Pelham Primary School


At Pelham we have a one-form entry Nursery which runs two three-hour sessions per day. In addition, we now have a number of 30 hour places.

Nursery children enjoy a rich, stimulating and practical curriculum which is predominantly led by the children and based around topics which interest them. We believe that play is educationally powerful, so the staff plan on the basic principles of play, using their knowledge of the curriculum and of the children's developmental stages. We combine adult directed and child initiated activities.

We aim to provide for the intellectual, emotional, social and physical needs of the child. 

The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is made up of seventeen learning areas in total, split into the Prime and Specific Areas.

Prime Areas

Communication, Language & Literacy

  1. Listening and attention
  2. Understanding
  3. Speaking

Physical Development

  1. Moving and handling
  2. Health and self-care

Personal, social and emotional development

  1. Self-confidence and self-awareness
  2. Managing feelings and behaviour
  3. Making relationships

Specific Areas


  1. Reading
  2. Writing


  1. Numbers
  2. Shape, Space and Measures

Understanding of the world

  1. People and communities
  2. The world
  3. Technology

Expressive arts and design

  1. Exploring and using media and materials
  2. Being imaginative

Topics and learning

Topics in Nursery include; Ourselves, Celebrations, People who help us, Facts and Into the Woods. Nursery children are able to learn in a stimulating, indoor and outdoor environment and regularly mix with children from our Reception classes. The day is made up of one structured whole-class teaching session, one or two focussed learning sessions in small groups and child-initiated learning time. We also teach phase 1 and phase 2 phonics three times a week.


We usually offer one main trip every year: a theatre trip at Christmas.

Nursery is a very exciting year - children make vast steps in their social and learning development and this supports the children's progress into their reception classes.

Curriculum Overview

Click on the links below for an overview of the topics taught over the year.

Nursery Curriculum Overview (2020 - 2021)

Nursery Core Reading Texts (2020-21)