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Curriculum Intent

About our Curriculum intent

Communication, Nurture and Kindness are attributes that run through the heart of Tenterfield Nursery and continue to be at the forefront of our curriculum intent.

All adults use a total communication approach in the Nursery so that all children are included and given the best opportunity to develop their communication skills and express their wants and needs. Whatever their ability or level of need, all children are listened to and adults find ways to communicate with them effectively. Children are taught to respect each other and how to be kind and caring towards each other so that everyone feels included and well-being is high.

The learning environment is organised to enable children to access irresistible, fascinating resources that reflect a broad and balanced curriculum. Through a thorough induction process they are given a solid platform to be independent learners in the environment and develop skills for lifelong learning. Regular visits to our forest school allow us to focus on the importance of nature; adults strive to capture and build upon ‘Awe and Wonder’ moments in the world.

Children are taught to be resilient and independent learners and are supported by interested, supportive adults who know each child’s individual needs. They look to foster ‘a can do’ attitude where children learn to keep trying if they don’t succeed at first, whatever their ability or level of development. All children are treated as individuals and adults build relationships with children and use their observations to understand and assess development. They then use this information to respond either in the moment or plan individual activities. Staff capture what motivates them as individuals and build upon those skills to introduce them to new concepts of learning.  Therefore learning is exciting, relevant, playful, meaningful and irresistible.

Curriculum Goals

We intent every child to:

  • To build secure relationships that make them feel happy and safe, so that they can confidently express their feelings, wants, needs & desires independently. (Personal, Social & Emotional)
  • To develop their attention & listening skills so that they can confidently communicate their thoughts and ideas. (Communication & Language)
  • To learn how to move and control their body safely,  so that they can explore and challenge themselves to take risks.​ To start to co-ordinate and refine their smaller movements to use a variety of tools purposefully. (Physical)
  • To use mathematical language and begin to understand how I use maths and numbers every day in the world around me. (Mathematics)
  • To learn about letters, sounds and words by exploring a range of books and developing a love for stories. (Literacy)
  • To express myself freely with creativity & imagination, in ways that make me happy. (Expressive Arts & Design)
  • To explore the awe and wonder of my world with curiosity and understand how I and others fit into it. (Understanding our World)


Please explore our Milestone curriculum pages for more information about how we teach the children to reach these goals through developmental milestones.