The Early Years Foundation Stage comprises the Pre-Prep Nursery (2-3 year olds), Kindergarten (3-4 year olds) and Reception.
Our Early Years department provides a stimulating, caring and vibrant environment where children aged 2-5 years of age learn important social skills and thrive on the planned learning opportunities, particularly in early reading, writing, mathematics, technology and creativity.
Children feel happy, secure and valued. They gain a wealth of learning experiences including Computing, PE, French and Music tuition from specialist teachers. There is also the opportunity for children to attend a range of after-school activities including Yoga, Spanish, Dance and Kiddy Cook. Click on the relevant link on the left/right to find out more.
Nursery children may start with their academic year group from the September after their second birthday and they may attend for any combination of mornings, afternoons or full days.
Kindergarten children may start on a full-time basis or for a minimum of five mornings or three full days, gradually increasing to full-time attendance during their time in Kindergarten.
Reception is a natural progression from Kindergarten, combining a warm, welcoming atmosphere with a bright, spacious and stimulating environment, which provides a wide variety of learning areas. The children are well-motivated learners, who continue to work within the seven areas of learning from the Foundation Stage curriculum, with an increased focus on the teaching of reading, writing and numeracy.
In Pre-Prep the children have the opportunity to use a range of educational software and enjoy a wide variety of Computing activities to encourage confidence when using the computer.
As the children grow in confidence, during Reception their Computer skills are developed further and the children use software to support other subjects through the use of a different learning style.
Parents can keep up to date with the latest ICT news by following our dedicated ICT Twitter feed. Click here to request access. Parents are also encouraged to view our Parent Resource Blog which includes valuable information in relation to ICT.
Children at Forest begin learning and enjoying French in the Nursery class. Through rhyme, game songs and stories, they become familiar with the sounds and intonation of French in a similar way to a native French child's learning.
Frequent repetition enables them to feel comfortable and ensures that their introduction to the language is both positive and pleasurable.
Music plays a very important part in the curriculum at Forest. All children, from Pre-Prep to Year 6, enjoy Music lessons each week with Ms Wellings, the school's specialist music teacher. During these lessons, pupils explore the various elements of music and develop their skills in playing, composing and listening to different musical styles.
Singing is one aspect of Music that all Forest students especially enjoy. Songs are an integral part of all music lessons and are used to entertain, educate and encourage the children. Pupils sing regularly in class, at assemblies and during weekly singing practice in the Hall.
Parents can keep up to date with the latest Music news by following our dedicated Music Twitter feed. Click here to follow.
Every week children take part in PE and games lessons, led by our specialist sports teacher and coaches. A wide range of extra curricular activities is on offer to pupils, some activities are for fun, others enable children to train and compete at a higher level. In Early Years, the focus is on physical development games, gymnastics and dance.