Communication

“The child has a hundred languages”

We take inspiration from the Reggio Emilia approach – children have a multitude of ways to represent their thoughts and feelings, ideas and imaginations.

Literacy

  • Listening & Speaking: Our collaborative approach provides meaningful encounters with a wide range of people for a variety of purposes. Immersed in a culture that values effective communication children learn the art of attentive, conscious listening. They ask questions, express their ideas and construct their own point of view.
  • Reading: Immersed in a world of books and stories from their first days at school, we seek to capture the natural curiosity of the child. A love of books quickly follows and we have a quiet reading slot each day to encourage the habit. Children are taught strategies for decoding words, but the focus is on constructing meaning, fostering enquiry and sharing reading with their peers.
  • Writing: Authentic, relevant opportunities to write – lists, information sheets, story books, letters – arise naturally as children learn. Writing is used to convey thoughts and organise information. As thoughts and needs become more complex we teach the conventions and techniques to express them with precision – grammar, spelling, punctuation, voice and plot. Work is refined and skills developed through regular Writing Workshops with teachers and peers.

Mathematics

Opportunities to explore, manipulate and practice using numbers and mathematical concepts are introduced through discrete games and activities.

Children apply their mathematical understanding through extended practical enquiry and develop an understanding of maths as a tool for analysis, solving problems and communicating solutions.

Through this practical approach, with opportunities to consolidate skills and extend understanding, children develop an enthusiasm for its scope and possibilities.

The Creative Arts

The rich diversity of children’s voices can be fully appreciated through the arts. Children explore a range of creative “languages” or media for self-expression during project work, but also explore art for art’s sake.

Each class has access to a dedicated art workshop. Work-in-progress is displayed alongside finished pieces and children are encouraged to experiment – even if that means making a mess. The emphasis is on exploration and discovery and we celebrate the artist within us all.

We work regularly with local artists – including actors, theatre directors and choreographers – to co-create interpretative pieces and theatrical performances of a high calibre.

Many children play a musical instrument. We hold regular informal concerts where children can share their progress – whether that be a few chords on the guitar or a polished violin concerto – to an enthusiastic audience of parents and friends. Lessons are available for piano, guitar and violin.

“I am so glad that when I walk into the playground in the morning with Isaac I feel acceptance and love.”

Alison, parent