Meeting Santa, making mudpies and toasting marshmallows in the forest, learning ballet or visiting the market in Saffron Walden – life outside the classroom is busy and exciting for our youngest pupils.

Life’s an adventure in our pre-prep and we make sure there are memorable moments for everyone, whatever they enjoy. There’s art and drama, music and sports skills – even the chance to learn Mandarin in a Year 2 after-school club.

At this age, everyone’s a star, so each child in the early years has a part in the annual nativity play, they all contribute to a group mural and produce a self-portrait that is part of a schoolwide exhibition. Young musicians can join the Year 1 and 2 choir or graduate from simple percussion instruments to the piano or violin.

They love getting their hands dirty, too, as well as learning about the environment in our garden and Forest School. Mini-environmentalists can also join our eco-green club.

To keep them going, there are always healthy snacks (think fruit, home-made yoghurt, pastries and savouries) and a choice at lunch that includes a veggie option.

So although our children are hungry for new experiences, their tummies never have to rumble.