At St Paul’s Primary School, we love welcoming new children into our family. Whether you are looking for a place in our Reception class or have older children, we will do our best to make applying for a place at St Paul’s Primary School as simple as possible. We know that choosing a school for your children is an important decision. Our Christian ethos, focus on wellbeing and carefully planned transition programmes mean that everything is in place for your child to settle in and make new friends easily. It is our hope that your whole family will quickly feel a part the community at St Paul’s Primary.
Early Years Foundation Stage
Here at St Paul’s we believe that every child should be happy, valued and confident. We provide a supportive and safe environment in which every child can flourish and develop at their own pace and in their own individual way. This is achieved through a combination of carefully structured play opportunities and planned learning activities. Our role is to encourage every child’s development and enjoyment of learning through a variety of different activities in our stimulating indoor and outdoor environment. We encourage the growth of social skills and empathy amongst the children. The relationships which the children develop with each other and with our staff are central to their happiness and lay the best possible foundation for their future.
A Happy Start to St Paul's School
We believe that a smooth transition into school is vital to ensure that children are happy to attend and are able to build on their previous experiences of learning from their very first day in Reception. Our successful steps into school ensure each child starts school with a spring in their step and a smile on their face.
The first time we will meet each child will be in the familiar setting of their nursery. This helps to build a positive relationship with your child and observe how they play. It also provides an opportunity to speak to your child’s key worker to discuss your child’s interests whist building a deeper understanding of your child’s learning journey. We have worked collaboratively with our feeder nurseries to create a school readiness pyramid enabling the school and nurseries to have a clear understanding of the foundation skills. This collaborative approach between nursery and school empowers children with skills to enable a smooth transition into school.
Each year we like to visit our new children in their home setting. In our experience this is a valuable part of the transition into school, allowing us to meet the family and learn about each child in the place where they feel most happy and confident. During this session each child is provided with a small ‘bag of me’ bag. The children are encouraged to place objects inside the bag that are important to them that can be shared with their teachers on their first day at school.
Come and Play Sessions – ‘Little Owls’
All children will have the opportunity to attend three play sessions. Here they will meet their teachers, make new friends and begin to explore their future classroom. During the first session each child's parent or carer are invited to explore the classroom setting with their child. The second two sessions the parents are provided with tea and coffee whist their children play with their new teacher and friends.
Songs with Bumblebees and Caterpillars
The current Bumblebees and Caterpillars invite you and your child to join them for some songs in the school hall. Following this our school’s caterers, twelve15, Surrey County Council, and the school have organised an exciting ‘food hunt’ to explore some of the different meals offered on the regular school dinner menu.
The First Few Weeks in School
The children start school part-time and hours are soon extended until they are attending school full-time.
We follow the Government’s statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage, which:
- Sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well;
- Ensures children are kept healthy and safe;
- Ensures that children have the knowledge and skills they need to start school.
Our curriculum is split into 3 prime areas and then a further 4 specific areas. These prime areas are those most essential for every child’s healthy development and future learning:
1) Personal, Social and Emotional Development;
2) Physical Development;
3) Communication and Language.
As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:
1) Literacy (reading and writing);
2) Mathematics (numbers, shape, space and measures);
3) Understanding the World;
4) Expressive Arts and Design.
How we learn in Bumblebees and Caterpillars
The learning in the Early Years at St Paul's School is very much play centred and child-led. Whilst we plan learning opportunities with overarching themes, these are very much subject to change depending on the child’s interests and previous experiences. Therefore the learning can be child-led in a different direction and it is our job as teaching practitioners to step into their play with skilled questioning and modelling. This approach enables children to take ownership over their own learning and enables them to learn new skills whilst having fun!
Playful Hands on Experiences
We ensure that our children are provided with lots of real life hands on experiences to bring learning to life. This approach to learning immerses children in an experience and enables them to build new skills in a playful and purposeful manner. A few experiences that the EYFS have been provided with this year include:-
- Making bread for The Little Red Hen
- Planning a wedding for puppets Pam and Dave at the St Paul's Church
- Creating a toy exhibition for parents to come and visit
- Planning a birthday party for class puppets
- Creating a Chinese restaurant in one of the classrooms
- Watching a traditional tales show in the hall performed by the EYFS team.
- Looking after a chick and learning the life cycle
- Looking after a caterpillar and learning the life cycle
- Visit from Simon Airey and his exotic creatures
- School trips
Here at St Paul's School we appreciate that the children’s learning journey occurs in the classroom, at home and in everyday life. Therefore we aim to use our outdoor classroom to connect children to the natural world around them and help them to see the endless learning possibilities. For example, children can go on an autumn appreciation walk and use the leaves they find to make a pattern. The use of our outdoor zones offer learning opportunities that are engaging and provide hands on, enquiry based, activities. Whilst outdoor learning benefits children’s physical wellbeing, it also develops children’s emotional wellbeing, teamwork and communication skills which are the heart of teaching in the early years. The children at St Paul’s School have the opportunity to choose outdoor learning zones which include water zone, stage, construction area, messy maths, small world, climbing frames, bikes and sandpit. Come and enjoy the magic of outdoor learning at St Paul's School!
In Year Admissions
If you have recently moved to the area and you are interested in moving your child to St Paul’s School and would like to visit, then please contact our school office to arrange an appointment. We are happy to show prospective parents around the school during a normal working day, as this will give you a real flavour of life at St Paul’s.