Early Years - Reception
Early experiences affect children’s attitudes to learning, so here at Bellan we are able to offer small class sizes and a nurturing environment for them to start their journey through the school.
We have a bespoke classroom for Reception pupils which is light, bright and welcoming, and opens directly onto their own outdoor space.
All children learn best from experiences that are suitable for their stage of development. Play is key to the way young children learn. Through play children can develop, for example: the confidence needed for learning; the social skills needed for personal development and the skills needed for reading and writing. We encourage independence from an early age to aid problem solving skills. Taking all this into account, the children will be given the opportunity to learn through a carefully planned, well balanced, topic based curriculum which takes into consideration the children’s interests.
As soon as we meet your child we begin to make informal assessments. Whilst they are learning with us we make further, more specific observations about their abilities, skills and progress. We keep in regular contact with you and invite you to approach us if you have any concerns or confusions as we operate an open-door policy.
The Foundation Stage curriculum consists of six main areas of learning.
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication, Language and Literacy
- Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy
- Knowledge and Understanding of the World
- Physical Development
- Creative Development
As your child moves through the final months of the Foundation Stage they may be ready to take part in more formal learning activities. Children are ready at different ages, so through our small class sizes and close relationships we are able to introduce the next steps at the right moment for your child.
For more information please read the Bellan House Handbook
Key Stage One
Reception to Year 2 - Ages 4 to 7
The pupils have access to a full and varied curriculum, benefiting from small, individual year-group classes taught by teachers and teaching assistants.
There is specialist subject teaching in PE, French, Spanish, music, design and information technology, theatre arts and ballet, including tuition for LAMDA examinations.
The children’s learning is fully supported by in-house workshops and educational trips out of school; visits to the theatre are also arranged.
Children also regularly enjoy the benefits of Forest School on our own site in the extensive grounds at Oswestry School. All pupils swim in the school indoor heated pool each week and children enjoy games on the Maes-y-llan, Oswestry School’s 30 acres of playing fields, once a week. Our own fleet of minibuses transfer the pupils around the site where necessary.
Key Stage Two
Years 3 to 6 - Ages 7 to 11
The children follow a comprehensive curriculum suitable for their ages and abilities.
Children continue to benefit from class sizes that allow individual attention with both a teacher and classroom assistant, already enjoyed in Key Stage 1.
There is specialist subject teaching in PE, French, music, design and information technology, theatre arts and dance speech and drama, including tuition for English Speaking Board examinations. The Key Stage 2 curriculum is further enhanced by specialist science teaching.
The children’s learning is fully supported by in-house workshops, theatre visits and a range of day and residential trips. The residential trips support a range of curriculum areas and follow a progressive structure, allowing children to gradually become more confident whilst staying away from home.
As the children enter Year 5, their afternoon lessons take place at the Senior School and the day is extended to finish at 4:30pm. This enables the children to take advantage of the specialist teaching rooms and teachers for science, art, ICT and French. This carefully designed structure to the school day fosters greater independence and confidence amongst the children, through a fully integrated transition between Bellan House and the Senior School.