Morley Hall was founded in September 1992.
Class sizes at Morley Hall are a maximum of 18 pupils. We are registered for 90 pupils (5 classes of 18).
The pupils in this department follow a curriculum laid down in the Foundation Stage Profile. Pre-Preparatory One consists of children aged 3-4 whilst Pre-Preparatory Two are aged 4-5 years. A qualified nursery nurse provides support to the children and teaching staff of both classes.
What are the early learning goals?
They set out what most children are expected to achieve by the end of Pre-Preparatory Two. They help people who work with children aged 3-5 to focus on what children need to learn. They are not a curriculum with lots of different subjects. They are six areas of learning.
* Personal, social and emotional development. Your child will learn to be self-confident, take an interest in things, know what their needs are, tell the difference between right and wrong, and be able to dress and undress.
* Communication, language and literacy. Your child will learn to talk confidently and clearly, enjoying stories, songs and poems, hearing and saying sounds, and linking them to the alphabet. They will read and write some familiar words and learn to use a pencil.
* Mathematical development. Your child will develop an understanding of maths through stories, songs, games and imaginative play. They will become comfortable with numbers and with ideas such as ‘heavier than’ or ‘bigger’. They will be aware of shapes and space.
* Knowledge and understanding of the world. Your child will explore and find out about the world around them, asking questions about it. They will build with different materials, know about everyday technology and learn what it is used for. They will find out about past events in their lives and their families lives. They will find out about different cultures and beliefs.
* Physical development. Your child will learn to move more confidently, controlling their body and handling equipment.
* Creative development. Your child will explore colours and shapes, trying out dance, making things, telling stories and making music.
Will the goals put pressure on my child?
No. Most of the time, children feel they’re just playing and having fun. Sometimes they will choose what they want to do. Sometimes they will take part in an activity that helps them learn how to concentrate or develop a particular skill, like using scissors or gluing card.
Will my child be tested at the end of Pre-Preparatory Two?
No. And there is no cause for concern if your child moves forward faster in some areas than others.
Funding is available to all 3 and 4 year olds as we are part of the Early Years Scheme. Refunds are made against school fees accordingly for six terms following a child’s 3rd birthday.
The Preparatory classes follow a curriculum closely relating to and reflecting the spirit of the National Curriculum. Each of the three vertically grouped classes contains two year groups. The children are taught French and have the opportunity to attend swimming classes. Homework is given in Preparatory Three. Weekly spelling tests and table tests are given in Preparatory Two. Reading progress is assessed twice yearly and annual reports are issued to parents covering every subject. Our timetable incorporates Maths, English Literature, English Language, Art and Craft, History, Geography, Science, P.S.H.E., Topic Work, Computer Studies and Sport.