Brave Bears (Nursery/Reception)

Welcome to the Brave Bears!

Who’s Who?

Class Teachers: Miss Gilsenan and Mrs Habib

Teaching Assistants: Mrs Iqbal (AM), Mrs Bibi (PM), Mrs Kausar (PM)

Below you will find an overview of the exciting learning that will be taking place this academic year in our class.


EYFS Curriculum

We plan our curriculum based around the Early Years Foundation Stage framework. This describes the seven areas of learning and development which “must be implemented through planned, purposeful play.” The framework describes three characteristics of effective teaching and learning;


  • Playing and Exploring
  • Active Learning
  • Thinking Critically

These principles provide the bedrock to our curriculum planning. The Early Years Foundation framework is split into two key areas of learning: the prime areas and the specific areas.


The Prime Areas include:


Communication and Language

  • Listening and attention
  • Understanding
  • Speaking

Physical Development

  • Moving and Handling
  • Health and Self-Care

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  • Self-Confidence and Self-Awareness
  • Managing Feelings and Behaviour
  • Making Relationships

The Specific Areas include:



  • Reading
  • Writing


  • Numbers
  • Shape, Space and Measures


Understanding the World

  • People and Communities
  • The World
  • Technology

Expressive Arts and Design

  • Exploring and Using Media and Materials
  • Being Imaginative

Communication, language and literacy sit at the heart of our curriculum design. We are committed to engaging our children with stories and rhymes from a very young age. A key aspect to our provision is to help children to build up a bank of tales, developing their imaginative and linguistic repertoire. The foundation if this work is fundamental to our Early Years, establishing the very roots of imaginative play and early language development through daily stories and rhymes.

Research shows the importance of children being read to at a young are to develop their early language development. Children experience quality reading, story, rhyme, talk and play on a daily basis. This is carefully planned within directed teacher led sessions and in continuous provision.

Children are supported to develop their early transcriptional skills (handwriting and spelling) as well as their language skills and writing development (for example, how to write a shopping list).

An overview map of out our literacy progression for this academic year can be found below.

Planning is underpinned by a key text and key song. We then make cross curricular links across all areas of learning within the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. Each key text chosen has a story sack, which contains story stones, story spoons, levelled word aware cards, books, singing props, small world resources, masks and puppets. A role-play area is provided within the classroom for each new book and song. All resources are used during each shared reading (adult led) sessions to support our children to then go into their child initiated play.

FS2 (Reception)
  • Autumn Term: Nursery rhymes and linked texts
  • Spring Term: Traditional stories
  • Summer Term: Longer narratives
FS1 (Nursery)
  • Autumn Term: Nursery rhymes
  • Spring Term: Poetry/rhyme, patterned language
  • Summer Term: Simple narratives
Please find all books and rhymes below.

Home Reading

All children must have a St Chad’s Book Bag in school every day. Book bags can be purchased form the school office for £3.50. We expect children to read at least three times a week at home alongside an adult. Please ensure that your child’s Reading Records is signed at least three times a week. Reading Records are checked every week. Further information on Home Reading can be found within the Home Reading section on this website (parents/carers tab).


Please ensure that your child has the correct PE kit in school every day. All items must be labelled with your child’s name and stored in a suitable drawstring bag. St Chad’s PE bags can be purchased from the school office for £3.50. We do not have storage facilities for rucksacks. During the colder months, we advise that your child has a pair of black jogging bottoms or leggings. Staff members are not allowed to remover earrings. We therefore advise that your child does not wear any earrings on PE days. If wish for your child to wear jewellery, they must be able to remove their own earrings. We cannot be acceptable for the loss of any jewellery items on PE days.

During the week, all children take part in a Daily Mile and ‘Go Noodle’. We are committed to ensuring that our children are active, fit and healthy. ‘Go Noodle’ videos can be accessed from home, please follow the link below.