Early Years

Early Years Curriculum (age 3-6)

St.Mikes NurseryWe offer a wide range of subjects to ensure that even our youngest pupils receive a broad and balanced curriculum. The formal teaching of Mathematics and English, which are the fundamental building blocks to understanding and learning, begins in Nursery.

We do not underestimate our pupils and realise how important it is to foster a positive attitude towards learning from the very start.  The curriculum is about the child; it is concerned not only with content of learning but also its context.

It is designed to provide active involvement and relevant first-hand experiences for the child in an environment rich with possibilities.

Inspire and Challenge

The Early Years and Pre Prep curriculum is designed to inspire and challenge each child’s natural ability to learn.

For children entering the school at Early Years level we provide a springboard for learning through a balance of structured teaching and play, promoting and developing confidence, independence and perseverance.

You can download a sample Pre-PrepTimetable here>>

Nursery and Reception pupils have their own enclosed playing area with climbing frames, slides, tricycles and scooters to aid the development of gross motor skills and provide a place for fun.

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A Relaxed and Caring Environment

It is the aim of the whole school to create a loving, caring, relaxed atmosphere where our young children become happy, confident, interested in life and enthusiastic about learning. There is an overlap between the Early Years and Pre Prep curriculums to ensure smooth transition between key development phases. beetle2016-day3-127All pupils take part in assemblies and the Christmas concert and many are involved in the Preparatory School Choir, the Senior School Orchestra and String Group. Educational visits are organised to support and enhance the delivery of the curriculum. Outings to sites of national heritage, local sites of importance and field trips help bring learning to life. Our pupils’ social development is also very important to us. Activity holidays as well as visits to local theme parks and Father Christmas further enhance our school year

“Fostering the natural curiosity of our children to learn”