Children enter the Early Years Department around 3 years old. The department is housed in a three-room building, with each room being used for a different range of activities. The rooms are all divided into learning zones, each with a range of equipment and resources, so that children can become familiar with what is available and can really develop their own learning, through engaging in the different areas.
One room is used for messy activities such as Playdough, painting, art and craft, sand, water and investigation.
The second room is where children have the opportunity to role play, or to play with small world and construction equipment. The different areas are enhanced at times, to fit in with learning themes. This room is also where the Early Years children have their snack and their tea. Lunch is served in the school dining hall, so that children can become familiar with the school environment and can be given as much independence as possible.
The third room houses the library, writing, maths and music areas, together with an interactive whiteboard.
The routine in Early Years is a careful balance between child initiated and adult initiated activities. The children all take part in adult led activities as part of their Key Group, or in groups arranged according to their stage of development, to learn letters and sounds or mathematics. There are also story times, Dough Disco, Funky Fingers, PE, Music and movement activities and the Friday Welly Walk. The Early Years have their own outdoor area which lends itself to more creative and imaginative play with open ended resources such as; crates, tyres, fabrics, pots and pans etc.
The curriculum is further enhanced through offering opportunities for children to take part in trips, both in the local area and further afield, and by inviting visitors into the setting. We also hold special activity days, productions and parent workshops at times such as Christmas, Mother’s and Father’s Day as well as other significant occasions.