Pre-Prep: The Early Years Foundation Stage
The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum at Ibstock Place School comprises the Nursery and Kindergarten (Reception). In Prep 1 children begin the more formal curriculum which prepares them for a seamless transition to the Prep School.
Young children have a wide range of different experiences, skills and interests when they first come to School. We ensure they have a well-planned and resourced curriculum to take their learning forward and we provide opportunities for all children to succeed in an atmosphere of care, where each individual feels valued. We prepare all children for future learning by supporting, fostering, promoting and developing independent individuals. The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum is organised into three prime and four specific areas of learning.
Communication and Language
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Understanding of the World
Expressive Arts and Design
Whilst the Foundation Stage Curriculum is organised into seven areas of learning, learning is not compartmentalised. Children learn when they make connections between experiences and ideas that are related to all aspects of their lives. Foundations for learning are laid down in the Nursery.
Creative, purposeful play
The ISI Inspection Report (2010) refers to the School’s emphasis during the Early Years Foundation Stage on creative, purposeful play which helps:
“children learn to share, take turns and form happy friendships. Exemplary personal behaviour and outstanding personal development are strengths. This is positively influenced by adults who are admirable role models. Children in the EYFS setting are happy, deriving pleasure from their learning.”
The Pre-Prep works in partnership with parents who are encouraged to support their child at home with reading and occasional written homework assignments. Homework is set daily and varies according to the age of the pupil. All pupils are asked to read aloud to an adult every evening for 15 minutes. Pupils may borrow books from the class or School Library. Parents are asked to write a comment in their child’s Reading Diary each night.