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Damson Wood Nursery and Infant School

‘Learning and Growing Together’

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At Damson Wood, we believe that children learn best through a fun and engaging curriculum that captures the children's own interests. Throughout the day, the children will have short adult-led activities learning about phonics, literacy and mathematics interlinked with the current learning topic and the essential characteristics needed to become a great learner. The environment in our Foundation Stage is set up in an engaging way where the children's interests and our learning themes are the basis for both indoor and outdoor play-based learning. Teaching staff will play alongside the children, introducing new concepts and ideas. At other times we will observe the children for assessment purposes.


Our thematic approach (see Curriculum Map below) sets out to spark the children's interest through our 'stunning starters' - a highly imaginative approach to hook the children in to their learning. We love to make links to the children's learning at home and with their parents. Throughout the school year we hold 'Fabulous Finales' where family members join in the fun of learning with their child in school through an exciting showcase of thematic learning.  


Communication and Language - Early Learning Goals

Listening and attention: Children listen attentively in a range of situations. They listen to stories, accurately anticipating key events and respond to what they hear with relevant comments, questions or actions. They give their attention to what others say and respond appropriately, while engaged in another activity.

Understanding: Children follow instructions involving several ideas or actions. They answer ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions about their experiences and in response to stories or events.

Speaking: Children express themselves effectively, showing awareness of listeners’ needs. They use past, present and future forms accurately when talking about events that have happened or are to happen in the future. They develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events

Personal, Social and Emotional Development (P.S.H.E)


This subject underpins all we do in school. Through our P.S.H.E curriculum we learn how to behave in order for our group, class and school to learn and play together harmoniously. We follow the Jigsaw P.S.H.E scheme in school which introduces the children to the themes of relationships, healthy living, changes, learning about ourselves, dreams and goals and celebrating differences. 

Early Learning Goals

Self-confidence and self-awareness: Children are confident to try new activities, and say why they like some activities more than others. They are confident to speak in a familiar group, will talk about their ideas, and will choose the resources they need for their chosen activities. They say when they do or don’t need help.

Managing feelings and behaviour: Children talk about how they and others show feelings, talk about their own and others’ behaviour, and its consequences, and know that some behaviour is unacceptable. They work as part of a group or class, and understand and follow the rules. They adjust their behaviour to different situations, and take changes of routine in their stride.

Making relationships: Children play co-operatively, taking turns with others. They take account of one another’s ideas about how to organise their activity. They show sensitivity to others’ needs and feelings, and form positive relationships with adults and other children.


Physical Development


In addition to planned PE lessons, children have daily opportunities to access activities that will encourage them to rehearse their gross motor skills.  We also have regular forest school sessions and 'Welly Wednesday' where the children explore learning through the great outdoors. Your child will therefore need a pair of named, Wellington Boots in school all of the time. 

Early Learning Goals

Moving and handling: Children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. They move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. They handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing.

Health and self-care: Children know the importance for good health of physical exercise, and a healthy diet, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe. They manage their own basic hygiene and personal needs successfully, including dressing and going to the toilet independently.


Early Learning Goal - Reading: Children read and understand simple sentences. They use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately. They also read some common irregular words. They demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read.


Early Learning Goal - Writing: Children use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds. They also write some irregular common words. They write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others. Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible

Mathematics - Early Learning Goals

Numbers: Children count reliably with numbers from 1 to 20, place them in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number. Using quantities and objects, they add and subtract two single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer. They solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing.

Shape, space and measures: Children use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems. They recognise, create and describe patterns. They explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them.

Understanding the World - Early Learning Goals

People and communities: Children talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members. They know that other children don’t always enjoy the same things, and are sensitive to this. They know about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions.

The world: Children know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things. They talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another. They make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes.

Technology: Children recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools. They select and use technology for particular purposes.

Expressive Art and Design - Early Learning Goals

Exploring and using media and materials: children sing songs, make music and dance, and experiment with ways of changing them. They safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.

Being imaginative: Children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about users and purposes. They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role play and stories.


Our curriculum is underpinned by our school values - The Damson Wood S.P.A.R.K.S


S - Safe 

P - Proud

A - Ambitious 

R - Ready

K - Kind

S - Successful