Pennthorpe’s aim is to make the Early Years an exciting, stimulating and enjoyable experience which will not only establish the skills necessary for successful learning but will also inspire within children, the joy of discovery and the desire to learn more.
Pennthorpe offers our Early Years children an appropriate curriculum, which is designed to challenge and inspire but also enables the children to be successful and flourish. Most importantly, we support the children with a staff of highly qualified and experienced professionals. These people are our most essential resource. They will support your children in every aspect of their development, not only in their academic achievement, but also to ensure their happiness, well-being and progress very step of the way.
We pride ourselves on our friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Our promise to you, and your children, is embodied in the following simple aims:
- We will give each and every child an all-encompassing curriculum where they can learn, discover and explore.
- We will provide a stimulating and safe environment where children will discover how to look after each other and indeed the world around them.
- We will celebrate every child’s achievements and yet learn that making mistakes is acceptable.
- We will ensure that the transition from home to school is as smooth as possible.
- We believe in fostering a trusting and confidential partnership with our parents.
Early Years Curriculum:
In Honey Pot, Beehive and Reception, we follow the Foundation Stage Curriculum and our teaching and learning at Pennthorpe follows these guidelines and the updated National
Curriculum. The objective of the Early Years Curriculum is to prepare children for future learning in the fullest sense, ensuring that children become well rounded, independent and onfident learners.
The teaching and learning of key skills and knowledge is delivered through a topic or cross curricular approach. Other areas such as phonics, letter formation and number skills will be taught in the form of a ‘lesson’ with a specific focus or learning objective. We follow Read Write Inc throughout the Prep-Prep and through this the children will develop all the vital, initial skills children need to get for reading, spelling and writing. The Nursery Read Write Inc scheme is introduced in the Honey Pot and is continued into the early days of the Beehive. At this point, children are taught in small, focused groups and it is here phonic knowledge is increased and early word building begins.
From Reception, children follow the White Rose Maths scheme and this is continued right through the Pre-Prep and Prep school. Children are immersed in blocks of learning focusing on all key Mathematic concepts including number, shape, space and measure. Longer blocks of learning allow teachers to really develop problem solving and mastery approaches which are vital for increased understanding and future Mathematical learning. Children are then given plenty of opportunities to practice, develop, extend and reinforce their emerging skills during the rest of the day in play situations.
As the children progress and develop we move gradually towards the National Curriculum and activities and learning are linked to this. This provides a smooth transition into the Year 1 curriculum.
We have a topic approach to learning with the current topic used as an umbrella for all subjects. Topics are based around a leading question but also take into account interests shown by the children.
Learning Through Play:
Sadly childhood does not last for very long. All too soon a child will reach the world of formal education, exams and onto adulthood. A child’s early years should be spent in discovering themselves and the world around them and developing their own skills and values. Play enables them to do this. In a safe, secure and stimulating environment a child can learn many things.
There is an immense amount of educational and developmental value involved in what adults often class as ‘just playing’. Play is the work of the child, during which they will experiment, practice, imitate, negotiate, prepare and rehearse real life situations. They develop confidence, independence, self-esteem and many other skills through play.
The role of the adult at Pennthorpe is to provide lots of interactive, mental, visual and verbal stimulation to enhance children’s play and learning. Play is important in developing many skills. Children need many different kinds of play to develop their full potential. At Pennthorpe we realise the importance of letting children play at their own level of development and give each child equal opportunity to access the activity of their choice.