Little Prestfelde is for pupils in Pre-School to Year 2 aged 3 – 6 years.
Find out what a day in Little P is like from a child’s perspective….
Today, I am going into school at 8am as Mummy has to go to work . I enjoy the morning with the lovely activities and playing with my friends before school starts in the Little Prestfelde foyer.
At 8:20am Mrs Thelwell welcomes everyone into school and we all hang up our coats in the cloakroom. We have a lot of kit, so we make sure that we have our pegs labelled clearly to hang our clothes on.
The morning lessons begin. We learn together and play an active part in all of our new experiences.
Each morning we all take part in a Little Prestfelde chapel which is led by Mrs Orchard, Mrs Thelwell or our school Chaplain. We talk about the teachings of Jesus through the Bible and learn about how we can make the right choices through our values curriculum.
Our values, good behaviour and work are rewarded by the award of dragon tears. These are very special beads which we put into our coloured house bowls. When they are full, a team chooses an activity for all of Little Prestfelde.
Play time is very special. We have the best adventure playground in the world. First we put on our tracksuits to make sure that we take care of our uniform, then we go to the dining hall, where we have a healthy snack and a drink before we go outside. The adults help us in our play and teach us new games. We love to climb, swing and run, developing our strength and coordination which all helps to develop our writing.
The best time of the day is lunch time. This is when we have our very own nutritious hot cooked meal, made by our fantastic chef, Spiros.
On Wednesdays we go to go to Forest School which is on the other side of the grounds. We have designed and made dens, been on bug hunts and even have a forest fire where we roast marshmallows.
3:30pm comes around so quickly. We have been so busy and had so much fun, but now it is time for some of us to go home and share our wonderful day with our families, if we can remember all the things we have done!
Within Little Prestfelde we aspire to maintain a warm, friendly and values rich environment in which children are encouraged to be active, capable learners through exploration, play, talk and interaction with other children and adults.
At Prestfelde, we appreciate that early childhood, thus Pre-Prep education is the most formative developmental stage and are aware that the quality of experience has lifelong consequences.
We aspire to support all our children in developing a positive attitude to learning, enjoying what they set out to do, nurturing a desire to find out by exploring and in developing their creativity, being able to think critically.
Learning is focused on a range of transdisciplinary skills which provide children with the foundation for lifelong learning.
This is fostered and nurtured through the use of our learning behaviour characters,
Wise Owl promotes and encourages reflection
Tough Tortoise – resilience
Sensible Squirrel – resourcefulness
Team Ant- working together as a team
Each child is unique, and we aspire to ensure that every child’s talent is nurtured, celebrated, and enriched to develop new learning opportunities, which raise self-esteem and start the exciting journey of becoming a learner for life.
Relationships based on trust and respect are central to the child’s emotional and physical health and learning. Children, supported by experienced and well qualified staff are encouraged to become confident, secure, independent, and caring individuals.
We are committed to ensuring that children are safe and healthy, make positive contributions, enjoy and achieve. Each child is central to the direction, pace and content of their learning,
We value partnership with parents and their families. The child-family bond is of primary importance and parents have principal responsibility for their child, being the child’s first and most enduring educators. We therefore welcome parents into our school to observe, listen and take part in workshops to understand how their children are being taught and how they can support their learning.
We are fortunate to be set in a beautiful enabling environment, where the children can explore nature and their own physicality within a safe open space, sharing experiences within a whole school 3-13 family.
We believe that student learning happens best within authentic and real-world environments. The curriculum is therefore built upon real world experiences and relationships and is not confined within subject boundaries. Key elements of this include, Forest School, stimulating clubs and links to the community, such as local maintained schools, special schools, trips and visitors to broaden and nurture a child’s cultural heritage.
Our curriculum supports learning through inquiry and play based approaches, as educators we look for ways to capture children’s natural curiosity and shape their exploration in meaningful contexts. This has resulted in excellent outcomes for all children with a focus upon their accelerated progress.
We are committed to reflecting on our practice, continually developing our knowledge and pedagogy through which we can enhance and improve learning.
Partnerships with local schools have been made to moderate and take part in pedagogical theory, thus supporting each other and developing practise.
This year we have been part of the Early Adopters programme to pilot the new EYFS for September 2021.
2020-2021 has been a challenge for all, but in true Prestfeldian style, we have seamlessly moved our excellent teaching and learning into a virtual learning experience, which has inspired and enabled the children to continue their excellent progress at home.
We look forward to the future and how we can continue to be innovative, lead and inspire learning for our youngest children within our community.