The early years are a crucial part in a child’s development as they embark on their journey through school life. Every child has their own needs and our small class sizes help to provide the best support as they start to build foundations for a successful future. We focus on giving our children the confidence to develop learning skills through ‘creative play’, although we do introduce a little more structure and formality as the children move towards Year 1.
Learning is engaging and purposeful. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and our small class sizes allow us to develop the children’s individual learning interests further. Our approach allows children to flourish in a safe and secure environment. As our school day can sometimes be daunting for young children, we have strategies to help our children every step of the way.
Timetabled PE activities and PSHE education encourage the children to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. They are helped to understand how to respect others, develop self awareness, the importance of appropriate behaviour, taking care of themselves and making healthy choices.
Homework is regularly given but is never onerous! Our staff are very aware that children have spent a good deal of time learning in school and going home to do more can be counter-productive. Pre-Prep homework is mainly reading.
Pre-Prep School Enrichment
Sports, Social & Creative Skills
Yoga: Basics delivered by qualified teacher
Swimming: Lessons begin in Year 1
Nature Club & Welly Wednesday: Lessons outdoors exploring the grounds and gardens
School Council: The children stand for a position on the school council where they are elected by their peers to forward their views and ideas.
Busy Feet: Dance for the the little ones!
Football: Key skills delivered by professional coaches
Seal Club: Storytelling and playing games
Playground Friends: The children train to become playground friends and learn how to support their peers and younger children at playtimes.