Our Pre-school pupils may attend either morning or afternoon sessions, with the option to stay for lunch. Full days are also normally available.
Pre-school session times are as follows:
Morning session: 8.45am - 11.45am
Lunch: 11.45am - 12.15pm
Afternoon session: 12.15pm - 3pm
Our Reception pupils attend five compulsory mornings per week from 8.30am - 12.30pm, including lunchtime. We also offer optional afternoon sessions each day from 12.30pm-3pm.
Please note, if attending a lunch time session, parents will need to provide a packed lunch, including a piece of fruit. Each child will also receive a carton of milk daily as per the government milk scheme. Drinking water is readily available throughout the day.
In the Early Years, we aim to prepare children for full-time learning in the main school by developing their foundational skills. We use the ACE curriculum as well as the Early Years Foundation Stage framework to help the children develop in the following areas:
Communication and language
Personal, social and emotional development
Understanding of technology and the world around them
Expressive arts and design
In Pre-school the children follow the ACE Pre-school curriculum, then in Reception they move onto the ACE ABCs 'Learning to Read' Programme. The children learn the letter sounds and blends necessary to be able to read and write words and sentences, as well as some common irregular words.
Each letter sound is represented by an animal character and incorporates a positive character trait, physical exercises and Bible stories. Alongside these, children learn basic maths skills and animal science. The children also develop their learning around different topics during the year.
By the end of Reception, we would normally expect children to meet the early learning goals of the Early Years Foundation Stage.
The children enjoy a weekly trip to a local park, which offers wonderful opportunities for their physical development. They also visit the Forest School once or twice a term, where they can explore, build dens, experience outdoor story-telling, and even savour snacks from the camp fire! Other local visits include trips to Windsor Library and other nearby places of interest.
At The King’s House School, Windsor we use an online journal called Tapestry in order to assess each child’s learning journey. This journal is also used by parents to share home experiences and developmental milestones with their child’s key worker, so that we truly partner in our responsibility for maximising the potential of each child.
For our Early Years Centre, we have a beautiful timber-frame building set in our garden area to accommodate our Pre-school and Reception classes. The Centre enjoys direct access to the outdoor play area where the children can continue their learning outside the classroom.
If you would like more information on how the school supports children with SEND, please see our SEND policy on the key info page. You will also find some of our other key policies here.
If you would like further information on any other area of our Early Years Department, please do not hesitate to contact us.