At Play

Learning through play is an integral part of life at St Mary’s Kindergarten. In addition, every afternoon children take part in an activity such as ballet or Forest School, often led by a specialist teacher. These activities are designed to stimulate their bodies as well as their minds, and to help develop their personalities and build their characters.

As well as the well-equipped Kindergarten building, the children have access to a multi-sensory play area, the school hall, Dance Studio and Library. They are also able to enjoy the nine acres of grounds at the school, which includes sports courts, playing fields, Forest School area, secret garden and outdoor classroom.

“The environment, both indoors and outside, is extremely well organised and resourced to facilitate many opportunities for independent learning and investigation.”

Independent Schools Inspectorate (independent school equivalent to Ofsted)

Ballet

Miss Stephanie’s ballet classes are a highlight of the week. Taking place in the Dance Studio, children are introduced to the techniques of ballet and also enjoy learning to interpret the music. They love watching their performances in the mirrored walls!

Cooking

Every week the children create a tasty treat in their cooking lessons, thinking about the ingredients, helping to weigh and measure. The highlight for the children is, of course, tasting their creations!

Forest School

At Forest School, children explore the natural environment in a safe setting, learning about the flora and fauna, taking part in physical challenges and working together. They enjoy a whole range of activities such as toasting marshmallows on the campfire, climbing trees, building dens and making mud pies in the mud kitchen!

Music

Music sessions are run by a specialist music teacher and give the children a taste of music-making, using a variety of percussion instruments as well as singing songs. The annual Nativity is a wonderful opportunity for the children to show off their performance skills to family!

Physical Education (PE)

PE sessions encourage the children to be active and to take part in stimulating games and activities that introduce practical skills and techniques. The lessons take part in the school hall, on the sports courts and the playing fields where a range of sports equipment is available. The children take part in the Kindergarten and Infant Sports Day in front of family who come to cheer them on!

Outdoor learning

There are regular opportunities for Kindergarten children to run, climb and play in their own secure outdoor area, throughout the Kindergarten day. The multi-sensory play area has been designed to enhance and extend the learning opportunities already provided in the classroom and existing outdoor learning facilities. It includes a water pump, sand pit, mud kitchen, playhouse, climbing apparatus and slide. Bikes and scooters are also available for the children to ride around the paths.

Events and visits

Kindergarten children have the opportunity to go on trips, such as to the local church and Jimmy’s Farm, and take part in events including Prize Giving, Remembrance Day service and Mothering Sunday service.

We also hold a number of events for the whole family of those at St Mary’s to enjoy, such as Fireworks night, our Summer Fete and outdoor theatre productions.

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