Inspired by the internationally renowned Reggio Emilia philosophy we embrace an early learning approach where the child is placed at the centre of learning in a safe and nurturing environment. Loris Malaguzzi, the charismatic founder of the philosophy which dates back to post World War II Italy, firmly believes that children are born competent, are naturally curious and resourceful and are creative thinkers. They are not empty vessels that need to be filled with facts, figures and dates.
The teacher's role within the Reggio Emilia approach is complex and deemed primarily to be that of a learner alongside the children to provoke, co-construct, and stimulate thinking and peer collaboration. Whilst nurturing the essence of childhood, the teacher is a teacher-researcher, a resource and guide as she/he lends expertise to children. This is a distinctive innovative approach that supports our children’s interests and fosters their intellectual development through a systematic focus on symbolic representation encouraged by teachers.
Young children from birth to age six are invited to explore their environment and express themselves through many ‘languages’ or different ways of expression, including words, movement, drawing, painting, sculpture, shadow play, collage, and music. Within the Reggio Emilia approach, different approaches toward the same investigation are all valued, and thus children are given access to many tools and media to express themselves. The relationship and collaboration with the home, school and community all support the learning of the child. Teachers are committed to reflection about their own teaching and learning.
The students have dynamic specialist teachers who provide a powerful foundation in all subject areas. They are further supported by handpicked specialist teachers to extend and enrich the children in Music, Dance, Drama and Sport
The programmes offered are differentiated and student centred in order to offer students the best possible learning environment and designed for maximum stimulation and extension.
Parents and caregivers are kept up-to-date with the students’ progress on an on-going basis through formal and informal means (phone calls, emails and the School intranet for parents).
Formal reports are issued four times a year at the end of each term.
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