We have two infant classes, Sycamore Class for Reception and year One children (4-6 year olds) and Oak Tree Class for children in year Two (6-7 year olds).
In Sycamore Class children learn in a relaxed way without the pressures to be found in many mainstream settings. The class is normally around 16 children and has a teacher and a teaching assistant. The class follows a largely child-led curriculum which supports children in following their own interests but also gives them opportunities for group work allowing them to build their writing, numeracy and problem-solving skills. Children enjoy a rich cross curricula approach to learning and whilst we use the national curriculum as a framework for our objectives we are not constrained by it and teach creatively developing children’s love of learning.
The Sycamore class is housed in two rooms in the Infant House. There are areas for role play, reading and group activities as well as space to explore craft, clay, art, block play, and small world. Their large indoor space leads out into the large infant garden adjacent to the house where they can find a working water pump and water play area, a huge sandpit, well resource woodwork area, gardening beds, climbing frame, mud kitchen, make believe pagoda and a large wooded area for climbing trees and imaginative play. Upstairs they can use the infant library where children can sit and read or listen to stories.
Oak Tree Class
We call the Oak Tree class the transition class because children move from a predominately child-led Early Years play based curriculum towards becoming more independent in literacy and numeracy skills. Our main focus is to ensure that pupils achieve high levels of basic skills whilst keeping the arts, science, humanities at the heart of the curriculum. The Oak Tree Class is small and made up of around 12 children so everyone has a high level of teaching input and support. Oak Tree Class has a large classroom which opens onto a roof garden which has space for children to work outside and has amazing views across horse fields to the South Downs. They also make use of the infant garden for outdoor learning and woodwork.