Since September 2014 our Pre-Prep Early Years children have started following a new, vibrant and bespoke curriculum which draws on the strengths of the current Early Years curriculum whilst crucially offering the children further opportunities to develop their learning. Those pupils who are ready, will be provided with the opportunity to read and write at a younger age and to develop their mathematical skills beyond the current levels of expectation.
The development of this new curriculum has only been possible as the result of three first class inspections from Ofsted and ISI which were the basis upon which the School was able to qualify to exit the EYFS framework whilst maintaining the funding. The School were delighted to echo this outstanding rating a fourth time (ISI) in June 2014 before embarking on the new curriculum.
Whilst in Pre-Prep Early Years, pupils are prepared for their move to the Reception classes by developing their skills in all areas of the curriculum, enjoying a wide range of activities such as dance, drama, music, sports, Forest School, arts and crafts.
Children aged three to four follow the Read, Write, Inc scheme, which is a fun and child-centred approach to teaching literacy which is used in Pre-Prep. Early writing skills such as the correct pencil grip and formation of letters using sand tray activities, tracing, whiteboards and pencil and paper activities are also covered.
A Unique Child
Every child has the right to learn in a place where they feel safe, gain confidence and their emotional and physical well-being are a priority. At Langley Preparatory School at Taverham Hall Pre-Prep Early Years, we plan a series of activities that allow for interaction, communication and education.
Our children are safe, but sessions in Forest School, for example, allow them to take managed risks and learn certain boundaries for themselves. Child initiated learning is a very important part of what we do, and gives our small people the ability to choose and make decisions with their peers.
A healthy cooked lunch is provided each day – health awareness is promoted.
Our Pre-Prep Early Years provides a setting where children are respected and learn to respect each other – constructive interaction with their peers and adults in the classroom is taught as part of every day. Children understand that we are all different, but effective communication and friendships are actively encouraged.
Our highly qualified staff has a wealth of experience in teaching effectively and promoting a very positive, stimulating curriculum.
We listen to children and assist them in becoming happy, settled and confident individuals.
Each child has their own assessment document that builds a picture of achievement. Ongoing assessments ensure that we give each child the individual education that provides them with the opportunity to reach their full potential.
The environment that we have created at Langley Preparatory School at Taverham Hall’s Pre-Prep Early Years gives an amazing scope for learning:
- A purpose built up-to-date building that has all that a small child needs to access all areas of the curriculum.
- A school hall for drama, P.E., music and large apparatus sessions.
- A sports hall for mini-hockey, tennis, skittles, ball games and many other forms of equipment.
- Different areas of woodland for Forest School activities, pond-dipping, nature studies and exploration as well as our wonderful Outdoor Classroom.
All of this is presented within an environment of emotional security and happiness where every child is valued and cared for.
Learning and Development
We believe that children learn more effectively if they are given the strategies to do so. If they understand how they can make decisions and investigate for themselves, they will become more interested, more capable and keen to learn. We build upon experience and start from familiar points with each child. We connect the learning to their individual world and involve parents and families closely with their education.
The seven areas of learning are:
The prime areas of learning that underpin the planning and assessment procedures at Langley Prep at Taverham Hall’s Pre-Prep Early Years department are as follows
- Communication and language
- Physical development
- Personal, social and emotional development
As the children grow confident in each of the above areas we begin to develop their learning in each of the following areas therefore giving them a wide expanse of knowledge in preparation for their next step into the Pre-Prep Reception classes.
- Forest Schools
- Language awareness
Each of these areas are continually assessed to ensure that next steps are devised that are suitable for the individual child.
Within these guidelines a multitude of activities are planned by the staff or initiated by the children. By the end of the year, each child will be ready to make the transition from Pre-Prep Early Years to our Pre-Prep Reception classes.
Please contact us to find out more about our Early Years provision in Norwich.