Our aim is to ensure that each child is happy and confident at school. We understand the importance of ‘play’ within the early years of a child’s school journey.
Learning in the Pre-School encourages children to be confident in their own ideas, make decisions, use their imagination, solve problems and take risks.
The curriculum for pupils in the Early Years is planned around the seven areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage and lays the foundations for literacy and numeracy as well as sparking children’s imagination and fostering their creative thinking.
The areas of learning encompass:
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Art and Design
Throughout the curriculum creativity is encouraged together with all-important opportunities for play and developing friendships. We understand the importance of ‘play’ within the early years of a child’s school journey. As well as being fun, play supports intellectual, emotional, creative, physical and social development. At The Mount Junior School we champion ‘vertical learning’, beginning with the Early Years Class. Children are taught in a class across two age groups. This strengthens the strong caring ethos at the School’s heart. Early Years children gain from continued learning from the same teacher for two years, allowing teachers to develop a deeper understanding of every child, their needs, strengths and ambitions. Teachers can support pupils who may need a little more help settling in to School or stretch those who are ready to explore and learn.
Creativity thrives in our Pre-School setting. Children have the freedom to express themselves through art, dance, music and imaginative play. The bright and stimulating environment nurtures creative thinking. The Mount’s specialist music teacher and staff within The Mount Junior School enhance the Pre-School children’s creative learning. Children leave the Pre-School with confidence and self-assurance of their own thoughts and expressions.
Some children prefer to learn outside and we positively encourage all our pupils to do just that. Our Pre-School children visit our onsite Forest School each week. The area includes an outdoor classroom, kitchen and a log seating area with a campfire. In this setting the children learn to express their curiosity freely, asking questions and finding out about the world around them.