The first day at Nursery is a big step for your child
The youngest members of our school enter Kew College in Nursery. Their classrooms are designed around the EYFS curriculum, offering ample space and resources to support children's learning and development at the very beginning of their school lives. Our dedicated teachers create learning areas that are bright and stimulating, with an atmosphere of warmth, happiness and encouragement.
A child's experience in the Early Years has a major impact on their future life and learning, therefore, we want your child to enjoy coming to school. Our aim is to make every day a joyful, positive and creative experience. We help to support your child's curiosity and independence, giving them the confidence to blossom. As well as addressing the academic aspects of the curriculum, we teach our children about the importance of friendship, to care for and respect each other, to value co-operation and to be tolerant of all differences. We aim to give all of our children the best possible start in life and the support to reach their potential.
In Nursery and Kindergarten we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, which sets out the standards for learning.
There are 7 areas of learning; 3 Prime areas and 4 Specific areas.
The Prime areas are seen as the essential 'building blocks' for securing positive outcomes in later life and into adulthood. They support development in all other areas. They are:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Communication and Language
The Specific areas include essential skills and knowledge that children need in order to participate successfully in society. They are:
Understanding the World
Expressive Art and Design
Our Nursery and Kindergarten children participate in a broad range of group activities. These include circle times, story-times, playtimes, music, arts & craft, drama, cookery, PE and movement sessions. Group activities help our children to develop their listening, concentration and social skills. Activities are planned each week to address the 7 areas of learning. Through these the children are given opportunities to be creative, to use their imaginations and to express themselves in different contexts. They begin to make links between themselves and the world around them. They develop physical control of their bodies and of a range of equipment.
In addition, confidence and independence are built during the daily play sessions, which offer children free choice to select and explore a range of activities. Focused learning at each child's own level and pace, takes place through one-to-one adult support. Within the security of their EYFS environment, they are encouraged to take on new challenges, to 'have a go' and begin to understand that active learning will involve taking risks.
Each child's development is closely monitored by their teachers. Progress in all learning areas is continuously assessed. Regular contact with parents or carers allows the development of a strong home-school partnership, with the shared goal of giving all of the children a rich, varied and happy experience during their early school years. Teachers are available to speak to parents before and after school and informal meetings can be made as required. Parents' Evenings are held each term and reports are sent home at the end of each term.
For your reference, if you would like to find out more about the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework, Outcomes and Development Matters, please click on the link below:
All classes benefits from weekly lessons with specialist teachers for Music, ICT, PE, Gymnastics, Dance and Music and Movement.
PE – Our PE lessons focus on key skills including spatial awareness, co-operation and hand-eye co-ordination. We play a variety of playground games such as the 'Mr Man Game' and 'Stuck in the Mud'. Children learn to handle balls, rackets. beanbags, hoops and bats. Each year culminates in our whole school Sports Day, in which every child participates in traditional races.
Mrs Tabor, Head of Games
Gymnastics – In Gymnastics, the children learn to move in different ways, varying both height and speed. They are introduced to simple stretches, with each being linked with a different animal. They learn the correct technique for forward and backward rolls, log, pencil, butterfly and teddy bear rolls. They enjoy opportunities to use equipment such as benches, mats, box tops and especially the play frame!
Mrs Tabor, Head of Games
Music - Children love our singing games and stories, using puppets and hand-held percussion instruments. When we practise the songs with percussion and actions we learn the tunes and words easily and quickly. Using our whispering, speaking and singing voices, we learn to control pitch and volume. Xylophones, glockenspiels and a whole range of percussion sounds are used in our guessing the sound games as we try to match the sounds to the instruments. We sing our way joyfully through Assemblies, Harvest, Christmas Plays and our Summer performances each year.
Miss Joanna Taman, Head of Music
Music and Movement - The children find enormous fun in the warm-up exercises, stretching to the music, jumping with the beat, clapping, tapping, stamping, stomping and so on. They become fully absorbed in expression to music, acting out stories with musical accompaniment, imitating animal movements and performing action and number songs. These lessons lay the foundations for musical appreciation and Drama.
Miss Joanna Taman, Head of Music
Dance - The children are introduced to dance through skipping exercises. They are encouraged to move freely to music and to develop a sense of tempo and rhythm in their movements. Through music and dance the children develop greater spatial awareness, improve their gross motor skills and demonstrate their creativity and imagination.
Mr Gayle, Dance Teacher