Here at St. Gregory’s Early Years, we believe every child is unique and created in the image and likeness of God. We guide and support children to understand that God is our creator and God is always with us. We value and see our children at the heart of everything we do. We celebrate the unique qualities and interests of every child and nurture them to reach full potential to take their place in the world.
At St. Gregory’s we work hard to ensure the children make excellent progress through fun and engaging play-based learning. We want the children to have excellent experiences, in which they learn lifelong skills and gain an amazing, positive start to their education.
The children are encouraged to use both the inside and outside learning environments, which are set up with continuous and enhanced provision. Continuous provision are the resources which are set up all the time in the environment and our enhanced provision are weekly resources or activities which are set up and link to our topics or termly curriculum overview (see below). All provision is carefully planned to ensure children’s skills are individually developed and learning opportunities are personalised to ensure every child makes excellent progress in their learning journey. Our environments are both supportive and challenging for our children.
Alongside this the children are taught through adult-directed lessons or group activities. These include lessons such as RE, phonics, literacy, maths, PSHE, PE and more. Through these inputs we teach the children new skills which they can then apply independently through their play.
At our school we use Tapestry which is an online learning journal for each child. You will have your own individual log in, in which you can view weekly pictures or videos of your child’s learning. You can comment on these observations and you can add your child’s home achievements, which we can celebrate at school!
Each week in both Nursery and Reception we choose one superstar to bring the Golden Bear home. Please write about what you did at the weekend with the Golden Bear and stick in/draw some pictures. Some examples of things to write about could be having a film night at home, going to the park or going to the library.
The children have been given a prayer book to practice their Year Group prayers. Please ensure you practice each prayer together.