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Nursery School


At Earlham Nursery School we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage, set out by the Department of Education, and the guidance document Development Matters. These documents outlines the 7 areas of learning and development which all early years settings must follow. The documents were updated in September 2022, if you would like to know more please have a look at the document below:



At Earlham Nursery School we use the government documents to guide our curriculum planning. We have whole school themes which each class use as a starting point for their weekly planning. Each theme includes focus songs, stories, rhymes and poems and key vocabulary linked to the theme. Staff uses their observations of the children to plan activities linked to the children's interest and motivations. Staff use this knowledge to assess every child and consider their next steps in learning and how these can be incorporated into the curriculum. 


At Earlham Nursery School we use Letters and Sounds, Phase 1 within our nursery classes. This document supports the children to develop pre reading skills including:

  • sound discrimination
  • rhythm and rhyme
  • alliteration
  • voice sounds
  • oral blending and segmenting 

Once children demonstrate they are ready to move onto a synthetic phonics scheme we introduce Jolly Phonics, a Department for Education validated systematic synthetic phonics programme.  


Letters and Sounds Phase One

If you want to learn more about our approach to teaching synthetic phonics please visit the website below: