'Very good at keeping us up to date, ensuring children are happy and settled' parent comment 2017
A very warm welcome to Early Years at Storrington Primary School. We have two reception classes - Plum and Pear. Mrs Samira Stratford is our Foundation Stage Leader and is the teacher of Plum class; Samira is a nationally recognised Specialist Leader in Education (SLE) as well as a locality and West Sussex moderator. Miss Caroline Linfield teaches Pear class together with Mrs Fiona Bull. We are extremely lucky to have three classroom teaching assistants all of whom are experienced in working with Early Years children - Miss Cheryl Brown, Mrs Clare Worth, Mrs Melissa Inman and Mrs Kirsten Campbell.
Our two classrooms are spacious and bright with access to a large, dedicated outdoor area overlooking the extensive school grounds. The children enjoy working and playing with natural resources and have access to a range of equipment including a large sand pit, climbing frame, digging area and even a mud kitchen!
The children benefit from a play based curriculum and we encourage and support independent learning whilst providing a structured and stimulating environment for them to grow and develop in. There is a focus for learning and exploring which is planned half termly and children are involved in the planning process. Individual threads of learning are encouraged and we support and follow each child’s interests. We work with and alongside parents and children to develop skills to enable them to become happy and confident learners.
Parents are encouraged to share in their children’s learning. “Ask me About!” sheets are sent home weekly. Next Steps are shared with parents to support development in all areas of learning and are sent home half termly. Parents are also invited to come into the classroom to share their children’s learning during the year through story sessions, parent workshops and celebrations of learning.
We are passionate about providing the best possible start for the children in our care and ensuring their first steps at school are happy and safe.
We are always encouraged to move our own learning forward by developing our interests, making our own choices and being independent learners.
We love working and playing together.
We are encouraged to 'have a go' and experience success!
We plan with our teacher exciting activities and our environment and we are encouraged to share our ideas.
Our learning is celebrated with our parents and carers through our Learning Explorer books and our ‘Drop In’ sessions.
We are developing our growth mindset and we learn best when...
We are happy!
We care about our classroom
We share and take turns.
We are kind and thoughtful to our friends.
We have time to discover things for ourselves.
We are excited about our learning.
We try, try, try!
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