The School Day

      OLA School Community

      The children are part of the larger school community, attending a range of school activities, including morning assemblies and sports events. They also benefit from all the facilities and specialist teachers we have on site, including specialist teaching in PE, French (in Reception) and swimming. The school has its own Religious Education programme which supports the children’s personal, social and emotional development and the ethos and mission of the school.


      In the Nursery, the children learn through play, practical and creative activities and through more focused adult initiated opportunities. Play is encouraged that is emotionally, intellectually, physically and socially challenging. Children are provided with a broad and balanced curriculum which follows the 3 Prime Areas and 4 specific areas of in the Early Years Foundation Stage. The Nursery curriculum takes place both indoors and outdoors in an appropriately safe and stimulating environment. The children are encouraged to achieve excellence through ways which are enjoyable and highly motivating.


      In Reception, the children are supported in learning to work at focused tasks for greater periods of time. The Reception year prepares children for learning in Key Stage One and the programme of study is consistent with the Early Years Framework. The children are provided with periods of unbroken time to explore and make choices of the resources and techniques they wish to use in order for learning to be deeply rooted and independent. These children benefit from learning experiences both indoors and outdoors and work within appropriately safe and motivating environments.