Teaching And Learning

      “The educational programmes provide excellent coverage of all seven areas of the curriculum with well-considered balance of Child initiated and adult led learning.

      ISI, 2015

      Throughout the Early Years, children are taught through a mixture of child-initiated activities and more adult led sessions.  The children are taught according to the requirements of the Early Years Curriculum, but are offered a broader range of experiences and benefit from the more focused attention that comes with smaller class sizes.

      The Foundation Stage Curriculum is organised into three prime areas and four specific areas. Prime areas are fundamental, work together and move through to support development in all other areas. Specific areas include essential skills and knowledge for children to participate successfully in society.  As young children learn in a holistic fashion, one activity will usually promote development in more than one area. 

      Prime areas –

      • communication and language;
      • physical development;
      • personal, social and emotional development

      Specific areas –

      • literacy;
      • mathematics;
      • understanding the world;
      • expressive arts and design.

      At OLA, we offer an enriched curriculum, including the following activities.

      French

      Children in Reception enjoy weekly French lessons with a specialist French teacher where they are introduced to the language through songs and games. 

      Swimming

      Children join our highly experienced swimming teacher, Mr Bogue in the indoor pool weekly for water confidence and swimming lessons. They work towards achieving the school’s own swimming awards starting at ‘Tadpole 1’ progressing to the ‘Super Shark’ award, alongside the Swim England awards.

      Physical Education

      Twice a week, children enjoy lessons with Mrs Barrett, our qualified PE coach.  These lessons provide opportunities for children to find confidence and learn new skills with movement and coordination. 

      Music and Movement

      Music and movement sessions encourage the children to express themselves through dance, drama and role play. Musical instruments are used as children think about beat and rhythm.

      Forest School

      The children have a weekly trip to our own woods which is a short distance from the school to take part in our Forest School session. During Forest School the children have opportunities to explore the woods and the natural environment, observe the seasons, the changes that occur and enjoy challenges in the natural environment and of course have some hot chocolate!