Early Years Foundation Stage

The beginning of the learning journey

Our youngest pupils start their educational journey at St John’s Pre-Prep in the Early Years where they follow an exciting play-based curriculum, with a balance of child and teacher initiated activities to stimulate and develop each child.

Our children take part in music, PE, have an active part in assemblies and shows, and make use of our lovely grounds and facilities.


In our Nursery for rising threes, children love learning and developing their knowledge through exciting activities and play, whether in their bespoke outside play area, the Wendy house, dressing up, painting, cooking or listening to a story on the cushions.


Children then move on to one of our two Kindergarten classes where they take their next steps in learning to read and write, being introduced to phonics and reading, developing number and topic-based learning. The outside playground is adjacent to their classrooms which provide a stimulating area for dressing up, water play and for using their imaginations to create their own world.


In Reception the children begin full-time school and the curriculum becomes more a little more structured with regular numeracy and literacy lessons alongside exciting topic work and child-initiated play in their dedicated play areas and playground. Pupils also begin swimming and PE lessons and continue their French skills.

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