EYFS (Nursery & Reception)

Nursery (from rising 3 to age 4)

The Nursery at St Lawrence College aims to offer an imaginative contemporary take on an old-fashioned idyllic childhood. A modern, calm and focussed classroom environment is perfectly balanced with plenty of fresh air, muddy knees, creativity and messy play. Kindness and respect are considered important and, with a freshly-prepared hot lunch available with every session, children will be taught good table manners.

The creative curriculum stretches across all areas of learning, with a strong focus on core language, literacy and mathematical skills, combined with the most exciting elements of forest school and outdoor adventures where children learn through discovery and exploration.

With a small class size (maximum of 16 children) our Nursery embraces a wonderful family atmosphere of learning and playing together, all under the watchful eye of experienced Early Years' Qualified Teacher, Mrs Rebecca Brown. The enriched curriculum offers quality learning experiences designed to give your child the very best possible start to their education.

Reception (age 4-5)

Whether moving up from our own Nursery or joining the school from elsewhere, the first priority in Reception is to come together happily and adapt successfully to a full day at school.

The Reception classroom echoes the colour and creativity of the Nursery but also makes it clear that we are here to learn! Reception continues the process of building firm foundations and giving children a head start, teaching them to listen, co-operate, concentrate, think and express themselves. A structured phonics programme puts a strong emphasis on reading and writing skills, ensuring that most pupils exceed the expectations of the Early Learning Goals by the end of the Reception year. Increasing use is made of interactive technology, many opportunities (like "Language of the Month") enrich and extend learning across the curriculum, and a dedicated outdoor classroom area gives children a unique opportunity to understand and value their natural environment.

Creating the Freedom to Discover

"Children in the EYFS make excellent progress... They are active learners, can work independently, and enjoy playing, exploring, creating and thinking critically. They are articulate when talking to adults, express themselves extremely well and have excellent listening skills."