We are currently reviewing our nursery provision to explore ways it can better meet the needs of families in our community. An announcement will follow in the summer term 2019.
Our nursery currently consists of traditional morning and afternoon classes, with 39 pupils attending each session. Many of our pupils start nursery with little spoken English and a lack of worldly experience. As such, we emphasise traditional learning mixed with a focus on social development, encompassing learning within and outside the classroom that develops the whole child. Our curriculum for nursery is very child-led and we prioritise the individual needs of each child to allow us to provide a suitable programme of education.
Our nursery curriculum has an emphasis linking traditional subjects to outdoor learning. This includes the creation of a fantastic new outdoor area completed in May 2019.
Almost all our Reception pupils come from our nursery, so by the time they start in Reception, they have a good grounding of our learning methods and have developed a sense of our culture. Our parents are very involved with general school life and are invited to take part in many sessions with our younger pupils. A very robust early phonics reading programme, which starts as early as Nursery, ensures that our pupils make rapid and sustained progress in gaining reading skills. Our areas of play are carefully designed to ensure that our pupils are constantly learning through structured play, as well as developing social, sharing and relationship skills.