Our Lower School provides a nurturing community for children to explore their world, build relationships and develop their faith. Our teachers play the role of leaders and guides, ensuring that every child knows and recognises God’s love in everything they do. We use the metaphor of a shepherd to define this teaching style.
The Reception year lays the foundations for children’s progress through the rest of Lower School. All elements of the Lower School curriculum begin in Reception through a tailored mix of child-led and adult-led approaches. Although this important transition year has a unique character, benefitting from a bright and engaging environment and a dedicated outdoor space, children in reception have access to the full school facilities and, importantly, older year groups. This structured engagement builds their confidence and ensures a sense of belonging as they progress from early years.
The Lower School curriculum reflects the God-given curiosity, spontaneity and joy of childhood — we see these years as the most formative. Children are taught to know God’s character, and to develop and explore their own abilities so that they grow in wisdom as Jesus did. The values of a Christian family are reinforced and close involvement of parents in classroom life is expected.