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Our Curriculum

Individual learning styles

Individual learning styles

All activities are planned to support children’s individual learning styles, known as ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning’- through ‘Playing and Exploring’ and being willing to have a go, or by being ‘Active Learners’ and enjoying the experience of new achievements and by ‘Creating and Thinking Critically’ and making links and solving problems as they learn.

Individual interests & needs

Individual interests & needs

Our curriculum is planned around children’s individual interests and developmental needs. This is achieved through the professional expertise of their key person, the person who knows them best. Practitioners act as equal play partners and value children’s contributions, supporting their learning through a concept of demonstration and enlightenment, sharing knowledge and ideas and remaining responsive to children’s enquiring minds.

We lay important foundations

We lay important foundations

Our vision statement ‘Where skills to last a lifetime are taught and lifelong memories are made’ is in place because through it we lay the important foundations for every child’s future. Hambledon nursery aims to provide children with the opportunity to be intellectually, emotionally and physically active.

At the heart of what we do

At the heart of what we do

With our vision statement at the heart of what we do, we strive towards ensuring that every child leaves Hambledon Nursery School as happy, healthy, communicative, sociable, curious and active individuals, who are ready and equipped for the next phase of life and learning.

Memorable enhanced opportunities

Memorable enhanced opportunities

Our curriculum always has any memorable enhanced opportunities planned and provided for the children to experience in their time with us, including visits off site, visitors coming onsite and seeking ways of involving our parents year to year. We enjoy for example ‘Empty Classroom sessions’ when we can. We take the children outside for the entire morning session to engage in activities such as den building, fire lighting and toasting marshmallows, large scale art and dedicated summertime water play challenges.

Reviewing our educational programmes

Reviewing our educational programmes

We regularly review our bespoke educational programmes so that they remain flexible to meet a specific cohort’s need in any one year. We always place having fun as the key, with lots of messy play daily, plenty of opportunities to be creative and to get outdoors at the heart of Hambledon Nursery’s curriculum.

‘Development Matters’ government guidance

‘Development Matters’ government guidance

We use the government guidance known as ‘Development Matters’ at the heart of our curriculum with the prime areas of Communication and Language, Personal Social and Emotional Development and Physical Development as the core areas of learning that we put our energy into getting right for every individual child before they transition to school.

Making the most of our outside spaces

Making the most of our outside spaces

We make the most of our spectacular outside spaces and fully immerse the children every session in encouraging them outside for their learning and to support them to be physically active. We do this through dedicated forest school sessions using the natural resources of our surroundings, and by thematic empty classroom sessions and daily in the provision of free flow access to our outside spaces.

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