Children enter KN (Nursery) usually in the September (or January) before their 4th birthday. Having its own separate entrance and play area, the Nursery boasts excellent self-contained facilities for role plays, story time/class activities, language and literacy groups, reading and computer activities and teacher led tasks. Outdoors there’s a secure, fully enclosed area with units for art and wet activity and of course play!
The Nursery curriculum, in keeping with our ethos, puts an emphasis on the “all-round” development of your child. Children in Nursery are taught through seven areas of learning including:
- Communication & Language
- Physical Development
- Personal, Social & Emotional Development
- Understand the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
Through child initiated play and adult directed activities, we provide the children with a variety of stimulating and exciting opportunities where they can explore and develop their learning experiences, helping them to make sense of the world with which they live.
Furthermore, in KN we enjoy investigating a variety of exciting topics such as; Ourselves, Festivals, Fairy Tales, Spring, People who help us and Mini-beasts. These topics allow us not only to participate in activities inside the classroom but encourages us to venture outside, whatever the weather, to explore the beautiful grounds of our school.
Nursery pupils have many opportunities which aid their development, while also being fun and engaging, such as the annual Harvest Festival and Nativity celebrations, the annual cross country run, trips and visits to local attractions, drama workshops and cooking and craft lessons. In addition, Nursery children benefit from games/sports instruction in the school hall or outdoors and music/singing lessons, introducing them to different instruments and involving them in elements of musical performance. This approach has proved to be very successful, and we are proud for our pupils to display their musical learning at numerous events.
The children can stay for either a whole day or, if preferred, half days. A healthy and substantial cooked meal is served at lunch-time for all pupils, including those staying for half days.