Our Foundation Stage consists of two small classes with a maximum of forty-five children. Our classes are called Dolphin and Jellyfish.
We ensure children learn and develop well and are kept safe and healthy. We aim to provide a secure foundation through learning and development opportunities, which are planned around the needs and interests of individual children. We assess and review children regularly, using Tapestry, our online journal programme.
We strive for strong and positive relationships with parents and involve them whenever possible. We often hold workshops to involve parents in their child’s learning, as well as regular ‘stay and play’ and story sessions.
We also offer weekly ‘open door’ sessions where parents can come into school and see the classroom environment as well as discuss issues, or progress with the class teacher. We encourage parents to add their own observations of their children into our Tapestry programme. We feel information from parents is crucial to children’s development.
From term two we begin our exciting Forest School sessions. For a morning each week, we use our extensive school grounds to explore our outside learning environment. Forest School links to all areas of learning and development and it is always greatly enjoyed by both pupils and staff, enabling skills such as problem solving and resilience to be developed.
There are four guiding principles that shape our practice: -
Every child is a unique child.
Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.
Children learn and develop well in an enabling environment.
Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates.