Classroom Environment

The space is designed for infants to move, explore and discover. Unlike a conventional child care center, the environment  is free of swings, high chairs or other traditional constraints. Natural lighting, thoughtfully displayed materials, and interesting manipulatives invite curiosity while promoting a calm ambiance.

Respectful Communication We encourages respectful and meaningful interactions between teachers and  pupils. Teachers continuously communicate intentions and outcomes to children, in order to foster their feelings of trust and independence. By thoughtful listening and through respectful verbal and physical cues, teachers intend to create an atmosphere where each child feels secure, autonomous, competent, and authentic. Because of this trusting relationship, pupils are given the space and time to master their own skills, and to learn and grow in a positive and encouraging environment. Basic sign language is introduced as a means to communicate needs and wants. Teachers interact with children at their level, not from above.

Daily Routine

Daily routines facilitate social & emotional security through the creation of a predictable classroom environment, focused on the interests and needs of each child. Sensory, art, music, language, and fine/gross motor experiences are introduced to support learning objectives. Pupils eat breakfast and meals at a table, to encourage development of motor skills and teach appropriate social interactions. Each classroom houses a separate crib area for napping, a changing station, and a kitchen area for food preparation & clean-up.

Documentation

Teachers communicate scheduled learning opportunities through lesson plans, and share photos and descriptions of class experiences through project boards. Each child’s infant experience is also documented weekly through the use of portfolios, journals, and daily highlights that describe each day’s adventures.

Homework

Homework for the core subjects of English and Maths will be sent home every week on a Friday and should be completed and returned to school by the following Monday.  English and Maths homework will be set to either revise an area which the children have previously been taught or to consolidate the skills they are currently working on.

In addition to the homework set on Tuesdays, children will also be expected to learn spellings and times tables – weekly tests will take place in school.  Reading with your child regularly is also a great way to support them with their learning.

‘Exploration Homework’ will also be set at the start of each term – this homework will link to your child’s IPC topic and a number of challenges, tasks and activities will be suggested for your child to complete before the end of term.  You do not have to stick to the suggested tasks; if your child wants to look at a different aspect of their topic please let them.  Your child can be as creative as they wish when completing the ‘Exploration Homework’ – previously,