Nursery and Pre school

The Early Years incorporates the Nursery and Pre school classes.  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 regularly 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.

Toddler groups at Copthill

The Caterpillar Crew   

Each week during term time, The ‘Caterpillar Crew’ enjoy different themed and seasonal activities including: natural crafts, playing games, scavenger hunts, minibeasts, mud modeling, story telling, den building and most importantly exploring and making new friends in a wonderful woodland environment. 

Join us for a morning of fun and adventure in the Copthill School grounds.

Timetable of fun
Tuesday 9.00 - 10.20am Tuesday 10.30 - 11.50am
Wednesday 10.30 - 11.50am Thursday 9.00 - 10.20am
£60 per child to secure place for the following term's sessions Family discount of 50% for second child (over 18 months)
Places allocated on first come first served basis.  Term time only Aimed at children aged 2 and over - bring siblings!
To join us call Sophie Bell on 07803 147 652 Email:  caterpillarcrew@copthill.com

  Come and join us, but before you do please be aware of some important things:                                                                                     

• Parents must stay with their children throughout the session.  

• Please check that your child is dressed appropriately. We would recommend wellies, waterproofs and layers to enable them to stay warm and dry.

• A tasty hot chocolate drink and a biscuit will be provided for the little ones, and maybe for some well-behaved Mummies too!

To give you an idea of what we get up to, take a look at the pictures from our adventures in the forest in the Early Years Gallery.

 

Toddler Tunes 

 

Toddler Tunes is a music group for children aged from 0 to 3 years old, and their parents. 

The group meets at 9.00am every Friday morning during term time, in the Copthill music room.  The focus is on singing, rhymes and percussion in musical surroundings to help inspire your young musicians.  The sessions are fun and free of charge but are subject to availability.

Mrs Sarah McAlindon, Head of Music looks forward to welcoming you and your little ones.

Join us for an informal Pre school music lesson
Fridays  9.00 - 9.30am
Term time only.  Free of charge For children aged 0 to 3 years old
To join us call Elli Westwood on 01780 757 506 Email:  elli.westwood@copthill.com