In the Infant Department our excellent provision offers the children a safe and happy place in which to lay the foundations for a lifetime of learning. Through immersion in the English language and a practical, ‘hands-on’ learning approach, our staff care for the children as individuals, planning curriculum activities to develop them academically, socially and emotionally.

Welcome to the Infant Department

We invite you to discover our Infant School, where our children are at the centre of everything we do. It is a pleasure to be part of a team of professionals who are dedicated to providing children with the best possible care and learning experiences during their time with us. Here we offer a wide range of exciting activities and resources which promote each child’s learning across all the areas of the Early Years Framework and KS1 curriculum. The setting is a welcoming ‘home-from-home’, where children feel relaxed and happy, while being guided and nurtured by our dedicated staff team. As always at Canterbury School, our fundamental aim is to offer the best possible environment in which children can flourish and naturally develop their English and a life-long love of learning.

Pamela Ainsworth, Head of Infants

Infant Department (Milton House)

From 18 months to 5 years old

At Milton House we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum in Pre-Nursery (18 months to 2 year olds), Nursery (3 year olds) and Reception (4 year olds) followed by the first year of the English National Curriculum Key Stage 1 in Y1 (5 year olds).

We provide the children with creative educational experiences that help them develop a positive approach to learning and to enjoy school; to enable them to explore new concepts and ideas and to build a firm foundation for their future learning.

In the Infant Department, we place a very strong emphasis on teaching English to enable our pupils to communicate in English from a very early age. We consider it essential that the children speak and understand the English language before they are taught to read and write it. Here we use the methodology of immersion in English, so our little ones grow up surrounded by English. All our class teachers are native English speakers. Although the curriculum is completely taught through English, (from 2023-24 school year), from Reception onwards the children also have some time learning the Spanish language to ensure they become completely bilingual.

Bilingual Education

Our children grow up surrounded by English, thus learning it in a natural way. We place a very strong emphasis on developing spoken English and understanding to enable our pupils to have the confidence to communicate in English from a very early age. The activities we do build up the children’s vocabulary and confidence so that by the time they begin to read and write they have a good base of oracy in English to support this.

In September 2023, from Reception onwards, we will begin to introduce Spanish Language and Literature, so that the children grow up truly bilingual and have a sound basis in Spanish too.