Pre School Curriculum

The Foundations to Learn
Our curriculum is carefully structured to ensure that children lay down the foundations proven to be so vital for learning. There are 7 interconnected areas of learning and development. The 3 primary areas are:


  • Communication & Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

The 4 additional areas through which the three primary areas are supported are:


  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts & design

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The Space to Grow
Terra Nova School enjoys a uniquely stunning setting. Once Jodrell Hall, the school now occupies the main hall, farm buildings and stables with up to 35 acres of playing fields, woods, a walled garden, a meadow and an enormous sand pit! The Pre School is located in its own purpose built building adjacent to the sandpit, the walled garden and the meadow, all of which the children make use of throughout the day. The perfect space for learning, discovery and adventure.
Getting the best from your child
Getting the best from your child and making sure they love their time at Pre School informs how the childrens’ day is structured. Fundamental to their time at Pre School is that the children will “learn through play”. Days at Pre School are carefully structured to include a wide range of activities both inside and outside of the classroom. The extensive facilities at Terra Nova are also available to Pre School children such as the Music Room, Forest School and the school’s auditorium. We want to spark a lifetime love of learning by channelling your child’s natural independence, creativity and curiosity.
How the Pre School prepares your child for Terra Nova
Making the leap to full time school is a defining time for every child and their family. At Terra Nova Pre School, the children spend time with the Reception teachers, visit the Reception classrooms and wear the school uniform. As we like to say; “they walk the walk and talk the talk” and therefore are entirely confident in making the transition to full time school.

Specialist subject teaching is yet another a hallmark of a Terra Nova education and the children in the Pre School enjoy one hour a week of Music, French and in the Forest School delivered by these subject teachers. The children therefore benefit not only academically but also become used to being taught by a number of teachers in addition to having a growing familiarity in moving around the school a few times a week. All of which is an excellent preparation for becoming fully integrated in the main school.

The 7 areas of learning that are concentrated on in the Pre School create the perfect platform for the children to progress onto Terra Nova’s Baccalaurate. From Year 1 onwards, this is the framework used to underpin our school’s curriculum. Each pupil works with a personalised portfolio which tracks the progress of their school achievement in eight key areas of learning against core skills.

What we've been doing in Pre School

Pre School children puddle splashing