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Moorlands Early Years Department

Moorlands Early Years Department encompasses Reception and Nursery classes, taking children from 2 to 5 years of age. The Early Years curriculum is delivered by qualified, highly experienced professionals, in bright, spacious rooms with an inviting outdoor area. Children who attend Moorlands are encouraged to become independent, critical thinkers with enquiring minds. Along with an educationally rich learning environment we also provide weekly specialist teaching in swimming, dance, music, drama, french and PE.

We also offer Forest Schools to all children within Early Years. The Forest Schools program is taylored to suit individual learning styles and supports general development and wellbeing.

Nursery children can do any number of sessions, mornings, full days or a combination of both. The standard day is 8.30am to 3.30pm but we offer extended care facilities from 8.00am until 6.00pm, or a supervised breakfast club from 7.30am. Moorlands operates term time only, however childcare is available on site during holiday periods.

The transition from home to school is a major step, therefore staff work with parents to make this move as smooth as possible, taking into account the needs of every child.

Choosing the right school for your child is one of the most important decisions of your life, so please come along and meet the staff and children at Moorlands.

To arrange an appointment with Miss Wendy Cooper, Head of Early Years, please ring on 0113 2785286 or alternatively e-mail,

Key Stage 1 - From 5 to 7 years.

Children automatically move from Reception into Year 1, where they embark upon a curriculum which directly builds upon the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Throughout Years 1 and 2, children are taught in small, mixed ability classes. The children are taught through a Creative Curriculum which develops independent thought and questioning skills alongside the ability to find solutions to problems. Thematic teaching engages all children and half termly open afternoons allow each child an individual opportunity to shine. Within this, a high priority is placed upon the core subjects of Literacy, Numeracy, Science and ICT and extends children, wherever possible, beyond National Curriculum requirements and expectations. Other curriculum subjects are taught on a two year rolling programme across the Key Stage and are enhanced by external trips, theatre visits, workshops and themed days.

A variety of teaching and learning styles are used, enabling a fully inclusive learning experience. Differentiated planning allows all pupils to achieve their true potential, whilst Physical Education, Swimming, Music, Drama, Art Skills, Outdoor Education and French are all taught by specialist teachers.

The academic rigour of Key Stage 1 is supported by an effective system of pastoral care. At Moorlands, we believe that the happiness of our children is a priority and that every child has the right to thrive in a caring, supportive environment, where they feel safe and secure. We pride ourselves on our relationships with parents and the collective manner in which we help children in their transition from the Early Years and ultimately into Key Stage 2.

There is an emphasis upon kindness, consideration and respect, with high expectations of good behaviour and manners being encouraged at all times. Daily successes are rewarded through a system of house points, while weekly celebration assemblies, to which parents are invited, recognise individual achievements. There are opportunities to develop leadership roles through the house system and positions such as Form Captain or School Council representative.

Key Stage 2 - From 7 to 11 years

As pupils enter Year 3, they are expected to build on the excellent start they have already made to their school life. There is a growing expectation for them to become more independent. Competitive sport, an excellent orchestra and choir and a wide range of extra-curricular activities become available to them. There are opportunities to perform in a range of concerts and drama performances, and overnight residential trips.

As KS2 progresses, the expectations of the pupils in terms of homework and their ability to be independent learners develops, enabling them to be able to look forward to senior schools with confidence and maturity. Small class sizes, educational field-work trips and an academically-challenging curriculum are all designed to maximise the potential of every pupil. Standardised tests are used to ensure that the required progress is being made, along with rigorous preparation for entrance exams to all of our local senior schools, including: Bradford Grammar, GSAL, Woodhouse Grove, Harrogate Ladies and Ashville College.

The amount of specialist teaching also begins to increase at this stage: Art, Music, Science and Modern Foreign Languages are all overseen by specialists, to ensure that the highest academic standards are maintained.

By the end of Year 6, Moorlands pupils are expected to be mature, independent, confident communicators who take a lead in their houses, on the sports field and in the classroom and work as a team to achieve.

Senior pupils at Moorlands are given responsibilities and leadership opportunities throughout the school, through prefect roles and Heads of School. Our expectations are high, but we guide pupils in every aspect of school life, developing and emphasising individual strengths, while helping them to overcome areas of difficulty.

We are proud of the achievements of our pupils in gaining entrance to their first choice senior schools, and, in many cases, winning scholarships. In recent years, awards have been offered by Eton, Repton, Woodhouse Grove, Bradford Grammar, Harrogate Ladies College, Gateways and St Peter’s.

Moorlands School, registered Charity No.529216, is administered by Moorlands School Ltd No 810136. Moorlands School is a member of the Methodist Independent Schools Group.