Children can attend Nursery from the term in which they turn three, providing that they are fully toilet-trained. Our aim is to settle each child into a caring, stimulating and structured environment. The children learn to appreciate working with others, and to work independently. They develop the social skills of sharing, communication and learning respect for others, as well as a natural curiosity and self confidence.
Nursery - What do we teach?
The curriculum at the Early Years Foundation Stage 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
• 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 follow children’s questioning in many topic areas. This allows them to gain more independence and take responsibility for their own learning. We adopt certain learning themes per half term and the children become familiar with these and thereby develop an understanding of the necessary disciplines which will help them to become successful learners.
More able children at the Pre-preparatory School have tailored, advanced and differentiated work provided by their class teacher, as and when appropriate. Moreover, staff are keen to foster, encourage and support the strengths, special skills and interests of all Pre-preparatory School pupils and look for every opportunity to do so.
Year 1 and 2 pupils have a weekly music lesson with our Head of Music and French lessons with a language specialist. 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. We also teach I.C.T. using our own set of laptops where pupils learn to access, edit and save their work with independence. This regular contact with Glyn House ensures that children make a smooth and easy transition from Year 2 to Year 3.
Years 1 and 2 – What do we teach?
Concentration and Perseverance
Co-Operation and Collaboration
Courage and Self-Belief
Independence and Initiative
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. At Chessington Lodge our landscaped gardens and playground area provide an attractive, secure and stimulating environment for our youngest pupils. 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.
Please see the curriculum overviews below.