Preschool Key Information
|Ages Taught||3 - 4 years old|
|Year Groups Taught||Preschool|
The quality and standards of the early years’ provision are outstanding. The children make rapid progress in their learning and development relative to their starting points and are extremely well prepared for the next stage of their education in Key Stage 1.
The educational journey at Salcombe starts at Preschool, which is very much part of the Salcombe family.
Please click below to download an example timetable and termly curriculum plan.
At Preschool, the students are not set homework, apart from the daily reading each child must do at home with their parents. We encourage children to explore the world around them and share their experiences with their peers during school.
Children are assessed throughout the year through tests, exams, classwork, behaviour and other criteria. From Preschool onwards feedback is given from their form tutor as well as the subject specialist teachers in French, Music and PE.
Reports are produced each term, and Parent Teacher Conferences take place twice a year in the Autumn and Spring Term.
Transition to Reception
During the Summer Term, Preschool children who will transition to Salcombe Reception will spend the morning in their new classrooms with their new teachers. Children who will join Salcombe for Reception from other nurseries and preschools are also welcome.
An assembly is held for new and existing parents where Mrs Davies explains the transition, and they will have a chance to speak with her, Mrs Catlin, the Pre-Prep Deputy Head and the Reception teachers.
Once the children start in September, they work in the whole year group for two weeks which allows the Reception teachers to observe the students, and then split them into form groups for the rest of the year.
A Day in the Life of a Preschool student
“Every morning I skip into Preschool excited to see my friends. We start the day with playing together and Ms Andreou asks us how we are. She helps us to learn while we are playing by showing us the different shapes and colours on our toys. My favourite is counting all the wheels on our big red fire engine! There are 8 wheels, and I can also find other circle shapes as well.
Each week we join the rest of the Pre-Prep for assemblies and I always like to see my older friends in Reception and the other years. When we come back, Ms Andreou and the Teaching Assistants help us with our reading, writing and counting. Sometimes we work together in groups and sometimes we sit with one of the teachers and show them much we’ve learnt to read. We have lots of books to read!
During the day we have fruit and snacks, as well as a delicious cooked lunch and we get to spend lots of time outside in the fresh air – so long as it’s not raining of course!”