The curriculum is everything we want our children to learn whilst they are at Lydalls.

Our curriculum is a hybrid curriculum, combining play based learning with 13 curriculum goals, core experiences and curricular structures/routines. Please see our Curriculum Policy for detailed information.

Learning through play is at the heart of the curriculum at Lydalls, supported by high quality adult interactions. Adults are children’s most important resource and our team at Lydalls is experienced in helping each child make progress across the curriculum. Each week we plan for a learning focus and our planning is available for you to read in the entrance hall.

We have 13 ambitious curriculum goals which have been carefully designed by the significantly experienced team at Lydalls. The curriculum goals ensure full coverage of the entire statutory education programs, which comprise the following areas of learning:


  • Communication and Language
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development


  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Our curriculum goals reflect the interconnected way in which children learn, covering all area’s of learning listed above. The are broken down in to learning that is carefully sequenced over children’s time at Lydalls and ensure they are well prepared for the next stage in their education. Please see our detailed Curriculum Goals which in summary are:

1. Express curiosity and understanding through effective language and communication skills

2. Know 8 nursery rhymes/songs

3. Take a turn

4. ‘Pretend with friends’

5. Resolve

6. Independence

7. Healthy body and healthy mind

8. ‘Physical Big 6’

9. Write my name

10. Tell a story

11. Blend and segment

12. Play a counting maths game

13. Create and design


Our website will provide you with introductory information about our aims and values. They will explain how we work and how the children will learn during their time with us.

Additional information will be displayed in school, published on this website or sent home in Newsletters. At all times, we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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