The aim at the Pre-Prep is to ensure that the beginning of a child’s time at school is a happy and fulfilling experience, one in which the child feels challenged and valued, and learns to value others. Children may spend up to five years in the Pre-Prep. During this time, qualified and dedicated staff will provide opportunities for each child to achieve his or her full potential in terms of academic, social and physical development in a well-structured but stimulating environment. These first few years are vitally important for the future success of all pupils and we aim to provide a supportive and caring atmosphere for the children and their families.
Twigs (Pre-Nursery): children aged 2 ½ to 3 years; Nursery: children aged 3 to 4 years; Reception: children aged 4 to 5 years; and Years 1 and 2 Children aged from 5 to 7 years. Most days begin with morning assembly, during which the children are taught the stories and teachings of the Christian faith. Stories from other religions will be studied according to the calendar and the religions of pupils in the school. Children thereby develop an awareness of the wider world and the need for co-operation and understanding.
The Nursery is housed in a separate, purpose-built unit with its own enclosed play area. Nursery children are included in many school activities, from assemblies to end of term concerts, and use the facilities of the Pre-Prep building for music and physical education. In the Pre-Nursery class, Twigs, children enjoy afternoons with our Nursery Nurses painting, cooking, singing, using play dough, doing puzzles, learning their numbers, colours and listening to stories. The Foundation Stage curriculum begins in the Nursery and carries on into Reception. Social and language skills develop through working and playing together. The many varied activities give opportunities to practise their early skills of reading, writing and number work. Much of their work is done outdoors where they find out about the world around them and develop their physical skills through climbing, pedalling, balancing and running.
Years 1 and 2
Children in Years 1 and 2 work with increasing independence, using their skills in problem solving situations. As fluent readers and writers they embark on topics of interest and begin scientific explorations. Conversational French begins in Year 1.