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There are four classes in the Foundation Stage (Early Stages) at SJHS – two Nursery classes and two Reception classes. Each Nursery and Reception class has a mainstream teacher and an assistant and there is an Early Years / Foundation Stage Co-ordinator to monitor and oversee the early years area. They work very closely with the KS1 Co-ordinator and the Head of Lower School. There are seven areas in the Foundation Stage. These are split into three Prime areas and four Secondary areas. The three Prime areas are:
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development,
  • Communication and Language,
  • Physical Development.
    The Secondary areas are:
  • Literacy,
  • Mathematics,
  • Understanding the World,
  • Expressive Arts and Design.
Children stay in school from 8.50am to 3.20pm from Monday to Friday. There are 2 music lessons per week and two P.E. lessons per week with specialist teachers. There is also a weekly Library period where children may choose a book to read at home and change it again the following week. All the Early Years staff work together as a close knit team to ensure a coherent follow through for the children’s effective learning. Parent/Teacher co-operation is an essential part of the SJHS ethos, so that there is constant Parent/Teacher communication with three formal evenings each year. Individual attainment targets are decided by the teachers and discussed with parents at each Parent/Teacher meeting. There is an annual report on each child in June.

An Introduction to Nursery

Over the last few years there have been more and more children coming into Nursery who are the sons and daughters of ex-students of Sir James Henderson, clearly this phenomenon speaks for itself and is the biggest complement of all.

We, as a staff, see the Nursery as the foundation of all the children’s learning and therefore fundamental to their education. We seek to instil a joyful, vital approach to learning which will stay with our children.

The Nursery is open to children from the age of three years. The Nursery day begins at 8.50am and ends at 3.20pm with a rest/activity hour from 12.20pm – 1.20pm, Monday to Friday. The Nursery programme is very structured and language focused and is based on the six learning areas. Each day is carefully planned with a different topic each half term. There is a specialist teacher who provides ongoing tuition in English for young learners (EAL provision). The children play outside at least 2 hours a day, weather permitting.

The atmosphere in Nursery is happy, lively and serene and as Nursery marks the children’s entry into SJHS a positive, encouraging teaching approach is essential, so that children can progress and enjoy learning.

We encourage the children to build up a confident, positive self esteem. They are taught how to work together constructively as a class and in small groups. There is a long established relationship between Nursery staff and families as we always work together in the best interests of the children.

The links below provide more information in pdf format on the curriculum and the timetables for each class.
A Guide to Foundation Stage
Nursery Curriculum
Timetable Nursery K
A Guide to Phonics


The children in Reception are 4 and 5 years old. The two classes work closely together and follow the same programme. In Reception the children start recognising letters and their sounds, leading to reading and writing words. They usually take a reading activity home every day as homework. They are also encouraged to use language related to shape, space and measuring. The classes also do half term topics which incorporate knowledge and understanding of the world and creative activities. If needed, the children have English as an Additional Language (EAL) with a specialist teacher in small groups usually working in the EAL department.

The links below provide more information in pdf format on the curriculum and the timetables for each class.
A Guide to Foundation Stage
Reception Curriculum
Reception Letter Formation
Timetable Reception M
Timetable Reception V
A Guide to Phonics

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