Our Vision for the Early Years
In the Early Years at St. Scholastica’s Primary School we provide a welcoming, caring and safe environment where positive learning takes place. We recognise that children have different starting points to their learning, and we plan according to children’s stage of development. This enables all children to learn and grow, develop and achieve.
We have high ambitions for all our children, and for ourselves, and our aspiration is to be the best that we can be. We are committed to developing positive relationships, so that children learn to be strong, independent, confident and resilient.
Mrs Ellie Bladen-Hovell
PSHE Lead Nursery/Reception Class Teacher
Ms Jennita Choytun
Children enjoy topic-based Literacy carpet sessions followed by differentiated adult-led reading or writing activities. Children are grouped depending on ability and work is targeted and led by the class teacher.
Read Write Inc.
Phonics sessions include phonics, reading, writing and handwriting. Structured input is given on carpet and then children are supported in adult-led activities (sounds, blending and ditty groups). Children are assessed half termly and streamed according to ability. Children receive RWI home learning.
Children follow the Maths – No Problem! scheme. Sessions include oral / mental starters and practical problem solving tasks followed by differentiated table activities and challenges. Children also participate in Maths Meetings each morning.
Topic / RE
Children in Reception have music, Spanish and PE sessions with specialist teachers each week. They also have two hours of RE. During the afternoons, children have access to the outdoor learning environment and engage in learning through play inside and outside.
Forest School Learning
Children enjoy forest school learning during the spring and summer term. The benefits of this include:
- Increased self-esteem and self-confidence
- Improved social skills
- Improved physical motor skills
- Improved motivation and concentration
- Increased knowledge and understanding
- Increases understanding of and appreciation for nature
- Accommodates multiple learning styles
- Promotes safe risk-taking and reduces harmful behaviours
- Encourages problem-solving skills
- Improves communication skills
- Creates engaged and passionate learners
- Supports creative and imaginative thinking
- Increases “school readiness”
Parents join in Stay and Read mornings every Tuesday. They can also access our Read Write Inc. resources so that they are confident in supporting their child with reading at home. Parents are invited into school for fun family days. This is a time where parents can talk to a member of staff and share and contribute to their child’s Learning Journey.