Our youngest pupils start their educational journey at GES in the Early Years. We provide education based on the UK Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum with a strong emphasis on integration of the French language.
Our Nursery welcomes children in the term of their third birthday and provides a very gentle but stimulating introduction to school life. The emphasis is on play and learning through doing. Life in Nursery is full of fun and creativity!
We explore a number of different themes each term to reflect each child's early interests and to encourage learning. The children follow an exciting play-do-review curriculum, with a balance of child and teacher initiated activities to stimulate and develop every child.
See below previous themes we followed in Nursery:
The activities expand knowledge, early literacy and number skills. We rotate our activities to ensure variety, helping children develop security, independence and self-discipline. Learning is about more than literacy and numeracy. It is also about creativity, friendships and understanding the world.
Nursery provides a happy, secure and structured environment where young children can enjoy learning through doing and get a superb preparation for going to school.
Today I am going to...
- learn a lot
- be creative
- gain independence
- be active
- have fun
- and still want to discover more!
At GES the children in our two Reception classes follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum, which comprises seven key areas of learning:
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
We operate this through an active learning system. It is a ‘plan, do and review’ framework achieved through play where children and teachers plan, work and review together, providing opportunities for developing a range of social and intellectual skills.
See below previous themes we followed in Reception:
The framework that we provide can be adapted to meet the specific needs of a child or a class. It ensures children have some control over their own learning, and access to materials and equipment that they may require. Children are required to make a decision about what they would like to choose to fit into their day.
Each half term we plan exciting and stimulating activities based on the children’s interests, learning and development. We also believe strongly in maintaining the flexibility to respond to whatever may interest a child, allowing time and space for our children to be children. We encourage their sense of awe and wonder at the natural world; discovering an insect, looking at a rainbow, or watching the snow melting.
French vocabulary is discovered through play and activities that have been previously taught in English in order to support children’s understanding, and engage them in learning an additional language through meaningful ways. Art, dance and drama are taught by specialist teachers who respond to the needs and interests of the children. All children are offered ballet lessons as part of their EYFS curriculum.
Most importantly, we want each individual child to feel safe and confident in order to become happy, stimulated children who have a passion for learning.