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)
Our Nursery classes cater for the needs of our youngest children in spacious, specifically-designed accommodation with excellent facilities and resources. We offer a well structured range of child-initiated play, practical activities and adult-led learning to help children grow physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially.
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)
Our Nursery 2 class takes children from the age of 3 years old. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum which focuses on mathematics - shapes and numbers, social and personal development, physical development and we follow the Jolly Phonics scheme for letters and sounds.
We also have timetabled specialist subjects such as music, swimming, cooking, ballet and outdoor exploring. We encourage our children to be independent and happy, with plenty of time in the day to play and make friends.
The children have lunch, assembly, snack time and morning play time with Reception so their transition to this next stage is easy and they are happy and confident as they move up the school.
Children move into the Reception class at the beginning of the academic year following their fourth birthday. They enjoy light, bright, well-resourced classrooms with interactive white boards and have access to many of the Prep School facilities and reception pupils benefit from specialist classes such as ballet, PE, Music, Drama and ICT.
The days are more structured in Reception, with lessons building on the children's mathematics and literacy skills gained in our Nursery classes. Activities are topic based and revolve around the children's current areas of interest and our lesson planning reflects the individual needs of every child in the class. Our 'Gum boots to Greek' motto is reflected in the weekly timetable, where children visit the woods and build dens with our qualified Forest School teacher, as well as having the opportunity to learn French and be a part of our school drama productions.
Reception have assemblies, lunch and daily play time on the Clock Tower bank with Classes 1 and 2 to encourage a smooth transition into the Prep School.