The Early Years incorporates the Nursery and Pre school classes and we find this works well to ensure an anxiety-free transition to the Reception classes. Our classes provide the ideal start to school life in a nurturing, safe and stimulating environment.
We keep in touch with parents through an online journal called Tapestry, which enables us to manage our continuous assessments. This records the learning experiences of each child's education. Photographs and comments are added weekly for parents to view and this creates an interactive two way communication system.
As an experienced and dedicated team, we also ensure that each new child is allocated a Key Worker. Their job is to keep in touch with parents about pupil progress and learning outcomes and development. We make sure that based on our observations we can identify attainment and progress for the Next Steps of every child in our care.
Our Forest School sessions enable us to venture in to the woods to build dens, scramble over logs, gather leaves and sticks for art projects or to go on bear hunts and to look for Easter eggs. We are creative in the sandpit and we find that in every adventure there is an opportunity to be brave, independent and excited. The outdoors offers us a magical learning environment and we visit the animal farm to see the chickens, alpacas, sheep or donkeys.
When we are indoors we spend time cooking, enjoying music and movement, circle time games, yoga, PE and arts and crafts. We often use role play areas to act, sit quietly at cd listening stations, or learn through textured based play along with literacy and numeracy activities. We have the extra advantage of enjoying the facilities of the main school, so that Pre school pupils can have lessons from specialist ballet, music and PE teachers.