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The working, teaching and learning language of the school is English. We create special personalised programmes to help newcomers to English adapt as quickly as possible.

Head of EY

Dominika Braithwaite  – Early Years Teacher


Agnieszka Kulak – Early Years Assistant Teacher



two little kids painting with paintbrush and colorful paints


The teachers all attend a staff briefing at 8.15 together in order to stay aware of all news for the day and immediate organisational matters.


The children can be dropped off from 8.25 in the classroom.


For Nursery, the school day starts at 8.35 with informal play. At this age in particular children can be very changeable in terms of their morning routines and so we recognise this in the way we structure the day.


Registration is taken at 9am.


At 9am we have a ‘Circle Time’. This is where we gather in a circle together, sing a good morning and welcome song and talk about what is going to happen during the day, introducing our topics for learning and the key vocabulary we are going to practise. This lasts about 25 minutes.


At 9.25, depending on the topic, we have either Story Time or Activities based upon the International Primary Curriculum. We explore a variety of learning areas in these activities in a structured way and through topics such as ‘family’, ‘people who help us’, ‘the garden’, ‘wintertime’, ‘food’. This lasts until snack time at 10.15. We go to our eating room and have our snacks that were brought from home. After this we go out into the school garden for outside playtime.


At 11.30 we have specialist lessons; twice per week for music, once for art (with a focus on fine motor control/pre-writing skills), twice for computers,


Between 12 and 12.40 we have another IPC lesson, followed by lunch (12.40-1.30). This is followed by Rest Time, which also includes a story for those who need less of a rest. In an international setting there are always some children at this age who need to rest and always some who simply can’t. A lovely story and a quiet room for resting addresses both needs.


2pm to 2.40, again depending on topic, we have either another IPC session and then structured play from 2.40. This means activities like ‘I spy’, ‘What do I have in my magic pocket’, and age appropriate developmental games, group dance. When the weather is good we can do this outside.


At 3.10 we wrap up with an end of day Circle Time and bye bye song.


The day is structured to recognise the way small children function and learn, includes many opportunities for repetition of learning themes and activities, chances to build vocabulary, self-confidence, team work, time for gross motor development as well as fine motor development, outside learning and also rest.


Our stories are taken from a number of sources, including material that will be used when the children go to the next class, ‘Reception’. In particular we draw upon stories related to the Jolly Phonics programme which we use to learn to read and write in Reception. Not only does this provide vital continuity but on a very simple level ensures the children have learned the vocabulary they need for next year. Story Time is an opportunity to develop vocabulary and listening skills and also a time to fall in love with books.



Nursery tabela

Activities are designed to address the following prime areas of learning:

  • communication and language • physical development • personal, social and emotional development

and these specific areas of learning:

  • literacy • numeracy • understanding the world • expressive arts and design



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