Life in Early Years

Little Griffins Pre-Reception Class at St Edward’s Prep offers a caring and stimulating introduction to school, with a boy-centred curriculum that encourages independence and curiosity and starts boys off on the right road to lifelong learning.

Morning sessions take a more structured approach to early learning, including phonics, sharing books, and developing early writing and number skills. The boys practice everyday skills like giving out snacks and pouring milk as well as washing up for themselves and putting on their own coats. They learn to sit quietly and listen to others during register time, show and tell and story time and child led learning is encouraged throughout the day.

Afternoons are geared towards play-based learning with lot of social interaction with the boys in Pre-Prep. Some afternoons are free-flow with the Reception class, exploring and learning through play, both inside and out. The boys love to be outside where we have lots of fun activities for them to choose, like gardening, creating special meals in the Mud Kitchen or letting their imaginations run free with the large construction blocks. Of course, there is plenty of time to run around and let off steam.

Our lively, busy Early Years curriculum includes specialist lessons in Music and Movement, PE and Drama and the boys benefit from St Edward’s extensive school resources indoors and out.

Combined with our Holiday Club, the Little Griffins class provides year-long wrap around care and by the end of the year, our boys will be raring to take the big step up to Reception.