Early Years Learning and Teaching

The Early Years Foundation Stage

The Kindergarten and Reception classes provide education for children from 2½ to 5 years, and the learning follows the EYFS requirements to develop skills in seven separate areas:

Prime Areas

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Specific Areas

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

The curriculum is structured to allow an excellent balance between teacher-initiated and pupil-initiated activities. We want our pupils to be enthused by their learning and become engaged with it; we recognise that children need to be able to shape their learning and share their ideas.

High staff:pupils ratios are maintained throughout the day with children always within sight or sound of qualified members of staff. The department adopts a topic-based approach to learning, with a range of activities in the afternoons that include art, music, cooking and physical education.

The Head of Early Years is responsible for the day-to-day development of all Kindergarten and Reception children and is able to advise parents on a wide range of issues.

Parents are welcome to look at their child’s learning portfolio at any time and these are readily available in the classrooms.