An independent school and nursery in Danbury, Chelmsford, Essex for boys and girls aged 2-11

Heathcote Preparatory School & Nursery

Eves Corner, Danbury

Essex CM3 4QB

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Heathcote Preparatory School & Nursery

Eves Corner, Danbury

Essex CM3 4QB

07:20 - 19:00

Monday to Friday

01245 223131

enquiries@heathcoteschool.co.uk

Key Stage 1

In Key Stage One, we provide our children with a smooth transition from Reception into a more formal but nurturing approach to teaching and learning. Following on from the Early Years Foundation Stage, our child-centred approach gives each child a part in shaping their own learning environment. Children are listened to, and as a result, they in turn, learn to value other people’s opinions and work together as a stronger and more harmonious team.

Our creative approach to the curriculum allows children to make links between all aspects of their learning around a given topic each term. This enables them to grow in confidence and strengthens their knowledge of the areas covered in each unit of work. As a creative and forward thinking school, we strive to give a broad range of opportunities both in and out of the classroom. Children are heard to read every day and daily homework is also given.

Pupils study a wide range of subjects at Heathcote. English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities, PSHE are taught by class teachers. Furthermore, Music, Computing, French, RE, PE and Art are taught by subject specialist teachers. Children are encouraged to take part in local and national competitions for handwriting, art and writing. Sporting activities are broad and children are encouraged to try new fields both within and beyond the curriculum. All children are taught swimming from Reception. Basketball, dance, Tae Kwondo, fencing are just a few of the activities on offer. Trips are organised to broaden our children’s learning and experiences and to make their time with us both exciting and unforgettable.

We are proud of our school, where we foster a family and friendly atmosphere, where learning is fun and exciting.

Danbury is surrounded by beautiful woodland and countryside and part of our curriculum is delivered outdoors to take advantage of this exciting natural environment. Every week, Outdoor Learning takes place where the whole of KS1 enjoy the great outdoors whilst developing essential life skills such as dealing with risk, observation, communication, reasoning and problem solving. Through this part of the curriculum we aim to help our pupils become more responsible, independent learners because we truly believe that a confident, well-rounded child is a more inquisitive and better learner.

At Heathcote, we are fortunate to have small classes with a maximum class size of 16 pupils. Children therefore benefit from excellent teacher/pupil ratios which allows us to cater for each child’s individual needs in order that they can reach their true potential.