The Nursery Department is home to our 3 – 4 year olds, with the flexibility to offer morning, afternoon or all day sessions. The minimum attendance requirement is four sessions per week although most children attend for more. Children are introduced to early years education in a warm, caring environment. They will experience a curriculum that encompasses all areas of a young child’s development. Morning sessions are 9.00am to 12noon and afternoon sessions are 12.30pm to 3.30pm. Nursery children who stay all day can choose to have a hot school lunch. Wrap-around care is available from 8am to 5.45pm
The Infant Department for 4 – 7 year olds, opens at 8.30am and the school day starts at 9.00am, with registration and assembly. There is a mid-morning break for play and refreshments, and a full cooked lunch is served at 12.30pm. There is an afternoon break for play and the school day finishes at 3.30pm. Children may be collected at any time up to 3.45pm. Extra-curricular after school clubs run from 3.45pm to 4.15pm on some days and there is also after-school care available daily from 3.45pm to 5.45pm.
Literacy and numeracy are at the core of the learning experience at Agincourt. The children follow Literacy and Mathematics schemes that are carefully structured and allow for practical activities to enhance their skills. The skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening are taught on a daily basis using a variety of interactive methods at word, sentence and text level to ensure a solid foundation. Children are introduced to a range of mathematical concepts, learning through problem solving, investigations and practical situations with mental maths practice playing a part of the daily lessons.
Our Creative Curriculum themes encompass Science, Geography, History, Art and Design, Drama, Information Technology, and Religious Education are taught through hands-on investigations in and out of the classroom, supplemented with visiting speakers and interesting visits. The Creative Arts are an important part of everyday life at Agincourt and our Music specialist teaches each class every week, whilst our Dance teacher runs a popular weekly club. The older children have the opportunity to receive private tuition in piano, violin and cello from visiting specialist teachers. All the children enjoy specialist teaching for PE, Games and Dance activities, and on Friday afternoons they visit Monmouth School’s swimming pool or take part in Agincourt Forest School activities.
All school-age children are given reading to take home to reinforce what has been taught at school. The children take home reading scheme books to share at home and they may also be asked to carry out other literacy and numeracy based activities, or an investigation or research to further explore a current topic.
Written progress reports are provided for all children twice a year. Parents’ evenings are held each term. In addition, parents are invited to make an appointment to discuss their child’s progress at any time during the year.