Our Nursery and Reception classrooms are inspiring environments where children can engage in a range of learning opportunities. Our staff teams are passionate about providing the best start for all of our children and their families. We use the following documents to inform how we ‘scaffold’ our curriculum across both Nursery and Reception (‘scaffolding’ is breaking up learning into chunks and providing a tool, or structure, with each chunk):

Our curriculum is not static, as we respond to the needs and interests of our children. We are flexible and responsive to our children’s next steps, enabling them to develop the skills to become lifelong learners.

At Long Furlong we support children to develop and learn through play, using both the indoors and outdoor environment.  The Early Years team at Long Furlong has identified ten overarching themes that will ensure every child succeeds in their own learning journeys and offers them the widest and richest range of opportunities. These are:

  • I am an independent learner
  • I am physically active
  • I understand how my body works
  • I am a storyteller
  • I am a confident communicator
  • I am a wonderful writer
  • I am a confident mathematician
  • I can explore and look after the world around me
  • I can be anything
  • I can make anything

The EYFS has separated areas of learning into prime learning areas and specific learning areas.  Please click on individual boxes below for more details of the seven areas of learning and how we support our children’s development in each area. There are also ideas to support learning at home.

There are three prime areas of learning which are:

There are four specific areas of learning which are:

All areas of learning are important and are interconnected with each other. In the early years, our curriculum allows children to learn about the world through being active, exploring, being creative and learning to think. These are known as the ‘Characteristics of Effective Teaching and Learning

The three characteristics of effective teaching and learning are:

  • playing and exploring – children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’
  • active learning – children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements
  • creating and thinking critically – children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things


Please visit the class pages for more information about each class’s learning journey by clicking on the links below:


Useful documents