In the EYFS, highly qualified, skilled and enthusiastic practitioners provide enjoyable and challenging teaching of excellent quality.
ISI Report, January 2015
(Please do take a look at our Reception video to see the wealth of learning opportunities supporting all areas of the boys development).
There are two classes in Reception, with approximately fourteen boys in each and a maximum of eighteen per class.
Pupils progress through and beyond the National Curriculum, beginning if necessary with the Early Learning Goals and moving through to the attainment targets of Key Stage 1.
Class teachers take their own classes for most subjects. However, as we believe children should learn from and be inspired by the best, from their earliest years, our pupils benefit from the expertise of visiting specialist teachers in a wide range of subjects, from French to PE, ICT, Drama and Music. Furthermore, special visitors, trips to museums, exhibitions and events during the year vary and enrich their education. The curriculum is presented in a rich, stable, caring and effective environment that enables each child to realise his cognitive, social, emotional, and physical potential and to develop his aesthetic awareness.
Every child under five years is appointed a Key Worker, who is responsible for his well-being and, by liaising closely with class teachers, parents and carers, will help him to settle into his new environment.
At St Columba’s, we understand that parents lead busy lives and there will be times when flexibility is required. Our early morning care facility offers the option to drop boys off anytime from 8.00am. Furthermore, after school care is available up to 5.30pm from Monday through to Thursday. Our aim for the extended day is to create an extension of our warm community at the beginning and/or end of the day. Boys can choose from a range of activities and experiences, which include reading, playing games or occasionally watching a film and after school clubs.
Because of our size, staff in the Lower Prep have plenty of time to give each boy. As well as developing independence in reading, writing and problem-solving, we ensure that our boys develop a love of learning and an enthusiasm for every aspect of school life through a creative indoor and outdoor curriculum. We believe that every boy should experience the world beyond the classroom, seeing it as an essential part of learning and personal development.