Kindergarten

Age 3 – 6 years

The Kindergarten operates five days a week with morning and afternoon sessions between 8.30 am and 3.00 pm. The school has a separate Kindergarten building which opened in 1995. Children leave the Kindergarten in the September following their sixth birthday. The Kindergarten Curriculum supports all aspects of Early Years Foundation Stage, including:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Mathematics and Understanding the World

ADMISSIONS

Children enter the Kindergarten when they are 3 years old. It is designed as a stepping-stone between home and school, and the staff strive to create a harmonious, secure and caring atmosphere in which the child’s imagination is nurtured. The environment is carefully designed to allow for freedom of imagination, and the toys are largely unformed, sturdy and made of natural materials.

Creative play is a vital part of the Kindergarten day. This helps children develop imaginative qualities which will guide and nourish them for the rest of their lives.  During the day, structured and unstructured activities unfold in an unhurried fashion with regular rhythms. Children participate in painting, drawing, modelling, baking, handwork, singing, ‘ring’ games, eurythmy dance and many other activities. In this way the child’s day flows between active and quiet times.

The kindergarten now has access to an area of woodland which the children visit every Tuesday to spend a whole morning outdoors.


Kindergarten Curriculum

Our curriculum supports all aspects of the Early Years Foundation stage including Communication and Language; Physical Development; Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Mathematics and Understanding the World as well as the following specific areas:

Storytelling: Fairy tales, folk tales, seasonal stories and puppet plays

Mathematics: Counting rhymes, weighing and measuring, pattern making, problem solving, matching and sorting

Artistic activities: painting, drawing and modelling

Craft activities: sewing, embroidery, weaving, woodwork, felting, paper crafts, seasonal decorations, carding fleece, making kites and threading

Domestic activities: baking bread, biscuits and cakes; peeling and chopping fruit and vegetables; making juice; apple pressing; grinding grain; tidying; washing up; cleaning and sweeping

Music: singing, playing simple musical instruments, eurythmy

Games: skipping, circle and finger games

Science: Nature, observation, warm technology such as using the fruit press, hand milling and churning butter, baking, building with a variety of materials inside and outdoors, play and exploration in the mud and sand pits

Outdoor activities: Gardening including growing and harvesting, raking, weeding and digging; willow work; throwing and catching; building shelters; climbing and balancing

Creative play: free exploration and discovery; self initiated physical play inside and outside; building dens; role play; dressing up; imitative play; small world play and storytelling