Children join us in Reception from a wide range of local nurseries, and they are placed in one of three classes with a balance of boys/girls, abilities and characters in each. In September when term starts, children stay for half days to begin with, whilst they get used to the routine of “big school”.
Children are made to feel special through “All About Me” displays and presentations, and they love the crowns and badges that are presented to the “Star of the Week” in each class.
Parents and grandparents are invited to visit and look at children’s work, and nativity and class plays are a highlight of children’s first year at school.
Classes are warm and welcoming, with free choice play at morning drop off and parents invited into classrooms.
No day is alike at Finton but to give you an idea your child’s day may look like this:
8.45 – Free Choice Play or Lower School Assembly
The school day is from 8.45am – 4.00pm, with activities arranged around morning and afternoon playtimes and a healthy and delicious lunch and playtime from 12:00 – 1:00pm.
Specialist taught subjects such as French, Art, Computing, Games, Swimming and Music are spread throughout the week and complement the core learning that takes place in the classroom.
There is plenty of opportunity for outdoor learning in the playground and front garden, but also further afield as the children visit Wandsworth Common, shops and local services to find out about “People Who Help Us”. There are also trips to the theatre, Bockett’s Farm and the RHS gardens at Wisley.
Early Intervention groups led by experienced assistants aim to boost children’s confidence in areas such as Fine Motor Skills, Speech & Language, Literacy, Numeracy and Social Skills.