Croydon High Nursery School
What makes Nursery special?
“I really feel the teachers know
and care about her”
Today I started
Afreena aged 3Read more
Today I started my thesis
Reading, writing and mathematics feature alongside the traditional Early Years Curriculum in our Nursery. Interestingly, many of the preparations for early writing do not actually involve paper or pencils. Staff help girls develop gross and fine motor skills, using ribbons and our CleverTouch interactive boards for large circular movements and threading and pincering for small control. Recently, Nursery girls have been practising their fine motor skills by using screws to mend their spaceship!
Afreen is just one of our very youngest girls discovering the joy of seeing her words come to life on the page. But the best preparation for her future University thesis, is actually the hours we will pour into developing her self-confidence and passion for learning. From Nursery up, our specialist Drama teacher works with every girl, building the skills that see them speak aloud assuredly in a group. Our current affairs assemblies throughout Junior School also ensure our girls have interesting things to talk about, developing an understanding of the world beyond their playground.
“I remember painting our canvas with all the class. That painting is now in the hall”
—Reception pupil talking about her memories from Nursery
Our staff combine the child centred approach of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum with a phonics and number programme that ensure girls are encouraged to achieve beyond age expectations. Many of our girls begin on our reading programme whilst still in our Nursery Class.