Enquiry Based Learning
"... we have a deep commitment to and understanding of play-based, active learning. We know that planning rich, memorable contexts for learning that connect with children's interests inspire children and promote greater levels of involvement. Having ownership of the learning process is also key, providing children with the motivation to use thier indpendent learning skills, thier creative, imaginative and investigative thinking"
Early Excellence 2012
"Play is not a trivial pursuit ...... the purposes of play in promoting learning and development should be made explicit."
Independent Review of the Primary Curriculum DCFS 2009
"Play is not another subject but a key way in which children learn the stuff of the curriculu, It is often at its most powerful as a way of elarning for the most able."
Julie Fisher 2011
With this in mind we have developed our curriculum to ensure:
- we maximise the opportunities for children to engage in independent learning;
- that we extend children's choice in their learning experiences
- we have a good balance of 'teacher directed activity', 'enquiry' and 'self-initiated' learning
- we provide contexts for meaningful learning enquiries, with real purposes and audiences
- we take account of children's interests and build them into learning wherever possible
- we plan a stimulating learning environment both indoors and out.
- we embed high quality basic skills of reading,writing and maths throughout everything we do.
Our themes are generated from the children's interests and are planned to ensure children develop a real understanding of the curriculum and don't just cover it!