At Badminton Junior School we accept girls
into Little Acorns as soon as they turn three. They then move into our
Reception class in the September after their fourth birthday.
When in Little Acorns and Acorns Reception the
children are referred to as being in the Foundation Stage. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is
the stage of education for children from birth to the end of the Reception
year. It is based on the recognition that children
learn best through play and active learning.
pupil within the Junior School is valued, encouraged and appropriately challenged. Staff have high expectations but the children
are not put under any pressure so they embark on their learning journey with
excitement and genuine enthusiasm. Our supportive team of highly qualified and
experienced staff ensure that every child receives individual attention and
experiences a happy introduction to school life.
the benefits of small classes, high academic standards, excellent facilities
and spacious outdoor play areas, the children are encouraged from their
earliest years to explore all the learning opportunities open to them here.
Early Years classrooms are on the ground floor of the Junior School building
and every classroom has direct access to a secure outdoor learning and play
space through which they can move freely.
are many benefits from sharing a site with our Senior School as we are able to
make full use of excellent facilities which include an indoor swimming pool,
all weather pitches and gymnasium. All of our children sit down with their
teachers to enjoy a healthy lunch which is prepared on site, as well as
mid-morning and afternoon snacks.
aim to foster a love of language by introducing French to the girls in Little
Acorns which is then followed by formal language lessons as they move up into
the Juniors. We also help them to develop the computer skills necessary to
successfully engage with the ever-developing world of technology. Music, dance and drama are popular activities
in which the girls are given the chance to explore and develop their creative
skills. Our Little Acorns and Reception classes benefit from lessons taught by
specialist drama and music teachers and they are provided with numerous
opportunities to perform their new found skills. All of this is achieved within
a calm and supportive learning environment.
Our curriculum includes
specific activities, which prepare the children for reading. Within Little
Acorns we will follow the child’s interests.
The activities provide a strong foundation of concepts and skills which
are essential before any reading can take place. The activities that take place include
putting jigsaws together, threading beads, matching games such as lotto,
recognising some familiar letters including
those in their own name, listening to and enjoying books and stories and
learning rhymes and songs. The ‘Letters and Sounds’ Phase 1 phonics programme
is used in Little Acorns.
Jolly Phonics scheme, a programme of phonic acquisition skills which is fun and
successful, is used from Reception and throughout the whole of the Acorns to
aid reading. This ensures continuity and progression throughout Key Stage One.
One of our over overarching aims for all
children in the school, including the EYFS, is that they achieve the five Every
Child Matters outcomes:
- Staying safe
- Being healthy
- Enjoying and
- Making a
As an integral part of Badminton School, our
EYFS programme also considers the aims of the whole school. The Early Years
Foundation Stage education offered in Little Acorns and Acorns Reception builds
on what the children already know and the skills that they have acquired so
far, thus providing experiential learning.
- It offers a structure for learning that has a range of starting
- It provides opportunities for learning both indoors and outdoors.
- It ensures that the learning content matches the needs of young
- It provides a safe, secure and stimulating environment for
plenty of opportunity for imaginative play, creative and physical activities as
well as investigation and experimentation, children thrive. We know that happy
children learn well and as you walk around the Junior School you will notice
that our girls are focused, stimulated and above all, happy.