Nursery School in Southsea, Portsmouth Early Years Foundation Stage PLUS curriculum

Early Years Foundation Stage Plus Curriculum

'Children in the EYFS arrive at school happily, eager to embark on the day’s activities.' ISI Report 2015

Portsmouth High Nursery School in Southsea follows the Early Years Foundation Stage PLUS curriculum which uses as its base the national curriculum with significant Portsmouth High School additions.

For example, girls are taught French in Nursery and have lessons by other specialist teachers in music, ballet, physical education, and they get a chance to explore our extensive grounds through Forest Schools. They have access to all the Junior School facilities with many opportunities to mix with the older girls supporting a seamless transition to Reception Class and beyond.

We use the ‘High Scope’ approach to learning which extends traditional academic subjects by applying methods that promote independence, curiosity, decision making, cooperation, persistence, creativity, and problem solving in young children.

Pre-school children have weekly library lessons with the school librarian. They take the time to simply enjoy books, choose some to take away to look at in the classroom and at home and end the library session with a story. Library lessons are structured to support the wider curriculum for our youngest pupils through exploring new concepts and cementing learning.

Pre-school teachers carefully plan activities indoors and outdoors that allow girls to have multi-sensory first-hand experiences that make learning fun and exciting. Our aim is for girls in our care to develop into enthusiastic, inquisitive, confident and independent pupils to set them on the right path for successful progression through the school and beyond.


Parent testimonials


First of all we’d like to thank you for taking such wonderful care of Harriet during her time so far at Portsmouth High School. We are amazed how much she has developed and, as importantly, how happy she is and how well she has bonded with the Nursery staff.

I will be forever thankful to Portsmouth High Nursery for providing our daughter with such a wonderful start to her school life. We are very excited to see what Reception year has in store for Lily, and we are very confident that she will enjoy it as much as Nursery.


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