Early Years


Our Early Years consists of Nursery (3-4yrs) and Reception (4-5yrs) classrooms. Bright and open spaces provide our children with a rich, safe and stimulating learning environment.

Much of learning in our Early Years is play-based, and takes place both indoors and outside. In their play, children are encouraged to follow their interests. Children and staff talk together during play, which supports children in their language development.

Our teachers and teaching assistants are skilled in supporting all children in building upon their strengths and taking on new challenges. Because of this, Early Years children at Old Moat are independent and self-assured learners. This provides our children with the best possible start to school life.

We plan an exciting and challenging thematic curriculum based on high quality books. Each half term, children dive into new texts as they investigate a ‘Big Question.’ For example, at the beginning of Reception, children are asked ‘What makes a good friend?’ By reading Together We Can! by Caryl Hart and Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell, our children learn about kindness, compassion and resilience.

"This is a happy and welcoming school, that does as its motto says, and ‘changes lives’."