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Lumley Infant & Nursery School

Fun to teach, fun to learn

Our School

Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum

Children in our Nursery and Reception classes follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. The curriculum is designed to create learning and development opportunities which are planned around the needs and interests of each child. The overarching principle is to recognise that every child is a unique child who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured. Working in partnership with children and their families we aim to develop independence and the ability to forge positive relationships. Our learning environments are both stimulating and challenging. They provide unlimited possibilities for children to develop explore, have fun, play, express themselves and develop into happy, confident individuals.

Prime Areas:

Communication and Language

We provide a rich and stimulating environment which encourages children to develop their skills and confidence to express themselves: and to speak and listen in a range of situations. Role play, retelling of stories and play are essential in acquiring these skills.

Physical Development

We provide endless opportunities for our children to be active, developing their coordination, control and movement skills. We have outstanding facilities such as our new Forest School Exploration Zone and also our Adventure Climbing Playground.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We support children in developing their social skills and how to manage their feelings. Children learn to share, take turns and respect others. All children are seen as unique individuals with special qualities that make them who they are.

Specific Areas:


Through our literacy program children learn to links sounds and letters in order to read and write. Our core phonics program in Reception is Read Write Inc Phonics.  The following leaflet demonstates how we teach early reading skills in Reception classes. We have an extensive range of Reading Schemes including Rising Stars, Oxford Reading Tree, Phonics Bug and Rigby Star. We ensure that all books are in immaculate condition and we teach pupils that books are precious and should be looked after.

A Parents/Carers Guide to Supporting Children to develop Early Reading Skills


Through a range of highly practical activities children develop early mathematical skills including counting, number recognition, ordering numbers and describing shapes.

Understanding the World

Children are encouraged to talk about their own lives both past and present and to identify/observe similarities and differences between living things, places and the environment.

Expressive Arts and Design

Children are encouraged to experience and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques. They are positively encouraged to express themselves through art, music, dance and role-play.