Curriculum

What does your child learn at school each day? Find information about our curriculum design here. If you want to learn more about our curriculum please speak to a member of staff.


Sir James Knott nursery School offers a unique curriculum which celebrates the great potential of young children, with the goal of nurturing self-motivated, life-long learners. 


At the core of our approach is that all children are innate talented and motivated investigators, capable with facilitation to develop their sophisticated inquiry across all seven areas of learning and the characteristics of effective learning. 


Our aim is to cultivate the skills that are at the foundation of a life of happiness and success: emotional intelligence and empathy, cooperative and individual problem solving, analytical thinking, cultural competence; as well as early literacy and maths skills and real world preparation for our young children. 


Our emergent curriculum is play based, but is far more than just "play". It is a series of expertly guided mini projects that grow from the children's own interests, which immerse them in the process and joys of real discovery.


There is many research approaches which supports that the emergent curriculum in early education which emphasizing authentic experiences rather than a rigid narrow curriculum leads to greater levels of information and skills acquisition, increased self-esteem and ultimately higher achievement; being passionate about learning.  


"Children must be taught how to think, not what to think"

Margaret Mead


To achieve this, our curriculum is built around a series of enquires or projects that grow out of the children's authentic interests. They are playful, which supports our children to have innate curiosity about the world around them with equipping them with the relevant skills and approaches to investigate their thinking and for children to be immersed within the process and joys of real discovery.


We use the EYFS Early Years outcomes as a guide to child development and expectation but draw the content of the curriculum from STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths). We strive for educational excellence at all times, aiming to inspire and motivate all children through the way in which we teach.


Please see the following documents which give further information into our curriculum design and delivery.