Our Nursery Curriculum

Nursery Curriculum - Learning through Play 

We create learning experiences around the children

Learning is active, varied and focused on the interests of the child. Children experience play which covers all aspects of the Early Years curriculum. High importance is placed on learning opportunities in communication, literacy and numeracy and these are woven through teaching in all other areas including our creative, imaginative and sensory play. Children have time to be engrossed and to complete activities without having an overly timetabled and restrictive curriculum. Problem-solving, creativity and role-play make up much of the day. Skill development is extended creatively, through 'real' and imaginative experiences in our forest areas, outdoor canoe, the 'home corner', and the secret garden fort.

We add value to the Early Years curriculum by facilitating academic, physical, social and emotional development through an exciting variety of experiences such as woodwork, science, cookery and coastal learning. Loose parts and open-ended play, which includes access to natural resources, are in abundance which allows each child to become leaders in their own learning; empowering for minds and hearts alike.

We believe that having generous adult:child ratios in the Early Years provides children with high quality interactions which prove invaluable to early child development and progress.

Morning sessions

During the morning, children participate in learning experiences through planned and spontaneous play. The children experience sessions in PE, ballet, music, drama, art, library (including stories, instruments and songs), outdoor learning and woodwork.

Afternoon sessions

Afternoons include trips to the beach for coastal learning, where children explore and learn about the environment. We visit Murrayfield House Care Home, where children play games and hear stories with the elderly residents. There is a nursery art club where the children explore all types of imaginative creativity and free expression whilst developing their fine motor skills, a yoga club, and themed science activities.

The Pre-school year (4-5-year-olds)

St George’s Pre-school year continues to provide the building blocks for a lifetime of learning by laying a solid foundation in pre-literacy and pre-numeracy skills. We are fortunate to have two qualified primary school teachers working in the Nursery supported by a team of experienced Early Year Practitioners.

Through play and high-quality learning experiences, we focus on fostering positive social and emotional skills and learning techniques to improve concentration, attention and communication. The girls learn to interact positively, to socialise, to share and to take turns enabling them to build friendships and become successful negotiators.

Read our feature articles written by our Junior School staff on:

› The importance of play in the pre-school year: key facts every parent should consider

› Outdoor Learning In School and Why We Do It