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Little Rosie's Nursery School

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Our Curriculum

Our Curriculum Intention

At Little Rosie’s, our vision is to provide a happy, caring, secure, safe and stimulating environment where children are at the heart of everything that happens at nursery. Our curriculum aim is to enable all children to develop their capabilities as successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors to society. We aim to help all children to prepare for the future.Our goal is to insert strong foundations in the EYFS together with the characteristics of effective teaching and learning, as well as ethical and spiritual development so that our children are happy and curious lifelong learners.


Our curriculum is consequently the cultural capital, we know what our curious little learners need so that they can gain the knowledge, understanding and skills to succeed moving throughout their nursery journey. Children experiences within the nursery that provide awe and wonder based on their individuals interests and continuously teaching them all about what life has to offer in a play-based environment.


We recognise and value individual’s strengths and talents and believe in praising effort and valuing the little steps that really make a difference to a child’s progress. We know that by doing this, we are building happy and secure children, who feel safe. Praise and clear boundaries contribute to the confidence and resilience of our children. Creating children who are independent, not only in their organisational skills but also in their learning, is a high priority for us. We believe that all children are intrinsically capable of amazing things and we develop this through having high expectations of all children based on their complex needs and backgrounds.


We pose challenges, build confidence and self-esteem, show children how capable they are and support them to reach their potential. We take time to teach independence skills explicitly and support children to develop into well-rounded, ambitious learners. Taking risks is an important part of learning and wehave developed both our environments and our teaching and learning strategies to promote children measuring and assessing risks for themselves and in having confidence and resilience to attempt challenges. Confidence and resilience are key skills for a developing learner. We explicitly teach children to understand the learning process and understand mistakes are valuable learning experiences.


Perseverance is highly valued and praised. We strongly believe that in order to develop resilience, we must teach children to be independent learners who problem solve for themselves and know to keep trying and how and when to access help. Excitement and motivation for learning are developed through planning fun, engaging and challenging lessons based on the needs for the children. We provide new and interesting experiences, building on and adding to the range of activities children will have had at home or through pre-school experience. We make learning purposeful and rooted in real-life contexts, where possible, so that children have motivating reasons to learn and to help them to apply their knowledge to a range of situations.




Our Curriculum main key standards are:

  • Happy, secure and feel safe environment.
  • Socially strong and able to form positive relationships.
  • Our curriculum will encourage curiosity and engagement.
  • Our curriculum is child-led and adult-led
  • Our curriculum is strongly linked to the environment and the community
  • Our curriculum is literacy rich
  • Our curriculum aim is to ensure children are independent risk takers, confident and resilient.
  • Our curriculum is accessible to all

How we Implement our Curriculum


At Little Rosie’s, the pedagogy we follow is ‘The Curiosity Approach’. We use this to implement our curriculum and provide a sense of curiosity, awe, and wonder. The curriculum is planned for indoors and outdoors, aims to give children back their freedom by igniting their natural curiosity and imagination. When adopting this teaching method, children are able to think for themselves, make their own choices, and direct their own learning.

We provide a balance of child-initiated activities carefully thought out from their individual interests and learning structures, and purpose built activities which are created to engage and challenge the children in many different ways. We meet the needs of all our children through planning opportunities that build upon and extend children’s knowledge, experience and develop their independence and confidence.
Our practitioners, then expertly support ‘In the moment’ to further improve and maintain their individual learning needs based on the 7 areas of the EYFS.

At Little Rosie’s we believe that a language rich environment is an essential part of a child’s learning and development. Which is why reading books is at the forefront of our teaching as this will really help progress all the children’s learning. We promote high quality interaction with the children so that through regular engagement, we can deliver a high quality of teaching.

The Impact of our Curriculum

At Little Rosie’s , we look at the whole child when it comes to measuring the impact of our curriculum.

Our children:

  • Are inquisitive, curious, adventurous, caring, ambitious and unique

  • Are both independent and able to work collaboratively 

  • Feel valued, safe and listened to

  • Have equal opportunities to succeed

  • Show kindness, fairness and respect to others

  • Develop resilience and understand that they can learn from their mistakes

  • Have good behaviour for learning

  • Are successful and engaged learners who achieve good outcomes

  • Are ready for their next stage of learning


The curriculum design ensures that the needs of individual and small groups of children can be met within the environment of high quality first teaching, supported by targeted, proven interventions where appropriate. In this way it can be seen to impact in a very positive way on children’s outcomes. 


Enjoyment of the curriculum promotes achievement, confidence and positive learning behaviour. Children feel safe and motivated to try new things. Developing their independence and motivation as learners and their sense of responsibility as future citizens is at the heart of all our teaching and learning. 


High quality visits and visitors to the nursery, themed days and weeks, local and further afield nursery outings enhance the curriculum and provide opportunities to develop a wide range of skills and knowledge. Children have opportunities to share their learning with each other, their parents and carers and other learners.


We measure the impact of our curriculum through: 

  • Outcomes - Progress made from their individual starting points 

  • Outcomes – Attainment against expected outcomes throughout the year and at the end of each year

  • Child’s Voice - Conversations with children that demonstrate they know, can do and remember more than they did before 

  • Monitoring  - Workbooks to see the work children do, feedback and their response to the learning

  • Weekly Planning – Group planning on our topic of the week and how this is implemented through our curriculum and EYFS Framework

  • Monitoring – Monitoring Tapestry observations, teachers quickly identify any gaps in their knowledge of children’s learning. This means that prompt interventions can be planned to ensure expected progress is made by all children. By the time children leave Little Rosie’s, gaps between the attainment of groups of children are closing rapidly or have closed. The progress of disadvantaged pupils matches or is improving towards that of other pupils.

  • Learning Environment - is safe, vibrant and language rich, where everybody is valued and diversity is celebrated