Immanuel College

Early Years

Children in Reception are part of the Early Years Foundation Stage and as such the curriculum at Immanuel College Preparatory School incorporates the EYFS Framework 2012. Within this the children learn skills, acquire new knowledge and have opportunities to explore and also time to demonstrate their understanding. The curriculum has three prime areas of learning which are fundamental and underpin the rest of the curriculum, namely:

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

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

In addition the curriculum encompasses the four specific areas, namely:

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

Throughout the year children are engaged in whole class, small group and individual activities which are tailored to their learning needs. Our small class sizes ensure that we can support and challenge the children in order that their learning time is used to the maximum. Alongside learning the basics of literacy and numeracy, the children develop skills and interests across a broad spectrum of enriching and exciting experiences. Most importantly, children begin their social journey - an adventure which involves building positive relationships with the adults and peers within the setting, learning and achieving through play and focused work with caring and professional practitioners

In addition to the class teachers, children at Immanuel College Preparatory School have specialist teachers for Ivrit, Jewish Studies, Music and P.E. Topics such as Journeys, Light & Dark and Animals provide a vehicle for planning and are the starting point of learning, however we have the flexibility to adapt our provision to meet the needs of the children and ensure that they engaged, developing and learning.

The Independent Schools Inspectorate noted that children "thrive on opportunities to demonstrate their independent thinking, their ability to question and their keenness to explore new situations, observed particularly in the EYFS".