We consider development of the whole child to be crucial and give particular attention to social and emotional skills. In an increasingly technological world with instant access to knowledge and algorithms often surpassing the ability of humans to solve problems methodically, our comparative advantage will likely lie in skills such as honesty, trustworthiness, effective communication, conflict resolution, team building, good manners, empathy, positive attitudes, problem solving and leadership. How to be creative and how to be nice may well become the keys to future success, with all foundations being laid in early childhood. Our golden rules are an important learning tool we utilise on a daily basis to equip the children with a behavioural compass for life.
Our curriculum is also designed to make two important transitions children face during this stage of their lives seamless and easy: from home to school and from play-based learning to more formal learning. This not only requires expertise but also dedicated staff, high adult:pupil ratios and continuity of setting. Of course, our highly qualified staff are also critical in implementing our entire curriculum. They have high expectations for every child, always selecting appropriate next steps according to his/her needs and pace of learning, thereby enabling achievement of his/her full potential.
In all year groups, the variety in timetables is enhanced by outings, visits from outside experts, small and large drama productions and the preparation of our Harvest, Christmas and Easter festivals. We also celebrate events with lively assemblies and encourage the children to participate.