The Early Years Team at Keble Prep aims to provide a stimulating, active and enthusiastic approach to the boys’ learning, through the use of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. Strong Personal, Social and Emotional Development is embedded in everything we do in Reception as we believe that each boy can only thrive when he feels secure and happy; each boy’s well-being is at the heart of our teaching methods.
We support and guide the boys in making the right choices; we promote and encourage independent thinking and in building up their resilience skills; taking risks and learning from mistakes. We make detailed observations and assessments of all the boys and share this knowledge with the parents using an electronic communication forum. This maintains high levels of interactive feedback and communication between parents and staff.
We foster the theory that boys learn best through hands-on, practical experiences. We deliver this using topics based on the boys’ interests. The classrooms are always full of life, energy, enthusiasm and buzzing with new ideas!
Recently we embarked on an exciting redevelopment of the Reception playground, splitting the space into two areas. The first area is a dedicated outdoor classroom. Within this section, different zones have been geared to each ‘area of learning’ within our curriculum.
Beyond this zone is the active area where the boys can really get adventurous! This will help to promote and encourage creativity and develop imaginative skills as well as strengthen gross- and fine-motor skills. We think these areas will give the boys almost limitless opportunities to enhance their learning and make sure Keble really is a place for our youngest boys to grow.