Our Green Room is designed to make learning as fun as possible for our youngest children. Every activity is planned so that the girls and boys can try things out for themselves, exploring and developing their capabilities along the way.
Our emphasis is on making the children – and their parents – feel comfortable and secure. When we open the doors in the morning, for example, we ensure there are always fun activities on offer and teachers on hand to make drop-off as smooth as possible. We also employ a ‘buddy’ system, pairing each boy and girl with a child from the Star classroom so that our new children quickly feel part of the wider school community.
In the classroom we assign a ‘link teacher’ to each child, who acts as a direct point of contact between school and home, and who offers a comforting continuity of care for the child. First thing every morning, for example, your child will work one-to-one with their link teacher practising letter sounds, blending, word recognition or sharing a book.
Later in the morning there are literacy and maths activities in which the children work in small groups with a teacher to complete their individual tasks. And in the afternoon, we tend to focus on topic work with lots of engaging activities to choose from around the classroom. A quick phonics recap at the end of the day and it’s time for pick-up.
We believe that our regular routine helps children to feel secure and settle quickly into school life. This is especially true when they know what to expect before they get here, so do please use the links below to download items such as our timetable and share them with your child. And please don’t hesitate to talk to the classroom teachers if you have any questions.
The Foundation Stage curriculum is divided into seven areas of learning to ensure the curriculum is broad and balanced. The areas of learning are:
Each half term we have a new and exciting topic! The topics we will be covering this academic year are:
Autumn 1st half All About Me
Autumn 2nd half Special Times
Spring 1st half Transport
Spring 2nd half The Weather and Colour
Summer 1st half Animals
Summer 2nd half The Seaside
The school day is very structured and there are many teachers on hand to support and work with your child at all times.
The school doors open at 8.30am, when we welcome your child into school. Every morning, there are lots of fun and exciting activities for the children to choose from. Teachers are always on hand to support you when it’s time to leave to ensure a smooth transition.
Learning is great fun in The Green Room.
Activities are based on first hand and practical experiences.
Your child will be assigned a Link Teacher. First thing every morning, your child will work with them on a one to one basis to practice letter sounds, blending, word recognition or to share a book. Please use the home/school diary to inform us of any reading done at home.
Literacy and maths activities take place during morning school. Following whole class introductions on the carpet, the children work in small groups with a teacher to complete their individual tasks. Please see the curriculum summary, on the school website, to find out about our aims and objectives for the year.
The curriculum is packed with educational activities that relate to our topics, particularly during the afternoons. Similar in structure to the mornings, the children work with a teacher before independently selecting activities around the classroom.
In preparation for our Christmas performance, weekly drama and music lessons take place with specialist teachers. They continue throughout the year and are a huge hit with the children.
Children thrive when they are prepared for school and know what will happen during the day. Regular routine helps them to feel secure and settle quickly into school life.
We have provided a timetable but please be aware that this may change termly and can be found on the school website. Please talk to your child about the day ahead, especially in the early days. This may help reduce any nerves or anxiety, which are very normal – particularly during those first few weeks of school.
It is important to check when Physical Education is taking place, as your child must wear appropriate footwear and lose fitting clothes to take part.
Please provide a piece of fruit and water for morning break. Staff monitor the children’s food and water intake every day during snack and lunchtime. The school operates a healthy lunchbox policy and asks that they do not contain chocolate, crisps or heavily processed food.
Our very busy day ends promptly at 3.10pm after a phonics recap. Children are to be collected from the main school door. Please ensure the children’s home/school diary is checked on a daily basis to see if there are any messages from the teachers. Moreover, diaries are checked every morning should you have a message for the Green Room staff.