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Kensworth CE Academy

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Pre School (Saplings)

Saplings - 3 - 4 years EYFS

Welcome to Pre-school


Kensworth pre-School is in the  beautiful village of Kensworth and  is very much a part  of the whole school,  whilst still retaining a very special atmosphere all of its own. 


Saplings class need to wear a red school jumper and white polo shirt. They also need to bring their wellies to leave at school. 
Please wait outside the Red Pre-School entrance door for drop off and pick up.


Key Areas of Learning

Our Pre-school room is separated into areas that target the key areas of learning that form the outcomes for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
   Prime areas              

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development       

  • Communication and Language 

  • Physical Development                 


   Specific Areas

  • Literacy   

  • Mathematics                               


  • Understanding the World            


  • Expressive Arts and Design        


Characteristics of Effective Learning
The Characteristics of Effective Learning are the ways in which the child engages with other people and their environment - playing and exploring, active learning, and creating and thinking critically.  These underpin learning and development across all areas and support our children to remain effective and motivated learners. 


  • Playing and exploring
  • Playing with what they know
  • Being willing to 'have a go
  • Active Learning  - motivation
  • Being involved and concentration
  • Keeping trying
  • Enjoying achieving what they set out to do
  • Creating and thinking critically
  • Having their own ideas
  • Making links
  • Choosing ways to do things

Is your child 'school ready' for their transition to reception class in September? 

Read all about Saplings

At Kensworth we are passionate about learning through play, we encourage children to explore and experiment in a range of ways to encourage thinking creatively.  All children start pre-school at different stages of their development therefore the practitioners cater for the children's individual needs and plan for each child using the  Early Years  Foundation Stage Framework.  We take children from 3 years of age. 

We pride ourselves on the individual care  we offer to families and we have invested in child size furniture to ensure we are all inclusive and that children are given the best opportunities to learn.  Our EYFS Leader is an experienced teacher and works closely with Pre-School (Saplings) and Holly class (year R)  as well as her own Year R class at Totternhoe CE Academy, our sister school.

Being part of Kensworth CE Academy creates a range of exciting opportunities that the children benefit from,  this includes a fabulous spacious outdoor play area,  a sports field and a large playground with climbing apparatus.  The children can also use the school laptops and iPads, the library is teeming with books that the practitioners use to introduce new vocab words and encourage the children's imagination.

We understand you want the best for your child, so choosing a Pre-School  that is right for you can be a hard decision, therefore we encourage all families to come for a tour and have a informal discussion with the Room leader, Mrs Giddings or the Early Years Leader, Mrs King.



We offer a safe, stimulating and caring environment for your child to develop and learn.  Under the supervision of our highly qualified staff, children will be encouraged to learn through play and develop their independence and social skills.

Each day will be carefully planned to involve elements of challenge, imagination and adventure. This will include painting, cooking, music and movement.  Pre-reading, literacy and numeracy will be developed in preparation for full-time education.

There will be continuous assessment of each child's development and behaviour with regular parent consultation afternoons to discuss children's progress.