Early Years Foundation Stage

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) at Morna includes a Nursery class and two Reception classes. Children can begin school from September in the year in which they turn three and they can attend either full or part time during the first term of Nursery. School is full time from the start of Reception.

Our children are taught to listen to others and express their own ideas and we place great importance on kindness, helpfulness, sharing, courtesy and respect for others. We nurture each child´s desire to learn, to experiment, to play and to gain independence. Our staff strives to develop each individual child’s emotional, social, physical and creative abilities. We encourage children to learn freely in a safe, structured and stimulating environment.

Children at Morna enjoy a range of activities both inside and outdoors. They develop independence and learn the importance of physical exercise, healthy food and personal hygiene. Our beautiful outside facilities are a stimulating space with continuously evolving areas for play that encourage creativity and investigation.

Children enjoy both adult-led activities and the freedom of child-initiated learning. We introduce our children to reading, writing and number activities in Nursery and Reception and encourage them to discover and investigate through art, crafts and environmental activities. We strongly believe that learning through play is imperative for this age group and we provide inspiring activities and resources to aid learning and development.

All children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. This has three key areas of focus – communication and language, personal, social and emotional development, and physical development. Mathematics, literacy, expressive arts, and design and understanding the world are the four specific areas of the curriculum.

The curriculum is delivered by our team of Early Years teachers and Learning Support Assistants who work towards Early Learning Goals and maintain high expectations of children in terms of their behaviour and learning. Specialist teachers enhance the children’s experiences through a range of other activities including weekly dance, Spanish, music and PE lessons. We also organise regular group performances and trips.

Children eat a fruit snack provided by the parents in the morning and have the option of school lunches or a packed lunch. Our children eat together to develop their social skills and our staff help them to manage their food and cutlery and to eat healthily. Many of our children enjoy the variety of after school clubs on offer.

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