The Foundation Stage is made up of Nursery and Reception classes and is situated in a separate, purpose built and open plan building.
Both classes have lessons with specialist teachers and benefit from the beautiful grounds and facilities, including the woodland area for outdoor learning and the various swimming pools across the Mount Kelly Foundation. There are close links between the Nursery and Reception, leading to smooth and happy transitions into school life.
Within our well-equipped and stimulating environment, we offer the opportunity for children to learn and develop a wide range of important skills indoors and out. The focus is on learning through structured play, on investigating and exploring basic concepts which helps to form the building blocks to success in the more formal environment of later school years.
The curriculum is planned around a programme of themes, usually stemming from the children’s interests. We introduce different topics which the children explore through a variety of media, including books, art, clay, drama, music, ICT, crafts and model making, as well as visits off site to experience the world around them; both in our local community, the wider community and through different cultures. We also invite visitors, including parents, to come and tell us about their specialisms and passions, such as poetry, life as a doctor and cultural champions.
A balanced curriculum stimulates curiosity and lays the foundation for future learning. Well taught and well planned, it fully utilises our wide variety of excellent facilities. Children are taught to think imaginatively, creatively and critically. The children have the confidence for wider exploration and start to relate the world around them with their class room activities. We encourage the children to think for themselves, take risks, make decisions and develop their self-confidence, self-respect and self-esteem.
Assessment and Progress
In both Nursery and Reception the children have key workers; we keep a record of your child’s progress in their online Learning Journey called Tapestry in which there are photos, videos and notes about what they have enjoyed and achieved.
Partnership with parents is vital to the overall well-being and development of the children. We recognise that parents are the experts on their children and we value your opinions. Parents have been the main educator and the most important person in the child’s life so far and you will have a wealth of knowledge about your child’s interest, behaviours, capabilities and skills. We would encourage you to celebrate and share with us your child’s achievements and learning at home by adding these to their Tapestry Journal.
There are many opportunities to discuss your child’s progress informally. We hold formal Parent/Teacher Meetings every term and a written report is sent to you at the end of the Michaelmas and Summer term. We aim to build the partnership with parents in the education and happiness of your children. We have an ‘open door’ policy, meaning that you are welcome to come and chat to us at any time.