In Pre-Reception and Reception, there is a balance of structured activities and free-play learning activities, both indoors and outdoors, each day. Developing children’s social skills is a major part of the curriculum.

The majority of learning is taught through a range of topics. A range of activities are used to prepare children for more formal work in literacy and numeracy in Year 1 and we work towards bridging the curriculum in the summer term to stretch and challenge more able children.

Children in Reception follow the Early Learning Goals for the revised statutory Framework of the Early Years Foundation Stage.

There are seven areas of learning within the Early years Foundation Stage and they cover the main areas of young children’s development. These are:

Primary Areas

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development

Specific Areas

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

In Year 1, children begin to follow a broad curriculum based on, but extending beyond the National Curriculum, beginning with Key Stage One for five- to seven- year olds. Similar to Reception, Year 1 are taught subjects through a thematic approach, meaning that subjects are taught in the context of a topic or theme.

We believe the creative curriculum gives the pupils the opportunity to develop their skills of collaboration, independence, creativity and resilience.

Additionally, pupils benefit from specialist teaching in French, music, swimming, PE, and games.


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Essex CO6 4DX
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Essex CO3 9ST
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