Children will make the adjustment from home life to school life under the supervision of teachers who are dedicated to fostering confidence and skills.
We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework in our Nursery and Reception classes. This pre-school curriculum is statutory in the UK for all Ofsted registered child care settings. Full of real-life, concrete experiences the curriculum is divided into 7 areas:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development – Your child will form relationships with adults and peers, build confidence, learn to manage feelings and become aware of the needs and feelings of others through sharing and cooperation.
- Communication and Language – Your child will develop the ability to listen, follow instructions, and use spoken language for different purposes. Your child will be introduced to the French language from age 3. All modern language lessons are taught by specialists
- Physical Development – Your child will participate in physical education, increase coordination, and build spatial awareness while enjoying fun games and activities.
- Literacy – Your child will begin to build literacy using phonics and have the opportunity to communicate thoughts, ideas and feelings with adults and peers.
- Mathematics – Your child will be introduced to the practical elements of addition and subtraction, develop an awareness of shape and space, and learn to observe patterns in the environment and in daily routine.
- Understanding the World – Your child will build the foundations for later work in Science, History, Geography and Technology, participating in indoor and outdoor activities which encourage exploration, observation, critical thinking and problem-solving.
- Expressive Arts and Design – Your child will explore a broad range of art, music, dance, and imaginative play in an environment where creativity and expressiveness is encouraged.
We feel that it is important to consider your child as a whole, and understand that social, emotional, and physical well-being are all important factors that directly impact on student involvement and motivation to learn. We ensure that these areas are developed alongside more traditional academic subjects and are viewed with equal importance. We focus not only on what a child learns but also on how a child learns.
Our children are given freedom to make choices and decisions within an interactive day and are encouraged to use and share their learning environment. Our Foundation Stage classrooms are organized into separate areas where the children can learn independently or with the input of an adult. To support and extend this learning, we make use of our whole school, both indoors and out.