Our curriculum is unique because it has been carefully designed and developed using specific education methods to achieve a well-balanced play and learning programme which gently prepares children for primary school.
Our learning programme is comprised of components from High Scope, Montessori, Outdoor Education and actively learning through Play. It focuses on the development of the whole child (social, emotional, physical, language and cognitive learning needs) and is underpinned by the principles of Aistear, the National Curriculum framework in which actively learning through play is a central theme.
The core learning components within the pre-maths, pre-reading, pre-writing, outdoor education, art, music and movement, time for free play and daily outdoor play.
High Scope focuses on developing language and cognitive areas of learning but also encourages self-confidence, decision-making skills, co-operation as part of a group, problem-solving and creativity. High Scope centres on becoming an independent and capable learner, who is an active participant in their own learning. All of these areas are so important when preparing to start school and indeed in learning the necessary skills for adult life.
Our Montessori activities are kept on low open shelves for children to easily access themselves and this provides the opportunity to choose their own work activity and be responsible for putting it away properly. Each exercise has a specific purpose or aim and the completion of each activity encourages self-discipline, careful attention to detail and encouragement of concentration, co-ordination, and tactile fine motor skills.
Actively Learning through Play
Play is a large part of our curriculum. Children are provided with time to play freely as well as within a more structured and guided framework. It is so important to allow children the time to just be children. To be themselves, to be social, to enjoy their imagination, and explore their creativity and discover new things. Childhood is a magical time and we love to have visits from the fairies and the surprise suitcase…
Outdoor Play and Learning
The outdoor education programme focuses on play, learning and exercise outdoors. The outdoor programme makes use of the beautiful outdoor facilities in the sensory garden, vegetable patch, picnic benches, grassy area with trees and the all-weather football pitch. This wonderful array of outdoor space affords many wonderful new experiences and opportunities for play and learning such as:
- Forest school activities
- Nature walks and exploration
- Bird watching and feeding
- Tree climbing
- Teddy Bears Picnic
- Messy play outdoors
- Science outdoors
- Art outdoors
- Imaginative/Fantasy play outdoors
- Learning about the weather and seasons
- Using elements from the natural environment in play
- Free-play outdoors
- Learning about animals and nature
- Exercise and gross motor skills development (e.g. running, jumping, skipping, hopping), balance, ball skills and hand-eye co-ordination