Every child is unique. They have varying levels of resilience and confidence, abilities and needs. It is our task to help and support each child to achieve their potential and foster aspiration, within an inclusive, safe and healthy environment.
Positive relationships are key, and we are keen to develop partnerships with families, promoting mutual understanding and respect, which in turn supports the learning of each child. Through positive role models children learn respect for others.
Personal Social and Emotional Development.
Through a broad range of activities derived from the Early Years Foundation Stage 2012 curriculum, we aim to guide and help children to develop an awareness of their own needs, views and feelings, whilst being sensitive and respecting the needs and beliefs of others. Forest School activities, lunch times and group work within lesson time, all help foster this ethos.
Communication and Language.
Children are encouraged to listen attentively as well as to develop their abilities to communicate with others, to explore by asking questions such as ‘how’ and ‘why’ and offer relevant comments within activities.
The ability to move with confidence, imagination, control and co-ordination is developed in three timetabled games sessions per week, involving gym, swimming and ball skills. We use the Prep school’s excellent sporting facilities and specialist games staff to enhance skills and encourage an enjoyment of, and an understanding for, the importance of physical activity and living a healthy life-style.
Communication competence progresses in the Reception class where children learn to read and write. They continue to enjoy listening to stories, songs, rhymes and poems, but also enjoy exploring and experimenting with sounds and words. Every child reads aloud daily to a teacher.
Children’s understanding of numbers is developed and extended as they learn and are encouraged to explore, problem solve, reason and talk about numbers, using appropriate mathematical language. Numeracy is a daily lesson.
Understanding of the World.
Through a variety of topics children are encouraged to investigate, observe, identify, encouraged to question and look closely at similarities, differences, patterns and change; and to find out about the places they live, the natural world and about the past and present in their own lives.
Expressive Arts and Design.
There are opportunities to explore and share thoughts, ideas and feelings through art, music, movement, dance, imaginative and role-play activities. Children are encouraged to explore and express their ideas using a range of materials and instruments. The children enjoy a weekly Music lesson and have the option of joining dance and music hobbies.