Academic Structure – Nursery & Pre-Prep

Class Structure

The Saint Ronan’s Nursery and Pre-Prep Department takes the parkland surroundings as inspiration for class names.

Early Years Foundation Stage

Nursery (3 and 4 year olds): Caterpillars and Frogs
Reception (4 and 5 year olds): Hedgehogs and Rabbits

Each class is led by a key person known as the ‘teacher’ and supported by a full time classroom assistant. Children learn at their own pace through a balance of child-initiated and teacher-directed activities in EYFS.

Key Stage One

Year One (5 and 6 year olds): Squirrels and Owls
Year Two (6 and 7 year olds): Badgers and Otters

Each class is led by a teacher and supported by a classroom assistant. The teaching and learning is differentiated to suit the needs of the pupil.

 

Assessment

In the Early Years Foundation Stage children’s progress is assessed by observation and one-to-one interaction with staff and a record of progress is kept, which is known as the EYFS Profile. In Key Stage One, children’s work is assessed in a variety of ways from observation, rich questioning, effective feedback and marking, peer and self-assessment. These are supplemented with more formal tests, which take place annually, monitoring progress in reading, spelling, literacy and numeracy.

 

Reporting

An ‘open-door’ policy is actively promoted in the department, with parents invited to speak to staff during the first half hour of the morning, prior to registration at 8.45am. Appointments for discussions at other times can be arranged at any point during the term. The building of such relationships between parents and staff proves to be invaluable in providing both parties with information vital for promoting the academic progress and well-being of the child.

The children’s progress is formally reported to parents in the following ways:

 

Frogs and Caterpillars

Each child’s unique journey through the EYFS is recorded in a ‘Sharing Book’, with children, parents and staff contributing to the progress made.

Each term parents are invited to meet with their child’s teacher to discuss progress and next steps for learning.

A written report on progress in all the six areas of learning is provided, together with a play plan showing the next steps for development.

Hedgehogs, Rabbits, Squirrels, Badgers and Otters

In addition to the following termly updates, Hedgehogs and Rabbits will also have a ‘Sharing Book’ which records the child’s unique journey through the EYFS.

Autumn Term (term 1)

Parents’ Consultation Evening in the week before half term is an opportunity for parents to discuss their child’s progress with the class teacher.

A written progress report, with targets for future improvement in literacy and numeracy, is sent to parents at the end of term.

Open Morning when children share the work in their books with their parents.
Spring Term (term 2)

Parents’ Consultation Evening towards the end of term is an opportunity for parents to discuss their child’s progress with the class teacher.

Open Morning when children share the work in their books with their parents.
Summer Term (term 3)

Open Morning when children share the work in their books with their parents.

A full written report, reviewing the child’s progress in all areas of the curriculum, is sent to parents at the end of term.