In Willow class we aim to secure excellence in all our children by building on what they have already learnt in their experiences of pre-school, nursery and home life. We are providing a crucial ‘stepping stone’ in children’s learning from these settings into school life and preparing them for their learning journey ahead under The National Curriculum. We know the needs of each of our children and have high expectations of their behaviour and achievements. The children’s learning is continually assessed through observation and expert questioning to support them to achieve their next steps.
In Willow class we learn through whole-class teaching and play-based exploratory opportunities. We aim to build strong, positive relationships with parents through two way communication and regular dialogue. We connect to the wider school by attending Key Stage and whole school assemblies and collective worship, being involved in whole school enrichment days and many activities in our house groups. Through structure and routine the children are able to see the links in their learning and use previous activities to support new experiences.
Every child is special, with unique abilities and needs that affect their leaning. All children are given opportunities to access all areas of our classroom and the curriculum, this is ensured through our secure knowledge of the children and our belief that every child is unique. All children deserve the opportunity to learn in ways that celebrate their strengths.
In Willow class we encourage children to be curious in their own learning, trying new experiences bravely and linking their learning day to day. We develop children’s confidence and self-esteem through first hand learning experiences by engaging in purposeful play in which they can become actively engaged, expressing thoughts, ideas and feelings.
We provide exciting and engaging experiences for the children, developing areas of the classroom to suit their interests and development. We also provide additional experiences through having visitors come into school and going out of school on class trips.