Lower School

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Falcons Prep proudly launched our first Reception Class in September 2021. We look forward to continuing to build upon our Lower School by opening a new year group each year through to Year 2.

As a school, we believe that children are born ready, able and eager to learn and that it is their Early Years which are the most formative and important in setting out their future potential. Four key themes will underpin all that we do in the Lower School at Falcons Prep; a) A Unique Child; b) Positive Relationships c) Enabling Environments d) Learning and Development.

An on-going system of both formative and summative assessment will take place daily to ensure that boys are making progress . At the end of the Reception year, each child’s development is assessment against the descriptors in each of the 17 Early Learning Goals in an Early Years Foundation Stage Profile. The EYFS Profile will be used to provide a reliable, valid and accurate assessment of each child’s attainment and will be shared with parents along their journey and most importantly, during their transition to Year 1.

Learning in Reception occurs through a combination of adult-directed teaching such as daily, phonics, maths and literacy sessions and child-led play. We value play highly as a means for learning and consolidating skills, developing our Falcons Learning Habits and becoming life-long learners. Boys are given regular and uninterrupted periods where they can play in an environment organised with a range of open-ended resources alongside highly qualified and experienced Early Years staff, to give opportunities for boys to take risks, to collaborate and to develop their independence both inside and in our outdoor area.

Boys take part in weekly games, music, French and art lessons with our specialist staff.

The Early Years Foundation Stage outlines seven Areas of Learning. This includes the three Prime Areas which form a key foundation to all learning and four Specific Areas which include vital skills and knowledge to be developed. These areas of learning are equally weighed and strongly linked. And are broken down into 17 Early Learning Goals (ELG).

Prime Areas  

– Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED).ELG: Self-Regulation, Managing Self and Building Relationships.  

Physical Development (PD).ELG: Gross Motor Skills and Fine Motor Skills.   – Physical Development

Communication and Language (C&L).ELG:Listening, Attention and Understanding, Speaking.   

 

Specific Areas 

Literacy (L).ELG:Comprehension, Word Reading, Writing.

Mathematics (M).ELG: Number, Number Patterns.   

 

Understanding the World (UW).ELG:Past and Present, People, Culture and Communities, The Natural World.   

Expressive Arts and Design (EAD).ELG:Creating with Materials and Being Imaginative and Expressive.

 

At Falcons Prep Richmond, we have been lucky to have had the opportunity to create our own Early Years curriculum and classroom from scratch and have developed this from an understanding of how children learn. This has enabled us to create a spacious, bright and open-ended indoor and outdoor environment where the boys can lead their own learning with access to a range of carefully selected resources. These include resources aimed at developing literacy and mathematical skills, at supporting creativity with free access to paint and collage materials, a role play area with the focus on communication and language development and construction area which includes logs sawn by the children in Forest School. We are academically ambitious for our boys and as the boys engage with these resources and take part in individual and group activities, they are supported, guided and challenged by staff with an understanding of child development.

In the Early Years at Falcons Prep Richmond, we aim to harness each boy’s natural curiosity as they develop through a range of playful learning experiences and opportunities. Our small class sizes enable us to get to know each boy and how they learn as we support them to make progress and to discover their individual talents, interests and personalities. We endeavour to foster happiness, confidence and kindness as our boys develop a positive attitude towards learning as well as building the strong foundations so vital for their education. We place a strong emphasis on the development of the whole child, where their reading, writing and maths skills are developed and challenged alongside their capacity to imagine, create, question and understand and accept others. In addition to this, we are fortunate to take advantage of the modern facilities and specialist teachers on offer at Falcons Pre Richmond, which give the boys the opportunity to experience science firsthand in our lab, computing in the Innovation Hub and sports at Richmond Rugby Club as well as specialist teaching of music, art and French. Our five Falcons Learning Habits place a high priority on the development of the dispositions which make a successful life-long learner who is prepared for an ever-changing world. These are curiosity, courage, independence, resilience and the ability to reflect on their own learning. These are encouraged through whole school initiatives, interactions in our classroom, outdoor area and Forest School which we visit on a regular basis.