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Infant School

The Infant School is committed to ensuring that our children embark on their learning journey in an environment that provides stimulating and exciting experiences, and where the strong pastoral ethos helps the children feel safe, secure and happy to learn. Although a large school, we have well established systems in place for welcoming and supporting children to settle in to their new learning environment. We value each child as an individual and work hard to nurture their personal strengths and interests.

We lay the strongest foundations for the total development of each individual through a nurturing and child-centred approach. We cultivate a love of learning across a broad and balanced curriculum, where an enchantment with books, language and self expression, as well as a genuine interest in numerical concepts and the world around them is encouraged. This is achieved through creative and integrated learning experiences in a stimulating environment where children feel valued, confident and independent. All this is underpinned by our commitment to supporting every child’s social, emotional, spiritual and cultural awareness.

As children progress from Nursery to Reception and subsequent years through Years 1 and 2, emphasis is placed on the further acquisition of skills and understanding in literacy and numeracy. Cross curricular links are made, where appropriate, to make the learning meaningful and relevant. A wealth of special days, events and field study trips extend and enhance the classroom activities, and often act as a catalyst for new learning. Teaching strategies are varied according to the purpose of a task and personalised to reflect the needs of each child. In our Infant School, we creatively nurture each individual and our teaching reflects our belief that happy and confident children learn most effectively.

The Infant children are given a number of opportunities to be active members of the school community. From representing their class on the School Council to being eco and sun monitors and play time friendship buddies, they are encouraged to develop early leadership skills which will be nurtured further as they journey on into the Junior School.

Paula Craigie
Head of Infant School