Situated in the heart of the Chiltern hills in the beautiful village of Great Missenden (home of Roald Dahl), Gateway School’s purpose built Nursery gives children aged two to four years, and their parents, the best possible introduction to education and school. Our experienced and caring staff use Montessori principles to create a nurturing, stimulating and playful environment, fostering independence and creativity in our young learners.
The daily routine for children in the Nursery includes a wide range of structured and free choice activities; Montessori sensorial, cultural, maths and language activities; outdoor play on the school’s tennis court, in the garden or on our adventure playground; and group time with stories and songs.
Following the seven prime areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, teaching topics are led by the children’s interests. Phonics is introduced using the Read Write Inc. programme, whilst activities such as pegging, threading and model building all help to develop fine motor skills for pre-school writing.
Specialist Teaching in the Nursery
Children in the Nursery benefit from specialist teaching in French and Music. They are also able to enjoy specialist Pilates and Gym sessions and use the school’s IT facilities and iPads to develop and support their learning.
Each afternoon in Nursery has its own flavour:
We use musical instruments to create percussion to accompany songs; we enjoy music and movement and make music outdoors.
Chit Chat Tuesdays
After reading our weekly book, we promote communication and language through talking about the book, expressing our preferences. We chat while carrying out practical activities related to the story.
Art projects are enjoyed and the children are encouraged to get really creative! We enjoy cooking sessions and cultural festivals might be explored, or a visitor might pop in, such as a Fireman, Policeman or Vet to help the children learn about themselves and their environment. Sometimes we organise a trip to Great Missenden Library or take a train ride.
The children explore their weekly book and engage in performing arts to develop understanding of the characters in the story and to engage with the language of the story.
The children love to get outside and learn, exploring their environment, making their own discoveries, collecting natural resources and even searching for treasure! We might take a walk on the farm next door or build a den, all the while learning about our environment and the animals and plants that grow locally.
Watch a video of the Nursery pupils exploring during a Forest Friday session:
Before- and after-school care allows your child to be safely looked after between the hours of 8am and 6pm, if required, and from the age of three, children in Nursery are welcome to attend the school’s Holiday Care Club, during school holidays.