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Early Years

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Early Years


From rising three in Nursery to starting on a full time basis in Reception, for many of our children, Early Years education is the start of their time at St Peter's School, York.

With a curriculum based on learning through play and discovery, we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage, allowing the children to explore and learn through a balance of freely-chosen activities and teacher-supported tasks.

The curriculum largely revolves around broad and seasonal topics, through which children enjoy reading, writing, art, mathematics and a wide range of activities to develop social, language and physical skills.

In both Nursery and Reception, pupils are free to explore our colourful and stimulating environment, both in and outdoors, making use of our own excellent facilities, those of the wider St Peter’s campus, and the ever-popular forest school.

Our exciting curriculum, lead by our dedicated Early Years staff, helps to prepare children with the confidence, creativity and enquiring minds to continue their learning adventure into Year 1 and beyond.

We were awarded outstanding in all areas of the curriculum in our last ISI inspection. All of our staff are highly qualified and are actively encouraged to continue with their professional development and training.


The Nursery at St Peter's School, York, sits next to our main school building, offering a distinct but familiar environment for the very start of early years education. Children in our Nursery are looked after by a dedicated team of highly-qualified early years staff.


Just the other side of our playground from Nursery are our two Reception classes. Being in the same building as Years 1- 3 helps to foster a sense of community and confidence in the wider school environment, and encourages friendships across academic years.

Forest School

The children in Early Years visit Forest School once a week for a morning or afternoon of learning outdoors. There, the children learn about nature and their wider environment with the freedom to explore and investigate at a more leisurely pace. Activities include den building, toasting marshmallows on an open fire and searching for mini beasts. At Forest School, the children learn skills for life such as balanced risk taking, collaboration and creative thinking.


In addition, the children enjoy Music, PE and French lessons with specialist teachers and have full access to the school campus facilities. These include outdoor areas with age-appropriate play equipment and space for growing flowers and vegetables, the fields and the nearby river bank. All the Early Years classes have interactive whiteboards and iPads. The children also take a full part in the wider school life, for example, school assemblies, performances and activity days.