The children and young people in Phase 2 follow the Explore Curriculum. This encompasses a cross curricular approach to learning, whereby lessons are based around a termly theme and story. The cross curricular approach used in Phase 2 provides continual opportunities to embed and reinforce children’s learning. It also supports children to discover links between their learning and ensures they have regular opportunities to practise and transfer skills across a variety of subjects and activities. Moreover, lessons follow a variety of formats, including opportunities for ‘Learning Outside the Classroom,’ hands on and practical tasks and both individualised and small group work. The variation included within the Explore curriculum allows children to learn through Teacher Directed, Teacher Initiated and Child Initiated learning opportunities.
We are committed to building strong parent partnerships and welcome parents to attend our Stay and Play parent sessions. During these sessions, we invite parents to join their child’s class for a range of activities. This may include, for example, children having cooked something, showcasing work or a small performance. Additionally, parents and children will have opportunities to sit and play together within the classroom environment. These sessions provide an excellent opportunity for parents to see their child’s classroom, get to know the staff and meet other parents. Moreover, it provides the staff and children with the opportunity to showcase the fantastic learning and work they have been doing at school.
In our Phase 2 classes we organise frequent educational visits to farms, parks, shops to use money, trains, animal centres, museums, the beach, reservoirs, aquariums.
We also have a series of special visitors to school such as fire fighters, the nurse, a mobile planetarium, musicians and dancers, exotic animals such as Bearded Dragons to name but a few!
In addition to Games, Gymnastics and Dance lessons at school, Phase 2 children benefit from a range of experiences such as regular horse riding, swimming at Tonbridge Pool, trampolining and golf. These different opportunities not only aid their physical development but enhance other practical life skills such as dressing and undressing, being aware of safety issues, turn taking and looking out for one another.
Towards the end of Phase 2, children are encouraged to take part in a residential visit at activity centres such as Bowles or Carroty Wood. As well as being fantastic, non-stop fun, it is a great opportunity to put those life skills into good use – working as a team, using equipment safely, being independent and responsible for your own kit, helping prepare meals and clear up afterwards and of course, having time without parents!