EYFS (Nursery & Reception)

Nursery (from rising 3 to age 4)

The first priority is to provide a secure and caring environment for our youngest pupils, but the Nursery at SLCJS offers so much more!

Whilst occupying its own spacious, self-contained area - with a colourful, covered outdoor extension - the Nursery makes regular use of the many outstanding Junior School facilities. Hence, pupils' early education is enriched by a variety of learning opportunities such as music, drama, dance, swimming and technology, and by joining in school events with older children.

A generous staff:pupil ratio ensures that every child is nurtured as an individual. Nursery pupils enjoy the freedom to explore and discover, within a structured learning programme directed by the Foundation Stage Co-ordinator, one of the schools most highly-qualified and experienced teachers. Even at Nursery level, pupils begin to benefit also from specialist teaching which adds an extra dimension to learning throughout the school as a whole. This teaching, along with facilities like the schools' heated indoor swimming pool, is of particular benefit to Nursery pupils' physical development.

Additional opportunities are provided to Nursery pupils during enhanced afternoon sessions, designed especially to offer extra challenge and stimulation to pupils about to embark on their full-time education. Emphasis on boosting key skills, such as reading, within an intimate learning environment, will ensure that all pupils 'hit the ground running' when they move up Reception!

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."