Early Years (age 3-5)

Our Nursery has two classes; Dragonfly Class which is for part-time children and Butterfly Class for full-time children. Girls and boys are able to start Nursery as soon as they turn three years old.

The Early Years benefit from:

  • Direct access to their own outdoor learning space
  • Fully trained staff
  • Specialist teaching for Music
  • Reception also benefit from specialist teachers for PE

The School becomes an all girls’ school once children enter Reception and most of the boys in Nursery then move to Donhead. There are two Reception classes.

Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (Nursery & Reception)

Children in the Nursery and Reception classes are part of the ‘Foundation Stage’ of education known as ‘Early Years’. There are seven areas of learning and development that shape educational programmes in early years settings. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These are the 'Prime' areas:

  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Communication and language development
  • Physical development

Providers must also support children in four 'Specific' areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. The 'Specific' areas are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

General Information

Teachers in the Early Years department plan for all areas of the curriculum. The learning experiences are presented in a cross curricular way based on themes and are altered to take account of the children’s own interests and ideas, therefore empowering children and allowing them to be more involved in their own learning.

Every half term Nursery and Reception staff send out a half-termly curriculum letter. On addition to this, weekly notices may be written on boards outside Nursery and Reception.

Nursery classes have specialist teaching in Music. Reception classes have specialist teaching in Music and PE. Both groups have use of whole school facilities, which includes the large Astroturf area and main hall. Reception children are involved in the full life of the School by attending such activities as their House Mass, Pre-Prep assemblies and concerts where appropriate.

Religious Education

Early Years’ pupils follow a whole school Catholic religious programme called 'The Way, the Truth and the Life'. The aim of this programme is to help children grow in the awareness that God loves each one of us, that we need to learn to love him and that we show our love for him by helping one another.

Curriculum Evening

Parents are given the chance to attend a curriculum evening to learn more about how they can help their child. The daily routines will be explained and general information will be given about the recording of Profile documents, uniforms, lunch, etc. In Reception, guidance is also given on the Reading Scheme. You will have the opportunity of meeting the teachers and asking any questions you may have. In addition to this, two phonic workshops are offered to Reception parents.

Download a copy of our booklet: 'Guidance for Nursery Parents: How you can help at home'

Our 'Early Years Family Handbook' may be downloaded from the Family Handbooks webpage