We are passionate about offering the best possible provision for our pupils. We believe that children learn best when they are highly engaged in activities of their own choosing so we operate a ‘planning in the moment approach, which simply means that we interact with children as they play, and seize the teachable moments as they arise. We record observations of what we see and how we have moved the learning on. This enables us to get to know each child as an individual, what their interests are, and how best to teach them what they need to know.
With this approach, we follow the children’s interests as much as we can. This means that we explore options for taking the children off-site for little trips within the local area. If children show an interest in baking after reading The Gingerbread Man, for example, we will help them to plan a trip to the local shop, write a shopping list, handle money, buy the ingredients and finally make and share the recipe.
The learning opportunities are endless and much more meaningful when the children themselves choose what they want to do. Our practitioners are skillful at spotting these teachable moments and supporting children whilst helping them to safely develop their independence.