At Preston Hedges School, you will find children fully immersed in learning, with creative, themed experiences and language rich environments ensuring that all opportunities to learn are taken within our wonderfully engaging provision.
Reading is at the heart of our provision and daily phonics sessions using the ELS program are fundamental to ensuring our children have the building blocks to read and love reading. Individual reading, family reading and class story time ensures that we share a wide variety of books and texts with our children.
Each week parents and carers are invited into school to share a story with their child at Friday Family Reading. Children and families are also encouraged to make the most of the Red London Library Bus and Book Swap Red Phone Box.
Literacy and Maths sessions are embedded in the Early Years curriculum, with opportunities for children to consolidate their learning creatively, in both indoor and outdoor settings. The importance we place on ‘early number’ is demonstrated throughout the Early Years spaces with learning opportunities integrated at every opportunity, including at the Maths Shed in the outdoor classroom, where Maths flows into the outdoors for children to access independently.
Our indoor and outdoor provision ensures that children have continuous opportunities to develop their knowledge in all of the EYFS areas of learning. Our classrooms and wonderful outside learning and play area are designed to develop the whole child, with themed role play areas, creative stations and construction areas, which all children can explore for sustained periods of time with or without adult support. You will often find our children building elaborate structures in our construction area, or creating a range of exciting recipes at our ice cream van or mud kitchen.
We promote a love of the outdoors with weekly ‘Big Outdoors’ sessions and through these experiences, learning opportunities are enriched, and children are encouraged to take risks. We end the sessions with a hot chocolate at our fire pit, which is a really special way to end a busy afternoon learning in the outdoors.