The early years of a child’s education are the most important. This is the time that they learn to play, share, explore, sing and look at the world with wonder. We aim to provide a warm, but stimulating environment where every child can flourish and develop these vital skills that will be with them for the rest of their lives.
Nursery and Reception class follow the Early Years Foundation Framework. This is delivered through our dual language immersion programme allowing children to be exposed to both languages for equal amounts of time. They spend half their day in an English classroom, where only English is spoken and half in a Chinese classroom, where only Mandarin is spoken.
Our full immersion environment imitates how children learned their first language. New vocabulary is introduced in everyday context, within a secure, engaging and supportive community. In addition to the everyday routines of the classroom, pupils are provided with informal speaking and presentation opportunities to continually develop their vocabulary.
Children experience a stimulating environment, which encourages them to play in a variety of ways. The role of the teacher is to support this learning and to extend each child’s thinking. Continuous provision gives the opportunity to investigate and build on their interests. Throughout the year we take every opportunity to celebrate special occasions and develop inter-cultural empathy and mutual respect. The children have use of our amazing rooftop playground and botanic garden and a 680 square metre sports hall. Specialist music lessons help to enhance the children’s creative development.
The curriculum is planned holistically to consider seven areas of learning:
- Communication and language;
- Physical development;
- Personal, social and emotional development;
- Understanding the world; and
- Expressive arts and design.
Children are continually observed and key stages of their learning are recorded in the form of observations, photographs and annotations for parents to see.