Our ethos and philosophy for our children is implemented through Continuous Provision, or ‘challenges’. This is where children play through a structured approach, thus having the freedom to pursue their interests independently, but also achieving highly in an environment that encourages a challenging curriculum based around our topic.
When learning about buildings, these children built a cottage with some furniture inside. They labelled the different aspects of their creation.
Teachers and Teaching Assistants work hard in this environment to extend children’s learning through play by questioning, providing resources, and encouraging their individual pursuits.
For Maths and Literacy, there is a whole-class input followed by group work, where some children access challenges and some work with the Teacher or TA. This then rotates so that each child can access the different learning opportunities. Working this way also ensures that teaching is more differentiated to meet children’s individual needs, as they work in smaller groups.
We make full use of the expansive outdoors our school offers; we make use of the outdoors for Maths and topic-based learning, where children learn to persevere, take risks, be emotionally confident, and have good attitudes to learning.