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Our Wessex family of schools

Our Learning

What will my child be doing at Pre-school?
At Pre-school all of our learning is delivered through a play based approach.  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. 

The year before your child starts school we will introduce them to our Pip and Pap phonics scheme. This is the scheme used across the school to teach phonics. 


Learning and Development

At Pre-school we use the Early Years Foundation Stage framework to assess your child’s development. This consists of 3 prime areas: Personal, Social and Emotional development, Communication and Language and Physical Development. And 4 specific areas: Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design. 

With all children we focus on the prime areas before specific as these provide the scaffolding to further learning.

Characteristics of Effective Learning (COEL) - It’s not just about what you know it’s how you know it! COEL is how the children learn, this is split into 3 categories: Playing and Exploring, Active Learning and Creating and Thinking Critically. We use these assessments to carefully plan for the children’s next steps to ensure they are planned in a way they will learn.

Coming home with marks on my clothes is a sign that I am exploring my environment  and learning new things!

Our uniform details can be found here