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Pelham Primary School




At Pelham we have a one-form entry Nursery which runs two three-hour sessions per day. In addition, we offer 30 hour places (all day). 

Nursery children enjoy a rich, stimulating and practical curriculum which is predominantly led by the children and based around topics which interest them. We believe that play is educationally powerful, so the staff plan on the basic principles of play, using their knowledge of the curriculum and of the children's developmental stages. We combine adult directed and child initiated activities.  Please see the links below for more information about applying for a place a Nursery.


Applying for a Nursery place: https://www.merton.gov.uk/education-and%20learning/schools/admissions/nursery/how-to-apply  

Further information about 30 hour places at Nursery: https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/

We aim to provide for the intellectual, emotional, social and physical needs of the child. 

  • To welcome all children into a fun, stimulating, caring environment.
  • We treat each child as an individual.
  • Offer children the opportunity to participate in a variety of experiences that will enhance their skills and knowledge.
  • Encourage children to be independent in their thinking and learning.
  • To learn through play and through first hand experiences.
  • To have access to an enjoyable curriculum.
  • Encourage children to develop a sense of kindness, pride and respect.
  • To develop confidence and enthusiasm to learn.
  • To access different themes and topics throughout their nursery life.
  • To give all children an equal opportunity to learn.

The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is made up of seventeen learning areas in total, split into the Prime and Specific Areas.

Prime Areas

Communication and Language

  1. Listening, Attention and Understanding
  2. Speaking

Physical Development

  1. Gross Motor Skills 
  2. Fine Motor Skills

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  1. Self-Regulation
  2. Managing Self
  3. Building Relationships

Specific Areas


  1. Comprehension
  2. Word Reading
  3. Writing


  1. Number
  2. Numerical Patterns

Understanding The World

  1. Past and Present
  2. People, Culture and Communities
  3. The Natural World

Expressive Arts and Design

  1. Creating with Materials
  2. Being Imaginative and Expressive

Please click here for the Statutory Framework for EYFS.

Topics and Learning

Topics in Nursery include: Me and My World, Book Author/Festivals, Into the Woods, Fact Detectives, Green Fingers and Looking After Our Planet.

Nursery children are able to learn in a stimulating, indoor and outdoor environment and regularly mix with children from our Reception classes. The day is made up of one structured whole-class teaching session, one or two focussed learning sessions in small groups and child-initiated learning time. We also teach phonics three times a week.

Curriculum Overview

Click on the links below for an overview of the topics taught over the year.

Nursery Curriculum Overview