EARLY YEARS (Little Conifers Pre-School and Reception)
Children often begin their journey in our Pre-School, from 2 years old, before moving into Reception Class. The Little Conifers Pre-School is a safe, friendly and positive place of learning where the excellent team provide a constructive and vibrant environment for all pupils, offering a wonderful start to their school life. The Early Years department value every child and are passionate about supporting and enhancing their pupil’s development through a variety of adult-led and child-initiated activities.
The Pre-School building opens out on to our newly refurbished outdoor play area. This area has climbing equipment and balance bikes to develop the pupils gross motor skills, as well as a range of sensory play and role play activities. In order to extend their outdoor learning further, all pupils visit our school field and woodland weekly for forest and farming adventures. The pupils spend a lot of time exploring the wonderous outside world, so wellies and waterproofs are essential!
In Reception, we introduce languages and swimming weekly. The pupils can choose between French and Spanish, with the opportunity of joining a club for their second choice should they wish. They also become part of the wider school community when joining our house system. This provides the opportunity to take part in house activities and competitions. The pupils’ Read, Write, Inc journey continues in Reception with a more formal teaching approach. At this point, pupils will be taught through ‘stage not age’ to ensure all pupils reach their potential.
We understand the value of children extending their learning outside of the school environment and therefore provide an exciting range of trips and outings. Early Years pupils regularly go on local woodland walks, visits to the parks and library. Some of the recent school trips have been to Marwell Zoo, Weald and Downland and Winchester Science Museums.
We believe that positive home-school links are fundamental to a pupil’s success in their learning journey. We use Tapestry to communicate each pupil’s learning daily and encourage our families to be involved in this learning process by sharing events from home, which can be celebrated. The Early Years team are always happy to discuss your child’s progress or to offer advice and support about a pupil’s development.
At Conifers, all Early Years pupils enjoy an enriched curriculum which includes forest adventures, farming, PE, and music with specialist teachers. The wide range of activities offered enables pupils to discover and nurture their own individual passion from a young age.