Welcome back to a new term and a new decade! If you have had a chance to check out our spring term calendar, you will notice that we have some exciting new events, along with some of our old favourites in store for you this term.
It was a year ago that we launched and integrated into the curriculum our STEAM approach to learning. The children are thriving on this problem solving and thinking based approach to their learning. Levels of confidence, perseverance and resilience have risen along with academic achievement which are delighted to see. To further support this approach and to start developing future learning skills that our young children will need, we have moved forward with the CPA (concrete, pictorial, abstract) method of teaching mathematics. Independent mathematical thinking based on a problem solving approach starts right from First Steps, through Ashtead Pre-Prep and now on into the Main School. This term we will be inviting you to come along to a Maths Curriculum evening. At this meeting you will be able to find out more about this approach to learning mathematical concepts and to view how this is delivered in each year group.
We have been following with interest the way that Greta Thunberg has been raising worldwide awareness about climate change and feel that it’s important for our children to understand what they can do to help protect our planet. Our ‘Eco Week’, which is coming up at the end of January, will focus on ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’. As part of the week we will be encouraging children and families to get involved with our projects. In addition we will be enjoying a musical workshop with a Junk Orchestra as well as some Eco themed storytelling fun with Andy Copps.
As you can see, there is much learning and fun to be had by all.
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