Emotional well-being is vital for all our pupils, especially when they first start school. Our highly-skilled staff ensure our Early Years Department is a home-from-home, so our youngest children are happy and secure, and their best learning takes place naturally. We work hard to create a nurturing, communal atmosphere, in which children can flourish, both socially and academically. We seek to engage families in school activities so the whole family can thrive.
Carefully planned play means children have fun learning, while being immersed in English. The exciting curriculum is designed to maximise children’s natural curiosity and creativity. The children develop an enthusiasm to learn, taking part in activities inspired by their own interests. Teachers have high expectations of all pupils and will support them to develop methods of enquiry that promote critical thinking. All the teaching is personalised to meet individual needs, enabling each child to fulfill their potential.
We know a child's environment plays a key role in their development. That's why our classrooms are spacious, bright and homely, with direct access to toilet facilities and the outdoors. The classrooms are deliberately arranged to include different zones, which stimulate children's learning. They all have a quiet reading area and a space set aside for themed role-play, which encourages children to develop their imaginative skills and re-enact their own experiences. Of equal importance is the idyllic outside learning area, in which children can move freely and build understanding and respect for the natural world.
We know children develop in individual ways, at varying rates and have their own learning styles. All our activities are personalised to ensure every child achieves outstanding progress.
Immersion In English
By being immersed in English, the children develop the language as naturally as they do their home language. Equal importance is given to Spanish and the children go on to excel in both languages.
Areas of Learning
In Early Years, we organise areas of learning into themes, so an optimal cross-curricular approach is achieved. The areas of learning include:
The development of strong social skills is at the heart of our Early Years curriculum. We aim to support our children to become responsible citizens and give them the tools they need for success in later life. Practitioners work hard to help children manage their feelings and learn to resolve their differences amicably.
Using our curriculum's thematic approach, staff also work to broaden children's horizons. We offer a range of exciting opportunities to visit theatres, museums, farms and many other places which allow each child to experience the wider world around them.
Our families are central to the school community and for this reason, we operate an open-door policy. We are strongly in favour of continual, healthy dialogue between ourselves and our families, so we can work together to foster the successful development of our children. We throw open the school doors for a range of events and activities, in which families can learn first-hand about their children's learning. Each child is encouraged to gain confidence in public speaking and demonstrate their achievements through class open mornings, assemblies and concerts. These are designed to give families an insight into different aspects of our curriculum, including the ways in which we teach reading and writing. We also seek to raise awareness of environmental and social issues in the wider world through activities the whole family can enjoy.
Children learn best when they're having fun. That's why we design activities to engage and excite our pupils, while at the same time challenging them to reach beyond their comfort zones. This approach works best when we combine child-led and adult-initiated activities: they fill our classes with positive energy. You will often find children skipping or spontaneously breaking into song from sheer enjoyment of the moment. We work to keep the learning atmosphere calm and respectful. Praise and encouragement, plus celebrations and rewards keep everything positive. Our teachers support the children to continually extend their learning. Their academic and social progress is closely monitored through observation and assessment, so teachers can identify the next steps for each child. We keep families up-to-date with their child’s development through regular meetings and reports.