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Muriel Green Nursery School

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Developing curious children who are prepared for lifelong learning

At Muriel Green no year is the same. We carefully develop the curriculum so that it meets the interests and needs of our current children ensuring they have opportunities to learn, practice and consolidate skills that are pivotal in later life. To support the sequence of the curriculum we observe the children in their play, identify their fascinations, strengths and areas for development then plan experiences and opportunities that will excite, interest and challenge them! The curriculum at Muriel Green has clear intention and embeds a number of pedagogical approaches including:

  • Talk for Writing
  • Zones of Regulation
  • Curiosity Approach
  • Floppy Phonics
  • Attention Autism

We deliver a curriculum that prepares children for life long learning ensuring to meet the statutory requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. The seven areas of learning are the base to our curriculum but we provide real life opportunities and resources that will allow our children the opportunity to consolidate learning at home, outdoors and at Muriel Green. 


Curriculum Intent at Muriel Green

‘Developing Curious Learners prepared for Lifelong Learning'

What we want this cohort of children to leave with

What we will put in place to achieve this

The confidence to express their ideas in a conversation that includes social pleasantries

  • Communicating effectively with adults and peers
  • Listen attentively in a range of situations
  • Able to articulate their ideas and interests
  • Take account of others needs and ideas
  • Utilise past and present tense
  • High quality ‘Attention Autism’ sessions
  • Open ended resources that promote opportunities for sustained shared thinking
  • Adults who create time to respond
  • Adults who plan explicitly for enriching vocabulary throughout the day
  • A provision that is based upon individualised interest led vocabulary progression
  • Staff will articulate the reasons for rules

A secure knowledge of how stories are structured and the ability to represent their stories with marks

  • Recall at least 5 familiar stories
  • Able to retell a story using a story map
  • Innovate stories that are familiar to them
  • Use books for a purpose
  • Recognise books can be used as a source of information
  • High quality books, complimented with book of the week displays available throughout provision
  • Quality planned story telling sessions that are sequenced based upon Talk for Writing principles
  • Adults who are excited by books and seek them for extending knowledge and story telling
  • Adults deliver pitch appropriate phonics sessions
  • Adults to maximise opportunities for modelling and teaching mark making and letter formation

An understanding of their place within their local community and recognise features of the wider world

  • Able to identify features of their outdoor environment (for example plants/birds)
  • Recognise their local community
  • Talk about the process of growing
  • Understand people, culture and communities beyond Muriel Green
  • An outdoor area designed to excite and stimulate children providing opportunities for enquiry based learning.
  • Weekly adventures to explore beyond the Nursery outdoor area
  • Opportunities to research and explore religions, cultures and festivals
  • Opportunities to recognise the process of life cycles by live examples
  • Adults who have a knowledge of key past events and share this children during play

An understanding of their emotions and how to respond to them appropriately

  • To recognise the different feelings they will experience
  • To be able to articulate their emotion and identify strategies to allow them to manage their feeling and emotion
  • Able to utilise a range of mindfulness strategies to self-regulate throughout the day


  • Resources that allow children to express their feelings through Zones of Regulation
  • Adults that allow children to solve their own problems and conflicts
  • Opportunities for children to identify emotions and how they make them feel
  • Resources that demonstrate a range of emotions and feeling
  • Staff who seize opportunities to enrich emotional literacy
  • Provide children with communication, either verbal or gesture, that will support conflict resolution

The confidence and ability to manipulate a range of materials to express their ideas and interests

  • Select and use a range of resources
  • Demonstrate care for their environment
  • Express their fascinations and follow their own investigation




  • Provide an environment with open ended, real life resources to meet a range of needs
  • Provide children with the freedom to explore resources and transport them to support their learning.
  • Have high expectations of the care of resources-including returning to original place
  • Plan sessions and experiences that teach the skills required to manipulate materials

An understanding of number that they can apply in a range of contexts

  • Recognise, count and represent numbers to 10
  • Identify one more and one less of numbers to 10
  • Add 2 single digit numbers 0-5 (by putting two groups together)
  • High quality planned sequential maths teaching
  • Resources that represent the interests and ideas of the children and the natural world
  • An identified sequence of learning that recognises the learning pace of individuals
  • Staff to maximise opportunities for making number real.


