The move up to Reception is an important time for both children and parents.
We endeavour to manage this change through careful integration of learning and activities in the Early Years, so that the transition is as seamless as possible.
We maintain small class sizes throughout the School, and many of the Nursery children are already familiar with Preparatory School pupils through joint events and activities, as well as participating in lessons at the Preparatory School.
Though the SHS Nursery is separated from the Upper School spatially, the two sites are united by the common ground of our holistic ethos, and the shared whole-school activities that all pupils participate in: House Events, Charity Fundraisers, Community Engagement Activities, and Christmas and Summer Concerts.
Nursery pupils may opt to join the Pre-Reception Class from the age of 3, aimed at easing the transition up to "Big School."
MANAGING THE TRANSITION
THE "PRE-RECEPTION" CLASS
This is based at the Preparatory School and helps to familiarise children with this different environment, allowing them to build relationships with their older peers and staff members.
This also enables them to see the Reception classroom and the activities that the Reception students undertake, and play with the older children in the indoor and outdoor playgrounds.
Children in the Upper Nursery can join the Pre-School at any point during the school year, and during this “settling-in” time, we focus on personal, social and emotional development. The key benefit is that when it comes to moving up to the Pre-Prep Years, children have already begun to build relationships with core members of staff and older children, and have already experienced lessons within the grounds of the Preparatory School.
Children in the Pre-Reception class are taught P.E and Games, Dance, Languages, Art and Music by specialist staff.
Our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum planning and progress mapping is integrated across the Nursery, Pre-Reception and Reception classes, so that teachers have a holistic picture of each child’s development and how to support them both academically and socially as they move up the classes.
Our Reception classes maintain a Montessori teaching method which focuses on “whole-child” development and uses Montessori materials. This also helps to link the classes across the Early Years settings.