Learning through play is an integral part of life at St Mary’s Kindergarten. In addition, every afternoon children take part in an activity such as ballet or Forest School, often led by a specialist teacher. These activities are designed to stimulate their bodies as well as their minds, and to help develop their personalities and build their characters.
Miss Stephanie’s ballet classes are a highlight of the week. Taking place in the Studio, children are introduced to the techniques of ballet and also enjoy learning to interpret the music.
Every week the children create a tasty treat, thinking about the ingredients, helping to weigh and measure.
At Forest School, children explore the natural environment in a safe setting, learning about the flora and fauna, enjoying physical activities and challenges, and working together.
Music sessions are run by a specialist music teacher and give the children a taste of music-making, using a variety of percussion instruments as well as singing songs.
PE sessions encourage the children to be active and to take part in stimulating games and activities that introduce practical skills and techniques.
There are regular opportunities for Kindergarten children to run, climb and play in their own secure outdoor area, throughout the Kindergarten day. The multi-sensory play area has been designed to enhance and extend the learning opportunities already provided in the classroom and existing outdoor learning facilities.