Our youngest Wellingtonians (from age 2 to 7) are encouraged to develop their own individual learning skills in safe, stimulating, colourful and child-centric surroundings. Classrooms enjoy direct, free-flow access to outdoor learning spaces and age-appropriate playgrounds. In Early Years (Pre-Nursery, Nursery and Reception classes), the children follow the English Early Years Curriculum. It features a guided play-based approach, where teachers’ detailed ongoing observation provides the main input for assessment of progress and attainment. Teachers design relevant, interesting, learning-focused tasks and activities, providing daily opportunities for children to develop linguistic, physical and social skills whilst strengthening, and beginning to apply, their understanding in literacy, mathematics, understanding the world and expressive arts. The transition from Early Years to Key Stage One (Years 1 and 2) sees the style of learning develop naturally: whilst the excitement of discovery is undiminished, learning becomes deeper and more focused. We use the National Curriculum for England as our foundation and, through it, develop broad, rich and exciting topic work.
In Pre-Prep, the Class Teacher oversees much of the curriculum and provides the excellent pastoral care for which Wellington is justifiably renowned. Specialist teachers generally lead Thai language, music, swimming lessons and, increasingly, the rest of Physical Education. We encourage every child, right from the start, to develop a passion for learning through deliberate enquiry, critical thinking and creativity. Even from Pre-Nursery, we expect every Wellingtonian to be looking and searching beyond what is taught in the classroom.
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
Children begin their Wellington experience with the English Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. They learn through a carefully-designed, play-based approach which takes account of the full range of individual differences. The curriculum is delivered through the seven areas of Communication and Language, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design. Every child is constantly monitored and tracked to ensure appropriate and consistent development.
Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2)
In Years 1 and 2, we follow the National Curriculum for England, enhanced and developed to include opportunities for cross-curricular work as well as specific areas relevant to our international context, such as daily Thai lessons and an introduction to Mandarin.