Fishbourne Pre School

Fishbourne Pre School

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Our Aims

1.     To enhance the development and education of children under school age in a way that involves parents and is part of the local community.

2.    To provide a safe, secure and stimulating environment which offers a range of challenging and well structured experiences that meet the needs of young children.

3.    To enable children to learn and develop skills, attitudes, and understanding appropriate to their stage of development, and to build on what he or she can already do.

4.    To create an atmosphere in which children feel valued, confident, and where they are motivated, become independent and learn how to socialise with other children and adults.

5.    To ensure that all children have equal access to the curriculum.

6.    Enable children to make progress according to their developing abilities, irrespective of their gender, ethnic, religious, social background, or additional support needs.

7.    To value all parents and carers as partners in the education of their children.


Our Approach - Learning through Play

Learning through play is the way that all children learn. If the subject or topic is one that interests the child, then they will learn. Sometimes their play will be boisterous; sometimes they will describe and discuss what they are doing.  Sometimes they will be quiet and reflective as they play. 

At the Pre-School we create a challenging environment and support children’s learning through planned and child initiated play activities.  We value, support and extend children’s spontaneous play, extending and developing their language and communication during their play. 

Through different forms of play, inside and outside, the children can:

1.      Explore, develop and represent learning experiences that help them make sense of the world.

2.     Practise and build up ideas, concepts and skills.

3.     Learn how to control impulses and understand the need for rules.

4.     Be alone, be alongside others, or cooperate as they talk or rehearse their feelings.

5.     Take risks and make mistakes.

6.     Think creatively and imaginatively.

7.     Communicate with others as they investigate or solve problems.

8.     Express fears or re-live anxious experiences in controlled and safe situations

Early writing, reading and number work are all done in the context of play.  We do not use work sheets. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).


The Seven Areas of Learning

The EYFS curriculum is tailored to the needs of each individual child and prepares them for the national curriculum, which begins in year one at primary school. Follow this link for more information on the EYFS curriculum.

  1. Communication and Language

Children are encouraged to extend their vocabulary and fluency by talking, listening and responding to stories, songs and rhymes in small and large groups. Some children communicate using Makaton signing and/or Pecs (Picture Exchange Communication System) which is facilitated by the practitioners at Pre-School. Children learn the purpose of writing and how to draw and write symbols for themselves.  Children are encouraged to give their attention to what others say and respond appropriately.  Children are also encouraged to follow simple instructions and answer ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions at group discussions.


  1. Physical development

Children learn how to stay healthy by developing skills in moving, climbing and balancing. They also develop the fine motor skills they will need to use tools, including pens, pencils and scissors and to handle small objects safely and with increasing control.  They understand about the importance of, and how to look after, their bodies when we discuss health and safe-care with them.  At snack times, we discuss diet and why exercise is important.


  1. Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Children are individually supported in developing confidence, autonomy and self respect.  They are encouraged to work and concentrate independently and also to take part in the life of the Pre-School, sharing and cooperating with other children and adults. They learn to express their feelings for others, make choices and respect each other.  All children are given the opportunity to take responsibility for themselves, for other people and for the building and equipment.  The children are encouraged to play co-operatively and show sensitivity to others around them when playing with toys.


  1. Literacy

Children are encouraged to link sounds and letters, and to begin to read and write.  The children have access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems) to ignite their interest.

We use ‘Jolly Phonics‘, a fun way to learn the letter sounds.  Each sound has an action and a song.  When helping your child to write their name, please do not use capitals apart from the first letter. When your child leaves us to go onto primary school they will continue to use the Jolly Phonics system.

Our book corner gives every child the opportunity to become familiar with books.  Children are allowed to borrow books, which they can take home in their own book bags.  

We also have a Termly Book Fund where we encourage parent/carers to make a small donation keep our book corner current and up to date.


  1. Mathematics

Children become familiar with counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces and measure.   We use songs, games and picture books to help children to become aware of number sequences and simple mathematical operations.  We also use educational toys such as shape sorters to help with their understanding.


6.    Understanding the World

Children learn to observe the features of objects, substances and living things, recognising differences, patterns and similarities, then share and record what they find. Children explore past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of their families and other people they know. They begin to gain an awareness of the cultures and beliefs of others.  

Children learn about the world in which they live, their community and environment by assisting with seasonal planting and visiting local areas. This aids their understanding of caring for their local environment.

They learn how to use the right tool for the task.  They can also learn how to use computers through various games we have aided by a child-friendly mouse to navigate around the page.


  1. Expressive arts and design

Children are encouraged to use creativity to express their ideas and feelings.  Paint, glue, crayons and pencils as well as natural and recycled resources help them to explore colour, shape and texture.  Children act out stories, sing, dance, and play musical instruments and there are many opportunities for imaginative role-play.   We have dressing up clothes for the children, and at group sessions, use a Story Sack to create stories.