Co-Curricular

Co-Curricular

Dance

Dance

Nursery School and Pre-Prep children have the opportunity to take combined Ballet and Modern Dance lessons as a co-curricular activity,

This currently covers RAD Ballet and ISTD Modern and Tap techniques, set to classical and current music.

Music

Music

The children are encouraged to take part in music sessions. These sessions include singing, dancing and playing with musical instruments.

Sport

Sport

Fun Football

These 40 minute sessions help the children develop multi-skills in a wide range of ball and team activities.

Wonderful for expending energy and very helpful in providing the basis for team based sports later on, the children learn basic passing and tackling skills, improve their hand-eye co-ordination and develop teamwork skills and good sportsmanship from an early age.

Parent and Toddler Groups

Parent and Toddler Groups

In addition to our Nursery provision, we also warmly welcome parents to our regular and well-established parent and toddler groups. These run termly in the Pre-Prep and Nursery School departments. Groups include Music with Mummy and Daddy, Jolly Babies, Gymboree Art and Gymboree Sensory Baby Play sessions.

All are welcome to join our Early Years parent and toddler sessions.

Trips and Visits

Trips and Visits

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.

Recent visitors and events have included Ranger Russ who discussed the wonderful topic of Mini Beasts, the Pied Piper Theatre Company’s theatrical production of My Big Little Sister, World Book Day where everyone dressed up as their favourite characters, Cultural Day where we learned about French and Japanese cultures and a road safety talk.

We have also explored the Seaquarium at Weston, visited Wookey Hole and participated in activities at Exmoor Owl and Hawk Centre as part of our topic work. To see some pictures and write-ups about some of our trips and visits, please see our Live News.

Children in the Pre-Prep and Nursery are also fortunate to be able to benefit from other events within the school. These include joining in with sports days, school fayres, Grandparents’ Day, religious services and watching plays and music concerts. Trips out and about to places such as the garden centre, Forest School, and lighthouses all enhance the learning experience.

Forest School

Forest School

Here at Queen’s College we have introduced weekly Forest School sessions into the curriculum so that little children, who enjoy exploring and discovering the outdoors, develop confidence and independence from a young age.

Four of our staff have trained as Forest School leaders and we are fortunate to have our own designated woods at Combe Florey, in addition to the extensive Queen’s College grounds. We also use woods at Fyne Court, Neroche Castle and Otterhead – all within easy distance of the school. These woodland sites have circle seating areas (logs) around a fire pit and wind breaks to provide protection from all weathers to create a safe and cosy enclosed area.

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.

Safety is, of course, of paramount importance and we work with our parents to ensure that every child is appropriately dressed in lightweight waterproof trousers, a coat and wellington boots so that they are well-equipped and warm. Even on dry days the children wear long sleeved tops or their school tracksuits.

To download a typical day at Forest School please click here.

As the children become more familiar with safety issues, we introduce woodland tools to promote trust and self-confidence and to develop each child’s gross and fine motor skills. Children are also taught the dangers of fire, how to put them out and how to remain safe at all times. Often when leaving the woods the children will take something with them to share their experiences with parents and to communicate with their peers. Every child is observed and a thorough evaluation takes place to ensure that the aims and objectives of Forest School are met.

An immensely valuable and rewarding experience for the children, Forest School originally began in Denmark where it has been an integral part of Early Years education since the 1980s. The philosophy was to provide young children with an education which encouraged appreciation of the wide, natural world with the aim of engendering responsibility for nature conservation in later life.

Not only is Forest School an immensely valuable and rewarding experience for all children, 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. As one of the Reception children commented recently “Forest School is the best time ever at school.”