Early Years Within The Prep Department
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Welcome to The Reception Class
Reception provides a transition between Nursery education and Key Stage 1. It sees
the completion of the Early Years Foundation Stage of education.
Aims and Curriculum
Within Reception the emphasis is on learning through play. Planning is carefully
produced to develop an inspiring and fun curriculum which builds upon and progresses
from the valuable experiences that the children have received in Nursery. We also
build and mould the activities around the interests of the children. Half termly
topics include themes such as teddies, space, weather, growth, the world around
us and healthy living.
To enhance the curriculum we also introduce specialist teachers for Art, Music,
ICT and PE. This also aids transition to Prep Year 1 as the Prep Year 1 teacher
is one of the specialist teachers. Each child’s happiness is paramount and the main
aim of Reception is to provide a nurturing and positive environment, where individual
needs are foremost, enabling each child to reach their full potential.
As the children progress into Prep Years One and Two, the volume of work increases
and each child continues to be supported and challenged through a lively and motivating
curriculum which caters for child’s individual needs and abilities. We pride ourselves
on our teamwork and communication with parents and through this partnership the
children continue to develop their independence and thrive in a setting where each
child’s development and happiness continues to be foremost.
All children in Reception are working towards the Early Learning Goals and Early
Years Foundation Stage Profile. Parents receive a comprehensive report of these
results including positive next steps, at the end of the summer term. The Prep Year
1 teacher also receives the results to enable them to plan and build a progressive
and motivating curriculum for each child.
Target setting and informative assessment continues through Prep Year One and Two
with standardised tests from Prep Year Two.
Extra Curricular Activities
A variety of clubs are offered to the children within KS1 including Art Club, Make
and Create, Animal Club, Judo and Ballet. We also offer after-school care at Trinity
Lodge for our Reception children and after-school care for KS1 children with one
of our dedicated teaching assistants.
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