The Curriculum

The Curriculum

Nursery and Reception

In our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Department we provide a warm, calm and caring environment for our young children, where they feel happy, safe and secure and develop a sense of belonging.  Our pupils love coming to our Nursery and Reception.

Our children have fun and learn and develop in a well-planned and organised environment which offers stimulating and rich play opportunities, encourages independence and supports young children’s own efforts and achievements.

As active, happy young learners, our children enjoy playing and exploring both indoors and outdoors. Through a broad range of planned teaching, child initiated and adult led experiences, we encourage our children to become enthusiastic and motivated learners who are confident in developing their ideas and following their individual interests.

We place great emphasis on ‘how’ children are learning as well as ‘what’ they learn and we foster an environment where a positive mind-set is encouraged. The characteristics of effective learning underpin the organisation, planning, observation and teaching in EYFS as we observe and interact with the children, encouraging a ‘can do’ attitude for all.

We work closely with parents and carers to build strong, positive and secure relationships with the children and their families. We support the children in becoming confident and independent individuals who value themselves and treat others with care and respect, as they move on up through the Ewell Castle Preparatory School.

The curriculum at the EYFS consists of the seven areas of learning as defined in the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage:

• Communication and Language
• Physical Development
• Personal, Social and Emotional Development
• Literacy
• Mathematics
• Understanding of the World
• Expressive Arts and Design

Children in Reception gradually build up their activities during the year ready for the more formal timetable in Year 1. The curriculum of the Early Years Foundation Stage consists of the seven areas of learning as defined in the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage which dovetail into a more subject led timetable.

Years 1 and 2

Children in Years 1 and 2 follow the National Curriculum relatively closely but we have the flexibility to also follow children’s questioning. This allows them to gain more independence and take responsibility for their own learning.

Years 1 and 2 pupils have weekly music and French lessons with specialist teachers. We also teach computing using our own set of laptops where pupils learn to access, edit and save their work with independence. From Year 1 upwards, classes have weekly swimming lessons at the local swimming pool where they are taught in small ability groups and given the confidence and encouragement to feel at ease in the water. Games and P.E. lessons are taught at Glyn House by our specialist staff. The children have the opportunity to make full use of the extensive grounds, whilst dance and gymnastics can be carried out in Glyn House Hall. This regular contact with Glyn House ensures that children make a smooth and easy transition from Year 2 to Year 3.

Our aim is to settle each child into a caring, stimulating and structured environment. The children learn to appreciate working with others, and working independently. They develop the relevant social skills of sharing, communicating and learning respect for others, as well as a natural curiosity and self-confidence. The dedicated, experienced and well qualified staff provide a personalised learning environment that focuses on each child achieving their potential and which nurtures happy and confident children. Small classes enable the staff to give each child the level of attention to meet their needs in every aspect: artistic, academic and sport. Our open door policy at Ewell Castle results in a positive relationship between pupils, parents and staff.