Early Years at King's Hawford
Early Years at King’s Hawford includes Kindergarten, which takes children from age two to four, and Reception as they make their transition into formal education.
Our aim within the Early Years stage is to introduce children to the joys of learning whist building their confidence and encouraging new skills, working closely with parents to ensure every child reaches their full potential.
With a dedicated Early Years Team, led by Mrs Anna Kingston, children thrive in our home from home environment. As well as spending time in our bright and airy purpose built nursery facility and Reception classrooms, children enjoy spending time outside in our Forest School and outdoor classrooms, as well as exploring our rural site which sits in 23 acres of beautiful Worcestershire countryside.
RECEPTION AT KING’S HAWFORD
Starting school is a magical time for children as they start their journey into formal education. A seamless transition from Kindergarten ensures children are confident and ready to learn key academic skills such as reading, writing and maths in line with the Early Years Foundations Stage Curriculum.
Alongside these core skills children enjoy an exciting programme of lessons, including music, PE including swimming, German, Forest School and library bus sessions. With a focus on outdoor learning, children spend a great deal of time learning outside of the classroom with regular trips to our outdoor classroom, time spent in our Forest School, and curriculum activities delivered in unique outdoor spaces. Children at King’s Hawford learn in the most exciting and memorable ways.
Technology also plays an important role and is something that we fully endorse as a school. Children have access to a range of devices such as iPads, interactive whiteboards to add another dimension to the learning experience.
EARLY YEARS PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT
We have a strong belief in the values of physical activity and the holistic benefits that exercise has in the development of children from a young age. Children are naturally drawn to movement in this way so encouraging a love of sport helps them to prepare for the more competitive nature of sport from Year 3 onwards.
We use soft play, ride on balance toys, rope swing and climbing trees in Forest School, along with specialist equipment such as a large trampoline with our Kindergarten children to promote movement and develop core skills such as balance. All children from Reception to Year 2 enjoy an hour and 45 minutes of timetabled sport each week including PE lessons that develop their fundamental motor skills, swimming in our on-site indoor heated swimming pool, gymnastics, teamwork and athletics as well as a games afternoon that focuses on the basics of rugby, football and cricket for the boys and hockey, netball and rounders for the girls.
EARLY YEARS MUSIC
Children respond to music with excitement and enthusiasm. Music forms part of our daily routine with regular singing sessions and the opportunity to play with a whole range of musical instruments. Incorporating music in to our daily routines and play has a positive influence on early development; develops listening skills, language acquisition, speech development, building motor skills and self-expression.
We also run specialist sessions to introduce the idea of rhythm, pitch and tones including weekly Shake, Rattle and Groove sessions for our Kindergarten children. These sessions allow the children to gain access to a rich variety of opportunities for acquiring and developing a wide range of musical, personal and social skills.