The Early Years Foundation Stage is fundamental in instilling positive dispositions towards learning. During the Reception year, our girls will play and explore; make choices and learn to try things and persevere in their efforts; be creative and solve problems; form good relationships; be safe, secure and happy. A large, stimulating environment, including a multi sensory outdoor play area, supports the teaching of carefully planned learning opportunities and the girls’ own initiatives for learning.
The seven areas of learning and development that comprise the Early Years Foundation Stage are:
- Personal, social and emotional development (PSED)
- Communication and Language (CL)
- Physical development (PD)
- Understanding the world (UTW)
- Expressive arts and design (EAD)
Years 1 and 2
Throughout years 1 and 2, our girls continue to build upon the firm Early Years foundations. Dynamic teachers deliver exciting, well-planned and differentiated lessons and provide the girls with a happy and relaxed, yet challenging environment in which to work, play and learn. Girls are introduced to our bespoke CONNECT+ curriculum which delivers integrated thematic studies of humanities, Art, Design and Technology alongside our core curriculum study of English, Maths, Science, Computing, Personal Social & Health Education (PSHE), Religious Education, French and Music.
We recognise how important it is to build confidence at this stage of a child’s learning and so we give them all plenty of opportunities to succeed and flourish in the classroom, building on their skills, knowledge and understanding, as well as introducing new challenges as they become independent learners. The girls continue to have specialist teachers for the Arts, PE as well as French and Music.