The Early Years
A child's experience at nursery and pre-school can influence their attitude towards learning with long-lasting effects.
We often meet parents who say their child seems to have 'outgrown' their nursery and they are looking for more stimulation and opportunities to learn. Greenfield's Early Years Department offers children aged 3 and 4 years an introduction to education in an environment where playtime is always the order of the day! Our children can learn without limits and take everything at their own pace, resulting in thoroughly satisfied little learners.
All children in our Early Years Department attend every morning session, from 08:30-12:30. During these sessions, our subject leaders deliver engaging lessons in dance, PE, languages and music alongside classroom activities which focus on the seven areas of learning. We also offer a 50-week provision for Robins children, allowing them to join Little School during the school holidays, meaning your child's hours can fit in around your work and other commitments.
Early Years Education
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum we deliver at Greenfield is ambitious and carefully sequenced to help the children build on their learning over time. The Prime areas of learning lay the foundations for children's success in all other areas of learning and of life.
Children from Fledglings to Robins will engage in activities that will encourage children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning. They're a driving force behind helping children as they learn to form relationships, moderate emotions and thrive in their day-to-day life.
As the children move into Reception, there is a greater focus on teaching the essential skills and knowledge in the specific areas of learning in preparation for Year 1. The seven areas of learning are
Three prime areas of learning and development:
- Communication and Language
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Physical Development
And four specific areas of learning and development:
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
What makes Greenfield's Early Years Department so special?
The Early Years department is a place where inquisitive three and four-year-olds spend their days imagining, building and discovering. The Robins classrooms are always abuzz with the sound of children learning through play; be it counting the dots on finger-painted ladybird, practising letter shapes with spaghetti or helping a friend to be their best self.
A Dynamic Environment
Just like growing children, the department constantly changes and adapts to suit the challenges each day will bring. Role play areas are frequently updated to allow your child to be a Doctor, Dentist, Zoologist, Artist and Journalist; and that’s just the first week! Whatever the days and weeks may bring, Robins pupils are blissfully unaware of how their questioning teachers are helping them to learn and grow.
The foundation for learning provided in Robins allows our pupils to delve into the challenge of Reception without delay.
The outcomes in the EYFS are excellent. The children make rapid progress relative to their individual starting points. They are extremely active learners and are creative and critical in their thinking.
- ISI Inspection Report March 2016
Native Tongue Reading Sessions
Read more about the immeasurable benefits of regular ‘Native Tongue Reading’ sessions with Early Years children.
Loud Shirt Day
On the 4th November 2021, Greenfield celebrated Loud Shirt Day.