Our classrooms are welcoming and stimulating. There is a consistent approach to classroom environments across school as well as an embedded ethos of nurture and care for individual children.
In Early Years, our classrooms are set up to provide open-ended learning as well as celebrate the uniqueness of each individual child. We provide a variety of resources and enhancements, which inspire our children to be curious and motivated in their learning. Our classrooms incorporate key aspects of Early Years provision including:
- Home corner
- Reading area
- Sand tray
- Water area
- Art easels
- Construction area
- Small world resources
- Playdough/fine motor area
- Loose parts
Our outdoor classroom is also a space where children can spend time learning throughout the day. This is a large space, where children not only develop themselves physically, but have opportunities to develop their imagination and how to work with one another.
In our outdoor classroom, you will find:
- Reading den
- Large construction
- Sand pit
- Fairy door
- Climbing frames
- Mud Kitchen
- Water wall and water tray
- Stage area
Children will also have access to lots of drawing and writing materials, crafting and junk modelling as well as natural materials for sensory exploration both in and outdoors
Throughout Y1 - Y6, our classrooms have:
Maths and English working walls: Our working walls are colour coded to ensure consistency across school. They show our learning journeys, provide relevant prompts and resources and are interactive to consolidate and further learning. Children contribute to working walls and are encouraged to use them to improve their work. All working walls include a WAGOLL (what a good one looks like) to help children to understand the criteria for success.
Celebration of children’s work: We are committed to displaying high-quality children’s work around the school. This encourages a feeling of pride and high expectations for learning. How do you feel?
Self-registration: Each classroom contains a self- registration system. Children are encouraged to share how they feel as they register. This allows teachers to ‘check in’ with children who may feel unhappy or worried and provide the necessary support.
Thinking of you board: If a child is absent from school their name is on the ‘thinking of you’ board to highlight that the class are thinking of them. If a child is absent for three days a child from the class will phone home to let them know we are thinking of them and missing them. This encourages a sense of value and belonging.
Special people: We have photos of people who are special to us displayed in our classrooms. This is because the classrooms belong to the whole class and to have family photographs can help children to feel comfortable in their surroundings.
Learning Journey: Our Big Ideas display - this shows the children’s learning journey throughout a Big Idea. It will show the launch, children’s questions, children’s work and the learning process and finally the landing. This helps the children to reflect on the learning process, where they have come from and where they are going.
Our class promises: Children in each class decide on promises to each other which are signed by everyone. This encourages positive behaviour. Children have ownership of their promises and so are less likely to break them.
French prompts: French prompts in classrooms help teachers to develop children’s skills in MFL throughout the day.
Prayer space: Each classroom contains a prayer space that provides opportunities for children to reflect, ask meaningful questions about the world and communicate with God through open-ended spiritual activities appropriate to their age.
Sensory basket and safe place: We have sensory baskets in our classrooms that children can access whenever they feel they need to. This is to help children to self-regulate where they find this difficult. Our safe places are an area in the classroom which is quiet and welcoming. Safe places provide an escape when children are feeling overwhelmed.
Inviting reading corner: Our reading corners have a range of books including fiction and non-fiction. Class teachers aim to provide books that their class will enjoy. Pupils have access to reading corners regularly. Reading corner themes are inspired by class texts.
Information Station: Our Information Stations include recent news, weather, local and world maps, age appropriate prompts and pictures and are interactive.