Pre Prep (Reception - Year 2)

Abbotsholme Early Years offers a great start for Pupils

The Pre-Prep department provides highly stimulating and inspirational learning experiences for pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. The pupils have access to senior school facilities including the stunning grounds, farm and equestrian centre. In addition, children are introduced to specialist teachers for Sport.

In Reception class we believe that children learn through play, following their own interests, supported by skilled staff. In addition, activities are planned to facilitate the Early Years Foundation Stage seven areas of learning and development: Communication and Language, Physical Development, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.

Early Years pupils experience learning opportunities which support their development and stimulate their natural desire to explore and investigate, such as woodland walks and using the muddy garden.

In Key Stage 1 Children continue to make use of the school’s excellent outdoor provision. Lessons focus on developing Literacy and Numeracy skills and cross curricular links are made with exciting topics which encourage children to develop their sense of enquiry and thinking skills. Children use ICT to support and encourage independent learning.

Children experience a variety of educational visits linked to the curriculum and are offered activities to enrich their learning throughout the year. Physical activity and engagement with the outdoors is embedded in the curriculum.

Transition from Reception class to Year 1 is closely managed and children naturally progress in familiar surroundings. Small class sizes, excellent pastoral care and strong parental links mean that our pupils develop academically and personally, ready for the next stage of their Abbotsholme education.