We know that ….

So we plan / provide…

As a result / the impact has been…

Stage 1 - Number Colour.mp4

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Stage 2 - Egg Splat.mp4

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Stage 3 - Baking Soda Balloon.mp4

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Yoga with Hannah.mp4

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Wordle demonstrates the core principles of the curriculum that is implemented at Muriel Green. 


What is the Early Years Foundation Stage?


This is the Curriculum for Early Years children aged between 0 and 5 years. The EYFS is organised into 7 areas of learning with a strong emphasis on active learning, play and exploration, and creating and thinking critically. For each area of learning there is a set of ‘developmental stages’ and ‘early learning outcomes’ which most children are expected to achieve by the end of the EYFS (Reception). The staff plan the curriculum to ensure the children make good progress towards the goals. 

The children will experience a range of activities indoors and outdoors, whatever the weather to develop skills, knowledge and independence. They learn actively within a strong routine. Children will bring home regular information about what they are learning and there will be weekly notices. Here follows a brief introduction of each area.


More information about the EYFS


You can find out more about the curriculum your child is following, and what you can do with your child at home.

The 3 Prime Areas of Learning


– Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)

Making relationships: Muriel Green provides a happy, safe and secure environment where children feel valued and respected. Children form positive relationships and learn to work and play together cooperatively.


Self-confidence and self awareness: Muriel Green provides an environment where children grow in independence and are excited about learning. They will learn to speak in a group, to express their ideas and to make choices.


Managing feelings and behaviour: Children learn about their emotions and the feelings of others. They will use appropriate behaviour, turn take and share.


– Physical Development

Moving and Handling: learning and improving skills of coordination, control, manipulation and movement in large and small movements e.g. climbing, jumping and using pencils and scissors.


Health and self-care: Children learn about the importance of good health, physical exercise and healthy diet. They enjoy the outdoor environment every day including a wide range of play activities and welly walks. They will learn to manage their own hygiene and personal needs, e.g. hand washing and healthy snacks.


– Communication and Language

Listening and Attention: Children learn to listen to each other and adults individually and in small and large groups. They listen and join in with stories and rhymes every day with enjoyment and relevant responses.


Understanding: Children develop an understanding of language through their play and exploration. They respond to questions, they explore, predict, explain, describe. They learn to follow instructions to extend their learning.


Speaking: Children are given a rich range of real experiences and activities to talk about. They take part in planning and recall activities enabling them to talk about past experiences and plan the future.

The 4 Specific Areas of Learning


– Mathematics

In the EYFS children’s mathematical understanding develops through active learning, play and exploration. They will use indoor and outdoor environments, stories, songs, cooking and games.


Number: Children will learn to count reliably, order numbers, calculate, problem solve and use mathematical language.


Shape, space and measure: Children will learn about weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money. They will explore, recognise, create and describe patterns and shapes.


– Literacy

For both reading and writing children will develop phonic knowledge that will enable them to decode, read and write words. Phonics will take place through a range of learning experiences e.g. listening activities, songs, rhymes and playing with language throughout the EYFS.


Reading: Children will learn the skills they need to be a reader and to love books, they will borrow books to be read to them at home and enjoy daily stories at school. They will become familiar with print and talk about their reading.


Writing: All attempts at writing will be encouraged, children will start with their own names and words of interest to them. They will write what is meaningful to them and be able to read it.


– Understanding the World

This includes People and Communities, The World and Technology. In a rich active learning environment children are challenged to learn about themselves and others and the world in which they live.


– Expressive Arts and Design

Exploring and using media and materials; children will sing, make music and dance. They will have daily opportunities to use a wide range of tools, techniques and materials creatively, and safely. Being Imaginative, children will be encouraged and supported to express themselves imaginatively through all media.

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)


Muriel Green Nursery School welcomes all children and parents are encouraged to inform the school of any SENDs as soon as possible. Parents are welcome to visit the school to see the facilities and share their concerns with the Headteacher or Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO).