The Early Years: Prep to Year 2

Early Years at Girton e-Version

The early years at Ҵý are focused on stimulating creativity and curiosity and building a solid foundation in social as well as academic skills.

In an environment of play, laughter and learning, every child is supported in reaching their potential.

A child’s early experience at school can shape the remainder of their school experience so at Girton, making school a safe and happy place for every child is a priority.

Parents and primary carers will always be a young person’s greatest role model but teachers have a very important role to play in the early years, especially when it comes to instilling belief in a young person’s abilities.

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The Early Years Curriculum Focus


PREP: Students develop their love of literacy through picture story books, rhyming verse, poetry, film, and dramatic performances. They participate in shared reading and storytelling and create a range of imaginative and informative written pieces and performances. Students start to make sense of the world around them and begin to link numbers and patterns to their everyday lives.


YEAR 1: Students focus on developing their knowledge, understanding and skills in oral language, reading, viewing, writing and creating. They consolidate their understanding, fluency and problem-solving in Mathematics.  These concepts reinforce the significance of working mathematically.


YEAR 2: The English program encompasses the three interrelated strands of language, literature and literacy. This builds on concepts, skills and processes developed in earlier years, and teachers will revisit and strengthen these as needed. The students are developing proficiency in Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry and Statistics and Probability. They describe how the content is explored using mathematical language.


YEAR 3: Students listen to, read, view and interpret spoken, written and multimodal texts. They create a range of imaginative, informative and persuasive written pieces. In Mathematics, students are starting to make connections between mathematical processes and developing efficient strategies to problems solve. They begin to use more formal mathematical language.


Childhood is a brief and unique period. To find out more about how the early years are cherished and learning and growth are nurtured, click here, and read about the Girton Grammar Junior School.