Walking through the door of Pre-Prep each morning, our Durlston families are welcomed by a team of passionate staff who know and love each and every child. Small class sizes with high adult ratios ensure that we can nurture every child both socially and academically. We recognise that each child will learn from their own unique starting point and great care is taken to plan an educational journey that is exactly right for each individual.
Reception at Durlston Court is a magical place to be. Traditions such as baking cakes and having the bumps on your birthday are enjoyed alongside a whole host of other exciting introductions to school life. Learning takes place through a combination of child-led and teacher-initiated activities, both inside and outside of the classroom. Our Reception children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, helping to create a seamless transition from their Pre-School or from the Durlston Kindergarten.
Throughout Years 1 and 2, the teachers deliver an inspiring Creative Curriculum which enables the children to become experts in our carefully chosen topics, including Festivals and Celebrations, Wonderful Woods, Frozen Planet and Fairytale Castles. The National Curriculum objectives are fully delivered through these topics, which also feature highlights such as beach trips, pirate adventures and even medieval banquets!
Every child in Pre-Prep enjoys an individual daily reading session with a trained adult. This one to one attention, alongside a daily phonics lesson, ensures that your child can make the very best progress in this key area. The children certainly love the opportunity to have a cosy chat each morning!
Outdoor adventures are plentiful as we have so many beautiful places to enjoy in the school grounds. Awe and wonder can be seen as the children observe the seasons, plants, birds and other wildlife on nature walks, whilst pond dipping and when walking the Magnificent Mile. They also take great pleasure gaining their green fingers in the Secret Garden.
Regular visits to Forest School and Physical Education lessons, including dance, ensure even the very youngest Durlston children have opportunities to develop perseverance, resilience and confidence, with careful guidance from our specialist staff.
Learning is vibrant, interactive and fun. Whether playing French vocabulary games, learning a new song with our Director of Music, or competing in a Lego construction challenge, laughter is never far away! Children are actively encouraged to explore every opportunity in order to take them on a journey of discovery and to find out what they love.