The preschool bases its practice on The Early Years Foundation Stage which sets the standards for learning development and care for children from birth to 5 years.
We enrich the education of the individual child through the seven areas of learning listed below:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Understanding of World
- Expressive Art and Design
Staffs are trained in assessing and building on development stages and associated skills in their pupils throughout the school, planning carefully for each child’s next step.
In-built in the education of the children is care and concern for others and recognition of each child’s strengths, an awareness of the world around us and an acceptance of those among whom we live. The children are taught through group activities and whole class strategies as well as individualised teaching.
We recognise that young children learn best when they have an opportunity to practice.
- The Koala/Kiwi Class (9 months plus)
We provide a safe and secure ‘home from home’ environment where children can learn, play and grow. Our teachers provide a loving, nurturing atmosphere that encourages exploring, bonding with others and a happy sense of security every day. We work with parents to provide:
- A smooth transition into the programme.
- A great deal of attention, love and care.
- Individualised activities and consistent schedules for eating, sleeping, and play times.
- A safe nurturing environment where infants can learn, explore and grow.
- Daily Diaries and ‘I Can’ books that provide you with information about your baby’s activities and development milestones.
- An open door policy which encourages parents to participate in their child’s daily activities and development.
- The Panda/Polar/Panther Class (18mths – 2 year-olds)
Toddlers are “busy” learners with a lot of new things to explore. Their energy is channeled into activities that would help them learn and grow,. They are led through age-appropriate activities to improve coordination, increase verbal skills and learn to solve problems. Your toddler will thrive while enjoying creative play and interaction in an environment that builds visual, verbal, physical and creative development.
Our toddlers’ programme is filled with sensory experiences that emphasise the importance of their environments and relationships. Our teachers provide an unparalleled level of interaction while individually nurturing each child. Regular communication between teachers and parents is encouraged in the form of Daily Diaries so that parents are informed about their child’s day.
- The Bunny/Beaver/Butterfly Class (2 -3 year-olds)
Two- year-olds are “terrific” learners. They are beginning to understand group play and are becoming better at communicating their thoughts. A lot of group activities are incorporated into their programme to build social skills such as cooperation, sharing and taking turns. Art, Music, Language and Science are part of the daily activities that organise their experiences.
Your child will be nurtured in an environment that fosters a love of learning and a positive self image. Our 2s learning environment is very hands-on and it focuses on learning through play in all the six areas of learning.
- The Pony/Penguin/Pelican Class (3 – 4 year-olds)
Preschoolers are eager to learn. They improve coordination, learn complex games, and begin to interact more with their peers. With group projects our preschoolers learn to interact, communicate and work together. The programme introduces math, language, science, and social skills in a logical natural sequence to encourage learning. Children are encouraged to explore and challenged to learn. Math and science skills are developed with hands-on experience. Development of language, mathematical reasoning, and scientific thoughts are emphasised throughout all activities. Our preschool program focuses on learning while promoting all seven areas of learning.
- The Dinosaur/Dolphin/Dove Class (4 – 5 year-olds)
This stage of learning is a critical time for children as they begin the adventure of a lifetime of learning. They are ready for exploration of concepts in the areas of reading, math, science, art, social skills, vocabulary learning, letters and words as well as the continued growth of language and physical skills. Our reception programme will prepare your child for the academic and social challenges of the next phase.
The children’s curiosity, independence and self-confidence are fostered through the use of age appropriate activities. Manipulative toys, art, and music experiences enhance the child’s understanding and enjoyment of new concepts.
The programme promotes independence while preparing your child for the next exciting phase. Our programme is designed to develop each child academically, socially and emotionally.
In accordance with the National Curriculum, all children study the twelve subjects identified as essential to the child’s all-round learning, planned to balance over the whole year. They are often taught through carefully selected topics, within which children may not always be aware of the separate components!
Helping children to develop the key skills of communication, application of number, information technology, working with others, problem solving and improving one’s own performance are an integral part of the curriculum that we offer. We also give major focus to developing the following essential thinking skills so that the children develop as independent learners and thoughtful individuals.
Information Processing – to locate and collect information, sort, classify, sequence, compare, contrast, analyse part/whole relationships
Reasoning – to give reasons for opinions, actions, drawing inferences, making deductions, using precise language to explain, make judgements and informed decisions.
Enquiry – to ask questions, pose and define problems, plan what to do, how to research, predict outcomes, anticipate consequences, test conclusions, improve ideas.
The Key Stage One curriculum is often delivered through cross-curricular topics often using an integrated way. Therefore if you visited the Reception or Year One classes you might well see three or four different activities taking place, for example, some children might be reading or working on creative or descriptive writing, others perhaps involved in a science task, some involved in using constructional apparatus, two or three might be using the computer, some experimenting with different everyday materials, and still others painting or model making.
By Year Two the children are working more on single subject sessions and subject-focused topics; and this pattern becomes more consolidated as the children move on through the school, so that by Year 3 they are well aware of the different subject boundaries.
English has a special place within the curriculum as it pervades all subjects. The children spend at least 1 hour per day working on English as a set subject, but it should be remembered that it is impossible to deliver other subjects without using the skills of speaking and listening, reading, writing and spelling, handwriting and good presentation.
Mathematics is a major form of communication in the modern world and we aim to help our children enjoy the subject and develop confidence in their ability to use it in a range of different settings. Our children spend at least one hour per day working on mathematics using the National Numeracy Strategy backed by other activities that help the children further understand the concepts of time, space, shape, money, measures, algebra and graphical representation.