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Northaw CE Primary School and Nursery

Loving for Today, Learning for Tomorrow, Forever in Faith

Early Years Foundation Stage

In the early years foundation stage (nursery and reception), we deliver our curriculum following children’s interests, planned topics, subject sequences (mathematics, Monster Phonics, physical education and religious education), and curriculum ambitions linked to activity zones and unpacked as core skills.

Activity zones

Curriculum ambitions

Core skills

Creative area

Collaborate with a friend to make something from reclaimed materials


Independently paint a picture using watercolour and poster paints

  • To be able to cut accurately using scissors
  • To be able to select and use the most appropriate type of glue
  • To be able to use a range of joining techniques
  • To be able to effectively use watercolour and poster paints independently
  • To make choices independently

Role play/small world

Use imagination to re-enact familiar and unfamiliar roles and experiences

  • To be able to develop and extend a narrative
  • To be able to engage with purposeful symbolic play
  • To use familiar vocabulary


Create imaginative and intricate structures using an understanding of properties of sand and water

  • To be able to grasp, hold and carry containers
  • To be able to manipulate sand creatively
  • To be able to move water successfully from one place to another
  • To know that the texture of sand changes when water is added


Build an intricate, stable model with friends or independently

  • To be able to select and use a range of fixing and joining materials
  • To seek help from peers
  • To talk about what they are doing and give instructions


Use Play-Doh to plan and make a model of something in which you are interested

  • To be able to manipulate Play-Doh skilfully
  • Knows how to select and use different tools to make marks and help manipulate the Play-Doh

Music and dance

Enjoy creating musical and dramatic performances

  • To know some rhymes and songs
  • To be able to move rhythmically
  • To be able to use their imagination
  • To know about places performances take place


Ride a two-wheeled bike safely and confidently


Move confidently across the A-frame/trapeze/monkey bars/climbing frame/tree

  • To hold own body weight
  • To have strong core balance
  • To have good spatial awareness
  • To understand about the safety of others


Follow a recipe to make a cake

  • To know that text and images convey meaning
  • To be able to coordinate hand-eye and fine motor skills to mix and pour
  • To be able to select the right utensils