The Key to Early Learning
The provision of a caring and stimulating atmosphere. A safe, colourful and bright environment. Consistent discipline coupled with lots of praise and encouragement. A well structured learning programme catering for individual needs.

Nursery

It should be noted that children develop at differing rates depending on maturity and previous experiences, therefore some children will need to continue working on the areas outlined for Pre-School but those who are ready will be introduced to the following:

The Early Years Foundation Stage of the British Curriculum

This includes the six areas of learning:

COMMUNICATION, LANGUAGE AND LITERACY

There will be many opportunities for the children to look at and share books. They will be regularly read to and continue to learn rhymes and songs. For those children who have English as an additional language, structured English lessons will continue. In addition they will develop an awareness of the following:

  • Rhyme
  • Whole words around the room including their own and friends' names
  • Auditory discrimination through sound lotto and listening to rhymes
  • Visual discrimination, memory training, pattern making and sequencing
  • Eye hand control, development of good pencil grip
  • Begin to write their names and some letters
  • Emergent writing
  • The letter sounds (phonics)

NUMERACY

  • Sorting for one and more criteria
  • Pattern making
  • Number rhymes
  • Counting 1-5 and then to 10
  • Recognition of numerals 1-5 then to 10
  • Colour recognition
  • Basic shapes
  • Build up of mathematical language – bigger, smaller, more, less, taller, shorter, heavier, lighter
  • Comparative measurement in water play and comparisons of height and weight

KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING OF THE WORLD

Each term the children will be introduced to one or two topics to stimulate their interests in the world around them, to encourage curiosity and questioning skills and a desire to find out more. This will include the subjects of science, history and geography.

CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT

They will have the opportunity to experiment with a number of art materials as well as being exposed to music, dance and creative play.

PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT

There is a large play area where children develop confidence on the apparatus, experience throwing, catching, balancing and controlled movement.

PERSONAL AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

The children will continue to develop social skills and to become more independent both in their self help skills and in the organisation of their activities and in looking after the resources and equipment. They will continue to be encouraged in politeness and showing consideration for others.

FRENCH

Children who only speak English will be introduced to French through songs, role play and games. The other children will have structured English lessons at that time.