The Early Years Class is made up of two cohorts of children, those in their pre-school year (age 3-4) and the Reception year (age 4-5). The care and education of the children are the responsibility of their class teacher, a fully qualified Early Years Foundation Stage teacher. Some of the children in this class (the pre-school year) are below compulsory school age and are offered a curriculum which is appropriate to their educational needs in relation to personal, social, emotional and physical development and communication and language skills. Qualified nursery nurses are responsible for this group if children.
In this class, a topic-based curriculum individually tailored to the interest of the children lays down strong foundations for numeracy, literacy and science and focuses on developing the creative and enquiring mind. There are opportunities to perform in music, drama and dance activities. The classroom garden, set within the ‘free-flow’ access area, and Forest School activities take learning outdoors. This class has an afternoon a week dedicated to Forest School; the children enjoy and benefit enormously from exploring and learning in the meadow. Spending time in the tepee, playing in the willow tunnel and dens and singing around the campfire are always highlights of the Forest School sessions. A range of trips and visitors to school broaden each pupil’s experiences and learning opportunities. Specialist lessons in French, Music and PE all ensure that pupils have a rich and diverse curriculum. Weekly swimming lessons in a local indoor pool are very popular with our EYFS children. The children love to play and explore the beautiful rural setting and learn about the world around them.