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An educational journey

"Education is the most powerful weapon which   you can use to change the world". Nelson Mandela
Teaching at Phileas Fox Nursery School is based on integrated learning. Through observation, inquiry, exploration and first-hand experience children discover the joy of acquiring knowledge and new skills. In this way, the process becomes more meaningful and less of a routine. A structured approach is followed by combining the Early Years Foundation Stage programme in English and another language with elements of Montessori, while also allowing for individual attention and the development of each child at their own pace.

Montessori & EYFS Overarching Principles


  • Montessori programmes promote natural development and learning through hands-on, tactile activities to engage children’s attention, and teach essential, practical life skills while ensuring pupils are able to play and enjoy their time within the nursery;

  • Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured;

  • Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships;

  • Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents or carers;

  • Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates.

Language Immersion


Children are taught through play, adult-led learning, and a variety of engaging and planned activities. The language groups are formed based on age and ability and all children spend an equal amount of time in English and their chosen language. Highly qualified and experienced English and native speaking teachers deliver lessons every day during purposefully created sessions. Teachers will participate in child-initiated play and engage alongside them providing commentary and conversation in both languages to encourage and develop learning. The school environment supports all languages with visual labels and signs used consistently throughout. Traditional books, games, art, and music are used on regular basis to instill cultural recognition in addition to the language.

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