We offer a broad and balanced foundation stage curriculum for pupils in our early years (reception, years 1 and 2).
Based on the early learning goals and seven areas of learning, all pupils are given equal access and opportunities to develop their knowledge and skills in:
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Art & Design
We teach synthetic phonics and the basics of reading skills with a structured scheme, and numeracy through fun counting and number games including measuring and weighing. Our small classes allow the Early Years team to use a mixture of child-initiated and teacher-led activities in which the children are encouraged to explore a variety of activities and media including books, music, IT and model-making. Being part of a larger school gives the children access to participate in games & sport, drama and dance too which they enjoy very much especially with the older pupils.
Play is Important
We believe that play is an important part of every day and the children have access to their own safe play area with plenty of opportunities to enjoy ride-on toys. Additionally, our forest school area features regularly in timetables and is where the children are free under qualified supervision to explore the outdoors and enjoy a ‘real childhood’.
For more information on the curriculum please see our policies page.
Pupils will have a book bag in which they will take home literacy and numeracy tasks from time to time.
Communication with parents/guardians
Parents and guardians will usually see teachers at the beginning and end of the school day and will maintain contact via email. There are two parents’ meetings each year when parents have the opportunity to discuss progress with their child’s teacher.