School Organisation

Early Years Foundation Stage (Phase1)

Nursery and Reception classes are part of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Both Nursery and Reception have the own stimulating and secure indoor and outdoor learning environments that are separate from the main school.

In the Nursery we offer both a 15 and 30 hour provision per week for 3 to 4 year olds. The ratio is 1:13, staff to children ratio. Please see our admissions page for further details.

Reception is made up of 3 classes of 30 pupils for 4 to 5 year olds with a ratio of 1:15.

Teaching and Learning

The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is organised into 7 areas of learning:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development - developing confidence and independence as part of a group
  • Communication and Language - communicating with one another through speaking and listening skills
  • Physical Development - improving control and coordination of the body and learning to move and handle equipment efficiently
  • Literacy - developing early skills in reading and writing
  • Maths - learning about number, quantity, measurement, shape and space
  • Understanding the World - investigating and beginning to understand the things, places and people around the local community
  • Expressive Arts and Design - finding ways to communicate by using colour, shape, sound, texture, dance, movement, role play and stories.

Each area of the EYFS curriculum is of equal importance and depends on each other. All areas are delivered through a balance of adult led and child initiated activities in a creative and communication rich environment.

Direct daily teaching of early literacy and mathematical skills are taught in both Nursery and Reception. The multi-sensory approach we use to teach phonics (Jolly Phonics and Letters and Sounds) encourages children from an early age to blend and segment words. In the EYFS the children begin their journey in Maths Mastery.  Maths Mastery promotes a deep understanding of mathematical concepts which allows children to apply their knowledge when problem solving.

Key stage 1 and Key Stage 2

Years 1-3 (Phase 2)

Years 1, 2 and 3 are part of Phase 2.

Each year group is made up of 3 classes of 30 pupils. 

Years 4-6 (Phase 3)

Years 4, 5 and 6 are part of Phase 3.

Each year group is made up of 3 classes of 30 pupils.

Teaching and Learning

We are proud of our ambitious and knowledge-rich curriculum in Phases 2 and 3, which is underpinned by our Four Cornerstones. Termly or half-termly topics are planned through lead subjects.  In Phase 2 learning is linked through cross-curricular themes, whereas in Phase 3 higher order key concepts are used to make connections across different subject areas. Each subject area follows National Curriculum content, details of which can be found in Our Learning section of the website.

Wimbledon Chase is an inclusive school.  We celebrate our diverse community and offer a range of challenging, enriching and supporting activities so all children are able to excel. All lessons are taught in mixed ability groups and are carefully planned to meet all children’s individual needs. A variety of different teaching approaches are used ensuring every child is able to make excellent progress from their starting point.

Homework is provided for all children. The type and amount of homework increases as they move through the school. (Please see our homework policy which outlines homework for each year group.)

A range of approaches to assessment are carried out by the school to inform the next steps in teaching and learning. Children are also assessed through the End of Key Stage Statutory Standardised Assessments Tests (SATs) in Years 2 and 6.