The Nursery’s Activities
Within the daily routine of the Nursery, the staff plan a varied and structured programme suitable to the needs of each child. We base our activities and programmes on themes, which the staff team consider and decide on together, taking into consideration everything that goes into the child’s learning and development. We are also working in conjunction with Argyll & Bute’s guidelines, “Parents in Learning” and “Birth – 3”, “3 – 5 Curriculum” and the “Curriculum For Excellence”.
What is curriculum?
It could be said that the whole of the young children’s experiences, everything they say, do feel, touch, hear or taste make up a curriculum for them. Learning goes on everywhere, even while eating meals, helping Mum & Dad, going for a walk or playing. Within Clyde Cottage Nursery we follow the national guidelines for the curriculum – A Curriculum Framework for children 3-18 which was issued by the Scottish Office in 2008.
A Curriculum for Excellence that facilitates the development of the four capabilities:
• Successful learners
• Confident individuals
• Responsible citizens
• Effective contributors
The children will learn through active play within meaningful context and interdisciplinary planning based on the following principles:
• Enjoyment and challenge
• Personalisation and choice
Early level curricular areas are:
• Listening and talking Offering the children the opportunity to
• Reading discuss, listen and extend their vocabulary
• Writing through books, stories, rhymes and news
time, enabling the children to express their needs and thoughts, and to recognise the link between the written and spoken word.
Children will be given experiences to help them understand the purpose of writing and to help them develop mark making skills.
• Planet earth Offering the children the opportunity to
• Forces and motion develop an interest in nature through the
• Life and cells care of animal and plant life, through
• Communication discussing seasons and weather.
Offering the children opportunities to investigate materials and sort for re-cycling.
• People in the past Offering the children the opportunity for
• People and place social and personal development.
• People in society Encouraging the children to form positive
relationships, make decisions and to respect the needs and feelings of others.
Offering opportunities to explore places of local interest and discover how people lived in the past.
• Number, money, measure Offering the children opportunity to learn
• Information handling about sorting, matching, ordering, size,
• Shape and movement weight, shape, time, money and measure.
Religious and Moral Education
• Christianity Offering the children opportunities to develop
• Other world religions an understanding of what is fair and unfair.
Offering opportunities to be aware of important celebrations, festivals and religious customs in people’s lives.
• Design technology Offering the children opportunities to solve
• Technology with ICT problems and present ideas, thoughts and
Offering opportunities to explore and learn about ICT.
Health and Well-being
• Physical health Offering the children opportunities to be
• Food health and hygiene physically active and to be aware of the
• Health and safety importance of health and hygiene.
• Emotional and social skills
Offering the children opportunities to explore Emotions, feelings and keeping themselves safe.
• Art and design Offering the children the opportunity to
• Dance investigate a variety of media and
• Drama techniques through craft activities, design
• Music and model making.
Offering children the opportunity to express themselves through music, drama and dance
For further information please look at the following web sites:
The partners working to deliver Curriculum for Excellence are:
Scottish Government http://www.scotland.gov.uk
The Government has responsibility for the national education system
Learning and Teaching Scotland http://www.LTScotland.org.uk
Develops the curriculum, provides information and guidance on learning and teaching, assessment and ICT in education
Scottish Qualifications Authority http://www.sqa.org.uk
Develops and manages the qualification process, including marking exams
Education Scotland https://education.gov.scot/education-scotland/
The inspectors who monitor the quality of education