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Nursery Curriculum

C123Jones 09 October 2018 20:03

I am looking into building a Nursery curriculum which will progress into our Reception curriculum (based on white rose) and onto KS1 again currently using White Rose material.

Any top tips on research places or any nursery curriculums anyone is willing to share?  I am looking at Development Matters, NRICH, GLOWHub and the Numberblocks work on here. 

Thank you, C



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cballance 09 October 2018 22:34

I am wanting to do the same so will be also interested in what others have done. I plan to start to look at mine next half term so happy to share thoughts once I’ve looked at it

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helenjw 10 October 2018 09:37

Here we go!

My two absolutely favourite books for N and R maths are still BEAM's MiniMaths 1 & 2 (note - it doesn't matter which one you buy as Kim had too many ideas for one book and they are not aligned to yr grp or harder or easier!). I have not met a single N and R teacher who can't integrate these into their planning and use them to develop young children's mathematical thinking appropriately: https://www.amazon.co.uk/MiniMaths-1-Level-Beam/dp/1874099642  

I don't know of any N maths curricula as such, and I would be v wary of any that are curricula for older children being watered or pushed down into R or N (eg white rose). 

Sue Gifford's book is still one of the most important and relevant in N and R maths, and essential in considering research when pulling together a curriculum: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Teaching-mathematics-3-5-developing-foundation/dp/0335216862 

The E years NRich resources are written by Sue and her colleagues (involvement alert- including me!), are well-trialled; some are more relavant for R than N.

'Numbers and Patterns' is still useful and free: http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20110202103440/https://nationalstrategies.standards.dcsf.gov.uk/node/273401.  

And online look at Erikson materials (both of these based in the USA) - absolutely excellent: https://earlymath.erikson.edu  ; and the work by Clements and Samara: https://www.learningtrajectories.org - which looks dull but I have found incredibly useful in looking at the development of children's thinking and understandings.

I hope some of this helps. Helen Williams, @helenjwc 




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JLPearson 10 October 2018 10:14

There is a very good nursery curriculum available called EYFS. It fits in well with any other schemes or curricula you can buy, is based on experience and research and is our national approach to this vital stage of education. If you take note of the characteristics of effective learning you won't go wrong.

Please ask yourself if this is about what is best for the children or about KS1 aspirations?

For more information go to https://www.foundationyears.org.uk/


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