Teaching and Learning

Children in the Nursery Pre-School follow the 2021 Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. There is a strong emphasis on exploration, investigation, discovery and problem-solving.

Our experienced staff take into account each child’s preferred learning style and also develop activities which closely match individual interests. By carefully observing how children play, staff plan fun activities which create learning opportunities. Thought-provoking questions posed at the appropriate time foster deeper thinking skills, embed learning and begin to develop and challenge an enquiring mind.

The Curriculum

The 2021 Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum consists of the following:

Seven areas of learning and development that are equally important and interconnected. However three areas, known as the prime areas, are seen as particularly important for igniting curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building children’s capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.

The prime areas are:

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • The prime areas are strengthened and applied through specific areas:
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

For further details of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, click on the link below:

Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum

 Characteristics of Effective Teaching and Learning

At Clifton High School, we value the Characteristics of Effective Learning and use them as a foundation to inform our teaching and learning practices from Nursery School to Year 2. 

From our own observations, we understand that children and adults learn in different ways. At Clifton High School, when planning and supporting children, we believe it is important to consider the different ways children learn and reflect this in how we teach, organise our learning environment and support individual children and groups of children.

Within the 2021 Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, they identify three ‘Characteristics of Effective Teaching and Learning’; these characteristics encompass children from birth to the end of the Reception year and children will demonstrate them in different ways depending on the developmental level of each child.

The Characteristics of Effective Teaching and Learning

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 their achievements.

Creativity and Thinking Critically

Children have and develop their own ideas and make links between ideas. They develop strategies for doing things.


For the full Characteristics of Effective Learning framework click here