases I will work on counting objects up to 10 and match the numeral with the quantity.

Spatial Awareness

We will respond to language of position and direction and predict, move and rotate objects to for the space or create the shape I would like. As well as choose items on their space which are appropriate for my purpose.

Shape

I will show awareness of shape similarities and differences between objects.

Pattern

We will also join in with simple patterns in sounds, objects games and stories dance and movement, predicting what comes next.

Measures

We will begin to compare lengths, weight, volume and look at time.