Learning through play
Every child is different; this is why our teaching staff take an individualised approach towards each child ensuring each child reaches their full potential in their own unique way.
The youngest children in school (ages 3-4) begin with the Foundation stage, this targets physical and emotional development and the foundation of literacy, numeracy, communication and language skills. Children experience learning in a free-flowing, indoor/outdoor environment which supports their developing creativity and problem-solving skills. St George’s recognises the importance of play in child development, this is why the school provides a friendly, safe and stimulating environment for the children to invent, explore and exercise their imaginations.
There are seven areas of learning that shape the EYFS curriculum, these include:
Communication and Language
Children are encouraged to be interactive and active in their learning and develop control, coordination and movement. They are supported in understanding the importance of physical activity and how to make informed healthy choices at meal times.
Children are provided the opportunity to be active and develop their co-ordination, manipulation and movement. Children learn the importance of being physically active and are guided to make informed healthy meal choices. Children learn the importance of exercise, sleep and eating to promote health. Children have spaces indoors and outdoors for energetic physical play.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
St George’s supports children in developing a strong, positive sense of themselves and of others. Children are provided an environment where they can form positive attachments and relationships and develop respect for others, helping them to develop their social skills and learn how to control their emotions.
St George’s offers an extensive array of books catering to all interests, children are encouraged to explore and find their love of reading and writing as early as possible, unlocking the imaginative worlds that they offer.
Mathematics and Numeracy
Early mathematics is all about using mathematical concepts whenever possible in communicating ideas. Children are encouraged to improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple sums and describe shapes, spaces and measures etc.
Understanding the World
This area of learning concerns exploring and investigating the world around them. Children are given the opportunity to explore outdoors through play and planned day trips. Children are never too young to enjoy cultural visits and it is essential that they learn from the earliest time to value creative arts and expression.
Expressive Arts and Design
Children are encouraged to express themselves through art, cutting and sticking, drawing, modelling and using a wide range of materials etc. Students have the chance to stimulate their imagination everyday, be it through building dens, castles with blankets, desks and cushions or through role-play and music.