Early Years are based in a new, light and airy building with a dedicated playground full of stimulating and exciting equipment to safely explore. Our pupils’ early development is tracked and regularly reviewed, to ensure they reach their full potential and gain an insight into education before moving into our Year 1 class.
Children join from the age of 3, with dedicated, caring staff in a homely classroom. The small class size enables individual and personalised learning. Work is clearly differentiated with each child taught at the appropriate level for their ability. Pupils are introduced to learning through a mixture of adult and child led activities covering the EYFS expectations with a strong focus on reading. Children also start French lessons, introducing the language with songs and games. There is also plenty of Art and craft which develops creative flair. Free play is incorporated to ensure all our children thrive through learning to share and use their imagination.
Our children in Nursery move up, leaving just a few spaces each year for new pupils to join. This welcoming and stimulating class builds on the previous year’s development. Pupils advance their way through the EYFS expectations with daily individual reading aloud. Our expectations are high, and children often attain levels of achievement beyond what is normally expected at this age. Our pupils enjoy the challenges and are encouraged to try their best, building confidence and an early love of learning. Art and craft are focussed around the topics being studied throughout the year, developing the children’s imaginations and creative flair.
Nursery and Reception children receive French lessons once a week with a specialist teacher. The language is introduced through learning to speak French words and phrases via games, songs and a puppet called Jacques.
Sport is taught once a week in the safety of our main playground by specially trained coaches from Ealing Trailfinders. Skills and team games are taught, providing exercise, fun and the opportunity to meet and exceed the goals for Physical Activity in the EYFS expectations. The sporting highlight of the year is the School Sports Day held in June which everyone takes part in to represent their House.
Our pupils in Nursery and Reception have a wonderful opportunity to experience Forest School in our local Lammas Park. A specially trained teacher takes them for weekly and bi-weekly sessions where they are able to explore their environment and learn more about it in focused activities.
Pupils in Nursery and Reception enjoy a Music lesson taught by our specialist teacher every week. The youngest children learn to engage with music through song, movement and sensory activities. As their skills develop, they learn about the musical elements, responding to music through movement, playing percussion instruments and singing.
There is also a visiting peripatetic teacher to individually teach piano.
Trips, Visits & Extra-Curricular
Nursery pupils initially explore the local area for their trips and as the year goes on and they gain confidence and abilities they are able to go further afield to support their learning.
Reception pupils enjoy a school trip each term, our trips are carefully planned to support and expand classroom topics and often involve participating in tailored workshops.
There are 2 extra-curricular clubs a week run by the EYFS staff which pupils can be signed up to. Ballet Lessons with our Ballet Teacher who visits the school each Wednesday are available at an extra cost. Clubs change each term and are run after school until 4.15pm.
After school care is available each day until 6pm.
Reception Class - Maths
In Reception we have been learning to take away (subtraction). The children really enjoyed engaging in practical activities related to this, including teaching each other!
Reception Class - Learning Subtraction
When we visited the school all of the children looked happy, were polite and well behaved. Teachers seemed engaged with each individual pupil.
It is a very friendly school with happy polite and confident children. The teaching methods are such that the children love learning and want to go to school.