Pre-SchoolWhere children grow in independence . . .
What do we do?
In the Pre-School Room, we build upon the three prime areas of learning – 1. Physical Development; 2. Personal, Social and Emotional Development and 3. Communication and Language. We add the specific areas: 4. Literacy, 5. Mathematics, 6. Understanding of the World and 7. Expressive Arts and Design.
The EYFS Curriculum is followed by your child until they finish their Reception Year at school. In Pre-School, activities are planned with the EYFS curriculum in mind, providing a little more structure to the day to prepare your child for their first steps into school.
How do we do it?
As in the Nursery, the children are encouraged to tidy up their area before story time, when they hear a story read to them. Sometimes they develop their own story through Story Making and parents are invited to join us to hear what we have created.
Then, it is snack time, and the children are encouraged to help prepare their food. They pour their own drinks, butter their own crackers and cut up their own fruit and vegetables. Their next activity is small group time when their keyperson will have planned a more focused activity for each child to improve their understanding of one of the specific areas of learning. On Thursdays, the children are taught Mandarin by a native speaker who uses songs and games to help the children acquire another language. At the end of each session the children and staff join in a prayer.
The children are encouraged to contribute to the running of the Pre-School Room and help out by setting up activities, watering the plants, feeding the fish or tidying up after themselves.
We are looking forward to having Forest School Training for the staff and children.
Children are listening to stories read in different languages and we are hoping to invite parents to read to the children in their home languages.
Pre-School is led by Cheryl. As in Nursery, she and her team of Early Years Practitioners will work with you and your child to plan how to encourage their development.
The child’s development is observed by their key worker who will feed back to you regularly at the three termly parents’ meetings. These observations help both you and the team to think about the next steps in your child’s learning journey. We can then build their next activities around their individual development.
As always, we warmly welcome parents and grandparents to help in the setting. If you would like to share a special interest or talent with us all, please let the staff know so that Cheryl can include it in the session planning.
If your child has toys or pictures they would like to share with their friends, please bring them in for Cheryl to introduce at an appropriate moment.
If you would like to see the Pre-School Room at work, please ring us to arrange a visit.
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Moving on to School
After the Easter holiday, we begin preparing the children for their transition into the reception class in the primary school you have chosen.
Each keyperson in Pre-School aims to instil and encourage self-confidence and a real enjoyment of learning in every child so that when they leave us, they are ready to make their first steps into formal education. Keypersons liaise closely with all schools to ensure a smooth transition. At the final meeting in the Pre-School (which occurs at the end of June), the keyperson will have prepared a transition document which will be shared with you and which will also be sent on to the school your child will be attending.
Our closest working relationships are with St Gregory’s Primary School, with whom we share a site. This enables us to use the school dining hall for lunchtime, the small hall for physical development sessions and the outdoor play area where our children come into contact with Reception-aged children. We also attend some school assemblies, and we share Sports Day and liturgies with the Reception class. We have visits from the Reception staff who visit our setting to develop relationships with the children and their families. All of these things help make the move into school an easier one. For those children moving to St Gregory’s Primary School in September, we arrange visits during the Summer Term so that your child becomes familiar with the classroom. These visits have proven to be a great success in familiarising the children and are warmly welcomed by the school.
While we share very close links with St Gregory’s primary school, having a place at our Pre-School does not automatically entitle you to a place at the Primary School. School places are allocated through the Local Authority.
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