What is it like to be in Year One and Year Two?
Our classroom environment and approach to learning is different…
Research and our school experience tells us that young children learn best through play and exploration, this is why we have built on the excellent practice found in Reception. We have found our approach gives the children time to think and explore, in a culture, which supports both the adults and the children. We have seen close relationships build, a strong sense of well-being as well as greater levels of enthusiasm for learning by adults and children alike. The curriculum is exciting, creative and dynamic enabling skills and knowledge to be applied so that children can purposefully build on what has already been learnt as well as identifying what the children need to learn next to ensure they are all successful learners.
Every day our children get the chance to be a designer, an artist, a writer, a scientist, a musician, a mathematician, a storyteller, an athlete, geographer or historian. Carefully planned play-based experiences inspire the children to consolidate their skills, knowledge and understanding enabling them to be independent, resilient learners who motivate themselves to take on the next challenge and push themselves to their limits. Throughout the environment, both inside and outside, you will see busy children actively engaged in a wide range of activities that they themselves have chosen. We have seen our children independently
- Sawing and drilling to construct moon buggies at the Design and Technology Station,
- Measuring and writing instructions for their friends to create potions in the Science Area
- Experimenting and refining to create ‘the unsinkable ship’ in the Water Station
- Entering the world of imagination and storytelling through open-ended role-play experiences throughout the setting.
- Designing and making a pulley system to explore moving large amounts of water
Our classroom environment supports this approach with cosy corners, engaging learning stations and interactive displays inviting our children to take part in the latest provocation and challenge. The outdoors supports physical development with resources and challenges being on a much larger scale including a mud kitchen and mud pit, enormous sand pit, as well as crates, drainpipes and wooden planks being used to create an endless range of structures. Our children are busy and happy!
Continuous provision supports and encourages our children and staff to have
A lifelong love of learning.