At Richard Alibon Nursery we create a safe, secure and exciting environment for the children to begin their journey into education.

We believe in a child led creative curriculum where the teachers work with parents to help each child reach their full potential. Specialist early years teachers plan enriching experiences that will allow children to think critically and unlock their imaginations. We place great importance on starting the children’s journey to read, write and do maths in our nursery; each child is encouraged to make progress at their own pace.

Nursery children have their own outside play area which is safe and for their use only.

The school follows the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) which sets standards for the learning, development and care of your child from birth to 5 years old.

The areas of learning which your child develops are:

  • communication and language
  • physical development
  • personal, social and emotional development
  • literacy
  • mathematics
  • understanding the world
  • expressive arts and design

Your child’s class teacher will assess your child’s progress in these areas at the end of nursery and reception and give you a written report about this. Throughout the year, teachers build a portfolio of your child’s achievements which you are welcome to contribute to or come and view. Parents are welcomed into nursery and encouraged to get involved through home learning, phonics workshops, assemblies and celebrations.

Children make excellent progress in nursery, which allows them to have a seamless transition into Reception.

Reception Year

In Richard Alibon Reception Year we build on the rich experiences children have already received in nursery.

Specialist early years teachers plan and deliver exciting lessons which give children the skills to become independent, self-motivated learners who are ready for Year 1 and embrace future challenges.

These first years are the most important in a child’s education. If they come to school regularly and enjoy learning, it sets them up for success in the rest of their school life.

Lessons are planned around specific topics which lend themselves to creative learning. The topics change each year depending on the interests of the children in the year group. We have worked extensively on delivering fun and engaging lessons which target our boys with some amazing work produced during our ‘Superheroes’ unit of work!

The children have early literacy and maths through whole class teaching and group work. When it is appropriate, children begin to take home reading books and home learning activities.

Teachers recognise the importance of parental involvement and often invite parents into school for opportunities to enhance the children’s learning and to allow the children to share their work. We want to build a very close working relationship with parents.

Children make outstanding progress with the majority of our pupils reaching a good level of development by the end of their reception year.