“Play is the highest form of research.” (Albert Einstein)
In Older Kindergarten we strive to meet every child's unique potential and develop confident children ready to tackle any challenge, ready for school life. We make learning exciting and provide stimulating environments for children to flourish.
During term time and school hours, we make the most of Rangers Room being empty and split our Kindergarten into an older and younger group. The older group are based in Rangers. It enables us to differentiate activities more suitable for the older children, in preparation for starting school.
Older Kindergarten focuses on helping children to become independent thinkers. We encourage children to talk to you about their day, their meals and activities they have enjoyed, encouraging self evaluation and language development. Ofsted said 'The strong focus on helping children to acquire language skills means that children are excellent communicators and exceptionally confident. As a result, they are extremely well prepared for the next stage in their learning and their move to school.'
Children in Older Kindergarten have access to Forest School weekly and also have the option to attend French lessons once a week in term time at an additional cost. Stefania Beech comes into the setting to teach French, she is a native French speaker from Austria.
Older Kindergarten implement elements into their day inspired from training by Shonette Bason through her Spread the Happiness programme, this includes Dough Disco, Magic Maths and Squiggle Whilst you Wiggle. These elements along with well planned phonics activities are fantastic for developing children's skills to get ready for handwriting, reading and maths, giving them a fantastic start to school life though a fun and exciting way. More information on these initiatives can be found through videos on youtube or the following link http://spreadthehappiness.co.uk/happy-links/
The staff ratio in this room is a minimum of 1:8 and further enhanced during Forest School sessions.