“…children learn best in a positive, caring environment…”
Young children need an accepting and supporting environment where each child’s first experiences are positive ones. Young children at St. Giles will be supported to develop the attitudes and habits for learning that will provide a foundation for their future education.
The Early Years’ Foundation Stage Curriculum 2012 is designed to shape each child’s development in the Prime Areas of Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development and Communication and Language and the Specific Areas of Literacy, Mathematics, Expressive Arts and Design and Understanding the World. Pupils from preschool, F1, F2 and Years 1 and 2 may be taught through the Early Years’ Foundation Stage Curriculum model.
Pupils can attend St Giles School from the age of two if they have a Statement of Special Educational Needs or an Educational Health and Care Plan. Pupils attend part time (building up to three full days when able) until the September following their fourth birthday. They are then entitled to full time education. Pupils of any age can access school transport if they fulfil the qualifying criteria, however parents can also bring their children to school.
Our OUTSTANDING EYFS department is located within the primary department and has the use of a designated classroom as well as hall space, a soft play area, sensory room and a variety of outdoor settings including the sensory trail and sensory garden. An outside learning space is available for our pupils to access “free flow” learning in a safe and secure environment as appropriate to needs. Pupils also have access to a hydrotherapy swimming pool.
Due to the specific needs of our pupils the school day is carefully structured with many of the activities being adult-led. Independence and life skills are developed as appropriate to match the needs of the individual. Pupils work in small groups led by a teacher and teaching assistants where activities are carefully differentiated. Planning is carried out by the class teacher, with the support of the teaching assistants. All our pupils have IEP’s and many also have input from other professionals such as SALT, OT’s and physiotherapists who may provide individual programmes for pupils to follow. In addition to this personalised learning activities are devised to enrich our pupils’ learning and to enable all our pupils to learn and reach full potential. All pupils have individual timetables which are a mixture of group and class activities as well as individual programme work where necessary.
All pupils have an identified member of staff (Key worker) who works with the child and their family.