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Early Years

Nursery

At Gonville, we have a 52 place Nursery which gives children a safe, creative  space in which to learn and develop. If your child is 3 years old (1st September 2014 – 31st August 2015), and you are successful in your application to the Nursery, then they are entitled to 15 hours of free learning within the Nursery every week. Sessions are divided into morning sessions (8:45 – 11:45am) and afternoon sessions (12:30 – 3:30pm), and your child will be allocated a place in either the morning or afternoon Nursery.

In our Nursery, we aim to apply the best principles of early years education,
encouraging positive attitudes to school and its routines. Children have access
to a range of activities, both inside and outside the classroom, and a variety
of adult-led and child-led activities are on offer.
Gonville Academy follows the national EYFS Framework, which has 7 main areas of
development. In Nursery, we focus on the 3 Prime Areas. These are:
• Communication and language;
• Physical development; and
• Personal, social and emotional development.
These prime areas are the most essential for your child’s healthy development
and future learning.

Reception

 

We aim to apply the best principles of early years education, encouraging positive attitudes to school and its routines. During their time in the early years, children have free access to learning areas both inside and outside. A variety of activities are on offer which are either child-initiated or adult-led.

In our Nursery and Reception classes children develop social skills, learning how to work harmoniously together— taking turns, sharing and listening. Through a purposeful, well-planned and organised curriculum, children gain strong foundations in English, Mathematics, creative and physical  skills, as well as nurturing their personal, social and emotional development. The children’s development during this crucial stage underpins their future learning.

Gonville Academy follows the national Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework, which has 7 main areas of development. In Nursery, children develop the 3 Prime Areas. These are:

  • Communication and language;
  • Physical development; and
  • Personal, social and emotional development.

These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.

As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:

  • Literacy;
  • Mathematics;
  • Understanding the world; and
  • Expressive arts and design.

These areas are used by the Reception teachers to plan learning and activities suited to each child’s individual needs. In Reception, children learn through playing, exploring and being active, and much of the learning in the EYFS is child initiated. At Gonville, children have access to a range of activities both inside and outside the classroom that support their progress through the Early Learning Goals.