Early Years

Very high quality provision is offered in our Early Years classes. Please click here to read the highly successful evaluation report from the internal review that was carried out in January 2016. Click here for our latest Early Years Self Evaluation Form (SEF), which was completed in January 2018.
Please read the following very helpful guide to the Early Years (nursery and reception) produced by Richmond Local Authority.

In nursery and reception classes we support children in three prime areas of learning:

  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Communication and language

These three prime areas are strengthened and applied through the specific areas. These are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

Our learning programmes involve the following activities and experience:

 Communication and language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.

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Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; andto develop their co-ordination, control, and movement.  Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

Personal, Social and emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.

Literacy  development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write.  Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.

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Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces and measures.

Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.

Expressive arts and design  involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play and design and technology

Children learn to work together, be creative and inventive and have enormous fun.