Kindergarten One

Kindergarten One

For children aged 3-4

Kindergarten One is our pre-reception class that welcomes your child to the Branwood family. Here your child will be introduced to a more formal learning environment, focusing around play based learning. Our staff members in KG1 recognise that the transition from home or day nursery to a formal school environment can be a little daunting for both child and parent. Here at Branwood we recognise that every child will adjust differently and we work hard to ensure that the move is an exciting and positive experience.

At Branwood, all of our staff acknowledge that a key part of the curriculum is the ‘characteristics of effective learning’ and nowhere is this more prevalent than in KG1. Our KG1 curriculum takes learning beyond the limitations of the Early Years Foundation Stage criteria devised by the Department for Education. From these early years your child will learn Mathematics, Literacy and Phonics, enabling them to learn to read as soon as they are able. By the end of the KG1 school year, our children are well on the way to becoming confident readers.


Learning in KG1 takes place in a happy and busy environment filled with excited children eager to explore whatever activities the day may hold. Little do they know, we are instilling the skills required for the formal and structured learning we provide throughout the rest of their Branwood career. Learning in KG1 consists of teacher guided activities each day, running alongside free, imaginative and structured play activities where staff set the objectives. This ensures that learning is fun and enjoyable for each and every child.
Each child in KG1 is treated as an individual, with staff tailoring learning to their academic and social needs. Staff ensure that parents are kept informed of their child’s progress through the use of half termly reports and termly parents’ evenings. We understand that parents are each child’s first teachers and we value contributions from home telling us about experiences, achievements and special moments.

Our children receive weekly Music, Spanish and PE lessons delivered by specialists who are qualified in their respective fields. KG1 is situated in its own self-contained, purpose built development and benefits from a wonderful outdoor canopied area which allows the children to enjoy our outdoor facilities in all weather.

KG1 Staff

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Mrs Headd


Mrs Courtney

Teaching Assistant

Mrs Speakman

Teaching Assistant

Miss Willetts

Teaching Assistant