In our Early Years (Toddlers, Pre-School, Reception) children develop their love of learning, their curiosity and their confidence. This first school experience will introduce them to their life-long learning journey. Therefore, we want to provide our children with the best start possible. Our qualified Early Years (EY) teachers welcome children aged 2.5 to 5 into a child friendly setting, providing a quality indoor and outdoor learning environment. Our EY teaching team includes Physical Education (PE), Music and French specialists.
As each child is unique we need to provide a caring environment where they will feel safe, happy and challenged at their own level.
Each child arrives with their own character and will develop their learning at their own pace. To achieve this, we are proud to be one of the first schools to adopt the International Early Years Curriculum (IEYC). The IEYC is an innovative research-based curriculum, recognising the best international practice and the developmental needs of 2-5 year old.
After morning circle time, the children flow freely throughout the building interacting with the teachers at a range of different learning centres including: Language, Maths, Arts and Crafts and Role Play. Engagement, support and flexibility are key features of our Early Years.
We are privileged to have the magnificent Bois de la Cambre as an extension of our outdoor learning facilities. This provides us with opportunities to walk in the woods and for the children to become familiar with and appreciate the nature that surrounds them.
The children will be introduced to our Golden Rules, which are embedded across the whole school.
Our Reception group is a class that makes the transition between the Early Years and the Primary School.
At the beginning of the year, as the children are still young, they will continue to flow freely between the two Reception groups to visit different learning centres. They will also continue to learn using IEYC Units.
However, as they develop and are able to focus for longer periods of time, they will engage in class learning activities in Literacy and Numeracy. They will be introduced to phonics allowing them to begin reading and writing.
To develop their pleasure of reading, our Early Years students visit our library once a week. They choose books to take home and share with their parents.
In addition to French, Music and PE, our Reception students will also start developing their computer skills during ICT lessons.