Introduction to Kinder
In Kinder we educate children from 1.5 to 6 years old. We are fortunate to have a beautiful, purpose built Early Years Centre catering for children from when they are able to walk up until 3 years old. Children then progress to Nursery Class, followed by Reception and then Year 1.
Our curriculum is based on the English Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and the English National Curriculum. However, we ensure that our curriculum does reflect the needs, culture and history of our school’s community and of course our unique bi-lingual and bi-cultural nature.
The Early Years Centre
The emphasis in the Early Years is on active learning through play, allowing the children to develop and reach their potential by working at their own level and pace. Our aim is to create an atmosphere in which the children are encouraged to be self-motivated, curious and confident in themselves and their work and to take pride in their achievements. The Early Years is designed to provide a happy, purposeful introduction to school life.
There are three small mixed ability classes in Nursery. Our small class sizes enable us to give each child the individual attention he or she needs. Each class has a qualified and experienced teacher and a qualified and experienced teaching and learning assistant. All the staff in Nursery are fully bi-lingual.
The classrooms are well equipped and they are organised into specific areas for learning. Inside, the classroom displays reflect and celebrate the children’s work. They are bright and colourful and they are designed to encourage observation and discussion. They support the children’s learning as they give them an opportunity to reflect on topics already visited or current topics.
Outdoor Learning Experiences
Kinder is very fortunate to have several play areas and for the foundation stage this is a big part of our learning environment. Children’s learning is extended and developed in the outdoors through our seven areas of learning.
There are four mixed ability classes in Reception. Our small class sizes enable us to give each child the individual attention he or she needs. Each class has a qualified and experienced teacher and a qualified and experienced Teaching and Learning Assistant.
The Reception Year at Kinder is part of the Foundation Stage of Education and follows on from the reception in providing an environment that enables children to reach their full potential whilst developing at their own pace. The four classes in this year group continue to promote positive attitudes and build upon what the children already know and understand. Our aim is to equip the children with the attitudes, skills and knowledge that will allow them to progress into the next stage of education as confident and self-motivated learners.
Above all, learning continues to be fun and is tailored to the children’s needs and interests.
The Reception classrooms are organised into specific areas for learning, including a comfortable book area, a construction area, a role-play area and a creative area. Wherever possible, resources are stored in a way that will give easy access to the children and equipment is clearly labelled.
Classroom routines are established early in the first term. The children have a variety of learning experiences to develop their knowledge and understanding in the seven areas of learning including whole class instruction, small group work, and child initiated learning. The children’s current interests are observed and recorded and link into the teaching teams planning.
Children are taught to read using the phonic approach. Parent workshops are held throughout the school year to introduce our approach to the teaching of reading and also to enable parents to help their children in this key area. Children will take home a range of reading books from our reading programme to develop their reading comprehension and reading strategies.
The Year One curriculum is broad and balanced and is modelled on the National Curriculum for England. All curriculum areas, including the core subjects of English and Maths are taught through an active approach, as we recognise the importance of activity and play-based learning.
In Year One children are taught, English, Maths, Spanish, Music, ICT and PE as discreet subjects. In addition there are several Integrated Curriculum topics throughout the year through which Humanities, ICT, Art and Design and Cultural Studies are taught. Science will be taught either as a discreet subject or during Integrated Curriculum time, depending on the topic each term. Valuable cross-curricular links will be made where possible to enhance children’s learning.
There are three mixed ability classes in Year 1. Each class has a qualified and experienced teacher and a qualified and experienced teaching and learning assistant. All the Year One class teachers are native English speakers.
Our Year 1 classrooms are well equipped and displays reflect and celebrate the children’s work. They are bright and colourful and are designed to encourage reading, observation and discussion.