The Nursery has two part-times classes, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, and is staffed by a class teacher and two qualified early-years practitioners. The curriculum in the Nursery is based around the seven areas of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS);
the three prime areas:
• communication and language
• physical development
• personal, social and emotional development
and four specific areas of learning:
• understanding the world
• expressive arts and design
Children in the Nursery are taught Sports and Exercise, Music and Drama by specialist teachers.
THE RECEPTION YEAR
Full time education begins in the two Reception Classes, both of which have a class teacher and a full-time early-years practitioner to ensure that the children in each class receive plenty of individual attention and help. The curriculum in Reception is designed to build on the knowledge and skills the children have learnt in Nursery. Their activities continue to be based around the seven areas of learning in the EYFS and the children are encouraged to participate in both adult led and child initiated activities. Creative art work plays an important part in the curriculum and the colourful displays in the classrooms and around the school help to make a bright and stimulating learning environment. Children in the Reception are taught Sports and Exercise, Music and Drama by specialist teachers.
The curriculum in Year One is designed to extend the children academically whilst ensuring breadth and balance in the activities on offer. The children are encouraged to become increasingly independent and take responsibility for activities in the classroom, for example by changing their own reading books. Children in Year One are taught Sports and Exercise, Music and Drama by specialist teachers. At the start of the year, swimming, is introudced taught by specialist teachers from the Sports and Exercise department. The children in Year One also have the opportunity to have violin and cello lessons at school. A part-time classroom assistant works in each of the Year One and Year Two classrooms.
In Year Two, pupils consolidate all that has been taught before, as well as being introduced to new and challenging experiences to foster independent learning. They have chess and recorder lessons added to the curriculum, and in the Summer Term take part in a week of special visits and outings. All the children in Year Two belong to our school choir and take part in the annual North London Music Festival.