Our Early Years department, covering children up to the age of 5, offers a well structured range of child-initiated play, practical activities and adult-led learning to help children grow physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially during their first years.
Children are provided with opportunities to build on key learning skills such as speaking, listening and concentration to work together and co-operate with their peers.
We think it is important to be able to build on experiences and interests of the children within the class and to make the most of our beautiful surroundings and the facilities of the school. Any special educational needs can be spotted early on and supported. These needs may include those of particularly able children as well as those with learning difficulties.
Nursery 1 (2-3 years old)
During their first year at Abberley we aim to instil confidence, happiness and the early foundations of learning. Children join this nurturing environment from the age of 2 with a focus on hands on learning, creativity and challenges to help your child grow both intellectually and emotionally.
The children benefit from the extensive outdoor space as well as the excellent indoor facilities and are offered activities such as Drama, Ballet/Music and Movement Cooking, Art and Music to name a few. They will be introduced to phonics, number skills as well as early mark making to give them the best possible start to their education.
The children spend snack times, morning registration, music, lunch time and outdoor play times with the Nursery 2 class so when they move up the transition is smooth and seamless.
Nursery 2 (3-4 years old)
In their second year pupils experience a more structured day in readiness for full time school. The foundations begun in Nursery 1 are built upon through the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, with a daily focus on Communication, Language and Literacy and Mathematical skills. Weekly P.E/Yoga, Cooking, Art, Music, Ballet/Music and Movement and Swimming are carefully woven into the curriculum. They still enjoy the freedom of the outdoors and we ensure that the learning both indoors and outdoors is both stimulating, fun and creative.
Reception classes are held in the Early Years area, so the transition from Nursery to full time school is a gentle one. The children will learn to read through daily phonic activities, form numbers, learn the numicon number line and explore shapes. The children are equipped with the skills to write independently and to form letters in cursive or joined script. By the summer term most children have completed their Foundation Stage Curriculum and have become independent learners They enjoy specialist afternoon lessons in PE, Music, Drama and Swimming. After School clubs are enjoyed by many; dance club, nature club, art club and specialisms in gymnastics, ballet and tennis are also on offer.