Nursery Class

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Nursery Class - Spring Term 2021 - Curriculum Letter

Welcome to Sunshine Nursery

We have a wonderfully caring team of practitioners who are experienced and trained to Nurture, Care for and Inspire every child in their care therefore providing the best start and education for your little ones.

Mrs Boland


Mrs James

Teaching Assistant


Seeing children develop through fun and play based learning at Rochford Primary and Nursery School is a wonderful thing. 

We have designed our fresh and homely nursery to ensure each child can experience inspiring educational activities indoors and outdoors in all weather while getting that home from home experience. Our learning environment is designed to mirror the learning opportunities offered to our neighbouring reception class. We share our outdoor space with the reception children so that they can learn alongside each other to support each others development. Our outdoor learning environment provides children with exciting opportunities to explore, have fun and learn in a safe and secure environment. From water play to mud kitchens and a beach hut full of sand we offer the opportunity for your children to be inspired and as a result learn and develop on a daily basis.

Outdoor learning

We believe outdoor play and exploration are an essential part of learning and growing up. So we have developed our outdoor learning environment to provide children with the greatest variety of experiences, challenges and controlled risks.

The equipment and activities in our gardens nurture healthy and active fun through building, den making, imaginative role play areas, mud kitchen, sand and water play.

In our outdoor learning environment children can learn and interact with natural elements; they can be engineers using the drainpipes managing the flow of water. They can be a chef in the mud kitchen whilst developing early writing skills. Take a risk in the building site by creating their very own constructions. Build a den in the den area and cook a meal on the fireplace.

EYFS curriculum

Link to development matters -

Children are born ready, able and eager to learn. They actively reach out to interact with other people, and in the world around them. Development is not an automatic process, however. It depends on each unique child having opportunities to interact in positive relationships and enabling environments.

Phase 1 phonics

Letters and sounds is the chosen accredited programme at Rochford Primary and Nursery School used to teach phonics, high frequency words and to support early reading development. The ‘Letters and Sounds’ Programme is split into 6 phases:

* Phase 1 is introduced in the Nursery

* Phases 2 and 3 are introduced in Reception, with Phase 1 running

* Phases 4 and 5 are introduced in Year 1

* Phase 6 is introduced in Year 2.

In EYFS your child will be taught phonics every day. Alongside the teaching of phonics, every child will be provided with daily opportunities to apply their phonic knowledge and skills in reading and spelling.

This information will give you an idea of what is expected at the phase your child is working within and how you can support their learning at home.

Phase 1

As parents and carers you are your child’s first teachers. You have a powerful influence on your child’s early learning. From an early age your child will need to experience a wide range of activities and experiences with you to develop their early reading and writing skills such as singing, saying rhymes joining in conversations, painting and pretend play.

These activities will help your child take the first important steps towards reading and writing.

In this phase, your child will be learning to:

  • have fun with sounds
  • listen carefully
  • develop their vocabulary
  • speak confidently to you, other adults and other children
  • tune into sounds
  • listen and remember sounds
  • talk about sounds
  • understand that spoken words are made up of different sounds.

Phase 1 consists of seven interlinking parts:

  •  environmental sounds
  •  instrumental sounds
  •  body percussion
  •  rhythm and rhyme
  •  alliteration (words that begin with the same sound)
  •  voice sounds
  •  oral blending and segmenting.

Phase 1 is used in EYFS it recognises the central importance of developing speaking and listening skills as a priority. After all, the more words children know and understand, the better equipped they will be to succeed as they move through the school. Phase 1 provides a broad and rich language experience for children. Children engage in worthwhile learning activities that encourage them to talk a lot, to increase their stock of words and to improve their command of dialogue.

Mr Thorne - Phonics