Nursery and Reception Curriculum

At St Nicholas' School Fleet our Infant School and Nursery have their own purpose-built building called Branksomewood. There, children's educational journey begins at the Foundation Stage. This covers Nursery and Reception years, and the curriculum is based on areas of learning.

These are now split into two categories.

Prime Areas
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Physical Development
Communication and Language
Specific Areas of Learning
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts and Design

It is important that children learn through play at this stage of their life. Learning is planned within a topic based framework, with individual topics being studied each half term.

Years 1 and 2 

At St Nicholas' School Fleet, infant school children are encouraged to be inquisitive and apply the skills they learn to investigate the world around them. 

St Nicholas' Infant School Fleet is based in excellent purpose-built facilities in Branksomewood - a dedicated primary school building on our main school site in Church Crookham. In this safe, secure environment, infant pupils develop the abilities to listen, question, be creative, solve problems and co-operate with others.

At Key Stage 1 (age 5 to 7) infant school pupils are taught the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science, along with others such as History, Geography, Art, RS, DT and ICT, by the class teacher. Music, PE and French, in Years 1 and 2, are taught by specialist teachers.

At St Nicholas' Infant School we balance breadth of curriculum with small classes, ensuring that everv child receives individual attention and is able to progress at their own pace. We also offer Forest School and Yo-Chi as part of the curriculum. 

This is excellent preparation for Junior School, so that by the age of 7 our primary pupils are ready to move onto the next stage of their education in Junior School.


 Infant pupils also take part in Forest School and Yo-Chi lessons as part of our co-curricular programme at St Nicholas' School. Please click on the box below to read about this further.


Art, Music, Drama and Sport

A Typical Day At St Nicholas' School In Nursery and Reception


10.00 - 10.15am Morning Break
11.45am End of Morning Nursery Session
11.45am - 12.25pm Lunch
12.30 - 1.00pm Quiet Activities
12.45pm Start of Afternoon Nursery Session
1.00 - 1.30pm Play 
2.30 - 3.45pm Afternoon Break
3.45pm End of school day


A Typical Day At St Nicholas' School In Year 1 and 2


10.20 - 10.35am Morning Break
11.45am End of Morning Nursery Session
11.45am - 12.25pm Lunch
12.30 - 1.30pm Play
2.30 - 3.15pm  Afternoon Break
3.45pm End of school day