Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community


Our approach to learning

Our aim is to provide a holistic learning safe, happy and stimulating environment through which all children are challenged with the aim of outstanding progress achieved by all.

OFSTED reported “The atmosphere in Early Years is happy, calm and purposeful”.

Our planned learning in Nursery is based on the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum with the children’s interests taken into account also. We ensure children are taught to be independent and confident learners, equipped with the foundations to nurture a lifelong love of learning. We consistently engage with and value contributions from parents, professionals and the local community to ensure best outcomes for our children and families, inline with the ethos and values that we hold here at Oasis Academy Harpur Mount.

We create a calm and supportive atmosphere which promotes self-esteem and independence. We treat every child as an individual and support their development in all areas of the Early Years, with a high focus on social skills and communication. We help every child to grow up feeling confident about their own identity and ability, and promote friendship, understanding fairness and the rights of others, valuing diversity, and ready to be a British citizen.

Areas of our Nursery Curriculum include the following:

  • Personal Social and Emotional Development 
  • Communication and Language 
  • Moving and Handling
  • Health and Safe-care
  • Literacy Development
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

These areas are taught through a variety of half termly topics, special events and celebrations that arise throughout the year.

All children take part in 3 groups time a day, Literacy, Mathematics and Phonics. They will also do a number of focus activities during the week where they will practise their skills and deepen their knowledge and understanding. The children are supported to have fun and engage in our learning environment both inside and out to increase their skills and vocabulary.

We want our parents and carers to feel in the loop when it comes to their child's education, therefore we ensure a breakdown of what is taught within our classrooms and the topics we are learning about is available on our newsletters online and sent to every parent/carer through Showbie.

For a full breakdown of the curriculum and what is covered in each of the topics listed above, please see our Nursery Learning Guide.