Children have the opportunity to take part in a creative dance lesson each week.
These classes are fun and engaging with a curriculum that supports the children’s confidence in movement and develop an awareness of matching movement to the music. The skills that the children learn include: improving strength, balance and coordination through imaginative story sequences and incorporating fundamental ballet movements.
As part of our provision, the nursery children have a weekly language lesson with a specialist teacher where they are introduced to German (September – February) and then French (February – July). The languages are taught in a fun and interactive way with the help of puppets and plenty of singing! The children discover nursery rhymes in the languages and learn the vocabulary for simple topics such as Numbers, Colours and Animals as well as gaining an insight into the different cultures.
The children are encouraged to take part in adult led music sessions. These sessions include singing, dancing and playing with a variety of musical instruments using a range of musical genres. Each session is designed to help the children develop a sense of rhythm and musicality, as well as a love of music, which is beneficial for their all-round development.
These sessions help the children develop multi-skills in a wide range of physical activities using a variety of resources.
Wonderful for expending energy, encouraging listening skills, improving core strength, hand-eye co-ordination and developing teamwork skills and good sportsmanship from an early age. These sessions are very helpful in providing the basis for team based sports later on, the children learn basic passing and tackling skills,
We all really enjoy making the curriculum come alive. Taking our children out on trips to visit interesting places and explore their local environment as well as arranging for specialists to come into school, helps make Queen’s an interesting and vibrant place to learn. Trips out and about to places such as the garden centre, Forest School are a popular feature.
The nursery children are also fortunate to be able to benefit from other events within the school. These include joining in with sports days, school fayres, religious services and watching plays and music concerts. We encourage parents and grandparents to visit during the course of the year with a week in the Autumn term for grandparents, a week in the Spring term for mothers and a week in the Summer term for fathers when they can spend some time with their children, reading books or sharing a particular hobby or interest.
Here at Queen’s College we run weekly Forest School sessions into the curriculum so that little children, who enjoy exploring and discovering the outdoors can develop confidence and independence from a young age.
Two of our staff have trained as Forest School leaders and we are fortunate to have extensive Queen’s College grounds, and make trips to the woods at Fyne Court where we can offer a variety of enriching outdoor learning experiences.
This is an immensely valuable and rewarding experience for the children which encourages an appreciation of the wide, natural world with the aim of engendering responsibility for nature conservation in later life. The Forest School way of learning raises self-esteem and confidence, while encouraging independence. It improves communication and relationships and provides wonderful opportunities for active outdoor play and discovery.
Initially, our Forest School sessions run from our own school grounds, gardens and playing fields so that the children become comfortable with an outdoor approach to education and play in familiar surroundings. However, very quickly Forest School becomes one of the most popular sessions at Queen’s and the children look forward to exploring further afield where they can collect leaves, build dens, see wildlife in its natural habitat, work with woodland tools and have the freedom to explore and play in a safe, outdoor environment, bringing their projects back into the classroom.