In the Nursery & Pre-Prep School pupils progress
through and beyond the National Curriculum, beginning with the
Early Learning Goals and moving through to the attainment targets
of Key Stage One and Two.
Class teachers take their own classes for most
subjects. We believe children should learn from, and be
inspired by, the best; from their earliest years, our pupils
benefit from the expertise of visiting specialist teachers in a
wide range of subjects, from Mandarin and French to PE, art and
Special visitors, trips to museums, exhibitions and events
during the year vary and enrich their education.
The Early Years Foundation Stage
covers the period of learning for children in Nursery and
Reception. The curriculum is presented in a rich, stable,
caring and effective environment that enables each child to realise
their cognitive, social, emotional, and physical potential and to
develop his or her aesthetic awareness.
It extends a child's range of
learning experiences beyond that which can be easily provided
within the family. The Early Years Foundation Stage
curriculum is taught in ways that build on a child's curiosity and
interests, enabling them to learn through planned worthwhile play
activities. Children in the EYFS learn by playing and
exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking
which takes place both indoors and outside.
There are 7 areas of learning
and development that comprise the curriculum's framework;
however every aspect of the curriculum is interrelated.
Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first.
These are: Communication and language, Physical development
and Personal, social and emotional development. These prime
areas are those most essential for your child's healthy development
and future learning. As children grow, the prime areas will
help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These
are: Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the world and
Expressive arts and design.
All 7 areas are used to plan your
child's learning and activities and are designed to be really
flexible so that staff can follow each child's unique needs and
interests. Although young children do not separate learning
into curriculum areas, and every aspect of the curriculum is
interrelated and interdependent, the 7 areas form the
framework on which the Early Years Foundation Stage is built.
The principles which guide the work of all early years'
practitioners are grouped into four themes: