Small School

Our Approach

Our approach to Small School is an extension of our approach in nursery, drawing inspiration from Reggio Emilia and Danish forest nurseries.  Children follow their interests supported by experienced adult educators and project work emerges.  

Our curriculum begins with our image of the child as rich in potential, strong, powerful and competent. This strong image of the child is something we hold as a group of educators; it shapes our expectations of children and means we work with an emergent rather than fixed curriculum, through projects which cross traditional ‘subject’ areas.  

Projects can develop from children’s own interests and from educators’ research questions and are cross-curricular. We have weekly meetings to discuss what aspects of children’s learning are being supported at any time.  A single project is likely to have periods in which language development and communication is key, or detailed design and engineering work, or mathematical calculation and analysis, or technological research and recording.  A number of projects will develop over the course of a year, so that children’s learning is broad as well deep.  

 

Organisation

Our Small School offers 24 places across Reception Year, Year 1 and Year 2, taking children from school age up to 8 years old.  Children spend Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays in class working with our qualified teacher and our Atelierista (qualified teacher/ artist). On Thursdays the children spend the school day in the Forest and on Fridays the garden, feed the chickens, prepare and cook their own lunch and go to the beach. 

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Our Policies

Reflections Small School Curriculum Policy 2016

Reflections Small School Curriculum Plan 2016

Reflections Small School Pupil Assessment Procedures 2016

Reflections Small School Behaviour Policy 2016

Reflections Small School Safeguarding Policy 2016

Reflections Small School Anti-bullying Policy 2016

Reflections Small School Complaints Procedure 2016

Reflections Small School Health and Safety Policy 2016