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 Class is an engaging and stimulating environment, where lots of opportunities for purposeful play combined with a mix of planned practical and more formal teaching, help children develop a love of learning to carry them forward throughout the school.

The adjoining rooms with easy access to their own outside area give plenty of room to play and explore, and offer a safe and nurturing space which serves as a base for the children to be able to explore the extensive school grounds, including regular outdoor sessions in the school’s own forest area.

The EYFS curriculum is delivered creatively through a topic-based approach geared to the children’s interests, with a strong emphasis on the core skills of Reading, Writing and Mathematics, and lots of opportunities for discovery and creativity. Children are encouraged to become independent thinkers and to develop a ‘can do’ approach to learning. Small class sizes mean that staff are able to know the children really well and tailor the learning to meet their individual needs.

The curriculum is enhanced by having a variety of lessons taught by specialist teachers including Music, Swimming, PE and French.

We value the rapport gained from the daily contact with parents, and parents are kept involved in their child’s education through daily reading, home learning challenges, and an online learning journal.

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."
ISI INSPECTION REPORT 2015