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Curriculum

The contribution of curricular and extra-curricular provision for pupils is excellent

ISI Report 2012

We aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum with plenty of opportunities for first-hand experience through practical activities.

All children are helped to feel included, secure and valued. Boys and girls participate in a wide range of activities that take account of their developing physical, intellectual and social abilities and their individual needs and interests.

Activities are planned that develop the children's skills, knowledge and attitudes in the following areas:

  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Communication and language
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the world
  • Physical development
  • Expressive arts and design

There are three critical areas of learning:

  • Playing and exploring
  • Active learning
  • Creating and thinking critically

These categories support the seven areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). The curriculum is carefully planned in conjunction with our Reception teachers in the Pre-Prep.

Some of the Nursery activities are adult-directed and some are free choice. This balance is important in developing children's independence and ability to make choices. This structure also helps children experience a full range of activities.

A topic approach is adopted in our planning. This means that many of the children's activities will be linked to a theme. A topic approach connects activities and experiences and makes learning more meaningful and fun for children.

Progress is continually monitored through observation and assessment. Parents are always welcome to discuss their child's progress with Nursery staff. A transition record is produced at the end of the year and passed on to your child's new teacher to aid a smooth and happy move into their new class.

Some of the Nursery activities are adult-directed and some are free choice. This balance is important both in developing children's independence and ability to make choices and in their ability to work towards a given task when asked to do so. This structure also helps children experience a full range of activities.

A topic approach is adopted in our planning. This means that many of the children's activities will be linked to a theme. A topic approach connects activities and experiences and makes learning more meaningful and fun for children.

Progress is continually monitored through observation and assessment. Parents are always welcome to discuss their child's progress with Nursery staff. A transition record is produced at the end of the year and passed on to your child's new teacher to aid a smooth and happy move into their new class.

The contribution of curricular and extra-curricular provision for pupils is excellent

ISI Report 2012