Each day, the Kindergarten children take part in an activity, often led by a specialist teacher, that is designed to stimulate their bodies as well as their minds, and to help develop their personalities.
The children sing in the Kindergarten every day as a way to encourage development of communication skills. A weekly music session is led by the school’s qualified music teacher and involves the children in learning new songs as well as recalling the nursery rhymes they already know. Playing percussion instruments help the children to develop an understanding of rhythm. Listening skills are enhanced throughout.
St Mary’s has its own Forest School – a superb outdoor learning area in our own woods. Here the Kindergarten children explore their natural environment as part of structured weekly sessions.
Children take part in Forest School sessions in all weathers and, as well as learning about the flora and fauna, they engage in physical outdoor play and activities designed to help them to understand risk-taking in a safe environment. They build dens, make mud pies and discover mini beasts. Sessions are led by a Level 3 Forest School Practitioner and supported by the Kindergarten Practitioners.
Interactive, fun sessions led by the school’s specialist French teacher, introduce the children to a foreign language.
Children develop their communication skills and their fine motor skills and learn about weighing and measuring in the weekly cookery session.
Our professional ballet teacher engages the children in a dance session, developing gross motor skills.
The weekly PE session in the school hall introduces the children to games and activities designed to develop their gross motor skills and spatial awareness, and to improve their balance. They also learn about the importance of fitness and staying healthy.