Early Years


The Early Years curriculum covers children from birth to 5 years and is followed both in our Bright Stars childcare and in the school Nursery and Reception class. Children in the Early Years learn through play.


There are 3 prime areas:


  • Personal Social and Emotional Development

  • Communication and language

  • Physical Development


It also covers a number of specific areas:


  • Literacy skills

  • Expressive arts and design

  • Understanding of the world

  • Mathematics


Children are assessed on entry to our setting to find their own individual starting points. As well as direct teaching and activities led by staff, children are encouraged to explore the workshop areas inside and outdoors following their own interests. The Nursery and Reception classes also use the whole school topic as a starting point for learning.


Early Years Medium Term Plans


Medium term plans are compiled using a themed approach to learning. On introducing the new whole school topic, teachers work with the children to determine what the children would like to find out. This forms the starting point for each topic.  



Whole School Topics 2019 /2020


Autumn 1   Keeping Safe                      

Autumn 2   Day and Night

Spring 1     My North East                     

Spring 2     The Natural World

Summer 1   I've got the power!

Summer 2   Individual Classwork according to coverage needed


Examples of the questions that each class have chosen to investigate.


Keeping Safe



Day and Night 



My North East 


  • Nursery

  • RH

  • RS


The Natural World


  • Nursery

  • RH

  • RS


I've got the power!


  • Nursery

  • RH

  • RS