A Typical Day
Pre-School:- ‘Our Day’
If you’re joining us before the start of the school day, our morning begins with breakfast in the hall. We can choose between yummy cereal, toast and a drink. When breakfast is over, we go into our classroom to begin our exciting day! We have sand, water, role play, book corner, construction and play dough as well as lots of other exciting things to do. Each week we bake, join in science experiments, take part in yoga sessions and dance along to Doh-Disco. We also have Forest School in the Arden Garden. We are very lucky to have our own playground and outdoor classroom. Whatever the weather, we make sure we spend lots of time exploring the environment, playing games and using lots of exciting equipment. Throughout the year we offer workshops for parents to come along and be involved in teaching activities, so that the strategies taught in school can be continued at home.
Reception:– ‘Our Day’
Our morning begins at 8.45am with name writing and letter formation practice, followed by a daily phonics session and discrete, interactive English and Maths sessions.
After lunch we participate in lots of practical activities including: scientific investigations, expressive arts and design, knowledge and understanding of the world, religion and PHSE. We have sand, water, role play, book corner, construction and play dough, as well as lots of other exciting things to do. Amongst many other exciting activities, we participate in Yoga and mindfulness sessions. We also have Forest School in the Arden Garden. Throughout the year we offer workshops for parents to come along and be involved in teaching activities, so that the strategies taught in school can be continued at home.
We believe that building children’s confidence enables them to flourish and enjoy learning, and all this starts from a nucleus of loving and secure relationships. A key person is a named member of staff with responsibility for a small group of children. This key person helps those children in their group feel safe and cared for. The role is an important one and the approach, used throughout the EYFS, works most successfully in both Pre-School and in Reception classes. It involves the key person responding sensitively to children’s feelings and behaviours, meeting emotional needs by giving reassurance, such as when they are new to a setting or class, and supporting the child’s well-being. A child’s key person is a familiar figure, who is accessible and available as a point of contact for parents, and one who builds special and meaningful relationships with the child and their parents or carers.
Records of development and care are created and shared between the key person, parents and the child. Small groups foster close bonds between the child and the key person in a way that large groups cannot easily do. These groups allow the key person to better ‘tune into’ children’s play and conversations, in order to really get to know the children in the group well. Children feel settled and happy and quickly become more confident to explore and, as a result, become more capable learners.