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Our Wessex family of schools


Our pre-school is part of Manor Park First School. We believe that the best learning is done through socialising and play. Our priority is to provide a safe, happy environment for children to learn in which takes into account each child’s individual interest and incorporates them into our everyday planning. 

At Pre-school all of our learning is delivered through play and adapted to child’s individual needs and interests. We deliver adult led activities where an objective is set depending on the children’s needs but the majority of our play is child led, meaning they are free to explore their own choice of activities which we then enrich with language and extend their knowledge using books and other resources. We encourage the children to select their own resources to enhance their play and ensure there are plenty of open ended resources to allow this.

We do focus group time at certain times in the day. This is where we split into age groups - school starters and 2-3 year olds for an age specific input. This could be, for example, listening to a story or a number session.

We will introduce them to the Pip and Pap Phonics scheme. This is the scheme used across the school to teach phonics and spelling. The children are taught through games to tune into the sounds around them, recognise rhythm and begin to break down and blend sounds.