Early Years Curriculum and Assessment. (FS1) Mapplewell Primary School

In September 2021 a new Early Years curriculum became mandatory for all Early Years settings.
The Early Years Curriculum takes the children from birth to 5 years old, it is split into 7 areas, 3 Prime areas and 4 Specific areas.
Prime areas:
Personal, Social and Emotional
Communication and Language
Physical Developmet

Specific areas:

Understanding the World
Expressive arts and Design
In Nursery the focus is on the 3 Prime areas:

Personal, Social and Emotional Development.

This area of learning develops the children's ability to regulate their emotions, develop friendships with others and develop their independence. It is split into 3 further aspects:
Self Regulation
Managing Self
Building Relationships

Communication and Language

Communication and Language is split into 2 aspects: Listening, Attention and Understanding, and Speaking.
The aspect Listening , Attention and Understanding involves being able to listen to and remember stories and follow simple instructions. It also develops basic conversational skills as children learn to take turns when speaking and listen to what the other person says.
Speaking: This is where children's vocabulary is developed, introducing them to a wider range of words. Also encouraging children to speak in longer sentences to share their ideas and experiences. In Nursery examples of how this is delivered is through singing and reciting a wide variety of nursery rhymes, the use of story maps to retell familiar stories, and sharing books on a daily basis talking about the story. Our first story map will be introduced after October half term.
The stories that your child will retell throughout their time in Foundation Stage will increase in complexity.
Saying poems out loud emphasises the sounds and rhythms of language and the syllables contained in each word which is a vital part of learning to read.
When reciting a poem with actions, children discover and use new words in an almost effortless way. It is as if the rhythm and the structure of the verse give context to these unfamiliar phrases.

Physical Development

Physical Development is split into two aspects of learning: Fine Motor and Gross Motor.
Fine motor skills is based on developing the way in which children:
Hold and use a range of tools. (Hole punch, scissors, knife and fork)
Become independent with dressing and undressing, fastening up zips and buttons.
Develops a dominant hand and using a comfortable grip when mark making.
At this stage in the year scissors, knives and forks have not yet been introduced or taught in nursery provision.
Gross Motor skills is developing children's core strength and balance, allowing them to:
Use large muscle movements and move their body in different ways.
Remember a sequence of movements.
Ride bikes and scooters.
Kick and catch large balls.
Independently match their skill to a task or activity. (e.g. Deciding whether to run, walk or crawl over a plank)
Collaborate with others when moving heavy objects.
All areas of learning are important and interconnected. They also work alongside the Characteristics of Effective Learning.
Whilst the curriculum focuses on what children learn, the Characteristics of Effective Learning focus on how children learn. They tell us that children are learning when they are engaged, motivated and thinking.
Our curriculum underpins all future learning by supporting the children's personal, social and emotional wellbeing. It encourages positive attitudes and dispositions towards learning and promotes learning through play.
Play is essential for children's development , building their confidence as they learn to explore, relate to others, set their own goals and solve problems. Children learn by leading their own play, and by taking part in play which is guided by adults.
Practitioners within Nursery decide the most effective way to deliver the curriculum, stimulating the children's interests, responding to each child's emerging needs and guiding their development through positive interactions.
As children move into Reception year there is a greater focus on formal teaching of the essential skills and knowledge in the specific areas of learning.


Ongoing assessments plays an important part in shaping learning to meet the needs of all pupils. Through observations, practitioners develop a clear understanding of a child's achievements and next steps in learning. These observations are recorded on Early Essence and SEESAW, and linked to the appropriate learning objectives.

At Mapplewell Primary School we use Objective-Led planning to ensure pupils are moved forward in their learning through observing and supporting play using scaffolding and questioning.

What does your child's day look like?

8:40am The children enter Nursery, hang up their coat and bag and join their key worker for a short group time. This is usually focused around Personal, social, and emotional development, Communication and Language, Literacy or Maths.
From 9am - 11:15am the children in Nursery access indoor and outdoor provision.
11:15am Children will join their key worker again for a phonics group session.
11:30am Whole class story and singing time.

Parents as partners.

As parents you play an essential role in your child's development. It is essential that there is a quality relationship between yourselves and your child's key worker.
Please share your child's successes from home using the SEESAW app. If you require any support with this do not hesitate to ask.
Thank you for your time, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.
Mrs Travis and Mrs Hutchinson.