Early Years/Foundation Stage
Children in the Nursery and Infants 1 (Reception) make up the Early Years Foundation Stage. Children join our Nursery in the September after their third birthday.
The Early Years team is led by a qualified teacher and two extremely experienced support staff. We have an excellent pupil:staff ratio. Our setting is gentle yet challenging and nurturing and provides a rich and exciting first step from home to school. Our environment encourages girls to develop their independence through the many practical activities that we offer.
Children experience a range of stimulating learning opportunities and follow the Early Years Foundation Stage framework which consists of the 7 following areas:-
Personal, social and emotional development
Communication and language
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts & Design
The children have many opportunities outside to explore, develop and enhance their learning and curiosity, as well as being able to promote their vital physical skills.
The children are encouraged to express their own ideas through independent and whole class activities and circle time.
They also have specialist teachers for Music and Spanish.
The girls are prepared for a smooth transition from the Early Years to the more structured Key Stage 1 (Infants 2 & 3 classes.
The Infant years are the next step after the Early Years Foundation Stage and comprises of Infants 2 (Year 1) and Infants 3 (Year 2).
Our curriculum is innovative, inspiring and exciting. We successfully combine traditional core skills with imaginative and creative learning opportunities. We have high expectations for all our children and they proudly and confidently share their learning through a range of contexts. Our curriculum is diverse and engaging.
In addition to classroom activities, our curriculum is further enriched by a structured programme of workshops, visitors and educational visits. Girls are offered a range of extra-curricular activities including Spanish, LAMDA workshops, drama, and sports clubs run by Premier Sports.
A dynamic and broad based curriculum enables children in the Prep classes to excel in all areas of their education. Pastoral care is strong and we support children to grow and flourish as moral decision makers and mature responsible members of our school community. We strive to engender confidence and self esteem empowering children as learners and working with parents to prepare them for future challenges.
Girls continue to learn Spanish as part of the curriculum and are offered a range of extra-curricular activities including Spanish, Dance, Ball Skills, Science Club, Maths Workshop, Exam Revision Club, LAMDA and Swimming. Music is further enhanced through violin, woodwind, percussion and voice lessons and children may then be invited to join the Orchestra and Jazz Band. The Upper Preps have opportunities to represent the school at netball.