EARLY YEARS

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EARLY YEARS

The learning environment for Early Years’ pupils at Oak House  School  is  rich  and  varied,  giving  our  youngest children the opportunity and the confidence to explore and learn in a stimulating, secure, safe place, where they meet new challenges on a daily basis.

Our Early Years’ pupils learn through play and engagement in active learning experiences, which help them to develop their physical, social and academic skills.

Our 3 and 4 year old pupils follow the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum for England and all teaching in these year groups is in English.

The Early Years Foundation Stage programme focuses on the following 7 areas of learning:

  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

All of our teachers have had specialist training in the area of Early Years’ education and are native speakers of English. Each class group has a teaching assistant, who works alongside the class teacher and provides the children with additional learning, social and emotional support.

The role of the adults in the Early Years setting is to support and guide the children’s learning by:

  • setting challenges
  • explaining
  • demonstrating
  • questioning
  • exploring ideas
  • narrating
  • communicating and modeling language
  • planning and providing simulating, fun learning experiences both indoors and out.

At Oak House School we place great importance on the value of outdoor learning, and children go on regular trips to local woodland, following the Forest School model.

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