Pre-Prep (Pre-Reception/Owls and robins)
The Pre-Prep department is a place where inquisitive three and four year olds spend their days imagining, building and discovering. The Owls and 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.
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, Owls and Robins pupils are blissfully unaware of how their questioning teachers are helping them to learn and grow.
A child's Reception year is a time of discovery and development. Lessons are still a fun and engaging experience that take full advantage of the indoor, outdoor and technological facilities on offer and progress is rapid. The foundation for learning provided in Owls and Robins allows our pupils to delve into the challenge of Reception without delay and, by the end of the year, pupils are eager to move upstairs to the Year 1 classroom and join the Lower School.
"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
Whether your child transitions into Reception from Robins class or they join us from another local nursery or pre-school, they will benefit from the superb facilities and teaching on offer in our Pre-Prep department.
For many children, Reception is the beginning of full-time education and it is a milestone in their young lives. It is for this reason that we believe the Reception year should be full of happy memories, for both the children and their parents. Regular communication between home and school ensures that new experiences and achievements are shared, and our staff record each child’s progress for parents to view via the Tapestry platform.
The educational foundation that children receive in Reception is integral to their progress as they mature. Learning the correct way to grip a pencil, memorising phonics and tricky words are all focuses of this important year. We follow the Early Years curriculum and it is delivered in an exciting and engaging way that often takes children out of the classroom. On 'Fantastic Friday' Reception children participate in practical and exciting activities which consolidate the week's learning; be it using weight and fractions in a cooking lesson, recalling spellings in ICT or reminding each other of how to be their best self in a team-building exercise, we always endeavour to make school a fun place to be.
Throughout Greenfield School, we have high staff numbers which allows progress in the classroom to be focused and often rapid. Reception is no exception to this. Teaching is adapted to suit the needs of each individual child and this allows every child the opportunity to progress quickly.
“The outcomes for children in the EYFS are excellent. The children make rapid progress relative to their individual starting points. They concentrate well on their given tasks. They enjoy investigating the extremely rich range of resources and use their imagination well when exploring both their indoor and outdoor environments. They are extremely active learners and are creative in their thinking.”
– ISI Inspection report March 2016
The high number of staff also has a direct impact on the level of pastoral care our children receive. Every child is known to each member of staff and Reception children also benefit from being part of a department made up of Early Years specialists. Reception children at Greenfield are the eldest children in their department but some of the youngest in the school, which allows them to take on roles of responsibility as well as receiving guidance from others.
In Reception, children are taught by subject-specialist teachers for Physical Education, Music and Spanish. They also have access to all of the school’s facilities and benefit from the well-resourced departments throughout the school.
Your child’s year in Reception will disappear in a flash; consumed in a whirlwind of projects, art work, trips, performances, clubs, reading, writing and role play. But most of all it will be a happy year, where your baby transforms into a proper little person with thoughts and opinions all of their own. At Greenfield, we aim to give every child the happiest start to their education, all without them realising they are being educated at all!
Lower school (years 1 and 2)
You will find the Lower School by following the happy hubbub that floats down the first floor corridor. Two years may fly by in the life of an adult, but for six and seven-year-olds each day promises the discovery of new skills, expansion of knowledge and an array of new experiences. Through imaginative lessons and excellent teaching, pupils are encouraged to become creative and independent thinkers.
On any given day, you will find Year 1 and 2 pupils participating in ‘hands-on’, practical activities which will lead to exciting, meaningful and engaging cross-curricular links. The Lower School is where basis of a child’s preparatory education develops and helps pupils take ownership of their learning.
"Those identified as able, gifted or talented achieve high standards of literacy and numeracy, benefiting from individual programmes which suit their strengths." - ISI Inspection Report March 2016
upper school (years 3, 4, 5 and 5)
In the Upper School, our main aim is to equip pupils with the intellectual qualities and skills that will help them to thrive in a changing world and allow them to seize future opportunities. We encourage collaboration, resilience, sound judgement and curiosity, and develop a healthy attitude toward risk.
Senior School Heads often comment on the maturity of Greenfield pupils, which we attribute to our focus on the development of intellectual character as well as compassion, empathy and modesty. We believe that allowing children the freedom to explore a diverse curriculum helps to build effective and committed learners. Lessons are challenging, but this allows even our brightest pupils to work outside their comfort zone and develop a commitment to succeed.
"For the last few years, all pupils leaving Year 6 have secured places at senior schools of their choice, many of which have high standards of entry, with a high proportion gaining scholarships." - ISI Inspection Report March 2016