Our Early Years’ Curriculum puts your child at the heart of the learning journey as our philosophy is quite simple: if your child is happy and fulfilled, then they will become confident learners with enquiring minds, able to form secure relationships with both adults and children.
Through interaction with their environment, which is bright and attractive with a woodland garden and designated outdoor learning area, the children discover new skills and acquire knowledge and understanding of the world around them. They learn to take risks and to challenge themselves so that they can become independent learners, whether it be digging clay from the ground to make clay pots or creating their own theatre and puppet shows. We also place a strong emphasis on the acquisition of basic skills, which are developed through further engaging activities. In the summer the French café, run by the Nursery children, is always a popular event for parents!
The children’s achievements are celebrated through individual learning journals and through the colourful wall displays which reflect each of the three prime areas of learning, ie Communication and Language, Physical Development and Personal, Social and Emotional Development, and the four specific areas of learning, ie Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Art and Design in the Early Years Foundation Stage.
In addition to following the Early Years programme, children in the Nursery and Reception benefit from many of the fabulous Prep School facilities and specialist staff. Thus, Music, Sport and French also help to enrich the children’s learning. A dedicated full-time Music specialist teaches all the Nursery and Reception children; children learn French from a native speaker; and weekly swimming lessons are introduced in the Spring term in the Nursery.
Our local environment plays a key role in helping to develop the children’s understanding of the world around them, and visits begin in the Nursery with the bluebell woods, the allotments to see the water-melons, and theatre trips. We also bring the world back into school with visitors to inspire the children with their learning. King, the Guide Dog, and Zoolab’s animals and insects pay us frequent visits, with Sid, the hissing cockroach, usually being the star attraction!
"Pupils have a feeling amongst them that anyone can achieve at the highest level once they know what they are best at."
ISI Inspection Report 2017